Chair, Department of Ophthalmology

University of Virginia
Department of Ophthalmology

UVA Health is pleased to announce a national search for dynamic physician-scientist and leader with national stature to lead its Department of Ophthalmology. This is a remarkable opportunity to lead an exceptional department within a world-class academic medical center.

The new Chair will be a dynamic, nationally recognized physician-scientist leader in ophthalmology, visionary and strategic, but committed to best-in-class operational management. The Chair must be culturally intelligent, able to adapt to the institutional culture of UVA while able to articulate and implement culture change when necessary. They must have a track record of academic achievement and a commitment to discovery and innovation as well as the training of the next generation. They will be seen as a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of the institution.

The new Chair will be responsible for leading efforts to progress to new levels of performance in every major aspect of the enterprise and mission: research, education, patient care, and technology transfer. Working collaboratively with the School of Medicine and hospital leadership, the Chair will be responsible for the operational excellence of two fully equipped facilities and their expansion.

UVA Health is an academic health system that strives to provide excellence, innovation, and exceptional quality to the care of patients, the training of health professionals, and the creation and sharing of knowledge within a culture that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusivity. The UVA Department of Ophthalmology exists to enhance the health and well-being of Virginians through collaborative medical care, education of medical professionals, breakthrough research that improves lives, and community service. The department’s diverse research portfolio includes basic science research and clinical research. It bridges the gap between the laboratory and the bedside with cutting-edge research that improves the lives of patients.   Currently ranked #35 in NIH research by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, the Department seeks to grow this ranking in the coming years, and this will be a priority for the new Chair.

In this highly visible role, the new Chair will report to Dr. Melina Kibbe, Dean of the School of Medicine and Chief Health Affairs Officer. A national search for a successor has now commenced and Korn Ferry is pleased to partner with University of Virginia School of Medicine to identify the next Chair. 


To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations and applications should be submitted electronically in confidence, to

How to Apply

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Chanel Smith

1300 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22908
United States

Posting #

2023-07-07 (AdID:981)