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Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Mar 23, 2023

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University of Michigan Medical School, Michigan Medicine

Ann Arbor, MI


The University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS) seeks a nationally recognized, dynamic, and visionary leader to become its next Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine (DOIM). This is an opportunity to reinforce and amplify excellence in research, patient care, and education for an internationally renowned department while aligning the academic vision with clinical growth in an expanding health system. The next Chair will be a creative thinker who advocates across the missions of Michigan Medicine (MM) to empower talented faculty, staff, and learners. The Chair will be a champion of innovation and collaboration and have an inclusive leadership mindset and framework to navigate and manage multidisciplinary teams and move the department forward with an understanding of the complicated forces at play.

MM is home to one of the largest healthcare complexes in Michigan. It is comprised of the UM Health System, UMMS, and the Michigan Health Corporation (the legal entity that allows the Health System to enter into partnerships, affiliations, and joint ventures). MM serves the state, nation, and world through advanced clinical care, ground-breaking research, and a broad range of biomedical education.

As the largest and oldest clinical department at the UMMS, the DOIM has been a leader in the advancement of patient care, education, and research. Stewarding the tripartite mission of UMMS, the DOIM continues to set a standard of excellence for Internal Medicine departments (ranked 7th in the nation). The department is home to 13 divisions with more than 900 dedicated faculty members and over 300 residents and fellows. The Ann Arbor Veteran’s Health Care System, including one of the top veteran’s hospitals in the country, is two miles from the main hospital campus and a model for partnerships between VA facilities and academic medical centers.

The Chair of the DOIM will have a deep commitment to discovery and translational science, a track record of supporting education and mentoring, a seasoned understanding of managing clinical care models, and considerable experience in the philanthropic, administrative, and budgetary efforts of an integrated medical system. Reporting to the Dean/Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, the Chair of DOIM is a key member of the UMMS and Michigan Medicine leadership. The Chair will bring expertise in operational planning to serve as both an initiator and advocate of collaborative opportunities for an institution with a diversified research funding portfolio and an expanding clinical footprint. The Chair must also have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills to set the standard for the entire leadership of the DOIM which includes Vice Chairs, Division Chiefs, and Associate Vice Chairs. They will promote diversity of thought and will implement practical approaches to enhancing teamwork and individual well-being. This adaptive and forward- thinking leader will foster an inclusive and collegial working environment to enhance career development and individual well- being.

The successful candidate will be an adept manager and creative problem-solver who can inspire a large team through a period of clinical expansion while maintaining the excellence of departmental research and educational programs. The selected candidate must have an MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent clinical doctoral degree with board certification. The candidate must have a record commensurate with appointment at the rank of Professor and be eligible for licensure in Michigan. The Chair must be a thoughtful, accessible, and personable leader that can manage multidisciplinary teams. The Chair of the DOIM will initiate and implement clinical, research, education, and financial strategies for the Department. The Chair will also prioritize obtaining resources for the Department through philanthropic approaches to amplify the support and recognition of the DOIM.

Please direct all inquiries, nominations, and applications to Isaacson, Miller, the national executive search firm assisting with the search. All replies will be held in strict confidence. Correspondence and applications, which should include a CV and letter of interest, should be submitted electronically to Jamie Sands and Natalie Leonhard via

Michigan Medicine seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan and to maintaining the excellence of the University. We welcome applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching, and clinical mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons and will not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status. The University of Michigan is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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