Jan. 18, 2023— Throughout every stage of her career, in fields as varied as collegiate and professional sports, higher education and academic medicine, Kim Metzger has strived to connect the passions of donors with causes that matter.
Now, Metzger will bring her expertise to Gainesville as the new associate vice president for advancement for the UF College of Medicine, a position she begins Feb. 8.
In her new role, Metzger will oversee the College of Medicine’s fundraising programs and serve as a key member of the UF Health Advancement leadership teams. Along with overseeing high-level portfolios and principal gift prospects, she will collaborate with key partners relating to patients, finance, stewardship and communications.
“Kim will bring a wealth of experience and a foundation for building a robust and strategic grateful patient fundraising program to the UF College of Medicine,” said Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., dean of the College of Medicine. “She will be an incredible asset to the UF team, and we look forward to seeing her build a gift pipeline and advance strategic initiatives on behalf of the college.”
Metzger joins UF from Johns Hopkins Medicine, where she served as the senior director of development & external relations for the departments of neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation. She worked with grateful patients worldwide to establish private philanthropic funding to advance research, improve patient care and support education. She was responsible for a division that raised $116 million for neurosurgical diseases as part of the $6 billion Rising to the Challenge Campaign for Johns Hopkins institutions. In 2012, she led the effort to secure a $75 million transformational gift to establish The Neurosurgery Pain Research Institute at Johns Hopkins. The first of its kind in the world, the institute employs over 100 scientists studying ways to control, prevent and eliminate chronic pain. In total, she raised over $220 million in her 14-year career with Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Metzger was appointed chair of the talent committee of the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine Strategic Plan, became co-chair of the Pipeline Development Initiative and served as a member of The Johns Hopkins Medicine Neurosurgery Advisory Board.
“Kim’s extensive experience in grateful patient and principal gift fundraising make her the ideal candidate to build on the College of Medicine’s success during the recently completed Go Greater campaign,” said Joe Mandernach, J.D., chief advancement officer for UF Health and senior vice president for UF Advancement.