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Associate Director of Health Policy, Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Baylor College

The Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy seeks a distinguished scholar to serve as the Associate Director for Health Policy and join us as a new colleague. This person will help lead our program in health policy, which includes developing curricula for medical, graduate, and allied health students, organizing and facilitating collaboration among the more than 60 clinical and scientific faculty members at Baylor who are interested in health policy, working with communications, government relations, and public relations agencies to disseminate our relevant health policy work, and leading conferences with the goal of publishing policy papers related to emerging scientific, clinical, and community health issues.

The person who fills this position will also be expected to participate in our Center’s teaching of medical students and residents on topics in medical ethics and health policy, engage in original collaborative research and scholarship on related topics, and participate in teaching and mentoring junior faculty. The final distribution of duties will be negotiated.

About the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

The Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy comprises 8 core faculty members, 28 clinical and research faculty with secondary appointments, 70 affiliated members, and 22 administrative, research and clinical ethics personnel.

Our Center’s faculty teach in the undergraduate and graduate medical curricula, direct an award winning ethics track for advanced medical students, and are currently developing a new, comprehensive College-wide graduate medical education curriculum in ethics, professionalism, and health policy.

Center faculty lead clinical ethics consultations services at several premier adult, pediatric, public and private institutions across the Texas Medical Center, and are heavily involved in national clinical ethics initiatives and training, in addition to serving in national leadership positions in clinical ethics.

Center faculty are also actively engaged in funded research supported by NHGRI and NCI of the NIH, PCORI, and private foundations. Two of the Center’s faculty have been recipients of Faculty Scholars Awards from the Greenwall Foundation. Our faculty have published more than 700 peer reviewed publications in high impact medical and bioethics journals and have authored nearly 200 books, chapters in scholarly books, and chapters in medical textbooks.


The successful candidate will have the opportunity to play a leading role in strengthening the Center’s programs in health policy, ethics education, and bioethics research. Candidates must have a doctoral degree, such as MD, PhD or JD, and must have demonstrated outstanding scholarship in his or her field. Faculty rank will be Associate or Full Professor.

Life in Houston

Houston is one of the most racially, ethnically, and internationally diverse cities in the United States and supports world class cultural institutions – such as the Alley Theater, the Menil Collection and Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Ballet, the Houston Grand Opera, and the Houston Symphony – four professional sports teams, and cuisines from around the world. The Center is proud to collaborate with some of Houston’s more than 40 colleges, universities, and institutes such as Rice University, Texas Children’s Hospital, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the University of Houston. Houston and its suburbs offer a wide range of affordable housing and family-oriented programs and activities.

Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine, one of the nation’s top academic health sciences centers, is committed to advancing human health through the integration of patient care, research, education and community service. Located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, it is the only private medical school in the Greater Southwest. Baylor College of Medicine was founded in 1900 and is today an internationally respected medical and research institution known for excellence in education, research, collaboration and patient care. The College consistently ranks among the top of the country’s 125 medical schools. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked the College No. 18 for research on its list of top medical schools. Baylor College of Medicine is also listed 13th among all U.S. medical schools for National Institutes of Health funding, and No. 1 for research expenditures in biological science by the National Science Foundation.

How to Apply

Those interested in this position should send a curriculum vitae and short letter indicating their desire to be considered. The letter should include the names and contact information for three persons willing to provide a reference. Materials should be sent by February 23, 2015 to:

Amy McGuire, JD, PhD
Director, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Email [preferred]: bioethics@bcm.edu
Or via post:
Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
1 Baylor Plaza, MS420
Houston, Texas 77030

For more information about Baylor College of Medicine and the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, visit our website at www.bcm.edu/ethics

Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer