Chair of the Department of Radiology

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is seeking a dynamic, mission-minded, academic leader with a national reputation to guide the growth and development of the Department of Radiology as a regional, national and international leader in medical education, research, patient care and service. The duties of the Chair of Radiology contribute in the effort to further the mission of UAMS: To improve the health, health care and well-being of Arkansans and of others in the region, nation and world.

This position serves as the Chair of Radiology within the UAMS College of Medicine and the Director of the Imaging Service line within the UAMS Medical Center. The person in this position serves as a vital partner in framing the strategic direction for UAMS Radiology within an integrated clinical enterprise, through multidisciplinary collaboration with the academic chairs and service line directors across UAMS. As an integral member of the executive leadership team, the Chair of Radiology reports directly to the Dean of the UAMS College of Medicine.

All inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Radiology are welcome.

About the Department of Radiology

UAMS supported early adoption (1906) of Roentgen ray technology at the medical center. The specialty of Radiology was established in the UAMS medical school curriculum by 1920. The Department of Radiology was formally established in the UAMS College of Medicine in 1947 with Dr. Isadore Meschan serving as its first Chair. Today over 90 physicians, including full and part-time radiologists, serve in the UAMS Department of Radiology with expertise in all general and sub-specialty areas of the field. The radiology faculty serves at a variety of UAMS hospital, clinics, institutes, and clinical affiliates: Arkansas Children’s Hospital (a designated Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center), the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS), and Arkansas Children’s Northwest in Springdale. The Department leadership has been strengthened by recently installed Radiology Division Directors or Service Chiefs in Pediatric Radiology, Neurointerventional Radiology, and Breast Imaging.

The departmental radiology facilities within the UAMS Radiology Imaging Service Line occupy over 62,000 square feet and include 2 PET/CT, 7 MRI, and 5 CT scanners, 5 gamma cameras, and 7 interventional radiology suites. In the past few years, the Department of Radiology, with institutional support, has championed initiatives including the implementation of ACRSelect within UAMS’s EMR and programs in mobile mammography and chest radiography. In the past fiscal year, the Department of Radiology and its clinical service line generated more than $300 million, realizing approximately $20 million in collected professional revenues.

In the arena of Graduate Medical Education, the first resident graduate in Diagnostic Radiology completed training at UAMS in 1953. The UAMS Diagnostic Radiology residency is ACGME-accreditated since 1974. Seven positions are offered annually in a 5-year categorical UAMS Radiology Residency program. With a current board pass-rate of 100%, the UAMS radiology resident graduate serves as an excellent diagnostic radiologist capable of entering private practice immediately upon graduation and/or successfully completing subspecialty fellowship training, usually at the program of their choice. UAMS Department of Radiology also sponsors ACGME-accredited integrated Interventional Radiology (IR) –Diagnostic Radiology (DR) and DR- Nuclear Medicine (NM) residency programs and Fellowships in Pediatric Radiology and Neuroradiology. The UAMS combined residency in DR-NM is the first program in the country to list and fill through the residency match.

The UAMS Department of Radiology also provides robust UAMS medical student education with a third–year clerkship elective, six senior-year elective rotations, and support of DR and IR medical student interest groups.

UAMS Radiology faculty is actively engaged in scholarly pursuits accounting for more than $1 million in active grant funding. Over the last 5 years, of the 16 faculty members who applied for promotion, all were granted advancement in academic rank and/or tenure by the University. The nationally recognized UAMS Radiology faculty has expertise in subspecialty areas including stroke therapy, interventional oncology, obstetrical ultrasound, pediatric radiology, mammography, and resident education.

