Division Chief, Head & Neck Surgery Job at Temple University, Office of Physician & Faculty Recruitment, Philadelphia, PA

  • Temple University, Office of Physician & Faculty Recruitment
  • Philadelphia, PA

Job Description

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM), Fox Chase Cancer Center and Temple University Health System seeks a transformative leader for the roles of Head & Neck Surgery Division Chief, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery across the entire Temple University Health System (Temple Main, Fox Chase Cancer Center and Temple Jeanes).


Preference will be given to innovative, strategic thinkers who are nationally recognized for their head-and-neck expertise and who demonstrate leadership, research & program development, collaboration, and administrative abilities. The Chief will lead, manage, and further develop the Head & Neck program throughout Temple Health to ensure it achieves the highest standards of excellence in the tripartite mission of patient care, education, and research. This position offers an outstanding opportunity for building a basic, translational, and/or clinical investigation program based on the candidate's interests. Ideal candidates demonstrate a strong academic background and research experience with active funding. Candidates will be expected to pursue and develop an externally funded academic program and interact collaboratively with basic, translational, and clinical investigators across the Temple University Health System. 


The incoming Chief will join the academic practice in the Department of Otolaryngology-HNS at Temple University Hospital (TUH) and our NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center at Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC). Reporting to the Otolaryngology-HNS Chair of LKSOM and TUHS, the Chief will be responsible for providing strategic direction and effective leadership to the Division while creating an environment that enhances excellence in clinical service, research, education, and academic development to include: driving the integration of Division services across the health system; pursuing opportunities for practice growth through enhancement of existing programs and development of new services; advancing head & neck research, directing clinical trials, monitoring and consistently working to improve clinical quality; developing productive critical hospital and strategic relationships to identify business development opportunities and facilitating effective market strategies; overseeing all Division activities, including recruitment, mentoring and evaluation; and supporting and promulgating teamwork and diversity among faculty, staff, students and patients.


The ideal candidate will have the expertise to promote the department's culture of collegiality and teamwork while leading, managing, and developing the Division to ensure it achieves the highest possible standards of excellence in all its activities across the system. Clinical responsibilities will be shared between TUH and FCCC as Temple Health continues to integrate its cancer program across the health system. Qualified candidates must be able to lead and work cooperatively across a diverse health system. Successful candidates should have clinical and research expertise in head & neck cancer. It is strongly preferred that the new Chief demonstrate proven leadership in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as a commitment to advancing these principles within the Division and the school.


Candidates must possess an M.D. or M.D/ Ph.D. with active board certification in Otolaryngology-HNS; clinician-scientists are highly preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who qualify for a faculty appointment at the Associate Professor/ Professor level. Candidates must be active participants in national organizations and committees, including the American Head & Neck Society, and be eligible for medical licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Key Relationships


Cecelia E. Schmalbach, MD, MSc, FACS

David Myers, MD Professor & Chair Otolaryngology-HNS, Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Director, Temple Head & Neck Institute, Temple University Health System

