Head, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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University of Colorado - School of Medicine

Head, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

The University of Colorado School of Medicine seeks a Division Head for the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 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 is internationally renowned for its clinical and research programs described below. The Division consists of over 43 faculty located in three hospitals; University of Colorado Health, Veterans Administration Eastern Colorado and Denver Health. The Division Mission is to develop the next generation of leaders in Gastroenterology and Hepatology through its transformative research, comprehensive career development, and world class care and practices that emphasize equity and inclusion for all members. The Division vision is to be the source of superior healthcare through innovative research, compassionate care and education.

Clinical Activities

Building on a long history of outstanding clinical programs, the Division has a 50-year tradition of exceptionally strong clinical services at the University of Colorado Hospital including all aspects of consultative Gastroenterology and Hepatology and an inpatient Hepatology service. The division also provides consultative services at Denver Health, and the Eastern Colorado Veterans Administration Hospital. The division has an outstanding group of committed young faculty with diverse clinical interests to meet these needs. In addition, we have a large outpatient presence at all three institutions and at the Lone Tree Medical Facility, that includes a freestanding ambulatory surgical center for endoscopy. We have a strong national and international clinical reputation in many of our programs with special expertise in the management of Barrett's esophagus, end stage liver disease, liver transplantation, IBD, interventional endoscopy, bariatric and metabolic endoscopy, endoscopic resection and third space endoscopy. Our endoscopy facilities are state of the art and well supported by the hospital systems we serve, performing over 17,000 endoscopic procedures a year. The division features sub-sections including Luminal, IBD, Interventional Endoscopy, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation. We have fully staffed sections at the Eastern Colorado Veterans Administration Hospital and Denver Health. Our highly competitive fellowship program has an NIH training grant and enrolls five traditional GI Fellows each year. We also maintain advanced clinical fellowships in Transplant Hepatology and Interventional Endoscopy.


The Division 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 educational effort is the University of Colorado Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Training Program supported by a T32 grant, now in its 42nd year. The goal of the fellowship program is to train the future leaders in academic Hepatology and Gastroenterology, including research, clinical care and medical education. The division places great emphasis on career development and provides guidance for fellows choosing different career paths. The approach to education is holistic and includes an academic coaching program that incorporates social science and behavioral approaches to deal with burnout and marginalization. The fellowship benefits greatly from strong academic ties with Denver Health and the Veterans Hospital.


An integral part of what makes the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology among the top 20 divisions in the country is its exceptional performance and emphasis on clinical, translational and basic research. Faculty members are Principal Investigators on numerous grants sponsored by the National Institutes of Health as well as other funding sources. The Division has great resources in support of this research and it is part of a vibrant scientific community and environment within the University of Colorado. In particular, there are 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. When all sources of research funding are considered, division research efforts are supported by more than $6 million per year.

Research infrastructure is a significant strength of the division, where it houses the Mucosal Inflammation Program (MIP) and the GI and Liver Innate Immune Programs (GALIIP). The MIP is a multi-disciplinary, multi-departmental program initiated in 2008. The MIP provides a foundation for a basic and translational research center focused on an understanding of mechanisms of inflammation at mucosal surfaces. Central to this understanding is the strong integration of multi-disciplinary approaches including molecular, biochemical and physiologic approaches to basic disease mechanisms and discovery of novel inflammatory mechanisms at the mucosal surface.

The Division is also home to the GALIIP, founded in 2015 from monies provided by the Dean of the School of Medicine. The GALIIP has provided research infrastructure, education and faculty recruiting resources in areas of GI and liver innate immunity. These efforts have been focused in five major research areas: 1) Mucosal innate immunity; 2) Animal models of GI and liver disease; 3) Gut microbiota; 4) Human GI and liver biorepository; 5) Mucosal organoid development.

Other areas of research strength of the Division include: 1) Liver immunology and transplant; 2) New approaches to diagnose and treat Barrett's esophagus; 3) Inflammatory bowel disease with a focus on both basic and translational investigation; and 4) Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis focused on animal modeling; 5) New treatments for obesity. Each area supports clinical, translational and basic research programs. A number of research groups have relationships with the medical device/pharmaceutical community that brings access to novel therapies.


The Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is seeking an outstanding physician-leader to serve as the Head of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 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 Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

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 divisional initiatives and participation in an integrated program development 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 faculty from diverse backgrounds and all genders are equitably supported, paid, and encouraged to become leaders.
  • 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 GI and liver care initiatives 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.
  • The new division head will have the opportunity to develop and implement new programs that address the research and clinical skills required but will also help design and implement approaches that deal with burnout, a critical problem in academic medicine.


Minimum Requirements
  • Have an MD, MD/PhD, DO, or international equivalent terminal degree
  • Be eligible for medical licensure and clinical practice in the state of Colorado
  • Have a proven record of administrative and academic leadership abilities, as well as a demonstrated commitment to education and mentoring
  • Be eligible for faculty appointment at the University of Colorado School of Medicine as an Associate Professor or above, per SOM standards.

Preferred Qualifications
  • A strong record of scholarly achievement and extramural funding
  • National and international reputation in Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • 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 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 GI and liver 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 or participated in 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:Because of our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, we welcome nominations of and applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Division's research, teaching and clinical mission, including women, individuals from under-represented populations, protected

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 13190

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, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Questions during the application process can be addressed to Ethan Hagen, Business Services Manager, Department of Medicine. ([email protected] , 303-724-2074) 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 are available if a partner requires employment as well.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20189 - SOM-MED-Gastroenterology

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Apr 12, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Ethan Hagen

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00744230





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Posted: 10/10/2018
Application Due: 12/9/2018
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