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Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, UCI and VP/Pediatrician-in-Chief, CHOC Children's

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 20th, 2020

Last review date: Thursday, Feb 20, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Monday, Apr 20, 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 University of California, Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s), in partnership with Russell Reynolds Associates, announce a national search for a leader who will hold the positions of the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UCI and Vice President & Pediatrician-in-Chief at CHOC Children’s.

UCI School of Medicine and CHOC Children's are jointly committed to providing and advancing clinical care, education and research to help patients with varying pediatric conditions. This affiliated team of world-class clinicians are dedicated to preparing medical students, residents and fellows for careers in academia and private practice.

As part of the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, the UCI School of Medicine is an exemplary academic institution that is advancing medical knowledge and clinical practice through its mission to Discover (scholarly research), Teach (medical education) and Heal (high-quality care).

The School of Medicine pediatrics department and its 16 divisions spanning the spectrum of diseases and disorders, brings real-world academics, scientists and clinicians together to collaborate, uncover new knowledge through research, and effectively apply that knowledge to advance children’s health. The department is also home to several academic and clinical centers and programs focused on a variety of children’s health issues – The Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Conte Center on Brain Programming in Adolescent Vulnerabilities, Pediatric Exercise and Genomics Research Center (PERC), UCI Health Child Development School, and the UCI Health Pediatric Gender Diversity Program.

As Chair, the successful candidate will be a nationally-recognized scholar and forward-thinking leader, one with a distinguished record of achievement in research and scholastic work, building academic programs, and administration. As senior leader of the department, the Chair has responsibility for departmental strategic planning, taking into account the goals of the School. Balancing the tripartite mission will be paramount, with encouragement and support for research productivity and creativity, innovative educational and training programs, and exceptional clinical excellence. The successful candidate will be a role model and advocate, who acts collaboratively and with due consideration for the cultural values of UCI Health (Accountability, Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Service and Excellence – ARIISE).

The Vice President and Pediatrician-in-Chief (PIC) at CHOC Children’s serves as the key physician executive liaison between CHOC and UCI. The PIC, in collaboration with the Chief Medical Officer, Surgeon-in-Chief, and Medical Director of CHOC Medical Foundation, serves as senior clinical leader with oversight responsibility for the pediatric medical/surgical services, academic advancement, research, and teaching programs. The PIC’s primary responsibility is to help formulate CHOC’s clinical vision, develop clinical standards, and fully integrate research and academic priorities across the continuum of care at CHOC and UCI’s pediatric programs. As the clinical advisor to the President and CEO, and as one of the lead physician executives responsible for advancement of clinical and academic programs, the PIC develops and implements strategies to unify the activities and priorities of CHOC’s medical/surgical network of physicians/surgeons. An important function of the PIC is to serve as a key contributor to CHOC’s strategic plan and develop the needed steps and milestones toward an annual clinical plan. Additionally, the PIC actively participates in the development and implementation of the master campus plan designed to build a world-class pediatric enterprise.

Qualified candidates will: have earned an MD or MD/PhD (or equivalent), be board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, currently be eligible for a medical license in the state of California. Candidates must demonstrate a record of scholarly productivity eligible for appointment as an associate or full professor, in one of the University of California’s Academic Senate faculty series, and involvement in academic societies at a national level.

Applications or nominations of appropriate candidates may be sent to:
Charles Kaler
Russell Reynolds Associates

To apply, please log onto UCI’s recruitment site -

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Document requirements include:
•Curriculum Vitae
•Cover Letter
•Statement of Research
•Statement of Teaching
•Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

Reference requirements:
•3-5 required (contact information only)

UCI 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.

CHOC Children's is an equal opportunity at will employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, citizenship, national origin, ancestry (including language use restrictions), race, color, religion, religious creed, religious dress or grooming, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, military and veteran status.


Document requirements
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)