Thomas College Faculty Biographies
Associate Professor, Medicine-Rheumatology
Carol M. Ziminski, M.D. ("Dr. Z") was the elder of two children, and was raised on Long Island, New York. Her nomination as Matthew Vassar Scholar directed her to Vassar College, from which she graduated summa cum laude with a major in chemistry. She first came to Baltimore as a graduate student in biochemistry at Johns Hopkins, but her life’s purpose and direction unexpectedly and dramatically changed as she audited medical school courses. After leaving graduate school, Dr. Z worked as a Research Associate in the Connective Tissue Division at Johns Hopkins. Shortly thereafter she began medical school at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Z returned to Johns Hopkins as an intern on the Osler medical service, completed her Osler residency, and then became a rheumatology fellow at Johns Hopkins. Her performance on the Osler Medical Service led Dr. Victor McKusick to choose her as Assistant Chief of Service – the first female to hold that position in the Department of Medicine, in 1981. She joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, in 1982, and has continued her career at Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Z’s passion to pursue medicine and to be a rheumatologist was ignited by teachers whose spark for teaching and whose keen ability to motivate left an indelible mark on the art of medicine. As a clinician educator and leader in the teaching programs of the Johns Hopkins Rheumatology Division, her scholarly endeavors strongly focus on teaching activities and on the continued development of new educational programs. Dr. Z creates and sustains for others an atmosphere of excitement and fulfillment. She inspires medical students, residents and fellows by modeling excellence, inquisitiveness, professionalism, tradition, and "aequanimitas."
Dr. Z served as Program Director for the Rheumatology section of Clinical Skills, and more recently has been responsible for the "Musculoskeletal Exam" section within Clinical Foundations of Medicine in the new curriculum. As Coordinator/Course Director for the student educational programs within the Rheumatology Division, she successfully translated the teaching of medical students and residents from the inpatient Rheumatic Disease Unit to the Outpatient Rheumatology Department.
Within Vivien Thomas College, Dr. Z is privileged to work with students on their individual journeys in medicine, as they learn, grow and discover their own passions.
"The practice of medicine is an art, based on science." - Sir William Osler