Professor and Anatomic Pathology Division Chair

Professor and Anatomic Pathology Division Chair

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

Richmond, VA, United States

Mission or Goal of Unit  

The Department of Pathology is a diverse clinical, research, and teaching department within the School of Medicine at VCUHS, located in Richmond, Virginia. We offer a full range of pathology services to physicians, researchers, and patients at VCUHS, a 780-bed tertiary-care urban teaching hospital dedicated to serving the patients and physicians of central Virginia.

We have 40 full-time Pathology faculty based at the VCUHS campus and are affiliated with the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Medical Center. Our faculty supervise 14 hospital laboratories including Histopathology, Neuropathology, Cytopathology, Autopsy Pathology, Molecular Diagnostics, Cytogenetics, Hematology, Coagulation, Microbiology, Immunology, Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology, and Transfusion Medicine. Our clinical laboratories are staffed by 315 full-time equivalent hospital employees who performed more than 3.6 million billable tests this year.

Our scientists are supported by numerous research grants, primarily from NIH, with extramural funding in excess of $2.5 million in 2018. We have funded research programs in clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, blood banking, infectious disease, growth factor signal transduction, hepatobiliary and breast cancer, and the pathobiology of metastasis. There is also a wide variety of clinical and applied research in all areas of pathology and laboratory medicine.

Currently, 18 Residents and 7 Fellows are in our training programs. The education residents receive in Anatomic, Clinical and Molecular Pathology Divisions is of the highest caliber, in part because of the dedication of the faculty to pathology education, as evidenced by their leadership roles in GME at the local and national levels.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

The Department of Pathology at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System seeks an outstanding academic pathologist to serve as Division Chair of Anatomic Pathology and Director of Anatomic Pathology Services.  

The Division of Anatomic Pathology comprises 15 full time faculty members who actively participate in the clinical, educational, and research missions of a large academic department. Educational programs include over 500 formal teaching contact hours in the VCU School of Medicine and over 3,000 contact hours with residents and fellows.  The division boasts multiple Anatomic Pathology fellowships including accredited programs in Cytopathology, Forensic Pathology, Neuropathology, and Surgical Pathology. Faculty have access to departmental project funding intended to support and facilitate clinical research.   The Division accessioned over 22,000 surgical pathology cases, over 11,500 cytopathology cases, and over 130 autopsies in 2018. Our practice includes a broad range of subspecialty and consultative services based at VCU Health, Community Memorial Hospital, and the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.  In addition to thriving subspecialty-based services in Surgical Pathology, Dermatopathology, and Cytopathology, the Division of Anatomic Pathology has a strong collaborative history with the Virginia Central District of the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Position Responsibilities

The division chair will report to and work closely with the department chair to further the mission of the division. 

The Division Chair is responsible for overseeing faculty, staff and trainees within the division and advancing the educational, clinical, and research missions.  Additionally, the position works closely with hospital leadership, clinical and basic science department heads, and will actively participate in the strong academic interactions of the VCU Massey Cancer Center, one of only 69 National Cancer Institute-designated institutions in the country.

Required Qualifications

Prospective candidates should have superb diagnostic skills as well as a national and international reputation for excellence in clinical service work in his/her area of expertise.  Additionally, a strong background and interest in administrative aspects, including operational oversight of anatomic pathology services, is required.  They should be adept in leadership, team building, and mentorship as it relates to managing 15 divisional faculty.  The applicant should have a strong research focus with experience in or potential for developing clinical research collaborations.  Experience in graduate and undergraduate medical education is required.  A track record of publications demonstrating clinical and scientific accomplishments is required.  

Applicants should currently be at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.  

MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent degree with Board certification in Anatomic Pathology, or combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology is required as well as fellowship training or proven expertise in a focused area of Anatomic Pathology. Candidates must be qualified for full, unrestricted medical licensure in Virginia.  In addition, the candidate should have experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or show a commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.  

Academic rank, tenure, and salary will be commensurate based on qualifications, experience, and scholarly accomplishments.

Interested candidates should apply online at (position #F63670).  For additional information, please contact:  

Deidra Trabosh

Manager of Administration and Faculty Support

Department of Pathology

PO Box 980662

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action University providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.

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