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Chief Medical Officer / Senior Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health

Apply now Work type: University Medical Line, University Tenure Line
Location: Stanford University
Categories: School of Medicine


Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (as Chief Medical Officer) and to the Dean of the School of Medicine and VP for Medical Affairs (as Senior Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health), the CMO/SAD holds a named, endowed Professorship in the School of Medicine and will participate in the overall leadership, direction, and strategy of Stanford Medicine Children’s Health (SMCH), which includes Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, ambulatory practices through Packard Children’s Health Alliance, and strategic partnerships with a wide range of hospitals throughout the greater Bay Area, and beyond.

This position represents the perspectives and priorities of faculty and the School of Medicine, as well as those of SMCH, helping to ensure that the entire Stanford Medicine organization delivers outstanding patient care and educates the next generation of physician leaders in a preeminent academic medical center. As a key member of the Executive Leadership Team, the CMO/SAD will serve as a champion in SMCH’s mission of Extraordinary Care, Continual Learning, and Breakthrough Discoveries. 

Building upon the existing strengths of the organization, this individual will work in concert with the SMCH President and CEO, the Dean of Stanford University School of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs, and SMCH leadership: Chief Strategy Officer; Chief Operating Officer; Chief Financial Officer; Physician-in-Chief; Obstetrician-in-Chief; Surgeon-in-Chief; Chief Nursing Officer; and Chief Administrative Officer for the Faculty Practice Organization and for Packard Children’s Health Alliance.

The CMO/SAD will play a key role in strategic planning, program development, and clinical program integration focused on growth and sustainability of the SMCH Enterprise.

They will be a strong, agile, and savvy leader with demonstrated success in a complex and matrixed academic environment, as well as a leader who is culturally intelligent with excellent interpersonal skills.  They will be a respected clinician with a distinguished record of scholarship, experience in promoting a successful culture of quality and safety, as well as an understanding of both inpatient and outpatient operations plus system strategy as it pertains to maternal and child health.  They should have a deep understanding of the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare and be a strategic partner in SMCH’s goal of advancing health equity.  They must be an individual who leads by example and consensus but is capable of managing change and making difficult decisions.


Stanford Medicine

Consisting of Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care (SHC), and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health (SMCH), Stanford Medicine is a leader in the biomedical revolution and has a long tradition of leadership in pioneering research, creative teaching protocols and effective clinical therapies. As an academic medical center with close ties to Stanford University and Silicon Valley, Stanford Medicine merges research with healthcare expertise to drive creative thinking and innovation. For more information, please visit:

Diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and health equity are core values of Stanford Medicine.  Our goal is to draw from people with a variety of backgrounds and life experiences to reach a new level of innovation in instruction, research, and patient care. Varied perspectives encourage new strategies that ensure diversity is reflected in our programs, culture, and leadership. To learn more about Stanford Medicine’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Health Equity initiatives and team members, please visit:

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford University School of Medicine has 1,085 members of the professoriate faculty and 1,519 clinician educators. The School’s current community of scholars includes:

  • 7 Nobel laureates
  • 4 MacArthur Foundation “geniuses”
  • 13 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators
  • 38 National Academy of Sciences members
  • 47 National Academy of Medicine members

The faculty conduct clinical rotations at several hospital sites. In addition to the Stanford University Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, Stanford Medicine has formal affiliations with Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Stanford medical students also manage two free clinics: Arbor Free Clinic in Menlo Park and Pacific Free Clinic in San Jose. For more information, please visit:

Stanford Medicine Children’s Health

SMCH is the only health care system in the San Francisco Bay Area - and one of only a few in the country - exclusively dedicated to pediatric and obstetric care.  Our physicians and health care teams offer comprehensive clinical services from treatments for rare and complex conditions to well-child care at more than 65 locations. This year SMCH is ranked as the No. 2 children’s hospital in the Pacific region.  This distinction affirms the enduring pursuit of excellence and exceptional quality that our faculty, physicians, and staff provide to patients and families. With Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford at the center of a network with locations across the Bay Area, our patients can access world-class care close to home.  For more information about SMCH, please visit

