Medical Director for Palliative Outreach

The University of Iowa Supportive and Palliative Care program is recruiting a physician for the newly created position of Medical Director for Palliative Outreach. The faculty position is open rank with an appointment commensurate with experience. The Medical Director may choose to be on either the clinician-educator or tenure track. Applicants must have an MD degree or equivalent and be board certified/board eligible in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, authorized to work in the US, and have a minimum of five years of experience in palliative medicine. Desired qualifications include experience in the following areas: standardizing the principles and practices of palliative medicine across a healthcare enterprise, engaging with healthcare and community partners, and conducting scholarly work.

The Medical Director will lead efforts to define and implement best practices for palliative care to rural, underserved populations.  These efforts are expected to involve community outreach and education, provider-to-provider training in primary palliative care, and developing appropriate infrastructure—such as telehealth—for specialty palliative consults. The Medical Director will be expected to help mobilize stakeholders across the State of Iowa who can assist with this public health issue, as well as to lead members of the University of Iowa’s well-integrated, multi-disciplinary team in conducting research, education, and quality improvement projects. The Medical Director will be expected to help influence the referral process for palliative patients and to develop processes and procedures for identifying palliative patients early in their course of treatment. The Medical Director will be instrumental in shaping the strategic plan for the program, and will be expected to be involved in philanthropic development.

The scope of the new faculty member’s responsibilities also include clinical time on the Supportive and Palliative Care service, as well as education of residents and Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows. 

We invite a physician to join a group of energetic and collaborative Palliative Care colleagues who bring multi-faceted expertise (family medicine, general internal medicine, psychiatry, vascular surgery, and cardiology) to patient care and to future planning within an 800+ bed tertiary university hospital.  We offer an environment for Palliative Care physicians to grow professionally, experience the support and creativity of colleagues, help educate the next generation of physicians, establish a leadership role, and give personalized care to patients and their loved ones. 

Iowa City is a culturally diverse college community of approximately 72,000 which has been recognized in numerous publications as one of America’s most livable cities.  It is home to the nationally acclaimed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has been named a UNESCO “City of Literature.”  Recently a national finance website ranked Iowa City sixth out of 536 cities for work-life balance.  Options abound for cultural enrichment, recreation, entertainment, and social interaction.

Applicants may initiate the application process by visiting which will direct the applicant on the relevant steps in the application process.  The job requisition number is # 72976


Initial inquiries may be directed to Dr. Timothy A. Thomsen, Director for Palliative Care.

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The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply for all employment vacancies.