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Chair, Department of Ophthalmology

Position overview

Position title: Chair, Department of Ophthalmology

Application Window

Open date: June 9th, 2021

Last review date: Thursday, Aug 26, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Oct 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Los Angeles invites applicants and nominations for a nationally recognized ophthalmologist to join the faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) as Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology. The Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology also serves as Director of the UCLA Stein Eye Institute, Affiliation Chair of the Doheny Eye Institute and will be eligible for the Bradley R. Straatsma, MD, Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology.
Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and the Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM), the Chair works collaboratively with clinical, academic, and administrative leaders across the health system to establish and execute the strategic vision of the Department of Ophthalmology and UCLA Stein Eye Institute within the greater medical enterprise and the region.

The Chair is responsible for advancing the Department’s mission of excellence in clinical care, education, research, and community engagement through faculty recruitment, the development of educational and research programs, the oversight of clinical operations, financial management, staffing, performance improvement, and the strengthening of community partnerships. In addition, the Chair cultivates a collegial, multidisciplinary culture consistent with the principles of the DGSOM’s Cultural North Star providing mentorship to faculty members while promoting clinical quality, safety, and operational distinction.

The Department of Ophthalmology at UCLA and UCLA Stein Eye Institute (a vision-science campus in Westwood), consistently rank among the top departments and institutes nationally, with over 70 faculty members spanning more than 10 academic divisions. In 2013 a partnership was forged with the Doheny Eye Institute, creating the nation’s preeminent organization for ophthalmic care and vision research under the banner of the UCLA Department of Ophthalmology. The Department is recognized for its outstanding contributions to clinical, translational, and basic sciences research, with 40 Endowed Chairs and Professorships, and research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Owing to the University’s tradition of multidisciplinary research and collaboration in education, the Department and Institute provide a rich environment for academic achievement.

The ideal candidate is a nationally recognized ophthalmologist, with a deep commitment to advancing diversity, health equity and inclusion alongside scientific excellence, innovation and compassionate care. The successful candidate will demonstrate an exceptional track record in and commitment to the areas that comprise the academic mission, with superb communication skills and an aptitude for collaboration in a complex environment. All candidates must hold an MD or equivalent advanced degree, board certification, appropriate academic credentials for a tenured faculty appointment, and be eligible for licensure in California.

Cultural North Star. The shared values of the DGSOM are expressed in the Cultural North Star, which was developed by members of our community and affirms our unswerving commitment to doing what’s right, making things better, and being kind. These are the standards to which we hold ourselves, and one another. Please read more about this important DGSOM program at

Confidential inquiries, nominations, or submissions of interest (a curriculum vitae and informative personal statement) are invited and will be considered until an appointment is made:

S. Thomas Carmichael, MD, PhD and Carol M. Mangione, MD, MSPH, search committee co-chairs
c/o Bridget Hough, Director of Academic & Executive Search, UCLA Health

We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    MD degree or equivalent

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements

Reference requests come later in the process.

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, California