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Susan Mims, MD, MPH, has over 20 years of experience in clinical and healthcare leadership in North Carolina, most recently employed with the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) as the Chair of the Department of Community and Public Health at UNC Health Sciences. In that role, she built a team of clinical and public health experts focusing on educating future public health advocates, eliminating health inequities, and addressing social influences of health in collaboration with regional and state partners.
Prior to joining MAHEC, Dr. Mims was the Vice President for Children’s Services and Clinical Genetics and Personalized Medicine at Mission Health, Chief of Pediatrics for Mission Children’s Hospital, and Vice Chief of Staff for Mission Hospital. Dr. Mims also led Mission Children’s Hospital as chief executive for more than a decade. Arriving in Western North Carolina in 2000, Dr. Mims served as the medical director at the Buncombe County Health Department and before coming to WNC, worked as a physician in a private practice in Durham, NC.
After attending the University of Georgia on an athletic scholarship, she earned her Medical Doctorate and Master of Public Health degrees from UNC in Chapel Hill and completed medical residencies in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Preventive Medicine at UNC and attained board certification in three disciplines. Dr. Mims continues to teach as adjunct faculty with UNC, is the immediate past president of the NC Pediatric Society, and serves on the editorial board of the NC Medical Journal.