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Chair, Pathology and Anatomical Sciences - Columbia, MO, USA

Job Description

Job Description

The University of Missouri School of Medicine

Chair, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

The School of Medicine at the University of Missour i is soliciting applications from outstanding candidates for the Chair, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences position. The candidate selected will be charged with the growth and development of clinical, teaching, and research excellence in the Department. The Chair reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs /Dean and serves as the department’s academic and administrative leader.

University of Missouri Health Care is a $1.4 billion academic health enterprise with opportunity, and talent, on a trajectory to grow and improve its impact on individual and population health outcomes. The launch of the  NextGen Precision Health initiative   and the opening of the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health Building in October 2021 are prime examples of the investments we have made in our community. The Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences is a department of the School of Medicine and University of Missouri Health Care (UMHC) located in Columbia, Missouri.  Our clinical faculty are members of  University Physicians , the largest group practice plan in mid-Missouri, which assures a salary and incentive program competitive with other academic health systems in the U.S. In the past decade, MU Health Care has solidified its position as the market share leader in our region, which covers 25 counties with a total population of almost 800,000. We have six hospitals, more than 50 clinics, and multiple affiliations that have improved patient access in Columbia and surrounding communities. Amid a pandemic, we opened a  new primary care clinic committed to opening another , and broke ground on a  seven-story patient care tower  for children’s and birthing services. We also treat mid-Missouri’s most complex cases, providing more than 80 specialties and subspecialties and offering the region’s only:

The Department of Pathology stands as a cornerstone in advancing patient care, education, and groundbreaking research. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, the department plays a pivotal role in the tripartite mission of healthcare. At the heart of the University of Missouri, the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences embodies a legacy of training proficient physicians, fostering innovation, and seamless collaboration with virtually all subspecialties throughout the University of Missouri. Encompassing Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Forensic Pathology, and Pathology Informatics, Integrative Anatomy, Neurosciences, Cancer Research. Researchers, scientists, and physicians synergize their expertise, paving the way for precise disease diagnosis and early treatment identification. These treatments give our patients access to truly personalized medicine based on factors as specific as the DNA of cancer tumors. As the home of a research reactor , we are able to pursue innovative research and make advanced, customized treatments right here in Missouri.


Strategic Leadership:

  • Develop and implement a vision and strategic plan for the Department of Pathology in alignment with the institution’s goals.
  • Lead and inspire faculty, staff, and trainees to achieve excellence in education, research, and clinical care.

Academic Excellence:

  • Promote and support educational programs, ensuring high-quality training for medical students, residents, and fellows.
  • Foster a culture of continuous learning and professional development among department members.
  • Oversee curriculum development, assessment, and accreditation processes.


  • Facilitate and promote cutting-edge research initiatives within the department.
  • Encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary research efforts both within the institution and externally.
  • Secure external funding and grants to support research endeavors.

Clinical Services:

  • Provide leadership to ensure exceptional clinical care services, promoting patient safety and quality outcomes.
  • Collaborate with clinical partners to enhance diagnostic services and patient-centered care.

Administration and Management:

  • Manage department budgets, resources, and facilities effectively and efficiently.
  • Recruit, retain, and mentor faculty and staff members to achieve departmental goals.

Community Engagement:

  • Represent the department at institutional and external events, conferences, and professional organizations.
  • Collaborate with community stakeholders to promote awareness of the department’s contributions and impact.

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications or attributes:

  •          Doctoral degree (MD, DO, or MD/PhD)
  •          Board certification in Pathology
  •          Must be able to obtain a Missouri medical license.

Preferred Qualifications:  

Proven Track Record in Leadership:  Demonstrated substantial leadership experience in academic or administrative roles within the field of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences or a related discipline. 

Research Expertise:  Profound research acumen with a history of impactful contributions to the field of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences, including a strong publication record. 

Successful Acquisition of Federal Research Grants:  A demonstrated ability to secure federally funded research grants, such as those from prestigious funding agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

Commitment to Excellence in Teaching:  A passion for teaching and mentoring, with a history of fostering the academic growth and development of students and trainees in the area of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences. 

Nominations, Applications, and Search Process: 

Nominations, applications, and inquiries can be made through our Director of Recruitment, Maria Lopez-Mendez (573) 884-2572 [email protected]  

Your application should include a letter of interest, a full CV, and contact information for at least five references. Applicants will be notified before references are contacted. 

We will be accepting applications until January 30th.  The Review of applications and nominations will begin immediately thereafter. 

Handling of Application Materials:

After initial review by the committee, all uploaded materials may be shared with all faculty in the prospective home department. For affiliations and joint appointments materials may be shared with all faculty in all departments involved. 

Employees of the University of Missouri and University of Missouri Healthcare are eligible for the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program.

Our Community

Columbia is rated by Forbes magazine as the fifth best small city for business and careers in America and is consistently rated a top place to live by Money Magazine, boasting a low cost of living, a vibrant community, and nationally renowned public schools. Columbia is an ideal college town that combines small-town comforts, and community spirit, with big-city culture, activities, and resources. Our community is energetic and engaged, packed with restaurants and entertainment venues, and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at U.M. System Total Rewards Benefits

Our Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Vaccination Statement

After careful consideration of COVID-19 virus trends and the overwhelming evidence of COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness, the School of Medicine, along with MU Health Care, the Sinclair School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions, recently announced the decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations by Oct. 1, 2021, for all employees, unless granted a medical or religious exemption.

All new hires will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to your start date. If you would like to request a medical or religious exemption, you must do so upon acceptance of employment so our team has time to review prior to your scheduled start date. You will not be allowed to begin work until you have submitted proof of vaccination or received an approved medical or religious exemption.

Thank you for helping us to create the safest environment possible for our colleagues, students and our patients by protecting yourself and others through COVID-19 vaccination.

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Employer: University of Missouri Healthcare
Location: Columbia, MO, USA
Position Type: Physician (MD, DO, Resident)
Employment Type: Permanent
Specialty: Pathology
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