Chair of the Department of Pediatrics Search

Position Description for the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and Physician-and-Chief, Kentucky Children’s Hospital

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine invites applications and seeks nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. The successful candidate will also serve as Physician-and-Chief for the Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

The Department of Pediatrics has an outstanding training program in General Pediatrics and three combined training programs: 1) Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, 2) Adult Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry, and 3) Child Neurology. UK Pediatrics also offers unique programs directed at child advocacy and international health. The Department of Pediatrics consists of over 90 faculty members and is composed of subspecialty divisions in adolescent medicine, ambulatory, cardiology, child abuse, child advocacy, child psychiatry, community pediatrics, critical care, endocrinology, gastroenterology, genetics/metabolism, general pediatrics, hematology/oncology, hospitalist, infectious disease, neonatology, nephrology, neurology, pediatric surgery, pulmonary, radiology, research, rheumatology, and school health.

The Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH), a hospital-within-a hospital, serves as a subspecialty regional referral and pediatric care center for Central and Eastern Kentucky. We have more than 70 pediatric subspecialists and over 300 pediatric nurses working in 24 areas, as well as respiratory therapists, dietitians, social workers and pharmacists, all of whom are dedicated to caring for children. Pediatric outpatient care is provided at the Kentucky Clinic at the Family Care Center, as well as at several satellite clinics located throughout Lexington.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine seeks a visionary Chair with demonstrated leadership abilities, a strong record in academic medicine, ideally with an NIH-funded research program (current or previous record of funding), with administrative experience as a division chief or program/center director who could provide strong leadership skills as a listener, decision-maker, humanist and effective advocate for the discipline in the department of Pediatrics and its faculty.

We seek a Chair who understands the future of child health in Kentucky and beyond. The successful candidate should be recognized for the exceptional accomplishments as a clinician and academician and will be required to continue to practice while serving as chair. Furthermore, the candidate should have skills in collaboration and the ability to learn and share, and should have people-skills that promote, foster and facilitate the trust of colleagues, the broader university and those who might make philanthropic gifts to child health or the university. The chair should have impeccable integrity and be an effective and able communicator.

Professional Experience/Qualifications:

  • M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. or equivalent with a sustained record of scholarly activity
  • National recognition as demonstrated through involvement in academic/professional societies at a national level
  • Demonstrated increasing levels of leadership or administrative positions in medical school or academic medical center setting
  • Proven record of recruitment and retention of talent and mentorship
  • Board certification in Pediatrics
  • Eligible for medical licensure in Kentucky

Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae to

Questions and inquiries can be directed to Jay Torio, Director of Academic Recruiting at Merritt Hawkins at (800) 876-0500. All applications will be handled in a security sensitive and confidential manner. The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Action Employer. The

University of Kentucky values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.  This position is security sensitive; conviction verification will be conducted on applicant selection.

Applications, inquiries, and nominations should be confidentially directed to Jay Torio, Senior Director of Academic Recruiting at Merritt Hawkins at or or via phone at (800) 876-0500.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.