Dean of the School of Medicine

University of California, Davis

Search for the Dean of the School of Medicine

Sacramento, California

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) seeks a seeks a visionary leader and collaborative physician-scholar to serve as Dean of the School of Medicine.

The Dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine will serve as the chief executive and academic officer for one of the top public medical schools in the country. The School of Medicine has had a sustained impact since its founding in 1968, educating the medical workforce of Northern California and, in recent years, achieving national prominence for its education, research, patient care, and community service. In 2019, the UC Davis School of Medicine ranked 10th for primary-care training and 39th in research by U.S. News & World Report. Extramural funding for the School of Medicine has more than doubled in the past decade, rising from $121 million in 2006 to $298.8 million in 2017 and is currently 26th in the nation for NIH funding. The School is also home to one of the most diverse medical student populations in the country, combining high academic achievement with a strong commitment to social responsibility. The distinguished faculty of the School of Medicine, numbering over 900, work collaboratively across 19 clinical and six basic science departments, as well as more than 20 research centers and programs, including the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Clinical and Translational Science Center, MIND Institute, and the Institute for Regenerative Cures.

UC Davis Health consists of the School of Medicine (and its multiple research centers), the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the UC Davis Medical Center, and both the community (aka Primary Care Network) and academic divisions of the UC Davis Medical Group. The mission of UC Davis Health is to improve lives and transform health care by providing excellent patient care, conducting groundbreaking research, fostering innovative, interprofessional education, and creating dynamic, productive partnerships with the community. As the region's only academic health center, UC Davis Health is focused on discovering and sharing knowledge and providing the highest quality of care. With approximately 13,000 employees and students, UC Davis Health is the second largest employer in the region and a major driver of economic prosperity in Sacramento and across Northern California.

UC Davis is one of the nation’s premier public research universities, with academic and research excellence across a broad array of disciplines, a vibrant health-science enterprise, an outstanding campus community, and a focus on sustainability. UC Davis is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) and ranks 10th among public research universities nationwide, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. Its academic program includes 10 colleges and schools, including those devoted to Letters and Science, Biological Science, Engineering, and Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, as well as graduate and professional schools in medicine, nursing, management, education, veterinary science, and law.

With the arrival of the new leadership for the university and for UC Davis Health, there is deliberate effort underway to grow, align, and integrate the academic and health science programs across all of its locations. The new Dean will oversee the School of Medicine at a pivotal moment of great potential and tremendous ambition. As a result, the Dean will play a key role in ensuring that the School successfully seizes this moment of opportunity to strength its global impact with cutting-edge research, progressive medical education, and personalized patient care, all framed in the context of UC Davis’s public mission.

In order to respond to this new environment and chart a successful path for the School of Medicine the new Dean will be expected to provide vision and execute a strategy for the School, fulfilling its mission of training a diverse physician workforce and developing research and healthcare delivery programs to benefit medically underserved populations in Northern California; oversee the academic and administrative functions of the School, working closely with senior leaders and fellow deans on a campus that places a high priority on interdisciplinary teaching and research, and community engagement; and serve as a dynamic and inspirational leader with outstanding skills in consensus building and diplomacy and a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing academic health centers in today’s changing research and clinical environment.

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For best consideration, please apply by November 12, 2018 Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.

David Bellshaw, Cati Mitchell-Crossley, and Alanya Green

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA  94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: