Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine - University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine - University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York
Leadership, Internal Medicine - Primary Care, Hospitalist Medicine, General Internal Medicine
Buffalo, NY

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One of the oldest academic medical institutions in the country, the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of University at Buffalo (UB), The State University of New York, seeks an innovative academic internist and/or hospitalist to lead the faculty at an exciting time in its history.

As Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine of UB’s Department of Medicine, he/she will recruit and mentor academically outstanding faculty members, grow multidisciplinary clinical programs and expand research activities of the Division. As an academic leader with the rank of Associate/Full Professor in the Department of Medicine, he/she will work with the administrative and physician leaders of UB’s affiliated hospitals on operations improvement, program and facilities development, quality/safety, and strategic planning.

UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and UB’s affiliated hospitals are expanding clinical, teaching, and research programs and look to the next Division Chief for General Internal Medicine to advance academic and clinical growth across the health system.

Preference will be accorded to candidates with an MD/DO (or equivalent) or MD/PhD and a sustained record of academic accomplishment, including management experience within an academic medical center, and a national reputation for leadership in internal medicine, primary care, and/or hospital medicine. Candidates must be BC in Internal Medicine and NYS license eligible.

Academic Med, the leader in executive recruitment for academic medicine, is assisting UB with this strategically important search. Please forward your CV or nominations of highly qualified candidates to:

Gentry Zacheis
President & Search Leader, Academic Med

Position Specifics

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Position Specifics - Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine
The Department of Medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo (UB), invites applications and nominations for Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine. UB is seeking an exceptional academic leader to lead and continue to grow the division of general internal medicine, which includes both an inpatient hospitalist section and a primary care outpatient section and to grow the division of internal medicine research. Ideal candidates will have prior experience leading faculty in practice management, information systems and/or healthcare quality improvement.

The incoming Division Chief will lead and further develop the clinical operations and scholarship within the division of 43 physician faculty who work in both practice plan and hospital outpatient clinics. The division includes a rapidly growing Section of Hospitalist Medicine with a recently appointed Director that has 17 faculty and 3 APPs.

The successful applicant will arrive at a pivotal time in the history of the Department and of UB’s Academic Health Center (AHC), a consortium of UB's five health sciences schools - dental medicine, medicine and biomedical sciences, nursing, pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, and public health and health professions.

The GIM Chief will collaborate with other departments, expand faculty, create new clinical programs, provide effective mentoring and significantly re-shape the Division. The Chief will monitor clinical quality, financial performance and operations. It is anticipated that he/she will be an active clinician and educator and will be a visible leader and mentor. The successful applicant will be an exceptional physician leader, with the proven values and skills needed to lead a highly successful clinical, education and research enterprise.

This is an opportunity to join an organization focused on the future of medicine- one whose physicians and advanced practitioners partner with their patients to ensure a higher state of care and better outcomes. At UB Department of Medicine, you will experience a deeper sense of compassion, greater breadth of diversity and a never-ending desire to raise the standard of medical excellence, regionally and nationally.

Qualified applicants will be:

  • Eligible for appointment at the Associate or Professor level
  • Able to demonstrate requisite leadership and administrative skills
  • Capable of overseeing undergraduate and graduate medical education in internal medicine
  • Committed to quality and compassionate patient care
  • Able to oversee the growth of quality, patient outcomes, and clinical research
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine


UB Jacobs School of Medicine - Executive Search & Physician Recruitment
Division of General Internal Medicine
The Division of General Internal Medicine is committed to improving the health and well-being of the Western New York community through the delivery of high quality and effective health care that is distinguished by excellence, innovation, integrity, collaboration and compassion. In recognition of this commitment, our division has a unique academic mission of training the next generation of physicians through education, patient-oriented research and a scholarly approach to clinical practice.
General internal medicine faculty and their trainees are dedicated to improving the health of their individual patients and the larger community.  The Division has 43 full-time faculty and is comprised of 2 distinct service line programs: Inpatient Medicine/Hospitalists and Outpatient/Primary Care Providers. The goals of the Division of General Internal Medicine include:
  • Providing a patient-centered environment
  • Being the leading teachers in patient care and quality improvement
  • Cultivating an environment that nurtures and rewards lifelong learning
  • Collaborating with colleagues and the healthcare system to attain the best outcomes for patients.
  • Other opportunities include the charge to recruit and mentor excellent faculty, build a clinical program that fosters excellent clinical service to the community, and grow quality and outcomes research.
Dr. Anne Curtis, Chair of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Led by Dr. Anne Curtis, the Charles & Mary Bauer Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine, the UB Department of Medicine is the largest clinical department in the Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, with more than 140 full-time faculty. The Department of Medicine is composed of 13 divisions, 3 Residency Programs, and 7 Fellowships. Our research scientists and doctors have made important and internationally recognized contributions to medical science, including patents, discoveries and treatment advances.
The Department reflects UB SMBS’s goal to bring together physicians and researchers in a collaborative effort to deliver state-of-the-art clinical care, produce major breakthroughs on the causes and treatment of disease, and spin-off new biotechnology businesses. Two of UB’s designated research centers are led by faculty of the Department, the Center for Research in Cardiovascular Medicine and the Diabetes-Endocrinology Center of Western New York. Total research funding has increased by over 85% in the last six years. 

UB's new High-Tech Medical School

UB Opens, World-Class & State-of-the-Art Medical School in 2018 
In January 2018, The University at Buffalo ushered in a new era in medical education by introducing to the public its hallmark $375 million new medical school building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The new high-tech Medical School is designed for a new way of training doctors.

By the Numbers
World Class DesignNew Jacobs School will redefine MedEd & Translational Research in the 21st Century - The state-of-the-art Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will deliver world-class medical education, research and patient care – teaching a new generation of physicians in a facility that rivals other medical schools across the country.The new University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will redefine medical education and translational research in the 21st century. The new transit-oriented medical school development will bring 1,200 students, faculty and staff to the school’s downtown campus. With the goal of fostering collaboration and interdisciplinary care, the new academic medical center will create connections that allow students, faculty, biomedical researchers and clinicians to move easily from classroom to bedside to lab. 

UB Jacobs School of MedicineWorld Class Design - The $375 million medical school is a key component of the UB 2020 plan for academic excellence, which is intended to benefit students, faculty, staff and the Western New York community. Reflecting UB’s sustainability and climate-impact reduction goals, HOK designed a highly sustainable building and target Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The building design puts learning on display with glass-walled conference rooms and “floating operating rooms” that cantilever over the atrium, allowing all occupants to view the teaching and research underway inside. In the “flipped” classrooms, students can listen to a lecture and then swivel around to meet in small groups. A subway station connected to the lobby further activates the building by creating a space where students and faculty mix with NFTA riders.

UB Opens New Medical Education & Education Research Institute in 2019

UB Establishes Medical Education & Education Research Institute in 2019
In 2019, the Jacobs School established the Medical Education and Educational Research Institute (MEERI), a comprehensive and innovative institute for advancing medical education at UB. The institute will function as an academy for UB’s medical educators, supporting, advancing and recognizing Jacobs School faculty and instructional staff in teaching, learning, scholarship in education, mentoring and peer coaching. 

Dr. Jennifer Meka, Inaugural Director of MEERIJennifer Meka, PhD, assistant professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine and a nationally recognized educator in medical education and scholarship, has been named MEERI’s inaugural director, assistant dean for medical education at the Jacobs School and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Graduate School of Education. 

Transforming Medical Education

Transforming medical education at UB - MEERI is a critical piece of the Jacobs School’s Strategic Plan for Medical Education, planned over the past three years by a committee of medical school faculty, students and administrators, as well as medical education consultants. The goals of the institute are to foster the skills of medical educators and to promote scholarship in medical education, career advancement and recognition, as well as peer support. The committee has been working on enhancing the school’s medical curriculum in response to innovations led by the American Medical Association’s Change MedEd program and an enhanced emphasis on active learning from the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME), the national accrediting body for medical schools. The Change MedEd program has thus far been instituted at a select group of medical schools, including Penn State College of Medicine, Meka’s current institution.

