Department Chair

MED AnesthesiologyPainMedicine

Competition No.  -    A100147378
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.


The University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and Alberta Health Services (AHS) invites applications for the academic Chair of the University of Alberta Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine and Zone Clinical Department Head (ZCDH) Anesthesiology. A concurrent leadership role may be possible depending on the strengths and interests of the successful candidate.  The successful candidate will also be appointed as an Associate or Full Professor depending on academic record.

The University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services combined are one of Canada’s leading Academic Health Sciences Centers in one of the largest integrated health delivery regions in the world.  The two organizations take pride in their consistent leadership in clinical service, education and research. Details about the University of Alberta, the FoMD, the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, the city of Edmonton and AHS can be found at and

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of Alberta has been internationally recognized as among the world’s top 100 medical schools and as one of Canada’s premier health-education institutions.  The University is currently home to more than 38,000 students with more than 15,000 faculty and staff. The University is situated in the provincial capital of Edmonton, home to over one million people. The greater Edmonton area offers all the amenities of a large urban center and is known internationally for its thriving arts and festival scene, a vast array of sports and fitness opportunities, one of North America’s largest stretches of riverfront urban parkland, and top-ranked health care.

Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, University of Alberta – Qualifications

The successful candidate will be a physician and have an MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent in a relevant discipline with national or international reputation as a scholar and will have proven leadership experience, which will be applied to strengthen the University’s reputation as a leading research-intensive post-secondary institution in Canada and abroad. The Chair must have a demonstrated ability to foster mentorship and career development opportunities for faculty members. Strong and well-developed interpersonal communication skills are an asset.

The individual will hold certification in Anesthesiology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (or an equivalent) and be eligible for licensure as a specialist in anesthesiology in the Province of Alberta.

The Chair’s responsibilities include:

  • Developing  and executing a strategic plan for continued departmental growth in the delivery of superior educational programs, research innovation and clinical service
  • Working to propagate interdisciplinary research and clinical care
  • Promoting  administrative, clinical, research and educational excellence
  • Fostering a culture of mentoring among faculty within the department
  • Increasing visibility of the department within the Faculty and the University, nationally and internationally
  • Supporting the growth and continued accreditation of the department’s educational and clinical programs  

The Chair will be responsible for a department with 7 full-time academic faculty and over 150 part time clinical faculty within 13 specialty divisions.  The successful candidate, together with the Office of the Dean, will be responsible for the education of undergraduate (170 students/year) and postgraduate training programs (over 30 residents in a fully-accredited Royal College training program). 

The successful candidate, together with the Office of the Dean, will be responsible for the graduate program that offers graduate degrees through the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta.  The Department's research strengths are in the areas of:  neuro-immune contributions to chronic pain states; the neurobiology of pain; prenatal iron deficiency; mechanisms of myocardial protection and ischemia-reperfusion injury; nutritional support and immunometabolism; chronic post-surgical pain and persistent opioid use; psychological interventions and pediatric chronic pain; regional anesthesia and postoperative outcomes.

The Edmonton Zone Clinical Department Head for Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, Alberta Health Services - Qualifications

The Edmonton Zone Clinical Department Head (ZCDH) for Anesthesiology is a senior medical leadership role within AHS. The position is governed by the AHS Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules and reports to the Zone Medical Director (ZMD) and is responsible for the Zone Clinical Department of Anesthesiology Department in the Edmonton Zone. This is a key medical leadership position that works closely with the Executive Director(s) (ED) responsible for Surgical and Perioperative Services using the AHS dyad model and will be jointly responsible for providing integrated leadership for Anesthesiology across the Edmonton Zone. Quality improvement is a strategic pillar of Alberta Health Services. Other major responsibilities of the position include:

  • Operational Leadership – effective oversight of all Edmonton Zone Anesthesiology services, activities and programs. 
  • Strategic Planning and Evaluation – development of Zone plans, in-patient services, priorities and performance agreements, including workforce planning
  • Relationship Management – collaboration with partners and stakeholders including the Stollery Children’s Hospital, Covenant Health, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, the Cross Cancer Institute and the University of Alberta
  • Performance Management – innovation and integration of high quality patient-focused clinical care
  • Other responsibilities as outlined in section 2.7.2 of the AHS Medical Staff Bylaws (Bylaws & Rules | Alberta Health Services).

The ZCDH will be responsible for providing leadership to the various, diverse aspects of Anesthesiology across the Edmonton Zone, paying special attention to zone wide Anesthesiology services. The ZCDH will also play a lead role in fostering a culture of the highest quality effective and efficient clinical care, research mentorship and will be a strong advocate for excellence in anesthesiology education.

Research opportunities

The opportunities in research are enhanced by support from Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions, the Institute of Health Economics and the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry’s seven research institutes.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a two-page document outlining their current clinical and research interests, their academic and leadership experience, as well as their thoughts on how to meet the challenges of academic leadership in an integrated health region. The names and addresses of three referees should be included.

The competition will remain open until the position is filled. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

Please note, Applicants can apply to the Chair or ZCDH separately, or to both positions. The AHS and Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry Search and Selection Committees will be run concurrently, applicants should indicate which position(s) the application is intended in the cover letter.

“Candidates must be Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) certified, be eligible to work in Canada, and hold or be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta and appointment to the AHS Medical Staff. Candidates should have evidence of formal administrative education and training.”


How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.