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Penn State Health Chair - Orthopaedics in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Location: US:PA:Hershey

Work Type: Full Time

FTE: 1.0

Shift: Day

Hours: Day

The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (MSHMC), the flagship academic medical center of Penn State Health (PSH) seeks a seasoned, strategic and contemporary physician leader to serve as its next Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation.

The Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation is a member of the Academic Practice Divisions and is comprised of over 45 faculty, who provide comprehensive orthopaedic, sports medicine, and podiatric services across 10 subspecialties. Additionally, the Department is responsible for the oversight of inpatient and outpatient Physical and Occupational Therapy services. The Department delivers high quality clinical services across the Central Pennsylvania region with two primary locations in Hershey and State College, as well as outreach clinics in State College, Camp Hill, Lancaster, Reading, and Palmyra. The Department delivers graduate medical education in orthopaedics to 25 Orthopaedic residents (5 resident slots per year), and four fellowships. Our Hershey location supports the orthopaedic trauma and foot/ankle fellowships. Our State College location supports our orthopaedic sports medicine and primary care sports medicine fellowships. The Department conducts and promotes basic science and clinical research efforts through our Center for Orthopaedic Research and Translational Science (CORTS). As part of the Penn State Health system and the relationship with Penn State University, the Department collaborates across basic science and clinical departments, with colleagues at the College of Medicine and Institute for Personalized Medicine (IPM), Penn State Harrisburg, and Penn State University Park. The Department in collaboration with the primary care sports medicine providers from the Department of Family and Community medicine, provides Team Physician coverage to 3 professional sports teams, 3 University/Colleges (including Penn State University Park, a Division 1 school), and 7 local high schools.


The Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation is an academic appointment within the College of Medicine (COM). The Chair reports to the Dean of the College of Medicine and the President of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Four Vice Chairs (Education, Research, Clinical Affairs and Quality) report directly to the Chair as well as Department Division Chiefs. The Chair is accountable for the development and implementation of strategy and policies; will plan, lead, organize and direct the clinical, educational, research, community and business affairs of the Department; and represents the Department with the Medical Center, the University, and other external constituents, collaborators, and customers. The Chair is expected to undertake new opportunities as needed to maintain and strengthen existing activities and, in coordination with institutional goals, to develop new efforts. While the chair will bring important leadership and perspective in shaping such work, the vision and plans likely will include the following opportunities and challenges:

  • Enhancing the success of clinical operations and community/regional outreach
  • Continuing to develop the quality and scope of education programs
  • Deepening the research enterprise
  • Recruiting, developing, and leading a high functioning team


  • Candidates must possess an M.D., M.D. /Ph.D. or equivalent degree and board certification in Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Eligibility for permanent, unrestricted licensure in Pennsylvania
  • Candidates must possess qualifications for appointment at the Professor level
  • Proven track record as an outstanding physician-scientist and administrative leader with a vision to lead a contemporary academic Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation


  • Understand the workings of a complex Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation relating to faculty affairs, operations, research, key hospital constituents, graduate and undergraduate education
  • Ability to articulate and implement a clear vision for growth and expansion to distinguish the Department on a national level
  • Evidence of an understanding of and commitment to the missions of education, discovery, patient care and community engagement
  • Solid performance as a skilled manager with the ability to grow revenues, meet budgets, measure and improve productivity and outcomes, build teams, and collaborate across departmental lines
  • Astute understanding of academic clinical practice and a deep commitment to clinical excellence based on a patient-centered model of care
  • Demonstrate leadership and effectiveness in building research initiatives with clinical programs
  • Proven ability to recruit research faculty, partner with external organizations and secure research grant funding
  • Excellence in teaching, and track record of developing the careers of faculty, staff and students
  • Proven track record of a commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels of the Department faculty, medical students, residents, fellows, and staff
  • Contribute seminally to the field, either through clinical or laboratory research, and communicate well within both areas

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest and CV to:

Erica Geist, Physician Recruiter

Penn State Health

This job description is a general outline of duties performed and is not to be misconstrued as encompassing all duties performed within the position. All individuals (including current employees) selected for a position will undergo a background check appropriate for the position's responsibilities.

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Union: Non Bargained