Chair, Department of Medicine

Lebanon, New Hampshire
Mar 18, 2023
Position Type
Chair, Department of Medicine

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Dartmouth Health System

Dartmouth Health and Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine announce a national search for the Chair of the Department of Medicine. This is a remarkable opportunity to lead an exceptional academic and clinical department known nationally for providing outstanding patient care, fostering the medical and biomedical education of the next generation, and pursuing innovative clinical and translational research.

Dartmouth Health is New Hampshire's largest, and only academic, health system. Dartmouth Health serves a population of 1.9 million patients across northern New England and provides access to more than 1,800 providers. Anchored by the academic Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, the system includes the NCI-designated Dartmouth Cancer Center, the Dartmouth Health Children's hospital, 5 member hospitals, 30 ambulatory clinics across the region, a Visiting Nurse Association and the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care.

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth was established in Hanover, NH in 1797 and, to this day, strives to improve the lives of the people it serves: students, patients, and local and global communities. As one of America's top medical schools, Geisel is committed to creating new generations of diverse leaders who will help solve the most vexing challenges in health care. Geisel and Dartmouth Health are separate organizational entities that collaborate intimately on research, education, and key infrastructure programs. Additional clinical and academic collaborations include the Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Junction, VT; the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice; the Tuck School of Business; the Thayer School of Engineering; the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies; and the Arts and Sciences departments and programs of Dartmouth College.

The Department of Medicine consists of 21 Divisions, an Internal Medicine Residency program (67 residents), 13 Accredited Fellowships (70 ACGME fellows), 640 Faculty Members including 95 Advanced Practice Providers.

In this leadership role, the Chair of the Department of Medicine (the "Department") will have primary responsibility and accountability for the overall direction, operation, and management of the Department of Medicine in accordance with the mission and goals of Dartmouth Health (which includes the academic medical center, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center) and Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. In addition, the Chair will collaborate and coordinate with other Dartmouth Health member hospitals around clinical programs, academic, and research opportunities, and serve as the Medicine leader for Dartmouth Health.

The Chair will partner with the Dartmouth Health senior leadership to provide high-quality delivery of care, achieve program objectives, and meet financial metrics. The Chair, through their leadership position within Geisel, is responsible for faculty development and mentoring toward academic advancement. Additionally, they will actively foster a robust culture that encourages learning for physicians, advanced practitioners, students, residents, and fellows and for supporting efforts that meet or exceed educational program accreditation standards (e.g., LCME, ACGME/RRC, and CME).

The Chair shall provide Departmental oversight for all aspects of graduate and undergraduate medical education ("GME" and "UME"), as well as engage with programs associated with relevant graduate programs in the biosciences (PhD, MPH, MS) and with those for undergraduates of Dartmouth College.

As the clinical leader of the Department, the Chair will have full accountability for the establishment and implementation of Dartmouth Health System-wide medicine services strategies and operations for Dartmouth Health, which includes all Dartmouth Health locations, regional members, and affiliates, and partnering with accountable care organizations ("ACOs"). The position will also be responsible for working with Dartmouth Health officers and senior leadership to operationalize the Department within the overall integrated delivery system's organizational structure and functions.

The Chair leader is an integral member of the Dartmouth Health Senior Leadership Group ("SLG") and of the Geisel Dean's Academic Board ("DAB"). The Chair will:
  • Ensure high-performing, patient and family-centered care and population health goals across Dartmouth Health and Dartmouth by working in close collaboration with the Dartmouth Health Chief Clinical Officer and other senior Dartmouth Health clinical, academic and administrative leadership.
  • Set a tone of academic excellence in the department through mentorship for education and scholarship that leads to the academic advancement of faculty based on the criteria established in the Geisel Appointments, Promotions & Tenure guideline, that provides a respectful learning environment in support of the advancement of learners, and that supports professional development of staff.
  • Champions programs to enhance diversity, inclusion and belonging among all faculty and staff within the department.
  • Provide responsible leadership for all Department medical staff processes including physician engagement, recruitment, development, and performance assessment, and for creating a high-performance clinical culture and medical staff.
  • Foster a culture and environment that enables the ability to implement change and innovation in transitioning from volume-based to value-based care models in conjunction with senior clinical, academic and administrative leadership.
  • Advance medical management and cost-effectiveness initiatives, implement best practices, including case and utilization management processes, and foster quality promotion, patient safety, and cost containment.
  • Champion research programs across the full clinical, delivery, and basic science spectrum within the Department and through collaborations with others that are aligned with the goals of Dartmouth Health, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics, and Geisel School of Medicine in collaboration with the Dartmouth Health Chief Research Officer, the Geisel Dean and other Chair colleagues.
  • Lead the implementation and operation of innovative and effective telemedicine programs to help support and transform the provision of medicine services throughout D-HH's service area.
  • Lead innovation and implementation of curricular programs within the Department and through collaborations with others that are aligned with the goals of DDHMC, Dartmouth Health, and Geisel.

Minimum qualifications:

Qualified candidates will: hold a medical degree (MD, MD/MPH, MD/MBA, MD/PhD) or equivalent degree(s); qualify for rank of Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine; be American board certified, and be a New Hampshire licensed physician or should be eligible for licensure in the State of New Hampshire. The preferred candidate will have five or more years of experience as a strategic leader with the ability to manage a substantial, complex, and evolving organization. They will also have experience with funded research, scholarly achievement, and a history of teaching effectiveness, successful development of an organization or program, and an acknowledged reputation in the provision of exemplary health care. Ideally, the successful candidate will have had leadership experience within a dynamic academic health system as well as a medical school. The successful candidate will be an advocate for the faculty, students, and staff, and be committed to mentoring and training the next generation of physicians and clinicians.

The Dartmouth Health system stretches over New Hampshire and Vermont and offers the quintessential New England experience. This beautiful area combines history, industry, and business and has been ranked consistently as one of the best places in the US to live and work.

Dartmouth Health and Geisel are headquartered in the historical Upper Connecticut River Valley, consisting of the 37 towns straddling the river between Vermont and New Hampshire. The "Upper Valley" boasts cultural opportunities through venues including the Hopkins Center for the Arts and the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, as well as the Lebanon Opera House and Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT. The region is noted for its abundance of recreational activities. With destinations like Boston, New York, Montreal, the seacoast and ski country available within short driving distances, it is easy to understand why this region has ranked consistently as one of the best places in the US to live and work.

Candidates are requested to include a CV, cover letter, and diversity statement.

Please address cover letters to the Search Chair:

Steven D. Leach, MD

Professor of Molecular and Systems Biology, Surgery and Medicine

Preston T. and Virginia R. Kelsey Distinguished Chair in Cancer

Associate Dean for Cancer Programs and Director, Dartmouth Cancer Center

Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

Dartmouth Health

All application material should be submitted to:

Juliann Hamblin, CPRP
Physician Recruiter Team Lead

Talent Acquisition
Dartmouth Health

Dartmouth Health is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law.