Dean, School of Medicine and Advanced Medical Engineering

Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
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Dec 14, 2023

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Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona


Arizona State University (ASU) invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for the inaugural Dean of the School of Medicine and Advanced Medical Engineering, a first-in-the-nation school integrating medicine, health humanities, biomedical science, and engineering.

This is a tremendous opportunity to make a major impact on the Arizona healthcare landscape and the future of medicine by building and leading a new school at one of the nation’s most innovative universities. Announced in June 2023 and expected to welcome its first class of students in 2026, the School of Medicine and Advanced Medical Engineering will be a cornerstone of ASU Health, the University’s growing healthcare enterprise. Headquartered in downtown Phoenix, ASU Health is a learning ecosystem formed to accelerate and focus the University’s efforts to tackle Arizona’s urgent healthcare needs—now and in the future—by preparing the next generation healthcare workforce through interdisciplinary learning, research, and practice. Arizona has one of the most severe hospital and healthcare worker shortages in the United States, with more than one in three hospitals in the state facing critical staffing shortages. ASU Health takes a bold and creative approach to addressing this challenge by leveraging the multifaceted strengths of the University to recruit, develop, and train a professional workforce prepared to improve health outcomes in Arizona and beyond.

In support of this ambitious goal, the School of Medicine and Advanced Medical Engineering will bring together health sciences from across the University, deepen clinical partnerships to support both research and academic programs, and prepare students for impactful careers at the intersection of medicine and technology in a rapidly evolving healthcare landscape. Reporting dually to the Executive Vice President and University Provost and the Executive Vice President of ASU Health, the Dean will be a critical early hire for ASU Health and must be an entrepreneurial and visionary builder who can turn these bold plans into reality while operating in alignment with the University’s Charter.


ASU is home to more than 170,000 students learning on campus or online, who hail from all 50 states and more than 150 countries. The Dean will join the University during an exciting period, as ASU recently joined the prestigious Association of American Universities, highlighting its position as one of the nation’s preeminent research universities. For nine years in a row, ASU has ranked number one in innovation among American universities. In alignment with the University’s Charter, ASU is deeply committed to making higher education accessible and affordable, and today, its student population mirrors the demographics of the state. ASU has been designated as both a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and a Minority Serving Institution (MSI).

Because this is an inaugural role in a large university and in a complex healthcare landscape, the successful candidate’s experience must demonstrate a history of entrepreneurship and comfort with ambiguity and should include progressive administrative responsibility in environments that rely upon vision, teamwork, planning, delegation of authority, and measures of accountability. The preferred candidate must demonstrate the following:

  • A terminal degree (MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent) with an exceptional academic profile in academic medicine and a significant administrative leadership track record of integrity, service, and achievement commensurate with the rank of tenured, full professor is required;
  • A degree (BS, MS, PhD, or equivalent) in Engineering or a related field is strongly preferred;
  • A strong academic background in the field of medicine as well as the field(s) of engineering, technology, or other STEM disciplines with a focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, and medical education.


Arizona State University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For best consideration, please apply by January 5, 2024. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

David Bellshaw, John Muckle, Carley Davenport, Ethan Thomas, and Salem Adisu

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome St., Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For more information, please visit: and

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