Heersink School of Medicine - Chair - Department of Otolaryngology
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Internal Number: 18384
Position Number: 12345
School/College: School of Medicine
The UAB Heersink School of Medicine is seeking a a dynamic, passionate and experienced leader with a proven track record across the spectrum of individual scholarship, collaborative clinical leadership, program development, educational excellence, successful faculty recruitment, and community engagement to serve as the next Chair for the Department of Otolaryngology. The Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology will support the overarching vision through the creation of novel strategies to grow the Department and continue to enhance the three mission areas of patient care, research, and education. The Chair will assess gaps within those mission areas and identify future opportunities and needs, serve as a member of senior leadership to establish research and education priorities, and provide strategic leadership for all aspects of the Department, including the positive representation of the Department within the UAB enterprise, creating collaboration opportunities and bridges across the institution.
The Chair is responsible for aligning physicians within the department and acting as a visible champion of change initiatives to continue to improve performance.
| Reports to | Anupam Agarwal, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean, Heersink School of Medicine | | Direct reports | Division Directors Department Faculty and Staff Residency and Fellowship Program Directors | | Other key relationships | Tika Benveniste, Ph.D., Sr. Vice Dean for Research, Heersink School of Medicine Tony Jones, M.D., Maurice S. Albin, M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine President-UA Health Services Foundation Chief Physician Executive-UAB Medicine Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs-School of Medicine Dawn Bulgarella, MSHA, CPA, CEO of the UAB Health System & CEO of the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent's Alliance Reid Jones, CEOUAB Medicine Other UAB Health System leadership HSOM Department Chairs Faculty, Staff, Students Patients and Families Megann Cain, AVP for Development, Heersink School of Medicine Alumni & Donors Community Leaders | | | | |
§ Demonstrate enthusiastic advocacy of UAB Department of Otolaryngology commitments to provide advanced care across the spectrum of head and neck disorders through high-quality patient care, innovative basic science and clinical research, and comprehensive education.
§ Commitment to the UAB Department of Otolaryngology goal to become a renowned leader in the treatments and cures of head and neck disorders. Obtaining this recognition by excelling in each core area of—patient care, research, and education.
§ In collaboration with the leadership of UAB Medicine, provide visionary and innovative leadership to guide the Department into its next phase of growth and development, including expanding services to the growing hospital system and practice network.
§ Define and lead the Department's research strategy. Support principal investigators and other faculty within the Department in efforts to secure NIH and other grant funding to support research priorities and ensure a deliberate investment into research activities and priorities.
§ Provide the vision and leadership to achieve superior clinical programs within ENT and related disciplines. Work with the Department and health system leadership to build areas of acknowledged clinical excellence and further integrate related operations across the health system.
§ Assure that excellent clinical education and advanced training is delivered to medical and graduate students. Provide leadership and oversight to the training programs within the Department.
§ Supervise the preparation, implementation, and monitoring of the Department-related budgets, encompassing all funding sources and ensuring compliance with grant, legislative, and institutional guidelines.
§ Recruit, hire, and retain outstanding faculty for Otolaryngology. Ensure an atmosphere of collegiality, support, development, and diversity.
§ Require ethical medical and financial practices across the Department, supporting compliance activities, as necessary.
The Chair, Otolaryngology will possess outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, and exhibit a style that supports change and innovation, with an ability to delegate yet maintain overall control. A commitment to research and educational missions is crucial as well as a genuine appreciation for consultation and collaboration. The successful leader will exhibit a personal style that fosters and supports innovation.
§ A record of outstanding personal academic accomplishments and credentials within Otolaryngology as well as the experience and national reputation necessary to ensure the enhancement of the research, clinical, and educational missions of the Department.
§ Experience as a division chief, vice chair, or chair of Otolaryngology, developing academic leaders and mentoring junior faculty while identifying and recruiting diverse students, trainees, staff, and faculty.
§ Demonstrated ability to build and sustain collegial relationships with peers, faculty, departmental staff, hospital administration, students, other learners, and representatives of outside organizations and community stakeholders.
§ Commitment to and success in advancing institutional initiatives in diversity, inclusion, equity, and access to care.
§ Demonstrated financial and business acumen, with appropriate knowledge of the complex financial pressures facing academic medical centers and health care delivery organizations.
§ An M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree(s) and Board Certification in Otolaryngology and either licensed or eligible for medical licensure in Alabama.
The successful candidate will possess a record of success in research and clinical program development and will be able to substantially grow clinical volume and enhance research success by:
§ Recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty members with a commitment to excellence in an academic environment;
§ Investing in faculty research programs;
§ Actively building relationships with community and referring physicians;
§ Creating and executing an aggressive marketing campaign; and
§ Actively seeking opportunities to develop cross-department programs and initiatives.
The successful candidate will demonstrate the requisite leadership and administrative skills to advance a successful Department of Otolaryngology into a best-in-class academic unit by:
§ Articulating a strong vision for building excellence in all areas of the Department;
§ Enabling the team, supplying them with vision and resources, and creating an environment in which the team can work at their full potential;
§ Utilizing communication skills and the ability to think and act strategically; and
§ Displaying an understanding and appreciation for the opportunities and resources presented by the service area in which UAB Medicine operates.
The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to build relationships in an extremely complex and geographically distributed environment through:
§ Developing collaborative and mutually supportive relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders;
§ Representing the Department to the community to enhance goodwill and positive community relations;
§ Modelling adaptability and skills for conflict resolution and management of adversity; and,
§ Demonstrating strategic influence, leading organizational change, cultivating strategic relationships, and engaging and inspiring stakeholders.
