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Oncology Chief

University of Utah Department of Internal Medicine
Salt Lake City, Utah
Closing date
Mar 26, 2024

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The Oncology Division in the Department of Internal Medicine (DOIM) in the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine at the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) seeks an exceptional oncology leader to serve as the Chief for the Oncology Division. This is a remarkable opportunity for a dynamic academic leader to further the growth, innovation, and diversity of this vibrant program’s clinical, research, educational, and other programmatic missions.

The Oncology Chief will work closely with the DOIM Chair and HCI leaders to promote a collaborative environment that enhances clinical growth and academic development and advances research consistent with Department, HCI, and Institutional missions. The ideal candidate will be a strategic leader who promotes institutional stewardship throughout University of Utah Health and the University of Utah. 

Competitive candidates will have a track record of accomplishment as an academic oncologist, as evidenced by practicing and excellence in clinical oncology, original contributions to oncology research, national and international visibility, a history of research funding, and progressive leadership and administrative experience.

Outstanding leadership abilities are required, including the following:

  • Embody to act on the core principles of respect, transparency, accountability, and   integrity;
  • Ability to motivate faculty through inspiration and leading by example;
  • Effective communication and listening skills;
  • Dedication to fostering the growth of others and experience in mentoring faculty and trainees;
  • Commitment to excellence in all academic domains, including the clinical, research, and educational missions;
  • Ability to navigate complex multidisciplinary environments and build trust with multiple stakeholders;
  • Nurture a culture of collaboration;
  • Commitment to value, quality, and efficiency;
  • Ability to recruit and retain excellent clinical and research faculty, emphasizing equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • The ideal candidate will be a strategic leader who promotes institutional stewardship throughout the University of Utah Health System.

Minimum Qualifications: ABIM Board certification in oncology, academic tenure experience as an Associate Professor or Professor, and eligible for a Utah Medical License.

Preferred Qualifications: National or international research reputation, clinical leadership, and progressive administrative experience.

Please apply by submitting a current curriculum vitae, a cover letter containing a description of professional experiences, including leadership responsibilities, scientific accomplishments, clinical practice, mentoring, administrative/service experiences, leadership philosophy, and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion at:


Contact for Inquiries:

John Inadomi, MD c/o Lori Maness

Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Chair

Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine


The University of Utah Health has ranked in the top 10 of the prestigious Vizient Quality Leadership Award for the last 13 years. The University of Utah is also a Top-Tier 1 research (R1) institution and a member of the Association of American Universities. Its research funding was $768 million in FY23. The Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine had $312 million in funding this year with the departments of Internal Medicine (DOIM) and Pediatrics contributing over $113 million, followed by the departments of Biochemistry and Neurology contributing over $42 million.

For more than seventy-five years, the DOIM has had a rich history of providing excellent care, quality research, and valuable education in Utah. DOIM is a collaborative Department, with strong partnerships among divisions, across departments, and with the VA Hospital and HCI. Further, the DOIM has a strong research focus ranked 36th for all institutions, and 17th for state/public universities, with $45.3 M in total NIH funding in 2022. The DOIM has also seen double-digit clinical growth for several years.

HCI is an NCI -Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), supporting and fostering a vibrant cancer research enterprise in a highly collegial environment. HCI has an outstanding history of academic achievement and impact, with $122K extramural grant funding in FY2023, an “exceptional” rating at the last two NCI reviews, a highly collaborative environment, a positive and supportive culture, and a strong commitment to excellence in patient care, research, teaching, training, community engagement, and service.

The Division of Oncology is one of twelve divisions within the Department of Internal Medicine (DOIM). The faculty and advanced practice clinicians cover the entire spectrum of oncology and are dedicated to high quality, value-driven patient care, education, and innovation and discovery through basic, clinical, population, and health services research. The Division Oncology is integrated in the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center serving the five-state Mountain west and beyond. The DOIM and HCI are undergoing major expansions of their clinical and research operations and are committed to supporting the growth of the Oncology Division through recruitment of new clinical, translational, and laboratory-based faculty. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to participate in and ultimately take a lead role in multidisciplinary clinics and in developing clinical-research programs within a growing translational research initiative, fully integrated with or within the multidisciplinary teams at our main campus location.

