Amanda VanderZyl

Amanda VanderZyl


Academic-Public Health & Medicine

Philosophy & Political Science

Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine

I graduated summa cum laude from Millikin 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science. While at Millikin I participated in the Honors Program and was inducted into Alpha Lamda Delta and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. In addition, I was an RA and involved in several student organizations including the newly formed Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow group. At graduation, I received the Millikin Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Scholarship Recipient. I then enrolled at the University of Iowa in the College of Public Health where I completed a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a Master’s Degree of Health Administration. There I was awarded the John & Wendy Boardman/Amenity Foundation Exceeding Expectations Scholarship.

Immediately following graduate school and a one-year administrative residency, I worked for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, focusing on the statewide expansion of pediatric healthcare clinics and inpatient programs. I then was a management consultant for a Chicago-based firm, Health Care Futures, which focuses on mergers, acquisitions and productivity analyses of physician practices across the country. In 2011, I joined the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa, serving first as division administrator for several divisions and ultimately as chief of staff to the Chair of Medicine. I was recognized in 2013 by the eastern Iowa Corridor Business Journal as a “Forty Under 40” which recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact in their business and/or community early in their careers.

Currently, I serve as the Academic Administrator for the Department of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. I am responsible for managing faculty (physician) recruitment and compensation as well as oversight for the areas of human resources and research administration for one the country’s top departments of academic medicine that employs more than 600 faculty member and 2,000 staff and has greater than $175 million of research grant funding annually. I am also active in the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, a national organization where I serve as associate editor for the AAIM periodical, Insight, and the fifth edition of An Administrator’s Guide to Departments of Internal Medicine.

I credit much of my professional success to the education I received at Millikin University, particularly the skills such as careful reading and forming thoughtful positions and opinions on difficult topics that were emphasized in my philosophy courses. As a hiring manager, I seek out graduates of liberal arts programs, because I believe the ability to read and write critically is a key factor for success in my field where business and academics merge.