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Academic Head and Professor, Department of Surgery

University of Calgary

As the most senior physician leader in Surgery in the Calgary Zone and the academic Department, this is a key leadership position within Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM).

The Department of Surgery is a major department within the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. The Department fully contributes to the research, educational and service missions of the Cumming School of Medicine.

The Zone Clinical Department Head (ZCDH), Surgery will work collaboratively in a dyad leadership model with the Executive Director for AHS administration to lead and participate in the development of system wide clinical services. The department services a large and diverse population that incorporates the rapidly growing urban Centre of Calgary, as well as surrounding communities and southern Alberta. The ZCDH reports to the Calgary Zone Medical Director. All other Calgary Zone medical leaders and physicians in surgery report to this position.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is Canada’s first and largest province-wide, fully-integrated health system. Universities in Alberta are major partners of AHS. The Zone Clinical Department Head (ZCDH) for the Department of Surgery will provide leadership in the provision of surgical clinical services across the Zone. The ZCDH fulfills the duties and responsibilities assigned by the AHS Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules as they pertain to the Calgary Zone Clinical Department of Surgery. The ZCDH will maintain and recruit an appropriately trained physician workforce, ensure high standards of clinical care and ethical conduct of the medical staff, foster maintenance of competence and promote a learning environment for physicians, students, staff and researchers within the Calgary Zone. In addition to local clinical and academic responsibilities, this leader has a role in ensuring coordination across the province, collaboration within the portfolio, and the development and implementation of quality strategies for the Department. The Surgical Strategic Clinical Network is an important platform to support innovation and quality improvement in surgical care across the province. There will be an initial focus on the Alberta Surgery Initiative to decrease surgical wait times in the province.

We are searching for an outstanding leader to be the joint ZCDH, Surgery, and the University’s Department Head of Surgery. Qualifications include an MD, eligibility for licensure in the Province of Alberta, and certification in Surgery. The selected candidate must have a strong academic background with academic qualifications commensurate with a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor as well as demonstrated research and educational achievements, proven administrative ability (with a minimum of five years of leadership experience) and excellent clinical skills.

The University of Calgary is a leading research intensive Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada's top five research universities where innovative teaching and groundbreaking research go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. The strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by our Gaelic motto, which translates to 'I will lift up my eyes'. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

The Cumming School of Medicine and Alberta Heath Services seek to recruit and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce that will contribute to creating the future of health. We are committed to fostering diversity through cultivating an environment where people with a variety of backgrounds, genders, interests, and talents feel welcome and supported.

Alberta Health Services is a consolidated health system in Alberta. The Calgary Zone includes the City of Calgary, and a large surrounding suburban and rural geographical area which provides health services for a population of 1.4 million.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the 'Apply Now' link. Please be aware the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents such as publications):

• Cover letter and curriculum vitae
• Statement of research interests
• Statement of administrative philosophy and academic goals
• Names and contact information of three (3) references

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Questions regarding this opportunity should be addressed to Dr. Jonathan Meddings, by email (

Application deadline: November 15th , 2020

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website ( For more information about the Cumming School of Medicine visit Careers in the Cumming School of Medicine (

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No).