Stanford Health Care

SHC seeks to provide primarily adult patients with the very best in diagnosis and treatment with outstanding quality, compassion, and coordination.  With an unmatched track record of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and translational medicine, SHC physicians are pioneering leading edge therapies today that will change the way health care is delivered tomorrow. SHC has been the recipient of numerous significant awards and distinctions which can be found online at


The CMO/SAD of SMCH will be an outstanding clinical and academic leader with a deep understanding of the complexity of academic medicine. The CMO/SAD will be an experienced senior physician leader with a proven track record of scholarship and delivering high quality, cost-effective care.  The leader will possess experience developing and implementing value-based care strategies and successfully leveraging data and technology to drive clinical improvements. TheCMO/SAD will demonstrate the following leadership behaviors:

Setting Strategy

  • The ability to articulate a strong vision and clear strategy for a clinical organization, accounting for industry trends and regulatory changes in today’s complex field of academic medicine.
  • An entrepreneurial and data-driven approach to developing new ideas, technology innovations, and clinical programs that will stretch the organization and push boundaries.
  • A deep commitment to excellence and innovative services and family care.

Executing for Results

  • The ability to set clear and challenging goals while committing the organization to improved performance; tenacious and accountable in driving results in clinical and financial metrics.
  • A leader viewed by others as having a high degree of integrity and forethought in their approach to making decisions; the ability to act in a transparent and consistent manner.
  • The ability to persevere in the face of challenges and to exhibit a steadfast resolve and relentless commitment to higher standards, which commands respect from followers; lead by example.
  • The ability to provide leadership that will challenge, inspire, and motivate a broad range of physicians, care providers, and staff members.

Relationships and Influence

  • Demonstrated ability to connect naturally and build strong relationships with others, demonstrating strong emotional intelligence and an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively.
  • Experience working in a matrixed academic setting, while building relationships, influencing through indirect authority, and aligning diverse stakeholders to achieve a common vision.
  • Additional key relationships include:
      • Chief Human Resources Officer, SMCH
      • Chief Marketing Officer, SMCH
      • Chief Nursing Officer, SMCH
      • Chief Government Relations Officer, SMCH
      • Senior Vice President of Strategic Space Planning and General Services, SMCH
      • Chief Information and Digital Officer, SMCH
      • Chief Executive Officer, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health
      • Chief Medical Officer and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, SHC
      • Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Stanford Medicine


Quality, Patient Safety, and Performance Improvement

The CDO/SAD will lead and improve clinical quality such that excellent outcomes sufficiently quantify and drive the value proposition to enhance the market leadership position of Stanford in providing care. These systems will sufficiently define where Stanford is unique and provide clear value for healthcare services to consumers, be they referring physicians, payers or patients. They will advance the definition of clinical quality through collaboration with those in the Medical School, Medical Staff, and others Stanford Medicine colleagues; and in so doing develop and solidify a leadership position for the institution in this field. They will have oversight and direct reporting responsibility for the Chief Quality Officer and the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Department. They will ensure SMCH has effective mechanisms for reporting incidents and errors in patient care.  They will partner with the University’s General Counsel and others on issues of potential medical legal liability. They will be responsible for the identification, selection, development, and implementation of systems to measure and improve quality and clinical outcomes.

Health Equity

The CMO/SAD will partner with the Stanford Medicine Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office to operationalize and support SMCH’s goal of establishing health equity as a strategic priority; and to work towards a broader vision to make SMCH a national leader in eliminating healthcare disparities, and a place where all patients achieve (or have the potential to achieve) their desired health outcomes. They will demonstrate a deep commitment to applying an equity lens across the care delivery system, including how it is reflected and operationalized within the SMCH domains of quality, safety, patient experience, engagement and wellness, and financial strength. The organization’s health equity efforts are overseen by the SMCH CQO, partnering with the SMCH Chief Health Equity Officer who reports to the CQO.

Regulatory Affairs

The individual will actively lead in regulatory compliance with and preparation for reviews by Federal/State/Local/CMA/JCAHO and other such regulatory agencies that affect provision of medical care. They will closely partner with the Medical Staff and Chief Compliance Officer to ensure conformity with regulatory requirements.

