Thomas K. Zink, MD
Associate Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health
Courses: HMP-548-01 Social Justice & Social Ethics in Community Benefit; BDSP- 625: Capstone: Biosecurity & Disaster Preparedness
Education History: MD, University of Missouri at Kansas City
SLU faculty since: 2012 (Served as an Adjunct Instructor before full appointment)
Thomas Zink, MD is an Associate Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health in the Institute for Biosecurity. He is an accomplished clinician and healthcare management professional, an effective health policy strategist, and an experienced vaccinologist with expertise in viral hepatitis, pertussis, anthrax, and botulinum toxin.
Dr. 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; 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).
More recently and perhaps most fulfilling for him is the creation of Project Equal Immunization Policies & Practices (EQUIPP) - the not-for-profit, grassroots initiative which has been credited as a major catalyst in the formulation of CDC recommendations supporting pre-event, anthrax vaccination to U.S. civilian emergency responders. He volunteers as Senior Medical Advisor to the Missouri Office of Homeland Security and as 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. Dr. Zink graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine where he was honored as "Most Outstanding in Academic and Clinical Achievement" and designated a "University Scholar". Dr. 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".