Director, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology and Nellie Smith Endowed Chair of Oncology

University of Missouri School of Medicine
Columbia, Missouri
Not specified
Oct 10, 2018
Nov 01, 2018
Full Time

The University of Missouri School of Medicine seeks an outstanding academic oncologist to serve as the next Director for the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology and as the Nellie Smith Endowed Chair of Oncology. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a new Division Director to substantially build a world-class Division both academically and clinically, and to help lead multi-disciplinary cancer programs for an underserved region as part of the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center leadership team. The MU School of Medicine is a part of the University of Missouri System that includes the University of Missouri Health System, University of Missouri Health Care, and University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.  The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded to Dr. George P. Smith, a faculty at the MU campus in Columbia, MO, who discovered phage display for selection of antibodies for treatment of autoimmune diseases and cancer.

The incoming Division Director will be tasked with recruiting several additional faculty to address the current and future clinical needs of the Cancer Center, and in setting the strategy for research within the Division, including the expansion of clinical trials. The Division currently has seven clinical faculty and nine fellows in a fully-accredited program. There is an NIH RO1-funded research professor in the Division and five department faculty who have are engaged in cancer research. The Division Director reports to Chair of the Department of Medicine and will receive annual evaluation based on clinical and scientific accomplishment of the Division.  The Division Director will also work closely with the Director of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center to support the clinical, research and educational missions of the Cancer Center.  This is an excellent time for a new Division Director to come as MU School of Medicine is substantially increasing its research footprint and University of Missouri Health Care is rapidly growing in market share. The Division Director will join several new clinician scientist leaders in the Department of Medicine who are amongst the top in their respective fields.

Candidates must possess an M.D., M.D./Ph.D. or equivalent degree and board certification. The successful candidate must also demonstrate progressive administrative leadership experience in an integrated academic medical center environment; national recognition for achievement in research, educational and clinical pursuits that would warrant appointment as a tenured faculty member; and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and across multiple disciplines and as part of a patient-focused cancer center. As the administrative leader for the Division, candidates should have business sense and an understanding of what it takes to meet the growing clinical needs of the community. Exceptional communication skills, financial acumen and the potential to fundraise are essential, as is a clear vision for advancing medical education and scholarship in the midst of a changing landscape.

Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications including a cover letter and CV should be submitted electronically to Jeff Schroetlin or Megan Welch with Witt/Kieffer, the executive search consultants supporting the University of Missouri in this search, at

For fullest consideration, applicants must also apply online at the MU career site using the following URL:, click on Job opportunities for prospective employees and search on 19541

Please register to apply and complete the application process by attaching your CV.  You will receive an email confirmation of your application.

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