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Chair, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Irvine, California
Posted Date
Apr 26, 2024

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The oldest continually operating medical school in the Los Angeles area, for over 100 years the UCI School of Medicine has been in operation, shining on the world stage as an enterprising champion of innovation and discovery. Its Mission is: Discover. Teach. Heal. Its Vision is: Powered by discovery, innovation, and inclusive excellence, the UCI School of Medicine seeks to advance individual and population health for Orange County and beyond by advancing high-impact medical research, educating a diverse health workforce, and delivering evidence-based, patient-centered healthcare.

Ranked as one of the top 50 U.S. medical schools for research by U.S. News & World Report, the UCI School of Medicine nurtures the development of medical students, resident physicians, and scholars in the clinical and basic sciences, and supports the dissemination of research advances for the benefit of society. The school has invested heavily in its research infrastructure, with a new 215,000-sq-ft wet lab research building currently under construction, a large new state-of-the-art cGMP facility, and a notable 16% annual increase in research awards over the past five years supported by earlier investments.

The UCI School of Medicine has 24 departments, ranging from basic science research to clinical, medical, and surgical specialties, and research, clinical, and teaching relationships with the VA Long Beach Healthcare System and Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). The school’s 1,000+ award-winning faculty members are dedicated to advancing medical knowledge and clinical practice to address society’s health challenges. Each year, the school educates more than 500 medical students and trains more than 750 residents and fellows at UCI Medical Center and affiliated institutions. The school’s diverse scholars include approximately 160 PhD and Master’s students. This active community is dedicated to excellence in original research, teaching, creative expression, and intellectual leadership.

This is an opportunity to join an organization that has been growing steadily and is continuing to actively expand. A new, $1.3 billion medical complex is under construction on the Irvine campus, with a 168,000-square-foot Family Health Center, a 225,000-square-foot Cancer Center (both opening in 2024) and a 144-bed hospital (opening in 2025) that will be all electric (the first of its kind in the country). This new complex will complement the existing large academic medical center in Orange County. UCI Health also owns and operates two FQHCs. Under the leadership of Dean Michael J Stamos, the School of Medicine has invested in and grown its people, research, departments, and facilities. The School’s four basic science departments and 19 clinical departments, along with the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine which is a hybrid department, have grown dramatically in size and in the volume of their research and clinical trial awards. The School’s departments have actively invested in their education and research missions, productivity, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine has built excellent relationships across the School of Medicine and UCI Health; the two organizations are linked under Clinical Integration as “the enterprise” and share the goal of providing excellent patient care in a culture that is focused on all three missions, innovative and receptive to new ideas, entrepreneurial, highly collaborative, enthusiastic, and service-oriented. As the only academic health system situated in a large county with a population of 3.4 million (and a catchment area population of 4.7 million), the Department has opportunities to continue to grow and build its reputation both internally and externally.

Reporting to the Dean of the School of Medicine, the Chair, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine is the academic, clinical, and administrative leader of the Department – a team of 40 to 50 faculty. The Chair directs the patient care, education, and research missions of the Department, and is responsible for providing leadership in the development and execution of all strategic plans and daily operations. Working in close partnership with all stakeholders, the Chair will ensure clinical, educational, and scientific programs are patient-focused, high-performing, and results-oriented, and will support faculty members in engaging, educating, and providing an exceptional learner experience for UCI’s graduate, medical, and undergraduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The Chair will support the recruitment of diverse, high-caliber faculty and trainees who will enhance scientific advances, pursue excellence in medical education, and contribute to the development and expansion of clinical operations. In addition, the Chair will lead initiatives to support expanded research capabilities, exceptional patient service, quality outcomes, faculty and staff satisfaction, growth and volume management, and improved financial performance.

Successful Candidates Should Possess the Following Desired Attributes:

  • An excellent record of clinical expertise.
  • A strong record of research and academic accomplishments.
  • Solid experience in administering pathology and laboratory services.
  • A strong record of teaching.
  • Leadership experience commensurate with career stage.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills.
  • Team coaching and mentoring ability.
  • Service orientation and a commitment to high standards of quality and service delivery.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a diverse academic and clinical environment.
  • Entrepreneurial approach with an ability to build productive partnerships and to drive growth and expansion.  

We desire applicants who have evidence of commitment to or strong potential for commitment to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for underrepresented minority students and groups (Black/African-American, Latino(a)/Chicano(a)/Hispanic, and Native American). UCI is a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). These federal designations align with UCI’s aspiration to be a national leader and global model of inclusive excellence. We seek faculty who are committed to diversity as well as diverse faculty who will be role models for our students.


  • An MD or MD/PhD degree or equivalent.
  • Appropriate Board Certification based on Specialty.
  • Be eligible for, or currently hold, a medical license in the state of California.
  • Meet requirements for appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.
  • Strong record of scholarly activity, evidenced by high-quality peer-reviewed publications and a stellar record of research and research support.
  • Leadership skills and vision for enhancing the clinical and academic components of a multi-disciplinary department.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with a track record of promoting an inclusive culture.
  • Strong record of teaching.  

Interested candidates are invited to complete an online application profile and upload a cover letter and their curriculum vitae electronically to the following website:

Initial application materials should include a curriculum vitae, a one-page letter of interest, and a separate statement that addresses past and potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applicants must complete an online application profile and upload their CV and application materials electronically for full consideration.

Applications or nominations of candidates may be sent to: Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.

Criteria for the Ladder Rank Series:

Ladder-Rank Faculty will serve as Research Scholars, clinicians, and educators. They are expected to design and lead significant, thematic research with extramural support. Teaching is required and may include clinical, classroom or lab teaching. Faculty will also take part in campus and professional service.

Criteria for the Professor of Clinical "X" Series:

Clinical X faculty are expected to produce scholarly work (typically in a clinical domain), teach, perform clinical activities as well as service to the University.

The salary range for the rank position is $645,900 - $738,699. The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See Professorial Series (Adjunct, Clinical X, HS Clinical, In Residence, Ladder Rank) and Professor of Teaching Series – Health Sciences Compensation Plan. This position includes membership in the health science compensation plan, which provides for eligibility for additional compensation.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs - With Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being up to date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California, Irvine (UCI) seeks to provide a safe and healthy environment for the entire UCI community. As part of this commitment, all applicants who accept an offer of employment must comply with UCI conditions of employment, available at the following link. The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education. UCI is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce along with honoring unique experiences, perspectives, and identities. Together, the UCI community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming. UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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