OHNS Faculty Opportunities

Stanford Medicine is initiating a search for the position of

Chair and Professor of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS)

Recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions, Stanford University is located in Silicon Valley, the heart of the Bay Area bioscience community. Stanford Medicine incorporates the School of Medicine as well as two internationally renowned hospitals: Stanford Health Care, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. It is situated on Stanford campus, which also includes the Schools of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering, Law, Business, Earth Sciences, and Education.

Ranked Top Two in US News & World Report’s ranking for ENT (2018), the department is comprised of 54 faculty and 21 residents, with 268 OHNS Department members in total, including a basic science research community of 110.  An additional 7 affiliated teaching faculty include 5 at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and 2 at the Palo Alto Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. There is also an expanding panel of 11 affiliated community otolaryngologists in Stanford’s University Health Care Alliance offices in San Ramon, San Jose, Los Gatos, and Emeryville.  A member of Packard Children’s Health Alliance is located in Walnut Creek.  The Department has 9 post-residency fellowship/instructor programs, including 2 ACGME-accredited fellowships. 

Stanford OHNS enjoys the finest clinical facilities at Stanford, and cutting-edge technology in both clinics and operating rooms. Throughout the department, a multipronged approach is used where clinicians work on a daily basis with primary patients to provide the best service and state of the art care available. The Department is also dedicated to identifying and resolving pathophysiologies associated with the clinical specialty and is in the top 10 in NIH grant awards. With a major focus on inner ear pathologies, there is also strong research across all divisions focused upon identifying and creating the best future treatments. Basic scientists work to identify the underlying molecular mechanisms associated with normal and pathological states as a means of developing more focused plans for treatment. Clinician scientists bridge the gap between the bedside and the bench to ensure targeted approaches are being used to identify both the short- and long-term solutions to these pathologies. The entire Department is dedicated to training and mentoring the next generation of clinicians and scientists who will take the mission of identifying new cures and treatments to greater heights.

Stanford Medicine is seeking a person who combines proven leadership skills with an outstanding record of academic accomplishment, a dedication to excellence in the clinical, research, and educational missions of the department, and an understanding of the complexity of academic medicine; along with the creative vision to help shape the future of a dynamic department. The Chair reports to the Dean of Stanford Medicine and will also be expected to work collaboratively with Chairs of other departments within Stanford Medicine, as well as leaders of the interdisciplinary institutes at Stanford, and the leadership of Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.  The Chair will also collaborate with the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in achieving the goals of the Department of Otolaryngology, and the Stanford medical community.  The candidate should have MD or MD/PhD degrees; faculty rank will be determined by the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.  Scholarship and teaching (and in some cases, clinical care activities) are the critical components of faculty appointments in the University Tenure Line (UTL).  Under normal circumstances, the proportion of time and effort dedicated to scholarship and teaching will be more than that devoted to clinical care. For those faculty whose primary commitment is to clinical care, appointment in the Medical Center Line (MCL) is normally more appropriate. The role of an MCL faculty member is defined by engagement in clinical care, teaching, and scholarly activity that advances clinical medicine. 

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, please send an electronic CV, accompanied by a 1-2 page cover letter describing your accomplishments, and a biographical sketch (such as that used by the NIH), to the Director of Strategic Initiatives, Anitra Bowers, at anitra.bowers@stanford.edu.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but consideration of completed application materials will begin on 18th November 2019.  Please be assured that all submissions will be held in strict confidence, to be shared only with the Search Committee.


Stanford OHNS is committed to increasing the diversity of leaders pursuing careers in clinical practice, research and policy. In collaboration with the  the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, the Center of Excellence, and D-CORE, we aim to foster a supportive and inclusive community.