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Chief Academic Officer - Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

Job Description / Duties

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (OLOL or “the Lake”) seeks a Chief Academic Officer (CAO). This executive has oversight for all academic activities involving research and education at the Lake and participates in all related strategic decisions as a member of the leadership team. The domain of academic affairs includes all medical education, undergraduate and graduate, including the Our Lady of the Lake and LSU Baton Rouge residency programs based within the Lake’s campuses. The CAO maintains a collaborative relationship with Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, LSU School of Medicine, and all other affiliated universities. The role is expected to include some portion of time in clinical service for System contribution and to engender engagement and understanding of the clinical enterprise.

Qualifications / Required Skills

The Lake’s next Chief Academic Officer will be a creative and accomplished clinical, educational, and research leader. Candidates for the role should have a record of successful leadership in an academic health science center and/or integrated delivery network with academic affiliations and experience guiding the interaction of people and systems to create the highest levels of institutional accomplishment. Candidates will combine intellectual curiosity with management acumen, be adept at facilitating connections and building partnerships and collaborations, and be able to serve as a trusted and respected member of a sophisticated institutional leadership team. The CAO must support and advance a culture that values collaboration, shared governance, thoughtful management, and aggressive pursuit of clinical, educational, and research excellence at a world-class center for patient care, training, and discovery.

Candidates should have 10 or more years’ experience as a leader in an academic medical center or large teaching hospital, with deep understanding and technical knowledge of the administrative, operational, and medical/clinical aspects of healthcare functions and facilities.

An M.D./D.O. and/or Ph.D. is required; additional degrees and national or international recognition of scholarship, e.g., through academy membership and/or fellowship, is additive. Eligibility for appropriate clinical licensure in Louisiana is required.

Additional Information

About the Organization:

Founded in 1923, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is a general medical and surgical facility located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is the largest private medical center in Louisiana, with over 800 beds. It treats over 35,000 inpatients annually, caring for another 650,000 outpatients through various clinical sites. The Lake has over the last decade transitioned from a large community hospital to a thriving academic medical center. This transition was accelerated through a public-private partnership with the state, allowing for expanded emphasis on graduate medical education and academic and clinical research. Educational and research programs at the Lake are overseen by the Division of Academic Affairs (DAA) and the Division is led by the institution’s Chief Academic Officer (CAO).

The Lake continues to enjoy a strong working relationship with Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and is a participating site for the Tulane School of Medicine. The Lake is a clinical teaching site for 27 residency programs and fellowships, its own Pediatric Residency Program, and a Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Improvement Fellowship. The Division also manages the onboarding process for all clinical learners in the organization. There are 263 residents, and 1,560 total learners (including 3rd and 4th year students and several hundred nursing and other mid-level provider students).  In addition to medical education, the Division has management and oversight responsibilities for grants and research in the organization.  There are 33 staff in the Division.

The Lake is a Catholic hospital member of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS, “the System”). The System is one of the largest in Louisiana, with hospitals, clinics and physicians located throughout Louisiana and in Mississippi providing care to almost half of Louisiana’s citizens and in Mississippi's largest metropolitan area. The Lake is FMOLHS’s largest facility and integral to clinical, research, and educational missions of the System. The Lake is accredited by the Joint Commission and serves as a teaching hospital to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, Louisiana State University, Tulane University, and Southern University.

Contact Information

The executive search firm Spencer Stuart is partnering with the Lake on this recruitment. Please direct all materials, nominations or inquiries to Maitreya Rich at or 310.443.3534.