Chair, Department of Medicine

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University of Colorado – School of Medicine

Chair, Department of Medicine


The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.  CU Anschutz/CU School of Medicine

 The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the major academic medical center in the Rocky Mountain region and one of the largest and most comprehensive biomedical research and clinical care centers in the United States. The Anschutz Medical Campus is home to CU’s health sciences schools, UCHealth University of Colorado, CU Medicine, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center, employs 24,000 people, and provides 1.9 million patient visits annually.

 The CU School of Medicine has established distinctive and highly productive research, clinical, and educational programs, with total annual clinical and research revenue of $1.6 billion, including research awards of more than $425 million in the most recent fiscal year, $226 million of which comes from the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies.

 In 2017, the CU School of Medicine was awarded full reaccreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and sponsors 105 accredited graduate medical education programs across every major medical discipline. Through expanding clinical operations, impressive research efforts, and strong philanthropic support, the School has a profound impact on the state of Colorado and the world of bioscience and medical care. According to a recent report by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the CU School of Medicine and its partner teaching hospitals contributed 56,056 jobs and $4.31 billion to the state economy in 2017.

 Mission The mission of the University of Colorado School of Medicine is to provide Colorado, the nation, and the world with programs of excellence in:

  • Research - through the development of new knowledge in the basic and clinical sciences, as well as in health policy and health care education;
  • Patient Care - through state-of-the-art clinical programs which reflect the unique educational environment of the University, as well as the needs of the patients we serve;
  • Education - through outstanding educational programs for medical students, allied health students, graduate students and housestaff, practicing health professionals and the public at large; and
  • Community Engagement - through sharing the School’s expertise and knowledge to enhance the broader community, including our affiliated institutions, other health care professionals, alumni, other colleagues, and citizens of the state.
 Department of Medicine

 The Department of Medicine is the largest department in the School of Medicine, with nearly 1,100 faculty, including 147 PhDs and 33 MD/PhDs, in 16 divisions. Faculty are key leaders in fulfilling all missions of the school. With nearly $100M in current research funding, the department consistently ranks among the country’s top 25 departments of medicine in NIH research funding. Clinical activity has doubled during the past eight years. Faculty are fully committed to all stages of medical education from first-year medical students through residency and fellowship. The department has nearly 200 residents and a similar number of clinical and research fellows. The department has 41 endowed chairs and consistently ranks among the best in the nation by US News & World Report in pulmonary medicine, endocrinology, and several other disciplines. The department’s faculty are also active participants and leaders in federal study sections and academic societies.

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  POSITION SUMMARY The University of Colorado School of Medicine seeks a Chair to lead the scientific, clinical, and educational programs of the Department of Medicine, with an emphasis on expanding the excellence, diversity, and collaboration within the School and with our partners. The Chair is responsible for overseeing operations and strategy across the department and its centers and programs. The Chair provides leadership and oversight in the development of centers of excellence, supports outstanding clinical programs, and inspires and guides groundbreaking clinical, translational and basic research.

 This position requires a dynamic, passionate, and experienced physician-scientist and administrative leader with a proven record of success in an academic setting. The ideal candidate has demonstrated capability across the spectrum of individual scholarship, collaborative academic leadership, clinical and research program development, educational excellence, successful faculty recruitment and retention, community engagement, and will have designed, implemented and integrated effective programs across complex organizations. In leading the Department of Medicine, the Chair must have a vision aligned with the strategic plan of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Anschutz Medical Campus.

 The Chair leads through innovation, with effective management of department resources, and by leveraging School of Medicine assets. The Chair also works collaboratively with diverse leaders of the School of Medicine and the Anschutz Medical Campus, including fellow Chairs, administrators, faculty, and staff. The Chair demonstrates a personal communication style, integrity, and professionalism that fosters an environment of trust, teamwork, equity and accountability, as well as personal behavior that fosters innovation and excellence for all constituents within the organization.

 The Chair serves on the School of Medicine Executive Committee and on the board of University of Colorado Medicine, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation that provides practice and business management services for nearly 3,000 faculty physicians and advanced practice providers of the CU School of Medicine.


John J. Reilly, MDDean, School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs

President, University of Colorado Medicine

 Direct reports

Executive Vice Chair

Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs

Vice Chair for Regional Clinical Affairs

Vice Chair for Diversity and Justice

Vice Chair for Quality

Vice Chair for Basic Research

Vice Chair for Clinical Research

Vice Chair for Global Health

Vice Chair for Veterans Affairs

Director of Finance and Administration

Division Heads (16)

