Chair, Department of Medicine sought for Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School

Kalamazoo, Michigan
May 06, 2021
Jun 05, 2021
Internal Medicine
Full Time

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed), one of the nation’s newest medical schools, is seeking an exceptional academic leader to serve as Chair of the Department of Medicine as we expand into our second decade. The medical school collaborates with Western Michigan University, a national public doctoral university, and two award-winning teaching hospitals nationally recognized for innovation and quality. The medical school is home to 9 residency programs, 4 fellowships, 200+ residents, and 350+ medical students.

The Department of Medicine has a long record of accomplishment in the community, dating back several decades.  It is built around the strong collaboration among the academic department, over 100 participating community physicians, and two busy hospitals. The long-established Internal Medicine Residency Program is fully accredited. It has a track record of 100% board pass rates for the last 7 consecutive years and successful placement of its graduates into some of the most sought-after subspecialty fellowship programs. The program consistently places several residents every year into southwest Michigan, and many alumni remain in the community, strongly supporting the teaching program. The Department also has direct oversight of the Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program jointly with the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

Opportunity Highlights
The new Chair will be expected to bring a record of sustained accomplishments in the scholarly and clinical realm as well as evidence of leadership at the national and international level. The Chair will provide academic leadership for the Department of Medicine, expand and build collaborative relationships, and grow innovative programs. The Chair must: 

  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively steward department resources
  • Understand, appreciate, and guide the development of training and research programs
  • Establish productive working relationships with employed and community faculty, staff, residents, students, and administration
  • Effectively support the distinct academic and clinical partnerships for the Department of Medicine
  • Represent the department and medical school in various local, regional, and national venues 

Other qualifications include:

  • MD/ DO degree
  • Board-certified in Medicine and/or subspecialty, as applicable
  • Eligible for an unrestricted medical license in the state of Michigan
  • Academic credentials appropriate for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor 
  • Substantial clinical and administrative leadership experience at an academic institution

Community Information
A city rich with creative culture where a sense of adventure can extend from the outdoors to the dining table. Home to three higher education institutions, two nationally recognized healthcare systems, cutting-edge medical research, world-class brewing and dining, and a wide variety of music, art, theatre, and cultural attractions. 

  • A community that invests in the future of its citizens and emphasizes access to quality education at all levels
  • The Kalamazoo Promise—provides graduates of Kalamazoo public school free tuition for any college in Michigan
  • Distinct seasons to explore a variety of outdoor adventures along trails, waterways, and the shores of Lake Michigan
  • Enjoy a low cost of living and access to plenty of big-city amenities—midway between Chicago and Detroit

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. WMed provides a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.

For immediate consideration please inquire with an updated copy of your CV so we can discuss the position by phone. Also, inform me of your best available times to speak. I look forward to your reply and thank you for your review. Please do not delay as we anticipate a significant response.

Please contact Kendra Thompson at or at 866-406-0269 and reference IM-133794