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Kimberley Nichols, MD

Kimberley (“Kim”) Nichols, MD, has been named the UNC School of Medicine’s new senior associate dean for medical student education. Nichols will begin her work in the role on Oct. 1 and will report to Vice Dean for Academic Affairs Jennifer Wu, MD, MPH.

“In addition to being an instructor in the Foundation Phase curriculum, Dr. Nichols has provided valuable leadership in a range of roles at UNC, including as associate dean for DEI faculty access and success, individualization phase co-director, clinical academic resources director, division chief of general anesthesiology, and medical director of the procedural care suites and the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit,” Wu said. “She is a leader in medical education, organizational culture, and equity and inclusion, and she will bring important knowledge and experience to the role. I am excited to work with her as our next senior associate dean for medical education.”

Nichols joined the faculty at the UNC School of Medicine in August 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the UNC School of Medicine. She completed her residency in anesthesiology and a Pain Fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill.

In December 2021, Beat Steiner, MD, MPH, announced he was stepping back from his work in the senior associate dean for medical student education role.

“I want to thank Dr. Steiner for his service,” Wu said. “He has been instrumental in helping the team move forward through this transition period.”