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Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences La Jolla, CA

The University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences (VCHS). This is a tremendous opportunity for an accomplished academic healthcare leader to drive the continued success and growth of the campus as a renowned health science center, forging new frontiers in research, education, training, and patient care.

The VCHS reports to the Chancellor and is part of the Chancellor’s leadership team, responsible for UC San Diego’s health sciences enterprise, including the School of Medicine, the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, UC San Diego Health, and 90+ research centers and institutes, all working toward fulfilling its tripartite mission. Patient care locations include the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest; the Jacobs Medical Center, Moores Cancer Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and Shiley Eye Institute in La Jolla; and many other centers, clinics, and affiliates throughout Southern California. In total, UCSD Health Sciences has more than 1,700 physicians and scientists who serve as faculty members for more than 900 residents and fellows, 800 medicine, pharmacy and public health students, and 1,400 graduate students.  Its academic programs rank among the best in the country for primary care and research.  

Since its founding in 1960, UC San Diego has become one of the preeminent institutions in the United States for higher education and research. The campus comprises seven undergraduate colleges, six academic divisions, and seven graduate and professional schools (including the schools of medicine, pharmacy, and public health), which together enrolled over 42,000 students in the fall of 2021. UC San Diego is also an academic and research powerhouse, generating $1.54 billion in sponsored research funding in FY2021. With over 34,000 full and part-time academic and staff employees, UC San Diego is one of the largest employers in San Diego County, bringing with it a significant economic footprint on the region.

The incoming VCHS must have a broad and diverse leadership skillset to manage this highly complex and matrixed organization, ensuring UC San Diego Health Sciences’ successful commitment to advancing the tripartite mission of research, education, and clinical practice. The VCHS should be a highly accomplished physician scientist, a skilled communicator, a practiced relationship-builder, have a strong track record of actionable impact in equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts, and bring a proven commitment to the UC San Diego Health Sciences mission: to deliver outstanding patient care through commitment to the community, groundbreaking research and inspired teaching.

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process/until the position is filled. A complete application for the search includes a CV, cover letter, and diversity statement.

Please click on the “Full Description” link below to view the Opportunities and Challenges Profile for this search.

David Bellshaw and Denise Gaffney are leading this search with Carley Davenport and Leslie Lemus.



The University of California San Diego is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Diversity is a defining feature of the University of California, which embraces it as a source of strength. Differences — of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, abilities, experience and more — enhance the university’s ability to achieve its core missions of public service, teaching, and research. UC welcomes faculty, staff, and students from all backgrounds and wants everyone at UC to feel respected and valued.


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