Head, Division of Dermatology, University of Ottawa, The Ottawa Hospital

$280,000- $350,000
Competition No.:
Posting Date:
May 9, 2016
Closing Date:
Friday 31 March, 2017
Start Date:

* Applications must be received no later than 4:30 PM EST on the closing date (Friday 31 March, 2017)

Skills Required

An aspirational leader is sought to drive change and advance the academic enterprise of the Division of Dermatology over the next five years. The ideal candidate will be an internationally respected scholar and visionary leader with sophisticated interpersonal skills. S/he will meaningfully engage the academic leadership of the University and the affiliated teaching hospitals to build strong cross-department and cross-discipline collaboration, bridge diverse groups, strengthen capacity in research across disciplines, and provide strong mentorship to trainees and faculty at all stages of career. The individual will establish an overarching vision and strategic direction for the Division.

The successful candidate will have the ability to work within an interdisciplinary team at multiple sites, demonstrate academic and clinical leadership experience as well as strong organizational skills. The successful applicant must be licensed to practice medicine in Ontario and hold (or is eligible for) certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; be eligible for or be a member of the Canadian Medical Protective Association. Additional formal training in Dermatology is an asset.

 The successful candidate should demonstrate academic success in leading research programs and developing junior faculty and as well clinical leadership. The successful candidate must be eligible for a University of Ottawa academic appointment at the rank of Associate Professor.  Fluency in both official languages (French and English) is an asset.

Job Duties

The successful applicant is accountable to the Chair/Head of the Department in fulfilling the mission, vision and goals of the Department, the Hospital(s) and the Faculty, in particular as they relate to the Division.

The Division Head holds a joint appointment as the Head of the Division (academics) and the Head of the Division (clinical services).

The Division Head is part of the leadership team of the Department of Medicine.  As such, the Division Head will work with hospital(s) and faculty leadership.  This is a combined role including clinical services, administrative responsibilities and opportunity for research activities.

Additional Details

The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) is the largest academic health center in Canada and has the distinction of being the Capital’s primary health services provider covering a Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) of hospitals and care providers spanning over 20,000 km2.  The Division of Dermatology is a Division within the Department of Medicine partnered with the University of Ottawa, The Ottawa Hospital, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Bruyere Continuing Care and Montfort Hospital.

The division provides exemplary care to patients with a wide variety of cutaneous diseases within the Champlain LHIN, and outreach care to patients in Eastern Ontario, West Quebec and Baffin Island. The division is focusing on the development of priority programs including skin cancer with a focus on Mohs surgery and melanoma, inflammatory dermatoses such as severe psoriasis, laser surgery and chronic wound management.  We are currently building a new Dermatology Centre of Excellence within The Ottawa Hospital. The division is known for its very successful Dermatology Residency Training Program with 17 residents.  It is our plan to further foster and support clinical research and educational curriculum development.  For more information on the Division of Dermatology and the Department of Medicine please visit www.thinkottawamedicine.ca.

The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world and the only bilingual medical faculty in Canada. The Faculty and its affiliated research institute partners are second in Canada by Maclean’s magazine for research intensity; second highest growth rate in Tri-Council Funding (all programs) since 2003; and third highest growth rate in Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funding for universities with medical schools since 2003.

The Faculty of Medicine is a nationally recognized leader, ranked among Canada’s top-tier medical faculties. The Faculty is fourth overall in Canada and 68th worldwide, as well as 3rd in Canada for citations/papers and 54th worldwide for research impact according to the QS World University Rankings of more than 800 universities. The 2013 CWTS Leiden Rankings lists the Faculty as 5th in Canada for impact and ExcellenceMapping.net recognizes us for a high probability of pushing excellent papers.

In 2014, the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine launched the Ottawa-Shanghai Joint School of Medicine (OSJSM), an outcome of its long-standing partnership with the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (SJTUSM). The OSJSM has helped tremendously in fostering clinical partnerships between hospitals in Shanghai and Ottawa. For more information on the Faculty of Medicine please visit www.med.uottawa.ca.

The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canada’s largest learning and research hospitals with over 1,100 beds, approximately 12,000 staff and annual budget of over $1.2 billion. We rank third out of more than 600 Canadian hospitals for competitive, peer-reviewed grants from the prestigious Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Over the past five years, Department of Medicine members were responsible for $165 million received in peer-reviewed funding and in the past year, over 950 department research studies were published in peer-reviewed journals. For more information on the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute please visit www.ohri.ca.

The city of Ottawa provides a thriving multicultural and bilingual environment. Ottawa boasts numerous cultural activities as well as readily accessible sporting and natural resources, making it an ideal family and healthy living environment.

The Department of Medicine is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you are invited to continue with the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

Terms of Employment

The position of Division Head is a five-year term appointment with the possibility of reappointment for an additional five-year term.

The income for this position is derived from a variety of sources including but not limited to clinical billings (fee-for-service), salary support (AFP/APP) as well as honorariums/stipends.  As a result, advertised salary is an estimate.  Health and welfare benefits including extended health, dental and disability insurance as well as life insurance are offered to full-time physicians.


Applications sent to:

Should you be interested in this opportunity, please forward a letter of interest and up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr. Philip Wells, Chair/Chief, Department of Medicine at pwells@toh.on.ca


The Department of Medicine is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require.