Department Chair, Department of Surgery

The University of New Mexico

Department Chair, Department of Surgery

Posting Numberreq25586 Employment TypeFaculty Faculty TypeOpen Rank Hiring DepartmentSOM Faculty Affairs (117A) Academic LocationSchool of Medicine Benefits EligibleThe University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for more information. Position Summary 

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine is seeking a dynamic leader to serve as Chair of the Department of Surgery at UNM Health Sciences Center. The Chair will provide strategic leadership and direction for all aspects of the Department of Surgery’s involvement in the University as well as the state and region. The individual we seek must be qualified for appointment at the Associate or Professor level at the UNM Health Sciences Center.

The Chair of Surgery plays a major leadership role in all Health Sciences Center’s mission areas. It is expected that the successful candidate will have a record of trans-disciplinary leadership as detailed below. The Chair will lead the department on behalf of the Dean of the School of Medicine.

The UNM Health Sciences Center strives for excellence across four key areas: patient care, education, research, and community engagement. The Faculty in the Department of Surgery practice within the University of New Mexico Hospital system, which includes inpatient and outpatient clinics. The University of New Mexico Hospital is a tertiary and quaternary referral center that also serves as the safety-net hospital for the citizens of New Mexico. The University of New Mexico School of Medicine is celebrated for its innovations in medical education and has earned a reputation for prioritizing diversity in its student body and physician workforce.

The Chair of the Department of Surgery will work collaboratively with the Dean of the School of Medicine and other leaders in the UNM Health Sciences Center to create excellence in existing teaching, team-based research, clinical programs and to position the Department for significant growth as it expands to meet the academic and clinical service demands in New Mexico. The University of New Mexico Hospital is the primary teaching affiliate of the School of Medicine and the region’s only Level 1 trauma program serving approximately 2 million people.

As New Mexico’s only academic surgical center and provider of tertiary/quaternary care surgical services in a broad range of surgical specialties, we are most proud of these accomplishments but also recognize our responsibility and privilege to continue to provide state-of-the-art surgical care to the remarkable patients we serve.

The Department of Surgery includes 84 faculty with 10 divisions, within the UNM School of Medicine. We provide excellent education and support to our residents, fellows, students, and faculty. The educational programs within the Department of Surgery include four residency programs (general surgery, urology, otolaryngology, and plastic surgery), two fellowship programs (acute care surgery and surgical oncology), and an APP fellowship.

The Department is actively engaged in cleft lip palate and craniofacial outreach and is contracted with Lovelace Women’s for NICU coverage and the Gallup Vascular Specialty clinic.

The UNM Health Sciences Center is located in the high desert community of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is also part of the State’s flagship institution for higher education. Exposure to a wide variety of educational opportunities, outdoor activities, and diverse experiences makes Albuquerque a special place to call home. Abundant recreational opportunities exist within our diverse and culturally rich city. Albuquerque enjoys a temperate climate with 310 days of sunshine as well as four distinct seasons.


Minimum Qualifications:

The Chair of Surgery must hold an MD, MD-PhD, DO, or equivalent medical degree and be Board Certified in General Surgery and/or a subspecialty. The candidate must have demonstrated expertise appropriate for appointment as an Associate Professor or Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. The candidate must have at least five years of administrative and leadership experience in an academic institution, be eligible for licensure in New Mexico, and must be eligible to work in the United States.

Preferred Qualifications: the Chair must be a person of high integrity with a significant record of achievement in academic medicine.

  • Demonstrated excellence in clinical service, surgically active, and clinically respected
  • Demonstrated ability to create a collaborative vision for the department’s missions through innovation and growth, and bring it to fruition in an organized and timely manner
  • A proven leader in academic medicine with a national reputation
  • Evidence of leadership and experience in managing a complex clinical, research, and educational enterprise.
  • Exceptional communication skills with a demonstrated ability to foster collaboration, teamwork, and creativity
  • A strong record of skills in administration, finance (business savvy), strategic planning, policy, and negotiation
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion of student, faculty, and staff success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

Application Instructions

Only applications submitted through the official UNMJobs site will be accepted. If you are viewing this job advertisement on a 3rd party site, please visit UNMJobs to submit an application.

Nomination Process: to nominate an outstanding candidate, please send the name and contact information of the nominee to: UNM Department Surgery c/o April Rodriguez-Esparza; Telephone Number (505) 272-8268; [email protected]. Nominations must be received by July 10, 2023. If self-nominating, you need only apply and not submit a self-nomination.

To Apply: a complete application consists of (1) current curriculum vitae; (2) a comprehensive letter of interest that addresses how the candidates’ strengths and experience match the minimum and preferred qualifications for the position, and what the candidate sees as the Chair’s challenges and opportunities in the current academic environment; and (3) names and contact information for five references.

A leadership statement, developed by the Faculty, provides department information to assist with the application. To obtain the leadership statement or for any questions related to this search, please contact April Rodriguez-Esparza, [email protected].

For Best ConsiderationFor best consideration, please apply by 23/08/2023. This position will remain open until filled.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.


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