Jacobs School of Medicine

UB Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Founded in 1846, the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (SMBS) is one of the oldest medical schools in the United States. Research is fundamental to the mission of UB’s medical school. Faculty are responsible for training the next generation of basic scientists, who are focused on fundamental discovery, and translational investigators—the physician scientists—who work with patients to validate basic science discoveries. Large-scale clinical trials are also conducted. This “bench-to-bedside” continuum of research helps ensure the best possible care for Western New York and beyond, and its outcomes will serve as catalysts for health economies and health policy.

The SMBS has made an equally firm commitment to train practitioners of medicine. The goal is to prepare students so that they are capable of entering any field of graduate medical education and can excel in virtually any field of medicine that currently exists or is likely to develop in the future.  The SMBS has organized a unique consortium of affiliated hospitals and research institutions offering a wide range of clinical experiences and training opportunities.

A Model System
Throughout its history, the university has not owned or operated a teaching hospital, but instead has instructed students in affiliated hospitals throughout the city. Today’s network of teaching affiliations was formalized in 1983 as the Graduate Medical Dental Education Consortium of Buffalo. It offers students a wide range of clinical experiences and training opportunities, and has served as a national model for graduate medical education.

Consortium of Affiliates
Our unique consortium of affiliated teaching hospitals and health care systems offers a wide range of clinical experiences and training opportunities. Kaleida Health System is the largest health care provider in Western New York, serving the region’s eight counties with five hospitals and numerous other facilities and services.

  • Buffalo General Medical Center Located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Buffalo General Medical Center offers a wide spectrum of clinical inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.
  • Oishei Children’s Hospital (OCH) The only freestanding children’s hospital in New York State, this regional center for specialized pediatric and women’s health care has achieved national recognition and is the access point for pediatric critical care as the region’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center.
  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital Located in one of the area’s fastest growing suburbs, this 200-bed community hospital supports our training in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, urology, obstetrics and gynecology, and family practice.
  • DeGraff Memorial Hospital A 70-bed community hospital primarily serving the needs of patients in towns north of Buffalo.
  • Erie County Medical Center This 550-bed medical center is one of the area’s leading health care providers. It serves as a regional center for trauma, burns, rehabilitation and cardiac care.
  • Veterans Affairs Western New York Healthcare System The Buffalo VA Medical Center provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient programs. It is the main referral center for cardiac surgery, cardiology and comprehensive cancer care for Western New York and northern Pennsylvania.
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. For more than a century, Roswell Park’s physician-scientists have made fundamental contributions to reduce the cancer burden and helped set national standards for cancer care, research and education. 
  • New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences A major UB center of research, discovery, and commercialization of processes and technology to alleviate human suffering from disease
  • Catholic Health System
  • Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute
  • Olean General Hospital
  • Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC)
The pillar of our growing Downtown Campus is the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, which moved there in 2017 following construction of a state-of-the-art building at Main and High streets. Most of our other Downtown Campus entities are also located on or near Buffalo’s medical corridor, a lively hub of clinical care, research and educational institutions in the heart of the city. They include the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, the Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions, and the Clinical and Translational Research Center.

 Kaleida Health

Kaleida Health System & Great Lakes Health
Kaleida Health is the largest health care provider and largest private employer (10,000 employees) in Western New York. More than one million patient visits are recorded annually at the Buffalo General Medical Center, Bradford Regional Medical Center, DeGraff Memorial Hospital, Gates Vascular Institute, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Oishei Children’s Hospital, Olean General Hospital, plus health system’s 80+ clinics and health care centers. Kaleida Health operates HighPointe on Michigan and the DeGraff Memorial Hospital skilled nursing facility, plus the nation’s oldest – and original - Visiting Nursing Association. Kaleida Health also operates a major laboratory division as well as the Millard Fillmore Ambulatory Surgery Center. The organization is also affiliated with Great Lakes Health, the entity integrating Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation and the University at Buffalo. Kaleida Health's economic impact on Western New York exceeds $2.7 billion annually.

