Department Chair of Family and Community Medicine



Job description

Requisition Number: FE03177

Working Title
Department Chair

Department Name: 7H000:COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Work Location: Lexington, KY

Type of Position: Faculty

Tenure Track Status
Non-Tenure Track

Required Education: MD, DO, MD/PhD, or equivalent

Required Related Experience: The successful applicant should demonstrate impeccable integrity and be an effective communicator. Prior extensive administrative experience as a department chair, division chief, or program director is preferred.
Professional Experience/Qualifications:
MD, DO, MD/PhD, or equivalent
National recognition as demonstrated through involvement in academic and professional societies at a national level
Demonstrated leadership in administrative positions in medical school or an academic medical center setting
Evidence of academic achievements such as research, educational programs, or other academic achievements
Proven record of recruitment and retention of talent
Board certification in Family and Community Medicine
Eligible for medical licensure in Kentucky

The college seeks qualified applicants who value its missions and share its commitment to creating an environment in which diversity is valued, inclusion is imperative, and belonging is foundational. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strive to foster a community in which individuals of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome.

Required License/Registration/Certification

  • MD, DO, MD/PhD, or equivalent
  • Board certification in Family and Community Medicine
  • Eligible for medical licensure in Kentucky

Job Summary

The UK College of Medicine seeks a visionary chair with a successful record of achievement in academic medicine in family and community medicine. Exceptional accomplishments as a clinician and academician are a must as the chair’s duties will include clinical practice and ongoing academic activities.

The predominant criteria for appointment as chair include the proven ability to deliver excellent patient care while training future leaders in family and community medicine. The successful candidate will be a nationally prominent academic leader and role model with an established record of excellence in clinical care, research, clinical education, and mentorship.

The successful candidate should demonstrate strong leadership skills as a listener, decision-maker, humanist, and an effective advocate for the department, its divisions, and its faculty. The candidate should have experience developing collaborative initiatives and the personal characteristics needed to promote, foster, and facilitate the trust of colleagues and the broader University faculty. The successful applicant should demonstrate impeccable integrity and be an effective communicator.

Scope of Role

The chair of family and community medicine will make vital contributions to implementing the organization’s most critical strategies and will strive to achieve excellence in a full range of quality measurements. The chair will serve as a liaison between the department and the enterprise, reporting directly to the dean of the College of Medicine. They will be directly involved with strategic planning and service development as well as market development and outreach strategy. Planning for future growth and recruitment to accomplish department goals will be integral to the duties of the chair of family and community medicine.

Specific Responsibilities:
* Work collaboratively with leadership inside and outside of the department to create an infrastructure comprised of high-quality clinical care that incorporates scholarly and teaching activities.
* Cultivate and maintain professional relationships with clinical leadership including physician groups, patients, and external entities to foster opportunities for revenue enhancement, enhanced customer service, and to positively impact core clinical measures.
* Define improved standards of department protocols, goals, and methods for implementation that reflect the department’s vision for regional and national standing as a leader in academic medicine in family and community medicine as well as a respected service provider in Kentucky.
* Be responsible for quality management and provider performance including physician, resident, and advanced practice providers (APP) for the department.
* Review and report on provider performance annually.
* Recruit and mentor those of character into a culture of respect, kindness, and professionalism where teamwork, innovation, and work satisfaction thrive.


The chair of family and community medicine will ensure that department faculty work in conjunction with one another and with other groups across the college and campus sharing research resources whenever possible. This will also include administrative, laboratory, and mentoring support. The chair will work to sustain and grow the research mission of the department by supporting research programs of faculty and building capacity within the university structure for research success. The chair will work closely to maximize the net yield of each project and avoid segregation or duplication of work in multiple isolated units.

Specific Responsibilities:
* Provide oversight for the research portfolio of the department.
* Facilitate faculty mentoring in research.
* Facilitate an environment of collaborative research and conduct including maintaining records of accomplishments and facilitating acquisition of external funding.
* Create and support a framework to support independent or collaborative research in line with the goals of the department.
* Publish in peer-reviewed literature as an author and co-author.


