Division Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
University of Texas Austin Department of Internal Medicine
United States


The Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin is seeking an exceptional Internal Medicine and Pulmonary/Critical Care leader to join the Department of Medicine as the Division Chief for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.  Successful applicants will be eligible for appointment at the Associate or Professor level and should have significant expertise in medical education, clinical program development, and scholarship. Applicants must be board-certified in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine.

Dell Medical School (DMS) is the first medical school established in nearly five decades by a member of the Association of American Universities, an organization of leading public and private research universities.  An extraordinary commitment of resources, both public and private, has been made to enable its development and success.  The Dell Medical School enrolled its first class of 50 undergraduate medical students in June of 2016 and graduated this first class in 2020. In February 2020, the Dell Medical School received full LCME accreditation.  As part of The University of Texas at Austin, one of the nation’s leading research universities, the Dell Medical School pursues innovation in the re-design of healthcare delivery, excellence in healthcare research, and programs in interdisciplinary and inter-professional education.

Dell Medical School’s mission is to revolutionize how people get and stay healthy by:

  • Educating leaders who transform health care;
  • Evolving new models of person-centered, multidisciplinary care that reward value;
  • Advancing innovation from discovery to outcomes;
  • Improving health in our community as a model for the nation; and
  • Redesigning the academic health environment to better serve society.

The Department of Internal Medicine is home to 129 faculty and 68 residents per year, which includes a Primary Care Track and a Distinctions Track in Care Transformation, plus 5 preliminary interns in Medicine.  We are currently planning for the launch of a fellowship program in pulmonary and critical care medicine in the next 3 years, which will be based at 2 sites affiliated with the department and medical school (Seton Medical Center of Austin and Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas).  The Department is comprised of 11 Divisions, and collaborates closely with other Departments in the School of Medicine and across the UT Austin Campus.  We are partnered with a number of care delivery organizations in the Austin / Travis County community, including the Seton-Ascension system, Community Care, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Dell Seton Medical Center (DSMC-UT) is a 210-bed, safety net, Level 1 Trauma Center, and serves as the primary inpatient training facility for our residents and fellows. Seton Medical Center of Austin is a 524-bed, tertiary regional referral center with advanced programs in cardiac care. 


Development of a strong pulmonary and critical care presence and infrastructure for care delivery, education, and research is essential for meeting the goals of Dell Medical School.

The Division Chief will be responsible for collaborating with key internal and external partners, reporting to the Chair of Internal Medicine to design, implement, evaluate, and improve all aspects of the pulmonary and critical care medicine experience.  The Chief will also work with the Associate Chairs and Department Director on initiatives related to our clinical, educational, research, and faculty development missions.


  • Recruiting and mentoring diverse faculty physician and non-physician pulmonary and critical care medicine providers, including annual appraisement and promotion and tenure activities
  • Collaborating with DMSC-UT and ASMCA, community health systems and other Dell Med clinical leaders and partners to develop new models of care and deliver outstanding care
  • Working closely with academic leaders of the Dell Medical School and Department to develop, accredit, launch, and grow an innovative, highly successful pulmonary/critical care medicine fellowship
  • Working with students, residents, and fellows in our clinical settings
  • Communicating and coordinating with leaders in the Department and school to ensure excellent undergraduate education in general and pulmonary/critical care medicine
  • Creating a supportive environment for, and collaboration with, investigators to conduct pulmonary/critical care medicine research that advances the aims for research-focused faculty as well as the division


  • MD degree with residency training in Internal Medicine; Pulmonary/Critical Care medicine fellowship training
  • Advanced experience in fellowship program teaching and/or administration preferred
  • Eligible for faculty appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level
  • Experience in mentoring junior faculty, students, residents, and fellows
  • Strong teaching skills
  • Training and experience in leading quality improvement initiatives
  • Significant record of academic scholarship and/or grant-funded research
  • Experience in leading clinical programs (e.g., medical directorship, service-line leadership, or equivalent) in an academic medical center

The Department of Internal Medicine is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas.

Application Instructions

Please contact Search Committee Chair, Read Pierce MD, with any questions regarding this position at read.pierce@austin.utexas.edu.

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