Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (Jacobs School) at the University at Buffalo (UB) and Kaleida Health invite applications and nominations for the position of Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

This position also includes the title and duties of Chief of Service, Obstetrics and Gynecology, for the non-for-profit Kaleida Health network and Erie County Medical Center and of President of the UB|MD Obstetrics and Gynecology Practice Plan. This position has key leadership responsibilities in advancing the clinical, research, and teaching missions of the Department, as well as in improving the health and lives of women throughout Western New York and beyond. 

Position Profile

The position consists of three critical leadership appointments: Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Jacobs School; Chief of Service for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kaleida Health and ECMC; and President of the UBMD Obstetrics and Gynecology practice plan.

The Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is a leader within UB’s Jacobs School. The Chair will play a central role in contributing to the implementation of the Jacobs School’s five strategic plans in medical education, clinical care, diversity, interprofessional education, and research. For its next Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the University seeks an active clinician with proven skills and the values needed to lead a highly successful clinical, educational, and research enterprise. The Chair is expected to balance the commitment among these missions within the Department. Accordingly, the Chair will recruit and retain faculty, provide mentoring, create new clinical and research programs, and collaborate with other academic units and schools. The Chair is responsible for strategic planning, operations, and the financial performance of the Department.  

The Chair is expected to collaborate with the leaders of the University at Buffalo and its affiliated health care partners and to be visible and active as a leader in the Western New York community by actively addressing the needs of women’s, maternal, and population health. The Chair will build relationships with community-based physicians. As President of UMBD Obstetrics and Gynecology, this leader is also responsible for supporting an integrated clinical practice plan and ensuring departmental compliance with UBMD procedures and policies.

The Chief of Service for Obstetrics and Gynecology at Kaleida Health is responsible for the quality of care in these services. The Chief of Service works with Kaleida Health leadership and liaises with the medical staff and community obstetricians and gynecologists. The Chief also provides consultative obstetrics and gynecology services to support ECMC’s trauma service. The Chief of Service is involved in strategic planning for the obstetrics and gynecology service line and develops policies defining the privileges and credentialing for the medical staff.

The University is seeking a transformative and inspiring leader to integrate obstetrics and gynecology services across the enterprise and who can repair and build relationships with the community; someone who can engage and inspire faculty and staff in revitalizing the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology through a shared vision. The Chair’s leadership is critical in ensuring that Oishei Children’s Hospital is redesignated as a Regional Perinatal Center in 2020.

Key Responsibilities Include

  • Develop and implement the strategic plan and a shared vision for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Establish and maintain the appropriate balance of clinical service, research, teaching, and community engagement in the academic department.
  • Oversee the volume, clinical quality, and operations of the Department, manage the budget, and achieve financial objectives.
  • Work with the leaders of the University at Buffalo and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, as well as those of the affiliated health care partners, such as Kaleida Health, in a complex and matrixed environment.
  • Lead clinical service planning, service and program development, and capacity planning while maintaining a culture of clinical excellence and achieving outstanding clinical outcomes.
  • Grow the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) by at least 3 to 4 faculty and initiate a MFM fellowship program.
  • Promote scientific excellence and a culture of discovery and innovation by facilitating research, encouraging applications for grant support, and supporting publication in high-impact, peer-review journals.
  • Support the improvement of the Department’s residency and fellowship programs and identify opportunities to improve the integration of graduate and undergraduate medical education programs within Kaleida Health.
  • Secure redesignation by the State of New York as a Regional Perinatal Center by maintaining the required standards of care, medical technology, and other performance measures.
  • Serve as Chief of Service, Obstetrics and Gynecology for Kaleida Health and maintain the quality, efficiency, and access to care at all relevant sites.
  • Work with Kaleida Health and ECMC’s Executive Chief Medical Officer (CMO), site CMO’s, site Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Directors, and community obstetrical and gynecologic leaders to create a Women’s Health strategic plan for Great Lakes Health System by developing an integrated health network with community obstetricians and gynecologists to improve health outcomes, value-based reimbursement, community obstetrics and gynecologiy relationships, and efficiencies of scale.
  • Serve as President of the UBMD Obstetrics and Gynecology Practice Plan, with ultimate fiduciary responsibility for the clinical and financial performance of this practice plan during the transition to value-based payment and ensure Departmental compliance with UBMD procedures and policies.
  • Unite and inspire faculty members through promotion, recruitment, retention, diversity, inclusion, mentorship, and recognition.

Search Committee

Steven Lipshultz, MD
Co-Chair, Search Committee

A. Conger Goodyear Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Pediatric Chief-of-Service, Kaleida Health

Allegra Jaros, MBA
Co-Chair, Search Committee
President
John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

Michael Beckwith, MD
Chief of Service, Obstetrics and Gynecology
John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital

George Danakas, MD
General Physician, P.C.
Women's Health - East Aurora

Leonard H. Epstein, PhD
SUNY Distinguished Professor Department of Pediatrics
Division Chief, Behavioral Medicine
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Victor Filadora, MD, MBA
President
Great Lakes Cancer Care

David P. Hughes, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Kaleida Health

Lisa Jane Jacobsen, MD, MPH, MSHPEd
Associate Dean of Curriculum
Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Faye Justicia-Linde, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Ann Marie Reynolds, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor; Department of Pediatrics
Interim Division Chief, Neonatology
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Stephen Turkovich, MD
Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Search Consultants

The search committee is working with the assistance of Charles M Falcone, MD and Sarah Schumacher of the executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates.

Application and Nomination Procedures

To receive full consideration, interested individuals should submit a Curriculum Vitae and letter of interest electronically to Russell Reynolds Associates by no later than Monday, September 30, 2019. The letter of interest is a two-page cover letter detailing your experience and key achievements related to this position and your thoughts on how you see yourself contributing to the programs and responsibilities described in this position specification. Letters should be addressed to the Search Committee and submitted electronically. Materials will be reviewed immediately and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. The University commits to the full confidentiality of all interested individuals.

All inquiries should be sent to UB.OBGYN@russellreynolds.com.

The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal, including veterans and individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.