Academic Medicine, Healthcare, Physician Leadership

Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Edinburg, TX

This position has been filled.

The School of Medicine was founded in 2013 to support the mission of UTRGV and meet the healthcare needs of the culturally diverse communities in the Rio Grande Valley . The Rio Grande Valley’s population (1.4 million) is one of the

fastest growing in the state and country, but it is burdened by high rates of health disparities, poor health outcomes, and a healthcare workforce shortage.

The Department of Medicine is uniquely positioned to have significant impact locally and regionally. As an example of UTRGV’s dedication to its local community and residents, the institution recently announced that it will cover full tuition and fees for students whose family income is $100,000 or less, cementing itself as the highest income threshold for this type of tuition assistance program at a public university in the state.

In August 2021, UT Health RGV announced plans to expand its healthcare offerings in South Texas with a new Cancer and Surgery Center, with oncology advisory services provided by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The center is part of the phase 1 development of UTRGV’s McAllen Academic Medical Campus on the newly acquired 38 acres. The 100,000-square-foot Cancer and Surgery Center includes the cancer center, which will provide much-needed access to underserved specialties and clinical services in medical, radiation and surgical oncology, as well as clinical research across those areas. The surgery center will include outpatient surgery and imaging spaces to support continuity of care for patients through the full spectrum of their care journey. Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2022, with completion in Spring 2024.

The Department of Internal Medicine at the UTRGV School of Medicine is committed to creating the future physician leaders of tomorrow through innovative medical education and training to deliver high-quality, compassionate patient-centered care for people of South Texas and beyond.

The department continues to build new programs and is working to recruit a diverse faculty to achieve the UTRGV SOM mission and institutional goals of enhancing the education and experience of students, increasing access to high-quality care and expanding research in diseases of importance to the Rio Grande Valley.

Position Overview

The School of Medicine (SOM) at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) seeks an individual with an outstanding record of patient care, scientific achievement, grant support, scholarly accomplishments and mentoring as its Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. Dynamic leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, and keen vision are required. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Medicine/Senior Vice President of UT Health RGV, the Chair will be responsible for building and maintaining the highest quality patient care, including establishing outpatient cancer services, creating robust research programs, championing high quality graduate medical education programs, and prioritizing medical student education.


  • Doctorate-level degree in a field appropriate to the role of Associate Professor or Professor and the mission of the management and treatment of patients with cancer and associated disorders.
  • License, or ability to obtain licensure, to practice medicine in Texas.
  • Qualification for an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor at an LCME accredited medical school.
  • Board Certification in a field appropriate to faculty role or department mission.
  • Completion of an accredited oncology fellowship or experience in developing and supporting oncology services preferred but not required.
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