Support for Medical Staff Affairs

The CMO/SAD will support the Medical Staff in its governance leadership, medical education, and quality improvement activities. They will serve as a non-voting member of the Medical Executive Committee (MEC) and as lead liaison between the President and CEO, and the Medical Staff. Represents SMCH Senior Leadership to the Medical Staff. In cooperation and close consultation with the President of the Medical Staff and MEC, they will supervise the day-to-day performance of the Medical Staff Office (MSO). They will support and advise the Medical Staff in credentialing procedures/delineation of clinical privileges, and the recommendations to the SMCH Board of Directors for granting privileges. They will advise and aid Medical Staff in medical staff by-laws establishment and enforcement issues but will not be directly in charge of or responsible for disciplinary issues.

Clinical Program Oversight and Development

The CMO/SAD will contribute to the development of new programs and policies that advance medical quality, growth, and efficiency and oversee six Associate CMOs.  They will partner with the School of Medicine and Medical Staff on clinical initiatives with specific emphasis on process, redesign, clinical transformation, and clinical protocols. Working in collaboration with other members of SMCH Senior Leadership, they will provide oversight to Medical Directors of the clinical service lines and will serve on boards of joint ventures between SMCH and outside organizations. They will assist in overseeing the SMCH Centers of Emphasis ensuring their effective operation and alignment with the organization's goals.

Key Liaison between SMCH and the School of Medicine (as the Senior Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health)

The CMO/SAD will maintain a communication conduit between the School of Medicine and SMCH, representing the interests of the School of Medicine in the priorities and activities of SMCH. These interests encompass all activities that provide assistance to the Physician-in-Chief, Surgeon-in-Chief and Obstetrician-in-Chief in matters affecting the obstetric program, the maternal health and reproductive endocrinology and infertility program, and the various pediatric programs of the departments. The Senior Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health serves at the discretion of the Dean and VP for Medical Affairs and manages multiple Associate Deans for Maternal and Children Health (e.g. Research, Global Health, Quality and Safety) who report to the Senior Associate Dean. 

Represent SMCH in Graduate Medical Education Affairs

The CMO/SAD will support the School of Medicine and the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education to assure compliance with ACGME/RRC rules and guidelines and to provide highest quality of education and care. They will partner with the Assistant Dean for GME in approving GME expansion at SMCH.

External Liaison Roles

The CMO/SAD will function as clinical spokesperson for SMCH in communicating the organization’s vision for quality clinical care and facilitate assessment of patient concerns and complaints related to physician/clinical care. They will serve as liaison with and representative of SMCH Senior Leadership in ongoing communications with community physicians. They will partner with the Chief Administrative Officer for the Faculty Practice Organization to oversee physician practice and medical administrative activities related to the SMCH Pediatric and Obstetric Faculty Practice Organization and the Packard Children’s Health Alliance. The CMO/SAD serves as an ex-officio member of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Board of Directors, as a member of the Board of Directors for Packard Children’s Health Alliance, and a member of the Board of Directors at various joint ventures.

Reporting Relationships:

  • Chief Quality Officer
  • Chief Health Equity Officer (through CQO)
  • Chief Patient Experience Officer (through CQO)
  • VP, Performance Improvement
  • VP Managed Care
  • VP, Medical Specialties
  • Associate CMO of Medical Specialties
  • Associate CMO of Procedural Areas
  • Associate CMO of Ambulatory Care
  • Associate CMO of Surgery
  • Associate CMO of Finance
  • Associate CMO of Critical Care

 Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Drive innovative initiatives in pediatric research, education, and clinical care, keeping our organization at the forefront of medical advancements.
  • Assist in the recruitment, orientation, development, and retention of highly competent, diverse and high-performing providers required to deliver quality care.
  • Increase workforce diversity within SMHC’s clinical programs, role-modelling its commitment to inclusion, and create clinical programs that reduce health disparities in pursuit of the organization’s core value of equity.
  • Demonstrate financial acumen and a deep understanding of payment methodology, funds flow, physician incentives, and cost control techniques.
  • Articulate a clear strategy for a clinical organization, accounting for industry trends and regulatory changes in today’s complex field of academic medicine.
  • Provide an entrepreneurial and data-driven approach to developing new ideas, technology innovations, and clinical programs that will stretch the organization and push boundaries.
  • Ensure all three missions of the School of Medicine receive equal focus as SMCH establishes its strategic priorities.
  • Possess deep knowledge of strategic planning, program design principles, and current pediatric and obstetrical medical trends.


