Chair, Department of Surgery

  • The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
  • Edinburgh, TX

This position has been filled.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine seeks an exceptional leader to serve as the Chair for the Department of Surgery.Established in 2016, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine is the realization of the decades-long effort of community leaders and other supporters to establish a medical school in the Valley to provide health care to a region that historically has been burdened by health disparities.  The mission is to improve the quality of life and health for all in the Rio Grande Valley through collaborative innovations advancing healthcare, education, and research in a model of integration and teamwork within the community.

The UTRGV School of Medicine is comprised of 114 faculty in the following departments: Family and Preventative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry and Neurology, Surgery, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Biomedical Sciences, Population Health and Biostatistics, Human Genetics, Neurosciences, Immunology and Microbiology, and the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute

Position Overview                                                                                         

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine (SOM) seeks an exceptional leader to serve as the Chair for the Department of Surgery. Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs/ Dean of the School of Medicine, the Chair will be responsible for building and maintaining a robust clinical practice, research programs, high quality graduate medical education programs, medical student education, and a collegial interactive culture. This leader will be expected to divide their time between administrative leadership while maintaining a surgical practice. This is a wonderful opportunity for a visionary leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and drive to oversee and build a thriving clinical enterprise.

The UTRGV School of Medicine, located in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, has a focus toward community health. The school’s program prioritizes social responsibility, respect, dignity, sensitivity, sensibility, advocacy and community service – with a mission to improve health, and life, at the individual and community levels.


Required Qualifications

  • MD or MD/PhD with board certification in their surgery specialty/sub-specialty of training.
  • Training in general surgery and/or general surgery subspecialties highly preferred.
  • Qualified for appointment at the rank of associate professor or full professor at an LCME accredited medical school.
  • Eligible for medical license in the state Texas.
  • Five years of progressive leadership experience in a department of surgery for an academic medical center with a record of professional accomplishments on a national and international scale, with a strong focus on clinical and academic success for meeting the requirements for a faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or full Professor.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Significant leadership experience and demonstrated success as a manager at the Chair, Associate Director, Director or program leader level gained within an academic medical center, including successful experience in the recruitment, retention, and management of clinicians and researchers.
  • A distinguished academic record and national presence in one’s discipline as evidenced by such activity as peer-reviewed publications, major journal editorial responsibility, a senior officer position in one’s major national organization, or equivalent experience.
  • Dynamic leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, and keen vision are required.
  • Ability to foster a culture of collaboration, innovation, and accountability across the Rio Grande Valley.
  • Strong organizational, management, financial, and budgetary skills with the ability to bring scientific leadership and organization innovation to the management of people and processes.
  • A demonstrated ability to think strategically with a vision of how to develop clinical services, research, and education for the future while keeping an eye on the details of the implementation; has the ability to articulate a vision that will promote and integrate research, care, and education across UTRGV and the community.
  • A proven background in recruitment, mentoring, and development of outstanding academic and administrative leadership. A dedicated leader and mentor to scientists, clinicians, and staff.
  • An outstanding record of scientific achievement, grant support, scholarly accomplishments and mentoring.
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