Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor

Rochester, NY


The Wilmot Cancer Institute University of Rochester and Division on Hematology and Oncology is recruiting a physician researcher experienced in either clinical or basic investigation to develop and lead an expanding academic and clinical program in Head & Neck and Thoracic Medical Oncology. A generous gift from a prominent member of the community has created an endowed Professorship (to be named) that will support this position and development of a research program in Head & Neck cancer. The Division of Oncology and Hematology has a team of three Medical Oncologists, and is looking to recruit a fourth member, to provide clinical care in Head & Neck and Thoracic Oncology. The recruit would also be charged with leading this team and could maintain a clinical practice either exclusive to Head & Neck Oncology or across Head & Neck and Thoracic Oncology.

The key criteria for this position is a record of excellence and national prominence in research and preferably with a track record of NIH funding, and with a research focus and expertise that is applicable to Head & Neck cancer. All types of researchers will be considered including, but not limited to cancer genetics, basic cellular biology, tumor immunology, drug development, therapeutic clinical trials, epidemiology, outcomes research, and disparities in health care. This researcher will join a growing team of scientists and clinicians at the Wilmot Cancer Institute and a multidisciplinary clinical program consists of surgical, oncologic, radiation, imaging and pathology sub-specialists. The candidate must be committed to clinical excellence, research and teaching. The selected candidate will be expected to develop the research program and help to support an expanding the clinical trial portfolio. He/she will be required to mentor fellows, residents and medical students and work in a collaborative and diverse faculty environment. Significant programmatic and research support, including resources for further recruitment, will be provided.



The University of Rochester (UR) is one of the country’s leading research universities. With more than 2,500 faculty members and instructional staff, UR offers more than 200 academic majors and is home to over 11,000 students. Learning at UR is on a very personal scale; it is among the smallest and most collegial of the top research universities and emphasizes collaborative interactions. The motto of the university, Meliora (“ever better”), captures the continuous progress that has defined UR since its founding in 1850. While the university is one of the smallest Carnegie “very high research activity” research universities, it has a number of departments ranked among the best of their fields.


One of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) forms the centerpiece of the university’s biomedical research, teaching, patient care, and community outreach missions, accounting for over 80 percent of UR’s revenue. URMC’s overall academic and clinical enterprise has a budget of almost $3.5 billion, and the main campus occupies 4.9 million square feet of space, situated in close proximity to the University’s River Campus. Led by CEO and Dean Mark Taubman, MD, the medical center has an integrated administrative structure, budget, and strategic plan. Together with its health system, URMC is comprised of:

  • School of Medicine and Dentistry

  • University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

  • School of Nursing

  • Eastman Institute for Oral Health

  • Strong Memorial Hospital

  • Golisano Children’s Hospital

  • Highland Hospital

  • FF Thompson Hospital

  • Jones Memorial Hospital

  • Noyes Hospital

  • St. James Hospital

  • James P. Wilmot Cancer Institute

  • Del Monte Institute for Neuromedicine

  • Visiting Nurse Service

  • Thompson Health

URMC and its School of Medicine and Dentistry rank within the top quarter among U.S. medical centers for federal research funding. Its healthcare delivery network is anchored by Strong Memorial Hospital, a university-owned teaching hospital boasting programs consistently recognized nationally.

URMC is transforming its clinical enterprise to include an accountable care network, creating a multi- county regional delivery system that cares for its communities, discovers innovative ways to improve care, and trains its future health care workforce. The URMC clinical enterprise across all sites has been branded “UR Medicine” to bring clarity, consistency, and visibility to this growing network. As an integrated campus with university-owned schools, hospitals, and related facilities, URMC is outstandingly well-positioned to make a major impact on the region and to serve as a model nationally.

Accountable Health Partners (AHP) is a clinically integrated network of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), consisting of 8 hospitals and ~ 2000 physicians that exists to deliver quality healthcare and an outstanding patient experience. AHP’s vision is to bring together community and faculty physicians, hospitals and other providers to align incentives, improve population health, to provide patient-centered care and to promote efficient use of resources. Through participation with AHP, providers can ensure the long-term success of patients and providers in an era of value-based payments.


The Wilmot Cancer Institute is named for James P. Wilmot, a prominent local businessman, philanthropist and leading member of the Rochester community. Established in 1974 as the University of Rochester Cancer Center, Wilmot Cancer Institute has its roots in an era that encouraged academic medical centers to bring their expertise in fields such as cancer to regional communities. The Wilmot Cancer Institute is the major resource for comprehensive cancer care, research, education and community outreach in Central New York State.

UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute (WCI) features an 84-bed cancer center with 11 outpatient locations throughout the Rochester and Finger Lakes region. The facility provides fully integrated inpatient and outpatient clinical, clinical research and laboratory space for cancer. Wilmot, a component of Strong Memorial Hospital, offers patients and their families comprehensive services including one of upstate New York’s largest blood and marrow transplant programs and the Rochester area’s only ACOS- accredited breast cancer center. Wilmot is home to the region’s first survivorship clinic and offers clinical trials of new therapies and options that may not be available anywhere else upstate. WCI employs over 100 physicians providing oncology care, more than 200 registered nurses and nurse practitioners and a team of scientists who investigate many aspects of cancer, with an emphasis on how best to provide precision cancer care.

The Division of Hematology and Oncology:

The Wilmot Cancer Center's Division of Hematology/Oncology is a diverse, talented, and caring faculty of over 70 physicians, researchers, and fellows focused on patient care, education, and research.