UBuffalo #1 Public School in NY
About University of Buffalo
The University at Buffalo is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence. It is the flagship and the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus State University of New York system. With 27,000 students, the University at Buffalo is a Carnegie Class I research university and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). The university offers 83 Ph.D. and 190 master’s degree programs, and has outstanding supercomputing, library, and research facilities, including numerous interdisciplinary centers and institutes for faculty collaboration. The University at Buffalo has three campuses: UB South campus, UB Downtown campus, and UB North Campus.
World-Class Research
As a top-35 public research university—and No. 1 in New York—UB is a place where you can follow your passion, apply your knowledge and collaborate with other top minds to tackle the world’s most complex challenges. UB researchers discover new knowledge to solve problems and answer questions. With more than 100 active research centers, institutes and collaborative projects, topics range from the environment to evolving materials and technologies in applied manufacturing, and from big data analytics to addictive behaviors.
Beautiful Fall Day @ UB

About the Buffalo/Niagara Region
Buffalo is the second-largest city in New York State and is located on the shores of Lake Erie, upriver of the majestic Niagara Falls. Buffalo – the City of Good Neighbors – is undergoing a renaissance with a rapidly growing economy, vital academic health sciences center, and affordable cost of living. The Western New York educational system is excellent. Buffalo-Niagara is a region of 1.2 million people, world-class art galleries and museums, a comprehensive city-wide system of parks and green space, a vibrant theater and music community, and major and minor league sports teams.

Buffalo City Hall

Buffalo is Booming
Buffalo is a thriving city situated in a region of more than two million people that offers a world of opportunity. World-class art galleries and museums, a comprehensive city-wide system of parks and green space designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and major and minor league sports teams are just a few of the wide array of cultural and recreational elements that make Buffalo such a great place to study, work, and live.

Four Seasons - Buffalo, NY

Experience Four Seasons
Four robust seasons allow for an endless range of outdoor pursuits, from sailing to skiing, while a range of professional sports teams keep the city fired up year-round.The Canadian metropolis of Toronto is less than a two-hour drive away and is a favorite getaway destination for those seeking the metropolitan flair of this sophisticated city.

Buffalo features outstanding high schools, including City Honors School, which Newsweek ranked as the fourth-best in the nation. Many more rank within the top 100. Artistic indulgence is plentiful with a vast array of professional theaters, performance venues, and galleries.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a 25 Minute Drive
Niagara Falls is a group of three waterfalls at the southern end of Niagara Gorge, spanning the border between the US state of New York and the Canadian province of Ontario. The Falls are just a short drive from Buffalo. Niagara Falls is famed both for its beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power. 

Buffalo Downtown

A City on the Rise
Since manufacturing and railroad production has left Buffalo, the city has reinvented itself as a hotbed for emerging tech, finance and health care. Tesla Motors calls Buffalo home for its solar powered product factory, and Kaleida Healthcare has long been a top employer for Buffalo residents

The Buffalo area offers all of the amenities of a major urban area—without the headaches. The average workday commute is less than twenty minutes, which is the lowest out of fifty major U.S. cities. Affordable housing is widely accessible throughout the region, and reasonable costs of living make the good life possible on any budget. Most neighborhoods offer easy access to shopping, recreation, dining, and excellent schools. 

Top 100 Best Place to Live 
Located right on the United States-Canada border, Buffalo has long been an access point for anyone looking to visit our friendly neighbors to the north or experience the awe-inspiring majesty of Niagara Falls. Residents of Buffalo acquiesce to cold winters and often-disappointing professional sports teams in return for a low cost of living (the city earned the #2 spot on our Best Affordable Places to Live list), tight-knit community and rapidly evolving downtown scene.

City of Lights
Buffalo also received an above-average rating in the infrastructure category thanks to the city’s harnessing of hydro-power from Niagara Falls to create a cheap and reliable energy source (earning Buffalo its “City of Lights” moniker). In addition, downtown Buffalo offers a metro-rail extending from one end to another, allowing residents a quick way to traverse the city.

A few of the recent rankings and awards:

How to apply

How to Apply
The University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences has retained the services of Academic Med, a national leader in academic medicine executive recruitment, to assist with this strategically important search. The search will be led by Gentry Zacheis, Managing Principal for Academic Med. Please direct any initial inquiries, nominations or applications to Mr. Zacheis via email,

University at Buffalo is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution committed to excellence through diversity. University of Buffalo will not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.