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Department Chair of Radiation Medicine
University of Kentucky


Date Posted Feb. 9, 2022
Title Department Chair of Radiation Medicine
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Department 7H000:COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
 
 
  • Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Radiation Oncology
    Medicine - General
 
 
THE OPPORTUNITYThe UK College of Medicine seeks a visionary chair with a successful record of achievement in academic medicine in radiation medicine. Exceptional accomplishments as a clinician and academician are a must as the chair’s duties will include a clinical practice as well as ongoing academic activities including translational and clinical research, teaching and mentoring, and a proven track record of collaboration within multidisciplinary teams.

The predominant criteria for appointment as chair include the proven ability to deliver excellent patient care while training future leaders in radiation medicine and the ability to foster and promote a vibrant translational cancer research program in the department, which is complementary and synergistic with broader research initiatives in the Markey Cancer Center. The successful candidate will be a nationally-prominent academic leader and role model with an established record of excellence in clinical care, research, clinical education, and mentorship.

The successful candidate should demonstrate strong leadership skills as a listener, decision-maker, humanist, and an effective advocate for the department and its faculty. The candidate should have experience developing inter-disciplinary collaborative initiatives and working collaboratively within the structure of an oncology service line. In addition, the successful candidate must possess the personal characteristics needed to promote, foster, and facilitate the trust of colleagues and the broader University faculty. The successful applicant should demonstrate impeccable integrity and be an effective communicator. Prior extensive administrative experience as a department chair, division chief, program director, or leader within the organizational structure of an NCI designated cancer center is preferred.

Professional Experience/Qualifications:
* MD, DO, MD/PhD, or equivalent
* National recognition as demonstrated through involvement in academic and professional societies at a national level
* Demonstrated leadership in administrative positions in medical school, an NCI-designated cancer center or an academic medical center setting
* Proven record of recruitment and retention of talent
* Board certification in Radiation Medicine
* Eligible for medical licensure in Kentucky

The College of Medicine seeks qualified applicants who value its missions and share its commitment to creating an environment in which diversity is valued, inclusion is imperative, and belonging is foundational. As an Equal Opportunity Action Employer, we strive to foster a community in which individuals of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome.

DEPARTMENT CHAIR ANTICIPATED DUTIES
This position is established in keeping with the mission statement of the UK College of Medicine.

Scope of Role
The chair of radiation medicine will make vital contributions to implementing the organization’s most critical strategies and will strive to achieve excellence in a full range of quality measurements. The chair will serve as a liaison between the department functions and the enterprise, reporting directly to the dean of the College of Medicine and the executive vice president for health affairs. They will be directly involved with strategic planning and service development, as well as market development and outreach strategy. Planning for future growth and recruitment to accomplish department goals will be integral to the duties of chair of radiation medicine.

Specific Responsibilities:
* Work collaboratively with leadership inside and outside of the department to create an infrastructure comprised of high-quality clinical care that incorporates scholarly and teaching activities.
* Cultivate and maintain professional relationships with clinical leadership, including physician groups, patients, and external entities to foster opportunities for revenue enhancement, enhanced customer service, and to positively impact core clinical measures.
* Define improved standards of department protocols, goals, and methods for implementation that reflect the department’s vision for regional and national standing as a leader in academic medicine in radiation medicine, as well as a respected service provider in Kentucky.
* Working with other administrative and clinical leadership, responsible for day-to-day oversight and management of the clinical operations of the department on behalf of UK HealthCare, making sure that those operations support the academic mission.
* Responsible for quality management and provider performance, including physician, resident, and advanced practice providers (APP) for the department.
* Review and report on provider performance annually.
* Recruit and mentor those of character into a culture of respect, kindness and professionalism, where teamwork, innovation, and work satisfaction thrive.

Research
As a position of oversight, the chair of radiation medicine will ensure that department faculty work in conjunction with one another, with the Markey Cancer Center, and with other groups across the college and campus, sharing research resources whenever possible. This will also include administrative, laboratory, and mentoring support. The chair will work closely to maximize the net yield of each project and avoid segregation or duplication of work in multiple isolated units.
Specific Responsibilities:
* Provide oversight for the research portfolio of the department.
* Facilitate faculty mentoring in research.
* Facilitate an environment of collaborative research and conduct including maintaining records of accomplishments and facilitating acquisition of external funding.
* Support a vibrant translational research program in collaboration with and support of the Markey Cancer Center
* Continue they independent or collaborative research in line with the goals of the department, and
* Publish in peer-reviewed literature as an author and co-author.

