Vijay Babu Rayudu Endowed Chair in Patient Safety

Kansas City, Missouri
Jan 31, 2019
Apr 01, 2019
Full Time

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine seeks candidates for the position of the Vijay Babu Rayudu Endowed Chair in Patient Safety.  The UMKC School of Medicine is dedicated to its vision to be a leader in academic medicine through innovative programs and vibrant community partnerships. UMKC is a comprehensive public teaching and research university with more than 16,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students representing all 50 states, 80 countries, and broadly diverse identities.  The UMKC School of Medicine is located in the urban core of Kansas City, MO on the UMKC Health Sciences District campus.  It offers innovative medical education programs, graduate education programs (bioinformatics, clinical research, health professions education, physician assistants, and anesthesiology assistants), and is the institutional sponsor for 38 residency and fellowship programs at six affiliate hospitals (Truman Medical Centers, St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Center for Behavioral Medicine, Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Research Medical Center). 

The Vijay Babu Rayudu Endowed Chair in Patient Safety was created in 2010 by the family of Vijay Babu Rayudu, St. Luke’s Hospital, and the UMKC School of Medicine to honor Vijay Babu Rayudu, who passed away in 2007 while a medical student at UMKC.  The UMKC School of Medicine is committed to improving healthcare quality and patient safety through the UMKC Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety Consortium, an initiative that includes faculty and teaching programs at the school and all of its affiliated hospitals.  The consortium focuses on four areas of quality improvement and patient safety: a robust curriculum for learners; infrastructure support for projects and collaboration; promotion of research and scholarship; and improving community safety.


The Vijay Babu Rayudu Endowed Chair in Patient Safety will:

 1) develop undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education programs that incorporate patient safety into their curricula;

2) collaborate with affiliated hospitals’ patient safety efforts, especially as it pertains to resident, student and faculty participation;

3) develop clinical research programs that include patient safety;

4) develop a cadre of faculty who can mentor students and residents in performance improvement projects; and

5) maintain a clinical practice in one of the affiliated clinical departments at one of the affiliated hospitals.  


Minimum requirements for this position:

  1. Has a record of personal scholarship in health care quality improvement or patient safety, as evidenced by publications, presentations, teaching experience, and extramural funding
  2. Has medical degree and postgraduate training from an accredited medical education program
  3. Holds an unrestricted state medical license to practice in Missouri
  4. Is board certified in his/her area of specialty
  5. Meets qualifications to practice in one of the clinical departments affiliated with the UMKC School of Medicine
  6. Meets qualifications for a UMKC faculty appointment at Associate or Full Professor

Application process:

For consideration, please submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and list of at least three references to the Chair of the Search Committee, Betty M. Drees, MD:; 816-218-2581 or 2582.

UMKC is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.