Chair, Department of Psychiatry


Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Dartmouth Health System  

Dartmouth Health and Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine announce a national search for the Chair, Department of Psychiatry.

Dartmouth Health is New Hampshire’s largest, and only academic, health system.  Dartmouth Health serves a population of 1.9 million patients across northern New England and provides access to more than 1,800 providers. Anchored by the academic Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, the system includes the NCI-designated Dartmouth Cancer Center, the Dartmouth Health Children’s hospital, 5 member hospitals, 30 ambulatory clinics across the region, a Visiting Nurse Association and the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care.

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (Geisel), was established in Hanover, NH in 1797 and, to this day, strives to improve the lives of the people it serves: students, patients, and local and global communities. As one of America's top medical schools, Geisel is committed to creating new generations of diverse leaders who will help solve the most vexing challenges in health care. Geisel and Dartmouth Health are separate organizational entities but collaborate intimately on research, education and share key infrastructure programs. Sources for additional collaboration include the Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Junction, VT; the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice; the Tuck School of Business the Thayer School of Engineering; the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies; and the Arts and Sciences departments and programs of Dartmouth College.

The Chair of the Department of Psychiatry will have primary responsibility and accountability for the overall direction, operation, management, financial performance and academic growth of the Department of Psychiatry in accordance with the mission and goals of Dartmouth Health and Geisel. The Chair will collaborate and coordinate with other Dartmouth Health member hospitals and clinics on matters of clinical, teaching and research programs, and will serve as the Behavioral Health Leader for Dartmouth Health. Given the dual and matrixed nature of this role, the Chair of Psychiatry will report to the Dartmouth Health Chief Clinical Officer and the Geisel Dean. The Chair is responsible for fostering a culture of learning for physicians, advanced practitioners, students, residents, and fellows and for meeting accreditation standards for the department (e.g., LCME, ACGME/RRC, and CME). The Chair will collaborate with programs in the graduate sciences (Ph.D., MPH, MS) and for undergraduates in Arts and Sciences.

As the clinical leader of the Department, the Chair will have full accountability for the establishment and implementation of system-wide psychiatric services strategies and operations for Dartmouth Health, which includes all Dartmouth Health locations, regional members, affiliates, and partnered accountable care organizations. The Chair will be responsible for working with Dartmouth Health officers and senior leaders to operationalize the Department within the overall integrated delivery system’s organizational structure and functions. The Chair leader is a member of the Dartmouth Health Senior Leadership Group (“SLG”) and the Geisel Dean’s Academic Board (“DAB”).

Responsibilities of the Chair include the following:

  • Work closely with the Dartmouth Health Chief Clinical Officer and other senior Dartmouth Health clinical, academic and administrative leadership colleagues to ensure high-performing, patient and family-centered care and population health goals across Dartmouth Health and Dartmouth.
  • Be the primary contact for coordinating contracted behavioral health, addiction, and psychiatric care services with the State of New Hampshire at the state psychiatric hospital and other designated sites.
  • Have direct accountability for all Department medical staff processes, including physician engagement, recruitment, development, and performance assessment, and for creating a high-performance clinical culture and medical staff.
  • Work with senior clinical, academic and administrative leadership to create a culture and environment that enables the ability to implement change and innovation in transitioning from volume-based to value-based care models.
  • Advance medical management and cost-effectiveness initiatives, implement best practices, including case and utilization management processes, and foster quality promotion, patient safety, and cost containment.
  • Facilitate clinical, delivery, translational and basic science research programs within the Department and through collaborations with others that are aligned with the goals of Dartmouth Health, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics, and Geisel School of Medicine in collaboration with the Dartmouth Health Chief Research Officer, the Geisel Dean and other Chair colleagues.
  • Facilitate implementation and operation of innovative and effective telemedicine programs to help support and transform the provision of psychiatric services throughout Dartmouth Health’s service area.
  • Promote innovation and implementation of curricular programs within the Department and through collaborations with others aligned with the goals of DHMC, Dartmouth Health, and Geisel.
  • Provide mentoring and structure within the Department to promote academic advancement and professional development of Department faculty members.
  • Maintain ACGME/RRC accreditation of training program(s) in compliance with the ACGME Program Requirements for GME education.
  • Maintain programs for faculty and students that comply with the LCME Program Requirements for UME education.
  • Communicate clearly with Departmental leadership, faculty and staff to outline roles, responsibilities, and expectations and conduct annual performance reviews.
  • Oversee the effective management and operation of the individual Sections within the Department to achieve Departmental goals.
  • Promote teamwork within the Department/Sections, between, and among other departments and organizational units/programs in all aspects of academic and clinical functions.
  • Develop, analyze, and track the annual budgets and key performance indicators of the Department and its component Sections and clinical services.
  • Promote diversity and inclusion as outlined in the policies of Dartmouth Health and Geisel, and maintain a safe and welcoming work environment.
  • Represent Dartmouth Health and Geisel on internal and external committees and task forces.      
  • Demonstrate effective advocacy using ethical/moral decision-making to intervene for patients, staff, colleagues, and families.

Minimum qualifications:

Qualified candidates will: hold a medical degree (MD, MD/MPH, MD/MBA, MD/PhD) or equivalent degree(s); qualify for rank of Professor or Associate Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine; be board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; and be a New Hampshire licensed physician or should be eligible for licensure in the State of New Hampshire.  The preferred candidate will have five or more years of experience as a strategic leader with the ability to manage a substantial, complex, and evolving organization.  They will also have experience with funded research, scholarly achievement, and a history of teaching effectiveness, successful development of an organization or program, and an acknowledged reputation in the provision of exemplary health care.  Ideally, the successful candidate will have had leadership experience within a dynamic academic health system as well as a medical school.  The successful candidate will be an advocate for the faculty, students, and staff, and be committed to mentoring and training the next generation of physicians and clinicians.

The Dartmouth Health system stretches over New Hampshire and Vermont and offers the quintessential New England experience. This beautiful area combines history, industry, and business and has been ranked consistently as one of the best places in the US to live and work.

Dartmouth Health and Geisel are headquartered in the historical Upper Connecticut River Valley, consisting of the 37 towns straddling the river between Vermont and New Hampshire. The “Upper Valley” boasts cultural opportunities through venues including the Hopkins Center for the Arts and the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, as well as the Lebanon Opera House and Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT. The region is noted for its abundance of recreational activities. With destinations like Boston, New York, Montreal, the seacoast and ski country available within short driving distances, it is easy to understand why this region has ranked consistently as one of the best places in the US to live and work. 

Candidates are requested to address a cover letter to the Search Chair:

Richard I. Rothstein, MD
Joseph M. Huber Professor and Chair
Department of Medicine
Senior Vice President, Medical Specialties Service Line
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center


All application material should be directed to: 

Mark L. Semiao, MBA
Executive Recruiter, Talent Acquisition
Dartmouth Health


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