Division Chief, Head & Neck Surgery, Fox Chase Cancer Center


Michael Young, MHA, FACHE

Present and CEO, Temple University Health System

Present and CEO, Temple University Health


Claire Raab, MD

President & CEO, Temple Faculty Physicians, TUHS


Amy J Goldberg, MD, FACS

Dean, Lewis Katz School of Medicine


Robert Uzzo, MD, MBA, FACS

President and CEO, Fox Chase Cancer Center


Specific Responsibilities

  • Encourage and support diversity among the Division's constituents, creating an environment of professionalism, respect, tolerance, and acceptance.
  • In conjunction with LKSOM, Faculty Affairs, and education units, create programs for academic and professional development.
  • Provide administrative direction and supervision to the Division's faculty and staff.
  • Plan effectively for the anticipated demand for clinical services arising from expanding patient volumes, ensuring that facilities, technologies, operations, staffing and outreach activities are sufficient.
  • Promote a strong culture of institutional responsibility, including a commitment to excellent, efficient, and effective business operations and the use of space.
  • Manage the resources of the Division prudently and effectively.
  • Create an environment that enhances clinical growth and academic development.
  • Communicate effectively and frequently with the Chair, clinical and administrative leadership, as well as with the faculty and staff to ensure that strategies and activities of the Division are aligned with the mission, vision, and goals of the organization.
  • Recruit, support, and mentor faculty. Participate in faculty career development plans and retention efforts.
  • Ensure that clinical operations are patient-centered, efficient, effective, and safe.
  • Provide a supportive environment for the Division's clinical, educational, and research missions.
  • Encourage collaborative work with scientists in the school, university, and industry.
  • Create an environment that provides infrastructure and oversight of clinical research to ensure that all faculty and support staff have the requisite training to undertake research.
  • Advance research activities and clinical trials are consistent with the growth of clinical programs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Possess leadership experience to develop teams, drive vision, and work collaboratively.
  • Ability to effect change in a complex academic environment through consensus building, collaboration, effective use of data, and the ability to influence and persuade.
  • Ability to understand and uphold the highest degree of ethical standards and maintain the integrity of the organization.
  • Display a style that fosters and supports change and innovation, with an ability to delegate yet maintain overall control and high standards.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the culture, needs, and aspirations of the community.
  • Support and promulgate diversity among faculty, staff, students, and patients.
  • Demonstrated record of program building and development, collaboration, community engagement, clinical care, education, and leadership.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and group presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to develop and execute short- and long-term strategic initiatives.
  • Skilled at recruiting and retention and values the role of leaders in mentoring.

Educational Requirements and Minimum Qualifications

  • An M.D. or M.D. /Ph.D. with active board certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology-HNS.
  • Academic credentials for a faculty appointment at Associate Professor or Professor preferred.
  • Demonstrated record of research, program development, collaboration, community engagement, clinical care, education, and administration.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and group presentation skills.
  • Candidates should actively participate in national organizations and committees such as the American Head & Neck Society.
  • In possession of/eligible for an unrestricted medical license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Faculty Appointment, Benefits/Compensation

The annual compensation shall be determined based on the experience and qualifications of the individual selected for the position. In addition to a competitive salary, there is a comprehensive suite of benefits – including a generous 403b retirement match, health, dental, vision, life, malpractice, tuition remission, and CME, among others.


Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM), Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

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Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC) Department of Head & Neck Surgery

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The Organization

Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, and Temple Health

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is dedicated to excellence in education, research, and patient care, achieved by faculty, staff, and learners who represent and serve its diverse society.


In 2015, the Temple University School of Medicine was renamed the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in honor of Temple alumnus, former trustee, and philanthropist Lewis Katz. The school enjoys a national reputation for training humanistic clinicians and biomedical scientists-a school that values not just technical excellence but cultural competence through diversity, equity, and inclusion. LKSOM enrolls 220 medical students, 22 graduate students in the biomedical sciences, 35 physician assistant students, and 40 post-baccalaureate students per year.


Katz School of Medicine has 27 basic science and clinical departments, consisting of over 900 full- and part-time faculty, 900 volunteer faculty, and more than 500 additional staff.


With more than 13,000 alumni, LKSOM has trained a significant proportion of the physician base in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware region. Reflecting the excellent quality of a Temple medical education, the MD graduates are highly regarded by competitive residency training programs. They have made significant career contributions to both medical practice and medical research. Many have become department chairpersons, deans, and vice presidents of major academic medical centers.


At Katz, students learn the true art and science of “doctoring.” In addition, the school’s world-class faculty set the pace in key areas of investigation, pushing the boundaries of science to advance patient care.


The Katz School of Medicine home base is a modern, 11-story medical education and research building with state-of-the-art facilities and technologies. The building opened in 2009 and boasts open-air research labs, smart classrooms, and a state-of-the-art anatomy lab. More than half of the space in the building is dedicated to research. With specialized research centers and strengths focused on population health, neuroscience, cancer, metabolic disease, lung disease, and inflammation, infectious diseases including HIV, cardiovascular disease, substance addiction, and translational science, Katz conducts investigations to break new ground and trains future generations of researchers to follow suit.


Katz confers the following degrees: MD; PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) and MS (Master of Science) in Biomedical Sciences; Physician Assistant MMS (Master of Medical Science); MA (Master of Arts) in Urban Bioethics, the only program in the country; and the dual degrees MD/PhD, MD/MPH, MD/MA in Urban Bioethics and MD/MBA.


