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Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

Dartmouth Health and The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Hanover, New Hampshire
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Mar 26, 2023

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Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Dartmouth Health System

Dartmouth Health and The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth are pleased to announce a national search for the Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. This is a remarkable opportunity to lead an exceptional clinical department known nationally for providing outstanding patient care, fostering the medical and biomedical education of the next generation, and supporting innovative research.

Dartmouth Health is New Hampshire’s largest, and only academic, health system. Dartmouth Health serves a population of 1.9 million patients across northern New England and provides access to more than 1,800 providers. Anchored by the academic Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, the system includes the NCI-designated Dartmouth Cancer Center, the Dartmouth Health Children’s hospital, 5 member hospitals, 30 ambulatory clinics across the region, a Visiting Nurse Association, and the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care.

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth was established in Hanover, NH in 1797 and, to this day, strives to improve the lives of the people it serves: students, patients, and local and global communities. As one of America's top medical schools, Geisel is committed to creating new generations of diverse leaders who will help solve the most vexing challenges in health care. Geisel and Dartmouth Health are separate organizational entities that collaborate intimately on research and education and share key infrastructure programs. Additional clinical and academic collaborations include the Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Junction, VT; the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice; the Tuck School of Business; the Thayer School of Engineering; the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies; and the Arts and Sciences departments and programs of Dartmouth College.

The Department of Emergency Medicine began first as a Section in 1982 with 9 Emergency Room beds. Today, the Department consists of 40 board certified faculty members, 35 beds, and 30,000 patient visits per year at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center plus an additional 15,000 annual visits at two critical access hospitals in our region. The Department also runs a telemedicine service to support emergency care at 9 rural, northern New England sites, and it oversees a prehospital program that includes 3 helicopters, transporting approximately 1,500 patients per year. The Department is focused on research education with $8 million currently in active grants, 18 residents and 2 fellows. Teaching also extends to undergraduates, medical students, nursing students, EMTs, and attending clinicians.

In this leadership role, the Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine will have primary responsibility and accountability for the overall direction, operation, and management of the Department in accordance with the mission and goals of Dartmouth Health and The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. In addition, the Chair will collaborate and coordinate with other Dartmouth Health member hospitals around clinical programs, academic, and research opportunities.

The Chair will partner with the Dartmouth Health senior leadership to provide high-quality delivery of care, achieve program objectives, and meet financial metrics. The Chair, through their leadership position within Geisel, is responsible for faculty development and mentoring toward academic advancement. Additionally, they will foster a robust culture that encourages education for physicians, advanced practitioners, students, residents, and fellows that meets or exceeds program accreditation standards (e.g., LCME, ACGME/RRC, and CME).

The Chair shall provide departmental oversight for all aspects of graduate and undergraduate medical education, as well as engage with programs associated with relevant graduate programs in the biosciences (PhD, MPH, MS) and with those for undergraduates of Dartmouth College.

As the clinical leader of the Department, the Chair will have full accountability for the establishment and implementation of Emergency Medicine services, strategies, and operations for Dartmouth Health, which includes all Dartmouth Health locations, regional members, and affiliates. They will also be responsible for partnering with accountable care organizations. The Chair will work with Dartmouth Health officers and senior leadership to operationalize the Department within the overall integrated delivery system’s organizational structure and functions. 

The Chair leader is an integral member of the Dartmouth Health Senior Leadership Group and of the Geisel Dean’s Academic Board.

Responsibilities include:

  • Ensure high-performing, patient and family-centered care and population health goals across Dartmouth Health and Dartmouth by working in close collaboration with the Dartmouth Health Chief Clinical Officer and other senior Dartmouth Health clinical, academic and administrative leadership.
  • Set a tone of academic excellence in the department through mentorship for education and scholarship that leads to the academic advancement of faculty based on the criteria established in the Geisel Appointment and Promotion and Tenure guidelines.
  • Foster a respectful learning environment in support of the advancement of learners and that supports professional development of staff.
  • Champion programs to enhance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging among all faculty and staff within the department.
  • Provide responsible leadership for all Department staff processes including physician engagement, recruitment, development, and performance assessment.
  • Foster a culture and environment that enables change implementation and innovation in transitioning from volume-based to value-based care models in conjunction with senior clinical, academic, and administrative leadership.
  • Advance medical management and cost-effectiveness initiatives, implement best practices, including case and utilization management processes, and foster quality promotion, patient safety, and cost containment.
  • Champion research programs across the full clinical, delivery, and basic science spectrum within the Department and through collaborations with others that are aligned with the goals of Dartmouth Health, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics, and Geisel School of Medicine in collaboration with the Dartmouth Health Chief Research Officer, the Geisel Dean, and other Chair colleagues.
  • Lead the implementation and operation of innovative and effective telemedicine programs to help support and transform the provision of Emergency Medicine services throughout Dartmouth Health’s service area.
  • Lead innovation and implementation of curricular programs within the Department and through collaborations with others that are aligned with the goals of the system.

Minimum qualifications:
Qualified candidates will: hold a medical degree (MD, MD/MPH, MD/MBA, MD/PhD) or equivalent degree(s); qualify for rank of Professor or Associate Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine; be American board certified; and be a New Hampshire licensed physician or should be eligible for licensure in the state of New Hampshire. The preferred candidate will have five or more years of experience as a strategic leader with the ability to manage a substantial, complex, and evolving organization. They will also have experience with funded research, scholarly achievement, and a history of teaching effectiveness, successful development of an organization or program, and an acknowledged reputation in the provision of exemplary health care. Ideally, the successful candidate will have had leadership experience within a dynamic academic health system as well as a medical school. The successful candidate will be an advocate for the faculty, students, and staff and be committed to mentoring and training the next generation of physicians and clinicians.

The Dartmouth Health system stretches over New Hampshire and Vermont and offers the quintessential New England experience. This beautiful area combines history, industry, and business and has been ranked consistently as one of the best places in the US to live and work.

Dartmouth Health and Geisel are headquartered in the historical Upper Connecticut River Valley, consisting of the 37 towns straddling the river between Vermont and New Hampshire. The “Upper Valley” boasts cultural opportunities through venues including the Hopkins Center for the Arts and the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, as well as the Lebanon Opera House and Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT. The region is noted for its abundance of recreational activities. With destinations like Boston, New York, Montreal, the seacoast, and ski country within short driving distances, it is a place to thrive both personally and professionally.

Candidates are asked to supply a CV, cover letter, and diversity statement.

Please address cover letters to the Search Chair:
Jocelyn D. Chertoff, MD, MS, MHCDSi, FACR
Chair, Department of Diagnostic Radiology
Vice President of the Radiology Service Line
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Professor of Radiology and of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

All application material should be submitted to:
Elizabeth Homsy

Senior Associate, Healthcare Practice
Korn Ferry

Dartmouth Health is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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