Job Announcement: Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

October 16, 2015

Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM). An internationally recognized leader in research, medical education, patient care and community service, DGSOM consists of seven basic science departments and 16 clinical departments. DGSOM, which has an operating budget of approximately $1.5 billion, has 2,749 full-time faculty, 1,018 residents, 771 medical students and 400 Ph.D. candidates.

DGSOM is part of the UCLA medical enterprise, which includes four affiliated world-renowned hospitals including the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica; Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA; and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA; five affiliated institutions including Cedars-Sinai, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and Kaiser Permanente; five organized research units; the UCLA Faculty Practice Group, which includes more than 150 outpatient practices; and five large centers and institutes – including the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute – which address topics such as cancer, stem cell and regenerative medicine, AIDS and neurosciences. Opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations abound, given the school’s close proximity and access to UCLA’s other professional schools and programs in the health sciences, life sciences, law, management and public affairs; dedicated biomedical, bioengineering and other bioscience teaching and research facilities; and interdisciplinary units.

As the chief executive and academic officer for DGSOM, the dean provides strategic vision for and operational leadership of the school, conceiving and managing policy, programs and resource allocation to achieve its mission. He/she sets the standard of intellectual engagement and accomplishment for DGSOM, creating an environment and community that supports the school’s faculty, research agenda, students, residents and patient care in its clinical facilities. He/she ensures that the school continues to provide academic and scholarly programs of the highest quality and effectiveness, enhancing excellence through diversity in educational programs and faculty and student recruitment, fostering interdisciplinary approaches, and expanding funded programs of national distinction. The dean has responsibility for the fiscal integrity of the medical school, providing leadership for fundraising and capital development programs. In addition, he/she is the public voice for the school, communicating its goals, mission and initiatives within and beyond UCLA, and articulating its contributions in local, state, regional, national and international arenas of medicine, health care and health policy.

Reporting to the executive vice chancellor/provost for budget and academic issues, and the vice chancellor for health sciences for clinical issues, the dean advises the chancellor, executive vice chancellor and vice chancellor for health sciences on all matters relating to academic medicine and health care, serving on the executive vice chancellor’s deans council and the council of professional school deans. As a member of UCLA’s health sciences council, he/she collaborates with the deans of dentistry, nursing and public health and with the vice chancellor for health sciences in the creation of increased opportunities for education and research across the health professions, as well as with the dean of life sciences and representatives from affiliated institutions. He/she also oversees the school’s outreach to the community and serves as a board member of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

We seek a visionary leader to build upon DGSOM’s tradition of excellence, enhance its diversity, and further advance scholarship, education and civic engagement. The ideal candidate will be a nationally recognized scholar with substantial administrative experience and the capacity to exercise policy leadership at local, state, national and international levels. Minimum requirements include: a record of distinguished teaching, research and public service; significant administrative leadership, preferably in a research university; proven success in external and alumni relations and development; an established record of advancing diversity; and credentials that merit appointment at the rank of full professor.

Situated on 419 acres, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, UCLA is enriched by the cultural diversity of the dynamic greater Los Angeles area, as well as the geographic advantages of Southern California. One of the world’s preeminent public research universities, UCLA is an international leader in breadth and quality of academic, research, health care, wellness, cultural, continuing education and athletic programs, with more than 4,000 faculty members who teach approximately 40,000 students in the College of Letters and Science and 11 professional schools. UCLA is consistently ranked among the top institutions nationally for research funding, having generated an average of $1 billion in research grants and contracts annually over the past five years.

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. To be ensured full consideration, email a curriculum vitae and supporting materials to UCLA’s Russell Reynolds Associates consultant Ilene H. Nagel at by December 18, 2015.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity, and seeks candidates committed to a campus climate that supports equity and inclusion.