The West Virginia University School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine in Morgantown seeks a transformational and visionary leader to serve as academic chair. This position offers an exceptional leadership opportunity for a physician who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to clinical care, education, service and research.

Candidates must have a vision for the future of medical education as well as the skills to engage and motivate faculty in the discovery and application of the most current medical knowledge, while focusing on providing patient-centered care in the context of a growing healthcare delivery system. Skill in developing strong relationships with community-based department members is a must. Interested applicants must be board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine with an academic rank as an associate professor or professor. A minimum of five years of experience in an academic leadership role is required.

The Department of Emergency Medicine and WVU Healthcare are growing to meet the emergency care needs of a thriving region that includes not only West Virginia but also portions of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio. The Emergency Department at Ruby Memorial Hospital provides the most advanced level of care, including a primary stroke center as well as the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center, the region's only American College of Surgeons nationally verified pediatric and adult Level 1 trauma center in the area, readying to apply for comprehensive status with nationally recognized leaders in endovascular stroke care as well. Ruby Memorial Hospital is the solo Magnet hospital in the state and, for the past three years, has been rated by “U.S. News & World Report” as the number one hospital in West Virginia.

The WVU Department of Emergency Medicine provides clinical care for three hospitals (Ruby Memorial Hospital, United Hospital Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital – Buckhannon), two WVU Urgent Care centers and the WVU Student Health clinic. In addition to the primary clinical sites, the department has a growing locum tenens program for surrounding Emergency Departments in need of highly trained EM physicians. In total, the department provides care to more than 180,000 patients annually. The Section of Occupational Medicine also falls under the administrative umbrella of the WVU Department of Emergency Medicine.

The chair of the department must possess the skillset needed to lead a multitude of faculty members, residents and advanced practice providers. The department has a strong focus on resident, fellow and medical student education. In addition to an ACGME fully accredited PGY 1-3 residency program (with a recent complement expansion to 10 residents per year). The department also offers training in a one-year ultrasound fellowship.

The Department of Emergency Medicine and the WVU Health Sciences Center are committed to supporting research excellence and providing ample opportunities for research collaboration with other clinical and basic science departments. The environment for clinical and translational research has been bolstered by the creation of the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI), which is supported by more than $50 million, including $19.6 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The chair position will remain open until filled. Applications should be submitted electronically to Carol Smith, executive recruiter, at with a cover letter of interest, current CV and contact information, including e-mail addresses for three professional references. Interested candidates may contact the chair of the search committee, Manuel Vallejo, M.D., with any further questions about this position.

WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran.

Search Committee Members:

  • Dr. Manuel Vallejo, Anesthesiology
  • Dr. Mike Hurst, Otolaryngology
  • Amy Bush, WVU Hospitals administration
  • Dr. Jeff Carpenter, Radiology
  • Dr. Greg Schaefer, Surgery
  • Dr. Ron Pellegrino, Medicine
  • Dr. Dave Hubbard, Orthopaedics
  • Dr. Norman Ferrari, Pediatrics & Medical Education
  • Dr. Rob Hull, Medicine, Cardiology
  • Dr. Dan Elswick, Behavioral Medicine
  • Dr. Erica Shaver, Emergency Medicine