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Chief, Division of Palliative Medicine

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Chief of the New UCSF Division of Palliative Medicine, Based at UCSF Health

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is launching a search for an outstanding leader in academic palliative medicine to become the inaugural chief of the Division of Palliative Medicine (DPM), based at the UCSF Health campuses.

The division is being created to bring together the faculty and programs focused on palliative care at UCSF Health, and is expected to draw faculty from several divisions, including the Divisions of Hospital Medicine, General Internal Medicine, and Geriatrics. We anticipate that DPM, at its launch, will be the divisional home of approximately 20-25 faculty, and is likely to grow over time. Its budget at its onset is likely to be in range of the $10 million per year. The DPM is anticipated to launch in spring, 2018.

UCSF’s palliative care enterprise already has a very strong local, national, and international presence. There is a robust research program, with both federal and non-federal funding, a Palliative Care Leadership Center that has helped hundreds of hospitals launch palliative care programs, a highly regarded palliative care fellowship, and a large and thriving clinical service, delivering inpatient-, outpatient-, and community-based care. UCSF palliative care is impressively interdisciplinary, and there are well established collaborations with other divisions and departments, including the divisions of hospital medicine, geriatrics, general internal medicine, oncology, and nephrology, and programs/departments including critical care, pain management, the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, the Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics, and more.

The ideal candidate will be an academic palliative care physician at the Associate Professor level or above with a strong track record in leadership, scholarship, innovation, and philanthropy. He or she will also be a well-respected educator and clinician, and someone who appreciates the importance of collegial decision-making in an interdisciplinary environment, and of balancing multiple missions in a rapidly changing healthcare world. Current board certification in palliative medicine is required.

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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Job location

San Francisco, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)