The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Location: Dallas, Texas
Type: Full Time
Chiefs / Directors / Dept. Heads
College / University
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Chair, Department of Psychiatry
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern) invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. This is an exceptional opportunity for a visionary and committed physician to lead a top-tier clinical department with a robust scientific impact and an innovative educational program across a diverse community and region. As a key leader at UT Southwestern, the new Chair will leverage the strengths of the Department's clinical, research, and education missions to act as an advocate and champion for transformative psychiatric care and research in a rapidly growing and evolving landscape in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the state of Texas, and beyond.
As one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation, UT Southwestern integrates pioneering research with exceptional health promotion, clinical care, and education. This public university is home to more than 3,400 faculty members, many of whom are leaders in their respective fields, including six Nobel laureates, 26 National Academy of Sciences members, 18 National Academy of Medicine members, and 14 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators. Annual research funding at the University exceeds $640 million per year. The UT Southwestern Medical Center is located in the heart of the Southwestern Medical District – a nearly 400-acre medical complex 10 minutes north of downtown Dallas. Through its own and affiliated health systems – UT Southwestern University Health System, Parkland Health, Children’s Health, Texas Health Resources, and the VA North Texas Health Care System – UT Southwestern physicians are central to the care of millions of residents in North Texas. The University is currently experiencing unprecedented growth of its research capabilities, infrastructure, and clinical services, with significant investments being made across all domains of its teaching, clinical, and research missions.
Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Dean of UT Southwestern Medical School, Dr. W.P. Andrew Lee, MD, the Chair will plan, organize, and direct the clinical, academic, and research affairs of the Department. To do so effectively, the Chair will promote and further build upon partnerships with senior leadership across the University, the Medical School, and the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute (OBI). As a member of the OBI and its Steering Committee, the Chair will serve as an inspirational model and collaboration lynchpin for faculty by ensuring clinical excellence and research that spans from basic through translational to clinical research.
The Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern is positioned at the vanguard of psychiatric care in Texas with the announcement of the state’s newest 296-bed psychiatric hospital, The Texas Behavioral Health Center at UT Southwestern, scheduled for opening in 2025. The Chair will have a significant opportunity to staff, develop, and lead within the new hospital and act as a conduit between and contributor to various stakeholders across the Department, UT Southwestern, and statewide. Continuing alignment with UT Southwestern’s priorities for growth and expansion across all areas of its tripartite mission, the new Chair will be tasked with leading and developing the Department in alignment with greater strategic priorities and building on its historic strengths while simultaneously implementing and executing a new vision for the future of psychiatry at UT Southwestern. As the third-largest clinical department and the sixth-largest department in NIH grant funding at UT Southwestern, the Department is poised to attain still greater success in accordance with its mission of advancing the field of psychiatric care through excellence in patient care, service, research, and education.
The successful candidate will possess stellar academic credentials, including an excellent track record of research. Significant experience in academic leadership, education, and research or scholarship and/or commensurate professional achievement is expected.
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist the Search Committee for the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry in its identification and review of candidates. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.
UT Southwestern Medical Center is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. As an equal opportunity employer, UT Southwestern prohibits unlawful discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or veteran status. To learn more, please visit: https://jobs.utsouthwestern.edu/why-work-here/diversity-inclusion/.