Head, Division of Renal Diseases & Hypertension

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University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Head, Division of Renal Diseases & Hypertension

The University of Colorado School of Medicine seeks a Division Head for the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension at the University of Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus. This individual will lead the clinical, educational, research, and other programmatic missions of this large and dynamic division of the Department of Medicine.


The Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension is internationally renowned for its clinical and research programs described below. In addition, as one of the largest Nephrology research and training program in the country, the Division is also internationally recognized for its role in producing academic leaders in Nephrology. The Division has trained a large number of academic Nephrology physicians in this country who are currently practicing. The Division consists of over 40 faculty located in three hospitals and one research institute. These include University of Colorado Hospital, Denver Veterans Administration Hospital, and Denver Health. The Division Mission is to develop the next generation of leaders in Nephrology through its transformative research, comprehensive career development, world-class care and practices that emphasize equity and inclusion for all members. The Division Vision is to be the source of superior healthcare, push boundaries of discovery, advance medical education and create hope for patients with kidney disease through cutting edge treatments and kidney transplantation.

Clinical Activities

The Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension has consistently been one of the top Renal Divisions nationally in clinical performance and outcomes and was ranked number 11 in the most recent US News and World Report rankings. The Renal Diseases and Hypertension Division provides clinical services at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), Denver Health and the Denver VA Medical Center. The University of Colorado Hospital is a 673 bed, state-of-the-art tertiary referral academic medical center, located on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The Renal Division staffs 3 inpatient general nephrology services at UCH, one of which is devoted exclusively to the care of ICU patients, as well as a very active Renal Transplantation service that performed 238 kidney transplants in 2017 with 110 living donor kidney transplants. The outpatient Renal Clinic at UCH has providers that specialize in CKD, glomerulonephritides, PKD and electrolyte disorders. The Division also provides clinical services at Denver Health, the county hospital for the city of Denver and the VAMC which provides renal care for veterans in Colorado as well as several neighboring states.

Renal Division providers also see patients at 5 local Fresenius Dialysis units and serve as Medical Directors for those units. A sixth dialysis unit is scheduled to open in February/March 2018. There are plans to expand the Division's clinical footprint in the Denver Metro area by partnering with Fresenius to staff additional dialysis units. These dialysis units will be linked to satellite CKD clinics VAMC that will allow the Renal Diseases and Hypertension Division to continue to grow and provide outstanding care for patients with advanced kidney disease.

Given UCH's very significant clinical growth, there are very exciting opportunities for clinical expansion and outreach within the Renal Diseases and Hypertension Division at the University of Colorado.


The Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension has a key role in education at every level of training and across a number of disciplines. In particular, the Division is active in teaching medical students and internal medicine residents as well as allied health providers. The cornerstone of the Division's educational effort is the University of Colorado Renal Diseases and Hypertension Fellowship Training Program supported by a T32 grant, now in its 43rd year. The goal of the fellowship program is to train the future leaders in academic Nephrology, including research, clinical care and medical education. The fellowship has been a great success throughout the years, with many of our former fellows now among the national leaders in academic medicine. We have several fellowship career tracks to choose from including a 2-year clinic track, 3-year research track (basic, translational or clinical), 3-year clinician educator track, and a 3-year transplant track. The Division places great emphasis on career development and provides guidance for fellows choosing different career paths. The fellowship benefits greatly from the strong academic ties with Denver Health and the Veterans Administration Hospital. Additionally, new areas of training are being considered including renal critical care and interventional nephrology. Thus, the new division head will have the ability to build the fellowship program of the future.


The Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension has a long-standing strength in both basic and clinical research supported by multiple research grants. Actively, the Renal Division has 15 RO1 grants, 3 VA merits, 3 DOD grants, and 5 K awards. This has resulted in the Division having one of the highest level of federal funding within the Department of Medicine. Areas of strength include 1) basic science studies on acute and chronic kidney injury and systemic effects of kidney injury on other organs, 2) changes in metabolism on renal inflammation 3) pathways regulating fibrosis in the kidney 4) the role of complement in glomerular disease; 5) studies on the function and biology of podocytes and 6) role of vascular calcification on renal disease 7) the role of alloantibody in kidney transplantation. In addition, the Division has a tradition of both basic and clinical research in polycystic kidney disease, and this area is expanding to examine the role of inflammation, metabolism and immunity in disease progression. Extensive collaborations between basic and clinical investigators have been fostered through focus groups and have led to interactions with other investigators across the campus. The Division is part of a vibrant scientific community within the University of Colorado, possessing a large number of core and specialized laboratories and facilities to support investigators. The Division again benefits greatly from its research partnerships with Denver Health and the Veterans Administration Hospital.


The Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is seeking an outstanding physician-scientist to serve as the Head of the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension. This individual will lead the clinical, educational, research, and other programmatic missions of the division within the Department of Medicine and will be responsible for the fiscal management of the Division.

Supervision Received

This position reports directly to Dr. David Schwartz, Chair, Department of Medicine.

Supervision Exercised

This position is responsible for supervision of faculty and staff in the Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Ensure the highest quality and national visibility of the Division's patient care, education research and other scholarly/academic activities as well as community outreach programs.
  • Promote the Departmental priorities of interdisciplinary program development, physician scientist career development, diversity of our workforce, gender equity in all programs and participation in an integrated program with our affiliates.
  • Ensure that mentorship of trainees and faculty is aligned with programmatic priorities.
  • Recruit, retain and academically develop faculty in the Division.
  • Ensure that female faculty are encouraged to become leaders in the division and their salaries are equitable with male faculty salaries.
  • Administer the Division in a fiscally responsible manner within University policies.
  • Personally participate in regularly scheduled meetings of the Department of Medicine's Division Heads and other ad hoc Departmental meetings.
  • Work in a positive and collaborative fashion with the University of Colorado Hospital, other affiliated hospitals, the School of Medicine and the Anschutz Medical campus leadership to foster growth and development of the multiple missions of the Division.
  • Support, develop, and provide leadership for the nephrology initiatives and innovation within the department, school, and healthcare system.
  • The candidate will demonstrate a willingness to work with diverse students, fellows and colleagues, and mentor diverse students and junior colleagues.

To apply:

Per University policy, all candidates must apply online to the job posting.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of its commitment to serve the diverse people of Denver and Aurora, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our trainees richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

The Department of Medicine is responsive to the needs of dual career couples and will ensure that all possible resources will be available if a partner requires employment as well.

Because of our commitment to diversity, we welcome nominations of and applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the Renal Diseases and Hypertension Division's research, teaching and clinical mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


Minimum Requirements
  • Have an MD, MD/PhD, DO, or international equivalent terminal degree
  • Have a proven record of administrative and academic leadership abilities, as well as a demonstrated commitment to education and mentoring

Preferred Qualifications
  • A strong record of scholarly achievement and extramural funding
  • National and international reputation in Nephrology
  • Demonstrated leadership and accomplishments in complex organizational environments
  • Excellent communication skills to interface with learners, faculty, healthcare teams, administrators, community organizations and donors
  • We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community and will work toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
  • Leadership
  • Program Building
  • Career Development
  • Financial Management
  • Accomplishment in basic, clinical, health services, translational or educational research
  • Building relationships with philanthropic donors
  • Supporting community providers through education and consultation
  • Development of performance metrics for faculty
  • A demonstrated commitment to education and mentorship of medical and graduate students, residents and fellows
  • An understanding of the integrated roles of primary care physicians and nephrology subspecialists in population health and management
  • Because we value diversity and inclusion, the ideal candidate will have some experience working with diverse populations (race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, etc.) and will ideally have developed programs to address inequities and injustices to under-served populations.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 12716

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:Per University policy, all candidates must apply online to the job posting. Because of our commitment to diversity, we welcome nominations of and applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the Renal Diseases and Hypertension Division's research, teaching and clinical mission, including women, members of minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Furthermore, we request that applicants provide a diversity and equity statement as part of their application materials. Questions during the application process can be addressed to Ethan Hagen, Business Services Manager, Department of Medicine. ([email protected], 303-724-2074)

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20224 - SOM-MED-Renal General

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Feb 22, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Ethan Hagen

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00743876





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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