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Chair, Department of Pediatrics & Physician-in-Chief

Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Location: Richmond, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine seeks an academic pediatric leader to serve as Chair of Pediatrics. Apply within!The Virginia Commonwealth University invites applications and nominations for the position of Chair, Department of Pediatrics & Physician-in-Chief, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

The Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate, state-of-the-art pediatric health care, research and education at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (ChoR). As Virginia’s only Level 1 pediatric trauma center), CHoR is among the nation’s top children’s hospitals with four children’s specialties nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

As part of the VCU Medical Center, CHoR is committed to ensuring access to care for all children, training future pediatric caregivers and making new discoveries that improve understanding and treatment of childhood diseases. Organized through the Children’s Health Research Institute with tremendous support from the Children’s Hospital Foundation, CHoR boasts a remarkable research enterprise. In FY2020, pediatric-related research at across the CHoR enterprise totaled $58M in extramural grants and contracts, and over 150 pediatric clinical trials were conducted. In 2010, VCU became the first academic health center in Virginia to receive a CTSA award to establish the Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research.

The VCU Department of Pediatrics benefits from robust, state of the art facilities. The CHoR Pavilion, which opened in March 2016, is the main outpatient facility for children’s’ care at VCU, bringing together all pediatric outpatient services, radiology, same day surgery, laboratory services, dialysis infusions and more under one roof.  In 2019, CHoR broke ground on a new 72 bed children’s hospital. This $400 million facility will replace existing inpatient unit beds and consolidate inpatient and emergency care to one location, adjacent to the outpatient Children’s Pavilion.

This is an exciting time to join pediatrics at VCU and VCU Health System.  VCU offers much beyond the new facilitates including expanding research, premier education, engaged faculty and community support.  The new Chair will join a skilled and innovative group of clinical chair colleagues and will be able to step into the expanding footprint and lead and help envision the future of pediatrics.


The successful candidate will have:

  • Board certification in Pediatrics is required, as is academic accomplishments that merit tenured appointment at the rank of Professor.
  • A respected leader and academician with excellent clinical, teaching and research skills.
  • Proven success supporting an active and growing research program and ability to evaluate scientific quality and attract and retain quality research. A strong history of federal extramural funding is highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated leadership as a Chair, Division Chief or similar position and the ability to articulate a vision and collaborate across the institution and health system. Importantly, possesses a commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion.
  • Track record of achieving growth, loyalty, and clinical service and program development goals.
  • Proven commitment to education and research, with the ability to recruit top faculty leaders is required.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment and a commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
  • Skilled in serving in an external facing position, representing the institution and engaging with the community with respect to community outreach, coordination of Pediatric services, and advancing access and coordination to highest levels of quality and service for all patients.