Division Director - Pediatric Genetics & Metabolism - University of Minnesota

  • 26 Oct 2022 12:53 PM
    Message # 12967596

    The University of Minnesota, Department of Pediatrics seeks a MD/DO Physician, board certified or eligible in Pediatrics and Medical Genetics and Genomics, at the rank of Associate or Professor/Academic Track or Assistant Professor/Tenured Track to join the Department of Pediatrics: Division of Pediatric Genetics & Metabolism. This opportunity will include the role of Division Director and potential leadership of the Rare Disease Center of Excellence if interests, experience, and training align.

    Position Highlights:

    • Responsibilities will include up to 60% clinical care for children and adults. Additional responsibilities (30%) will include developing the Pediatric Genetics Division into the epicenter of genetic and genomic research, engaging in productive interdisciplinary and inter-institutional clinical and/or research activities; and teaching medical students, residents and fellows. 
    • Director of the Rare Disease Center of Excellence with oversight of clinical operations and research initiatives.
    • The successful candidate should have an established research program in molecular and/or cellular basis of rare diseases, new diagnostic and/or therapeutic approaches for rare diseases or applications of new genomic technologies
    • Will work to build partnerships between pediatric and adult medicine to provide care across the lifespan for individuals with genetic disorders
    • Will join a group of 6 geneticists and 1 Pediatric APP in our Pediatric Genetics & Metabolism Division
    • Will work with a productive group of 10 Genetic Counselors
    • Will lead robust interactions with the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and collaborate with a large Maternal-Fetal Medicine program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Provide care for a large patient population from across the State of Minnesota and region that includes many with highly acute disorders. We are the largest Genetics service in the State and region, and care for a wide diversity of conditions.

    About the Department:

    The Department of Pediatrics is a thriving academic department with over 380 full-time faculty and ranks in the top 10 nationally in NIH funding. Children are cared for at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, opened in 2011.

    About the Division:

    The Division of Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism provides high-quality, compassionate, thoughtful care through commitment, vigorous scientific collaborations, and interdisciplinary efforts.  The faculty are highly interactive and the Department of Pediatrics provides strong support for faculty development. The division has a robust research portfolio and collaborates with other pediatric specialists across the spectrum of the department.

    The Division recently led the creation of a new National Organization of Rare Disorders-recognized Rare Disease Center of Excellence (RDCoE) in the Department of Pediatrics and Medical School, which will serve as the epicenter for rare disease research and cutting-edge clinical care programs.

    There are a number of Programs and Centers throughout the Medical School and University that are available for collaboration: Learn more about our Gene Therapy Center, Institute for Personalized Medicine, Mucopolysaccharidosis Center, ALD and Leukodystrophy Center, Neurodevelopmental Program in Rare Disease, Lysosomal Disease Network, the UMN Genomics Center, and Center for Orphan Drug Research.

    Our goal is to be a Division of Pediatric Genetics and Metabolism with an outstanding national reputation in research, teaching, and service in Medical Genetics.  To achieve this, we:

    • Have a strong faculty committed to research as an essential component of their academic career
    • Have vigorous scientific collaborations with members of the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, the Department of Medicine, the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain, and other interdisciplinary groups with scientific priorities that integrate with those of the Division.
    • Participate in the interdisciplinary efforts of the Medical School, providing expertise in Medical Genetics.
    • Are committed to establishing a division that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion for faculty, trainees, staff and patients
    • Provide outstanding educational services for students (genetic counseling graduate students, medical students, pediatric and medicine/pediatrics residents
    • Will establish Medical Genetics and combined Pediatrics-Medical Genetics training programs.
    • Provide high quality, compassionate, and thoughtful care of patients and families with genetic conditions.


    • Graduate of an accredited ACGME Pediatric residency and Pediatric-Medical Genetic fellowship-training program.  Graduates of an accredited ACGME Internal Medicine residency and Internal Medicine-Medical Genetics fellowship-training program could be considered with the appropriate experience in care of pediatric patients.
    • Candidates must be board-certified or eligible by either of The American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG), American Board of Internal Medicine or American Board of Pediatrics
    • Licensed or ability to obtain medical license and DEA certificate in the State of Minnesota and meet threshold criteria/qualifications for credentialing and privileges.
    • Ability to receive work authorization in the United States from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and maintain legal status according to the requirements of VISA category while in the United States. 
    • Demonstrated success in creating and executing strategic plans to achieve established goals for a group of physicians/scientists.
    • Demonstrated success in leading and/or supporting medical research with the ability to effectively identify the implications of research findings and recommend specific actions.
    • Demonstrated ability to identify opportunities and concerns and apply effective management principles to achieve success.
    • Consistently strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and sustain effective working relationships with professionals in other disciplines.

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Previous medical leadership experience is preferred.
    • Leadership in programs related to rare diseases

    University of Minnesota: 

    The University of Minnesota is among the largest and most prestigious public research universities in the nation. The Medical School at the University of Minnesota is a world-class institution with a long history of leadership and discoveries that have changed the practice of medicine. The nearly 3,000 outstanding faculty members are committed to achieving excellence in research, clinical care, and developing the next generation of health professionals.

    The University of Minnesota campus is on the shores of the Mississippi River in the city of Minneapolis, a short distance away from St. Paul. Both cities have rich history, high standards of livability, outstanding schools, culinary delights, numerous cultural events, and all major professional sports. The Twin Cities and surrounding area possess many opportunities for year-round activities with many lakes, surrounded by miles of biking, hiking, walking, and cross-country skiing trails.

    Community Information: 

    University of Minnesota Physicians is based in the beautiful Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in America by U.S. News & World Report.  Minneapolis-St. Paul offers a high quality of life and a low cost of living. There are excellent school systems, a thriving workforce, an award-winning culinary scene, museums of all types, outstanding theaters, and an international airport. Minneapolis boasts outdoor hobbies including fishing and boating, great golf, and some of the country's best bike trails.

    Apply online here or contact Connie Franklin, Physician Recruiter with any questions at cfrankli10@umphysicians.umn.edu

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