Department of Family Medicine, Chair

Department of Family Medicine, Chair

University of California San Diego Health

Application Window
Open date: January 4th, 2022

Next review date: Sunday, Mar 6, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jan 4, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description
The Department of Family Medicine pursues a tripartite mission of innovative research, education, and clinical care in a highly diverse environment. The Department of Family Medicine and the School of Medicine at UC San Diego are committed to academic, scientific, and clinical excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

In 1960, the University of California established UC San Diego as an integral part of the UC system. From the outset, it emphasized educating the next generation of California scientists and engineers, and expanded with the launch of the School of Medicine in 1968. Like its parent university, the school has placed a high standard upon linking basic and clinical discovery with outstanding, advanced methods for delivering compassionate care to patients. At present, UC San Diego boasts national and international accolades for the excellence of its education programs; the School of Medicine consistently ranks among the Top 10 in research funding; and its clinical programs have earned a number of distinguished awards for quality patient care. UC San Diego Health ranks in the top tier of academic hospitals and health systems, and over the past few years has constructed a number of incredible new inpatient and outpatient spaces.

As an academic administrative unit in the School of Medicine, the mission of the Department of Family Medicine is to create an academically rich, culturally diverse and safe environment for our trainees and patients, by following the most up to date safety measures, clinical standards and evidence-based medicine. The Department of Family Medicine has approximately 200 personnel including 70 salaried faculty and Management and Senior Professional (MSP) physicians and 70 core and affiliated residents and fellows. Department activities total approximately $52 million: $24 million annual clinical budget, $18 million research portfolio and $10 million annual department budget including teaching and self-supported programs. Under the leadership of the Interim Chair, the Department is currently undergoing significant strategic planning. This includes the management, strategic growth and improvement of four faculty practices focused on value-based care and innovative care models across Sports Medicine, Behavioral Health, and the Clinical Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM). In addition, advances are being made in the philanthropic development mission of the Department, which is comprised of three divisions, five centers, and approximately 15 programs.

At UC San Diego's Department of Family Medicine, the vision for research is to be innovators and leaders learning health systems and practice-based research. The research mission is to improve health and health care through advancing, applying and disseminating knowledge. With funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), private foundations and UC San Diego, Family Medicine faculty lead research projects on patient-centered care, prevention, and health care professional well-being. They assess the true impact of educational efforts, examine how best to integrate research findings into clinics and practices, and critically examine how the care best results in optimal outcomes. They invite patients and research investigators to collaborate on designing projects that will have maximal impact on scientific and clinical communities, as well as patient populations.

The Department of Family Medicine continues the ongoing commitment to education at all levels of medicine. The Department's deep commitment is demonstrated by the number of faculty involved in and leading educational opportunities, from medical student education to the practicing physician supporting robust residency and fellowship programs.

The Department of Family Medicine invites applications for the role of Department Chair. Reporting to the Dean of the School of Medicine, the Chair will be responsible for the Department's overall management, academic planning, budget, personnel, resource allocation, and programs. The Chair will play a major role in the planning and development of the academic curriculum and research portfolio. Sufficient infrastructural support will be provided to enable the Chair to maintain a clinical practice. Given the interdisciplinary nature of education and research at UC San Diego, there will be opportunities to catalyze interactions among programs and foster a culture of learning across the continuum of clinical and implementation research and education, including in partnership with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jacobs School of Engineering, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health, The Design Lab and other campus partners.

UC San Diego seeks candidates whose leadership capabilities and experience, teaching, research and community service have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence. The successful candidate will be able to prioritize, grow, and support the current excellence in patient care; advance methods of medical education; and create opportunities to accelerate innovation and research. They will also identify additional recruits to help grow the scholarly activities of the department. As with similar roles, the Chair is expected to abide by UC San Diego's Guidelines for Department Chairs Duties, including in the areas of faculty recruitment, justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, wellness, service, and other policies and regulations. At the time of the new appointment, proposed candidates must show evidence of outstanding qualifications through letters of recommendation, teaching evaluations, and patient satisfaction assessments.

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As a member of the Health Sciences Compensation Plan, the appointee should be aware that there are limitations on outside professional activities and clinical moonlighting is expressly prohibited. Additional information can be found here:

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC San Diego requires all candidates for academic appointments with tenure or security of employment to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled "Authorization to Release" into RECRUIT as part of their application.

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a substantial impact on academic productivity. In our academic hiring processes, we will be keeping this in mind as we consider achievement relative to opportunity. We encourage you to reflect on constraints on opportunity in your field that were caused by the events of the pandemic and where applicable, to discuss your achievements in this light.
Qualifications Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Outstanding academic record academic medical center environment.
  • Dynamic leadership skills.
  • Personal record of distinguished clinical, scholarly, and/or research (basic and/or translational) accomplishments in the field of Family Medicine.
  • History of fostering career development for early and mid-stage faculty across multiple disciplines.
  • Qualify for appointment as a Full Professor at UC San Diego.
  • MD or DO degree by the time of appointment. MD and DO candidates must have completed an ACGME-certified Family Medicine residency training program and be board certified or board eligible in Family Medicine.
  • Candidates must have or be eligible for a California medical license as determined by the Medical Board of California.
Preferred qualifications
Leadership experience within an academic department, division, and/or professional society.

  • National or international prominence in the candidate's field of expertise.

  • Experience with fundraising and other philanthropic activities.

  • Demonstrated leadership in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and well as a commitment to advancing these principles within the Department and the School
    Application Requirements Document requirements
    • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
    • Cover Letter
    • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.
    • Authorization to Release Form - Applicants must complete, sign and upload this form. See Institutional Reference Check ( ) for more information.
    • COVID-19 Impact Statement - We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have had a substantial impact on academic productivity. In our academic hiring processes, we will be keeping this in mind as we consider achievement relative to opportunity. We encourage you to reflect on constraints on opportunity in your field that were caused by the events of the pandemic and where applicable, to discuss your achievements in this light.
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    As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy . All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment.

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