The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine, invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology. 


The Department of Ophthalmology academic and clinical faculty is comprised of nationally and internationally renowned board-certified physicians and scientists specializing in study of the eye, treatment of eye disease, and research to prevent blindness. Highlights include:

  • A department consisting of a core of 22 full-time faculty (13 MDs, 6 PhDs, 2 MD PhDs, 1 OD), a highly engaged and active cadre of faculty with secondary appointments and affiliations, and 15 residents plus 6 fellows.
  • The Department’s research efforts are supported through 2 major DOD and multiple NIH R01 research awards along with funding from notable national foundations and private sources. There is a strong focus on age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, the genetics of the eye, ocular trauma, stem cell therapeutics, and ocular oncology.
  • The Department’s Hamilton Eye Institute (HEI), for which the Chair serves as Director, is among the nation’s premier vision treatment and research facilities.  It serves patients in its own treatment and ambulatory surgical facilities on the UTHSC campus; in the suburban satellite facility of University Clinical Health (UCH); in all hospitals in Memphis and much of the surrounding area; and in international medical outreach programs and telemedicine activities. HEI maintains a significant national patient census.
  • The HEI campus facility is the major tenant of a multi-use medical building containing physician offices, an adjacent parking garage, a food court, and administration offices. In addition to space currently occupied by the Department of Ophthalmology and HEI, the building has space available for future expansion. This ophthalmology campus space has approximately 17,000 sq ft for research, 43,000 sq ft for clinical, and 11,000 sq ft for administrative activities.
  • The educational mission of the Department of Ophthalmology is focused on both basic and clinical medicine to support training of medical students, PhD postdoctoral fellows, and a robust residency with multiple fellowships.
  • The UTHSC Department of Ophthalmology is supported by multi-million dollar endowments.  These funds are used at the discretion of the chair in consultation with the Dean to support the research and education missions. Of particular note are the 2015-16 gifts by the Gerwin Family and Day Family totaling $13.5 million for ophthalmic research. In addition to research and education endowment support, the Department has 7 fully funded endowed chairs with 3 of these endowed chairs currently vacant and to be filled at the discretion of the incoming chair.

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The Chair will provide vision for continued enhancement of the international reputation of this nationally-ranked clinical, research, and academic department. The Chair will be responsible that the goals and objectives for the Department of Ophthalmology, as established with the Executive Dean, are met. The Chair will provide energetic leadership for the clinical, research, and educational activities of the department, and assure excellent administrative and supervisory performance throughout the organization.  The Chair is expected to collaborate effectively across department, college, and institutional boundaries and enhance vision research, clinical services, and training across campuses and across the state.

Clinical Responsibilities

  • Maintain growth and clinical excellence
  • Serve as the primary recruiter of faculty for the UTHSC Department of Ophthalmology
  • Serve as Director of the Clinical practice of the UCH Ophthalmology Department
  • Develop clinical practice metrics and expectations for full time and part time faculty members
  • Maintain an active clinical practice sufficient to maintain credentials and hospital privileges at UT affiliate teaching hospitals

Education Responsibilities

  • Serve as Director/Supervisor of all LCME medical student and all post graduate medical education activities in the Department. Maintain and support accreditation of these programs.
  • Explore and develop plans for additional training programs within the Department with special emphasis on advanced medicinal training including post-specialty fellowships

Research Responsibilities

  • Provide guidance and oversight of research activities in the Department
  • Serve as a primary recruiter of faculty for the UTHSC Department of Ophthalmology
  • Undertake a systematic review of the research enterprise of the Department and develop a plan to enhance and expand research operations on the UTHSC campus
  • Enhance the research portfolio and total research funding of the Department by creating new programs in clinical and translational science that build on existing strengths

Financial Responsibilities

  • Manage the finances of the Department of Ophthalmology, its faculty activities, and its Hamilton Eye Institute; maintain; a balanced budget; administer unrestricted funds responsibly; and observe the restrictions and directions of donor or other funding agreements designed to benefit the Department of Ophthalmology, its faculty, and its HEI
  • Maintain and build upon the local and national professional and philanthropic relationships


MD degree or its equivalent, board-certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and eligibility for licensure in Tennessee upon appointment are required. Additional subspecialty training is welcomed, but not required.  The successful candidate should possess the qualifications to be appointed as Professor of Ophthalmology and a substantial record of leadership and scholarship in an academic Department of Ophthalmology. Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of equal employment and affirmative action. Demonstrated ethical behavior, professionalism, interpersonal skills, leadership, management abilities, intimate knowledge of current professional trends in medicine, and current trends in the professional and business practices of the health care system are strongly recommended.

Application Process

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting UTHSC. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to July 18, 2017. For a complete position description, please visit the Current Opportunities page at  

Nominations, applications, and questions may be directed to Jacob C. Anderson, Principal,, Phone:  770-804-1996 ext: 111 ||  Fax:  770-804-1917.


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

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