Associate Chair of Investigation and Discovery

Job description

Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care - Dell Medical School - The University of Texas at Austin
Location: Austin, Texas
Open: Nov 9, 2017

The Dell Medical School of The University of Texas at Austin is seeking an exceptional leader to serve as the inaugural Associate Chair of Investigation and Discovery for the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care. A rare opportunity awaits a candidate with a desire to lead the development and strategic priorities of the research enterprise within the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care. With an integrated administrative infrastructure, the Department is organized to support meaningful collaboration across subspecialties within the Department, and other disciplines and Institutes throughout Dell Medical School. Additionally, The University of Texas at Austin provides a rich opportunity for cross disciplinary collaboration with over $330 million in federal research funding.

The Dell Medical School's vision is a Vital, Inclusive Health Ecosystem. As part of The University of Texas at Austin, one of the nation's leading research universities, the Dell Medical School will pursue innovation in the redesign of healthcare delivery, excellence in biomedical and healthcare-related research, and programs in interdisciplinary and inter-professional education. It is the fifth medical school in the UT System and the first medical school established in nearly five decades by a member of the Association of American Universities, an organization of leading public and private research universities. An extraordinary commitment of resources, both public and private, has already been made to enable the development and success of the Dell Medical School. The School is partnering closely with the community and regional healthcare providers and payers to provide new models for health promotion, healthcare delivery, and clinical care for the community's underserved population.

The Associate Chair of Investigation and Discovery will be an integral part of building the Department into a nationally-recognized leader in the research of innovative, value-based approaches to improving health. The Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care's mission is to: develop new models of care that reward value, develop research programs to evaluate new care delivery paradigms, and educate and train future health care leaders.

Specific job responsibilities will include:


  • Develop a strategic plan for Departmental research based on the clinical and educational priorities of the Department and its affiliates as well as building on the existing areas of strength within the myriad of outstanding programs at UT Austin;
  • Serve as Chair of the Department Research Committee
  • Develop a sustainable research infrastructure for the Department, in conjunction with the Dell Medical School's Chief Research Officer;
  • Create models for Faculty and trainee research education, mentoring and support, including training, tools and collaborative platforms;
  • Identify and secure intramural and extramural funding for Departmental research priorities, including from UT System, UT Austin, business, industry, and private and governmental organizations;
  • Explore new research methodologies, tools, and approaches that align with value-based care delivery models and the unique assets of the Austin community;
  • Assemble a Research Advisory Panel to include local and national experts in Surgery and Perioperative Care;
  • Identify and facilitate opportunities for broad dissemination of Departmental investigation;
  • Develop metrics and performance evaluation processes for Faculty and Resident research contributions;
  • Collaborate with the Associate Chairs of Clinical Integration and Operations and Education to ensure cohesive, mutually reinforcing initiatives;
  • Represent the Department in key research related decision making bodies within the Dell Medical School and with care partners;
  • Collaborate with other Departmental Associate Chairs of Investigation and Discovery from other Dell Medical School Departments, and other leaders in Research within Dell Medical School and across the UT Austin campus on cross-cutting initiatives;
  • Identify opportunities and partners for translating investigational initiatives to innovative advances for privatization and scalability;
  • Lead the development and implementation of an innovative research curriculum for undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Clinical (MDs only)
  • Provide outpatient and inpatient clinical care as assigned (including call coverage as needed, to be determined by clinical practice requirements).
  • Assist Associate Chair of Clinical Integration & Operations and other clinical leaders in developing and evaluating new clinical Programs

Other responsibilities:
  • Participate in Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care standing meetings and events
  • Participate in Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care faculty development and other initiatives

Required Qualifications:
  • Medical degree from an accredited medical school or PhD in a relevant discipline;
  • If MD, board certification in a surgical specialty, anesthesiology, or emergency medicine;
  • Eligible for appointment as an Associate Professor or Professor at UT Austin;
  • Substantial record of leadership and achievement in academic medicine including sustained acquisition and participation in funded research;
  • Experience in leading large-scale research programs in Surgery and Perioperative care.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated track record of innovation in research and integration into clinical practice and product development;
  • Demonstrated record of facilitating cross-disciplinary connections to advance research priorities.
  • Demonstrated track record of securing extramural research funding
  • Experience in health services research

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.





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Posted: 11/6/2018
Application Due: 1/5/2019
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