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Professor and Group Leader, Harvard Medical School

The Harvard Medical School Department of Population Medicine (DPM) at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute seeks nominations and applications for the position of Professor and Group Leader. In this newly created role, which includes a faculty appointment up to the rank of Professor at Harvard Medical School, the Group Leader will create a new research group within the Institute, and will develop and implement a robust strategic program of research, education, and policy in Health Care Delivery Systems-Based Science with direct cross over to comparative effectiveness research within the Institute.

The Group Leader will become a member of the Department’s Executive Committee and have an active role in establishing the Department’s agenda in areas critical to reshaping the U.S. health care system to better meet the population’s needs. In support of this initiative, the Group Leader will be provided with the resources to recruit additional faculty, and the space to accommodate such growth. Further, in addition to conducting independent and collaborative research based on external grant funding, the Group Leader will participate in the DPM’s teaching of fellows, primary care residents, graduate students, and medical students.

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, which houses the Department, is a unique collaboration between Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC), a not-for-profit health plan insuring over a million members, and Harvard Medical School (HMS). Established in 1993 to create an academic health plan, the HMS Department of Population Medicine (DPM) is the nation’s only appointing medical school department based within a health plan. While HPHC provides management oversight, Harvard Medical School (HMS) provides academic oversight, departmental reviews, and other in-kind services.

The department blends a population and public health focus, is anchored in health care delivery, and leverages unprecedented data resources derived from health care delivery systems. DPM faculty members design, implement, and analyze novel approaches to solving some of the nation’s most pressing problems of treatment of disease, prevention, and public health through five thematic areas.

  • Comparative effectiveness research which examines and assesses which strategies are best to optimize outcomes for individuals and populations.
  • Delivery systems-based research which examines ways to improve clinical care processes and outcomes.
  • Prevention research which addresses questions about how to modify the risk of acquiring diseases and/or to prevent their secondary consequences.
  • Policy research which looks at the impact of different approaches to health policy, financing, or administering health care insurance.
  • Surveillance and public health research which explores how health care data can be used to support public health.

The Institute is expected to be approximately 225 FTEs within the next 2 years, including faculty, research trainees, project managers, analysts, research assistants and coordinators, as well as research administrators in DPM and the Office of Sponsored Programs.


The ideal candidate will have earned an MD degree, and have an MPH or other degree in health services research, epidemiology, health policy, economics, or other related field. Well qualified non-physicians are also encouraged to apply. A proven track record of securing and leading externally supported research along with an equally robust record of peer-reviewed publications is expected. An ability and desire to work collaboratively with internal and external colleagues is required as is experience in training, mentoring and teaching.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For more information, or to apply, please contact:

Patricia Hastie, MSS
Opus Search Partners