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Chief, Head and Neck Oncology Service

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK)
New York City, New York (US)
Expected salary range is $335,000-$655,000 for this role
Closing date
May 17, 2024

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Full Time
Position Type
Chair/Chief/Medical Director

Chief, Head and Neck Oncology Service

Division of Solid Tumor Oncology

Department of Medicine

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) was founded in 1884 and has since become one of the world’s premier cancer centers committed to exceptional patient care, leading-edge research, and superb educational programs. The institution is an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center whose purposes are the treatment and control of cancer, the advancement of biomedical knowledge through laboratory and clinical research, and the training of physicians, scientists, and other healthcare workers.

The Division of Solid Tumor Oncology in the Department of Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center seeks to recruit an exceptional academic physician to serve as the Chief of the Head and Neck Oncology Service. The Head and Neck Oncology Service is one of ten services in the Division of Solid Tumor Oncology that includes, in addition to Head and Neck Oncology, Breast Oncology, Genitourinary Oncology, Clinical Genetics, Thoracic Oncology, Early Oncology Drug Development, Melanoma, Sarcoma, Gastrointestinal Oncology and Gynecologic Medical Oncology.

The Head and Neck Oncology Service is composed of ten academic faculty who deliver care across New York City and surrounding areas including Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester County. The faculty consist of experts in treatment for upper aerodigestive tract malignancies, including squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck and other rare histologies, thyroid cancers, salivary cancers, and non-melanoma skin cancers. The service on average delivers over 15,000 outpatient visits with over 1,200 new patients per year. The Head and Neck Oncology Program faculty lead a large portfolio of research projects that span the entire research continuum and include faculty based in both wet and dry laboratories. Our highly productive research programs have made major contributions to the field, including the FDA approvals of cemiplimab and selpercatinib, as well as pioneering investigations of targeted therapies (BRAF, PI3K/Akt/mTOR, RAS, RET, NTRK, HER family, androgen receptor), immunotherapy, cellular therapies, and ADCs. This work drove discovery in rare malignancies such as thyroid cancer and salivary cancer, among others, and has been supported by $79 million in funding in the last decade, including $74 million across 47 industrial contracts and $5 million in private and federal grants. Faculty in the Head and Neck Oncology Program collaborate closely with physicians and physician scientists from across all MSK’s Basic and Clinical Departments. Partnerships with Head and Neck Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Pathology, are extremely strong and facilitate large ambitious research projects.

The new Service Chief will report to the Division Head, Solid Tumor Oncology, Dr. Luis Diaz and will have programmatic oversight and operational responsibility for the Head and Neck Oncology Service and all its faculty. The Chief will set the strategic, research, clinical and operational priorities for the Service. S/he will champion clinical operations, talent acquisition and retention, research, philanthropy, professional development, mentorship, and teaching. The ideal candidate is highly collegial and experienced in building strong teams that can execute high impact research projects, train the next generation of head and neck oncologists, and deliver exceptional clinical care.

The ideal candidate will have international recognition as a thought leader in head and neck oncology, and a history of conducting high impact studies in either clinical, translational, laboratory-based, or population science.

Interested candidates should apply by sending a brief statement of prior experience, research interests and a CV to James Fagin, MD and cc Valentina Salkow, Manager, Academic Recruitment,

Expected salary range is $335,000-$655,000 for this role. Physician compensation is based on multiple variables. This range represents annual salary only and does not include supplemental performance-based pay or any one-time payments that eligible candidates may be offered at the time of hire.

MSK is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.

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