Buffkin / Baker Names Megan Berlinger Associate Partner

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Sept. 1, 2022– Buffkin / Baker, a partner-led executive search firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Megan Shepherd Berlinger as associate partner in its health care practice. Berlinger will join the health care delivery vertical, leading our academic medicine searches with a focus on serving AAMC institutions and health systems. 

With more than 16 years of experience in school of medicine and health system administration, Berlinger served key administration roles at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, including heart & vascular service line administrator and department administrator. She then transitioned to executive search, incorporating operational experience into the recruitment process. 

“We are excited to welcome Megan to our team. She truly understands what it means to serve clients and deliver outstanding results,” said Craig Buffkin, managing partner. “Her expertise in conducting physician executive searches gives us deeper health care expertise and allows us to recruit with confidence.”

Prior to working at Wake Forest, Berlinger completed her Administrative Fellowship with Johns Hopkins Medicine. She holds both her Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Master of Healthcare Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Berlinger is certified within executive coaching and a founding partner for Elevate Institute. She also serves as adjunct professor in UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health where she teaches and advises within Health Policy and Management. 

Berlinger has been involved nationally in health care leadership circles, serving as president and board member of the Association of Academic Surgical Administrators (AASA) as well as editorial advisor for the Cardiovascular Business Magazine. 

“I am thrilled to join the team at Buffkin / Baker.  Across my career, I have loved partnering with health care leaders to solve complex problems,” Berlinger said. “In executive search, I enjoy focusing on recruitment, helping secure leaders who will drive impact across the country. Buffkin / Baker brings a history of excellence and focus on best practices. It is an honor to join such an experienced organization and team. I am eager to build upon that foundation, together creating value for health care clients and ultimately impacting the health of communities.” 

About Buffkin / Baker

Buffkin / Baker is a partner-led executive search firm with dedicated practices to health care, higher education, private equity, technology, and non-profit.  As leaders in their respective fields, each partner has more than a decade of retained search experience. Combined, the firm’s partners have more than 175 years of search experience and more than 220 years of industry/operating experience. Buffkin / Baker serves public, private, venture and private equity-backed companies. Office locations include Charlotte, Cambridge, Dallas, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, and Winston-Salem, with an affiliate office in London. Buffkin / Baker is a member of Panorama, a global community of more than 400 leadership experts working together to promote a diverse perspective of leadership, embracing creative thinking, and sharing our expertise and experience to bring our clients the very best results. 

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