Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

  • Houston Methodist
  • Houston, TX

This position has been filled.

The Houston Methodist System comprises a leading academic medical center located in the Texas Medical Center and seven community hospitals serving the Greater Houston area. Houston Methodist Hospital, the system’s flagship, has been ranked #1 hospital in Texas by U.S. News and World Report every year since the award began and is one of the top nationally ranked Honor Roll hospitals (currently #16). The Department of Medicine encompasses a number of nationally ranked programs, including Gastroenterology (#10), Endocrinology and Diabetes (#16), Pulmonology (#19), Nephrology (#21), Geriatrics (#22), and Cancer (#23).

The Department of Medicine Service Line at Houston Methodist Hospital currently has 748 attending internists in 13 divisions – Allergy and Immunology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology & Diabetes, General Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Hematology/Oncology, Hospital Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Pulmonary/Critical Care, and Rheumatology. The Department of Medicine is comprised of 134 academic faculty and 118 credentialed staff. The Department of Medicine, and its associated subspecialties, directly oversees 10 ACGME programs with approximately 100 residents and fellows.

Houston Methodist supports its entire academic mission with $196.3M annual investment in research and education. The current Academic Institute’s Strategic Plan calls for additional investment of $300M over the next five years for new strategic initiatives. Investigators also have access to more than $97M in philanthropic funds for research and education.

Position Overview

Houston Methodist is seeking a well-respected academic physician with the knowledge, vision, and leadership abilities to serve as Chair for the Department of Internal Medicine. This role leads the academic Department of Internal Medicine across the Houston Methodist system enterprise, with responsibility for advancement of clinical, education, and research missions. Education (undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education) and research programs are conducted as components of the Houston Methodist Academic Institute.

Qualified candidates will be eligible for primary faculty appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Houston Methodist Academic Institute. Secondary faculty appointments at Texas A&M College of Medicine and other medical school affiliates also are possible. Current faculty participate in teaching residents and fellows in Houston Methodist’s 45 ACGME-accredited training programs.


  • MD or DO (or foreign equivalent), active board certification in Internal Medicine or subspecialty board.
  • Eligibility for an unrestricted medical license in TX
  • Outstanding clinical skills and a national reputation in the field
  • Leadership and administrative skills capable of expanding and propelling the Department to national excellence in patient care, research and education
  • Proven record of substantive scholarly achievements and trainee development
  • Strong record of independent extramural research funding as well as peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience as an academic leader
  • Effective supervisory skills, including clinical mentoring and coaching expertise; ability to further develop and advance a superior clinical service
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and presentation skills for both clinical and non-clinical audiences, in group settings or one-on-one
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