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College of Medicine Dean Search

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Annenberg Dean and Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs
Drexel University, College of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Drexel University invites nominations and applications for the position of Annenberg Dean and Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs (Dean/SVP) of the Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM). This is an exciting opportunity to make a transformative impact at an institution that excels and innovates in education, research, and the delivery of compassionate care in a culture that champions diversity, spirited inquiry, collaboration, and opportunity.

DUCOM boasts a thriving educational enterprise, high research activity, and a deep commitment to caring for Philadelphia’s most vulnerable patients. With more than 1,000 medical students, the College ranks 6th nationally in medical school enrollment and educates 1 in every 73 medical students in the US. The College reported $40.0M in research expenditures last fiscal year and ranks in the top 100 medical schools in the nation for NIH funding. Two of DUCOM’s main clinical partners, Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, lead the City of Philadelphia in providing affordable care in a complex, competitive health care landscape.

The College is at a pivotal moment: DUCOM’s agreement with the owners of Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, American Academic Health System (AAHS)/Paladin Healthcare, is due to be renegotiated by 2022. At the same time, a DUCOM branch campus is currently under development as part of an exciting new affiliation with Tower Health. In the coming years, the College will face critical decisions regarding clinical partnerships, sources of revenue, plans for growth and expansion, and the development of strategic initiatives to uphold and enhance the excellence of its educational and research missions. The new Dean/SVP will work closely with the President and Provost of Drexel University to seize opportunities and to write the next chapter in the history of the College of Medicine.

DUCOM seeks an inspirational leader who will honor the institution’s legacy and craft a compelling vision for its future. The successful candidate will have an MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent degree along with significant management experience and a deep understanding of clinical delivery systems, research and scholarship, education, and community engagement. The Dean/SVP will be a champion for DUCOM, promoting the College’s mission and vision to patients, students, faculty, staff, intercollegiate collaborators, health system partners, and the greater Philadelphia community. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a keen understanding of the changing health care environment, including the complex pressures facing academic medical centers; the significance of clinical and community affiliations; the intricacies of operating a major educational, clinical, and research enterprise; and the centrality of interprofessional education, research, and patient care. The Dean/SVP will bring a successful track record of working in complex environments and a steadfast commitment to the institution’s culture of diversity and inclusion.

Drexel University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment of the Annenberg Dean and Senior Vice President. Nominations and applications, including – as individual attachments – a cover letter, a CV, and a list of references, should be submitted online:


Ariannah Mirick, Partner
John Muckle, Partner
Laura Mariani, Senior Associate
263 Summer Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

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