Chair, Department of Ophthalmology

University of Alabama at Birmingham | Birmingham, Alabama 35233

Salary Range: Call for details
Date Posted: December 14, 2022
Opportunity Code: 31542


Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences



The University of Alabama at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine (UAB Heersink SOM) has engaged AMN Healthcare to conduct a national search for an energetic and innovative executive leader to serve as the next Chair, Department of Ophthalmology of Visual Sciences. 


Reporting directly to Senior Vice President for Medicine and Dean of the School of Medicine as well as working collaboratively with the Callahan Eye Board. The Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences also serves on other major committees and university bodies. As a university leader, the Chair has a dual role of being an institutional citizen and advocating for the needs of the Callahan Eye Hospital.


The Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences must be a compelling leader and a recognized educator and/or investigator whose passion for the educational, clinical, and research missions energizes the faculty, staff, and learners in a culturally competent and culturally sensitive manner. The Senior Vice President and Dean should focus the school’s efforts on a strategic vision of excellence in all missions. Recruitment, retention, and mentoring are critically important components of the position. The Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences will be an enthusiastic supporter of faculty, staff and students of diverse backgrounds who will recruit and retain faculty, staff, and students from racial, ethnic, and culturally diverse backgrounds. 


Above all, the new Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences will help UAB adapt and thrive in the evolving health care industry and will inspire the organization to deliver on its vision of being one of the nation's premier institutions for research, training, and patient care by promoting excellence in each of its primary missions—education, clinical care, and basic, translational, and clinical research.


Key Selection Criteria:

  • M.D. or M.D./ Ph.D. 
  • Licensed and Board Certified in Ophthalmology. 
  • Academic rank of Associate or Full Professor. 
  • Accomplished leader in the field of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, academic scholar, educator, and administrator. 
  • Strong record of accomplishment of academic leadership in a comprehensive public urban research university with an academic medical center. 
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively with leaders of various backgrounds and interests. 
  • Competency navigating interactions with educational, research and service missions of a complex academic medical center department. 
  • Proven capabilities in financial stewardship, budget management and resource allocation. 
  • Solid vision for building a top-ranked Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. 



The University of Alabama at Birmingham serves students, patients, the community and the global need for discovery, knowledge dissemination, education, creativity, and the application of groundbreaking solutions. UAB is a leader among comprehensive public urban research universities with academic medical centers. UAB expects all employees to adhere to the shared values of Integrity, Respect, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Collaboration, Excellence and Achievement, Stewardship, and Accountability. 


UAB was ranked among the top 10 percent of universities worldwide in the US News and World Report 2022 “Best Global Universities” and 8 of UAB’s specialties ranked among the nation’s top 50 programs of their kind in the 2021-2022 Best Hospitals report from U.S. News & World Report. Callahan Eye Hospital is the only dedicated facility in Alabama specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of the eye, and one of the few facilities in the world entirely dedicated to advancements in Ophthalmology. UAB ranks 17th among public universities in federal research funding, based on 2021 figures.


Interested candidates, please submit a letter of interest, diversity statement and curriculum vitae to Erika Warren.





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