Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Temple Faculty Physicians

Temple University   Philadelphia , PA   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on April 1, 2024
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Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Temple Faculty Physicians

Senior Vice President of Temple Physician Enterprise


The Opportunity

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Temple Faculty Physicians (TFP) and Senior Vice President of Temple Physician Enterprise is a senior physician executive on the academic practice plan leadership team. In collaboration with Temple University Health System (TUHS), the CMO provides clinical and strategic oversight of essential practice functions. The CMO will be a crucial leader in an interdisciplinary effort to reach and sustain the organization's goals.


The ideal candidate will be an accomplished physician executive who will work effectively with other executive management team members. The CMO has a proven track record of success in leading and managing clinical operations, improving quality of care, and achieving financial goals in an academic teaching environment.   The CMO will have a passion for the academic medical group mission and a commitment to advancing healthcare through education, research, and clinical excellence. They will be fully prepared by experience and training to collaboratively establish ambitious goals and support all involved in a comprehensive effort to achieve them.


As the organization pursues its mission of driving quality and performance excellence, the CMO and Senior Vice President of the Temple Physician Enterprise will lead many critical initiatives.


Partner with clinical teams to identify areas for process improvement based on data analysis, patient feedback, and staff input in areas such as:

  • Streamlining referral pathways: Identifying bottlenecks and inefficiencies in patient referrals between primary care and specialists.
  • Optimizing care transitions: Improving coordination between hospital discharge and outpatient follow-up to improve continuity of care.

Lead the development and implementation of interventions to address identified process inefficiencies, including:

  • Standardizing clinical protocols: Developing evidence-based care pathways for common conditions to improve consistency and quality of care.
  • Implementing technology solutions: Utilizing electronic health records (EHRs) for automated reminders, clinical decision support tools, and secure communication channels to streamline workflows.
  • Piloting and evaluating interventions: Testing and refining process improvement initiatives on a smaller scale before broader implementation to ensure effectiveness and sustainability.


Foster a culture of continuous process improvement within the organization by:

  • Empowering faculty to frontline staff: Encouraging staff to identify and propose solutions to process inefficiencies.
  • Organizing a team to provide training and resources: Offering training on process improvement methodologies and tools to equip staff with the necessary skills.
  • Measuring and communicating results: Tracking the impact of process improvement initiatives and sharing results with stakeholders to maintain momentum and demonstrate the value of continuous improvement efforts.


Provide clinical leadership in the following ways:

  • Develop and implement clinical strategies that align with the organization's mission and vision, including initiatives to improve patient outcomes, reduce costs, and enhance access to care.
  • Lead and mentor faculty physicians, fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement.
  • Strategic Leadership: Partner with the CEO and senior leadership team to develop and implement the organization's strategic plan.

Spearhead Ambulatory-Sensitive Quality Initiatives serving the unique needs of outpatient settings, including:

  • Partner with Population Health on Chronic Disease Management: Implementing programs for chronic conditions and preventive care utilization.
  • Execute an ambulatory-wide quality infrastructure, reporting system design, and closed-loop evaluations of issues.
  • Standardized clinical pathways: Implementing evidence-based care protocols for common conditions to improve quality and consistency of care while enhancing efficiency.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong strategic thinking and analytical abilities.
  • Proven ability to develop and execute short- and long-term strategic initiatives.
  • Passion for the academic medical group mission and a commitment to advancing healthcare through education, research, and clinical excellence.
  • Ability to effect change in a complex academic environment through consensus building, collaboration, effective use of data, and the ability to influence and persuade.
  • Ability to understand and uphold the highest ethical standards and maintain the organization's integrity.
  • Display a style that fosters and supports change and innovation, with an ability to delegate yet maintain overall control and high standards.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the community's culture, needs, and aspirations.
  • Ability to develop teams, drive vision, and work collaboratively.
  • Support and promulgate diversity among faculty, staff, students, and patients.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and group presentation skills.


Educational Requirements and Minimum Qualifications

  • MD or DO degree from an accredited medical school.
  • Board certification in a relevant clinical specialty.
  • Master's degree in business administration, healthcare administration, or a related field (preferred).
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in a senior leadership role within a healthcare organization, preferably an academic medical center or group practice.
  • Proven track record of success in leading and managing clinical operations, improving quality of care, and achieving financial goals.
  • Demonstrated commitment to academic excellence and research.
  • In possession of/eligible for an unrestricted medical license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.



Annual compensation shall be determined based on the experience and qualifications of the selected individual. In addition to a competitive salary, there is a comprehensive suite of benefits—including a generous retirement match, health, dental, vision, life, malpractice, and tuition remission, among others. 


Temple Faculty Physicians (TFP)

Temple Faculty Physicians comprises more than 500 dually employed physicians who are the cornerstone of clinical care and teaching for Temple’s healthcare enterprise. These physicians practice in 20 academic departments encompassing every subspecialty in modern medicine.


While remaining committed to serving patients in the North Philadelphia community, Temple Faculty Physicians has expanded its geographic reach beyond Temple University Hospital’s Health Sciences campus in recent years. Today, Temple physicians care for patients in several Temple-affiliated hospitals, in satellite offices in Center City Philadelphia, Fort Washington, PA, Oaks, PA and various other outpatient settings. This expanded reach has brought Temple medical care closer to home for many patients.


A Board of Directors comprised of key physician and executive leaders of the Temple University Health System and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine governs Temple Faculty Physicians.


Lewis Katz School of Medicine and Temple Health

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is dedicated to excellence in education, research, and patient care, achieved by faculty, staff, and learners who represent and serve its diverse society.


