Kirk J. Brower, M.D. is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. He graduated from medical school at the University of California at Irvine and completed his residency in psychiatry at UCLA. He is currently the medical director of the Faculty & Physician Health Initiative, which aims to improve the experience of providing clinical care, educating trainees, and making scientific discoveries. Dr. Brower is also a consultant to the UM Office of Clinical Affairs, where he sees faculty and physicians who may be experiencing health issues. Board-certified in both general and addiction psychiatry, he is the founding executive director of the University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services and he established the ACGME-accredited Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program. In addition, he is a Distinguished Fellow of both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. In 2017, he co-edited a book, titled, Physician Mental Health and Well-Being: Research and Practice.
Areas of Interest
- Addiction pharmacotherapy for patients with and without co-occurring mental disorders;
- faculty and physician health
The Evolving Role of the Chief Wellness Officer in the Management of Crises by Health Care Systems: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic
Kirk J. Brower, M.D., the Medical School's Chief Wellness Officer, and eight other CWOs, published an essay in NEJM Catalyst -- a website run by NEJM but aimed at sharing essays about innovation rather than research findings
This Michigan Health Lab story includes the perspectives, and research, of three U-M faculty who specialize in the mental health of health care workers.
Medical School or Training
- University of California Irvine College of Medicine, 1981
- UCLA Neuropsychiaric Institute, Psychiatry, CA, 1985
- Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine
- American Psychiatric Association, Distinguished Fellow
- American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
- American Society of Addiction Medicine
- Addiction Medicine
- Addiction Medicine