Perelman School of Medicine - Dean's Office

Location: Philadelphia
Open Date: Sep 10, 2021
Deadline: Sep 10, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology.

The Department of Ophthalmology has a proud and rich combination of academic activities and service contributions. Since its founding in 1874, the Department has systematically built clinical, research, and educational programs that have become deeply integrated into the fabric of Penn Medicine, the University, and the community. Penn Ophthalmology is a pioneer in basic and clinical research, leading some of the most advanced ophthalmic research centers and initiatives in the world. In addition to excellence in patient care, research, and teaching, the Department of Ophthalmology is committed to fostering a culture of diversity and mentorship, developing cross-departmental and cross-institutional collaborations for innovative research and individualized care, and building partnerships with the Philadelphia community to address local health needs, as well as around the world through service initiatives.

The Department ranks among the top recipients of National Eye Institute funding. Its teaching and mentoring programs are globally recognized, having received numerous awards and ranked among the top programs in the nation in terms of research.

The Department of Ophthalmology is housed in the Scheie Eye Institute at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The department has a collaborative relationship with the Center for Glaucoma Genomics, Penn Vision Research Center, Center for Advanced Retinal & Ocular Therapeutics (CAROT), Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), in addition to key partnerships with the departments of Medicine, Neurology and Surgery.

The Chair of the Department directs 12 ophthalmic subspecialties, 40 faculty members with 5 at CHOP, 4 Optometrists, and nearly 205 professional and support staff. Major sites for clinical and educational activities include Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, CHOP and the Crescenz VA Medical Center, institutions of great distinction and diversity. The department's ambulatory practice sees patients in four locations generating +140,000 outpatient visits a year, 17,000 annual new visits with 40,000 active patients. In FY 2021, the department's inpatient service generated 430 inpatient consults and 32 ED consults. The Department is a member of the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania (CPUP) and the Chair serves as a member of the Board of Directors of CPUP whose primary role is to coordinate the tripartite mission of Penn Medicine's 18 clinical departments.

Qualified candidates are those who hold MD or MD/PhD degrees and qualify for faculty appointment as Associate Professor or Professor rank in the Standing Faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) at the University of Pennsylvania. Candidates must be a respected active clinician with a distinguished national/international record of research and possess dynamic, inclusive leadership, a strong interest in clinical operations and administrative expertise. Candidates must have a clear commitment to - and excellence in - education, fostering an inclusive environment, and sponsorship and mentorship of a diverse cadre of students, residents, fellows and faculty. Candidates must have the demonstrated ability to foster strong collaborations among investigators within the Department, the PSOM, the campus community, and Philadelphia. The candidate must articulate a compelling vision for the future of ophthalmology at Penn Medicine, the role of the department within a highly regarded academic medical center and the field of ophthalmology in general.

The executive search firm, Spencer Stuart, is assisting Penn Medicine with this search. All interested applicants are invited to send their curriculum vitae and letter of interest to the attention of Spencer Stuart at: Applicants must also apply for this position online.

PSOM seeks candidates who embrace and reflect diversity in the broadest sense. The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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