Head, Division of Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism

Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, NU

Chicago, IL, United States

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (www.lurieschildrens.org), formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital, provides superior pediatric care in a setting that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design. Founded in 1882, Lurie Children’s is the largest pediatric provider in the region, with a 130-year legacy of excellence, caring for more children than any other pediatric hospital in Illinois. It is the only independent children’s hospital in Illinois. The medical staff includes 1,446 physicians in 70 pediatric specialties. In its 2018 fiscal year, Lurie Children’s increased its investment in research activities by 21 percent through Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute. That same year, Lurie researchers moved into four floors of the newly opened Simpson-Querrey Biomedical Research Building, gaining additional space and state-of-the-art facilities, concentrating Lurie research geographically, and co-locating with researchers from many other disciplines supported by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Reporting to the Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (who is also Department Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University School of Medicine), the Division Head plans, organizes, and directs the activities of the division in its diverse organizational settings and mission areas. While developing and coordinating short- and long-range goals of the division, the Head assures that divisional activities enhance the objectives of the department. The Head provides clinical supervision of medical services and assures appropriateness, quality, and safety of patient care within the division, and assures appropriate supervision of trainees. In addition, the Head promotes high-quality research that leverages partnership opportunities within and outside the department and effectively integrates the research platform with improved clinical care. The Head will be responsible for promoting teaching by providing leadership for and participation in the education of medical students, fellows, house staff, nursing, and medical staff and will mentor faculty, assuring that each member of the division/program receives an annual performance evaluation applicable to his/her job description, for example, for clinicians, covering patient care, teaching, research, advocacy, revenue generation and expenses.

The Division of Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism provides a full range of services for the diagnosis, counseling and treatment of patients with genetic and congenital disorders. The Division cares for approximately 2,500 infants, children, and young adults with birth defects, intellectual disability, short stature, genetic syndromes and metabolic disorders each year, principally through outpatient clinics and an inpatient consult service. The division’s physicians have gained an international reputation for their expertise in evaluating and treating neurofibromatosisphenylketonuria (PKU), and lysosomal storage disorders such as the mucopolysaccharidoses, Gaucher diseaseFabry diseasePompe disease, among many others. In addition to current physicians providing clinical care, the division is well-staffed by non-physician providers including 5 Advanced Practice Providers (APNs and PAs), 19 Genetic Counselors, one Registered Nurse, three Metabolic Dietitians, a Diet Technician, and a Social Worker.

As genomics continues more profoundly to shape and inform research programs and patient care, the Division Head has an exciting opportunity to build the division into a nationally recognized center of research, translation, patient care, and advocacy in the field of pediatric genetics. The Head will have the support of Lurie Children’s leadership to grow the department’s research program and infrastructure and, in particular, its clinical program, recruiting outstanding clinicians and researchers into existing and new clinical and research lines and identifying strategic areas of investment in clinical, research, and support-service areas.

Lurie Children’s is seeking a versatile and experienced Division Head with an aptitude for aligning expectations and standards around service, compliance, and efficiency, and the leadership abilities to command the respect of Hospital leadership. The successful candidate must possess an MD or MD/PhD, and must be licensed or eligible for an Illinois medical license. Board Certification in Pediatrics and Clinical Genetics is required as is qualification for appointment at the Associate Professor level or higher. Demonstrated relevant experience in a clinical/research leadership or administrative role in Genetics at a nationally ranked top-tier Department of Pediatrics is essential, as is demonstrated ability to provide leadership of a vibrant Genetics division or program, including medical education, research, child advocacy, and patient care. A proven ability to mentor both junior and senior faculty, in addition to having a collaborative and visionary leadership style, is necessary.


Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity employer.

Qualified women and people of color are especially encouraged to apply.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago has retained Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, PhD, Partner, and Marisea Rivera, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be sent by email to Craig (craig.smith@opuspartners.net) or Marisea (marisea.rivera@opuspartners.net).


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Head, Division of Genetics, Birth Defects and Metabolism