Chair/Chief of the Department of Surgery

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care London, invite applications/nominations for the position of Chair/Chief of the Department of Surgery.

The Department of Surgery is a vibrant department with strengths in multiple clinical domains and excellence in research, education, simulation and robotics. The Department is composed of 82 clinical academics, 9 research scientists and approximately 68 adjunct professor/surgeons in communities across Southwestern Ontario. The Department of Surgery has eight Divisions: Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Urology. In addition there are four sub-units tied to one or more Divisions: The Hand and Upper Limb Centre, the Multi-Organ Transplant Program, the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic; and the Trauma Program. The educational programs include teaching for undergraduate medical students in surgical education curriculum and research activity, the postgraduate Royal College Accredited Core Surgery program and innovative graduate programs, including a Masters of Science in Surgery. The department is closely affiliated with CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics), Canada's leading national interdisciplinary centre for the development, introduction, evaluation and teaching of new minimally invasive surgical technologies.

The new Chair/Chief must have demonstrated competency in scholarship and the vision to expand the strengths of integrated teaching and research programs of the department. He/she will have demonstrated leadership and be an excellent communicator able to advocate for the departmental mission and goals to its partners and to the community. He/she will work collaboratively with basic and clinical scientists and clinicians. The successful candidate must be an accomplished clinician, with a strong record of teaching, research and clinical service, with an MD or equivalent and eligible for licensure in Ontario. Academic rank and contractual arrangements will be commensurate with experience and qualification.

London is home to Western University, with a full time enrollment of about 32,000 students in a range of academic and professional programs, the London Health Sciences Center and St Joseph's Health Care, which serve a population base of more than 2 million Ontario residents from approximately 35 hospitals within the region. London has affordable housing and is close to the Great Lakes and is within easy reach of Toronto, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan. Details about the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry can be found at; Western University at; London Health Sciences Centre at; and St. Joseph's Health Care at

Interested candidates should submit a CV outlining their research, teaching, and administrative experience and interests, and a leadership portfolio including future directions, together with the names and addresses of three referees to:

Dr. Michael Strong, Dean &

Dr. Robin Walker, Integrated Vice President, Medical Education & Medical Affairs

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Clinical Skills Building, Room 3701
Western University
London, Ontario N6A 5C1

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applicants will begin after December 1, 2013.

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communications skills in English. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Western University, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care London are committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities