Department of Pediatrics Chair Search

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. The 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. The successful candidate will also serve as physician-in-chief for the Kentucky Children’s Hospital at UK HealthCare.

We seek a chair who understands the future of child health. 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.

MD or MD/PhD, DO, or equivalent with a sustained record of scholarly activity.
Board Certification required.

Related Experience
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.

Reporting to the Dean of UK College of Medicine, Robert S. DiPaola, MD, the chair serves as the chief academic and administrative officer for the department. The chair will have the opportunity to significantly enhance the academic and research missions of the department, to build upon its clinical services and further its partnerships within UK Healthcare, the University, and with numerous external partners. The successful candidate will demonstrate broad progressive administrative leadership experience in an integrated academic medical center environment; and possess national recognition for achievement in research, educational and clinical pursuits that would warrant appointment as a full professor. Candidates should also have a proven track record of collaboration and program building.

About the Department

The Department of Pediatrics has an outstanding training program in General Pediatrics and combined training programs: 1) Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, 2) Adult Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry, 3) Child Neurology, and 4) Pediatric Orthopedics. UK Pediatrics also offers unique programs directed at child advocacy and international health. The Department of Pediatrics consists of over 100 full time faculty members and is composed of child advocacy, child psychiatry, community pediatrics, critical care, endocrinology, gastroenterology, genetics/metabolism, general pediatrics, hematology/oncology, hospitalist, infectious disease, neonatology, nephrology, neurology, all pediatric surgical subspecialties, pulmonary, radiology, research, rheumatology, adolescent medicine, behavior/development, allergy, immunology and sleep medicine, palliative care, 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 multiple integrated clinic sites throughout greater Lexington.  

The Betti Ruth Robinson Taylor NICU at Kentucky Children’s Hospital opened on April 29, 2018. The new, state-of-the-art space has 68 patient rooms – including two twin rooms – for a total of 70 beds with a variety of homelike amenities for families to stay with their babies as much as possible. 

The Kentucky Children’s Hospital and the Cincinnati Children’s Heart Institute have joined forces to provide advanced pediatric heart care close to home for patients in Kentucky. The collaboration combines the strength of UK HealthCare’s advanced pediatric and adult congenital heart care with Cincinnati Children’s nationally ranked experts in pediatric cardiac care and surgery. This highly collaborative program provides the full spectrum of high-quality heart care- from assessment and diagnosis to complex surgery and post-surgical care. Services offered onsite at Kentucky Children’s Hospital include advanced cardiac imaging, cardiothoracic surgery, cardiac anesthesia, electrophysiology, congenital echocardiography, fetal cardiology, and interventional cardiology. 

For more information regarding the Pediatrics Department at the University of Kentucky, please visit us online at:  

Download / View Pediatrics Department Leadership Profile (PDF)

How to Apply

Candidates should apply online at with a curriculum vita and letter of interest. Applications will be reviewed immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Upon offer of employment, successful applicants must undergo a national background check and pre-employment drug screen as required by University of Kentucky Human Resources. The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and inclusion. Individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.