Boonshoft School of Medicine has named Therese M. Zink, M.D., M.P.H., chair of its Department of Family Medicine, effective Jan. 20, 2014. Zink comes to Wright State from the University of Minnesota (UM) in Minneapolis, where she served as a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Rural Physician Associate Program. She also served as director of UM's Global Family Medicine Pathway, drawing from international medical experience in the republics of Russia, including Chechnya and Ingushetia, and Brazil and Central America.
Zink has extensive expertise in the areas of family violence, sexual assault, women’s health, rural health care delivery and education, international health, medical professionalism and creative writing. She has conducted research on better care in the medical office for families living with violence and examined the costs of transforming medical practices and how to implement guidelines for chronic kidney disease.