Leadership for Health Sciences Research, Education and Quality Care

As a trusted strategic partner, WittKieffer possesses a deep understanding of the tremendous challenges facing organizations in the health sciences and academic medicine. To continue setting the standard for world-class patient care, community service, teaching and innovation, today’s leaders in this sector must model strength and stability while championing medical and health sciences education; basic, clinical and translational research; and faculty retention and recruitment.

Our understanding of client challenges greatly informs the approach our expert consultants take in finding outstanding university hospital and independent academic medical center executives, including university hospital CEOs and other C-suite leaders, deans, chairs and division and section chiefs. We also tap our vast network of contacts to identify high-potential candidates and perform in-depth interviews to ensure we match clients with leaders who can manage disruption and drive organizational success.

Our Clients in Academic Medicine and Health Sciences Include:

  • Academic health systems
  • Allied health schools
  • Faculty practice plans
  • Health sciences centers
  • Independent academic medical centers
  • Medical schools
  • Research institutes
  • University hospitals

Success Story

Ken Deans - President and CEO of Health Sciences South Carolina
Deans Guiding Renewal at Health Sciences South Carolina Since Taking Helm

Since becoming President and Chief Executive Officer at Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC) in August of 2017, Ken Deans has guided a number of initiatives that have resulted in a major turnaround at the statewide health data and research collaborative. Within the first 60 days, net revenue increased by 4.7 percent (annualized), and operating expenses were reduced by 8.4 percent by October of that same year. He renegotiated banking relationships to support improved investment/interest income for the organization equating to a $1.2 million improvement within the first year, improved on the FY18 budgeted net margin by $2.1 million, and launched a new subsidiary company, establishing an entirely new additional business unit for HSSC in FY19. These achievements all occurred within the first 13 months of his hiring.

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Our expert consultants understand the structure of academic and clinical enterprises and their tripartite missions of teaching, research and patient care. Practice leader Kimberly Smith can answer your questions about our services and capabilities.

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