University of Central Florida College of Medicine — Associate Vice President for Clinical Operations and Chief Clinical Operating Officer

University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Associate Vice President (AVP) for Clinical Operations and Chief Clinical Operating Officer (CCOO)

The University of Central Florida College of Medicine (COM) has initiated a nationwide search for an innovative and accomplished administrator to serve as its Associate Vice President (AVP) for Clinical Operations and Chief Clinical Operating Officer (CCOO), Academic Health Sciences Center (AHSC) and UCF Health. This is a unique opportunity for a respected and experienced operational and administrative leader to work as a key member of a group of visionary academic executives who understands the current state of academic medicine and appreciates the need to transform it to meet the needs of today’s patients, students, faculty and community of physicians/providers. Together, they will have an extraordinary opportunity to shape not only the culture of a 12-year old medical school which anchors the Lake Nona Medical City in Orlando, Florida, but the entire AHSC consisting of the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions and Sciences, and the emerging clinical enterprise that surrounds them. 

As the Health Sciences enterprise expands in Central Florida with the anticipated opening of the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center university hospital in late 2020, as well as the UCF Lake Nona Cancer Center, the AVP/CCOO will have responsibility for coordinating UCF Health’s services with the new university hospital developed as a public-private partnership with HCA. UCF Health is the clinical practice for the COM and currently includes 31 clinical providers in 17 specialties. Intended to evolve into an international medical destination just a few miles from the Orlando International Airport in a widely sought-after geographic region for industry, the type of growth envisioned for this medical enterprise is currently unparalleled in the United States. 

The AVP/CCOO will report to Deborah German, MD, Vice President (VP) for Health Affairs of the AHSC and Dean of the College of Medicine. The selected candidate will have significant independent responsibility for clinical operations associated with the explosive growth planned for UCF Health and AHSC.  Working together with Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs (ADCA) and with the AHSC AVP for Finance and Administration, the selected candidate will oversee all aspects of UCF Health’s operational performance and develop and implement a plan for financial and operational turnaround and strategic growth. The CCOO will develop and implement a compensation model for clinical practitioners in collaboration with ADCA, supportive of UCF Health mission, culture, and finances. The selected candidate will oversee strategic business and operational planning for UCF Health including new services, new sites, and ancillary services, and ensure that UCF Health operations are managed to budget and monitor performance against goals and benchmarks. 

The AVP/CCOO will collaborate with the VP for Health Affairs/Dean and other key internal and external leaders and committees in decision-making and management related to the clinical and operational functions and will directly supervise the UCF Health Operations Director. The selected candidate will ensure that UCF clinical and business operations and messaging are consistent with the strategic plan and synchronized with the vision and mission of the College.

Established in 2006, the UCF College of Medicine is one of the first U.S. medical schools in decades to be built from the ground up. As a new medical school, UCF’s program epitomizes innovation, high-tech learning tools and a pioneering spirit to educate young doctors and scientists in a new and better way for the 21st century. UCF was the first medical school in the country to offer all its medical students iPads and its charter class graduated tuition-free thanks to generous $6.5M in donations from across the local community. In turn, these inaugural students raised another $300,000 to support similar scholarships for those who follow them.

The college is unique nationally because of its large undergraduate and graduate programs in biomedicine through its Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences. The Burnett School has almost 3,000 undergraduate majors — making it the third most popular major at UCF. The medical school also offers joint degrees, including an M.D./Ph.D., an M.D./M.B.A. and an M.D./M.S. degree in hospitality.

The UCF College of Medicine is a research-based medical school with a culture based on partnerships and collaboration. The college’s medical and biomedical programs capitalize on UCF’s existing strengths in biological sciences, modeling and simulation, engineering, optics and photonics, psychology, chemistry, film and digital media, business and nursing. Of note:

UCF Health is the college’s multi-specialty clinical practice comprised of 31 providers in 17 specialties, all of whom are College of Medicine faculty. UCF Health has a new growing surgical service line and two locations: near the main UCF campus and in Medical City.

The college is a founding member of Orlando’s growing Medical City at Lake Nona, a public-private partnership that is working to create a global health care destination in east Orlando. Medical City combines the energy and pursuit of excellence of a premier medical college with the resources of pre-eminent hospitals and world-renowned research institutes. The UCF Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona includes the medical school’s 170,000-square-foot medical education facility, featuring the latest in lab and classroom technology, as well as its 198,000-square-foot Burnett Biomedical Sciences building. Other highlights of the Lake Nona Medical City include the second largest Veteran’s Administration Hospital in the United States with the nation’s premier simulation facility and Nemours Children’s Hospital. Groundbreaking has occurred for a new University Hospital known as the UCF Lake Nona Medical Center. It is anticipated to open in late 2020 and has shared ownership and governance by a UCF affiliate and HCA in a unique public-private partnership designed to facilitate expansive growth for the Medical City. UCF recently acquired the former Sanford Burnham Prebys building adjacent to the university hospital site and has plans and partnerships to establish a cancer research and treatment center.

Applications should include 1) a detailed resume and 2) a letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described above, as well as the applicant’s motivation to apply.

To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:

In addition, all interested candidates are instructed to complete an application and upload their curriculum vitae to the following UCF web-site: