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Chair of the Department of Surgery

Introduction: The University of Connecticut (UConn) is seeking applications and nominations for the Chair of the Department of Surgery. UConn is among the best public research universities in the nation, and UConn Health is home to more than 1515 students, 600 faculty, and 5,000 staff, located in the beautiful, historic community of Farmington, Connecticut. The UConn Health Center is a dynamic organization comprising the School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, John Dempsey Hospital, and the UConn Health System. Our mission is to provide exceptional healthcare through patient care, research, and public service.

The Department of Surgery: The Department of Surgery at UConn is a premier academic department with excellent faculty and staff. The department is recognized for its Graduate Medical Education training programs, including General Surgery, Otolaryngology, Urology, Vascular Surgery, and Neurosurgery. The faculty provides state-of-the-art clinical care, educates medical students, residents, fellows, and associate clinicians, and participates in clinical, translational, and basic science research with intramural and extramural funding.

The departmental mission is to provide comprehensive surgical services for the citizens of Connecticut, train the next generation of surgical leaders, advance the state-of-the-art and scientific basis of the discipline of surgery, and provide leadership in ensuring surgical health care equity for all members of our community.

Position Overview: Reporting to the Dean of the School of Medicine, the Chair of Surgery will provide transformational leadership by empowering faculty and staff and setting a tone of shared goals and purpose with the school and health system. The Chair, through inclusive and equitable leadership, will maintain the highest standards of patient care and safety, educational outcomes, research impact, and financial stewardship.

Required Experience: The ideal candidate will have a distinguished record of building clinical activities and programs, as well as the ability to initiate and sustain partnerships that advance the academic, research, and clinical missions of the Department. National recognition as evidenced by involvement in academic societies at a national level and a track record of sustained scholarship are required. The Chair of Surgery must also have an appropriate record of scholarship, teaching, and service to meet the requirements for Full Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the Murray-Heilig Endowed Chair.

Required Training/Certification: MD or MD/PhD, board certification in Surgery and/or a related surgical subspecialty, state of CT licensure (or ability to obtain) and credentialed at UConn Health (or able to be credentialed).

Successful Chair Candidates will: Be recognized as an outstanding clinically active leader in surgery or general surgery and have an excellent track record in clinical care, research, and teaching within a nationally recognized surgical program. Have demonstrated success as an academic leader, embody values consistent with the missions of the University of Connecticut focusing on collaboration, inclusion, and service to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Support the academic tripartite mission as a collaborative leader who stands as an advocate for patients, learners, staff, and faculty members within the Department, School of Medicine, and University.

Interested applicants should apply at Search 2023-1192. Questions regarding this search should be directed to Robert Fuller, M.D., UConn Health,

We welcome applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

UConn is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.

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