Chair, Department of Surgery

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson

The College of Medicine – Tucson (COM-T) is inviting applications from an accomplished academic surgeon to serve as Chair of the college’s Department of Surgery. Reporting directly to Dean Michael M.I. Abecassis, the chair will work collaboratively with the leaders of COM-T and Banner University Medicine to build upon excellence in existing clinical, teaching and team-based research programs to position the department for growth and transformation.

The chair will have the opportunity to enhance the subspecialty clinical offerings of the department by providing the continuum of tertiary surgical services, with particular opportunities to grow the cardiothoracic heart and lung transplant program, abdominal transplant, hepatobiliary, colorectal, minimally invasive and robotic surgery, pediatric surgical services, plastic and reconstructive services, vascular and podiatric services, general and emergency surgical services. This physician leader will provide strategic leadership and direction for the growth of the of the department’s academic tripartite mission. Such growth will support the expansion of research and education. The leader will have the ability to build a program within the larger context of a growing regional health care system. The chair will evaluate and leverage department strengths to expand the UArizona/Banner Health footprint, fostering a culture of bolstering relationships and partnerships with community providers, and will be able to recruit and retain talented faculty that can accommodate growth while adapting to changes in the healthcare landscape.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Procedure for Candidacy

For full consideration, please apply at the UArizona link below on or before June 2, 2021. A CV and Letter of Interest will be required at that time:

Confidential inquiries or nominations may also be sent to Search Committee Chair, Dr. Geoffrey D. Rubin at or .


Employer will assist with relocation costs.

Internal Number: Req4944

About The University of Arizona College of Medicine -Tucson

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson provides state-of-the-art programs of medical education, groundbreaking research opportunities and leading-edge patient care. From an initial class of just 32 students in 1967, the COM-T today has graduated more than 4,000 physicians. The College has 22 departments – five basic science and 17 clinical science – and nine centers dedicated to specific areas of research, clinical care and teaching. Research concentrations include biomedical imaging, aging, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and neurological disorders. Total annual research funding for the College has grown from $345,000 in 1967 to $102.4 million in 2019. Each year, the College admits 120 students, and the class of 2023 was selected from more than 10,000 applications. The College currently has 515 medical students studying at the Tucson campus and offers three dual-degree programs: MD-PhD, MD-MPH and MD-MBA. The College also has 1,850 undergraduates (pre-physiology and physiology majors in the Department of Physiology). The UA College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Program oversees 59 ACGME-accredited residency programs in all major specialties and subspecialties. More than 700 residents and fellows receive training at more than 35 sites in Tucson and at various Indian Health Service locations.

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