Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

  • Location: McAllen, TX

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is seeking a Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine.The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine uses innovative, competency-based medical education to train the next generation of physicians who are committed to improving the lives and well-being of their communities through innovative research and compassionate, patient-centered care, as well as biomedical scientists who will lead the charge in advancing research on diseases such as diabetes and infectious diseases that affect the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.

The UTRGV School of Medicine is the realization of the decades-long effort of community leaders and other supporters to establish a medical school in the Valley to provide health care to a region that historically has been burdened by health disparities. In 1997, the Texas Legislature approved Senate Bill 606, which allowed The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) — now known as UT Health San Antonio — to open a Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) to train physicians who would practice medicine in the Valley. UTHSCSA opened its Medical Education Division in 2002 in Harlingen and its Medical Research Division in 2006 in Edinburg. In 2009, the Texas Legislature approved The University of Texas System Board of Regents to create a medical school for the Valley.

Three years later, The UT System Board of Regents approved the creation of a new university and medical school in the Rio Grande Valley, using resources from two universities within the UT System — The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College and The University of Texas-Pan American — and the RAHC.

In June 2013, The Texas Legislature approved the creation of UTRGV and its School of Medicine. Two years later, The UTRGV School of Medicine welcomed its first 42 medical residents in six hospital-based training programs. The UTRGV School of Medicine received preliminary accreditation from the LCME in October 2015, which allowed the School of Medicine to recruit for its first class.

The UTRGV School of Medicine welcomed its charter class of 55 medical students in the summer of 2016. The UTRGV School of Medicine now has more than 100 medical students and more than 130 medical residents serving in nine hospital-based training programs throughout the Valley, with more training programs on the horizon. The UTRGV School of Medicine is comprised of 114 faculty in the following departments: Family and Preventative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry and Neurology, Surgery, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Biomedical Sciences, Population Health and Biostatistics, Human Genetics, Neurosciences, Immunology and Microbiology, and the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute.

Position Overview

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine is seeking an exceptional leader to serve as the Chair for the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs/ Dean of the School of Medicine, the Chair will be responsible for building and maintaining a robust clinical practice, research programs, high quality graduate medical education programs, medical student education, and a collegial interactive culture. This leader will be expected to divide their time between administrative leadership while maintaining a clinical practice. This is a wonderful opportunity for a visionary leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and drive to build a thriving primary care enterprise with a mission to address the significant healthcare needs of the Rio Grande Valley.

The UTRGV School of Medicine, established in 2015 and located in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, has a focus toward community health. The school’s program prioritizes social responsibility, respect, dignity, sensitivity, sensibility, advocacy and community service – with a mission to improve health, and life, at the individual and community levels.


  • MD or MD/PhD with board certification in Family Medicine.
  • Qualified for appointment at the rank of associate professor or full professor at an LCME accredited medical school
  • Eligible for medical licensure in the state Texas.
  • An outstanding record of scientific achievement, grant support, scholarly accomplishments and mentoring commensurate with meeting the requirements for a faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or full Professor.
  • Dynamic leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, and keen vision are required.
  • A widely recognized national reputation in their field.
  • Ability to foster a culture of collaboration, innovation, and accountability across the Rio Grande Valley.
  • Significant leadership experience and demonstrated success as a manager at the Chair, Associate Director, Director or program leader level gained within an academic medical center, including successful experience in the recruitment, retention, and management of researchers and clinicians.
  • Strong organizational, management, financial, and budgetary skills with the ability to bring scientific leadership and organization innovation to the management of people and processes.
  • A demonstrated ability to think strategically with a vision of how to develop clinical services, research, and education for the future while keeping an eye on the details of the implementation; has the ability to articulate a vision that will promote and integrate research, care, and education across UTRGV and the community.
  • A proven background in recruitment, mentoring, and development of outstanding academic and administrative leadership. A dedicated leader and mentor to scientists, clinicians, and staff.
  • A distinguished national presence in one’s discipline as evidenced by such activity as peer-reviewed publications, major journal editorial responsibility, a senior officer position in one’s major national organization, or equivalent experience.