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Chair- Department of Family Medicine

Henry Ford Health System

Detroit, Michigan 48202
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The Henry Ford Health System, one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems, seeks a new Chair to lead the Department of Family Medicine. The Henry Ford Department of Family Medicine, which is currently staffed by over 100 Family Medicine physicians, offers a broad spectrum of services, each backed by strong teaching and research programs to provide patients with the most up to date advances in healthcare.

The Chair is a member of the Henry Ford Medical Group (HFMG) and of the Chairs Council, which works with the CEO to provide leadership to HFMG. The Chair will also have an academic appointment at Wayne State University and oversee the department’s research and education mission. The education mission includes Wayne State University medical students and 24 residents as well as 2 fellowship programs.

The Chair will be responsible for the following: 

The ideal candidate:

  • Will be a physician licensable in the state of Michigan with current certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine or American Osteopathic Board of Family Medicine;
  • Have a reputation as an outstanding, highly respected clinician with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Highly regarded nationally within the family medicine community and with an accomplished record of research and scholarship;
  • Demonstrated success managing a budget;
  • Fundraising experience a plus;
  • Prior operational experience leading groups of physicians, researchers and health care staff;
  • Broad and deep experience within an academic health system or other environment where patient care, academic research and educational training are pursued with rigor;
  • Ideally worked in an integrated health system and demonstrated the ability to build relationships and work effectively with other clinical departments and with community physicians and surgeons, particularly in the development and management of a regional system of Family Medicine care;
  • An understanding of the ethics and cross-disciplinary nature of medical group practice;
  • Committed to the mission of medical education and particularly graduate medical education; dedicated to maintaining a positive culture and environment for residents with an understanding of the evolving trends in graduate medical education, including the ACGME’s Next Accreditation System and milestone development and implementation;
  • Record of achievement in research as a funded researcher and a developer of a successful research program involving others, ideally including translational and outcomes research;
  • An understanding of the transformation occurring in health care delivery and financing from volume-based to value-based reimbursement and of the role of family medicine in that transition to population-based health care; and

Leadership and Management Competencies

  • Can create a compelling vision for the future to align faculty and staff;
  • Ability to mentor, develop, inspire and lead physicians and staff, establishing a culture of accountability and teamwork;
  • Effective relationship builder both inside and outside the organization with the ability to inspire collaboration across departments;
  • Maintains an organizational focus, as opposed to purely departmental or personal;
  • Capable of working effectively in the face of ambiguity;
  • Strength in operational leadership;
  • Has fiscal discipline and can manage and balance operating and capital budgets in the context of departmental and larger organizational goals;
  • High degree of emotional intelligence with well-developed listening and communication skills;
  • Able to identify, recruit, and retain strong physicians, researchers, and staff;
  • Effective leader of organizational change while being sensitive to organizational culture;
  • Collaborative team member as well as leader, with an ability to shape excellent, high-performing teams;


Personal Characteristics

  • Embodies professionalism with a high degree of integrity;
  • High energy and drive;
  • Highly collaborative and collegial spirit;
  • Enthusiastic and engaging personality with strong interpersonal skills;
  • Innovative;
  • Optimistic, inspires and sustains high morale;
  • Approachable; and,
  • Able to engender trust and respect both inside the organization and outside with key stakeholders.

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