SVP & President - Baylor Scott & White Research Institute

Dallas, Texas
Apr 21, 2021
Jun 20, 2021
Stacey Williams
Other Specialty
Full Time
Position Type
Executive, Research


SVP & President

Baylor Scott & White Research Institute


Baylor & Scott

Baylor & Scott

Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) is the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas, and one of the largest in the United States.  BSWH was born from the 2013 merger of Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare.

Today, BSWH is an integrated healthcare delivery network that aims to be a trusted leader and innovator in value-based care delivery, customer experience and affordability.  BSWH includes 52 hospitals, over 900 patient care sites and 7,500 active physicians, approximately 47,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan.

Known for exceptional patient care for more than a century, BSWH offers a variety of award-winning specialties and services including: women’s & children’s, gastroenterology, nephrology, orthopedics, oncology, cardiology, pulmonology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and much more. BSWH also provides MyBSWHealth, one of the highest-rated patient apps in the country, according to the Apple Store. MyBSWHealth enables users to manage their healthcare needs in one place.

For the third year in a row, Baylor Scott & White is the most award-winning more not-for-profit system in Texas, as indicated by the 2020-2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals list. This year 16 BSWH facilities were recognized on the list. BSWH has a legacy of providing quality, safe care, and this has propelled us forward even during one of the most challenging times in our 100-year history.

Recently BSWH announced two academic affiliations: a new affiliation with Baylor College of Medicine and an expanded affiliation with our long-time partner Texas A&M University. Both alliances are aimed at training future clinicians and developing programs that advance high quality care and healthcare innovation. 

Additionally, Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center Fort Worth and the Texas Christian University and University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine will be collaborating on an Accreditation Council for a Graduate Medical Education-accredited physician resident training program that will eventually train more than 150 physicians annually.

Our road map for the future includes building upon our legacy of success. We continuously seek to transform our organization in order to better serve our patients and health plan members.

At Baylor Scott & White Health, we celebrate the diversity of people—their backgrounds, ethnicities, traditions and beliefs. We seek to expand our diversity programs to support our employees as well as the patients, families and communities we serve. 

The icon below details our Values, Mission, Strategies and Ambition.

Baylor & Scott

Our strategies are defined as follows:

Health – Transform into an integrated network that ambitiously and consistently provides exceptional quality care

Experience – Achieve the market-leading brand by empowering our people to design and deliver a customer-for-life experience

Affordability – Continuously improve our cost discipline to invest in our Mission and reduce the financial burden on our customers

Alignment – Ensure consistent results through a streamlined leadership approach and unified operating model

Growth – Pursue sustainable growth initiatives that support our Mission, Ambition, and Strategy

Baylor Scott & White Research Institute

Baylor Scott & White Research Institute (BSWRI) is the organization overseeing all research and related operational activities taking place across Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH). manages a portfolio of nearly 2,000 sponsored and investigator-initiated bench, clinical, translational and population health research projects across 50+ specialty areas including cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, oncology and radiation, orthopedics, pathology, radiology, transplant, population health, mental and behavioral health, surgery and Covid-19 research.

BSWRI operates through a comprehensive network of personnel and resources to ensure the extensive geographic footprint of BSWH is properly positioned to support the depth and breadth of BSWRI’s portfolio. A staff of more than 450 research employees and 550 clinical investigators work in two administrative offices (Dallas and Temple), four clinical trials offices (Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and Temple) utilizing four integrated institutional review boards, nearly a dozen specialized labs and technology cores, and nearly 20 dedicated research centers, hospitals and clinics throughout the BSWH system. Collectively, this team not only implements research activities, but they ensure the quality of this work, and all related administrative, regulatory, and legal needs are met, including technology transfer services for its more than 500 issued and pending patents spanning immunotherapy, genomics, biomarkers, metabolomics, metabolics, cardiovascular disease and medical devices. The program’s average annual budget of approximately $64M is comprised of government, industry, and philanthropic-funded research initiatives, as well as revenue generated through patents and licensing agreements.

Whether exploring new therapies that enhance available treatment options or studying trends that can improve clinical practices and how care is administered, BSWRI pursues research aimed at addressing the needs of the communities BSWH serves. The program is dedicated to advancing healthcare through the study and discovery of new preventive therapies and treatments for a broad spectrum of diseases and other chronic conditions. BSWRI firmly believes that understanding a disease or condition only solves part of the problem. Caring for every patient, requires learning from every patient and that drives BSWRI’s pursuit of research that can shed light on how geographic, socioeconomic, and demographic variables impact the lives of patients and their caregivers. In doing so, the program’s work informs preventative care, clinical and therapeutic treatments, post-op and recovery programs, and palliative care for patients, as well as the needs of the men and women administering this care. BSWRI research programs are strategically aligned with the healthcare system’s mission with a focus on clinical trials, population health and healthcare delivery science.


