University of Alberta

Walter Stirling Anderson Professor and Chair Department of Surgery

Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Department of Surgery

Competition No.  -    A104428301
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta and the provincial Alberta Health Services (AHS) invite applications for a joint appointment as the tenured Walter Stirling Anderson Professor and Chair of the University of Alberta Department of Surgery, and Alberta Health Services Edmonton Zone Clinical Department Head, Surgery.  

Combined, the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services are one of Canada’s leading Academic Health Sciences Centres in one of the largest integrated health delivery regions in the world.  With annual budgets of $1.8 billion and $13.5 billion respectively, the two organizations take pride in their persistent leadership in clinical service, education and research.

The Chair of the Department of Surgery, University of Alberta

The successful candidate will have an international reputation as an excellent clinical surgeon (MD or MD/PhD), researcher, educator and leader. The Chair must have a demonstrated ability to foster mentorship and career development opportunities for faculty members and the ability to strengthen the university's reputation as a leading research-intensive post-secondary institution in Canada and abroad. Strong and well developed interpersonal communication skills are an asset. The Chair will:

  • Engage in faculty development and inspire excellence in research, education and clinical care
  • Develop, deliver and execute a strategic plan for continued departmental growth in the delivery of superior educational programs, research innovation, and clinical service
  • Work to propagate interdisciplinary research and care
  • Be Responsible to increase visibility for the Department within the Faculty, and the University, nationally and internationally
  • Support the growth and continued accreditation of the Department’s educational programs, and the efficiency of clinical service to optimize patient care

The Chair will be responsible for a surgical department with over 60 full-time basic science and clinical/academic faculty, 14 special continuing faculty and over 165 part-time clinical faculty within 13 specialty divisions.  The successful candidate, together with the Office of the Dean, will be responsible for the surgical education of undergraduate (170 students/year) and postgraduate training programs (over 120 residents in seven fully-accredited Royal College surgical training programs). 

The Department of Surgery has a long standing internationally recognized graduate program with ~45 students enrolled in MSc and PhD degrees in Experimental Surgery and Surgical Education.  The Chair is expected to actively support basic science and clinical research as well as the vital role of the clinical and PhD scientists in contributing to the department’s academic mandate. 

The opportunities in research are enhanced by the support from Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, the National Institute of Nanotechnology and the central role of the Department in the Alberta Diabetes Institute, the Alberta Transplant Institute, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and the Cross Cancer Institute. The Department also has a strong and continuous grant funding record with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, the National Institutes for Health and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International.

The Edmonton Zone Clinical Department Head for Surgery, Alberta Health Services

The Edmonton Zone Clinical Department Head (ZCDH) for Surgery is a major role with AHS that is integrated with the University of Alberta. The position is governed by the AHS Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules and reports to the Associate Zone Medical Director (AZMD) and Senior Operating Officer (SOO) responsible for Surgery in the Edmonton Zone. This is a key medical leadership position that works closely with the Executive Director (ED) responsible for Surgery using the AHS dyad model and will be jointly responsible for providing integrated leadership for surgery across the Edmonton Zone. Quality improvement is a strategic pillar of Alberta Health Services. At the present time the University of Alberta Hospital is part of the National Surgery Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) of the American College of Surgeons. It is anticipated that within a few years all acute care hospitals will be part of NSQIP. Other major responsibilities of the position include:

  • Operational Leadership – effective oversight of all Edmonton Zone Surgery services, activities and programs at 16 Non Hospital Surgical Facilities and 9 hospital sites
  • 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 Strategic Clinical Network for Surgery, 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
  • Active involvement and participation in the AHS Strategic Clinical Network for Surgery
  • Other responsibilities as outlined in section 2.7.2 of the AHS Medical Staff Bylaws (

The Edmonton Zone activity for 2014/2015 was 104,254 (45,987 inpatient surgeries and 58,267 day surgeries) and is home to many of Canada’s larger transplantation programs. Within the acute and suburban/rural sites, there are 75 OR theaters across 14 OR banks and 741 surgical beds. The ZCDH will be responsible for providing leadership to the various, diverse aspects of surgery across the Edmonton Zone, paying special attention to zone wide surgery 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 surgical education.

The successful candidate must hold the FRCSC in their respective subspecialty or equivalent; preferably complemented with fellowship training and be eligible for licensure as a surgeon in the Province of Alberta. Further details are available by accessing the following websites:

University of Alberta:

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry:

Alberta Health Services:

City of Edmonton:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services hire on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

In order to comply with Federal laws, the University is required to gather statistical information on how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens/permanent residents of Canada. When submitting your application, please indicate in your cover letter or resume your status by answering the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? Applications without this information will be deemed incomplete.  Please note that if you are not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada, you are not required to indicate your citizenship.

Interested candidates should submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a two-page document outlining their current clinical and research interests, their leadership experience and 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.  Interested individuals are asked to submit their material by April 10, 2016 to: 

How to Apply

Dr. Richard Fedorak
Interim Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Alberta
2J2 WC Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre
8440-112 St.
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R7