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Chair, Department of Medicine

University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Closing date
Jun 5, 2022
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The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

Chair, Department of Medicine

The University of Arizona (UArizona) College of Medicine - Tucson, invites inquiries, nominations, and expressions of interest for the role of Chair, Department of Medicine. Reporting directly to Dean Michael M.I. Abecassis, the Chair will work collaboratively with the leaders of the College of Medicine - Tucson and Banner-University Medicine to build upon excellence in existing clinical, teaching, and team-based research programs to position the department for growth and transformation.

The UArizona College of Medicine - Tucson is part of a university that is a Hispanic serving and Native Nations Institution and fosters a climate of inclusion that supports the active recruitment, training, and retention of a medical workforce that is prepared to meet the academic, research, and clinical care needs of diverse communities in Arizona and beyond.  

The Department of Medicine is currently comprised of more than 250 faculty, 131 residents in two internal medicine residency programs, and 84 fellows across 13 divisions and several affiliated centers of excellence. The department has seen substantial growth in its research funding, ranking it amongst the top 40 departments nationally in NIH funding.

The UArizona College of Medicine - Tucson is part of the University of Arizona Health Sciences, the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training, with over 900 faculty and $220 million in annual research grants and contracts. The UArizona Health Sciences includes the UArizona Colleges of Medicine (Tucson and Phoenix), Nursing, R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy, and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. In February 2015, Banner Health merged with the University of Arizona Health Network in Tucson, Arizona, to form Banner - University Medicine. At the heart of this merger is academic medicine - research, teaching, and patient care - across three academic medical centers in Tucson and Phoenix.

The successful candidate will be an academic physician with a national reputation and a substantial record of research, teaching, clinical, and administrative accomplishments. They will have the knowledge and ability to effectively lead physicians and other health professionals, researchers, and educators while embracing the values of quality and financial sustainability. Candidates must have the leadership experience required to oversee a busy clinical department. Integrity, intellect, the ability to work collaboratively with numerous stakeholders, and a vision of how a modern academic department of medicine thrives in an age of health reform are essential. Applications from women and candidates with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged.

Qualified candidates must hold an MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent medical degree; be board certified in Internal Medicine and eligible for medical licensure in Arizona; and meet University of Arizona criteria for appointment to a tenured senior level faculty position. Proven and substantial leadership experience is required in administrative positions in a medical school or an academic medicine environment, and involvement in academic and professional societies at a national level as is the ability to be a collaborative leader in a rapidly evolving model of care. Applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged.

Confidential inquiries, nominations, expressions of interest, and candidate materials (including a letter of interest and CV) should be submitted via email to:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness. We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships,and community service.

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