The University of South Alabama (USA) invites applications and nominations for the position of Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology. USA seeks an accomplished leader to advance the clinical, research, and teaching missions for the Division.


The University of South Alabama is a comprehensive, global research and teaching university that provides students a quality education in business, the liberal arts, education, engineering, computing, the sciences, and health care. USA’s commitment to student success includes opportunities in nearly 100 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs.

As an academic health center, USA Health provides advanced and innovative patient care through its University hospitals and clinics, as well as first-class training experiences for the next generation of physicians and scientists. In doing so, USA Health has a significant positive impact on the quality of life for all residents across the Gulf Coast both directly and indirectly.

At present, nearly 300 faculty members across the 17 academic departments and the division of medical education in the College of Medicine support the teaching, research, and service missions of the college. Overall, the academic environment within the USA Health network and the College of Medicine supports outstanding training for 270 residents and fellows, 300 medical students, 50 PhD students and additional postdoctoral research fellows. Current year extramural funding is nearly $20 million.

Division of Gastroenterology

The Division of Gastroenterology is home to 6 full-time faculty and has had a fellowship program for 30 years that accepts 2 fellows per year. The Division has maintained a robust clinical trials program and has current and former faculty that are leaders in academic medicine and have international reputations in Gastroenterology. Divisional faculty are regional leaders for programs in inflammatory bowel disease, capsule endoscopy, advanced endoscopy, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, liver tumors, pre and post liver transplant, and esophageal disorders. There are strong collaborations with physicians and investigators in USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute.

The GI Division is an integral part of the Digestive Health Center. The Center and Division are bolstered by excellent programs in Colorectal Surgery and Hepato-biliary- pancreatic surgery. There is also a program in Advanced Endoscopy. The Digestive Health Center is also supported by USA Health’s over 200 academic physicians and surgical specialists, two hospitals, and approximately 25 specialty outpatient care centers. In addition USA Health also has a large group of primary care physicians who work in a community practice model who also refer to the Division and the Digestive Health Center. The GI Division has developed an outstanding referral base along the Northern Gulf Coast. Division faculty work closely with their colleagues in primary care, surgery, and other specialties to treat a broad spectrum of gastrointestinal conditions. The busy clinical faculty completed roughly 6,300 procedures and 10,000 clinic visits in 2019, with ample opportunity for that number to increase with the new endoscopy lab and clinic space set to open in the next few months.

Position Overview

The Chief reports directly to the Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and is responsible for leading the direction of the Division of Gastroenterology. Additionally, the Chief will:

  • Shape the future of the division by working with faculty and staff to develop and articulate the divisional vision and goals;
  • Develop and enact a plan for divisional expansion and clinical program growth;
  • Ensure the delivery of high-quality training and support faculty teaching enhancement;
  • Maintain a high quality academic environment and provide support for faculty research;
  • Formulate and communicate recommendations for hiring, tenure, promotion, and retention of a diverse set of faculty and divisional staff;
  • Facilitate growth and expansion of the GI fellowship program;
  • Develop innovative collaborations;
  • Maintain a divisional climate that is hospitable and encourages faculty and staff engagement, participation, collegiality, and innovation;
  • Explore the further growth and development of academic / community partnerships in the Gulf Coast region;
  • Work collaboratively with USA Health Leadership in management of the Digestive Health service line.

Position Qualifications

The Chief is required to possess an M.D. degree (or equivalent) and board certification in Gastroenterology. Applicants must be eligible to be licensed to practice medicine in the State of Alabama. In addition, it is preferred that the Chief possesses:

  • Successful leadership and administrative experience in an academic medical setting;
  • A commitment to educational, research, and clinical excellence;
  • Broad knowledge of the healthcare landscape and a vision for the future of medical education;
  • Interest and experience in collaborative community engagement;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Academic credentials commensurate with appointment at the rank of associate or full professor.

Application Process

The University of South Alabama College of Medicine values diversity, equity and inclusion. We are committed to the creation of a diverse workforce in healthcare and biomedical sciences. Women and applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting USA. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. The Search Committee prefers that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to April 1, 2020.

Jacob Anderson, Principal || Julie Palmer, Research Associate
Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30328
(770) 804-1996 x 111 ||

The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other applicable legally protected basis.

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