The University of California, Davis Health (UCDH) seeks an outstanding leader to serve as its next Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. The Chair is responsible for leading the educational, research, and clinical missions for the Department. The Chair of Family and Community Medicine reports to the Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School of Medicine in partnership with the Medical Center Chief Executive Officer.


The Chair has direct oversight of all faculty and staff in the Department and will fulfill its clinical, educational, service, and research missions. Other responsibilities of the Department Chair will include, but are not limited to:

  • Create and maintain a shared and supported strategic vision for the organizational management and accountability of the office.
  • Effectively and appropriately communicate and collaborate with School of Medicine (SOM) counterparts, key stakeholders at UCDH and other external constituencies to further develop and advance Family and Community Medicine programs and activities.
  • Provide day-to-day direction of the Department including oversight of the departmental budget as well as supervision of staff within the Department.
  • Maintain a high quality academic health science environment and set goals and expectations to include research and/or scholarship aimed at furthering the academic reputation of the Department.
  • Oversee the continuous process of curricular innovation and revision, seeking methods to better integrate clinical learning throughout all years of the curriculum.
  • Actively participate in the delivery of patient care.
  • Participate in building and maintaining an excellent faculty by helping to facilitate and oversee faculty personnel actions (i.e. recruitments, appointments, promotions, and merit advancements) through the University's complex review procedures, and ensure that individuals are judged by their peers solely on the basis of professional qualifications in accordance with equitable procedures.
  • Lead the Department in recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, and in practicing cross-cultural understanding beyond simple compliance through implementation of best practices.
  • Adhere to the principles of academic governance, especially the collaborative development of appropriate procedures for governance.
  • Maintain a department climate that is hospitable and encourages faculty and staff engagement, participation, collegiality, and innovation in an environment of shared governance.
  • Outline goals for faculty participation in service to the SOM and University including committee appointments, faculty development, and community service.
  • Provide professional development and mentoring activities that promote academic success by ensuring faculty have the skills necessary for all stages of their careers, and working with academic units in the creation of their own development activities.
  • Seek outreach activities in the greater Sacramento and northern California regions for clinical, educational, and research opportunities.

Preferred Qualifications

Candidates for Chair must meet requirements for appointment as Full Professor in the Ladder Rank (Regular), Clinical Investigator (Clinical X), or Health Sciences Clinical Professor series at the University of California, have a California Medical License (or be eligible for licensure), and be board certified. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Distinguished, nationally recognized academic career with strong clinical and research credentials
  • Proven record of administration and management in an academic medical center setting
  • Demonstrated commitment to education
  • Dynamic leadership skills for further clinical, research, and academic growth
  • Extensive knowledge of and commitment to excellence in teaching programs, relevant research programs, and state-of-the-art clinical services
  • Experience mentoring junior faculty
  • Demonstrated commitment to collegiality, collaboration, and service
  • Familiarity in recruitment development, utilization, and retention of faculty
  • Experience in being a spokesperson and advocate for fairness in the recruitment and appointment process
  • Clear commitment to improving the atmosphere for diverse faculty


Department of Family and Community Medicine

The Department of Family and Community Medicine is committed to mentoring future clinicians to provide comprehensive, compassionate and patient-centered care for patients, within the context of family and the community. The mission of the Department is to improve the quality of healthcare through primary care and interprofessional education, patient-centered and family-centered care, exploring new initiatives and conduct of research that informs public policy for the improvement of the health and welfare of the community we serve. The Department aims to promote healthier individuals, families, and communities.

The UC Davis Family Medicine clinic is a patient-centered medical home, focused on helping individuals live healthier lives by supporting each’s unique needs. The modern Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center on UC Davis' Sacramento campus houses the clinic and is located just minutes away from downtown Sacramento. It is home to a pharmacy, imaging and radiology services and a wide range of other multidisciplinary health specialties, and is convenient to UC Davis Medical Center should additional imaging and specialty services be required.

A highly accomplished and nationally recognized team of faculty leads research efforts in the Department. With an average of $1.5 million in external funding per year, our faculty conducts research aimed at providing health care providers, consumers and policymakers with the information they need for informed decision-making. Areas of expertise include: physician-patient communication, health care disparities, culture in medicine, information technology in health care delivery, comparative effectiveness research, chronic illness care (collaborative /participatory care), and cancer screening and treatment.  Department researchers have a long-history of collaboration with UC Davis faculty from such programs as: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Center for Healthcare Policy and Research, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Radiology, and the Clinical and Translational Science Center, as well as numerous academic institutions and research organizations throughout the country.

UC Davis Health, School of Medicine, and Medical Center

UC Davis Health is improving lives and transforming health care by providing excellent patient care, conducting groundbreaking research, fostering innovative, interprofessional education, and creating dynamic, productive partnerships with the community.

UC Davis Health is a major driver of economic prosperity in the Sacramento region and Northern California and for every employee or dollar of output directly supported by UC Davis Health operations, the Northern California economy gains an additional 1.1 jobs or $1.10 of output, respectively.

As the region's only academic health center, UC Davis Health focuses on discovering and sharing knowledge and providing the highest quality of care. UC Davis Health is a hub of innovation that encompasses UC Davis Medical Center, UC Davis School of Medicine, The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and the UC Davis Medical Group.

Consistently ranked among the best in the country, UC Davis School of Medicine is recognized for its research and primary care programs. Innovative interprofessional education at UC Davis prepares the health care workforce of tomorrow with the skills and values needed to lead and change and improve health for all. It ranked 28th in National Institutes of Health funding in 2016 and is designated as one of the nation’s inaugural Clinical Translational Science Centers.

UC Davis Medical Center is a nationally renowned academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. It encompasses a 627-bed multispecialty academic medical center serving 33 counties and covers a 65,000-square-mile area with over 40,000 annual admissions, 78,000 ER visits, and 944,000 clinic/office visits.

U.S. News ranks UC Davis Medical Center and UC Davis Children's Hospital among the nation's best. The publication rated the medical center among the nation’s best in 10 medical specialties and the top-ranking hospital in the Sacramento metro area for 2016-17. The children’s hospital ranked among the nation’s best in five specialties, including two in conjunction with partner Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California.


UC Davis is the home of the Aggies — go-getters, change makers and problem solvers who make their mark at one of the top public universities in the United States.

Since founded in 1905, we have been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100-plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society.

Our 5,300-acre campus is in the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of about 68,000 located in Yolo County. The state capital is 20 minutes away, and world-class destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are within a two-hour drive.

Application Process

The Search Committee invites applications, inquiries, and nominations for this position. Confidential applications should be accompanied by a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, diversity statement addressing aspirations and contributions promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their professional careers (can be included as part of the cover letter), and the names and contact details of at least five professional references (professional references will not be contacted without prior notification). Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled and review of applications will begin immediately. For first full consideration, interested applicants are encouraged to submit materials (electronic submission preferred) by March 15, 2017 to the search firm assisting the University of California, Davis Health. The position will remain open until filled through December 31, 2017. Follow the link to find more information on the required diversity statement.

Laurie C. Wilder, President
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Jacob C. Anderson, Principal
Parker Executive Search
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The University of California, Davis is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity. We especially welcome applicants whose research, clinical activity, teaching, and community outreach demonstrably attest to their commitment to inclusion of under-represented and/or non-majority individuals into their respective area of specialization within their discipline.

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