University of Kentucky College of Medicine - Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

KY, Lexington

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, Ky., invites applications and nominations for the position of professor and chair of the department of internal medicine. This is an outstanding opportunity to expand care as part of a rapidly growing health system, and to substantially build upon a strong research and academic foundation.

The department of internal medicine is the largest department in the College of Medicine and at the University of Kentucky, with 15 divisions, approximately 300 faculty, 88 residents, 40 fellows, 100 advanced practice providers, and over 320 staff members as of fall 2020. The department is also vital to UK HealthCare, a nationally recognized health care system dedicated to patient-focused care. University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital remains the No. 1 hospital in Kentucky and the Bluegrass Region, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Rankings.

The College of Medicine is one of six health-related colleges at the University (Dentistry, Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health), encompassing a combined 25 basic science and clinical departments and more than 1,100 faculty members.

In the past few years, the college has expanded its educational and research efforts, adding two new regional campuses in Bowling Green and Northern Kentucky, and doubling its National Institutes of Health funding.

There is particular opportunity to advance research in alignment with the University’s historic commitment to key research priorities, and in partnership with the National Cancer Institute designated Markey Cancer Center, Gill Heart & Vascular Institute, Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center, and the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science, among many others institutes and centers.

The predominant criteria for appointment as chair include the proven ability to deliver excellent patient care while training future leaders in internal medicine. The successful candidate will be a nationally-prominent academic leader and role model with an established record of excellence in clinical care, research, clinical education, and mentorship.

The successful candidate should demonstrate strong leadership skills as a listener, decision-maker, humanist, and an effective advocate for the department, its divisions, and its faculty. The candidate should have experience developing collaborative initiatives and the personal characteristics needed to promote, foster, and facilitate the trust of colleagues and the broader University faculty. The successful applicant should demonstrate impeccable integrity and be an effective communicator. Prior extensive administrative experience as a department chair, division chief, or program director is preferred.

Professional Experience/Qualifications:

  • MD, DO, MD/PhD, or equivalent
  • National recognition as demonstrated through involvement in academic and professional societies at a national level
  • Demonstrated leadership in administrative positions in medical school or an academic medical center setting
  • Proven record of recruitment and retention of talent
  • Board certification in internal medicine
  • Eligible for medical licensure in Kentucky

The College of Medicine seeks qualified applicants who value its missions and share its commitment to creating an environment in which diversity is valued, inclusion is imperative, and belonging is foundational. As an Equal Opportunity Action Employer, we strive to foster a community in which individuals of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. Exceptional accomplishments as a clinician and academician are a must as the chair’s duties will include a clinical practice as well as ongoing academic activities.

Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications (including a cover letter and CV) should be submitted via email to Jeff Schroetlin, Karen Otto, and Megan Welch, the WittKieffer consultants supporting UK in this recruitment at UKInternalMedicine@wittkieffer.com. Candidates will also need to apply through UK’s UK Jobs website. The posting can be found by searching for requisition # FE02542, or via the quicklink to the job: https://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/315536

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn, and live.

In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients, and visitors, the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco and Drug Free campus.

Upon offer of employment, successful applicants must undergo a national background check and pre-employment drug screen as required by University of Kentucky Human Resources. The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and inclusion. Individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.