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The Department of Radiation Oncology chair search advisory committee is being chaired by Kathleen Cho, MD. Nominations should be sent to Anne Neubauer ( by September 19, 2021.

Candidates interested in the position should send their application materials to Anne Neubauer ( by September 30, 2021. Applicants will need to submit a CV and 1-2-page letter of interest. Within the letter of interest, candidates should include specifics regarding why they are interested in the position, leadership and business experience, their vision for an academic department of Radiation Oncology, and a summary of past accomplishments (clinical, diversity, innovation, collaboration, etc.).

Virtual interviews are expected to occur in November 2021.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Medical School seeks a nationally recognized, accomplished, and visionary leader to continue to advance the clinical, research, education, service, and philanthropic missions of the Department of Radiation Oncology. This leader will build on the significant departmental and institutional strengths, commitment to clinical excellence, research innovation, and superb education in a culture of patient and family centered care.

Michigan Medicine is a premier academic medical center comprised of the U-M Health System, U-M Medical School, U-M Medical Group, the Michigan Health Corporation, and one of the nation’s largest biomedical research communities. Our leaders are expected to espouse and fulfill the mission, vision, and values of Michigan Medicine:

  • Mission: To advance health to serve Michigan and the world.
  • Vision: Our discoveries change care; our care changes lives.
  • Core Values:
    • Caring: I will treat everyone with dignity, kindness and respect, promoting the well-being of self and others.
    • Innovation: I will promote a culture of creativity, flexibility and curiosity that inspires new ideas and ways of thinking, behaving and improving the world.
    • Inclusion: I will foster an environment where every individual has a sense of belonging, a voice that is heard, and the opportunity to achieve and thrive.
    • Integrity: I will adhere to the highest ethical standards, demonstrating courage, truth and transparency in my words and actions.
    • Teamwork: We will work together with a shared purpose rooted in equity and fairness where diversity is celebrated, respected and valued.


Create and establish a unifying vision for the future of the Department of Radiation Oncology with other leaders and key stakeholders across the university.

  • Effectively articulate the mission, vision, and values of the Department of Radiation Oncology to all members and stakeholders. Lead the department constituents in executing and delivering on the mission, vision, and strategic plan.
  • Be a role model for integrity, scholarship, professional competence, collegiality, and collaboration across the organization.
  • Support interdisciplinary collaboration to catalyze Michigan Medicine’s tripartite mission of patient care, research, and education.
  • Strengthen opportunities to engage the next generation of health care providers and health scholars with members of the Department of Radiation Oncology.
  • Be an effective institutional leader, helping in the development of network strategies and outreach opportunities.

Ensure the highest-quality, patient-centered, efficient, and equitable care.

  • Identify opportunities for improved health care delivery while maintaining the highest standards for quality medical care that address the evolving needs and challenges in our local and regional communities.
  • Support and assess departmental faculty and trainees in care delivery and professional standards through appointment/reappointment decisions and granting/renewing clinical privileges.
  • Ensure the department is on the cutting-edge of techniques and technologies integral to the delivery of highly innovative, safe, and quality care.
  • Understand and support the broad clinical disciplines within the department while also assisting in the development of emerging opportunities and new care delivery trends.
  • Ensure all patients receive the timely care they need to thrive.

Lead and ensure the success of the educational process and environment for the department and support educational initiatives across the campus.

  • Maintain excellence in the department’s educational programs, including those involving medical students, residents, fellows, graduate students, post-doctoral students, and continuing professional development.
  • Oversee training program directors in the Department of Radiation Oncology.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments and centers to create and grow shared training programs or assigned training experiences.
  • Implement curricular changes and requirements to provide a supportive and constructive environment for learners.

Advance and strengthen individual and departmental research programs.

  • With members of the department and other leaders at the University, establish a unifying plan to leverage existing institutional strengths to advance life science research across the University.
  • Identify and support critical research areas that will enhance the department’s knowledge base and improve the quality of care.
  • Lead the department and individual faculty members in identifying and obtaining external and intramural funding.
  • Strengthen integration and collaboration between clinical and non-clinical investigators within the department.
  • Cultivate a highly collaborative, inclusive environment that emphasizes the development of research programs that cross organizational boundaries of the university.