EducationThe chair of radiation medicine will work with collaborating units to provide the necessary tools and resources to allow the highest level of education and training to occur. The driving objective is to best integrate all medical practices for a complete educational experience.
In addition to a well-established and high-quality radiation oncology training program, the department has a long history of excellence in medical physics education. The medical physics education program includes masters and PhD degrees in medical physics, administered largely within the department on behalf of the UK College of Medicine. In addition, there is a large medical physics residency with two outside affiliate residencies in addition to the program housed at the main medical campus.
Specific Responsibilities
* Provide oversight for the educational portfolio of the department to include radiation oncology and medical physics education.
* Participate in and advocate for quality teaching programs for residents within the department.
* Support the development of residency and fellowship programs and their directors.
* Mentor faculty in various professorial series and oversee practice development and productivity of the department.
* Oversee CME activities within the department.

Clinical CareThe chair of radiation medicine, in conjunction with the chiefs, will be responsible for directing provider assignments and coverage of clinical needs. The position will also address budget priorities within the various units, including recruitment priorities and outreach decisions. This individual will coordinate with the leadership of ambulatory clinics, surgical departments, and procedural units. The chair will review the overall departmental budgets and actively participate in the annual enterprise budget meeting.
Specific Responsibilities
* Provide oversight for the clinical portfolio of the department.
* Provide excellent clinical care.
* Participate in in-house/consult service, as needed.
* Perform at a consistently high level in his/her clinical practice.

Ideal Candidate Experience and Attributes
* Strong, visionary, inspirational leader who can artfully convey a long-term vision for the department, yet is equally skilled at implementing a detailed plan to achieve that vision.
* Highly approachable and compassionate; a record of promoting a culture of innovation, collaboration, teamwork, respect, and honesty; a professional and personal demeanor characterized by integrity, graciousness, humility, genuineness, empathy, and sincerity; and a passion for the organization’s mission and objectives.
* Exceptionally team-oriented; skilled at working well and partnering with providers across the care continuum to identify, build, and negotiate “win-win” relationships; politically astute yet apolitical with an ability to break down silos and ensure a collegial and productive work environment.
* Has the desire to continue the collegial, respectful, and positive working environment with the department of radiation medicine
* Highly adept and at ease managing the day-to-day operational details with the ability to make strong and decisive decisions when needed while at the same time creating unity within a diverse department.
* Able to conceptualize and analyze complex business opportunities and to understand the business of medicine and apply that knowledge to appropriately manage the financial aspects of a department.
* Strong clinical skills and ability to continue to practice their field of expertise while serving as chair; should have skills in collaboration and the ability to learn and share.
* Actively develop the department’s mission, strategies, and practices to support a diverse and inclusive workplace.
* Experience with mentoring junior faculty through their academic career development
* Actively embody, encourage, and support the five College of Medicine DIReCT values to help guide actions, behaviors, and decision making to foster a cohesive work culture focused on patient-centered care. The DIReCT values are
* Diversity: We foster a people-centered environment that is inclusive of all.
* Innovation: We embrace continual learning and improvement to drive positive change.
* Respect: We value our patients and families, our community, our co-workers, ourselves, and the resources entrusted to us.
* Compassion: We express empathy for the needs, thoughts and feelings of those we serve and with whom we work.
* Teamwork: We cultivate and maintain meaningful relationships to create positive outcomes


Questions and inquiries can be directed to Lisa Tannock, MD, senior associate dean for faculty affairs, at mailto:lisa.tannock@uky.edulisa.tannock@uky.edu. All applications will be handled in a secure, sensitive, and confidential manner.

Please include an updated curriculum vitae and cover letter when submitting your application. The position is open until filled; however, review of applications will begin on March 7, 2022. Please submit by this date to ensure full consideration.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to protect our university community including our students, staff, faculty and visitors, the University of Kentucky is requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all new hires prior to starting employment. Therefore, as of October 18, 2021, all new hires prior to their first day of employment must submit appropriate documentation showing, i) completion of the first vaccination against COVID-19, or ii) completion of the full vaccination series against COVID-19, or iii) approved exemption (medical contraindications or a sincerely held religious belief) through the formal exemption process from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. For those employees who have completed the first vaccination against COVID-19 prior to their first day of employment, the second vaccination (if applicable) must be completed following the vaccination recommended schedule to be considered fully vaccinated.

 
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