Academic Medicine Job in Tyler, Texas

Department of Medicine Inaugural Vice Chair at UT Health East Texas

UT Health Northeast

Physician - Academic Medicine

Job Description

Department of Medicine Inaugural Vice Chair

UT Tyler School of Medicine, Tyler, TX

July 3, 2023


Background:  The vision of the Department of Medicine is to promote the health and quality of life of residents in East Texas by providing exceptional clinical care, conducting transformative research, and promoting excellent clinical education.  Our clinical mission is to expand access to high-quality healthcare in East Texas.  Currently, the Department consists of 97 faculty across multiple divisions.  Faculty in the Department provide care to more than 175,000 individual patients each year across both the inpatient and outpatient setting.  These clinical activities support our educational mission to develop a diverse and representative healthcare workforce focused on reducing health disparities in East Texas.  Currently, we offer post-graduate training for internal medicine residents and fellows in cardiology, hematology/oncology, pulmonary/critical care, and gastroenterology.  The new UT Tyler School of Medicine welcomes its first incoming class in July, 2023.


Position Summary:

The Inaugural Vice Chair will report directly to the Department Chair and will have a mix of clinical and administrative responsibilities.  The Vice Chair will be charged with the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Develop a Departmental strategy to expand clinical service lines in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. The Vice Chair will work closely with the Chair and Division Chiefs to develop and implement a clinical faculty recruitment strategy to support our expanding clinical enterprise.
  • Work with the Chair, UTHET Leadership (Chief Medical Officer, Medical Directors, and Senior Clinical Administrators), and Program Directors to promote engagement of faculty, fellows, residents, and students with quality improvement priorities.
  • Develop strategies to promote population health through creative ambulatory quality improvement initiatives.
  • Work closely with UTHET ambulatory clinical administrators, staff, and clinical faculty to promote effective outpatient clinical operations.
  • Maintain a clinical practice with both inpatient and outpatient responsibilities within the Department.


  • Knowledge and understanding of current trends in clinical medicine, including physician hospital relations, physician practice models, quality improvement processes, and clinical information systems.
  • A record of improving quality and safety in a complex health system.
  • Demonstrated leadership and communication skills; the ideal candidate is a strong motivator and coach, counselor, and negotiator in achieving the vision and goals set for the Department.
  • A commitment to service within the community.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and educational leadership in diverse learning environments.
  • Evidence of successful mentoring skills.
  • Strong organization and process-management skills.
  • Demonstrated administrative effectiveness.
  • A commitment to and active participation in medical, graduate student, and postdoctoral education.
  • A commitment to support efforts to promote a climate of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the Department.
  • The highest integrity and personal ethics.


  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) or foreign equivalent
  • Board certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine with active and ongoing clinical experience in both the inpatient and outpatient environments.
  • Prior leadership roles within a health system related to clinical operations and/or quality improvement.


  • Administrative and clinical environment.


Occasional (1-100 times) Frequently (101-500 times) Constant (500+ times) Not at All (0 times)

  • Lift, Push, Pull – Things/Objects up to 75lbs: Occasional
  • Bending/Stooping: Occasional
  • Gripping/Pinching (forceful/repetitive): Occasional
  • Kneeling/Squatting: Occasional
  • Reaching Forward: Frequent
  • Reaching Overhead: Frequent
  • Typing/Computer Use: Constant
  • Climbing, Crawling, Digging: Not at All
  • Driving Car or Truck: Not at All
  • Operating Heavy Equipment or Tools: Frequent
  • Working at Heights: Not at All
  • Walking: Frequent
  • Sitting: Frequent
  • Standing: Frequent


Accountable for developing the strategies to improve clinical operations and clinical quality that are in keeping with the vision of the Department.


  • Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written.
  • A commitment to listening and responding to the Department members and their needs.
  • An ability to bring together constituencies throughout the health system that the Department serves.


The Vice Chair has responsibility for the development and implementation of initiatives to improve clinical operations and to promote clinical quality in both the inpatient and outpatient environments.


This position will direct clinical faculty, clinical fellows, and medical residents to implement Departmental priorities related to clinical operations and clinical quality. This position will work with health system administrative staff responsible for operational and clinical quality processes.



Recruitment Package may include:

  • CME Allowance and Paid Malpractice Coverage
  • Sign-on bonus, Relocation allowance, and Residency Stipend available
  • Medical debt assistance & Consultative services by Navigate Student Loans
  • Competitive medical, dental, vision, pharmacy and retirement plans
  • Marketing + practice growth assistance
  • Potential Eligibility for Public Service Loan Forgiveness program


About UT Health Science Center:

From its beginnings as a hospital during World War II, The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, joining the world-renowned University of Texas System, has an expanded mission that today includes patient care and community health, medical and health education, and biomedical and clinical research. The Center is home to a three-story, $67-million Academic Center housing a cancer treatment and prevention center with some of the most advanced technology available. Over the years, the academic center has added a family practice, rural family medicine, psychiatry, occupational medicine, and internal medicine residency programs. And the growth continues - as the UT Tyler School of Medicine is scheduled to open its doors in 2023.


Welcome to Tyler, Texas: The Rose Capital of America

Charming brick streets. Antique shops and unique specialty stores. Crystal-clear lakes. Challenging golf courses and scenic campgrounds. Tyler, Texas has something for everyone. Centrally located in Northeast Texas, Tyler is a hub for the region and easily accessible to several major cities (

  • Fastest growing region in Texas
  • Population of over 100,000 (233,00 in the Tyler metropolitan area)
  • Outstanding area public and private schools
  • Small-town comforts with easy proximity to metropolitan cities
  • Fun attractions including Tyler Rose Garden, local vineyards, and Caldwell Zoo
  • A family-oriented lifestyle
  • Affordable housing and low cost of living w/ home options from lakefront or historical to modern
  • No State Income Tax

Other Details

Job ID: b87d7fbb-c385-4d9e-bea1-5f85367a87b9

Practice Type: Unknown

Employment Type: Permanent - Full Time

Open to Search Firm Solicitations: No

Parent Company

Hiring Organization

UT Health Northeast
11937 US Hwy 271
Tyler, Texas 75708

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