Search for the Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences

About UC San Diego

UC San Diego, established in 1960 as part of the 10-campus University of California, has rapidly achieved the status as one of the top institutions in the U.S. for higher education and research. UC San Diego is ranked fifth in the nation in federal research and development expenditures, with annual research funding of approximately $1 billion over the last three years, and an overall budget of $3.4 billion. The U.S. News and World Report 2013 Best Colleges Guidebook ranks UC San Diego as the ninth best public university in the nation. In 2013, for the fourth consecutive year, UC San Diego was ranked first in the nation by the Washington Monthly’s College Guide based on the positive impact the university has had on the country in terms of enabling social mobility, research productivity and civic engagement. According to the 2010 National Research Council rankings, sixty percent of UC San Diego’s rated graduate programs are among the top twenty programs in their fields nationwide and the university’s Ph.D. programs were ranked highly in every academic division. UC San Diego is the largest employer based in San Diego County. The total economic impact in San Diego County of active UC San Diego-related companies is over $20 billion annually. Located on the Torrey Pines Mesa in La Jolla, UC San Diego has originated much collaboration with organizations conducting basic and applied research in the sciences, technology and engineering. The concentration of many of the world’s best scientific minds creates invaluable learning opportunities for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, providing a scientific breadth and diversity that has tremendous benefits for education.


The University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences (VCHS). This is a tremendous opportunity for an accomplished academic healthcare leader to drive the continued success and growth of the campus as a renowned health science center, forging new frontiers in research, education, training, and patient care.

The VCHS reports to the Chancellor and is part of the Chancellor’s leadership team, responsible for UC San Diego’s health sciences enterprise, including the School of Medicine, the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, UC San Diego Health, and 90+ research centers and institutes, all working toward fulfilling its tripartite mission. Patient care locations include the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest; the Jacobs Medical Center, Moores Cancer Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and Shiley Eye Institute in La Jolla; and many other centers, clinics, and affiliates throughout Southern California. In total, UCSD Health Sciences has more than 1,700 physicians and scientists who serve as faculty members for more than 900 residents and fellows, 800 medicine, pharmacy and public health students, and 1,400 graduate students. Its academic programs rank among the best in the country for primary care and research.

Since its founding in 1960, UC San Diego has become one of the preeminent institutions in the United States for higher education and research. The campus comprises seven undergraduate colleges, six academic divisions, and seven graduate and professional schools (including the schools of medicine, pharmacy, and public health), which together enrolled over 42,000 students in the fall of 2021. UC San Diego is also an academic and research powerhouse, generating $1.54 billion in sponsored research funding in FY2021. With over 34,000 full and part-time academic and staff employees, UC San Diego is one of the largest employers in San Diego County, bringing with it a significant economic footprint on the region.

The incoming VCHS must have a broad and diverse leadership skillset to manage this highly complex and matrixed organization, ensuring UC San Diego Health Sciences’ successful commitment to advancing the tripartite mission of research, education, and clinical practice. The VCHS should be a highly accomplished physician scientist, a skilled communicator, a practiced relationship-builder, have a strong track record of actionable impact in equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts, and bring a proven commitment to the UC San Diego Health Sciences mission: to deliver outstanding patient care through commitment to the community, groundbreaking research and inspired teaching.

UC San Diego has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process/until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search. A complete application includes a CV, cover letter, and diversity statement. Electronic submission of materials is required.

David Bellshaw, Denise Gaffney, Carley Davenport, and Angela Finocchiaro
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-655-4900

The University of California San Diego is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Diversity is a defining feature of the University of California, which embraces it as a source of strength. Differences — of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, socioeconomic status, abilities, experience and more — enhance the university’s ability to achieve its core missions of public service, teaching, and research. UC welcomes faculty, staff, and students from all backgrounds and wants everyone at UC to feel respected and valued.

Search Committee

  • Michelle Daniel, MD, MHPE, FACEP, Vice Dean for Medical Education and Professor, Emergency Medicine (Co-Chair)
  • Gabriel Haddad, MD, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Physician-in-Chief and Chief Scientific Officer at Rady Children’s San Diego (Co-Chair)
  • Susan Ackerman, PhD, Vice Dean for Research, School of Medicine, and Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Biological Sciences
  • Natalie Afshari, MD, FACS, Chief, Division of Cornea and Refractive Surgery, and Professor, Ophthalmology
  • Zea Borok, MD, Chair and Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Susan Bukata, MD, Chair and Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Bryan Clary, MD, Surgeon-In-Chief, Chair and Professor, Surgery
  • Z. Jeff Daskalakis, MD, PhD, Chair and Professor, Psychiatry
  • Rina Davison, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences Administration
  • Oluwole Fadare, MD, Professor, Pathology
  • Howard Feldman, MD, Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study, and Professor, Neurosciences
  • Steven Gonias, MD, PhD, Chair and Professor, Pathology
  • Cynthia Gyamfi Bannerman, MD, Chair and Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
  • Tracy Handel, PhD, Professor, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Brendan Kremer, Chief Operating Officer, UC San Diego Health
  • Maria (Elena) Martinez, PhD, Professor, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science
  • John Mazziotta, MD, PhD, Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences, and CEO, UCLA Health, UCLA
  • Elliot McVeigh, PhD, Professor, Bioengineering
  • Victoria Ojeda, PhD, Associate Professor, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science
  • Sonia Ramamoorthy, MD, Chief, Division of Colon Rectal Surgery and Professor, Surgery
  • Jamila Stockman, PhD, Vice Chief, Division of Global Public Health, and Professor, Medicine
  • Elizabeth Winzeler, PhD, Director, Translational Research, UC Health Sciences Center for Immunology, Infection and Inflammation and Professor, Pediatrics
  • Eugene Yeo, PhD, Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine