University of Pennsylvania — Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. 

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health has a proud and rich combination of academic activities and service contributions. Since its founding, the Department has systematically built clinical, research, and educational programs that have become deeply integrated into the fabric of Penn Medicine’s academic and clinical programs, the University, and the community. The mission of the Department is to deliver high quality, high value and equitable care by partnering with patients, families, and communities to achieve optimal health; apply the best evidence in person‐centered care; generate and disseminate innovative research; and, educate scholars and create leaders in family medicine and community health. The Department has strong interfaces with many of Penn’s Centers including the Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI), the Abramson Cancer Center, the Institute on Aging (IOA), and the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB). Additional opportunities for collaboration include the Leonard Davis Institute, the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, and the Penn Center for Innovation, among others. 

The practice provides over 54,000 outpatient visits a year, admits approximately 5,000 inpatients (primarily to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center), and performs about 320 deliveries per year at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The practice is a member of the Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania (CPUP) and the Chair serves as a member of the Board of Directors of CPUP whose primary role is to coordinate the tripartite mission of the 18 clinical departments. 

The Chair oversees 33 faculty and nearly 114 professional and support staff. Major hospital sites for clinical and educational activities include Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital, institutions of great distinction and diversity. In addition, the Department’s faculty and resident physicians are an integral part of the care teams at 5 community clinics and 4 student‐led community clinics. 

Qualified candidates are those who are family medicine trained with MD, MD/MPH, or MD/PhD degrees and are qualified for a faculty appointment at the Associate or Professor level in the Standing Faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) at the University of Pennsylvania. Candidates must be a respected active practitioner, have a distinguished record of research, and possess dynamic, inclusive leadership skills, administrative expertise, and a clear commitment to – and excellence in – education, fostering an inclusive environment, and sponsorship and mentorship of a diverse cadre of students, residents, fellows and faculty. Candidates must have the demonstrated ability to foster strong collaborations among investigators within the Department, the School of Medicine, the campus community and Philadelphia. The candidate should articulate a compelling vision for the future of family medicine at Penn Medicine, the role of the department within a highly regarded academic medical center and the field of family medicine and community health in general. PSOM seeks candidates who embrace and reflect diversity in the broadest sense. 

The executive search firm, Korn Ferry, is assisting Penn Medicine with this search. All interested applicants are invited to send their curriculum vitae and letter of interest to the attention of Korn Ferry at caroline.Thompson@kornferry.com. Applicants must also apply for this position online at: https://apply.interfolio.com/74581. 

The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply. 

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