Notable Alums


Specialty: Emergency Medicine

Graduation Year: 1996

Diann Krywko

Diann Krywko, M.D., Class of 1996, is an associate professor of Emergency Medicine and director of Wellness and Professional Development for the Medical University of South Carolina.

Her passion for treating urban, underserved patients has not diminished since receiving her medical school training in the heart of Detroit, where she volunteered at the Cass Corridor Homeless Clinic and the Code Blue Inner City Outreach Program. She has spent her career in tertiary care level 1 academic trauma centers continuing this care, simultaneously teaching the next generations of Emergency Medicine physicians.

After graduation, she completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan. She became a faculty member at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich., and joined the Medical University of South Carolina in 2008. Her passion for high-volume, high-acuity patient care is surpassed only by her interests in resident education, physician wellness and professional development, and mentoring, in particular to women in medicine.

Dr. Krywko has an enthusiastic, career-long commitment to academic medicine, receiving the American College of Emergency Physicians National EM Faculty Teaching Award in 2017. She has served as a residency site coordinator, curriculum coordinator and associate program director. She recently developed an innovative EM•PPowered™ Initiative, under which a senior Wellness and Professional Development elective, a resident wellness task force and an evidence-based curriculum have been developed. She has given more than 125 resident lectures and has been recognized as an inspiring teacher, honored multiple times with the Golden Apple Award from students and residents.

Dr. Krywko has mentored dozens of residents, students and trainees, many of whom have become chief residents and fellows. She served as chair of the EM Women’s Mentoring Group for nine years, as well as Division EM Mentoring champion and chair of Faculty Development and Mentoring. She co-developed the Women Scholars Initiative mini-mentoring sessions. She recently developed the WSI resident initiative, expanding the program to residents and fellows. She speaks nationally on women in leadership roles, and gives professional development skill-building seminars.

She has published eight book chapters, four of which are in Roberts and Hedges’ “Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine,” one of the standard procedural texts in the field of Emergency Medicine. She has written nearly thirty publications and serves as a reviewer/editor for multiple journals. She has expertise in women in leadership, resident wellness and obstetric trauma. She has given more than 50 invited lectures and her research has been presented at the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

“An outstanding medical education with true hands-on experience provided me with the foundation for becoming an excellent Emergency Medicine physician and educator,” Dr.

Krywko said. “During my clinical years I was so fortunate to train with many of the founders of Emergency Medicine and have Dr. Lawrence Schwartz as my mentor. I believe the outstanding education I received at the WSU School of Medicine is evidenced by my career achievements. Not a week goes by that I do not boast about my time and experiences at WSU in Detroit to my residents and students. A badge of honor, I wear it proudly.”