Chair, Emergency Medicine - McGovern Medical School

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

Chair, Emergency Medicine - McGovern Medical School

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Category: Faculty

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Requisition #: 240000ZV

Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

McGovern Medical School, UTHealth Houston

McGovern Medical School (MMS) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) seeks a dynamic physician leader to serve as Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine (EM). UTHealth Houston is the most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region. We are proud to be located in the world’s largest medical center, which allows us to partner with several of the nation’s nationally recognized clinical affiliates.

The university's primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (the highest admission volume Level 1 Trauma Center in the nation), Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital (the highest volume Emergency Department in Houston).

The Department of Emergency Medicine runs a robust clinical service for EM and hospitalist services. This year the Department is projected to provide care for approximately 75,000 patients through the MH emergency department and almost 88,000 patients at LBJ. In addition, our hospitalist service cared for 80,000 patient encounters across five locations in Fiscal Year 2023. The department employs 92 faculty, 51 Staff Physicians, and 110 Advanced Practice Providers who are responsible for staffing Adult EM, as well as Adult Hospitalist services at our two primary teaching hospitals and four community hospitals.

The department has an annual operating budget of $64M, including $13M in clinical revenue. The department offers a vibrant and diverse working environment characterized by an atmosphere of supportive, interdisciplinary collaboration. Our Emergency Medicine residency program, celebrating its thirtieth year, is one of the larger EM residency programs in the US. The department also supports seven clinical fellowships as well as one third-year and three fourth-year medical student electives.


Candidates for the Chair position should be board certified in Emergency Medicine, have served in an academic leadership role in a school of medicine, and be eligible for appointment as a senior-level faculty member. Strong preference will be given to candidates with experience as physician-scientists who demonstrate a successful track record in publishing and in securing grant funding. Exceptional personal and leadership qualities are required, with a documented history of implementing clinical and educational programs, mentoring and supporting faculty development and scholarship, and promoting innovative research.

To express personal interest and obtain additional information or offer a nomination, please contact search committee co-chairs Kevin Morano, PhD, Senior Vice President of Academic and Faculty Affairs and Holger K. Eltzschig, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology, through the office of Gwendolyn Smith-Jenkins by email at or by phone at 713-500-3166.

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

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System 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 Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealth Houston has adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealth Houston ​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’s Houston rules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.