The Wilmot Cancer Center's Division of Hematology/Oncology cares for and treats patients with cancers that affect blood-forming cells (e.g., leukemia, lymphoma) and solid tumors. At Strong Memorial Hospital and Wilmot Cancer Institute clinics across the region, division faculty provide top-notch care working alongside colleagues in surgery, radiation oncology, palliative care, pathology and many other specialties. Division doctors are leading the way, bringing new treatments to the clinic through clinical trials and leading others around the world in cancer research. The Hematology/Oncology Division offers a full range of the most up-to-date diagnostic studies and therapeutic treatments available today. In addition to the very best in conventional cancer therapies, over 150 ongoing clinical trials offer patients unique access to the latest in cutting edge treatment for a wide variety of malignancies. The fellowship program provides the division with educational life and vitality while preparing the next generations of physicians and researchers.

The division is organized clinically into sections of Hematology led by Associate Chief Dr. Mike Becker and Solid Tumor Oncology led by Associate Chief Dr. Chunkit Fung. Associate Chief of Academic affairs Dr. Supriya Mohile supports our educational mission, research mentorship, and faculty mentoring and promotions.

Wilmot created the Wilmot Foundation, which is dedicated to attracting, training and supporting doctors who are pursuing a career in cancer research. The Foundation provides fellowships to young medical doctors so they can pursue their research goals.


The following opportunities and challenges are identified for this role. It will be important for candidates to have the skills, professional experience, and personal characteristics to be successful in the environment depicted below.

  • While valuing individual accomplishment, Wilmot Cancer Institute encourages and promotes collaboration and team success. The Endowed Chair & Director of Head & Neck Medical Oncology will provide inspirational leadership and mentorship in this environment.

  • As a newly endowed position, the Endowed Chair & Director of Head & Neck/Thoracic Medical Oncology has a unique opportunity to build a world-class program in Head & Neck/ Thoracic cancer.

  • An endowed position, the new director will have ample resources at his/her/their disposal, encouraging innovation in research, training, and clinical practice.

  • The University of Rochester Medical Center/Wilmot Cancer Institute encompasses a wide service area. The new director will be an important member of the organization, moving Head & Neck/Thoracic cancer endeavors forward through innovative research and excellent clinical service.


Professional Qualifications/Experience:

  • MD or MD/PhD (or equivalent degrees)

  • Board Certified in Medical Oncology

  • Eligible for medical licensure in the State of New York and appointment to the medical staff at Strong Memorial Hospital

  • History of research with applicability to Head & Neck Oncology

  • Qualified for appointment to the faculty of the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor depending on experience and accomplishments

  • Track record of peer-reviewed funding

  • Prior leadership experience is a benefit but not a requirement

Personal Characteristics:

  • Builder and strategic thinker

  • Innovative, creative and visionary leader

  • Honest and open communicator

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Committed to clinical research

  • Enjoys mentoring faculty, residents and students

  • Comfortable in a matrixed environment

  • Promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace

  • Passionate about clinical excellence and teaching

  • Entrepreneurial spirit

  • A strong track record of integrity, credibility and a demonstrated capacity to build trusting relationships


Rochester is the seat of Monroe County, New York. Situated east of Buffalo, west of Syracuse, and northwest of New York City, it is at the center of a large metropolitan area that includes the neighboring counties of Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, and Wayne. The Rochester region has a population of about one million, while the broader area of western New York has a population of approximately 1.7 million. The City of Rochester has a population of approximately 200,000. Located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, where the Great Lakes meet the vineyard-dotted Finger Lakes, Rochester provides easy access to a wealth of four-season outdoor recreation.

The Rochester metropolitan area is the second-largest regional economy in New York State, after the New York City metropolitan area. Its lively “knowledge economy” draws its strength from established companies such as Xerox, Bausch and Lomb, and Eastman Kodak, and their many small business spin- offs, including growing telecommunications, biotechnology, and information technology enterprises. In recent years, the University of Rochester has become the largest employer in the Rochester area and the sixth-largest private employer in New York State.

In July 2015, a consortium of organizations – led by the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and SUNY Polytechnic Institute – was selected by the Department of Defense as winners of the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics competition. This $600 million initiative will be headquartered in Rochester, and comprises more than 90 leading industry and academic partners in 18 states. The focus of the new institute will be to drive the innovation necessary to create new types of devices that use light and electricity for communications and data processing, technologies that will have a wide array of potential applications ranging from telecommunications to national security to medical devices. Rochester will be home to the research and development, technology commercialization and incubation, and administrative elements of the institute.

Rochester consistently receives high rankings nationally as a “most livable city,” for overall quality of life, and as one of the very best places to raise a family. The region has outstanding, highly ranked public and private schools, with a relatively modest cost of living and a stable, affordable housing market. Home to the renowned Eastman School of Music, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (among the nation’s most popular and respected), Rochester enjoys economic stability and a level of arts, culture, sports, and dining comparable to that of many larger cities.

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The successful candidate will receive an attractive and competitive compensation package, together with excellent benefits.


Sharman McGurn (managing partner), Dr. Bob Kuramoto (managing partner) and Jennifer Deniz (principal), with Quick Leonard Kieffer, will interview prospective candidates. Interested and qualified candidates may submit their CV to Jennifer at phone: 312.876.9800; or e-mail: .

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving culture of diversity and inclusion. The University believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances the performance of our organization and our ability to fulfill our important missions. The University is committed to fostering and supporting a workplace culture inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs or any other non-merit fact, so that all employees feel included, equally valued and supported.

The University of Rochester is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $303,000 - $473,842 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum annual salary for this faculty position. Individual salaries will be determined within the job’s salary range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations. Incentive-based compensation may also be applicable and will be discussed during the hiring process.

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