 Other key relationships

Senior Associate Deans, School of Medicine

Other Department Chairs

Executive Director, CU Medicine

Director of Service, Denver Health

Chair of Medicine, National Jewish Health

Department AdministrationUCHealth Senior Administration

  • In collaboration with the leadership of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, provides visionary and innovative leadership for the department’s next phase of growth and development.
  • Define and lead the department’s research strategy together with the Dean. Support principal investigators and other faculty within the department in their efforts to secure NIH and other grant funding in support of research priorities. Ensure deliberate investment into research activities and priorities within the department to promote growth and facilitate future success.
  • Provide the vision and leadership to achieve superior clinical programs within medicine and associated disciplines. Work closely and collaboratively with the leadership at clinical affiliates, particularly UCHealth, to build, grow, and integrate areas of acknowledged clinical excellence with outstanding quality and outcomes and patient satisfaction, while continuing to deliver value.
  • Assure delivery of excellent clinical education and advanced training to medical students, residents, and fellows. Provide leadership and oversight to the residency and fellowship programs within the department.
  • Supervise, prepare, implement, and monitor the department budget so that it encompasses all funding sources and ensures compliance with grant, legislative and institutional guidelines.
  • Recruit, hire, and retain outstanding faculty from diverse backgrounds within the subspecialties of medicine. Ensure an atmosphere of professional support and development.
  • Encourage ethical medical and financial practice across the department. Support and ensure compliance activities.
  • Outstanding clinical outcomes for all specialties within the department resulting in a consistently excellent reputation as a leading clinical department in the region and the nation;
  • Growth of the research portfolio within each division and collaboratively across the department resulting in increased extramural funding, cross-departmental initiatives, and training of future scientific leaders;
  • Continued leadership and commitment to health equity through programming that supports gender and racial diversity within the department.
    Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $300,000 - $700,000.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

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Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line. 


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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. 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.



Experience as a successful administrative leader at an academic institution

Service as a division chief, vice chair, or chair of medicine who has developed academic leaders, mentored and developed junior faculty, and identified and recruited diverse students, trainees, staff and faculty. Understanding of the complex financial pressures facing academic medical centers and health care delivery organizations.  Experience and ability to work within a complex network of facilities. Must meet the requirements for a faculty appointment at the Professor level.

 Growing research programsExperience leading a successful research program, either clinical or lab-based, with proven track record of significant growth in funding, publications and national or international reputation.  Must be capable of defining the research vision for the entire department and providing basic research and grant mentorship.


Expanding and fostering strong clinical programs

Experience leading complex clinical programs focused on access, high quality, and outstanding patient satisfaction. Must have experience as a leader within a competitive clinical environment. Vision to recognize areas for growth and ability to lead and support faculty as they develop new opportunities. Experience with strategies to control and reduce cost of care (length of stay, appropriate use of facilities and resources).


National reputation for personal academic accomplishments

A record of scholarly academic accomplishments as reflected in number and impact of publications, history of successful research funding, and service in national and international societies.


M.D. degree and board certification in internal medicine

Licensed or eligible for medical licensing in Colorado. Continuous American Board of Medicine certification.


Business MindsetWith healthcare reimbursement moving from a volume-based system to a value-based system and with an increasing focus on managing the health of populations, the successful candidate must understand and implement a strategy for these market expectations.  Another critical factor affecting academic medicine is the downward pressures on overall research funding and the increased need for cross-disciplinary projects and programs.  The successful candidate must:

  • Stay current on local, regional, and national healthcare delivery policies in order to run an operationally and financially strong department;
  •  Maintain an understanding and be prepared to take advantage of research funding and development trends as they evolve; and
  • Participate in institutional and departmental philanthropy efforts.
 Collaborating and Influencing

As a leader in a complex system, the successful candidate must be able to build strong relationships with others in an environment where the medical school and the clinical system are partners and where the Department of Medicine is fulfills expectations that it will be a leader within the overall institution.  Therefore, the candidate will:

  • Facilitate discussions that promote collaboration across multiple divisions, departments, and institutions, as well as foster communication between people to promote independent collaborations;
  • Identify and meet with key stakeholders to engage in regular dialogue that reaches final conclusions through consensus, and that recognizes negotiating to reach a compromise is necessary to achieve institutional results; and
  • Develop explicit understanding of relationships that are most important to the School of Medicine and its stakeholders and affiliate hospitals, and build a network around prioritizing these relationships.
  • Engagement in public relations and philanthropic activities to promote and enhance the visibility of and support for the department.
 Strategic and Visionary Leadership

In an ever-changing local, regional and national health care environment, the successful candidate must create a compelling strategy and articulate a vision to continue the advancement of a critically important academic department and clinical enterprise for the School of Medicine. Therefore, the candidate must:

  • Develop strategies to build sustainable research programs and scholarly activity within the department;
  • Understand and explain how changes in competitive health systems, patient demographics and needs, and payment systems affect the department;
  • Translate School of Medicine  strategies into clear, specific objectives and plans for divisions and individuals; and
  • Create a strong and impassioned vision for building excellence in all aspects of the academic mission.

  • High integrity and ethical standards
  • Commitment to community engagement and partnership
  • Clear, articulate communication skills
  • Highly organized with strong process-management skills
  • Commitment, strong work ethic, and a desire to have impact at a national or international level

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Aurora
Schedule: Part-time
Posting Date: Mar 3, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 8/29/2019
Application Due: 6/30/2021
Work Type: Full Time