May 4, 2020

Dr. Julie Bynum- New Department of Internal Medicine Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs

Dear  Internal Medicine Faculty and Staff:

After a Department-wide call and interview process, I am pleased to share that Julie Bynum, MD, MPH, Professor on Internal Medicine in the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine, has accepted the position of Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs. In this role, Dr. Bynum will be responsible for providing leadership and direction on faculty affairs issues and guiding the academic and administrative needs for over 900 faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine. 

Dr. Bynum is the Associate Director of Health Policy and Research and Co-Director of Design, Data, and Biostatistics Core of the Claude D. Pepper P30 Center within the Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine. She holds the endowed Margaret Terpenning Collegiate Professor of Internal Medicine. She earned her medical degree and Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She completed her residency and chief resident year at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in internal medicine and her geriatric medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and completed two more fellowships at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Before joining Michigan Medicine, Dr. Bynum was faculty at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. 

Dr. Bynum's research focuses on health system performance for an aging population, in particular those with high needs or cognitive impairment. One of Dr. Bynum’s contributions to the field has been to develop a method of creating “virtual” physician-hospital networks that allows the measurement of care delivered and its outcomes for a population served by a specific group of providers. These networks were used in the conceptual development of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) legislation. Dr. Bynum is funded by AHRQ and multiple NIH awards, including a recently-obtained Center to Accelerate Population Research in Alzheimer’s P30 grant for Michigan Medicine. She has published 95 peer-reviewed papers, including first and senior-authored manuscripts published in J General Internal Medicine, American J Managed Care, Medical Care, J Urology, J women’s Health, Health Affairs, J American Geriatrics Society, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Obesity, JAMA Internal Medicine, J Public Health, among others.

Dr. Bynum has a strong background and motivation on mentoring physician scientists and clinicians to improve health across disciplines. She was a founding member of the Office of Research Mentoring for the Geisel School of Medicine.Dr. Bynum will begin in this role as the Associate Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs, working closely with Dr. Dick Simon, our current Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs.  Dr. Simon will relinquish his role in June 2021, at which time Dr. Bynum will assume the full role as Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs. I look forward to working closely with Dr. Bynum to continue to propel, develop, and promote our Departmental faculty on all tracks in the coming years.


John M. Carethers, M.D., MACP

C. Richard Boland Distinguished University Professor

John G. Searle Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

Professor, Human Genetics

University of Michigan