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Chair, Department of Medicine

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
East Lansing, Michigan
Closing date
Oct 8, 2022

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Medical Oncology, Other
Full Time

Chair, Department of Medicine Search

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

East Lansing, Michigan


The Search


The Department of Medicine, housed within the College of Human Medicine (CHM or the College) at Michigan State University (MSU), seeks a collaborative, innovative, and inspirational physician-leader to serve as its next Chair for the Department of Medicine. Based in East Lansing, the Chair will have the opportunity to influence and grow clinical, teaching, and research programs and to position the department for further growth and transformation.

Michigan State University, a Big Ten university founded in 1855, is one of the nation’s premier land-grant institutions and a member of the Association of American Universities. Founded in 1964, CHM is a community integrated medical school that includes eight campuses across the state of Michigan, in areas ranging from rural to urban, with a robust roster of clinical partners. This broad network provides students with comprehensive training in clinical settings that parallel the environments in which most physicians practice. The eight community campuses are Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Midland Regional, Southeast Michigan, Traverse City, and the Upper Peninsula. In early 2021, MSU entered a partnership with Henry Ford Health to create the eighth community campus in Detroit. The joint venture Health Sciences Center has a projected opening date of Fall 2023. A major component of the partnership will include a fully integrated cancer program which will combine research and clinical applications, including a joint effort to achieve National Cancer Institute designation. A shared building will allow consolidation of Henry Ford Health and MSU research activities and provide critical space for recruitment. Architectural planning in Detroit is underway with a hopeful completion date of 2025.

The Department of Medicine is a critical component of MSU’s extensive human health care enterprise, which includes the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Nursing, and MSU Health Care, which is a separate 501(c)3 representing more than 600 faculty and provides services for 400,000 inpatient and outpatient visits in 100 locations. The Department of Medicine consists of seven divisions, four units and a Tissue/Immunology Lab. The department employs 35 physician faculty members, 27 staff members, and manages a $11.3 million dollar budget comprised of clinical services, research, contracts, and endowments. The department collaborates with more than 1,200 community faculty across the eight campuses.

Successful candidates will have a proven record of operational leadership, strong teaching, clinical, mentoring and research skills, as well as demonstrated administrative experience, academic excellence, and the ability to add intellectual diversity with cultural richness. Candidates should be committed to patient care, faculty development, research and education of medical students, residents, and fellows. The Chair will continue to be an advocate for the Department, a leader within the CHM, and a collaborator across the broader community. The successful candidate must have an MD or MD/PhD, meet the requirements for appointment as a full professor, and have eligibility for licensure in the state of Michigan.

Michigan State University has retained Isaacson, Miller to assist the Chair of the Department of Medicine Search Committee in its identification and review of candidates. Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the search is successful or closed. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit in confidence Inquiries, referrals, and curricula vitae, cover letter, and a one-page statement on how your leadership, teaching, scholarship, and/or service has advanced diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, please visit:

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The university actively supports partner accommodations and encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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