The roots of research at Baylor Scott & White Health extend deep into the history of both Baylor Healthcare System and Scott & White Memorial Hospital and date back to the early 20th century.

In its initial days of existence, research took place within departments and was most often spearheaded by individual physicians. That early work resulted in major contributions to the medical world, including the invention of the ADTEVAC machine, which dried blood plasma for storage without refrigeration and helped save thousands of lives during World War II, pioneering the use of thermal cautery for surgeries, the creation of the first tumor registry in all of Texas, and the first use of insulin-glucose to prevent post-anesthetic nausea.

In 1952, Dr. Nicholas Carr Hightower, Jr. utilized funds from an American Cancer Society grant to create a research facility in a small wooden cottage on the Scott & White campus thus creating the first formal research institute for the organization. In the late 1980s, Baylor Healthcare System began to formalize its research activities under a single umbrella and in the 1991, the program’s name was officially established as Baylor Research Institute.

In 2013, both research programs were united as part of the merger between Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Baylor Healthcare System.  Today, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute continues to deliver on its Mission to promote the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. BSWRI’s contributions to healthcare innovation can be found in the dozens of top enrolling studies it leads each year, in its patents and IP, and in the unique initiatives it brings forward, such as the Liver Transplant Research Database, which remains one of the longest-running and most detailed liver transplant databases of its kind in the world; the first successful births in the U.S. to women receiving a complete uterine transplant; and BSWRI’s extensive COVID-19 research, being one of the leading enrollers in NIH sponsored clinical trials, the data from which has helped inform FDA decisions to grant emergency use authorization for these novel therapies.

SVP & President – Responsibilities and Requirements

Reporting into the EVP & Chief Medical Officer of Baylor Scott and White Health (BSWH), the SVP & President of Baylor Scott & White Research Institute (BSWRI) is accountable for all research throughout the health system. BSWRI is dedicated to research endeavors that will improve the health of the communities that we serve. This includes addressing chronic conditions as well as other programs (preventative, therapeutic, post-op recovery, palliative) that will benefit patients and caregivers.

The SVP & President will be the face of BSWRI to the external scientific and philanthropic community as well as to internal executives and foundation leadership. The SVP & President will champion the work of BSWRI on a national basis, building on past successes while advancing world class research in key areas such as:

  • Oncology
  • Cardiology and Cardio-thoracic surgery
  • Immunotherapy in cancer, infectious disease, auto-immune diseases and other immunology
  • Diabetes
  • Transplant

Population Health Research

The SVP & President will partner with the BSWRI governing Board to set the strategic intentions of BSWRI in alignment with those of Baylor Scott & White Health system. The SVP & President will ensure successful execution of this strategy through operational oversight of the BSWRI leadership team including management of the Clinical Trials Offices and research support operations totaling approximately 450 employees.


External Leadership

  • Lead the development of relationships with outside scientific and commercial organizations, developing partnerships, alliances, and licensing agreements necessary to support the continuing development of BSWH scientific programs. This will include:
  • Development of business, industry, pharmaceutical and venture capital relationships leading to the transfer of BSWH and BSWRI patented research results to industry
  • Facilitate prompt and effective commercialization of patented intellectual property
  • Drive the development, recruitment and negotiations of outside sponsored clinical trials
  • Oversees the evaluation of invention disclosures for patentability and commercial potential, analyze markets and coordinate all contacts with potential licensees.
  • Prepare business plans, oversee market research and patentability searches.
  • Lead the institute to obtain federal funding for research including NIH, PCORI, DoD and DARPA
  • Develop and implement plan for recruiting key research and clinical scientists necessary to achieve strategic goals of BSWRI
  • Seek and create new market opportunities for patented research results.
  • Work with consultants, industry and business in commercial enterprise development of patented biomedical other technologies
  • Connect potential investors and licensors with BSWH and BRI patented technology.
  • Provide support for external DSMB's (Data Safety Monitoring Board):
  • Cancer Immunotherapy DSMB
  • HIV/AIDS Vaccine DSMB
  • Islet Cell Transplantation DSMB

 Internal Leadership

  • Lead the achievement of the financial and operational goals of BSWRI
  • Oversee all operations of BSWRI, including the functions of finance, scientific staff, compliance, intellectual property/technology transfer, grants and contracts, ensuring the appropriate tools and resources are available for each of these areas
  • Lead funding support for investigator initiated studies
  • Partner with the BSWH Foundations in interfacing with philanthropic opportunities
  • Foster an environment of active communication and collaboration between researchers across all locations of BSWRI
  • Ensure support of clinical trials and support for each therapeutic service area to facilitate translational research (moving research innovation to clinical steps)
  • Determine whether investigator-initiated protocols require an IND or an independent DSMB; provide support for BSWH’s internal DSMB
  • Coordinate and participate in BSWH and BSWRI IP (Intellectual Property) Committee and IP disclosure evaluation process
  • Oversee research contributing to estimation of demand for proposed projects; monitor development of products and new venture timetables to ensure that all are delivered on time and within budget
  • Oversee BSWH and BRI intellectual property portfolio and costs
  • Drive the development of appropriate supports, i.e. website, newsletter, trade publications, to support commercialization efforts​


