University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tuscon (UACOM-T) seeks an innovative academic psychiatrist to serve as its next Chair, Department of Psychiatry. After more than seven years in the role, Dr. Ole Thienhaus has decided to retire upon the appointment of his successor after a successful tenure. This is a unique opportunity for a new chair to build upon a strong and diverse foundation to substantially impact the behavioral health challenges facing southern Arizona and beyond.
The Department of Psychiatry is known for its focus on community-based mental health and its multidisciplinary approach to the medical/psychiatry interface. The department has 45 full-time faculty, numerous affiliated faculty and offers four fellowships and a fully-accredited resident program. Through Banner-University Medical Center Tucson, Banner-University Medical Center South, and the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System, faculty and trainees provide comprehensive high quality behavioral health care for children and adults in crisis, those needing general or specialized psychiatric services in an ambulatory setting, and adults, including older adults, needing inpatient treatment at the largest inpatient psychiatric facility in Tucson with 66 beds. The research programs in the department are supported by the Department of Defense, the NIH, industry and foundation extramural support and focus on improving treatments for and understanding of mood and anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia, suicide, PTSD and sleep disorders, and behavioral, emotional and social influences on sleep, cancer, obesity, health disparities, and heart disease.
The University of Arizona (UA) is one the nation's premier research institutions. The National Science Foundation ranks the UA 21st in research and development expenditures among U.S. public and private universities. UA Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training and includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), UA College of Nursing, UA College of Pharmacy, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Locations include the main campus in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. In 2015, Banner Health merged with the University of Arizona Health Network to form Banner-University Medicine. At the heart of this merger is academic medicine – research, teaching and patient care – across three academic medical centers in Tucson and Phoenix.
The next chair will have the opportunity to further integrate psychiatric care across Banner Health in Tucson, build upon strong education and research programs, and further behavioral health care for all of southern Arizona. The next chair will evaluate and leverage department strengths to expand the UA/Banner footprint, expand relationships and partnerships with community providers, recruit and retain talented faculty and prepare the department for the changing healthcare landscape.
The successful candidate will be an outstanding clinical and academic leader with a record of accomplishment. The next chair will set a clear vision, inspire faculty, mentor trainees and drive results. They will have a passion for growing complex clinical care, building relationships with the community, and possess a desire to serve challenged populations. The chair will engage faculty, mentor the careers of others, hold them accountable to agreed-upon objectives and create a collaborative environment conducive to camaraderie, excellent clinical care, research, education and service. Qualified candidates must hold an MD or equivalent medical degree; be board certified in psychiatry, eligible for medical licensure in Arizona, and meet UA criteria for appointment to a tenured senior level faculty position.
Confidential nominations and expressions of interest through a CV and letter of interest can be directed to the University of Arizona's search consultant, Jeff Schroetlin, with WittKieffer via email at UAPsychiatry@wittkieffer.com.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.