Director, Health Services Research Center

University of Vermont, College of Medicine Burlington, VT

The University of Vermont (UVM) seeks a highly accomplished tenure-pathway health services researcher to serve as founding Director of its new Health Services Research Center in the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine. The Director will join the College at an exciting time, with Vermont poised to embark upon a unique all-payer accountable care organization model spanning the state that will facilitate remarkable opportunities for innovative health services research.

UVM health services researchers currently collaborate across multiple units and disciplines, and the new Director will guide the integration of these dispersed health services research activities into a center model with strong research, education/training, and service components. Implementation science, comparative effectiveness research, health economics, policy analysis, and community-focused primary care networks are all areas of interest.

Vermont and northern New England provide unique opportunities to test highly innovative models of healthcare delivery in a rural setting. Public health priorities include child and adolescent preventive services, educational outcomes, care transitions, opiate addiction, smoking, mental health, elder care, palliative care, obesity, chronic disease, and oral health. Resources supporting health services research within UVM include the Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Cores, the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program, the Vermont Complex Systems Center, the Center on Aging, the UVM Cancer Center, the Cardiovascular Institute, the Area Health Education Centers, the Office of Health Promotion Research, and growing initiatives in gerontology and palliative care. Health services research partners include the UVM Medical Center (UVMMC), the UVM Health Network, the Jeffords Institute for Quality at UVMMC, Vermont Blueprint for Health, the Vermont Department of Health, the Green Mountain Care Board, and OneCare Vermont.

The Director will lead and grow UVM Health Services Research promoting a collaborative interdisciplinary program focused on evaluating the impact of innovative healthcare delivery models, chronic disease prevention and management, organization and financing of health care, and integrated health information systems. S/he will facilitate health services data access, including UVM Medical Center and Health Network electronic records data. S/he will also promote development of a state-wide Vermont health data resource that includes integration of clinical records with universal insurance claims, Vermont public health data, patient registries, and other available healthcare databases. Integral to the role will also be engagement, education, and mentoring of faculty and graduate and post-graduate trainees in health services research, and providing access to design, data management, and analytic consultation resources for collaborating investigators and trainees.

The successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree (MD, PhD, MD/PhD, or equivalent) and strong experience in health services research and will be granted a faculty appointment in a department appropriate to expertise and interests. Expertise in nationally and internationally recognized health services research and experience using large healthcare databases for research purposes is expected, along with a strong record of scholarly peer-reviewed publications and extramural research funding consistent with appointment at Associate Professor or Professor. The Director will bring evidence of success leading, coordinating, and facilitating interdisciplinary research teams.

The University of Vermont is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the University and excellence of the academic medical center community through their research, teaching, service, leadership, or life experiences. Applicants are requested to describe in their cover letter how they will further the UVM’s goal of inclusive excellence.

The University of Vermont College of Medicine, founded in 1882, is the nation's seventh oldest medical school and is widely recognized for innovations in education and research. UVM is located in Burlington, Vermont, on the shores of Lake Champlain between the Adirondack and Green Mountains. Burlington is a vibrant community with year-round recreational opportunities and is frequently cited as one of the most livable cities in America.

Sarah Herman is leading this search with Phillip Petree.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.