Academic Head, Department of Pediatrics

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Academic Head, Department of Paediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine,

Zone Clinical Department Head, Pediatrics, Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services

The University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services invite applications and nominations for the joint position of Head, Department of Paediatrics, Cumming School of Medicine and Zone Clinical Department Head, Pediatrics, Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services.  As the most senior physician leader in Paediatrics 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 Paediatrics 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. It has a fully accredited residency-training program and a record of accomplishment in research.

Alberta Health Services 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), Pediatrics will work collaboratively in a dyad leadership model with the Executive Director/Senior Operating Officer for AHS Administration to lead and participate in the development of system wide clinical services.   This will service a large and diverse population that incorporates the rapidly growing urban centre of Calgary, as well as surrounding communities and southern Alberta. The Department of Pediatrics has approximately 350 physicians and researchers in 22 sections and divisions.  For more information, visit or

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 Pediatrics. 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 Zone. Furthermore, the ZCDH will participate in strategic planning for Pediatrics in both the clinical and academic context in conjunction with Alberta Health Services and the Maternal Newborn, Child & Youth Strategic Clinical Network. Close integration for academic development occurs in collaboration with the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI). These partnerships offers an important opportunity to integrate evidence based programs and services at a population level to deliver general and specialized pediatric care.

The ZCDH reports to the Calgary Zone Medical Director.  All other Calgary Zone medical leaders and physicians in Pediatrics report to this position.  The Academic Department Head reports to the Dean, Cumming School of Medicine.

We are searching for an outstanding leader to be the joint ZCDH, Pediatrics, and the University’s Department Head of Paediatrics. Qualifications include an MD, eligibility for licensure in the Province of Alberta, and certification in Pediatrics.  The selected candidate must have a strong academic background with academic qualifications commensurate with an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or above as well as demonstrated research and educational achievements, proven administrative ability (with a minimum of five (5) years of leadership experience) and clinical skills. A proven track record in equity, diversity and inclusion and staff wellness should be evident. Strong communication skills are paramount.

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in Canada’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to become one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. Ranked as the top young university in Canada and North America, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

Calgary 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: December 15, 2021

The University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services recognize 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 (

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