Wing of Zock Welcomes New Columnists

By Jennifer J. Salopek

In celebration of our first anniversary on January 2, the editorial staff at Wing of Zock decided to give ourselves a gift: four new regular columnists whose thoughtful offerings complement and enhance our posts on innovation and academic medicine. Each will appear once a month. Please join us in welcoming our new columnists and be sure to subscribe via email so you don’t miss a thing!

brainstormsBrainstorms is the new name of the thought-provoking perspective offered by Joanne Conroy, MD, chief health care officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges. As an anesthesiologist, former administrator at the Medical University of South Carolina, and chief medical officer of Atlantic Health System, Conroy has extensive experience in academic medicine. Her viewpoints are informed by her dual role as both a provider and a consumer of health care, the latter as chief caretaker of aging parents. She welcomes your comments at

pattern_anlysisPattern Analysis is authored by James E. Lewis, Ph.D., who currently works as a consultant to academic medicine after a long and prestigious career in administration and policy. His experience includes posts at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The title of his column comes from his early interest in geography and his continuing interest in trying to make some sense of our chaotic health care landscape. Send feedback to Jim at

socialized_medicineSocialized Medicine is the provocative name we selected for our new monthly column by Bryan Vartabedian, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine who is already well known for his personal blog, 33 Charts. In his Wing of Zock posts, @Doctor_V, as he is known on Twitter, will offer his perspective on why and how members of the academic medicine community can improve health care and accelerate innovation through their use of social media. Share your thoughts with him at

teaching_values_projectThe Teaching Value Project is the column under which you’ll find contributions from Neel Shah, MD, founder and executive director of Costs of Care. A Harvard-affiliated ob/gyn who delivers babies, provides primary care, and performs surgery, Neel has a passion for informing medical students and residents about the true costs of the care they provide, and for helping them learn to make high-value decisions. He looks forward to hearing from you at