In 2015, the College of Medicine inaugurated a Department of Biomedical Informatics. The Radiology Chair will continue to develop the collaborative relationship that exists now between Radiology and Biomedical Informatics including continuing participation in The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA). Additionally, the Department operates a high field MRI in collaboration with the Brain Imaging Research Center within the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Formulate, in conjunction with the faculty and administration, a clear vision and strategic plan of the short and long term goals and objectives of the Department and provide regular feedback on performance - jointly identifying goals and monitoring progress toward goals.
  • Demonstrate the leadership, management ability, and administrative experience to take the Department to the next level of achievement.
  • Be supportive of the educational needs and contributions of students, residents, faculty, and staff in the Department.
  • Develop a Departmental research portfolio that stresses collaboration and maximizes opportunity for synergistic productivity across the University’s campuses.
  • Oversee clinical operations in conjunction with practice management partners to optimize effectiveness and efficiency.
  • In addition to the customary academic leadership duties, the Radiology Chair also serves as the Director of the Imaging Service Line within the Integrated Clinical Enterprise. With the Imaging Service Line Administrator and Technical Director, the Service Line Director is responsible for all technical and support staff employees as well as operating and capital budgets in Radiology, Interventional Radiology and the Cardiac Catheterization lab. As Director of the Imaging Service Line, the Chair will have as a major focus the actualization of an institutional program to replace approximately $30 million in capital equipment over the next 5-10 years.
  • Remain abreast of essentials of accreditation, certification, and regulations.
  • Promote and support advances in clinical care while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
  • Serve as a resource to the hospital for development of new Radiology programs.
  • Lead projects and initiatives as requested by the Dean of the College of Medicine.

Candidate Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:

  • M.D. or D.O. degree
  • American Board of Radiology Certification and licensure or eligibility for licensure in the State of Arkansas
  • Practice experience with a minimum 10 years in radiology or a subspecialty of radiology
  • Qualified for faculty appointment in Department of Radiology of the College of Medicine at the rank of Professor. The ideal candidate will have national recognition in the field of Radiology as an educator, clinician, research scientist, and/or physician leader
  • Experience in operational and financial management and leadership in a hospital, academic health center, or group practice environment
  • Leadership as well as organizational and interpersonal skills needed to effectively operate in the complex environment of an academic health center

Preferred Professional Experience and Characteristics

  • Additional training or advanced degree in management or administration. Experience in medical staff functions is essential as is a working knowledge of hospital operations, quality improvement, and strategic planning
  • Strategic planning skills and expertise in management, finance and clinical operations
  • Balanced commitment to educational, clinical and research missions
  • Background and experience in the implementation of decision support, data management, and AI algorithms
  • Exposure to, or strong commitment to, a fully integrated, service-line structure
  • Commitment to employee, environmental and patient safety and quality initiatives
  • Strong commitment to interdisciplinary cooperation and learning
  • Demonstrated track record of mentorship and evidence of having developed others in their academic careers
  • Philanthropic, alumni relations and development experience a plus; and
  • Understanding of compliance requirements at the federal and state levels.

Personal Characteristics

  • Well-developed emotional intelligence with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Passion for excellence and a high level of energy and enthusiasm;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a matrixed organization with multiple lines of reporting;
  • Demonstrated record of promoting collaboration and cultivating strong internal and external relationships;
  • Capacity to embrace change with an appropriate respect for culture and tradition;
  • Analytical and intellectual skills to lead cogent planning and sound management systems;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity;
  • Motivator and mentor capable of developing strong teams and developing others; and
  • Unquestioned personal integrity.

Interested individuals are asked to submit their CV and a letter addressing their experiences that fulfill the criteria for this position to Julian Tunno, Manager of Executive and Faculty Recruitment at jtunno@uams.edu.  Contact Julian Tunno by phone at 501-686-2590.

Written nominations, inquiries, and applications (including emails) may be subject to disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

UAMS is an inclusive Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.

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UAMS was founded in 1879 by eight physicians. Today UAMS is the state’s only academic health center, part of a statewide network of postsecondary education institutions of the University of Arkansas System governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees.



About the University

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the state’s only academic health sciences center, comprised of five health professions colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, and Public Health), a graduate school, six institutes, eight Regional Centers (six of which include family medicine practices and residency programs), and a comprehensive Medical Center. Its College of Medicine has held a unique and vital role in Arkansas for more than 130 years. UAMS is the largest public employer in the state of Arkansas with more than 11,000 employees. UAMS and its clinical affiliates: Arkansas Children’s and the VA Medical Center, are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion. Centrally located within the state, UAMS’s Little Rock campus is a tertiary referral center and the only Level 1 adult Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center for Arkansas.