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Department Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lexington, KY 40507
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Job Title Department Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Requisition Number FE03343
Working Title Department Chair
Work Location Lexington, KY
Type of Position Faculty
Position Time Status Full-Time
Tenure Track Status Non-Tenure Track
Required Education
MD, DO, MD/PhD, or equivalent

Required Related Experience
  • National recognition as demonstrated through involvement in academic and professional societies at a national level
  • Demonstrated leadership in administrative positions in medical school or an academic medical center setting
  • Proven record of recruitment and retention of talent
Required License/Registration/Certification
  • Board certification in obstetrics and gynecology
  • Eligible for medical licensure in Kentucky
Job Summary
Scope of Role

The chair of obstetrics and gynecology will make vital contributions to implementing the organization’s most critical strategies and will strive to achieve excellence in a full range of quality measurements. The chair will serve as a liaison between the department and the enterprise, reporting directly to the dean of the College of Medicine and the executive vice president for health affairs. They will be directly involved with strategic planning, service development, market development, and outreach. Planning for future growth and recruitment to accomplish department goals will be integral to the duties of chair of obstetrics and gynecology.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with leadership inside and outside of the department to create an infrastructure comprised of high-quality clinical care that incorporates scholarly and teaching activities.
  • Cultivate and maintain professional relationships with clinical leadership, including physician groups, patients, and external entities, to foster opportunities for revenue enhancement, enhanced customer service, and to positively impact core clinical measures.
  • Define improved standards of department protocols, goals, and methods for implementation that reflect the department’s vision for regional and national standing as a leader in academic medicine in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as a respected service provider in Kentucky.
  • Responsible for quality management and provider performance, including physicians, residents, nurse midwives, and advanced practice providers (APP) for the department.
  • Review and report on provider performance annually.
  • Recruit and mentor those of character into a culture of respect, kindness, and professionalism, where teamwork, innovation, and work satisfaction thrive.


As a position of oversight, the chair of obstetrics and gynecology will ensure that department faculty collaborate within the department and across the college and campus, sharing research resources whenever possible. This will also include administrative, laboratory, and mentoring support. The chair will work closely to maximize the net yield of each project and avoid segregation or duplication of work in multiple isolated units.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide oversight for the research portfolio of the department.
  • Facilitate faculty mentoring in research.
  • Facilitate an environment of collaborative research and conduct, including maintaining records of accomplishments and facilitating the acquisition of external funding.
  • Continue his/her independent or collaborative research in line with the goals of the department, and publish in peer-reviewed literature as an author and co-author.


The chair of obstetrics and gynecology will work with each unit to provide the necessary tools and resources to allow the highest level of education and training. The driving objective is to integrate all medical practices for a complete educational experience.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight for the educational portfolio of the department.
  • Participate in and advocate for quality teaching programs for residents within the department.
  • Support the development and potential expansion of residency programs, as well as support the program directors.
  • Support the two ACGME-approved Fellowships- Gynecology Oncology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Grow subspecialty fellowship programs as applicable.
  • Mentor faculty in various professorial series and oversee practice development and productivity of the department.
  • Oversee CME activities within the department.

Clinical Care

In conjunction with the medical directors, the chair of obstetrics and gynecology will be responsible for directing provider assignments and coverage of clinical needs. The position will also address budget priorities within the various units, including recruitment priorities and outreach decisions. This individual will coordinate with the leadership of ambulatory clinics, surgical departments, and procedural units. The chair will review the overall departmental budgets and actively participate in the annual enterprise budget meeting.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight for the clinical portfolio of the department.
  • Provide excellent clinical care.
  • Participate in in-house/consult service, as needed.
  • Perform at a consistently high level in his/her clinical practice.

Questions and inquiries can be directed to Lisa Tannock, MD, vice dean for faculty affairs and development, at lisa.tannock@uky.edu. We will handle all applications in a secure, sensitive, and confidential manner.

This position is open until filled. Please include a current CV and cover letter when submitting your application.

The College of Medicine seeks qualified applicants who value its missions and share its foundational commitment to creating an environment that values diversity, inclusion, and belonging. As an Equal Opportunity Action Employer, we strive to foster a community where individuals of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome.

The University of Kentucky considers the health, safety and well-being of our entire community to be a top priority. In alignment with this priority, all new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment. For areas that fall under the federal CMS mandate, start of employment cannot occur until two weeks after receiving the full COVID-19 vaccination series or upon obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization can be accepted.
Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
Ideal Candidate Experience and Attributes

  • Strong, visionary, inspirational leader who can artfully convey a long-term vision for the department, yet is equally skilled at implementing a detailed plan to achieve that vision. Highly approachable and compassionate; a record of promoting a culture of innovation, collaboration, teamwork, respect, and honesty; a professional and personal demeanor characterized by integrity, graciousness, humility, genuineness, empathy, and sincerity; and a passion for the organization’s mission and objectives.
  • Exceptionally team-oriented; skilled at working well and partnering with providers across the care continuum to identify, build, and negotiate “win-win” relationships; politically astute yet apolitical with an ability to break down silos and ensure a collegial and productive work environment.
  • Highly adept and at ease managing the day-to-day operational details with the ability to make strong and decisive decisions while simultaneously creating unity within a diverse department.
  • Able to conceptualize and analyze complex business opportunities, understand the business of research and medicine, and apply that knowledge to appropriately manage a department’s finances.
  • Strong clinical skills and ability to continue to practice their field of expertise while serving as chair; should have skills in collaboration and the ability to learn and share.
  • Ability to actively develop the department’s mission, strategies, and practices to support a diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • Ability to actively develop the professional and academic career advancement of department members
  • Actively embody, encourage, and support the five College of Medicine DIReCT values to help guide actions, behaviors, and decision-making to foster a cohesive work culture focused on patient-centered care. The DIReCT values are
    • Diversity: We foster a people-centered environment that is inclusive of all.
    • Innovation: We embrace continuous learning and improvement to drive positive change.
    • Respect: We value our patients and families, our community, our co-workers, ourselves, and the resources entrusted to us.
    • Compassion: We express empathy for the needs, thoughts, and feelings of those we serve and with whom we work.
    • Teamwork: We cultivate and maintain meaningful relationships to create positive outcomes
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? Yes
Preferred Education/Experience

Deadline to Apply
Open Until Filled Yes
University Community of Inclusion
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.
Posted: 2023-03-27 Expires: 2023-06-30

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