The UK College of Medicine is excited to announce that Diana Heiman, MD, professor of family and community medicine, has been selected to serve as associate dean for faculty development and advancement.

In this role, Dr. Heiman will collaborate with Lisa Tannock, MD, senior associate dean for faculty affairs and development, to create and maintain opportunities for faculty advancement. This includes:

  • Leading faculty development programming to advance faculty skills around education, research, clinical care, and other topics addressing faculty of all ranks, all title series, and at all campuses.
  • Overseeing the appointments, promotion, and tenure processes.
  • Advising and assisting individual faculty members and departments regarding promotion and tenure processes.
  • Managing faculty elections and governance.
  • Developing, promoting, and implementing leadership development programs for emerging leaders, such as the new leadership academy.
  • Developing strategies to facilitate faculty nominations, rewards, and recognition internally and externally.

Michael Rowland, PhD, served the college as associate dean for faculty affairs and development for seven years and maintained a 30-plus-year career in academia. With his retirement, two new roles were established to support the work: an associate dean for faculty development and advancement and an assistant dean for faculty affairs. The assistant dean position is not yet filled.

Along with an extensive career as an educator and clinician specializing in family medicine and sports medicine, Dr. Heiman has been a longstanding advocate for the professional advancement and well-being of faculty and trainees. She currently serves as vice chair for academic and faculty affairs for her department.

Before joining the faculty at UK, she made significant contributions to medical education and graduate medical training at the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Quillen College of Medicine. She served as assistant dean for graduate medical education/well-being, directed the family medicine residency program, and served as medical director of ETSU Family Medicine Associates. Prior to this role, she was associate sports medicine fellowship director and associate residency director at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and before then, served as a clinical lecturer at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Heiman has advanced her skills in faculty development through programs led by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the University of Connecticut Health Center, and the University of Michigan Health Center. She also completed a yearlong program with the National Institute of Program Director Development to enhance skills and qualifications for serving as a residency director.

Dr. Heiman earned her Doctor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed the family medicine residency program at the University of Virginia, followed by a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the University of Michigan.

The College of Medicine congratulates Dr. Heiman for being selected for this role and thanks Dr. Rowland for his years dedicated to excellence in education and professional advancement for faculty.