Open date: May 7th, 2019
Next review date: Sunday, Jul 14, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Medicine ( pursues a tripartite mission of innovative research, education, and clinical care in a highly diverse environment. The Department and the School of Medicine at UC San Diego are committed to academic, scientific, and clinical excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

In 1960, the University of California established UC San Diego as an integral part of the UC system. From the outset, it emphasized educating the next generation of California scientists and engineers, and expanded with the launch of the School of Medicine in 1968. Like its parent university, the school has placed a high standard upon linking basic and clinical discovery with outstanding, advanced methods for delivering compassionate care to patients. At present, UC San Diego boasts national and international accolades for the excellence of its education programs; the School of Medicine consistently ranks among the Top 10 in research funding; and its clinical programs have earned a number of distinguished awards for quality patient care. UC San Diego Health ranks in the top tier of academic hospitals and health systems, and over the past few years has constructed a number of incredible new inpatient and outpatient spaces.

The UC San Diego Department of Medicine is the largest academic department in the School of Medicine, with nearly 500 full-time faculty members and more than 100 academic researchers across 15 divisions and 3 sections. Its internal medicine specialty training programs include 108 resident physicians, 83 ACGME fellows, and 131 postdoctoral research fellows.

The Department fosters a highly collaborative research environment, with cost expenditures totaling more than $178 million in fiscal year 2018. School of Medicine faculty rank consistently in the top two in the nation in research funding per faculty member, with the Department ranking in the Top 10 in the nation in NIH funding.

The Department has routinely been recognized for its leadership in the most respected national rankings of clinical and research institutions. Most recently, seven internal medicine subspecialties at UC San Diego Health received top-50 rankings on the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals.”

The Department of Medicine invites applications for the role of Department Chair. Reporting to the Dean, School of Medicine, with a dotted-line to the CEO of UC San Diego Health (for clinical activities), the Chair will be responsible for the Department’s overall management, academic planning, budget, personnel, resource allocation, and programs. The Chair will play major role in the planning and development of the academic curriculum and research portfolio. Sufficient infrastructural support will be provided to allow the Chair to maintain a clinical practice. Given the interdisciplinary nature of education and research at UC San Diego, there will be opportunities to catalyze interactions among programs and foster a culture of learning across the continuum of biomedical research and education, including in partnership with the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jacobs School of Engineering, and other campus partners.

UC San Diego seeks candidates whose leadership capabilities and experience, teaching, research, and/or community service have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to excellence. The successful candidate will be able to prioritize, grow, and support the current excellence in patient care; advance methods of medical education; and create opportunities to accelerate innovation and research. They will also identify additional recruits to help grow the scholarly activities of the department. Represent credibly, reliably, effectively, and tactfully the Dean to campus and external constituencies with a high level of conceptual and strategic thinking. A strong commitment to clinical care, research, teaching, and public service. A clear commitment to excellence in the education and mentorship of trainees.

As with similar roles, the Chair is expected to abide by UC San Diego’s Guidelines for Department Chairs Duties, including in the areas of faculty recruitment, diversity, service, and other policies and regulations.

Required Qualifications

  • Outstanding academic record with experience as a senior administrator in an academic medical center environment.
  • Dynamic leadership skills 
  • Personal record of distinguished scholarly, research (basic and/or translational), and/or clinical accomplishments in a field of internal medicine.
  • History of fostering career development for early and mid-stage faculty across multiple disciplines.Medical doctoral degree and certification required to practice medicine in the state of California; candidates must be eligible for a California medical license or equivalent certification/permit as determined by the California Medical Board.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience leading a large academic medical department with multiple subspecialty divisions.
  • Demonstrated leadership in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as a commitment to advancing these principles within the Department and the School.

Appointment will be at the Associate or Full Professor Rank based on candidate’s experience and qualifications. Series will include 100% Ladder Rank or 50% Ladder Rank / 50% In-Residence with secured extramural funding.

A link to full descriptions of each series is provided for your review:

Ladder Rank Professor – see:

In-Residence Professor – see:

Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego’s Academic Personnel RECRUIT system at:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on the University of California pay scales.

Application materials must be submitted through the UC San Diego online application system. References (contact information or letter of recommendation) will be requested from all finalists.

UC San Diego is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence and diversity ( All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. 



Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity – Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)