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Department Chair of Internal Medicine

Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Saint Louis, Missouri
Closing date
Dec 18, 2022

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Saint Louis University School of Medicine seeks an accomplished physician leader to serve as the Department Chair of Internal Medicine. Internal Medicine is the largest department in the School of Medicine at SLU, with clinicians and scientists who are national and international leaders in vaccines, liver, lupus, kidney, aging, and other fields. The Department offers state-of-the-art facilities, a faculty of outstanding scholars, and rapidly expanding research programs. With the recent integration of the School’s physician practice organization into SSM Health, the Department of Internal Medicine is poised for growth across each of its mission areas of education, research, and patient care.

The Chair reports to the Vice President, Medical Affairs, and Dean of the School of Medicine with regard to the Department’s academic mission of education and research and to the Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs with regard to its patient-care mission. 


The Department of Internal Medicine at SLU includes more than 145 physicians and scientists, twelve accredited residency and fellowship training programs, and over $17 million in research in FY 2021. The Chair is responsible for the strategic leadership and management of the Department functions, including education, research, and clinical services.



Saint Louis University seeks candidates who have a commitment to academic excellence, the highest level of personal integrity and ethical standards, and an established reputation for compassion, inclusion, fairness, and objectivity. The successful candidate will be an effective leader and respected clinician with demonstrated ability to inspire, manage, mentor, and develop a culturally diverse faculty and staff. The successful candidate will be drawn to the University's Jesuit, Catholic mission and values, including its commitment to social justice.


The Chair must be an MD/DO or equivalent, hold current Board certification in Internal Medicine or a medicine subspecialty, and be eligible for an unrestricted Missouri state medical license. Additionally, the Chair will have credentials that merit appointment in the School of Medicine at the rank of Associate or Full professor.


Candidates will possess an approachable, servant-leader style and will demonstrate excellence in teaching, clinical practice, program development, and experience in research administration. They will have a record of cooperative working relationships and effective use of interpersonal and communication skills that incorporate tact and diplomacy. The Chair will be capable of establishing a culture of physician engagement, accountability, and shared responsibility for patient safety and the quality of care, and will bring a willingness to learn and collaborate in all aspects of the School’s strategic approach to education, research, patient care, diversity, and inclusion.


SSM Health and Saint Louis University are committed to equal employment opportunity based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, and all other statuses protected by law.

 Application Instructions

Saint Louis University and SSM Health have engaged Opus Partners to assist with this search. Craig Smith, Partner; Sarah Gaines, Associate Partner; and Jeffrey Stafford, Senior Associate, are leading the search. To seek additional information, nominate qualified candidates, or to apply, please email

Candidates should expect to provide a CV, cover letter, and a statement that describes their previous and potential contributions to excellence through fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion as a leader. Finalists will complete SSM Health’s behavioral and leadership assessment program and a background check.  The search process is confidential and will continue until the search concludes successfully.



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