Announcing the Associate Dean for Faculty Health and Research Career Development

October 9, 2023

Dear Colleagues:

In an exciting next step toward advancing well-being in the workplace, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Bernard P. Chang, MD, PhD, to Associate Dean for Faculty Health and Research Career Development at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. In collaboration with the CUIMC Well-Being Initiative, Dr. Chang will lead an enterprise-wide program of scientific investigation into system-level factors and interventions to enhance faculty health and professional well-being. Dr. Chang assumed his new role on October 1.

In addition to his role as an associate dean, Dr. Chang has been appointed to serve as associate director for the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, home to Columbia’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), and associate director of the TRANSFORM (TRaining And Nurturing Scholars FOr Research that is Multidisciplinary) resource, home to the Irving Institute’s robust suite of training and education programs.

In his new roles, Dr. Chang will have myriad responsibilities relevant to advancing professional well-being research, including developing and implementing new research programs at CUIMC. Dr. Chang will collaborate closely with Daichi Shimbo, MD, director of TRANSFORM and associate director of the Irving Institute, the TRANSFORM team, and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development to develop and expand faculty and career mentorship programs. He will work alongside the Irving Institute’s Evaluation and Continuous Improvement team on strategies for evaluating research career development, mentoring, and well-being programs in the context of clinical and transitional science. Dr. Chang also will submit applications for grants to support development of research programs in faculty well-being and mentorship, including within the CTSA grant renewal process.

Dr. Chang is the Tushar Shah and Sara Zion Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine in VP&S. He is a psychologist and emergency physician whose research focuses on the relationships between psychological and physical health in patients and providers. He is currently the principal investigator of several ongoing studies supported by the National Institutes of Health, including one of the nation’s largest longitudinal studies on clinician psychological and cardiovascular health. Dr. Chang received his PhD in psychology from Harvard, his MD from Stanford, and completed his emergency medicine residency at Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital).

Dr. Chang’s experience will help us develop and enrich programs that are so important to the well-being of our community. We look forward to working with him in the years to come. Please join us in welcoming Bernard to this new role.


Katrina Armstrong, MD

Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences, Columbia University

Muredach Reilly, MBBCh, MSCE

Vice Dean for Clinical and Translational Research

Director, Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

Lou Baptista, MD

Chief Well-Being Officer, Columbia University Irving Medical Center