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Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor; Chief Medical Officer

Columbia University Medical Center
New York City, New York
$300,000 - $705,000
Closing date
May 8, 2024

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ColumbiaDoctors, the Faculty Practice Organization of Columbia University Irving Medical Center, is seeking an experienced candidate for the role of Chief Medical Officer. ColumbiaDoctors exists as a component of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and is overseen by the Dean, the CEO, and a Board of 21 voting members of representatives from each clinical department.  In 2023 ColumbiaDoctors delivered over 1.7 million outpatient visits provided by 2800 physicians/providers in over 100 locations and generated over $1 billion in clinical revenue.

The candidate would hold a full-time academic appointment at Columbia University in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, with 0.5 FTE dedicated to the CMO role. The remaining 0.5 FTE would consist of effort commiserate with the candidate’s expertise in other areas of the academic mission of clinical care, education, and/or administrative efforts as determined by the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Key Responsibilities

  • The CMO will be responsible for direct oversight of the business units leading quality and patient safety activities of ColumbiaDoctors to ensure the delivery of quality care in the most effective manner to ensure the safety of our patients
  • The CMO will set direction for quality and safety initiatives and be responsible for developing associated policies and procedures
  • This role will establish and implement an effective framework within which our physicians and providers have the appropriate structure to support the clinical enterprise offering safe, high-quality, efficient, and effective medical services to our patients.
  • This role will regularly evaluate resources inclusive of personnel to ensure that ColumbiaDoctors is meeting strategic objectives in respect to quality and patient safety needs across the clinical enterprise.
  • The CMO will partner with senior leadership stakeholders to serve as a contributor on matters related to the patient experience to ensure patient concerns are addressed in alignment with practice standards and all relevant policies.
  • The CMO will be an integral member of the leadership team that oversees faculty professionalism and patient grievances within the ambulatory outpatient clinical enterprise. This will include overseeing investigations and resolution of complaints as well as interaction with risk management, legal services, and the office of professionalism at VP&S.
  • The CMO will work collaboratively with the newly created Columbia Center for Patient Safety Science and its Director who serves in the role of Associate Dean for Patient Safety.  This work will involve collaboration on external reviews of patient quality and safety policies and procedures and the development of educational programs in patient safety and focused research projects across CUIMC.
  • The CMO will have broad oversight of all population health efforts across the ColumbiaDoctors clinical enterprise, and will work in concert with the leadership teams in our ACO, the tripartite organizational structure, and the primary care division to ensure effective and efficient population health management


  • Possess a deep understanding of the industry and organziational landscape and can anticiapte and articulate critical issues, opportunities and threats in the forseeable future.
  • Exhibits an appreciation for the need for preparation, collaboration, planning, communication, and benchmarking of results in his/her approach to problem-solving and program building. 
  • The successful candidate will have the communication skills, experience, and leadership abilities to interact seamlessly and collaboratively with our executive leadership team under the direct supervision of the CEO of ColumbiaDoctors.
  • The ideal candidate will also be capable of forging a productive and collaborative relationship with our Health System Partner, NewYork Presbyterian Hospital including working closely with the NYP CMO and COO.


  • Partners with Senior Administrative Leadership and HR team to develop HR strategy for assigned units and engages management team to execute strategy. Develops a high-performing team and creates a continuous learning environment.
  • Establishes a culture of coaching and mentoring to facilitate continuous professional development.  Partners with Senior Administrative Leadership to identify and mitigate any roadblocks to performance and evaluate the effectiveness of development on assigned teams.
  • Cultivates an outstanding relationship with NewYork Presbyterian leadership, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons Leadership, clinical department leadership, and Columbia University clinical faculty. Influences others to build a solid platform for change via commitment, dedication, communication, education, and creative problem-solving.
  • The CMO will represent the interests of the clinical enterprise in all relevant committees, task forces, and workgroups as deemed appropriate by the ColumbiaDoctors Board of Governance and Chief Executive Officer, ColumbiaDoctors


  • The CMO will collaborate with the CEO of ColumbiaDoctors to communicate and manage compliance with all medical policies and procedures of ColumbiaDoctors. This will include communication and compliance with changing healthcare regulations in the area of telehealth, annual training, and quality and patient safety as it relates to relevant institutional, accrediting bodies, and state and federal regulations.


Minimum Qualifications required;

  • MD or DO degree with unrestricted license to practice medicine in New York State.
  • Board Certified in relevant specialty.
  • Qualified candidates will have served in a similar role as Associate CMO or CMO of an academic healthcare system.
  • Assures the highest standards of healthcare delivery and outcomes while ensuring a constant patient focus.
  • Exhibits a style that fosters and supports change and innovation, with an ability to delegate yet maintain overall control and set high standards.
  • Exhibits self-awareness, humility, and empathy in his/her interactions with others.
  • Exhibits values and behavior of a good citizen in his/her actions within the organization at large.
  • Demands trust, transparency, and optimism by his/her actions.
  • Communicates naturally, frequently, and effectively through written and verbal communications across a variety of stakeholders and target audiences from senior hospital leadership and administration to clinical support staff embedded within the clinical practices.
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity and a commitment to diversity

Preferred Qualifications

  • National Recognition by Quality Associations is preferred (i.e., Certification/Fellowship through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, etc.)


Application Instructions

This position will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor commensurate with experience.

Salary Ranges:

Assistant Professor at CUMC: $300,000 - $705,000

Associate Professor at CUMC: $325,000 - $705,000

Professor at CUMC: $350,000 - $705,000


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

Pay Transparency Disclosure

The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training.  The above hiring range represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

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