  • The chair should possess:
    • Communication skills – Positive interpersonal skills that demonstrate diplomacy and accessibility. Relational skills to support vision and leadership. The chair must be approachable; collegial, assertive; able to build a team that moves towards common goals; transparent; and participative with an open management style.
    • Integrity – Personal standards of behavior which will be a model for the organization and inspire all within the department to work collaboratively toward shared goals.
    • Vision – Forward thinking and responsive to the needs of physicians, scientists, learners, staff, patients, and health system. Able to shape organizational change and convey a clear, shared vision and alignment of efforts. Possess the personal charisma needed to drive and implement necessary changes.
    • Intellectual and analytical skills – Able to drive cogent planning and establishment of robust research management systems.
    • Political acumen and collaborative skills – Capable of building consensus among strong, diverse, and sometimes competing individuals and programs. Facilitates strong collaboration between the clinical and the research programs of the department.
    • Accessibility - Interested in and available to discuss the work environment for faculty in Radiation Oncology, sensitive to their areas of dissatisfaction, and celebratory of their areas of growth and achievement.
    • Diversity mindset – Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, with an appreciation for and understanding of its important contributions to excellence.
  • The chair should be a:
    • Motivator/mentor – who can inspire all rank of staff. Capable of motivating people to be team players, to be collegial and supportive, and willing to share information. Demonstrated commitment to developing faculty and staff for departmental and institutional leadership roles.
    • Change agent – who is innovative, willing to take risks, and has the creativity to re-engineer existing practices and construct new ways of doing things.
    • Decisive leader – who combines a sense of equanimity with humor to sustain intense, productive, and collaborative leadership efforts.
    • Team player – and collaborator on multiple levels of research and administrative staff.
    • Results-oriented achiever – by using appropriate problem-solving tools and techniques and aligning the culture in the process of obtaining results.
    • Role model – who demonstrates key leadership qualities, including humility, honesty, trustworthiness, loyalty, compassion, caring, and empathy. Demonstrated intolerance of injustice, gossip, discrimination, inequity, exclusion, bullying, or harassment.



Recruit, retain and develop diverse faculty and staff to achieve the department vision, ensuring the success of all disciplines within the department and the national prominence of the department.

  • Recruit, mentor, develop and retain outstanding faculty who share the vision for the future of the department.
  • Listen, communicate, and empower faculty and staff. Seek appropriate honors, awards, and national leadership positions for faculty and staff. Satisfaction and career advancement of the department’s many constituents are important objectives in pursuing the overall vision and mission.
  • Develop a succession plan to identify, develop and mentor individuals to successfully assume leadership positions within the department and nationally.

Continue to achieve or exceed financial goals through management, research funding, and philanthropy.

  • Maintain a fiscally sound department. Ensure the administrative budget and operations management are sound and that the departmental resources are effectively, wisely, and transparently managed.
  • Adhere to all University, regulatory and Michigan Medicine policies and practices. The chair must be viewed as fair and strategic, and thus inspire confidence of faculty, staff, trainees, and patients.
  • Work effectively to secure philanthropic support for the clinical, research and training programs of the department. Collaborate with the Office of University Development to develop a robust philanthropic plan and programs in partnership with the other clinical and basic science departments.

Build on the University’s longstanding commitment to build and nurture a community characterized by diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Create an inclusive, supportive, and safe environment that focuses on excellence in communication, collaboration, and teamwork.
  • Participate in and help develop new approaches to maintain diversity as a critical component of student education, research, and service.
  • Lead the department to recruit, retain, and mentor the best learners, faculty, and staff by creating a community that seeks, welcomes, and expects diversity.
  • Coordinate with institutional leadership and the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion to provide metrics and help implement strategies for creating a supportive culture and climate that promotes inclusion and equity.
  • Support research and practice improvement to enhance care of minority communities and the underserved.

Align with the cultural priorities and approaches of the school and university.

  • Cultivate a highly collaborative, inclusive environment that emphasizes the pursuit of excellence and the development of research and education programs that cross organizational boundaries of the university.
  • Model and ensure high standards of professional conduct in the department, including actively addressing misconduct and unethical or unprofessional behavior.
  • Foster an environment characterized by trust, openness, psychological safety, civility, and respect.
  • Implement and participate in the missions of the Medical School, specifically programs and initiatives of the Dean/EVPMA and the Medical School Executive Committee.
  • Understand and adhere to the Regents’ Bylaws, the University’s Standard Practice Guide, the Medical School Bylaws and policies, and the University of Michigan Medical Group Bylaws.
  • Enthusiastically participate in cultural and organizational needs and activities of the University, Health System, and Medical School.

Fulfill other responsibilities of leadership

  • Ensure fiduciary and regulatory agency compliance related to the department’s activities and responsibly manage conflict of interest and commitment, policy, and procedural compliance. Avoid conflict of interest, conflict of commitment, and the appearance of such conflicts.
  • Act as an institutional leader in helping to develop a robust mentoring strategy.
  • Implement the missions of the school, specifically programs and initiatives of the Dean/EVPMA and Medical School Executive Committee. A chair may have parallel responsibilities managing interdepartmental or extra departmental units, such as a center or facility with parallel expectations. Ultimately, the chair should maintain the confidence of the Dean/EVPMA and Executive Committee.


The Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology reports to the Dean/EVPMA and the Executive Vice Dean of Academic Affairs of the Medical School.

Required Qualifications*

The successful candidate will have an MD or equivalent clinical doctoral degree and have an outstanding record of scholarly accomplishment, sufficient to justify a tenured faculty appointment. This individual must be highly collaborative and motivated and have significant experience building and unifying interdisciplinary teams. Candidates must have a proven track record in developing research programs; dedication to the clinical mission; a demonstrated commitment to education; and significant philanthropic, administrative, and budgetary experience in a matrix-based organization. Additional desired qualifications are for the candidate to have a track record of external funding on a national level and to be board-certified in Radiation Oncology.

Additional Information

Department of Radiation Oncology:
Michigan Medicine:
University of Michigan Medical School:
Office of Health Equity and Inclusion:
The University of Michigan:

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