Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, School of Medicine

Position summary and description

The evolving and critical roles of academic health centers and public research universities present an unprecedented set of opportunities for transformational impact in the communities that they serve.

This is particularly true in a city like Detroit, in which the urban environment is undergoing a significant economic and societal transformation. Wayne State University and Detroit have experienced substantial positive changes over the last five years that have had broad impact on the institutions and the involved communities. The pace of renewal continues to accelerate.

A key next step for the university and the city involves the further integrated development of an academic health center enterprise to enhance partnerships among the university's health affairs schools and colleges and existing and potential health care provider partners. The Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine will lead this transformation in collaboration with key institutional leaders and strategic partners.

Central to this leadership will be collaborations to further enhance interdisciplinary and interprofessional research, education and clinical care within the School of Medicine and across the health affairs colleges and primary affiliated health systems.

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The major responsibilities and expectations for this position are elaborated upon below.

The successful candidate will have the special opportunity to: a) shape the future of a School of Medicine that is uniquely positioned for broad impact across all aspects of its mission; b) lead an interprofessional team to enhance cross-disciplinary collaboration that advances the health affairs-related mission of the university; c) collaborate with key stakeholders to develop new methods of research, education and care delivery that serve as a global model for urban-based academic health centers and address the health needs of the diverse and vulnerable populations of Detroit, Southeast Michigan, and the upper Midwest; and d) make signature contributions to the role of academic health centers and the public health mission in urban environments.


  • Primary responsibilities and expectations

    As Vice President for Health Affairs, this person will report to the President and serve as a senior leader for Wayne State's health affairs-related initiatives, including responsibility for clinical affairs within the College of Nursing and the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. As Dean of the School of Medicine at Wayne State University, the person in this position will report to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (hereinafter, Provost) and will serve as the senior academic leader for the School of Medicine, including overall responsibility for all of its academic, educational, and clinical programs, and relationships with all of the clinical practice plans affiliated with the School of Medicine. The deans in the College of Nursing and the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences report to the Provost for academic affairs and to the Vice President for Health Affairs for clinical affairs.

    As Vice President of Health Affairs, the successful candidate will:

    • Serve as a member of the University President's Cabinet
    • Advance the university's health science and clinical goals with a compelling vision for the future.
    • Work closely in collaboration with the Provost and the Vice President for Research in areas of joint responsibility in the health sciences.
    • Work collaboratively with the deans of the College of Nursing and the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to a) integrate and align clinical care and education opportunities in partnership with health care provider networks, b) develop and implement interprofessional programs for education and professional development and c) foster intercollegiate research efforts.
    • Champion collaboration among the constituent components of Wayne State University, including the health science schools and colleges, the hospitals and the systems' outpatient faculty practices regarding clinical resource allocation decisions.
    • Work closely with the senior leadership team of primary affiliated health care provider networks to establish productive partnerships that align with and nurture our mission as an academic health sciences center.
    • Collaborate with the Deans of the College of Nursing and Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to integrate contemporary, multidisciplinary clinical education in order to provide excellent clinical programs for a diverse student population.
    • Provide a culture and environment for the pursuit and advancement of world-class science.
    • Lead the development of bold, thematically driven strategic partnerships that integrate education, clinical care, training and research in strategic areas of strength and distinction.
    • Work with the president and Vice President for Government and Community Affairs on relevant healthrelated legislative and policy issues at the community, state and federal levels.
    • Encourage ethical medical and financial practice by supporting compliance and audit professionals
    • Ensure the creation of a working environment that is respectful of the various types of contributions made by administrators, faculty members, staff and others
    • Foster an environment of trust, integrity and accountability while enabling a positive climate for learning, research and patient care.

    As Dean of the School of Medicine, the successful candidate will:

    • Serve as a member of the Provost's Council of Deans.
    • Lead the Dean's senior team in the School of Medicine to develop and nurture the highest standards of excellence for research, education, clinical care and community engagement.
    • Lead the clinical department chairs in the School of Medicine and the Dean's senior team to develop and maintain robust physician practice plans that implement the highest standards of clinical care for the communities served and align with mission as an academic health center.
    • Lead the School of Medicine's budgeting process, manage resources effectively, and reconcile divergent views in financial decisions.
    • Actively collaborate and consult with basic science and clinical faculty through the school and university academic governance institutions, building trust in leadership objectives and commitments.
    • Develop and implement a broad vision for the continued growth of research and development programs in the School of Medicine.
    • Lead the fundraising efforts for the School of Medicine working together with the President and the Vice President for Development.
    • Envision, coordinate and facilitate strong and creative basic, clinical and population health education and training programs in the School of Medicine.
    • Assure that excellent preclinical and clinical education is delivered to a diverse student population that reflects the demographics of the region and the nation, and that fosters the training of future leaders in medicine
    • Standardize and codify health system support and program structure for undergraduate and graduate education programs, patient care and for new clinical program development in the School of Medicine.
    • Support existing programs and foster development of new leading-edge programs for graduate and postdoctoral student education.
    • Provide leadership to enhance diversity and promote cultural competence within the School of Medicine.
    • Recruit and retain diverse, top quality faculty and leaders to ensure that the School of Medicine has the necessary talent to implement its strategic plan. Be sensitive to cultural diversity, including women and minorities in leadership positions.
  • Critical competencies and personal characteristics

    The Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine will:

