The Roger F. Steinert Endowed Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology

Irvine, CA
Apr 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
  • School of Medicine - School of Medicine Dean's Office


    Open date: December 5th, 2016

    Last review date: January 6th, 2017
    Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

    Final date: April 30th, 2017
    Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


    The University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, invites applications for the position of the Endowed Roger F. Steinert Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute (GHEI). The Department of Ophthalmology was founded by Dr. Irving H. Leopold in 1965, and the position of Chair is the visionary academic leader of the Department. The School of Medicine's tripartite mission is to discover, teach and heal. It is part of the University of California, Irvine, which is a vibrant scientific and clinical community with outstanding opportunities for collaboration.

    The Department's vision statement is bold: "Advancing the global standard for innovative vision care, research and teaching." It serves as the academic home to 17 Clinical Faculty, 8 Research Faculty, 6 American Fellows, 5 International Fellows and 9 Residents. Overall, there are approximately 180 employees within the department and clinical operations. The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, a four story, 70,000 square foot building, opened its doors in the fall of 2013 and provides clinical, educational, surgical, clinical research and administrative space. The department also houses strong discovery-based research operations in two adjacent buildings, Hewitt and Gross Halls, which are supported with over $18 million in Federal, State and Foundation grant funding over the last 3 years. Primary areas of research include retinal disease, ocular herpes, AMD, treatments for dry eye disease, regenerative therapies for RP and diabetic retinopathy, cellular and molecular immunology, cellular and organism level studies of the visual systems to list only a few of the areas where we are conducting active investigations. In Orange, the UCIMC houses a clinical site of approximately 10,000 square feet. The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute is Orange County's leading eye care provider and offers the most advanced treatment in eye care. More than 80% of the Faculty appear on the lists of the nation's "Best Doctors" and "Top Doctors."

    The Chair will oversee a clinical operation that includes the subspecialties of Cornea and Refractive Surgery, Glaucoma, Retina and Vitreoretinal diseases, Oculoplastics, Uveitis, Optometric services, Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Neuro-Ophthalmology. The department has over $12 million in collections, almost $7 million in contracts and grants revenue and averages over $1 million in annual philanthropy to support its programs. The Eye Institute has experienced a 10 - 15% growth rate in revenues over each of the last 5 years. As of January of 2016, the GHEI became home to the Macular Degeneration Partnership and the National Keratoconus Foundation, both programs with national and international recognition.

    The Chair should have a strong background in academic leadership and have an international reputation in Ophthalmology, a record of scholarship and or externally funded research in the discipline, as well as documented success in leading strategic initiatives. The administrative expectations include leadership of the faculty and staff including programmatic oversight, faculty recruitment, program development, philanthropy and fiscal responsibilities.

    Applicants must have an MD or MD/PhD degree and be board certified in Ophthalmology with an academic record sufficient for appointment at the full professor level. Candidates must have strong leadership experience, a record of scholarly activity and peer reviewed publications, a longstanding interest and ability to develop high level research programs and extensive experience in innovative models of health care delivery and program development. Candidates should hold or be eligible for a medical license in the State of California. The successful candidate will be responsible for the effective management of all administrative and operational processes of the department. The candidate should have strong evidence of experience in managing clinical services and of supporting the educational and research missions of the department, school and university. The candidate is expected to be capable of collaborating with community leaders to advance the department's surgical and clinical practices throughout Orange County. Candidates must have strong interpersonal skills, be able to work cooperatively within a diverse academic and clinical environment. The successful candidate will provide leadership skills along with a vision to maintain the upward trajectory and be able to build on the successes of previous administrations.

    The University of California, Irvine, was founded in 1965 and is the youngest member of the Association of American Universities. UCI has more than 30,000 students, offers 192 degree programs and is located in one of the world's safest and most economically vibrant communities. UC Irvine Health is a team of nationally regarded physicians, nurses, researchers, clinicians, educators and students, united to improve the lives of the people in our community and beyond. It is a multifaceted organization that is dedicated to the discovery of new medical frontiers, to teaching future healers and to the delivery of the evidence based care. The UCI School of Medicine is one of the top US Medical schools for research and is ranked among the nation's best hospitals for over 16 years.

    The review of nominations and applications will commence immediately and continue until an appointment is made. Applicants should submit a current CV or resume and a one-page statement of interest. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion should also be included in the application materials. All correspondence will be held in strictest confidence.

    The University of California, Irvine School of Medicine has partnered with Montgomery & Montgomery executive search firm for this recruitment. Confidential inquiries and/or applications, which should include a curriculum vitae and a one-page statement of interest, may be directed to:

    Mary Montgomery
    Montgomery & Montgomery

    The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
    Job location Irvine, CA


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