Chair, Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

McGovern Medical School at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas (UTHealth)
Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Ruiz Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science (OVS) at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) seeks a dynamic leader who is dedicated to advancing the clinical, research, and educational missions of the department. Located in the world’s largest medical center, the department’s principal goal is to continue to build upon its international reputation for leadership in research, education and care for complex problems of the ophthalmologic system.

The department – currently 26 faculty members strong provides a full complement of inpatient and outpatient clinical services. OVS primary teaching facilities include the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic, Memorial Hermann Hospital, and Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Hospital. The department’s residency program is ACGME-accredited and trains 12 residents each year (4 residents in each year of the 3-year program). Approximately 50% of the graduating residents continue to pursue subspecialty fellowships. The Department has offered clinical fellowships in cornea, glaucoma, retina, and actively participates in a joint ASOPRS oculoplastics fellowship with UTMD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition, the department is also committed to vision research, including projects ranging from clinical research to fundamental research on the visual system.  The basic science component of the department consists of (7) tenure-track faculty members supported by NEI research grants, including an NEI Vision Core Grant (Year 23) that supports several research facilities.

Candidates for the Chair position should have an MD degree and be boarded in Ophthalmology, have served in an academic leadership role in a school of medicine and be qualified for appointment as a senior level faculty member. Potential candidates must have experience in managing a clinical Ophthalmology practice and have a successful track record of accomplishments leading research, training programs and interdisciplinary teams.

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s health university and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School, Jane and Robert Cizik School of Nursing, and schools of public health, biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, and dentistry.

UTHealth is committed to providing health professional education and training for students and is dedicated to providing excellence in research and patient care.  UTHealth’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

How to Apply

To express personal interest and obtain additional information or offer a nomination, please contact search committee chair Kevin Lally, MD, MS, Chair of Pediatric Surgery; through the office of Gwendolyn Smith-Jenkins by email at or by phone at (O) 713-500-3166; (C) 202-441-6830.


Mrs. Gwendolyn Smith-Jenkins

6431 Fannin St.
Houston, TX 77030
United States


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Posting #

2020-09-05 (AdID:484)