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Academic Medicine Leaders Drive Innovation, Quality Care

Academic medicine sets the standard for world-class patient care, teaching and innovation.  A university hospital CEO and leadership team face profound challenges in this complex environment: supporting medical and health science education, patient care, basic and clinical and translational research, faculty retention and recruitment, among others.  

Witt/Kieffer is the executive search firm of choice among medical schools, university hospitals, academic health systems, health sciences centers, faculty practice plans, cancer centers, children’s hospitals and allied health schools. Our physician and other expert consultants understand the structure of academic and clinical enterprises and their tripartite missions of teaching, research and patient care. We serve as trusted advisors to search committees seeking a university hospital CEO, presidents and senior administrators, deans, chairs, division/section chiefs and others. We conduct original research, tap our national network of contacts and conduct extensive interviews and references to identify outstanding candidates.

Integral to all the work that we do are our Leadership Solutions, a proven portfolio of tools and methodologies which help organizations define what great leadership is according to their needs and strategic objectives.

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Karen Otto, managing partner, is the leader of the firm’s academic medicine practice. She is widely known for her grasp of the leadership requirements of the nation’s academic medical centers, medical schools, health science centers, faculty practice plans and related organizations. Based in Oak Brook, IL, Karen identifies administrative, academic and clinical leaders for many of the nation’s leading medical centers.
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