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Cynthia Rand, Ph.D.

 Cynthia Rand Cynthia Rand - At Johns Hopkins since 1991

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Professor of Medicine

Why did you decide to join Johns Hopkins Medicine?

I came here for graduate school, remained for my postdocs and opportunities opened up to join the faculty.

Why have you decided to stay at Johns Hopkins Medicine?

The caliber of research being done at Hopkins is clearly world-class, but just as importantly, so are the people. The collegiality of my Hopkins colleagues is astonishing — everyone’s door is open, collaboration is easy and people are very generous with their time.

Be highly selective about what you commit to, but when you commit, deliver results.

Please tell us about how you reached your leadership position.

My first significant leadership role was chairing the Department of Medicine Women’s Task Force (TF), which I had joined early in my Hopkins career because of my passion for advancing the careers of women in medicine. My work with the TF led to additional opportunities to serve committee leadership roles at the department of medicine and school of medicine level. In parallel with these roles, I became increasingly engaged with mentoring faculty from across the school of medicine. These interests and my experience eventually led to my current role as senior associate dean for faculty.

Which of youraccomplishments are you most proud of at Johns Hopkins Medicine?

I’m most proud of the achievements of my mentees – their accomplishments humble me.

What advice would you give a woman who is aspiring to grow in her leadership responsibilities?

Be highly selective about what you commit to, but when you commit, deliver results. Build consensus when asked to lead, be inclusive and seek out diverse opinions and perspectives in developing solutions. Seek to understand and meet the goals and priorities of senior leaders — effective leadership is not solely about leading and managing those who report to you; it’s equally about serving and advancing leadership and institutional goals. And in all things, try to be kind.

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