UT Health Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center in Texas

Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center



McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Requisition #: 170000L6

Executive Search for the Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Houston, TX

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is commencing a national search for a distinguished physician scientist and visionary leader to build and direct a comprehensive cancer center at UTHealth. The Director will join one of the top research universities in the world, notable for its accomplished centers and schools focused on the life sciences. Together with renowned faculty and staff and our hospital partner, Memorial Hermann Health System, the Director will develop and execute a strategy that positions UTHealth to lead in the next generation of cancer care, prevention and discovery.

UTHealth is in an ideal position to make meaningful breakthroughs in the field of cancer research, pioneering areas such as human genomics, precision medicine and bioinformatics, cancer imaging, community engagement, and improved population health and clinical care. UTHealth is composed of six schools that include the McGovern Medical School, the School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Dentistry, Schools of Biomedical Informatics and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Collectively, these schools partner together to address the most important clinical problems in our society and collaborate to educate the next generation of health care providers and research leaders. Located in the Texas Medical Center, UTHealth clinicians and researchers have unprecedented access to patient populations and clinical data that will enhance efforts to facilitate new discoveries and improve cancer care.

The successful Director will be immersed in this unique environment and will take well-established basic and translational research programs, programs in cancer prevention and clinical oncology and coalesce them into a comprehensive cancer center that will serve as a resource for the greater Houston and Southeast Texas areas. In particular, the Director will be expected to:

  • Develop a unifying vision for the cancer center

  • Grow the clinical impact of cancer care at UTHealth and its hospital partners

  • Educate, recruit, and retain the next generation of cancer leaders

  • Coordinate more effective collaboration across UTHealth and beyond

  • Significantly strengthen the Center’s financial sustainability and fundraising efforts

The primary appointment of the Director will be within the Department of Internal Medicine at the McGovern Medical School. The Director given the resources to drive a strategic growth plan to align itself with the visions of the McGovern Medical School, UTHealth, The Memorial Hermann Health System and their respective boards of directors and leaders. The long-range goal is to move a UTHealth Comprehensive Cancer Center forward for eventual NCI designation.


Qualifications and Characteristics

UTHealth will search nationally for the most qualified candidates. While no one person will embody them all, the successful candidate will comprise many of the following professional qualifications, skills, experience, and personal qualities:

  • An M.D., Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D. in a relevant field and meet the requirements for appointment as a full professor on the tenure track at UTHealth

  • The vision and ability to create and implement a strategic plan for the future of a Cancer Center that is aligned with UTHealth and The Memorial Hermann Health System

  • An outstanding record of peer-reviewed publication and research funding

  • Clinical expertise in medical oncology

  • A track record of participating in the development of training grants

  • Experience strategically recruiting and retaining leaders in cancer research and treatment

  • A track record of supporting collaboration across departments or divisions to unite diverse stakeholders around a shared vision

  • Successful experience mentoring and facilitating the research of junior faculty; someone who feels comfortable showcasing the talents of others, and who has the ability to recognize high-potential individuals and develop this talent

  • Deep commitment to the development of a professional environment that supports equity and diversityProven financial management skills; the ability to advocate on behalf of the financial needs of a unit and to oversee complex budgets

  • Experience as, and ambition to be, an effective fundraiser, the ability to identify and leverage multiple revenue streams

  • A collaborative and communicative leadership style, outstanding interpersonal skills, integrity, warmth, good humor, and a high level of energy



your application, please include an updated CV along with a cover letter detailing

your vision for the Comprehensive Cancer Center.


This position is based in the Texas Medical Center (TMC) of the Houston, Texas, area, which is the largest medical complex in the world. The TMC is home to 21 renowned hospitals, 13 support organizations, eight academic and research institutions, six nursing programs, three public health organizations, three medical schools, two universities, two pharmacy schools, and a dental school. The TMC sees approximately 7.2 million patient visits annually. Houston’s mix of international diversity and Southern charm help make the nation’s fourth largest city a fun and family-friendly place to live. More than 145 languages are spoken in Houston, the third largest number of languages spoken in a U.S. city behind only New York and Los Angeles. Houston was ranked among the top places to visit in 2015 by the Boston Globe, Travel + Leisure, and Conde Nast Traveler. 77030, the Texas Medical Center zip code, is home to 21,000 physicians, scientists, researchers, and other advanced degree professionals in the life sciences. To learn more about Houston, seewww.visithoustontexas.com.

UTHealth is an EOE/AA employer. UTHealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. EOE/M/F/Disabled/Vet.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical schiences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center and a growing network of clinics throughout the region. The university’s primary teaching hospitals include Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Herman Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon b. Johnson Hospital.

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