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Ped Oncology Div. Chief/Med. Director, CHOC Hyundai Cancer Inst. Orange, CA

The University of California Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine and The Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s) seek to recruit a national leader to hold the positions of Pediatric Oncology Division Chief, UCI School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics; Oncology Division Chief, CHOC Children’s Specialists/Medical Director, CHOC Children’s Hyundai Cancer Institute. This leader will provide overall leadership for pediatric oncology across UCI and CHOC Children’s, overseeing clinical excellence, faculty recruitment, strategic planning, and program development, and ensuring the integration of training and research with clinical services. This leader must be a persuasive advocate for pediatric oncology at CHOC Children’s and UCI, able to articulate goals, inspire progress, and respond nimbly to change. 

CHOC Children’s and UCI desire to recruit an accomplished physician-scientist with strong leadership skills, who will oversee clinical, research, and education programs as well as administrative and financial affairs. They will provide the overall direction for clinical programs, research, recruitment, outreach, other program development, and ensure compliance with all governmental and institutional policies. They should have strong interpersonal skills, be able to effectively communicate a vision, and have demonstrated leadership capabilities in previous academic appointments.

The successful candidate must share and demonstrate a personal commitment to the shared values of excellence, innovation, service, scholarship, collaboration, compassion, and accountability. Candidates should have strong clinical, research, and leadership/management experience in a children’s hospital or academic pediatric department affiliated with a university medical school, with a minimum of 10 years of progressive experience and an increasing scope of responsibility including faculty and trainee mentoring and program development. 

Qualified candidates will have earned an MD or MD/PhD (or equivalent), be board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and currently be eligible for a medical license in the state of California. Candidates must demonstrate a record of scholarly productivity, be eligible for appointment in the Health Sciences Clinical Professor or Professor of Clinical X series as an associate or full professor and be involved in academic societies at a national level. Titles in the Professor of Clinical X Series are academically qualified individuals whose predominant responsibilities are in teaching and clinical service, and who also engage in creative activities. Titles in the Health Sciences Clinical Professor Series are faculty who make substantial contributions to the University through excellence in teaching, clinical expertise, scholarly or creative achievement, and engagement in service.

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see below. Applications may also be submitted directly at Electronic submission of materials is required.

David Bellshaw and Courtney Wilk-Mandel are leading this search with
Belén Gutiérrez.

UCI is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.


CHOC Children's is an equal opportunity at will employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, citizenship, national origin, ancestry (including language use restrictions), race, color, religion, religious creed, religious dress or grooming, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, military and veteran status. Include list of opportunities and challenges, and a shortened summary of qualifications as appropriate.

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