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Chief Academic Officer - Charleston Area Medical Center Health System

Job Description / Duties

Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) Health System seeks an accomplished, innovative physician leader to serve as its Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for a growing academic enterprise and structure. The CAO will focus on enhancing the current academic programs, development of new academic programs and departments, strengthening education and research partnerships and maximizing the impact of the academic, education and research programs across the CAMC Health System.

The CAO position is a newly created position recognized as essential to CAMC’s future strategic development and plans that will enhance an existing strong academic foundation and culture that is characterized by long-standing academic partnerships, excellent program outcomes and highly committed academic and clinical faculty. The CAO will work with other CAMC leaders and affiliate partners to develop and implement plans for two new Institutes as part of the restructuring and growth of academic medicine at CAMC: Institute for Academic Medicine and the Institute for Innovation and Research.

CAMC Health System, Inc. is the parent of Charleston Area Medical Center, Inc. (CAMC). With three hospital facilities in Charleston, West Virginia, the health system is licensed for over 900 beds. CAMC is the leading provider of care in the region and is the largest hospital in the state of West Virginia. Offering a broad array of services, the organization is West Virginia’s largest health care provider in terms of beds, admissions and revenues. A not-for-profit integrated health system, CAMC is one of the state’s most advanced medical centers and provides a full continuum of top-quality health care services. The organization also ensures the health care of the state's most vulnerable residents and is the safety net hospital for southern West Virginia. CAMC Health System has been named a 2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. The system operates positively with net revenues of $1 billion, and is the third largest employer in the state. CAMC is recognized as the #1 hospital in West Virginia by U.S. News & World Report for 2019, and earned High Performance rankings in eight specialties.

The role of the CAO will be a recognized champion for academics, education and research. This leader will be the principal leader with oversight for the infrastructure and systems that support the academic mission including academic departments, health sciences health accredited programs, continuing medical education, and research units and departments. He/She will be a principal liaison and point person for strategic academic relationships, strategic academic development, and representative of CAMC academic programs to state and national peer groups/organizations, including the AAMC and the ACGME. The CAO will serve in a high level administrative oversight blending academic functions and academic clinical practice oversight.

Qualifications / Required Skills

The successful candidate will be a physician with 8-10 years of progressive leadership experience in an academic health system, teaching hospital, or medical school environment. It is preferred that candidates will have overseen graduate and undergraduate medical education programs/departments, academic clinical practice and have fostered an environment that supports the growth and success of clinical, health services, patient-centered outcome research activities. He/She will join a nimble academic organization where piloting innovative ideas in education and research is supported and strategically positioned. The successful candidate will be an M.D., M.D./Ph.D. or D.O. with significant experience in academic medicine, including oversight of medical education programs with a demonstrated track record of championing excellence, leading change and fostering engagement. If not a physician, candidates should be doctorally prepared in a health-related field and bring the requisite leadership experience, including oversight of medical education programs. Candidates should possess a record of progressive leadership in academic medicine, and a national reputation or significant involvement within the academic medicine community. The successful CAO will need to possess exceptional team building skills, communication skills, financial acumen and the potential to lead change in a changing health care and academic environment.

Contact Information

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Questions or materials should be sent electronically to CAMC consultants Jeff Schroetlin, Karen Otto and Megan Welch, with WittKieffer at or call 630-575-6904. 

Employer Profile

The Charleston Area Medical Center Health System values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.