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Academic Medicine Leaders Drive Innovation, Quality Care

Academic medicine sets the standard for world-class patient care, teaching and innovation. A university hospital or academic medical center CEO and leadership team face profound challenges in this complex environment: supporting medical and health science education, patient care, basic and clinical and translational research, faculty retention and recruitment, among others.  

Witt/Kieffer is the executive search firm of choice among medical schools, university hospitals, academic health systems, health sciences centers, faculty practice plans, cancer centers, children’s hospitals and allied health schools. Our physician and other expert consultants understand the structure of academic and clinical enterprises and their tripartite missions of teaching, research and patient care. We serve as trusted advisors to search committees seeking a university hospital CEO, presidents and senior administrators, deans, chairs, division/section chiefs and others. We conduct original research, tap our national network of contacts and conduct extensive interviews and references to identify outstanding candidates.

Integral to all the work that we do are our Leadership Solutions, a proven portfolio of tools and methodologies which help organizations define what great leadership is according to their needs and strategic objectives. Through our WK Advisors division, we expand our capabilities to support organizations in recruiting mid-level and emerging executives. Our Witt/Kieffer International affiliate provides us with a global presence and enhanced ability to recruit exceptional leaders across borders.

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Kimberly A. Smith, FACHE, managing partner and practice leader, academic medicine and health sciences, applies leadership development, operations, physician relations and staff and patient satisfaction expertise when identifying the right candidates for her clients. Kim identifies CEOs, COOs, physician leaders and other senior executives on behalf of hospitals, health systems and integrated delivery systems.
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