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Executive Director, Healthcare Innovation Institute

Greenwood/Asher Associates LLC.
Houston, Texas (US)
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Oct 7, 2022

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Health Sciences, Medicine
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Executive Director, Healthcare Innovation Institute

The University of Houston Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine seeks an Executive Director –for a new Healthcare Innovation Institute. This new university research institute will draw upon the breadth of expertise available across the colleges of this Carnegie Tier One research university to develop innovative solutions to problems in healthcare. The goal is to improve the health of the population and increase the value of healthcare in the United States.  The University of Houston is designing a new 85,000 sq ft biomedical research facility to be located in TMC3, a new research park located in the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, which will house the new Institute.

The founding executive director of the Institute will develop a strategic plan, define the research foci of the institute, recruit new faculty and staff, and build an enterprise focused on healthcare innovation. This individual will function under the supervision of the Dean of the UH Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine, working in cooperation with researchers from other colleges across the university, and with the appropriate university offices and within existing university policies, procedures, and practices.


Primary Responsibilities:

Develop a strategic plan for the new Healthcare Innovation Institute, including the initial research foci;

Provide overarching leadership and management for the Institute;

Successfully complete the application process for approval as a new university research institute;

Identify and network with existing UH faculty across all of the colleges who are currently working within the area(s) of healthcare innovation;

Recruit faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and staff necessary to build the institute;

Develop the required physical infrastructure including IT, equipment, and laboratories;

Develop an External Advisory Board and a UH Steering Committee;

Network with area health systems and other healthcare providers to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions for patient healthcare challenges;

Mentor institute faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate, and undergraduate students;

Work with investigators and the UH Office of Technology Transfer and Innovation to secure patents for inventions and effectively transfer technology to industry;

Direct the processes of grant application and management for institute faculty; and

Ensure scholarly productivity of institute faculty.


Salary and rank commensurate with academic achievements and experience.

Full-Time: 1.0 FTE

12-month appointment


Minimum Qualifications:

Doctoral degree (M.D. or Ph.D. in a relevant discipline);

Academic credentials meriting appointment at the rank of Professor;

Strong record of federal funding;

Strong record of scholarly productivity;

Strong record of entrepreneurship;

Minimum of five years of leadership experience in healthcare innovation;

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and lead multidisciplinary teams;

Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a complex environment;

Demonstrated positive interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills;

Demonstrated ability to work effectively with multiple and diverse stakeholders; and

Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


About the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine

About the University of Houston                                                                                                                                        About University of Houston - University of Houston (

Please direct inquiries, nominations, and application materials to:

Betty Turner Asher, Founder, Greenwood/Asher & Associates



Joe Stanley, Senior Executive Search Consultant ll



Cindy Mejia, Senior Executive Search Consultant



The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background checks.


The material presented in this leadership profile should be relied on for informational purposes only. This material has been copied, compiled, or quoted in part from the University of Houston documents and personal interviews and is believed to be reliable. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, the original source documents and factual situations govern.

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