In addition to its Philadelphia campus, Katz has a four-year regional campus in Bethlehem, PA. The St. Luke’s University Health Network-Bethlehem Campus currently provides medical education for 40 medical students each year.


The Katz School of Medicine also provides opportunities for international students through educational affiliation agreements with universities worldwide. Visiting medical students may take up to two rotations within the program and they must be full-time students in their final year of medical school.


Katz has numerous research centers:

  • Alzheimer Center at Temple
  • Cardiovascular Research Center
  • Center for Asian Health
  • Center for Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Center for Inflammation and Lung Research
  • Center for Metabolic Disease Research
  • Center for Microbiology and Immunology
  • Center for Neurovirology and Gene Editing
  • Center for Substance Abuse Research
  • Center for Translational Medicine
  • Center for Urban Bioethics
  • Fels Cancer Institute for Personalized Medicine
  • The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice
  • Lemole Center for Integrated Lymphatics Research
  • Shriners Hospitals Pediatric Research Center
  • Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center


With its affiliates, including Fox Chase Cancer Center, Katz has been awarded over $135 million in research grants over the last year, including more than $55 million in NIH funding for LKSOM. Philanthropic support of scholarships - a top priority, along with support for education, patient care, research, and service to the community - averages more than $30 million annually, typically representing a quarter of Temple University’s overall philanthropic revenue.


Temple University

Founded by Russell H. Conwell in 1884, Temple’s official motto - Perseverantia Vincit, or Perseverance Conquers - reflects its students’ drive to succeed and ability to turn opportunities into accomplishments. Conwell’s purpose was “to give education to those who were unable to get it through the usual channels.” In Temple’s earliest incarnation, working-class citizens were taught late in the evening and referred to as “night owls,” giving rise to the school’s mascot and team name.


In 1965, the University became a member of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education, one of three state-related, comprehensive research universities in Pennsylvania. In addition to its Main Campus in North Philadelphia, Temple has three additional locations in Philadelphia: Temple University Center City, the Health Sciences Center, also in North Philadelphia, and the School of Podiatric Medicine near Philadelphia’s historic district. Regional campuses are located in Ambler and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with international campuses in Japan and Rome.


Temple’s influence extends around the globe, with longstanding campuses in Tokyo and Rome; programs in London, Beijing, and other locations; nearly 190 institutional collaborations in 43 countries; and more than 350,000 alumni worldwide. High graduation rates, accomplished graduate degree programs, new living and learning facilities and groundbreaking work in science education and research fuel Temple’s momentum. In the latest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, Temple is in the “highest research activity” category, or R1, placing it among the top four percent of all four-year institutions in the nation.


Temple had a budget of $3.7 billion in FY2022, including $2.5 billion for the Temple University Health System and $1.2 billion for the University. Approximately 73 percent of the University’s operating budget is derived from tuition and fees, and 13 percent from the Commonwealth appropriation. The remaining budget comes from indirect cost recovery, gifts, auxiliary enterprises and other sources.


Temple offers 630 academic degree and certificate programs, including 2 associate degree programs, 176 bachelor’s programs, 182 master’s programs, 54 doctoral programs, and 13 professional practice degree programs. Temple is also among the nation’s largest providers of professional education, with approximately 3,800 students enrolled in the schools of dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy, and podiatric medicine.


About Temple Health
Temple University Health System ( Temple Health ) is a $2.5 billion academic health system dedicated to providing access to quality patient care and supporting excellence in medical education and research. Temple Health includes Temple University Hospital (TUH)-Main Campus ; TUH-Episcopal Campus; TUH-Jeanes Campus; TUH-Northeastern Campus; Temple University Hospital – Fox Chase Cancer Center Outpatient Department; TUH-Northeastern Endoscopy Center; The Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center, together with The Institute for Cancer Research, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center; Fox Chase Cancer Center Medical Group, Inc., The Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center’s physician practice plan; Temple Health – Chestnut Hill Hospital; Temple Transport Team, a ground and air-ambulance company; Temple Physicians, Inc., a network of community-based specialty and primary-care physician practices; and Temple Faculty Practice Plan, Inc., Temple Health’s academic physician practice plan. Temple Health is affiliated with the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.


Temple Health refers to the health, education, and research activities carried out by the affiliates of Temple Health and by the Katz School of Medicine. Temple Health neither provides nor controls the provision of health care. All health care is provided by its member organizations or independent health care providers affiliated with Temple Health member organizations. Each Temple Health member organization is owned and operated pursuant to its governing documents.

TUHS is a progressive and innovative organization. Within the past year, it has earned national and regional accolades for excellence in healthcare. Among these recognitions are the Philadelphia “Employer of Choice” (the only healthcare provider named), Forbes “Best in State”, Healthcare Equality Index Leader, Nursing Magnet, and Leapfrog “A” Safety Grade. These honors speak to the proud team culture of TUHS.


Notable statistics about Temple Health include:

  • 979 licensed beds
  • 34,283 admissions
  • 5 million patient visits
  • 180,000 emergency room and urgent care visits
  • 22,000 inpatient and outpatient surgeries
  • 300 organ transplants
  • 2,200 births
  • 1,557 physicians
  • 980 residents, fellows and grad students
  • 41 accredited residency training programs
  • 10,000+ faculty members and employees

Temple Faculty Physicians (TFP)

Temple Faculty Physicians is made up of more than 500 dually employed physicians who are the cornerstone of clinical care and teaching for Temple’s healthcare enterprise. These physicians practice in 20 academic departments encompassing every subspecialty in modern medicine.


While remaining committed to serving patients in the North Philadelphia community, Temple Faculty Physicians has expanded its geographic reach beyond Temple University Hospital’s Health Sciences campus in recent years. Today, Temple physicians care for patients in several Temple-affiliated hospitals, in satellite offices in Center City Philadelphia, Fort Washington, PA, Oaks, PA and various other outpatient settings. This expanded reach has brought Temple medical care closer to home for many patients.


A Board of Directors comprised of key physician and executive leaders of the Temple University Health System and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine governs Temple Faculty Physicians.


Fox Chase Cancer Center

Fox Chase Cancer Center was formed and named an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974 when the American Oncologic Hospital (established in 1904) and the Institute for Cancer Research (founded in 1927) united. It is a freestanding cancer center and a Temple University Health System member. Fox Chase has a staff of over 2,000, including hundreds of physicians and scientists, and provides state-of-the-art patient care and research in more than 80 laboratories.


The affiliation with Temple University has added value to the cancer center with the addition of 50 research program members from multiple university departments, the Katz School of Medicine, and the College of Public Health. Reciprocally, many Fox Chase research faculty have adjunct appointments in the Katz Department of Cancer and Cellular Biology and contribute to training Katz students. Once the Department Chair/System Chief position is filled, clinical surgical physicians from Fox Chase Cancer Center will obtain adjunct faculty appointments in the Department of Surgery at Katz.


Fox Chase is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a not-for-profit alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers known for setting the accepted clinical best practice standards in oncology. The Center’s research enterprise also serves as a prime contractor of the National Cancer Institute’s PREVENT Cancer Preclinical Drug Development Program


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Located in the heart of a diverse urban area, the Katz School of Medicine is acutely aware of the impact of the national systemic problems related to the lack of health equity and access to affordable, culturally responsive healthcare. In response, Katz works to address issues that promote health equity through education, care delivery, workforce development, and research. LKSOM recognizes that an environment enriched with persons from varied backgrounds working to address health disparity enhances scholarly work and the development of a culturally aware and responsive healthcare workforce.


The Katz School of Medicine is committed to achieving a climate of inclusion that respects and affirms diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Katz recognizes that excellence in education, training, research, and care delivery is achieved when all students, faculty, staff, community members, and patients experience authentic connection and engagement, feel supported, and are encouraged to participate and contribute to creating health equity.


Procedure for Candidacy

To be considered for this position, you must complete an online application. Your application will not be considered complete until you have submitted all the required documents and information.


Application materials should include the following: a cover letter stating your area of expertise and qualifications, a synopsis of accomplishments and professional goals, summary of research, teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and contact information. A statement describing participation in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions is strongly encouraged.


Please address your application to Cecelia Schmalbach, MD, MSc, FACS, Search Committee Chairperson, David Myers, MD Professor and Chair, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, C/O Michael R. Lester, Assistant Dean, Physician/Faculty Recruitment & Retention, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Email: michael.lester@tuhs.temple.edu .


We are especially interested in qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and under-represented groups. For more information about diversity at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, please visit the  Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion .


Temple University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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