Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine
The Department of Pediatrics in partnership with the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah has initiated a nationwide search for an accomplished academician recognized in the field of pediatric hematology oncology to serve as the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology at the University of Utah (U of U) and Primary Children’s Hospital (PCH) Cancer Center, and as the Director of the Childhood Cancer Research Program at HCI. This is an unparalleled opportunity to harness the resources of a leading children’s hospitals and the extraordinary research opportunities at the HCI to shape the future of cancer care for children and young adults.
The Division Chief will direct the activities of a thriving and growing division that is made up of 15 pediatric oncologists, including two neuro-oncologists, three pediatric BMT attendings, and three PhD investigators who focus in a number of areas, such as (1) Oncology, (2) Hematology, (3) Bone Marrow Transplantation, (4) Pediatric Cancer Genomics, and (5) long-term outcomes. The program sees over 200 newly diagnosed children annually between the ages of 0 and 21 years. The Division was the top enrolling Children’s Oncology Group (COG) institution last year and is an active member of other national consortia, including PBMTC, TACL, POETIC, NANT, PNOC, and the Sunshine Network. The Division houses the only pediatric BMT service in the Mountain West, performs over 35 transplants annually, and has an active CAR T cell program. The Oncology section is made up of 10 physicians with varying levels of clinical, research, and programmatic leadership responsibility in the areas of leukemia/lymphoma, neuro-oncology, blastomas, and sarcomas. The inpatient unit has 33 private patient rooms where all Hem/Onc patients are admitted. Inpatients are overseen by three Hem/Onc services: an inpatient attending/resident/fellow Hem/Onc service, a chemotherapy attending/advanced practitioner service, and a BMT service with advanced practitioner support. All medical, pathology, radiologic, and surgical subspecialties are represented at Primary Children’s Hospital. Opportunities to collaborate and/or lead clinical, translational, and basic laboratory research projects/programs are available in the Department of Pediatrics and the Huntsman Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center connected to PCH. There are ongoing projects in value-based care, supportive oncology/palliative care, clinical trials, cancer genomics, laboratory research, outcomes, late effects, and adolescent and young adult (AYA) programs.
The Division Chief will define and execute the strategy needed to fulfill the mission of the division and goals in each of the institution’s missions: Clinical, Investigation, Education, and Advocacy. This includes responsibility for the coordination and leadership of the overall academic agenda and health services for the Division, assuring the quality of the intellectual mission, the clinical mission, and the fiscal health of all matters relating to the Division. The Division Chief will actively participate in the Department’s strategic planning, which involves contracting, financial, and academic processes as coordinated by the Department of Pediatrics’ Chair and Associate Chair for Administration and Finance, as well as in strategic planning processes coordinated by PCH.
As the Director of Childhood Cancer Research at HCI, the Director will spearhead development of a world-class research initiative into all aspects of childhood and AYA cancer. Relevant areas of research include, but are not limited to, (1) genomics of childhood cancer predisposition, (2) genomics or epigenomics of childhood cancer, (3) analysis of signal transduction pathways in childhood cancers, (4) analysis of therapy sensitivity or resistance in experimental models, and (5) childhood cancer survivorship. In addition to the Director’s own research program, it is expected that the Director will lead efforts for a major recruitment initiative of multiple new HCI investigators in childhood and AYA cancer research, in partnership with various departments of the U of U and PCH. The Director and many of the new recruits will be housed within a brand new research facility, the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center at HCI.
HCI is the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West and is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), supporting and fostering a vibrant cancer research enterprise in a highly collegial environment. HCI has an outstanding history of academic achievement and impact, a collaborative environment, and a commitment to excellence in patient care, research, teaching, and service. Our integrated health system and HCI’s participation in the ORIEN network of leading cancer centers provide outstanding opportunities for multidisciplinary collaborations in basic and translational laboratory-based cancer research, epidemiology and cancer biostatistics, as well as population-based studies of childhood cancers and outcomes. HCI has exceptional physical resources and recently completed a major expansion that includes a new 220,000 sq.ft. research building. In addition, the University of Utah and HCI are home to superb shared resources, such as the Utah Population Database with more than 16 million records linking genealogies, health records, and vital statistics. HCI and U of U Health provide access to state-of-the-art equipment and services through exceptional core facilities (see www.cores.utah.edu), including genomics/metabolomics/proteomics, a GMP-certified cell therapy and regenerative medicine facility, and a comprehensive biospecimen repository, which serve to enhance both discovery and translational science..
The successful candidate will be a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics or the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics, with subspecialty certification in Pediatric Hematology Oncology or other appropriate field. She/he will be an accomplished academician recognized in the field of pediatric hematology oncology, preferably with ten or more years of research experience and an excellent record of peer-reviewed publications and funding in childhood cancer research, and who demonstrates the ability to lead a sizeable and complex pediatric division within a large department at a major public university and which operates within the children’s hospital of a large, integrated healthcare delivery system. The selected candidate must meet the requirements for appointment as Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine on the Clinical or Tenure Track.
The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah offers a competitive salary and an unmatched benefits program, including non-contributory retirement contributions of 20.2% of annual salary that vest immediately. Salt Lake City offers an incredible quality of life with a growing economy, rich cultural scene with ballet, theatre, symphony, opera and museums, outstanding restaurants, and a moderate cost of living. Utah is known for majestic national parks and boundless mountain and desert activities. Utah boasts 14 ski resorts with seven resorts less than an hour's drive from the Salt Lake International Airport. The venues used throughout the 2002 Olympic Winter Games are now available to the general public for winter and summer adventures. There are hundreds of miles of trails for hiking and biking. If golf is your passion, Utah has some of the best and most affordable public courses in the country. (https://uofuhealth.utah.edu/why-utah.php)
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About University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
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