The University of Iowa invites applications for the position of vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Carver College of Medicine.


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The Vice President of Medical Affairs and Dean of the Carver College of Medicine (VPMA/Dean) is the leader of the integrated UI Health Care system. In this capacity, the VPMA/Dean is charged with supporting and enhancing healthcare for all Iowans and excelling in the tripartite missions of clinical care, research, and education. The VPMA/Dean is responsible for overseeing the Carver College of Medicine (CCOM), University of Iowa Physicians (UIP), and the UI Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC), as well as serving as the Dean of CCOM. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, this leader oversees integrated strategic planning for all of UI Health Care. In their capacity as Dean of CCOM, the VPMA will exercise those responsibilities traditionally reported to the executive vice president and provost. They will serve as chief academic officer for CCOM, be responsible for managing academic and research programs, and oversee department chairs and center directors for recruitment and evaluation.

The VPMA/Dean is uniquely positioned to have a profoundly positive impact on academic medicine and healthcare across the state of Iowa and beyond. Because of the fully integrated structure of UI Healthcare, the VPMA/Dean has the ability to leverage all resources and capabilities within the system and drive system performance to the highest levels.

Reporting Relationships

The individual in this position reports directly to the president of the University of Iowa as Vice President for Medical Affairs (VPMA) in all matters pertaining to UI Health Care (e.g., sharing agreement, hospitals, clinics, practice plan, clinical care). The position reports directly to the executive vice president and provost as dean of the CCOM in all matters pertaining to the academic enterprise.

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Dean of CCOM Responsibilities Include:

  • Evaluate and manages leadership personnel of CCOM, including the executive dean and department chairs.
  • Lead CCOM short- and long-term strategic planning.
  • Align the operational plan and budget with the strategic plan, including all aspects of medical education, research, and service.
  • In collaboration with deans of other health science colleges and other deans across the university, develop academic programs for inter-professional education and research.
  • Within the medical school, oversee the following:
  • Faculty recruitment and appointments, as well as tenure and promotion processes for CCOM.
  • Fiscal planning and management of the budget of CCOM.
  • Space and equipment utilization within CCOM.
  • Philanthropic outreach for CCOM.

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VPMA Responsibilities Include:

The VPMA serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and oversees integrated strategic planning for all of UI Health Care.

  • Build, manage, and evaluate the leadership team of UI Health Care, including the UIHC chief executive officer (CEO), chief financial officer (CFO), associate vice presidents, the UIP executive director, the executive dean of CCOM, and other collegiate leadership positions.
  • Within UI Health Care, maintain responsibility for the following:
  • Alignment and advancement of strategic and business development plans and operations.
  • Direction of clinical delivery systems and management of support services.
  • Overall management of patient care contracting objectives and goals.
  • Development of capital and operating budgets that maintain the financial integrity of UI Health Care.
  • Health care compensation approvals and human resources in coordination with university human resources.
  • Relationship management with affiliate organizations.
  • Oversee the research enterprise for UI Health Care and CCOM and ensure its continued growth.
  • Oversee facilities master planning, including implementation of the 10-year facilities master plan, which will see the construction of the North Liberty hospital and a new patient tower, research building, and ambulatory center on the healthcare campus.
  • Align all aspects of patient care within the strategic plan and within operational planning and budgeting.
  • Provide updates to the Board of Regents on UI Health Care operations and finances.
  • Participate in major external and internal governing bodies of UIHC, CCOM, and UIP.
  • Advance innovation, tech transfer, and intellectual property development across UI Health Care.
  • Approve all major shared service and purchased service agreements among UI Health Care units and with the general university.
  • Partner with other health sciences colleges on clinical and academic issues of mutual interest.
  • Provide the UI president, other UI institutional officers, the Board of Regents, state officials, and policymakers information and authoritative advice on statewide healthcare issues.
  • Align UI Health Care fundraising goals with those of the University.
  • Ensure a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work, learning, and training environment.
  • Create an environment of trust and collaboration to enable the recruitment of world-class health care professionals.
  • Interact with state and national leaders in health care and academic medicine.

Desired Outcomes

As the executive leader of UI Healthcare, the VPMA/Dean is responsible for exceptional performance and outcomes. A representative list of high priority desired outcomes is presented below:

  • In collaboration with leaders across the organization, boldly lay out and define a dynamic vision for the future of UI Health Care by propelling growth in research, education, patient care, and service programs, leveraging the university’s strong and unique foundations in each of these areas.
  • Actively listen, be visible and inspire all constituents that comprise UI Health Care.
  • Build collaborative and effective relationships with key leaders across the University of Iowa. Actively recruit top-tier talent for key clinical and lay leadership positions and retain those that have contributed to Iowa’s strong heritage of science, discovery, and strong clinical outcomes.
  • Build off of existing departmental and center structures to ensure interdisciplinary coordination, growth, and strategic alignment within an evolving healthcare environment to optimize the University of Iowa’s full potential.
  • Identify opportunities for partnerships, joint ventures, alliances, and other creative approaches to meeting the health needs of the population in Iowa to further the growth of UI Health Care's clinical networks.


