Administrative Director Deb Paarz Honored with BU’s 2020 Perkins Award

Awardees Colin Riley, Kim Richards, Debra Paarz will be honored at a ceremony held later

Congratulations to Debra Paarz

A quarter-century BU veteran, Paarz has spent most of the last two decades with MED’s 120-instructor general internal medicine section, currently serving as its administrator—which now means, among other things, she says, that she’s kept busy supporting leaders, doctors, and nurse practitioners “as their involvement ramps up with COVID-19–related activities.”

In circumstances not involving emergencies like that, she oversees such matters as faculty recruiting, retention, services, promotions, and efforts to counter burnout. She also helps manage clinical and research activities.

“From the moment you join the faculty,” one nominator wrote, “Debbie is there to support you in all aspects, ranging from identifying your mentors, clarifying your clinical schedule, completing your educational expectations, monitoring your clinical performance, maintaining your licensure/certification, applying for intra- and extra-mural funding, and pursuing academic promotion.” Another said that thanks in part to Paarz, the section is reputed “as one of the strongest and most academically productive GIM units nationally.”

“This honor represents the collaboration of my dedicated central administration team, getting the job done over the years,” Paarz says. “A typical day could consist of troubleshooting specific areas that need attention and then working with the admin team to efficiently deliver a positive outcome for all involved. I am grateful to work with such a great group of people.”


From the BU Today story written by Rich Barlow.