The Department of Otolaryngology
In October 2015, the Division of Otolaryngology officially became its own department making it the 26th department in the UAB School of Medicine. The Department of Otolaryngology is a thriving and rapidly growing department, dedicating itself to excellence in research, education, and patient care. Since becoming its own department, the Department of Otolaryngology has achieved many accomplishments, including:
§ Growing the residency program to four residents per year.
§ Adding faculty members in laryngology, head and neck, and neurotology.
§ Receiving NIH Research Award – Dr. Bradford Woodworth.
§ Expanding lab-based and community research.
§ Top three in the U.S. Hypoglossal Nerve Implant Program for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS).
§ One of four programs in the U.S. for brain stem implant for hearing restoration.
§ Significant early work in robotics for head and neck.
The Department provides advanced care across the spectrum of head and neck disorders with surgeons practicing in all areas of specialty, including:
§ Facial plastics and reconstructive surgery
§ Head and neck cancer
§ Head and neck endocrine surgery
§ Sleep disorders
§ Salivary gland disease
§ Anterior and lateral skull base
§ Microvascular reconstruction
The experienced otolaryngology specialists at UAB offer patients the most advanced care available. This means having the knowledge and expertise to identify any problem as well as the advanced training necessary to deliver cutting-edge treatments for head and neck disorders. The faculty of 18 spans all the major subspecialties of the field:
§ Facial Nerve Disorders
§ Comprehensive Smell and Taste Clinic
§ Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
§ Head and Neck Oncology
§ Otology & Neurotology
§ Pediatric Otolaryngology
§ Rhinology & Sinus Surgery
§ Salivary Gland Disease
§ Sleep Disorders
§ Speech Pathology & Swallowing Disorders
The Department of Otolaryngology has a clinic located on the second floor of The Kirklin Clinic and at Hoover Primary and Specialty Care.
The Department of Otolaryngology is passionate about mentoring and training the next generation of otolaryngologists.
Robust training for residents is provided in all aspects of the specialty, including head and neck oncology, rhinology, facial plastics and reconstructive surgery, laryngology, bronchoesophagology, pediatric otolaryngology, sleep medicine, and otology/neurotology. The program has one of the highest number of residency operative cases in the country. Recent graduates logged an average of over 3,000 cases during their residency. Strong basic, translational, and clinical research opportunities are available.
Residents are expected in their PGY 3-5 years to produce a paper for submission to a national meeting, and to present at the Annual Residents' Research Day. Last year's residents had a total of 13 publications and 19 presentations. Residents score above national average on the annual OTE exam, and graduates have a 100% Board pass rate and placement in private or academic practice.
§ Head & Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program
§ Laryngology Fellowship Program
§ Clinical Speech Language Pathology
§ Pediatric Fellowship Program
The Department of Otolaryngology has active research in all aspects of otolaryngology, with clinical trials for many difficult to treat diseases and a strong basic science research focus in head and neck oncology and rhinology.
Investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored clinical trials are available for interested patients and have been approved through the UAB Institutional Review Board. Many physicians within the department have specific areas of research interest and collaborate with other investigators at UAB and around the country. Dr. Carroll conducts research on targeted head and neck oncology therapies, including optical imaging in the operating room. Dr. Woodworth maintains a fully-funded basic science laboratory in mucosal disorders and is actively exploring novel treatment paradigms. Dr. Warram maintains a fully-funded laboratory devoted to molecular imaging and the development and clinical translation of novel imaging agents.
The University of Alabama Heersink School of Medicine
The University of Alabama School of Medicine is a multi-campus medical school; UAB serves as the main campus, with three regional campuses: Huntsville (UAB-Huntsville campus), Montgomery (UAB-Montgomery campus), and Tuscaloosa (University of Alabama), as well as a residency program in Selma. All students spend their first two years of medical school in Birmingham. The School was established as the Medical College of Alabama in 1945 and renamed as the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1969. In 2021, a transformational $95 million lead gift from longtime UAB supporter Marnix E. Heersink, M.D., named the school the UAB Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine.
The School is currently comprised of nearly 800 students, more than 1,000 residents, and 1,400 full-time faculty. In 2022, UAB received over $715 million in research grants and extramural awards. Departments within the School include: Anesthesiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics, Cell, Developmental & Integrative Biology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, ENT, Family & Community Medicine, Genetics, Medical Education, Medicine, Microbiology, Neurobiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurobiology, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Surgery, and Urology.
The faculty is noted for excellence in clinical service, education, and research activity, and lead the academic and clinical achievement of outstanding cohorts of students, residents, and fellows. Student achievement is a key element of state success.
Clinical education is a strength at all campuses, and the School of Medicine graduates are widely perceived by residency programs to be
In fall 2018, UAB had a third consecutive year of record-high over all enrollment with 21,923 students, including its largest freshman class ever (2,299), with enrollment growth in every school on campus and in the acclaimed UAB Honors College. The freshman class had an average ACT of 25.2 and GPA of 3.73- both higher than 2017. UAB's students are talented and diverse, with minority students making up 40.5 percent of the freshman class and 39.7 percent of the entire of the student body. Logo Logo UAB is was recently recognized as the Top Young University in the U.S. and 10th globally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UAB research expenditures are at a record high, exceeding $562 million in FY17, and UAB ranks 15th in federal funding nationally among public universities (top 4 percent) and 31st overall (top 5 percent). In National Institutes of Health funding, UAB ranks 8th among public universities (top 2 percent) and 23rd overall (top 4 percent) with more than $244 million. UAB Health system has over one million patient visits annually and is home to Alabama's largest hospital and the 3rd largest public hospital in the U.S. UAB houses the state's only level ...1 adult trauma center and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Alabama and a five-state region. UAB is the state's largest single-site employer, with more than 23,000 employees, and has an annual economic impact of over $7.15 billion on Alabama.