Division Chief, Allergy and Immunology, McGovern Medical School

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth
21000145 Requisition #

The Department of Internal Medicine, McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas, is seeking a Chief for the Division (Associate Professor/Professor) of Allergy and Immunology. The McGovern Medical School is a component of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and is situated in the Texas Medical Center.  The Division will have consulting inpatient services at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center.  Outpatient services will be provided in the Texas Medical Center.


The Chief of Division of Allergy and Immunology will have the opportunity to establish and grow a Division of Allergy and Immunology.  The establishment and growth of this Division will be supported by strong institutional commitment and the collaborative environment within the Department and School. There are ample opportunities for collaboration with other divisions and departments including the Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine and Rheumatology, as well as the Department of Pediatrics.


The primary clinical focus of the Division of Allergy and Immunology will be diagnosis and management of allergies, asthma, and immunodeficiencies. The Division Chief will lead the program within a dynamic and growing academic and clinical environment.  Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center serves as the tertiary referral center for other hospitals including those within the Memorial Hermann System. The McGovern Medical School also has an outstanding research environment including an NIH supported Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences program. Being situated in the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston enables faculty in the Division to establish successful and productive collaborations with faculty in these TMC medical institutions, including Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and MD Anderson Cancer Center. 


Position Overview


Reporting to the Chair of Internal Medicine, the Chief of Allergy and Immunology will oversee administrative, academic and clinical activities of the Division. The Chief is responsible for the growth and advancement of clinical, research, and teaching excellence, academic and clinical planning, development and resource management, and for the implementation of inpatient systems of care. The Chief will foster and recruit faculty and trainees, strengthen collaborative departmental and hospital partner relationships, enhance outreach activities and engage community physicians.


Leadership and General Administrative Duties


The Chief will be responsible for creating a positive work environment for the Division that encourages communication, trust, teamwork, and professional growth. Focus on the growth of clinical and research operations of the Division by recruiting and mentoring additional Allergy and Immunology faculty members. Develop a culture that is anti-racist and fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion. Work to ensure that all faculty and staff feel valued and supported. Strengthen others by showing appreciation and celebrating successes.


  • Build a culture of professionalism, transparency, and accountability within the Division by being a role model, holding faculty accountable and providing timely and constructive feedback.

  • Establish a system for ensuring that relevant information from the Department, Medical School, and Hospital/Health System is communicated in a timely manner to all faculty and staff.

  • Actively partner with administrative staff to manage the business and financial operations of the Division.

  • Serve as a role model of engagement in important Department, Hospital/Health System activities and initiatives.

  • Oversight of Clinical Activities

  • Identify and regularly update scope of clinical practice for the Division.

  • Lead and supervise expansion of new Division clinical programs including programs for management of patients with allergies, asthma, and immunodeficiencies.

  • Ensure that the quality of care meets/exceeds accepted standards.

  • Review patient/family survey results and identify/address patient/family-identified deficiencies in clinical care.

  • Create metrics for defining and evaluating overall Divisional and individual faculty performance and success in meeting clinical expectations.

  • Oversight of Division-Specific Educational Programs

  • Continue and expand Division education programs that meet the needs of the following groups of learners, as appropriate and directed by the Department, Medical School and/or Hospital/Health System.

  • Oversight of Research and Scholarly Missions of the Division:

  • Create an environment to foster research and scholarly activities in the Division.

  • Develop and overall thematic approach and strategic plan for research within the Division.

  • Foster collaboration and team science within and beyond the Division.

  • Ensure appropriate mentorship and progress for faculty engaged in research.

  • Create metrics for evaluating individual faculty performance and success in meeting research/scholarly expectations.

  • Monitor research budgets and effort allocation.






  • Texas Medical License or be eligible for a Texas Faculty Temporary License.  Required or preferred board certification/eligibility statement.  Required or preferred minimum years of clinical experience or years post residency statement.

  • M.D. or equivalent medical degree, with Board Certification in Allergy and Immunology

  • Experience as a successful manager with a track record of effective, cooperative leadership, and strategic vision gained within an academic environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team, providing effective communication and an interest in furthering the research, scholarly and academic missions of the group.

  • A record of research contributions, either in clinical, educational, or translational science.

Possesses strong personal and professional ethical values, impeccable integrity, energy, flexibility, and a positive attitude.

If you would like to learn more, by obtaining additional information, please contact search committee chair, Shervin Assassi, MD, MS, Professor & Director, Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunogenetics through the office of Gwendolyn Smith-Jenkins, Associate Director, Executive Recruitment by email at Gwendolyn.SmithJenkins@uth.tmc.edu or by phone at (O) 713-500-316. Nominations are also welcomed. All inquiries will be held strictly confidential.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

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