The VPMA/Dean position requires an individual with exceptional leadership skills and experience who is capable of directing a large and complex medical, academic, and business enterprise. This leader must have the ability to work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders, including State of Iowa political leaders, university leaders, the hospital CEO, and department chairs. The VPMA/Dean must also have the experience and knowledge required to lead UI Healthcare’s strategic initiatives, involving possible partnerships or acquisitions with other healthcare systems.

    Ideal Experience

    Academic Accomplishment

    Exceptional reputation as a physician-scientist, with accomplishments and credentials as an outstanding medical educator, highly regarded researcher, skilled clinician, and an understanding of the current health care, medical education, and research funding environments.

    Executive Leadership

    Success as a leader in roles of progressive scope and scale, such as dean, associate dean, department chair, or institute or center director that incorporate an understanding of financial and operational challenges facing medical schools.

    Recruitment, Mentorship and Development

    Demonstrated commitment to and success in faculty mentorship and development, including development of department chairs, institute directors, and senior administrative staff. Experience recruiting high-performing clinical leaders.

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Record of commitment to and successful impact cultivating a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Partnership Skills

    A strong, collaborative orientation and the ability to build alliances across UI Health Care, and with clinical and community partners, fully leveraging existing assets and relationships while building new programs and partnerships and recruiting new talent. Success in serving as the external face of an organization. Philanthropic track record of attracting financial resources from individuals and families, government sponsors, and private institutions.


    M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. with a distinguished record of research and scholarly accomplishments leading to appointment at the full, tenured professor rank; additional accomplishments as represented by degrees, certifications, or licensure are additive.

      Critical Leadership Capabilities

      Collaborative Leadership

      • Partnering effectively and productively with other Iowa leaders, health system representatives, existing and potential internal and external collaborators, faculty, staff, students, trainees, and other supporters.
      • Building trust and respect at all levels of the medical school and being viewed as a balanced, fair, and supportive leader able to articulate and implement a broad, inclusive, and aspirational vision.
      • Promoting a culture of the highest integrity and ethical standards.
      • Supporting a culture that values, promotes, and expects diversity, equity, access, and inclusion across all constituencies and components of UI Health Care.
      • Modeling a personal and professional approach of inclusion, collegiality, and respectful discourse.
      • Recognizing the power of being a part of a larger university.

      Innovation and Strategic Implementation

      • Strong commitment to and vision for health system transformation in Iowa as a model for the country.
      • Supporting the continued development of the research enterprise through creative and innovative partnerships.
      • Leveraging the existing and developing assets of UI Healthcare to advance all elements of the mission.
      • Demonstrating strong mentorship and supporting teams that leverage individual skills for collective outcomes.
      • Relentlessly pursuing excellence.

      Leading People

      • Motivating individuals, empowering them to initiate projects or strategic objectives on their own, and supporting them in ad hoc and formal leadership roles.
      • Taking actions and creating an environment to engage and energize all stakeholders through active listening, open communication, and other initiatives.
      • Leading the transition to value-based health care through interactions with clinicians, payors, and other health care stakeholders.
      • Encouraging student and other learner engagement in UI Health Care and College of Medicine activities.
      • Attracting, retaining, and developing talented faculty and staff.
      • Setting clear expectations and targets for faculty contributions in collaboration with department chairs and individual faculty members.

        Other Personal Characteristics

        • A proactive relationship-builder with strong diplomatic skills and dynamism.
        • Relationship-driven, collaborative, and a unifier.
        • Strong emotional intelligence, empathy, and equanimity.
        • Entrepreneurial and creative spirit; can make tough decisions that balance the tri-partite mission of Iowa.
        • Clear and concise communicator.
        • Patient, flexible, and resilient.
        • Leads by example (humanity, integrity, fairness, kindness).

        Review and Compensation

        Compensation arrangements are competitive and commensurate with the experience, achievement, and responsibilities of this position and set jointly by the president and executive vice president and provost. Incentive compensation components are constructed to promote collaboration and collegiality within and among members of the VPMA leadership group.

        For best consideration, applications and nominations should be received by March 10, 2023, and must include a letter of interest addressing the qualifications described (not more than three pages); a current résumé or curriculum vitae; and the names of five professional references with each person’s position, office, or home address, email address, and telephone numbers.

        The search is being assisted by Spencer Stuart. Please contact Suzy Cobin via email at or by phone at 312-321-8309, or contact Alexis Stiles via email at or by phone at 215-814-1615.


        The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual.

        Leadership profile

        A PDF version of the leadership profile is available here.

        Search partner

        UI has partnered with Spencer Stuart to facilitate and support the search process.