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Chair, Ophthalmology

School, College or Department: Ophthalmology
Date Posted: Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:25:00 EST
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Academic and clinical leader to serve as Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology. This individual will be responsible for the full scope of clinical research and educational activities of the department as well as collaborative activities with basic science departments and affiliated institutions in Westchester County and the New York tri-state area.

The ideal candidate needs to hold a faculty rank of associate professor or professor and have a proven record as a mentor and teacher, recognized nationally for research accomplishments, committed to the goal of diversity, and possess exceptional leadership, managerial and collaborative skills, who can lead the department to even higher levels of clinical excellence and academic productivity. NYMC offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Interested candidates are requested to submit a current curriculum vitae electronically to the search committee chair:

Chair, Search Committee Chair of Ophthalmology
Edmund F. La Gamma, MD, FAAP Chief, Division of Newborn Medicine & Director, The Regional NICU Professor of Pediatrics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology New York Medical College and Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.

Visit the Department of Ophthalmology's website.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities of the Chair:

Global Expectations, Education and Experience

  • The successful candidate will be an MD or an MD/PhD with board certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology. 
  • Significant academic, administrative and clinical experience is highly desirable. 
  • Preference will be accorded candidates who have demonstrated the ability to organize and oversee the strategic and operational aspects of academic section leadership. 
  • A strong track record of funded research, international recognition, and an established record of surgical proficiency are highly valued.
  • He/she should be or be qualified to be licensed in the State of New York. 
  • The successful candidate will have scholarly credentials appropriate to be proposed for appointment as Professor of Ophthalmology at NYMC. 

Mission Performance

  • Enthusiastic advocacy for NYMC’s multiple missions and its commitment to gender equity and diversity.
  • Demonstrates an appropriate understanding of and enthusiasm for each of the three missions of an academic medical organization.
  • Understands, advocates, and supports the broad research mission – basic, translational, clinical – and is committed to its growth. 

Overview of Specific Areas of Responsibility

  • Responsibility for leadership of the clinical, educational and research activities of the Department of Ophthalmology of New York Medical College (NYMC) and current and future teaching hospital affiliates.
  • Responsibility for ensuring and enhancing the quality, safety and cost-effective care of Ophthalmology patients.
  • Responsibility for representing the Department, either personally or through a designee, to work effectively with the executive management teams at all hospital affiliates in planning for enhancements and expansion of the services.
  • Responsibility for oversight of the medical education program in Ophthalmology which includes the medical students’ experiences at Westchester Medical Center, Metropolitan Hospital Medical Center and future affiliates.
  • Providing oversight of the medical student experience for those students who take their Ophthalmology rotation at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, until that relationship concludes.
  • Responsibility for further development and maintenance of our fully credentialed, free standing residency program at Westchester Medical Center.
  • Responsibility for enhancing and growing the GME program for the Department of Ophthalmology and the Medical School.
  • Responsibility for the recruitment, retention and professional development of full-time faculty of the Department.
  • Responsibility for maintaining engagement of community-based faculty, particularly medical student training program in Ophthalmology.
  • Responsibility for the professional development of all faculty of the Department, leading to the professional advancement and leadership development of its members.
  • Responsibility for guiding the development of research in clinical Ophthalmology and basic science studies with particular relevance for the practice of Ophthalmology
  • Responsibility for the financial management of the Department including budgeting and resource allocation; maintaining and providing leadership in the use of funds available to the chairperson.
  • Responsibility for all Ophthalmology services and, either personally or through a designee, will work closely with hospital leadership on operations improvement, program and facilities development, and strategic planning related to Ophthalmology, including the growth of satellite facilities.
  • Responsibility for coordinating the activities of the Department at all affiliates in an effort to support the development of an effective system-wide Ophthalmology Clinical, Education and Academic Service Line. 
  • Responsibility to contribute as a member of the senior academic leadership team of NYMC 


  • Has experience in either the clinical or basic research enterprise and has a track record of peer reviewed publications
  • Has experience in motivating trainees, junior faculty and senior clinicians in the value and importance of advancing the field of ophthalmology through original work and collaborative investigation.
  • Is comfortable and experienced with accessing and engaging foundations, industry and federal support for the research development of the department. 


  • Understands the organizational landscape and is able to anticipate and articulate the critical issues, opportunities, and threats in the foreseeable future.
  • Exhibits an appreciation for the need for preparation, collaboration, planning, communication, and benchmarking of results in his/her approach to problem solving and program building.
  • Is skilled at recruiting and retention, and values the role of leaders in mentoring.
  • Acts with honor and integrity in personal and professional actions.
  • Leads from the understanding that the enterprises of healthcare and academic medicine require system thinking and decision making that are in the best interests of the institution.
  • Appreciates and understands the value of team building – skilled at getting individuals, and teams to perform at a higher level and to embrace change; negotiates skillfully to achieve a fair outcome or promote a common cause; communicates a compelling vision and is committed to what needs to be done; inspires others, builds motivated, high-performing teams; understands what motivates different people. 

Personal and Interpersonal

  • A style that fosters and supports change and innovation, with an ability to delegate yet maintain overall control and to set high standards.
  • Exhibits self-awareness, humility, and empathy in her/his interactions with others.
  • Has the courage to act on convictions after adequate communication and gathering of facts and input.
  • Exhibits optimism and a high energy level with an orientation towards innovation and action.
  • Exhibits the values and behavior of a good citizen in her/his actions within the organization at large.
  • Demands trust, transparency, and optimism by her/his actions.
  • Communicates naturally, frequently, and effectively.  Strong communication skills are essential in leading a group of academic physicians and collaborating effectively with professionals in other disciplines.
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity and a commitment to diversity. 


  • Ability to manage a complex organization with success measured in well-defined metrics.
  • Skilled at organizing and managing human resources, including resolving conflict.
  • Understands and passionately advocates for compliance with institutional and external regulations.
  • Ability to delegate effectively while maintaining focus on strategy and overall goals of the Department of Ophthalmology and for the continued development of ophthalmologic services at the hospital affiliates and the academic mission of NYMC.
  • Has participated in the management of a clinical enterprise and demonstrates an understanding of the issues involved. 

External Activities

  • Has experience working with leadership of hospitals, faculty practice organizations, research institutes, or other mission critical institutions as appropriate.
  • Demonstrates, or exhibits the apparent ability to build productive relationships with alumni, donors, government leaders, and related external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to the culture, needs, and aspirations of the community.
  • Demonstrated involvement and leadership in academic and research societies or organizations. 

Applications will be screened beginning immediately, and the search will be continued until the position is filled.

Contact Info

Send resume with cover letter indicating position of interest to: Alicia Parrish, Employment Manager, Human Resources Department at or HR fax 914-594-4309. Candidates of interest will be contacted to schedule interviews. New York Medical College is committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds. New York Medical College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.