Chair, Department of Surgery

  • Company
    University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine
  • Type
    Full-Time / Attending Surgeon
  • Category
    University Positions
  • Contact Email

Job Description

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) is conducting a search for Chair of the Department of Surgery for the Graduate School of Medicine (GSM), Knoxville campus. This campus has 216 residents and fellows, as well as M3 and M4 students, in addition to active research programs. We seek an individual with documented accomplishments and national recognition in patient care, education, teaching and clinical research who can further enhance the established residencies and develop fellowships. The chair supports the residency program with a total of 30-36 residents and 4 fellows per year. Other desired characteristics include experience in supervising faculty, including development of junior faculty; a proven record in administration and management; and a willingness to foster relationships between the University and other physicians in the community and surrounding region. Responsibilities also include oversight of research; budget, staff, space and other resources. The Chair will serve as Service Chief for the University Health System’s University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC). UTMC is a 633 bed acute care academic medical center. It is designated as a: Level I Trauma Center, Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, Level III Neonatal ICU, Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, and Adult & Children Kidney Transplantation Center. The University of Tennessee Medical Center has six centers of excellence: Heart Lung Vascular Institute, Brain Spine Institute, Cancer Institute, Emergency and Trauma Center, Advanced Orthopedic Center and the Center for Women & Infants.

Academic Rank: Associate Professor or Professor

Reports to: Dean, Graduate School of Medicine


  • Direct the education (medical students, ACGME accredited residency in surgery and urology, fellowships in vascular surgery, trauma and critical care, and bariatric and minimally invasive surgery) research, and clinical activities of the department
  • Support the research effort including collaboration with industry and UT Knoxville to advance the research effort
  • Ensure the department meets all UTHSC and GSM policies and guidelines for financial management in addition to assuming responsibility for all finances of the department
  • Provide leadership in the implementation of the strategic plans of the academic department, GSM and UTMC
  • Establish partnerships with strategic leaders in medicine, education, industry and government
  • Supervise and mentor faculty, and establish and monitor faculty development program
  • Provide leadership in the successful integration of academics and private practice models
  • Direct the department’s performance improvement activities and collaborates with UTMC performance improvement committee
  • Direct departmental philanthropic activities and promotes departmental recognition
  • Promote wellness among faculty, staff, residents, fellows and students in the department


  • MD degree, DO degree or equivalent
  • Board certification in Surgery and a currently active US medical license
  • Documented accomplishments and national recognition in research, education and teaching
  • Experience in administration and management in academics
  • National involvement in professional surgery organizations
  • Ability to foster effective relationships between academic and community physicians
  • Ethical behavior, professionalism, interpersonal skills, leadership, and management abilities
  • Knowledge of current professional trends in surgery, medical education, and the business practices of the health care system
  • Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity and inclusion
  • Additional subspecialty training is encouraged, but not required
  • The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA/V institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.

How to Apply

The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (with a letter of interest, a complete CV, and a list of three references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to UTHSC. Review of materials will begin immediately and will continue until the appointment is made. Preliminary interviews are targeted to begin on December 17, 2014. All materials should be submitted to:

Amanda Wilson, Faculty Affairs Coordinator
Office of Faculty Affairs
UT Graduate School of Medicine
1924 Alcoa Highway, Box 94
Knoxville, TN 37920
Phone: 865-305-6482 || Fax: 865-305-6494