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Chair of Academic Medicine, Department of Surgery

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


About the Department

In partnership with the UC Health academic healthcare system and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, College of Medicine’s faculty are transforming the world of medicine every day. The Department of Surgery is a top-tier department with world-renowned faculty and staff. The Department has a tradition of excellence and innovation in medical student education and is recognized for its strong Graduate Medical Education training programs in surgery and the surgical subspecialties. Clinical, translational and basic science research with intramural and extramural funding are hallmarks of the department with extensive laboratory and clinical infrastructure.


The Department is made up of 11 divisions and is a leader within the College of Medicine, the UC Physicians (UCP) practice plan and the UC Health System. Committed to the tripartite mission of the COM, UCP and UC Health, the Department has excelled in multiple areas including tertiary and quaternary cutting-edge clinical care.


Department Missions:  Provide comprehensive surgical services for Cincinnati and the surrounding region; Train the next generation of surgical leaders; Advance the state-of-the-art and scientific basis of the discipline of surgery; Provide leadership in ensuring surgical health care for all members of the Cincinnati community.

Job Overview

The University of Cincinnati (UC), College of Medicine (COM) invites applications and nominations for the Director of Academic Medicine (‘Department Chair’ or ‘Chair’)  of the Department of Surgery and has engaged AMN Healthcare to lead a national search for a new Department Chair in the Department of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati.


Reporting to the Dean of the College of Medicine, the next Chair of Surgery will model next-level leadership: empowering faculty and staff, setting a tone of shared purpose with the College and health system, establishing the highest standards in quality of patient care and patient safety, educational outcomes, research impact, and financial stewardship, through an inclusive and equitable style of leadership. The Chair will be responsible for promoting the academic growth of established divisions as well as recruitment, retention, and professional development of an excellent, diverse faculty. The Chair will foster opportunities to expand research across divisions, with a focus on interdisciplinary and collaborative team-based scholarship. The Chair will champion the work of the Department by promoting partnerships across the College of Medicine, with other divisions and departments, UC Health, community partners and other external stakeholders. The Chair will elevate the department in all its missions to true distinctiveness.

Essential Functions

The Chair will play a strategic leadership role in the pursuit of NCI designation for the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center (UCCC). Cancer care and NCI designation are a top priority for the COM, UC Health and the University of Cincinnati. The Chair will partner with other COM leaders in the realization of this goal. This is a moment of true transformation at a systems level.


The Chair must also be a competent and prudent steward of the Department, guiding it through what will almost certainly be uncharted territories of change in the healthcare and social environment. The Chair will be a model of adaptability and possess skills for conflict resolution and management of adversity. Importantly, the Chair must be viewed by all stakeholders as a strong advocate for balancing the academic, educational, and clinical missions of the department, and institution. In collaboration with University of Cincinnati leaders, the Chair will focus on growth and value-based care including highest quality, best care experience, equitable access and efficiency. Within the Department, the Chair will promote a culture of institutional stewardship and transparency, including commitment to improved business operations, efficient and effective use of resources, and a willingness to re-align resources with evolving strategies.


The Chair will promote a culture of institutional stewardship and transparency, including leading a high performing Department through a commitment to evidence-based surgical care, process improvement, and the oversight of a quality improvement program that will bring the highest level of surgical quality and outcomes to the patient population the institution serves.

Required Education

MD or MD/Ph.D.

Required Experience

  • A distinguished record of building research.
  • The ability to sustain partnerships that advance the academic, research, and clinical missions of the Department.
  • An accomplished leader who understands current trends in healthcare and medical education, wants to make an impact on medical training, and values the tripartite mission academic medical institutions promote National recognition as evidenced by involvement in academic societies at a national level and track record of sustained scholarship.
  • Current board certification in Surgery and/or a related surgical subspecialty area is required.
  • The Chair of Surgery must also have an appropriate record of scholarship, teaching, and service to meet the requirements for Full Professor at the University of Cincinnati.  

Required Trainings/Certifications

  • Current board certification in Surgery and/or a related surgical subspecialty area is required.
  • The Chair of Surgery must also have an appropriate record of scholarship, teaching, and service to meet the requirements for Full Professor at the University of Cincinnati.  

Additional Qualifications Considered

Successful Chair candidates will:

  • Be recognized as outstanding clinically active leaders in surgery and have an excellent track record in clinical care, research and teaching within a nationally recognized surgical program.
  • Have demonstrated success as a leader either through Department, Center, or Institutional leadership.
  • Be collaborative and able to lead an efficient and effective surgery Department with the highest standards of clinical outcomes and research impact in a complex and dynamic environment. 
  • Exhibit values consistent with the mission of the University of Cincinnati and the drive towards collaboration, Inclusion and service to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities.
  • Operate as a visionary leader who understands how to effectively drive change in a complex patient-centered, mission-driven, academic environment.
  • With the utmost importance that the Chair supports the academic tripartite mission as a visible, democratic, and collaborative leader who stands as an advocate for patients, learners, staff and faculty members within the Department, College of Medicine, and University as a whole.
  • Be a prudent steward of the Department and the University of Cincinnati, guiding through what will almost certainly be uncharted territories of change in the healthcare and social environment.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.

Application Process

To obtain a full summary of the position specification, submit nominations, or to express interest please contact Charlotte Tinsley –


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 88928 


Chair of Academic Medicine, Department of Surgery

Date:  Jan 12, 2023

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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