Saint Louis University

 Thomas Zink SLU

Research Interests: Emergency Responders' Health & Safety; Adult Immunization Policies and Practices; Contagion Movement and Mitigation

ResearchGate Profile

Courses: Capstone: Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness; BSDP- 574 Epidemics & Other Disasters

Education History: MD, University of Missouri at Kansas City

SLU faculty since: 2012 (Served as an Adjunct Instructor prior)

Salus Center, 455


Doctor Zink is an Associate Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health (Biosecurity and Disaster Preparedness) in the Institute for Biosecurity at Saint Louis University College for Public Health & Social Justice. Zink is an accomplished clinician, seasoned healthcare management professional, an effective health policy strategist, and an experienced vaccinologist with expertise in viral hepatitis, pertussis, anthrax, and botulinum toxin.

Professor Zink's career highlights include: more than two decades of practicing emergency medicine and health system quality improvement; improving the delivery of preventive services within the Kansas City metropolitan area in a statistically significant manner; advocating and achieving U.S. policy for universal childhood vaccination against hepatitis A; building a global consensus to booster adolescents against pertussis; and assisting in the start-up or Initial Public Offering (IPO) of three healthcare companies - most notably, Express Scripts (ESRX;NASDAQ) and Emergent Biosolutions, Inc. (EBS;NYSE).

Additionally, Zink is the founding director of Project Equal Immunization Policies & Practices (EQUIPP) - the not-for-profit, grassroots initiative with the mission to equip local, civilian emergency responders with the same vaccine protection as provided to critical infrastructure personnel within the U.S. Departments of State, Justice, and Defense and the National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CST).

The vision of the Project is that through scientific research, evidence-based dialogue, smart policy campaigns, coalition-building, and vaccination initiatives, Project EQUIPP can help safeguard those men and women who unselfishly risk their lives every day to protect the U.S home front. Since 2008, Project EQUIPP is credited as the major catalyst in the formulation of new, 2010 U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommendations supporting pre-event, anthrax vaccination for U.S. civilian emergency responders. And Project EQUIPP advocacy and coalition-building sparked (and continues to encourage and support) a U.S. CDC and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) demonstration project to distribute surplus Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) anthrax vaccine to civilian emergency services personnel before the doses expire unused and therefore wasted.

Doctor Zink volunteers as senior medical advisor to the Missouri Office of Homeland Security and physician consultant to the St. Louis City Fire Department CBRNE Monitoring Team which provided the crowd protection activities for the 2009 Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game and the 2011 MLB World Series. In addition, Zink leads the Immunization Policies & Practices Committee for the Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness - the Coalition represents over 3 million professionals from law enforcement, fire & emergency services, emergency management, emergency medical services; and public works.

Professor Zink graduated from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine where he was designated a "University Scholar" and honored as "Most Outstanding in Academic and Clinical Achievement". Doctor Zink is a [retired] diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, a past Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and is licensed by the Missouri State Board of Healing Arts as a Physician & Surgeon in "Good Standing