Chief, Division of Medical Genetics & Precision Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Chief, Division of Medical Genetics & Precision Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Genetics - Genomics, Leadership, Pediatrics - Genetics, Academic Med, Medical School Teaching & Curriculum Development
Jackson, MS

Chief medical genetics

Position Overview

The Clinical Geneticist will provide quality patient care focusing on adult genetics.  Clinical duties include cancer risk assessment and genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes in addition to other hereditary disorders including but not limited to cardiology, neurology, nephrology, and musculoskeletal and management consultation for general genetic syndromes. The successful candidate will have opportunities to participate and lead innovative efforts to incorporate genomics across the cancer institute.

Minimum Requirements

  • Qualified candidates must hold an MD, DO, or MD/PhD degree(s)
  • Candidate must be board certified or board eligible in Medical Genetics or other applicable field as determined by Department chair AND be eligible for a University of Mississippi Medical Center appointment
  • Board certified (or participating in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) if lapsed) in Genetics.
  • Eligible for unrestricted medical licensure in the State of Mississippi

Position Specifics

University of Mississippi Medical Center

University of Mississippi Medica Center (UMMC) is the heath sciences campus of the University of Mississippi. Also referred to as the Medical Center, is the state’s only academic medical center. The Medical Center opened in 1955, but its beginnings date to 1903 when a two-year medical school was established on the parent campus in Oxford. 

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UMC houses seven health science schools:

  • School of Medicine
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Health Related Professions
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • School of Population Health
  • School of Pharmacy

The Medical Center's three-part mission is to improve the lives of Mississippians by educating tomorrow's health care professionals, by conducting health sciences research, and by providing cutting-edge patient care. A major goal of the Medical Center is the elimination of differences in health status of Mississippians based on race, geography, income, or social status.

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Integral to its education and research missions, UMMC provides wide-ranging patient care programs. Three specialized hospitals on the Jackson campus include the only children's hospital in Mississippi, a women and infants' hospital, and a critical care hospital, along with University Hospital. UMMC offers the only Level 1 trauma center, the only Level 4 neonatal intensive care nursery unit, and the only organ transplant programs in the state, in addition to many other referral services. University Physicians, the faculty group practice of the School of Medicine, includes about 500 doctors, many of them among leaders in their field, who care for patients in the hospitals and clinics on campus, around the Jackson metro area, and in outreach clinics around the state.

UMMC School of Medicine

The University of Mississippi School of Medicine is committed to training skilled and compassionate physicians to provide high-quality and equitable health care particularly to the state’s residents, including diverse and underserved populations. The school prepares learners to provide excellent care through programs of innovative education, state-of-the-art research and comprehensive clinical practice.

The UMMC boasts faculty that are considered leaders in their fields, esteemed educators and mentors, innovative researchers and compassionate caregivers. The Medical Center's overall goal of a healthier Mississippi is only possible with the men and women who are entrusted to train the next generation of Mississippi's physicians.

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Department of Medicine

The Department of Medicine (DOM) is dedicated to providing highest-quality expert patient care, training of the next generation of internists and subspecialist physicians, and research effort to discover and develop more effective medical therapies and cures for tomorrow. Integral to UMMC the only academic medical center in the state of Mississippi, the DOM represents the largest academic campus, the DOM includes 13 divisions: allergy and immunology, cardiology, digestive diseases, endocrinology, general internal medicine, geriatrics, hematology and oncology, hospital medicine, infectious diseases, nephrology, rheumatology and molecular immunology, palliative and supportive care, and pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine.

The DOM is the home for the NIH-supported Jackson Heart Study for the past 20 years and also plays a major role in the new RURAL (Risk Underlying Rural Areas Longitudinal) Cohort Study). Aspiring to be a major contributor to biomedical research across the spectrum of investigations, members of the department maintain collaboration with many well-established basic science groups across campus, with the schools of population health, nursing, and pharmacy, and other institutions around the country. With the opening of the University’s new Translational Research Center and the clinical trials research unit in the hospital, we plan to expand our research interests further in coming years. Increasing our footprint in the institutional conduct of clinical trials is a major focus of the DOM.

The Division of Genetics at Children's Mississippi

The Division of Genetics at Children's of Mississippi offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment for known or suspected inherited disorders. The genetics team includes five board-certified geneticists and four board-certified genetic counselors who service the adult, pediatric and prenatal patient population of Mississippi.

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Pediatric genetics is a medical specialty for children and involves the evaluation of patients for dysmorphic features, metabolic conditions, and heritable syndromes. Many disorders of childhood have an inherited or genetic cause. Our geneticists and genetic counselors work together to determine if a child or adolescent has a recognized genetic syndrome. This can allow planning for the child's current and future needs.


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Jackson is the capital of Mississippi. This modern city, containing many historic buildings and sites, is conveniently located at the crossroads of Interstate 55 (north-south), I-20 (east-west) and the historic Natchez Trace Parkway near the center of the state and about an hour's drive from the Mississippi River. Jackson is the center of the metro Jackson area, home to nearly 500,000 people.

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Mississippi is a state for all those who are wanderers at heart. From lush, forested Appalachian foothills to expansive Delta horizons to coastal roadways lines with live oaks, you’ll find something new to discover on every mile of your journey. Whether you’re a music lover, history buff, foodie or sports fan, you’re sure to find unique and memorable attractions on your journey. 

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How to apply

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has retained the services of Academic Med, the leader in healthcare recruitment solutions for academic medical centers, to assist with this strategically important recruitment effort. This search is being led by Gentry Zacheis, Managing Principal of Academic Med.

Please submit applications, nominations, and/or confidential inquiries to: Applications should include a Curriculum Vitae and a Letter of Interest. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


The University of Mississippi Medical Center is an EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Title VI/Title VII/Title IX/504/ADA/ADEA employer. The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s education, research, and service programs are open to every qualified person. Equal Employment Opportunity is announced, provided, and ensured for all persons and affirmative action is taken to guarantee that individuals recruited, hired, trained, promoted, will in all ways be treated equally without regard to race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, socio-economic status, culture, or genetic information. Inquiries or concerns may be made to: Employee Relations, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216.