  • Demonstrated experience as a successful physician leader (i.e. CMO, Associate CMO, Department Chair, Division Chief, Medical Director, etc.) within a progressive, complex hospital or health care system that is internationally recognized for excellence in clinical care. 
  • Recent clinical experience and at least ten years' post-graduate clinical experience in a matrixed operation for which a considerable amount of time was focused on measurable improvements in quality improvement, safety, and performance improvement.  
  • Eligible for and is appointed as a full-time faculty member in the School of Medicine.
  • Ability to meet appointment criteria to a senior faculty rank (Associate Professor or Professor) in the professoriate.
  • Eligible to be privileged and credentialed as a full and active member of the SMCH medical staff in good standing.
  • Ability to work across clinical service lines and business units from a position of influence and with a high degree of transparency.
  • Advanced analytical and communication skills necessary to organize, plan, lead, and manage a complex clinical enterprise.
  • A demonstrated record of relationship building and positive collaboration with the medical staff, senior executives, and clinical leadership in a diverse clinical setting.
  • Comfortable serving as a coach and mentor for other physicians in development of physician leaders across the system.
  • Excellent financial and analytical skills as well as business acumen and familiarity with the operations of a large, sophisticated, and integrated delivery system.


An MD degree or equivalent is required; and candidates should possess a record of recognized professional, scholarly, teaching and service achievements that would warrant appointment as an Associate or Full Professor on the University professoriate lines (University Tenure Line or University Medical Line). An advanced degree in health care administration, business administration, and/or public health is a plus. 

 The predominant criterion for faculty appointment in the University Tenure Line is a major commitment to research and teaching. The major criteria for faculty appointment in the University Medical Line is excellence in the overall mix of clinical care, clinical teaching, scholarly activity that advances clinical medicine and institutional service appropriate to the programmatic need the individual is expected to fulfill. Faculty line and rank will be determined by the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.


The salary range for the position is $795,000 to $865,000.  This pay range reflects base pay, which is based on faculty rank and years in rank. It does not include all components of the School of Medicine’s faculty compensation program or pay from participation in departmental incentive compensation programs.

Stanford University has provided a pay range representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for the position. The pay offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors including (but not limited to) the experience and qualifications of the selected candidate including equivalent years in rank, training, and field or discipline; internal equity; and external market pay for comparable jobs.


SMCH has retained the services of Dr. Josh Ward at the executive search firm Korn Ferry.  Applicants should submit materials in two places for consideration:

  1. Candidates should submit their application to (in separate PDFs)

They should also submit their materials to Stanford University School of Medicine’s Faculty Search and Applicant Tracking (FSAT) website through this LINK

  1. .  Questions may be directed to, Director of Strategic Leadership.

Application materials comprise:

    1. An up-to-date and detailed resume or curriculum vitae.
    2. A letter of interest (2-4 pages) describing your interest in the role of Chief Medical Officer and Senior Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, why you believe you would be successful in the CMO/SAD role based on your professional and/or lived experience, and why now is a good time for you to consider this opportunity.

Stanford Medicine and Stanford University value faculty who will help foster an inclusive academic environment for colleagues, students, and staff with a wide range of backgrounds, identities, and outlooks.  Additional information about Stanford's IDEAL initiative may be found here: 

Candidates may choose to include a brief discussion about how their work and experience will further these ideals.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but consideration of completed application materials will begin by March 11, 2024.  All submissions will be held in strict confidence, to be shared only with the CMO/SAD Search Committee.

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