Chair, Department of Pediatrics

On behalf of the University of Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (UB/JSMBS) and Oishei Children’s Hospital (OCH), CareerPhysician, the national leader in academic child health executive search and leadership development, is pleased to announce the initiation of a national search for outstanding candidates to serve as the next A. Conger Goodyear Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. In addition, the new leader will serve as the Pediatrician-in-Chief of Oishei Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Chief of Service for Kaleida Health and President of UBMD Pediatric Practice Plan. This is a transformational leadership opportunity at one of the nation’s most prestigious and historic medical schools.  With a firm commitment to the programmatic and structural resources needed to impact meaningful positive change, we believe this position to be among the real legacy leadership roles available in academic pediatrics.  

JSMBS and OCH seek a respected dynamic leader with a proven track record of success in advancing clinical care, expanding innovative research and GME portfolios, championing JEDI and building cultures that promote and embrace community engagement and clinical integration.  Candidates must hold an MD, DO, MD/PhD, or equivalent degree, Board Certification in Pediatrics and/or candidate’s pediatric subspecialty area of practice, and be eligible for permanent, unrestricted licensure in the state of New York.  Candidates should possess academic leadership experience and accomplishment that would qualify them for JSMBS faculty appointment at the level of Professor.

Key Opportunity Highlights:

  • Endowed A. Conger Goodyear Professor and Chair of Pediatrics
  • As Chair, lead an outstanding Department of Pediatrics comprised of 17 clinical divisions, 125 faculty members, 145 community pediatricians, 72 residents and fellows, and 9 ACGME-accredited subspecialty fellowship programs collectively serving a population of 1.3 million people.
  • Promote scientific excellence and a culture of discovery and innovation, while facilitating research, especially in areas of health disparities, encouraging applications for grant support, and promoting publication in high impact, peer-review journals.
  • Lead in the development and implementation of the enterprise’s child health strategic and operational plans for advancing clinical care, quality improvement, patient safety, health equity, and community engagement.
  • Succeed in recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty with strong state salary support.
  • Oversee regional pediatric clinical specialty care with exceptional market dominance and excellent collaboration with Roswell Park Cancer Institute, a leading comprehensive cancer center.
  • Leverage strong institutional commitment and comprehensive resources to prioritize the recruitment, retention, development and recognition of diverse, world-class faculty and staff.
  • Facilitate an innovative pediatric research strategic plan in partnership with research leaders within the department including the new Child and Maternal Health Research Institute (CMHRI), the UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), UB Clinical Research Office (CRO) and UB Community Health Equity Research Institute.
  • Collaborate with the outstanding pediatric community to provide the highest pediatric care for a large region of Western New York.
  • Engage an outstanding philanthropic community with a long history of generosity in partnership with the Department of University Advancement.
  • Highly competitive compensation package and opportunities for continued leadership development support.

UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences was founded in 1846. It is the oldest school in the University, with some of the most innovative approaches to graduate and professional education. Research is fundamental to the mission of UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

A 628,000‐square foot medical school building spanning eight floors opened in 2017, following a relocation downtown to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. This new building in the heart of Buffalo allows the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to create state‐of‐the‐art learning and research facilities, attract and retain world‐class faculty, improve inpatient care in the region, increase the school’s enrollment, and grow the university’s presence in downtown Buffalo.

Oishei Children’s Hospital

In November 2017, Kaleida Health officially opened its $270 million John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. Oishei Children’s Hospital is the regional center for comprehensive and state‐of‐the‐art pediatric trauma, surgical and medical care, including neonatal, perinatal, and obstetrical services. As one of only 43 freestanding children's hospitals in the nation – and the only freestanding children’s acute care hospital in New York State – the entire facility was built with children and families in mind. The 12‐floor 185‐ bed modern facility is an integral part of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, linking to Buffalo General Medical Center, Gates Vascular Institute, the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and more. Oishei serves as the only access point for pediatric critical care, Level IV neonatal intensive care, and pediatric trauma care in and for Western New York.

As a world‐renowned research university, UB plays a vital role in Buffalo’s resurgence as a thriving city that is a magnet for talented professionals, artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators who recognize the tremendous energy and momentum gathering here. While this region is large enough to offer plenty to a diverse population of 1 million residents, it brims over with small‐town warmth and friendliness.  At every turn, Buffalo lives up to its billing as “The City of Good Neighbors.” Buffalo’s own strong sense of community, easy lifestyle and affordability regularly place it in top 10 lists from a variety of national publications for its overall quality of life.

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University at Buffalo is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

To Apply

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications, including current curriculum vitae and a cover letter stating qualifications and reasons for interest in the role, may be submitted to Wesley Millican, MBA, CEO and Physician Talent Officer, CareerPhysician, C/O Kerry Henry at All interactions will remain confidential, and no inquiries will be made without the consent of the applicant. We are dedicated to the principles of equity and diversity and particularly encourage those of diverse backgrounds to apply.