Feb 13, 2018
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The University of Michigan Medical School seeks a nationally recognized, highly innovative and visionary leader to further advance the clinical, research, education, and philanthropic missions of the Department of Urology. This leader will build on the significant departmental and institutional strengths, commitment to service excellence, research innovation, and superb patient and family-centered care.

The University of Michigan’s Department of Urology, originally created as a Section of Surgery in 1930, became an independent Department in 2001 and is currently composed of more than 60 urologists, scientists and other physicians, making it one of the largest academic urology teams in the nation. The Department of Urology offers specialized care through significant interdisciplinary collaboration and expansive clinical presence, both locally at Michigan Medicine and in clinics across the state, in bladder function and incontinence, prosthetic devices, male impotence and infertility, prostate hyperplasia, urinary stones, and cancers of the prostate, bladder, kidneys and testes. The department has special expertise in microsurgery and houses the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, which specializes in laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures. The mission of maintaining high patient service excellence is supported and driven by the Department’s research to uncover innovative practices and treatments for many urologic conditions. The Department of Urology is committed to providing the highest caliber education, preparing residents for their futures and offers fellowships in specialties such as pediatric urology, endourology, and urologic oncology.


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

o Effectively articulate the mission, vision and values of the Department of Urology to all members and stakeholders. Lead the department constituents in executing and delivering on the mission, vision, and strategic plan.

o Be a role model for integrity, scholarship, professional competence, and collegiality and collaboration across the organization.

o 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 Urology.

o Be an effective institutional leader, helping in the development of network strategies and outreach opportunities.

o Promote a culture of diversity, in its many forms.

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

o 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.

o Support and assess departmental faculty and trainees in care delivery and professional standards through appointment/reappointment decisions and granting/renewing clinical privileges.

o Ensure that the department is on the cutting-edge of techniques and technologies integral to the delivery of highly innovative, safe and quality care.

o Understand and support the broad clinical disciplines within the department while also assisting in the development of emerging opportunities and new care delivery trends.

o Ensure all patients get 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.

o Maintain excellence in the department’s educational programs, including those involving medical students, residents, fellows, graduate students, post-doctoral students, and continuing professional development.

o Oversee training program directors in the Department of Urology.

o Work collaboratively with other departments and centers to create and grow shared training programs or assigned training experiences

o Implement curricular changes and requirements in order to provide a supportive and constructive environment for learners.

Advance and strengthen individual and departmental research programs.

o 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.

o Identify and support critical research areas that will enhance the department’s knowledge base and improve the quality of care.

o Lead the department and individual faculty members in identifying and obtaining external and intramural funding.

o Strengthen the integration and collaboration between the clinical and non-clinical investigators within the department.

o Cultivate a highly collaborative, inclusive environment that emphasizes the development of research programs that cross organizational boundaries of the university.


 The chair should possess:

o Communication skills – Positive interpersonal skills that demonstrate diplomacy and accessibility. Relational skills to support vision and leadership. He/She should be approachable; collegial, assertive; able to build a team that moves towards common goals; transparent; participative with an open management style.

o Integrity – Personal standard of behavior that will be a model for the organization and will inspire all within the department to work collaboratively toward shared goals.

o Vision – Forward thinking, responsive to needs of the 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 change.

o Intellectual and analytical skills – Ability to drive cogent planning and establishment of robust research management systems.

o Political acumen and collaborative skills –Skills to build consensus among strong, diverse and sometimes competing individuals and programs. Facilitates strong collaboration between the clinical and the research programs of the department.

o Accessibility - Interested in and available to discuss the work environment for faculty in Urology, sensitive to their areas of dissatisfaction, and celebratory of their areas of growth and achievement.

o Diversity mindset – Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity and an appreciation for its important contributions to excellence.

 The chair should be a:

o Motivator/mentor – Inspires all rank of faculty, trainees and staff. Capable of motivating people to be team players, to be collegial and supportive, and willing to share information. Demonstrated commitment to developing faculty, trainees and staff for departmental and institutional leadership roles.

o Change agent – Willing to take risks and has the creativity to innovatively reengineer existing practices and to construct new ways of doing things.

o Decisive leader – Combines a sense of equanimity with humor to sustain intense, productive and collaborative leadership effort.

o Team player – Collaborates on multiple levels for research, clinical and administrative staff.

o Results-oriented achiever – Utilizes appropriate problem solving tools and techniques that aligns with the culture in the process of obtaining results.


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.

o Recruit, mentor, develop and retain outstanding faculty who share the vision for the future of the department.

o Listen to, communicate with, and empower all faculty and staff. Seek appropriate honors, awards, and national leadership positions for faculty and staff. Maintain an environment that cultivates high employee satisfaction and supports career advancement for all faculty and staff.

o Develop a succession plan to identify, develop and mentor individuals to successfully assume leadership positions within the department and nationally.

o Be an institutional leader who can help develop a robust mentoring strategy.

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

o 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.

o 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.

o 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.

o Participate in and help develop new approaches to maintain diversity as a critical component of education, research, and service.

o Lead the department to recruit, retain, and mentor the best learners, faculty, and staff by creating a community that seeks, welcomes, and expects diversity.

o 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 health equity.

o 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.

o 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.

o Implement and participate in the missions of the Medical School, specifically programs and initiatives of the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs (EVPMA)/Dean and his delegates.

o 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.

o Enthusiastically participate in cultural and organizational needs and activities of the University, Health System and Medical School.

Fulfill other responsibilities of leadership

o 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.

o Implement the missions of the school, specifically programs and initiatives of the EVPMA/Dean and his delegates. 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 EVPMA/Dean and his delegates.


The successful candidate will have an MD, be board-certified in Urology, and have an outstanding record of scholarly accomplishment, sufficient to justify a faculty appointment and should have a track record of external Position Description Chair, Department of Urology

funding on a national level. This individual must be highly collaborative and motivated and have significant experience building and unifying interdisciplinary teams. He/She 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.


The Chair of the Department of Urology reports to the EVPMA/Dean, with delegation to the Executive Vice Dean of Academic Affairs of the Medical School. NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS

The Department of Urology chair search advisory committee is being co-chaired by Drs. John M. Carethers and George A. Mashour. Nominations should be sent to Ali Von Au Douglas ( by Monday, February 19, 2018.

Tentative Interview Dates

April 24

May 8

May 31

June 13

June 14

Candidates interested in the position should submit a CV and a 1-2 page letter of interest to Ali Von Au Douglas ( by Friday, March 30, 2018.


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The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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