Clinical activities in the Division of Oncology are supported by thirty physicians and twenty-seven advanced practice clinicians who provide outpatient and inpatient patient care services at four locations in the Salt Lake Valley including HCI and the University of Utah Health’s community clinics in South Jordan, Sugar House, and Farmington. Clinical activities include specialty programs such as the Huntsman Acute Care clinic, Supportive Oncology & Survivorship (SOS), Family Cancer Assessment Clinic (FCAC), and Geriatric clinic, among others. Outside of the valley, the Division provides outreach services at the affiliate hospitals of Madison Memorial in Rexburg, Idaho, and St. John’s Health in Jackson, Wyoming.

The Division of Oncology has one of the most robust clinical trials research programs in the DOIM and at HCI. HCI offers state-of-the-art laboratories, including a 225,000 sq. ft. research building which opened in the summer of 2017 and doubled the Institute’s research space. Research activities in the Division are supported by $17M in FY23 of annual extramural research funding through federal, association/foundation and industry awards. In FY22, the Division of Oncology accounted for 45% of all Industry Trials, 48% of all Investigator Initiated Trials (IITs), and 46% of NCI and Cooperative Group Trials at HCI. Further, in the last few years the Division has made an investment in our Translational Research Program by hiring five MD/PhD researchers. Clinical research is supported by the HCI Clinical Trials Office, Biospecimen and Molecular Pathology Shared Resource, numerous other Shared Resources across HCI and the University of Utah, and disease-specific clinical databases. The Utah Population Database affords unique opportunities for oncology researchers interested in population-based genetic research, an area of great research strength at the University of Utah.

The Oncology Division is highly committed to the education of fellows, DOIM house staff, PhD postdoctoral fellows, and students. Attracting and training clinicians and researchers are integral to its education mission. Educational activities in the Division of Oncology include a combined Oncology/Hematology Fellowship program consisting of twelve fellows. The University of Utah offers excellent graduate programs for training PhD and MD/PhD students, and a Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP) in the DOIM. The Division is committed to advancing junior faculty in conjunction with institutional research training programs, such as the Vice President's Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholar Program and the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program.

For more information about the Department of Internal Medicine and HCI, visit and

The University of Utah is in beautiful Salt Lake City, which offers an outstanding quality of life in a metropolitan area of 1.5 million residents, nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. Utah’s great outdoors are nearby, offering world-class skiing, hiking, and mountain biking activities in the spectacular surrounding canyons. The city is vibrant and cosmopolitan, with theater, the arts, sports, and nightlife. The area has received international recognition for its light rail system, downtown, library system, and increasing diversity. Salt Lake City is home to sizable Latinx and immigrant populations (21.5% and 11.5% of residents, respectively). More than a third of Utah's ethnic/racial minorities are children or youth under the age of 18 years, and the Salt Lake City School District is now a majority-minority district, with one in five Salt Lake County residents speaking a language besides English at home. The International Rescue Committee, headquartered in Salt Lake, is one of eight national resettlement committees committed to helping people with refugee status thrive in the United States. Per capita, Salt Lake City has the 11th largest LGBTQ population in the US and, among large US cities, has the highest percentage of same-sex couples (26 percent) raising children.

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. People of color, Indigenous peoples, women, those identifying as LGBTQIAAP+, veterans, those with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

We acknowledge that this land, which is named for the Ute Tribe, is the traditional and ancestral homeland of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute, and Ute Tribes. The University of Utah recognizes and respects the enduring relationship that exists between many Indigenous Peoples and their traditional homelands. We respect the sovereign relationship between tribes, states, and the federal government, and we affirm the University of Utah’s commitment to a partnership with Native Nations and Urban Indian communities through research, education, and community outreach activities.

The Department of Internal Medicine is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples and single parents. We are committed to equal parental leave for men and women faculty and provide eight weeks of paid parental leave. If both parents are department faculty members, we provide eight weeks of paid parental leave to the primary caregiver and four weeks of paid co-parental leave for the other parent.

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:


Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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