  • In collaboration with the BSWH Chief Medical Officer, BSWRI Board, and Presidents of BSWH Foundations, develop plans for obtaining philanthropic support for BSWH/BSWRI research programs
  • Present to internal and external audiences, generating interest and support for BSWH and BSWRI programs
  • Encourage publication and presentation productivity of research team with appropriate organizations/events


  • PhD or MD or other advanced degree equivalent
  • Candidates may come from any medical specialty, or research background
  • At least five years’ experience in scientific and business operation leadership
  • A recognized leader in a similar organization 
  • Strategic mindset with the ability to translate strategy into actionable plans
  • Results-oriented executive that thrives in collaborative, mission-focused culture
  • Professional gravitas with exceptional communication skills; ability to articulate the work of BSWRI in a compelling manner in any setting
  • Inspirational leader that holds teams accountable while facilitating their development; track record of building strong and effective teams
  • A person of highest integrity that embraces the mission, vision and values of BSWH and the goals of BSWRI
  • Politically astute and organizationally savvy
  • Track record of measurable success in leading a sizeable clinical research organization
  • Credible research background from a recognized research institute
  • Track record of securing government and other public and private sector funding
  • Basic understanding of concepts associated with clinical trials, partnerships, IP protection, etc. and track record of partnering with internal or outside counsel


Performance goals and objectives for the President over the first 24 months include:

  • Establish strong relationships across BSWRI and BSWH key stakeholders
  • Assess current research activities at BSWRI.
  • Identify opportunities for the expansion of research more broadly within BSWH
  • Advance work in BSWRI’s core mission of health science research and population health
  • Lead the growth of new and existing research programs and expanding collaborations with external partners including Baylor College of Medicine
  • Working with the BSWRI governing Board and BSWH research leaders, develop a five year strategic plan for BSWRI, ensuring that research programs are aligned with the System's key service lines goals
  • Elevate the visibility of BSWRI through advancement of industry relationships, speaking engagements, and other appropriate initiatives


  • Leads from the Future - Communicates a clear and compelling vision for the future, how to get there and what it means for people
  • Demonstrates Business Insight - Uses industry, financial and business data to anticipate organizational needs and improve results
  • Focuses on the Patient/Consumer - Ensures safe, quality, compassionate, affordable, and accessible care is the driving force behind all business decision and actions
  • Collaborates with Purpose - Builds key internal and external relationships, and fosters collaboration to meet shared objectives
  • Applies Sound Judgment - Makes well-informed decisions and develops appropriate solutions
  • Pursues and Fosters Innovation - Using evidence-based approaches and consistently applying “right to left” thinking, drives people to think and act in new ways towards a more complete solution, so the organization can effectively evolve and grow over time
  • Promotes and Leads Change - Leads and supports organizational change appealing to “why” people pursue the work they do.  Helps people adapt and sustain their commitment to the CORE
  • Communicates with Respect and Impact - Communicates effectively at all levels to engage staff and impact behavior.  Exhibits a servant’s heart and reduces hierarchy that separates leaders from their teams
  • Drives Team Success - Ensures people understand what is expected of them and feel accountable for delivering results
  • Builds Organizational Talent - Ensures the right skills and expertise are in place to meet current and future business needs


An executive compensation package is offered which will be comprised of competitive base salary, eligibility for performance incentives, comprehensive benefit plan, relocation assistance, as well as paid time off for vacation and holidays.

Community of Dallas

Dallas boasts a thriving economy, no state taxes, and is one of the fastest growing states in the country. Over 20 Fortune 500 companies call DFW home. These companies, such as ExxonMobil, Toyota, AT&T, and McKesson, help lay a foundation for a strong economic growth engine across the region and state.

The Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars plus a large contingent of other sports teams/venues call Dallas home. The Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, World Series and other events have all been hosted in the DFW region.

DFW has two major arts districts. The Dallas Arts District, which is anchored by the Dallas Museum of Art, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and the AT&T Performing Arts Center, is nearly 70 acres – the largest urban arts district in the country. The Fort Worth Cultural District claims five internationally recognized museums headlined by the Kimball Art Museum.

Dallas is building one of the country’s largest urban nature parks. Dallas’ new “Nature District” will comprise a staggering 10,000 acres, including 7,000 acres of the Great Trinity Forest.  Eleven times larger than New York’s Central Park this project will bring increased quality of life and ongoing development to an already thriving metropolitan center of industry and culture.

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 For confidential consideration for the SVP & President of Baylor Scott & White Research Institute position, please contact:

Stacey Williams

Executive Recruiter