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-based health system and independent academic medical center executives, including 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. View our current open searches.

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Our Clients in Academic Medicine and Health Sciences Include:

  • Academic health systems
  • Cancer centers
  • Faculty practice plans
  • Health sciences centers
  • Independent academic medical centers
  • Medical schools
  • Research institutes
  • Schools of health science and health professions
  • University hospitals
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Success Stories

Sheri Keitz, M.D. - Chair, Department of Medicine, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
At Lahey, Exhibiting Excellence in Medicine, Scholarship and Education

Sheri Keitz, M.D., is representative of a wave of top new physician leaders at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. As Chair of the Department of Medicine, she is responsible for 17 divisions as well as 12 residency and fellowship programs. Dr. Keitz is an internationally recognized educator on evidence-based medicine. She co-leads Duke University’s annual workshop, Teaching and Leading Evidence-Based Practice, for educators and champions in evidence-based practice and co-Directs McMaster University’s Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Workshop. In addition, Dr. Keitz has been an advocate for equity and diversity in academic medicine throughout her career, while also an award-winning clinician-educator. Dr. Keitz demonstrates the very best in medicine as well as medical education.

Anne C. Mosenthal, M.D. - Chief Academic Officer, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
A Leader in Surgery and Palliative Care Plays a Key Role at Lahey

Anne C. Mosenthal, M.D., recently assumed to the role of chief academic officer at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, as well as a professor and Lahey dean for Tufts University Medical Center. Dr. Mosenthal is one of the most recognized names in surgery as it relates to palliative care for patients. Formerly chair of the Department of Surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Mosenthal is a recognized trauma surgeon and a founding member of the American College of Surgeon’s Surgical Palliative Care Task Force (now the Committee on Surgical Palliative Care, which she currently chairs). Like many Lahey clinicians, Dr. Mosenthal strives to give back to her profession. She has been a champion and mentor for women in surgery, and has won the Association of Women Surgeon’s Olga Jonasson Distinguished Member Award in 2018.

Steven Stain, M.D. - Chair, Department of Surgery, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
A Servant of the Surgical Profession

Steven Stain, M.D., serves as chair of the Department of Surgery at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, and has made a point to do so much more for the surgical profession. In addition to his Lahey duties, Dr. Stain serves on the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons; he is also a fellow of the ACS and has held key leadership roles within the organization, including chair of the Board of Governors. Remarkably, Dr. Stain has also held leadership positions with the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgery, the Society of Black Academic Surgeons and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Stain exemplifies the physician leader who excels in his craft, serves as a model for peers, and maintains a presence on a national stage.

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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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