    • Communicate clearly and effectively, particularly in times of change and ambiguity, to articulate a vision and related action items to diverse stakeholders at all levels of the organization.
    • Be a trustworthy leader who embodies the highest personal integrity and solves problems through an effective blend of personal influence and direct authority.
    • Demonstrate a passion for, and commitment to, all components of the academic health affairs mission, including professional and graduate education and student success, research, clinical care, and community engagement.
    • Understand how to work within a dynamic, multifaceted organization, including working effectively with diverse stakeholders, balancing competing demands, anticipating consequences, and articulating appropriate compromises in order to reach strategically appropriate decisions.
    • Carry out the organization’s strategic mission with appropriate regard for public demands (especially for a state-created organization) and private needs.
    • Demonstrate a commitment to shared governance and consultation with faculty, students, and other key stakeholders.
    • Understand the collective bargaining environment and work within that framework to respect faculty and staff union rights.
    • Demonstrate command of budgetary processes and possess strong financial and business acumen that frames and manages expectations, timelines, and goals to deliver demonstrable results.
    • Evidence understanding of and commitment to undergraduate and graduate medical education, including renewal of the medical curriculum and enrichment of the medical student experience.
    • Possess high emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills that provide the ability to work together with a collegial faculty and the broad university community toward a positive and respectful spirit.
  • Key selection criteria

    Candidates for the position will be selected from a diverse pool and will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

    • A medical degree (M.D.) is required.
    • A track record of personal accomplishments and distinguished academic credentials that provide the experience and reputation suitable to lead the education, research, and clinical health affairs missions of Wayne State University is necessary.
    • A track record of success as a physician scientist including scholarly contributions and discovery as supported by peer-reviewed extramural funding is preferred.
    • A previous successful leadership role with responsibilities for finance and budgets, strategic direction, recruitment and philanthropy within a major academic health center as a chancellor, dean, vice dean, academic teaching hospital CEO, department chair, institute director or similar relevant senior leadership role is desired. An equivalent role in industry will be considered if combined with a prior faculty or leadership role in academia.
    • Evidence and understanding of, and commitment to, interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration in education, research, and clinical care is essential.
    • A clear commitment to the principles of diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion is required.
    • Demonstrated managerial, financial and business acumen is necessary, including experience with, and proven understanding of, the complex financial pressures facing medical schools and academic health care delivery organizations.
    • The ability to effectively articulate a compelling vision and motivate a senior leadership team as a consensus builder who can provide the necessary guidance and direction to achieve strategic goals and improve the organization is required. Political astuteness and ability to work well with diverse constituencies both within and outside the organization—including faculty, staff, students, academic governance institutions within the schools and colleges, the university’s Academic Senate, the AAUP-AFT union, governmental agencies and personnel, and the broader community—is required.
    • Demonstrated success in fundraising and philanthropic pursuits, including. a track record of attracting financial resources from both individuals and institutions, is essential.
  • Key relationships

    The Vice President for Health Affairs shares oversight and responsibility for the health affairs colleges and schools with the Provost & senior vice president for Academic Affairs. The Vice President for Health Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine serves as:

    • Ex-officio board chair, Wayne State University Physician Group
    • President, Fund for Medical Research and Education

    The Vice President for Health Affairs has strong collaborative relationships with senior University administration, including the members of the President’s Cabinet and the Council of Deans.

    Other important relationships include non-university clinical service groups (practice plans) related to the role as president of the Fund for Medical Research and Education

    • Radiology (Envision Radiology)
    • Anesthesiology (NorthStar Anesthesia)
    • Pediatrics (University Pediatricians)
    • Emergency Medicine (Medical Center Emergency Services)

    Wayne State University teaching affiliates and related clinical entity leadership.

    • Ascension Michigan
    • Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Hospital
    • Beaumont Hospital – Dearborn
    • Detroit Medical Center
    • Henry Ford Health System
    • John D. Dingell VA Medical Center
    • St. Joseph Mercy - Oakland
  • Application, inquiries and nominations

    Interested candidates should provide a curriculum vitae and a letter of application that describes their interest in the role, including, but not limited to, relevant educational, teaching, research and leadership backgrounds. For questions or additional information about this opportunity or to provide recommendations for the position, please contact:

    Jennifer Schaulin
    Vice President MillicanSolutions LLC
    An AMN Healthcare Company
    Office: 682-223-5782
    Cell: 817-905-3591

    In collaboration with:

    Thomas Lawley, M.D.
    Former Dean and William Patterson Timmie Professor of Dermatology
    Emory University School of Medicine

    Philip Pizzo, M.D.
    Former Dean and David and Susan Heckerman Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology and Immunology
    Stanford University School of Medicine

    Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCH
    Professor, Department of Medicine,
    Division of Endocrinology, Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
    ​​​​​​​Former Dean and Executive Vice President University of Pennsylvania


  • Prospectus

    Wayne State University is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit. Founded in 1868 by physicians determined to advance medicine beyond the limited care available on Civil War battlefields, the university’s faculty today serves a diverse body of nearly 28,000 students through a broad array of academic programs.

    Thirteen schools and colleges present the university’s comprehensive academic offerings: Mike Ilitch School of Business; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts; Graduate School; Law School; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Information Science; School of Medicine; College of Nursing; Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Irvin D. Reid Honors College; and the School of Social Work. Wayne State University is also home to the Perinatology Research Branch of the National Institutes of Health and to the Karmanos Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.

    Throughout its history, the university has provided students from all backgrounds the opportunity to enjoy a high-quality education that enables them to realize their full potential. The rich, multicultural environment prepares students for success and leadership in a diverse, global society and enriches the communities it serves.

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