The University of Illinois at Chicago seeks a collaborative and inspirational academic physician to serve as its next Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. The next dean will have the opportunity to advance a vibrant and diverse college across all its academic, educational, scientific and clinical missions, as part of a strong, interprofessional health sciences center.
The University of Illinois College of Medicine is one of the largest and most diverse in the nation with over 1,300 students. Its nearly 1,000 full-time faculty members, 320+ part-time faculty members, 3,000 volunteer faculty members, and 1,100 residents and fellows are internationally recognized and committed to caring for the state’s urban and rural populations – especially those traditionally underserved. The college’s four campuses – Chicago, Peoria, Rockford and Urbana – have a unified curriculum for the MD program, and offer numerous opportunities for clinical training and research. Last year, the college garnered over $175 million in extramural support. Of this support, $120 million funded the cutting edge basic, translational, clinical and community health research of College of Medicine investigators.
Located in the heart of one of the world’s great cities, the University of Illinois at Chicago is a vital part of the educational, technological and cultural fabric of the region. UIC is Chicago’s only public research university with 30,000 students, 15 colleges, a hospital and a health sciences system. UIC is the only comprehensive health sciences center in the state. The Peoria medical school campus is located in downtown Peoria Medical District, adjacent to its major clinical affiliates, UnityPoint Health – Methodist and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Together, these two hospitals provide access to more than 900 patient beds and serve a patient population of more than 2 million people. The faculty practice includes a Level I trauma center with the busiest helicopter transport service in Illinois. The Rockford campus has academic affiliations with all of the major Rockford health systems including SwedishAmerican: A Division of University of Wisconsin Health, Mercyhealth, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rosecrance Health System, and Crusader Community Health. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) and Carle Health System established the Carle Illinois College of Medicine as the nation’s first engineering-driven college of medicine. As a result, the University of Illinois College of Medicine has moved to phase out its branch campus in Urbana.
The College of Medicine is an integral component of the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health), which provides comprehensive care, education, and research to train healthcare leaders and foster healthy communities in Illinois and beyond. A part of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), UI Health is a clinical enterprise that includes a 465-bed tertiary care hospital, 21 outpatient clinics, and the Mile Square Health Center, a federally qualified health center with 11 clinical sites. With components in Chicago, Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, Springfield and Urbana; seven health sciences schools and colleges exist: Applied Health Sciences; Dentistry; Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, the School of Public Health; and the Jane Addams College of Social Work. UI Health is dedicated to the pursuit of health equity.
Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, the dean serves as the executive dean for all four medical schools and is the administrative leader for the Chicago medical school. The next dean will have an opportunity to articulate a clear vision for the college in close alignment with UIC and UI Health priorities. The new dean will also work toward further integration of medicine at the Chicago campus while spurring interprofessional collaboration across all campuses. With stable leadership from the university, support from a thriving hospital partner, and transformational opportunities in research and education, UIC seeks a dean of medicine who will help make lasting improvements for the college and beyond for optimal population health.
The successful candidate will hold an MD, MD-PhD or international equivalent, and be nationally recognized for achievement in research, clinical and educational pursuits that would warrant appointment as a tenured, full professor. Candidates should demonstrate considerable executive leadership within an academic medical center, or similarly complex and oriented institution, usually demonstrated with having led a large department, interdisciplinary center/institute or having served at the dean or senior associate dean level. Confidential inquiries, nominations and applications including a letter of interest and CV can be sent in confidence via email to Witt/Kieffer, the University’s executive search consultants, Karen Otto, Christopher Colenda, MD, MPH and Jeff Schroetlin, at: UICOMDean@wittkieffer.com, or by phone at 630-990-1370.
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.