Chair, Department of Anesthesiology

Lebanon, New Hampshire
Nov 18, 2023
Position Type
Chair, Department of Anesthesiology

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Dartmouth Health System

Dartmouth Health and The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth are pleased to announce a national search for the Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology. This is a remarkable opportunity to lead an exceptional clinical department known nationally for providing outstanding patient care, fostering the medical and biomedical education of the next generation, and supporting innovative 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 state of New Hampshire and southern Vermont, 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 and education, and share 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.

Anesthesiology at Dartmouth began in 1941, and by 1946, both the School of Nurse Anesthesia and the Anesthesiology Residency program had been started. As early leaders in Multidisciplinary Critical Care, Regional Anesthesia, and Pain Medicine, the Department of Anesthesiology was formally established in 1989. Today, Dartmouth Health has several hospitals and various anesthesia care models across the region, but the core program is located at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH.

At DHMC, anesthesia coverage is provided to approximately 40 anesthetizing locations daily including Outpatient Surgery Center rooms and 25 operating rooms in the main hospital for services including trauma, acute care and general surgery, neuro, cardiac, thoracic, obstetrics, otolaryngology, plastics, and pediatric surgery. Off-site and non-OR locations include GI and pulmonary endoscopy, EP lab, structural Interventional Cardiology, Interventional radiology, Pediatric Sedation, MRI, Minor procedure, Labor and Delivery, Radiation Therapy, and the Center for Surgical Innovation (CSI). On average, we give 35,000 anesthetics per year. We also provide physician coverage to the Surgical ICU, Acute Pain Service, Cardiovascular Critical Care Unit (CVCC), Neuro-ICU, and tele-ICU, and Perioperative Care Clinic (PCC). Our current team at DHMC consists of 44 anesthesiologists and 41 CRNAs. We also have 4 Pain Specialists who perform over 5,000 interventional pain procedures per year.

The Anesthesiology Residency includes a transitional year program and has between 7-9 residents per year. We also have an Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship (1-3 fellows per year), a Chronic Pain Fellowship (4 fellows per year), and a Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship (2 fellows per year). Our main areas of research activity include Perioperative Frailty, Cognitive Decline, Perioperative Pain Management, and Fluoroscopically Guided Epidural Catheter Placement, Cardiac Function during Active Labor, and Stress and Safety in Non-Operating Room Environments. One of our anesthesiologists also leads the Dartmouth Anesthesiology Innovation Lab which partners with innovators, engineers, and entrepreneurs to develop ideas to support patient care, education, and research.

In this leadership role, the Chair of Anesthesiology will have primary responsibility and accountability for the overall direction, operation, and management of the Department in accordance with the mission and goals of Dartmouth Health and The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. In addition, the Chair will collaborate and coordinate with other Dartmouth Health member hospitals in support and growth of clinical programs, academic advancement, and research opportunities.

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 foster a robust culture that encourages education for physicians, advanced practitioners, students, residents, and fellows that meets or exceeds program accreditation standards (e.g., LCME, ACGME/RRC, and CME).

The Chair will work collaboratively with the education domains of Geisel to provide departmental oversight for all aspects of graduate and undergraduate medical education, as well as with the foundational research departments and the the Guarini School to engage 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 Anesthesiology services, strategies, and operations for Dartmouth Health, which includes all Dartmouth Health locations, regional members, and affiliates. The Chair is also an integral member of the Dartmouth Health Senior Leadership Group and of the Geisel Dean's Academic Board.

Responsibilities include:
  • 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 Appointment and Promotion and Tenure guidelines.
  • Foster a respectful and supportive environment for the educational advancement of learners and the professional development of staff.
  • Champion programs to enhance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging among all faculty and staff within the department.
  • Provide responsible leadership for all Department staff processes including physician engagement, recruitment, development, and performance assessment.
  • Foster a culture and environment that enables change implementation 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 Anesthesiology services throughout Dartmouth Health'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 the system.

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 or Associate 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 within short driving distances, it is a place to thrive both personally and professionally.

Candidates interested in applying are asked to submit a CV, cover letter, and diversity statement.

Please address cover letters to the Search Chair:

Ilana Cass, MD

Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dartmouth Health

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

All application material should be submitted to:

Carrie Moore, MBA, CPRP
Executive Recruiter
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.