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Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Dec 13, 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 Emergency Medicine (DOEM). This is an opportunity to build on a legacy of excellence in patient care, research, and education for an internationally renowned department. The next Chair will be a creative thinker who advocates across the clinical, research, and teaching 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 style to move a nationally respected department forward.

The Department’s vision is to be the nation’s premier academic department of Emergency Medicine. Clinically, the Department operates an 86-bed emergency department at University Hospital (>74,000 visits in FY23) and a pediatric emergency department out of the adjacent Mott Children’s Hospital (>40,000 visits in FY23) with the distinctive ability to provide seamless pediatric and adult emergency services. The Department also runs a 7,800-square-foot Emergency Critical Care Center (EC3) with five resuscitation/trauma bays and nine patient rooms – the country's first and largest Emergency Department ICU. The Department staffs the Hurley Medical Center Emergency Department, a Level 1 Trauma Center in Flint, Michigan, and provides care for >76,000 adult and pediatric patients per year.

The DOEM has an interdisciplinary team of 209 faculty (including adjunct), 863 staff, 64 residents, and 24 fellows. Its primary clinical operations are located at University Hospital, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and Hurley Medical Center in Flint. Its research program is supported by external funding of over $25 million, including $15.9 million of NIH funding in FY22. Of note, the Department has been a leader in NIH-funding, ranking #1 among emergency medicine departments for five of the last eight years. The department’s faculty members hold significant leadership roles in the medical school, health system, and university including UMMS’s Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Faculty Development, the Chief Medical Officer at Hurley Medical Center, Michigan Medicine’s Chief of Staff, and the University’s Vice President for Research.

Reporting to the Dean and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, the Chair of Emergency Medicine will have a deep dedication to the clinical mission, a proven track record in advancing research programs, a demonstrated commitment to education, significant administrative, budgetary, and philanthropic experience, and the leadership qualities to help advance a highly collegial and collaborative department. The Chair will demonstrate integrity and a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. They will promote diversity of thought and will implement practical approaches to enhancing teamwork and individual well-being. The Chair will also bring operational knowledge of complex emergency care, an understanding of strategic planning, a track record of fostering collaboration, and outstanding communication skills. The Chair will be intentional about collaborations with key stakeholders, including other clinical departments. Candidates must have an MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent clinical doctoral degree, have an academic record commensurate with appointment at the rank of Professor, and be eligible for licensure in Michigan.

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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