The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, (UAMS) invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Chancellor for Research.

The Vice Chancellor will join a new College of Medicine Dean, Chris Westfall, M.D., a highly regarded UAMS ophthalmologist, and the new Chancellor, Cam Patterson, M.D., M.B.A., a renowned cardiologist and healthcare administrator, previously from Weil Cornell Medicine, where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Focus points for the new Vice Chancellor will be the creation and execution of a strategic plan for research that builds on the many strengths already present at UAMS and creates or strengthens collaborations with the variety of statewide resources, governmental, industry and private that are present in Arkansas. Creating an interdisciplinary team-based approach and using research to help fund programmatic growth and expansion, will also be important accountabilities.

Even as UAMS embarks on drafting a new long-range strategic plan, one priority goal it continues to pursue is designation by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a comprehensive cancer center. The Vice Chancellor for Research will serve as a critical component of this effort by ensuring the growth and continued support of cancer research as an element of a comprehensive cancer clinical care, education and research center.

Essential for the position is an innovative and strategic-thinker who has experience in high functioning, cutting-edge research administration and advancement.

As the state’s only academic health center, UAMS provides tertiary and quaternary medical and surgical care to a community of 3 million people. In 2015, UAMS launched a highly matrixed platform for clinical care, education and research. This new structure, named the Integrated Clinical Enterprise (ICE), promotes inter-professional collaboration and clinical excellence by integrating clinicians, nurses and other clinical professionals into 15 service lines organized around the needs of patients and their families. A corresponding expense-based budgeting process promotes the strategic allocation of institutional resources. UAMS benefits from a sound financial position, a highly trusted clinical brand, and limited competition from other tertiary/quaternary-level medical centers. The institution is actively expanding the reach of its clinical and academic programs through strategic partnerships, affiliations, and other growth-related initiatives.

UAMS maintains clinical affiliations with Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. These affiliations include research entities where faculty scientists work such as Arkansas Children’s Research Institute. Academic affiliations include hosting joint programs with sister campuses, UA-Fayetteville and UA-Little Rock. Research collaborations with UA-Fayetteville are increasing with leaders on both campuses seeing opportunity ahead.

The Vice Chancellor reports directly to the Provost with a matrix relationship to the Chancellor. He/she will enhance research activities across all UAMS colleges, including the College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, College of Public Health and the College of Health Professions. Working with the Chancellor, Provost, Deans, Center and Institute Directors and Senior Leadership, the new Vice Chancellor will create and advance the research mission of UAMS.