Job Posting - McMaster University / Department of Pediatrics, Chair/Chief


Chair/Chief, Department of Pediatrics
McMaster University

McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton invite applications for the position of Chair/Chief, Department of Pediatrics. This is an extraordinary opportunity to play a key leadership role in pediatric healthcare, teaching, and research in Canada.

McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences is unique in Canada as the pioneer in problem-based learning. It fosters exceptional interdisciplinary collaboration by combining health professional education in medicine, nursing, rehabilitation sciences, physician assistant and midwifery with health-related undergraduate and graduate educational offerings in a single Faculty. Its members hold more than $297 million in research funding; placing McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences third overall in national research rankings and driving McMaster’s ranking as Canada’s most research-intensive, medical-doctoral university.   

Your mandate as Chair/Chief will be to define and champion a compelling vision for Pediatrics at McMaster, St. Joe’s, and HHS. As the Academic Chair, supported by a strong team of Associate Chairs, you will play a key role in leading excellence in academic, research, and clinical interests within a department of over 200 faculty comprised of clinician-educators, clinician scientists, and basic scientists. As the Chief at McMaster Children’s Hospital (part of HHS), you will oversee the fastest growing children’s hospital in Ontario, averaging over 177,229 patient encounters annually. As the Chief at St. Joseph’s Health Care Hamilton, you will ensure excellent care of children in the Women’s and Infant’s program, with over 3414 deliveries, 2765 outpatient clinic visits and 403 admissions to the Special Care Nursery annually.

You will also advance the department’s research mandate. Faculty in McMaster’s Department of Pediatrics have received over $10 million in external funding over the past two years. They are also supported through several endowed chairs, and numerous wet and dry labs. These resources and facilities serve as the hub for training undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in programs encompassing Biochemistry, Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization, Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care, Global Health, Health Research Methodology, Medical Sciences, Neurosciences, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Rehabilitation Sciences. As the ideal Chair/Chief candidate, you bring to the role a strong academic background, extensive administrative and leadership experience, and a record of advancing collaboration and promoting diversity within multifaceted academic and clinical environments. You are licensed to practice medicine in Ontario and should be certified in Pediatrics by the Royal College (RCPSC) or equivalent. You share McMaster’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

McMaster, HHS, and St. Joseph's are located in Hamilton. Hamilton is a city of 500,000, nestled against the picturesque Niagara escarpment on the western edge of Lake Ontario. A relaxed, culturally diverse atmosphere with excellent public schools make Hamilton an attractive place for families. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the excellent local hiking, climbing and mountain biking. For more information, visit:,, and

Applications will be accepted immediately, and will continue until the new Chair/Chief is appointed. The ideal start date for this position is July 1, 2018.

Please address applications or inquiries to, with "McMaster Pediatrics" in the subject line.

To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration for the role will be contacted.

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and, within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, and LGBTQ+ persons.  Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact Boyden at to communicate accommodation needs.