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Director, Comprehensive Injury Center (CIC)
  • Requisition ID #: 26196
  • Job Category: Faculty - Leadership
  • Department: Comprehensive Injury Center
  • Division: NA
  • City, State: Milwaukee, WI
  • Work Location: Curative Care Network

Position Description:


The Opportunity

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) invites applicants and nominations for the role of Director of the Comprehensive Injury Center (CIC).  In this highly visible leadership role, the CIC Director will lead the interdisciplinary research efforts at MCW that are related to the health effects of trauma and injury on the brain and body.  This includes the biological, psychological, social and epidemiological research efforts into causes and sequelae of trauma and injury, as well as public health initiatives that are related to the prevention of injury and violence.  The ideal candidate will be a clinician and/or scientist with the skills develop a strong, strategic plan and to engage others in research initiatives that will impact our patients and communities.

The CIC Director will be responsible for the overall operation of the Center, including responsibility for hiring and managing personnel and budgetary oversight. This role will have significant local, regional and national exposure and the Director will lead the efforts to bring together health care centers, hospitals on our campus and across the state/region, as well as public health entities at the state and local levels.  

About the Comprehensive Injury Center

The Comprehensive Injury Center (CIC) began as a departmental, faculty-run center on the MCW campus in 1998 with a mission that was largely focused on violent injury prevention and control. In 2017, the center was designated as its own administrative entity and central funds from the MCW School of Medicine were directly allocated to the center for infrastructure support, staffing, and seed project funding. The CIC will serve as the convening body for ongoing injury prevention and control work at our Level I Trauma Center at MCW.

The new Director will engage campus and community partners to advance the research mission of MCW and will have the latitude to establish new programs and create new collaborations. The Director will:


  • Advance injury prevention and control science by facilitating, conducting, and disseminating interdisciplinary injury prevention and control research that makes new discoveries in injury prevention, acute care, and rehabilitation;
  • Catalyze, leverage, and advance the value of our Level I Trauma Centers and Systems by translating research into clinical practice by partnering with faculty and staff to advance the care and rehabilitation of the injured patient through discovery, translation, and training, as well as contribute to efforts to maintain national and state-level trauma verification, which require advanced care and sustained research and prevention efforts;
  • Utilize and leverage our campus resources including our experienced faculty and staff to train the next generation of injury prevention and control researchers, practitioners, and educators by developing, implementing, and evaluating multi-disciplinary educational opportunities; and
  • Strengthen injury prevention and control practice by engaging our community through strong partnerships that facilitate, translate, and disseminate evidence-based programs and policies.


For additional information on the CIC, please visit:

Primary Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Strengthen and enhance the research and clinical excellence of our campus by leading and developing externally-funded research programs in partnership with MCW departments that leverage the affiliated Level 1 Trauma Centers.
  • Lead the development of strong interdisciplinary research programs in collaboration with various departments, centers and institutes across MCW and across the region and the United Sates.
  • Provide leadership that results in growth and enhanced excellence of the CIC consonant with the effective and efficient use of the available and new resources and leveraging resources available elsewhere throughout MCW. Provide leadership in philanthropic fund-raising efforts for the CIC.
  • Integrate the activities of the CIC research programs, ensuring an organization that effectively supports the clinical and research missions of the faculty.
  • Work collaboratively and in partnership with other centers, basic science and clinical departments to maximize the excellence and growth of the CIC.
  • Develop strong partnerships with the Center’s other community, state, and regional affiliates to foster the translation of the Center’s research discoveries into practice and policy.
  • Partner with the Center Administrator in the management of the Center’s administrative, business and financial affairs; annual programmatic and budget plans; and ensure compliance with MCW and CIC policies and procedures.
  • Represent the CIC and participate in MCW strategic planning and in appointment to the Research Council.
  • Serve as the principal spokesperson for the CIC, reflecting and improving its standing within the local, state, national and international health and public health communities.
  • Account for center research program administration that oversees policies, procedures and information systems for research grants.
  • Establish partnerships with other health care delivery systems, state and community agencies for translation and dissemination of evidence-based findings.


Reporting Relationships

The Director of the CIC will report to Joseph Kerschner, MD, the Provost and Executive Vice President and Dean, MCW School of Medicine. Direct reports to the Director include: Center Deputy Director and the Center Assistant Director. The successful candidate will be comfortable operating in a highly matrixed environment to be an effective leader of the Center.

Position Requirements:


Minimum Required Education: PhD or MD; candidates must possess qualifications for appointment at the Associate Professor level or higher at MCW.

Minimum Required Experience: A significant leadership role in a complex, multi-faceted university or academic medical center, with demonstrated strategic and implementation skills. A distinguished academic and professional career, including significant teaching, research, and clinical experience.

Preferred Experience: Leadership in the fields of injury prevention and/or the health consequences of trauma and injury, and demonstrated ability to secure extramural federal funding in that research area.  National-level recognition is preferred.

Field: Applicants will be considered from (but not limited to) the following disciplines: surgery, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, emergency medicine, anesthesia, physical medicine, or health psychology, or other relevant research/education/clinical care specialty/PhD.

FTE: 1.0 (Up to 0.5 FTE dedicated to the CIC position,
and the remaining FTE dedicated to area of specialty).


To Apply


All correspondence, including applications, nominations, and general inquiries, can be submitted in confidence by applying to this site. Applications should include a letter of interest, CV or résumé, and separate list of references.


Jim Tannheimer

Director, Provider Recruitment



About MCW
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is one of the largest healthcare employers in Wisconsin. We are a distinguished leader and innovator in the education and development of the next generation of physicians, scientists, pharmacists and health professionals; we discover and translate new knowledge in the biomedical and health sciences; we provide cutting-edge, collaborative patient care of the highest quality; and we improve the health of the communities we serve.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.