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President and Chief Executive Officer Philadelphia, PA

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (the College), one of the oldest professional medical organizations in the United States, seeks a dynamic and accomplished leader to serve as its next President & Chief Executive Officer.

Founded in 1787, the College is committed to the mission of advancing health, enhancing the connection between medicine and society, and upholding the ideals and heritage of the profession. Situated in Philadelphia, a city with a rich history of contributions to healthcare and home of the nation’s first medical school, the College has always been a vital meeting ground for medical professionals across the many institutions in the region.   Over the years, fellows, members, and staff have come together at the College to address issues and support causes that benefit the local and national community and draw on its unique intellectual resources and collection. The College has a steadfast commitment to promoting healthcare access and quality as a fundamental human right, and to enhancing the emphasis on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the field.  Today, the College achieves this mission through broad programming that spans a globally recognized museum, a historic library collection, grand rounds and symposia, STEM education and outreach initiatives, and public health efforts. In recent decades, the College has professionalized its operations, allowing it to dramatically expand its reach and impact. It has become a vibrant part of the city’s cultural landscape reaching hundreds of thousands of individuals every year through museum visitorship, member programming, and engagement of the local community through other events.

Nearly 1,100 Fellows, all elected to the College, make up the core membership of the organization. Together with a highly dedicated staff as well as members of various interest sections, the College serves as a critical link in Philadelphia between the medical profession and the public. The College convenes and unites physicians and healthcare professionals for numerous meetings, workshops, and activities.  It also engages the public to showcase the history of medicine and medical humanities with increasing attention to featuring contributions of those historically underrepresented in the field, broaden interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), promote well-being, and improve health policies.

The home of the College is a striking Beaux-Arts building in downtown Philadelphia—it was dedicated as a National Historic Landmark in 2002. The Mütter Museum (the Museum), one of the most widely known aspects of the College and its public face, has achieved an international reputation that has resulted in impressive growth in interest and visitors. Its collection and exhibits feature the history of medicine and culturally relevant topics in health such as the award-winning most recent exhibit, Spit Spreads Death: the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia. The 22nd Street location is also home to the Historical Library and Center for Education.

The next president will join the College at an exciting moment and will have the opportunity to leverage and expand upon its success. The College is in the midst of capital campaign to endow and grow programming across all dimensions, and this includes a planned major expansion of space for exhibits and events. Having already emerged on the national scene as a key destination in Philadelphia, this physical transformation will increase access and continue its trajectory to becoming a major cultural institution and center for programs that are innovative and relevant. The next president will be a vigorous and compelling champion for its future, setting the vision and strategic direction for the next, ambitious phase of the organization’s growth and development. As the College looks to increase its profile even further, tap exciting new possibilities for impact, deepen its ties with the City of Philadelphia and the local community, and expand access and inclusivity of its members and programs, the Board of Trustees seeks an exceptional leader to serve as an ambassador and broadcaster for the organization. The successful candidate must have an MD degree, a deep appreciation for the nonprofit mission of the College which sits at the intersection of science, culture, and medical history, and a record of administrative leadership commensurate with running a complex, multifaceted organization.

Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be submitted below. Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

John Muckle is leading this search with Ashton Lange.


The College of Physicians of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


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