Director for Supportive and Palliative Care Program

April 28, 2020


The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA, United States


The University of Iowa is seeking a physician board-certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine to serve as Director of an established and vibrant Supportive and Palliative Care program. The program has strong institutional support and is poised for growth.

The academic appointment will be at the Associate or Full Professor level, either in the Clinician Educator or Tenure Track, commensurate with experience. A minimum of five years of experience in palliative medicine is required; eight to ten years of experience is preferred. Desired qualifications include being able to effectively deliver palliative care in a variety of clinical settings, a proven ability to successfully engage with healthcare and community partners, administrative leadership experience in an academic medical center, a record of scholarly accomplishment, excellent communication skills, and a commitment to promoting a diverse workforce. Candidates must have an MD or equivalent degree. This position is not eligible for employer-sponsored employment authorization – sponsorship for H1B status.

The Supportive and Palliative Care program is staffed by an energetic and collegial team comprised of physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, supportive care nurses, social workers, a music therapist, chaplains, and other professionals. The palliative Care physicians bring multi-faceted expertise, including general internal medicine, family medicine, psychology, vascular surgery, and infectious disease.

The Director would be expected to lead operational and strategic planning for all aspects of the program. The Supportive and Palliative Care program staffs a daily outpatient clinic and an inpatient service, including a dedicated palliative unit, within an 811 bed tertiary university hospital. The program supports an accredited Palliative Care fellowship and a learning culture at all levels. The program partners with two community hospice organizations. Philanthropic support for the program is strong, and planning is underway to establish a Palliative Care Institute to serve as the hub of a statewide palliative care outreach initiative.

Iowa City is a culturally diverse college community of approximately 72,000 which has been recognized in numerous publications as one of America’s most livable cities. It is home to the nationally acclaimed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has been named a UNESCO “City of Literature.” Recently, a national finance website ranked Iowa City sixth out of 536 cities for work-life balance. Options abound for cultural enrichment, recreation, entertainment, and social interaction.

Initial inquiries may be directed to Greg Hamilton, Administrative Director for Hospital Based Programs. Email to:

Applicants may initiate the application process by visiting which will direct the applicant on the relevant steps in the application process.
The job requisition number is # 73828

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply for all employment vacancies.


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