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McMaster University

Academic Chair, Department of Medicine



Job Description

McMaster University’s Department of Medicine is a vibrant, successful and well-funded department within the Faculty of Health Sciences and plays a major role in the research and educational mandate of the Faculty.  The vision of the department is characterized by a collegial, interprofessional, and inter-institutional cooperation, working to achieve goals of excellence in health education, research and clinical care, which embraces the continuum from the basic science laboratory to the individual patient, to the health care system.


The Department has three interdependent goals:  (a) to facilitate the provision of the highest quality of patient care giving appropriate consideration to cost effectiveness and utilities, (b) to take responsibility for the quality of educational programs offered by McMaster University for physicians-in-training and those practicing in the disciplines of General Internal Medicine and the medical subspecialties, and (c) to develop and critically evaluate new knowledge across a wide range of disciplines from basic science to the clinical disciplines of General Internal Medicine and the medical subspecialties, to the health care system itself.  The Department of Medicine sets priorities for its research endeavors based upon excellence, societal relevance, the availability of collaborative links, the opportunity for national and international significance and additional criteria as deemed appropriate.


To achieve these goals, the Department of Medicine has grown rapidly in all aspects of its mandate.  It is the largest department in the Faculty of Health Sciences and the largest at McMaster University. The Department is home to over 660 faculty located across our partner hospitals in city of Hamilton, at distributed campuses in the Niagara and Kitchener Waterloo areas, and the broader community. The role of Chair is an extraordinary opportunity to play a key leadership role in the Faculty of Health Sciences while supporting excellence in academic, research and clinical interests within the Department.  The Chair is accountable for the overall administration of the academic department and for the relationship between the Department and the broader academic community.


Candidates with a strong academic background, demonstrated leadership experience, and a track record of working collaboratively within a diverse academic, research intensive, and clinical environment are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be licensed (or eligible for a license) to practice medicine in Ontario and be certified by the Royal College (RCPSC) or equivalent. 


Salary and academic rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The Selection Committee will begin to review applications immediately and will continue to accept applications until a suitable candidate has been identified.  Effective date of appointment is July 1, 2017.


For more information on McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences, please visit: and for information on the Department of Medicine, please visit:   The recent Department of Medicine Annual Reports are available here:  and the terms of reference for this position are available here:



All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be considered first for this position. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada” or “No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada”.


If you are interested in the opportunity to lead one of the leading departments at the University, please contact Michael Naufal and Jessa Chupik at 416-363-3164 or send your résumé and cover letter to us at:  &



McMaster University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates including women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons. If you require any form of accommodation throughout the recruitment and selection procedure, please contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247).

Contact Information

McMaster UniversityJessica Arnettjarnett@mcmaster.ca905-525-9140 ex 20368
Posting Date: 01-Mar-2017Academic LOCUM, Practicing physician 60.00  Months Open 101-Jul-2017
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