Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Women’s Health

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Job Title: Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Women’s Health
Location: Columbia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 36224
Job Description

The chair is the chief academic, clinical and administrative officer for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health, responsible for the leadership and direction of the Department. The chair must establish, maintain and grow important relationships within the school with other academic units, schools, colleges, institutes and centers.

The chair will provide strategic vision and operational leadership for the academic, clinical and scholarly programs, creating an environment and sense of community that supports the department’s faculty, staff, students and residents. Supporting the University’s research mission and the opportunities for clinical research with affiliated partners, the chair will advance the scholarly activities of the faculty, including opportunities that interdisciplinary approaches afford. The chair oversees the department’s clinical activities for University of Missouri Health Care, with responsibility for their success in the marketplace and for achieving the delivery of high quality and cost effective care. The chair will oversee residency programs and an active undergraduate educational program.

The chair is also responsible for advancing and supporting philanthropic efforts of the department, MU Health Care and the School of Medicine.

The following goals and objectives have been identified as priorities for this position:

Advance women's health care throughout central Missouri
The incoming chair will be tasked to develop a strategic plan to advance clinical care, research and educational programs for the department in alignment with MU School of Medicine and MUHC strategic priorities. Maternal Fetal Medicine is a key immediate priority for growth and recruitment, and the chair should work with faculty and divisional leaders to identify other areas of opportunity. As MUHC and the School of Medicine grow their presence in Jefferson City, Springfield and other communities in the region, there are multiple opportunities to extend its geographic reach and position for the department as the clear leader for advanced care. Located almost equidistant from Kansas City and St. Louis, MUHC Women's and Children's Hospital provides care for a large and mostly rural geographic region, and gives patients and referring physicians the opportunity to keep care local. The department has also expanded its telehealth capabilities as a result of its pandemic response, which offers additional opportunities for serving a large rural geographic area.

The chair will also direct the transition of the department's clinical activities to the new Women's and Children's Hospital on the main hospital campus by 2024. There will be multiple opportunities to grow services while realizing increased efficiencies and collaborations resulting from the move.

Enhance research
The next chair will be tasked with leading the significant expansion of research funding for the department, and in a manner which aligns with the department’s clinical strengths. Given the MU School of Medicine’s and university's strengths in basic science and the department’s natural alignment with key research centers on campus, the opportunity exists to significantly expand translational and clinical research. A recent cluster hire has been approved in reproductive biology for the department and in collaboration with the Animal Reproductive Biology Group. NextGen Precision Health, the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, and a growing clinical trials infrastructure support being developed by the school, offer opportunities for additional resources and collaborations. There will also be opportunities for the chair to raise philanthropic funds to advance the department's goals.

Ensure a vibrant academic environment and promote leadership within the department
The chair will continue to strengthen the department’s residency program and evaluate opportunities to develop specialty fellowship programs, including a possible MFM fellowship. The chair will also make mentorship a priority and work to establish a clear and successful path for new and junior faculty. Mentorship will be a key expectation for senior faculty and the department should seek to recruit senior faculty that have a clear history of successful mentorship. The chair should also leverage excellent existing talent to identify leadership opportunities for faculty, and particularly women and underrepresented minority faculty.

Lead cross-disciplinary care, research and education efforts
The MU School of Medicine will continue to focus on a robust clinical program while developing increased collaborations in all the missions particularly enhancing the translation of science and innovation in patient care. It will be incumbent upon the incoming chair to build closer partnerships across the School of Medicine, the University and MUHC. The chair will ensure the department's participation in the activities of affiliated departments is fully leveraged for the benefit of its clinical care, research and education missions. This will require an institutionally minded and proactive approach on the chair’s behalf to build relationships with other leaders across MUHC, and to hold faculty and staff accountable within the department for actively engaging with other disciplines.

For additional information, please email [email protected]


Minimum Qualifications:
MD or MD/PhD or equivalent international degree.
Board Certification in Obstetrics & Gynecology and licensure or eligibility for licensure in the state of Missouri.

Candidates will be evaluated on:
Broad progressive administrative leadership experience in an academic medical center environment.
National recognition for achievement in clinical, educational and/or research pursuits that would warrant appointment with tenure.
Excellent strategic skills and financial acumen.
Strategic planning skills and expertise in management, finance and clinical operations.
Balanced commitment to educational, clinical and research missions.
History of extramurally funded research preferred or significant academic scholarship as evidenced by a history of impactful, peer-reviewed publications.
Commitment to employee, environmental and patient safety and quality initiatives.
Strong commitment to interdisciplinary cooperation and learning.
Demonstrated track record of mentorship and evidence of having developed others in their academic careers.
Philanthropic, alumni relations and development experience.
Understanding of compliance requirements at the federal and state levels.
Personal Characteristics
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
Demonstrates a record of promoting collaboration, transparency and cultivating strong external relationships.
Analytical and intellectual skills to lead cogent planning and sound management systems.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity.
Authentic, self-confident with the political acumen to optimize and constructively balance the interests of a number of different constituencies.
Motivator and mentor capable of developing strong teams and developing others.
Unquestioned personal integrity.

Application Materials

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Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Posted: 4/8/2021
Application Due: 6/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time