In 2015, the Temple University School of Medicine was renamed the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in honor of Temple alumnus, former trustee, and philanthropist Lewis Katz. The school enjoys a national reputation for training humanistic clinicians and biomedical scientists- a school that values technical excellence and cultural competence through diversity, equity, and inclusion. LKSOM enrolls 220 medical students, 22 graduate students in the biomedical sciences, 35 physician assistant students, and 40 post-baccalaureate students per year.


Katz School of Medicine has 27 basic science and clinical departments, consisting of over 900 full- and part-time faculty, 900 volunteer faculty, and more than 500 additional staff.


With more than 13,000 alumni, LKSOM has trained a significant proportion of the physician base in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware region. Reflecting the excellent quality of a Temple medical education, the MD graduates are highly regarded by competitive residency training programs. They have made significant career contributions to both medical practice and medical research. Many have become department chairpersons, deans, and vice presidents of major academic medical centers.


At Katz, students learn the true art and science of “doctoring.” In addition, the school’s world-class faculty set the pace in key areas of investigation, pushing the boundaries of science to advance patient care.


The Katz School of Medicine home base is a modern, 11-story medical education and research building with state-of-the-art facilities and technologies. The building opened in 2009 and boasts open-air research labs, smart classrooms, and a state-of-the-art anatomy lab. More than half of the space in the building is dedicated to research. With specialized research centers and strengths focused on population health, neuroscience, cancer, metabolic disease, lung disease and inflammation, infectious diseases including HIV, cardiovascular disease, substance addiction, and translational science, Katz conducts investigations to break new ground and trains future generations of researchers to follow suit.

Katz confers the following degrees: MD; PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) and MS (Master of Science) in Biomedical Sciences; Physician Assistant MMS (Master of Medical Science); MA (Master of Arts) in Urban Bioethics, the only program in the country; and the dual degrees MD/PhD, MD/MPH, MD/MA in Urban Bioethics and MD/MBA.


In addition to its Philadelphia campus, Katz has a four-year regional campus in Bethlehem, PA. The St. Luke’s University Health Network-Bethlehem Campus currently provides medical education for 40 medical students each year.

The Katz School of Medicine also provides opportunities for international students through educational affiliation agreements with universities worldwide. Visiting medical students may take up to two rotations within the program and they must be full-time students in their final year of medical school.


Katz has numerous research centers:

  • Aging and Cardiovascular Disease Center
  • Alzheimer Center at Temple
  • Center for Asian Health
  • Center for Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • Center for Inflammation and Lung Research
  • Center for Metabolic Disease Research
  • Center for Microbiology and Immunology
  • Center for Neurovirology and Gene Editing
  • Center for Substance Abuse Research
  • Center for Urban Bioethics
  • Fels Cancer Institute for Personalized Medicine
  • The Hope Center for College, Community, and


  • Lemole Center for Integrated Lymphatics


  • Shriners Hospitals Pediatric Research Center
  • Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center


With its affiliates, Katz has been awarded over $100 million in research grants over the last year, including more than $59 million in NIH funding for LKSOM. Philanthropic support of scholarships - a top priority, along with support for education, patient care, research, and service to the community - averages more than $25 million annually, typically representing a quarter of Temple University’s overall philanthropic revenue.


Temple University Health System (Temple Health) is a $2.5 billion academic health system dedicated to providing access to quality patient care and supporting excellence in medical education and research. Temple Health includes Temple University Hospital (TUH)-Main Campus; TUH-Episcopal Campus; TUH-Jeanes Campus; TUH-Northeastern Campus; Temple University Hospital – Fox Chase Cancer Center Outpatient Department; TUH-Northeastern Endoscopy Center; The Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center, together with The Institute for Cancer Research, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center; Fox Chase Cancer Center Medical Group, Inc., The Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center’s physician practice plan; Temple Health – Chestnut Hill Hospital; Temple Transport Team, a ground and air-ambulance company; Temple Physicians, Inc., a network of community-based specialty and primary-care physician practices; and Temple Faculty Practice Plan, Inc., Temple Health’s academic physician practice plan. Temple Health is affiliated with the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.


Temple Health refers to the health, education, and research activities carried out by the affiliates of Temple Health and by the Katz School of Medicine. Temple Health neither provides nor controls the provision of health care. All health care is provided by its member organizations or independent health care providers affiliated with Temple Health member organizations. Each Temple Health member organization is owned and operated pursuant to its governing documents.


TUHS is a progressive and innovative organization. Within the past year, it has earned national and regional accolades for excellence in healthcare. Among these recognitions are the Philadelphia “Employer of Choice” (the only healthcare provider named), Forbes “Best in State”, Healthcare Equality Index Leader, Nursing Magnet, and Leapfrog “A” Safety Grade. These honors speak to the proud team culture of TUHS.


Notable statistics about Temple Health include:

  • 979 licensed beds
  • 34,283 admissions
  • 5 million patient visits
  • 180,000 emergency room and urgent care visits
  • 22,000 inpatient and outpatient surgeries
  • 300 organ transplants
  • 2,200 births
  • 1,557 physicians
  • 980 residents, fellows and grad students
  • 41 accredited residency training programs
  • 10,000+ faculty members and employees


Procedure for Candidacy

To be considered for this position, you must complete an online application, which is available here:


Your application will not be considered complete until you have submitted all the required documents and information. 


Application materials should include a curriculum vitae, a personal statement stating your qualifications and professional goals, and a statement describing participation in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions is strongly encouraged.


Please address your application to Michael R. Lester, Assistant Dean, Physician/Faculty Recruitment & Retention, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, Temple Faculty Physicians, Email:


Confidential inquiries and candidate nominations should be directed to


Temple University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.