The chair of family and community medicine will work with each unit to provide the necessary tools and resources to allow the highest level of education and training to occur. The driving objective is to best integrate all medical practices for a complete educational experience.

Specific Responsibilities
* Provide oversight for the educational portfolio of the department.
* Participate in and advocate for quality teaching programs for residents, fellows, and medical student education within the department.
* Support the development of residency programs and their directors.
* Grow subspecialty fellowship programs as applicable.
* Mentor faculty in various professorial series and oversee practice development and productivity of the department.
* Oversee CME activities within the department.

Clinical Care

The chair of family and community medicine, in conjunction with the medical directors and vice chair of clinical affairs, will be responsible for directing provider assignments and coverage of clinical needs. The position will also address budget priorities within the various units including recruitment priorities and outreach decisions. This individual will coordinate with the leadership of ambulatory clinics, surgical departments, and procedural units. The chair will review the overall departmental budgets and actively participate in the annual enterprise budget meeting.

Specific Responsibilities
* Provide oversight for the clinical portfolio of the department.
* Provide excellent clinical care.
* Participate in in-house/consult service as needed.
* Perform at a consistently high level in their clinical practice.

Questions and inquiries can be directed to Lisa Tannock, MD, vice dean for faculty affairs, at [email protected]. All applications will be handled in a secure, sensitive, and confidential manner.

The position is open until filled; however, review of applications will begin on October 31, 2022. Please submit by this date to ensure full consideration. Please include a CV, cover letter, and specific request detailed below, with the application.

Details in regards to Specific Request 1:
Please upload a statement addressing the following: Academic teaching philosophy, leadership vision, and approach on diversity, equity and inclusion.

The University of Kentucky considers the health, safety and well-being of our entire community to be a top priority. In alignment with this priority, all new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment. For areas that fall under the federal CMS mandate, start of employment cannot occur until two weeks after receiving the full COVID-19 vaccination series or upon obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization can be accepted.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?: Yes

Preferred Education/Experience

Ideal Candidate Experience and Attributes
* Strong, visionary, inspirational leader who can artfully convey a long-term vision for the department and is equally skilled at implementing a detailed plan to achieve that vision.
* Highly approachable and compassionate; a record of promoting a culture of innovation, collaboration, teamwork, respect, and honesty; a professional and personal demeanor characterized by integrity, graciousness, humility, genuineness, empathy, and sincerity; and a passion for the organization’s mission and objectives.
* Exceptionally team-oriented; skilled at working well and partnering with providers across the care continuum to identify, build, and negotiate “win-win” relationships; politically astute yet apolitical with an ability to break down silos and ensure a collegial and productive work environment.
* Highly adept and at ease managing the day-to-day operational details with the ability to make strong and decisive decisions when needed while at the same time creating unity within a diverse department.
* Ability to conceptualize and analyze complex business opportunities and to understand the business of medicine and apply that knowledge to appropriately manage the financial aspects of a department.
* Strong clinical skills and ability to continue to practice their field of expertise while serving as chair; should have skills in collaboration and the ability to learn and share.
* Actively develop the department’s mission, strategies, and practices to support a diverse and inclusive workplace.
* Actively embody, encourage, and support the five UK HealthCare DIReCT values to help guide actions, behaviors, and decision making to foster a cohesive work culture focused on patient-centered care.

The DIReCT values are

o Diversity: We foster a people-centered environment that is inclusive of all.

o Innovation: We embrace continual learning and improvement to drive positive change.

o Respect: We value our patients and families, our community, our co-workers, ourselves, and the resources entrusted to us.

o Compassion: We express empathy for the needs, thoughts, and feelings of those we serve and with whom we work.

o Teamwork: We cultivate and maintain meaningful relationships to create positive outcomes

Open Until Filled

How to apply

Apply online

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The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

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