Assistant/Associate/Full Professor and Watson Endowed Chair

Athens, OH

Position Overview

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM) at Ohio University invites applications and nominations for an emerging or established Physician Scientist.  The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of excellence qualifying them for tenure and to serve as the Watson Endowed Chair.

The successful applicant will join a group of active, extramurally funded investigators within the Ohio University Diabetes Institute (DI), which is led by distinguished scientists, Vishwajeet Puri, PhD, MS and Elizabeth Beverly, PhD. This prestigious role is ideal for a visionary physician-scientist with a successful research program that focuses on any of the following topics: cardiometabolic health, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and/or associated metabolic diseases.

The mission of the DI is to improve the quality of life for those affected by diabetes and related diseases through innovative basic and applied research, progressive patient care, education, and community outreach. DI-affiliated faculty members have research and teaching expertise in diabetes, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, cancer, aging, epidemiology, and social determinants of health.

The position is research-intensive, full-time (academic year), and includes appointment for Tenured and Tenure-Track faculty. The academic rank (Assistant/Associate/Full Professor) will be negotiated as part of the hiring process. The successful applicant will hold a faculty appointment in one of the academic departments of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine dependent upon specialty.

This position offers protected time for research and includes the opportunity to participate in basic, translational, clinical, and graduate medical education programs. The Physician Scientist will be provided with appropriate protected research time. Funding through endowment (Watson Endowed Chair) is available for competitive candidates. Physicians interested in maintaining clinical practice should indicate such in their application, including desired time commitment and specialty so that potential opportunities can be identified with our clinical partners.

Position Details

  • Title(s)
    • Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
    • Watson Endowed Chair, OUHCOM
  • Primary Appointment
    • Employment Type: Full-Time Employment for a Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty within the Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine
    • Academic Rank: Faculty Appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Full Professor. The rank will be negotiated and commensurate with the applicant’s experience and qualifications.
    • Department: The successful applicant will hold a faculty appointment in one of the academic departments of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine depending upon specialty and preference
  • Location
    • Athens, Ohio
    • Interested Applicants may have the potential for hybrid work with and a primary location at one of the other OUHCOM campus sites: Dublin, Ohio (Columbus) or Cleveland, Ohio
  • Pay Rate & Benefits
    • Salary: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience, while also considering internal equity.
    • Retirement Match: The university offers an excellent retirement plan with up to a 14% institutional contribution, a 12-week parental leave program, adoption reimbursement, transgender care, flextime and flexplace policies, counseling and mental health care, access to professional development programs and more.
    • Additional information is available at
    • The position is eligible for the following benefits: medical, vision, dental, basic and supplemental life, paid holidays, educational benefits for you and eligible dependents, sick leave, and retirement.
    • Tuition Waiver and Support: A tuition waiver of up to 100% for self and dependents is offered to eligible employees

Required Qualifications

  • MD, DO, MBBS, or equivalent
  • Academic experience and credentials necessary to qualify for academic appointment at the rank of Assistant/Associate/Professor
  • Active research program with a focus on disciplines related to cardiometabolic diseases including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and the associated metabolic diseases.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Scientists performing clinical/translational research with existing funding
  • Eligible for unrestricted physician licensure in the State of Ohio
  • Board-eligible or board-certified in the applicant’s respective medical discipline
  • Extramural Funding – NIH or similar extramural funding are preferred, but not required

OUHCOM, Diabetes Institute, Ken Johnson, John Kopchick, Missey Standley, Darlene Berryman, Calvin James, Jody Van Bibber, Judi Ricoh, Osteopathic Heritage Foundation

Join Us

Become a part of an institution with a dynamic vision for the future. Lead transformative research and clinical programs that will shape the next era of diabetes and metabolic disease care. If you are a pioneering Physician Scientist ready to make a national impact, we invite you to apply.

The Ohio University Diabetes Institute (DI)

The Ohio University Diabetes Institute is a collaborative group of research scientists, clinicians, educators, health administrators, and students with a common interest in diabetes.

The mission of the DI is to improve the quality of life for those affected by diabetes and related diseases through innovative basic and applied research, progressive patient care, education, and community outreach. DI-affiliated faculty members have research and teaching expertise in diabetes, metabolic, musculoskeletal, cancer, aging, epidemiology, and social determinants of health.

The unique four-arm structure of the Diabetes Institute is organized to ensure the maximization of resources, bench-to-bedside collaboration, and initiative development. The four divisions work in partnership to create an ideal environment to meet our mission:

  • Research
  • Training
  • Patient Care
  • Community Education

Research Focus Areas

The Diabetes Institute (DI) is creating a culture of research excellence that explores and links cutting-edge basic laboratory investigations with innovative and dynamic clinical research studies to enhance the future of diabetes patient care, prevention, and cure.

The DI research focus areas:

  • Obesity, Insulin Resistance, and Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Population Health


About Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM)

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM), established in 1975, is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians and researchers. As the only osteopathic medical school in Ohio, it emphasizes primary care and serving underserved communities. OUHCOM offers seven degrees, including D.O., D.O./Ph.D., and D.O./M.B.A., and is fully accredited by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. The college’s mission is bolstered by its three campuses in Athens, Dublin, and Cleveland, making it the largest medical school in Ohio with a total enrollment of 1001 students for the 2023-2024 academic year.

OUHCOM is renowned for its research strengths in neuroscience, musculoskeletal disorders, aging, diabetes, and cardiometabolic health, with a vibrant research community supported by significant extramural funding, including NIH grants. The new $105 million Translational Research Facility, set to open in 2026, will enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and support cutting-edge research. The college’s partnerships with major healthcare organizations like OhioHealth, and initiatives such as Cardi-OH and MEDTAPP, further strengthen its impact on healthcare quality and patient outcomes across Ohio.

Ranked among the Top 50 medical schools for primary care by U.S. News & World Report, OUHCOM is committed to excellence in education, research, and community service. With more than half of its graduates entering primary care residencies, the college plays a crucial role in addressing Ohio’s healthcare needs. OUHCOM’s holistic and patient-centered approach, combined with its robust research infrastructure and strategic collaborations, makes it an exciting place to work for those dedicated to transforming healthcare and improving lives.


We pride ourselves on our strong focus on our mission: training osteopathic primary care physicians to serve Ohio. Our medical school educates physicians committed to practice in Ohio, emphasizes primary care, engages in focused research, and embraces both Appalachian and urban communities. Integral to this mission, our college community commits itself to: provide a clinically integrated, learning-centered, osteopathic medical education continuum for students, interns, residents, and primary care associates; embrace diversity and public service; and improve the health and well-being of underserved populations.


The Heritage College is recognized as the national leader in training osteopathic primary care physicians and the number one producer of primary care physicians in the country.

Essential Values

These fundamental principles form the foundation of the culture at our college: wholeness and balance within each person; integrity; community of mutual respect; acceptance of others and embracing diversity; pursuit of excellence; a climate of scholarship; and commitment to service, generosity and compassion.

About HCOM Diversity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University. We aim to strengthen representation, ensuring that people who look different and have different backgrounds, origins, perspectives, and thoughts have: a seat at the table; equal access to opportunities and resources; and are respected, seen, and valued. We believe it is only through diverse voices that impactful positive change can occur in our society. All persons are encouraged to apply.

Ohio University

About Ohio University

Ohio University, located in Athens, Ohio, is a comprehensive public research institution founded in 1804, making it the oldest university in the state. With a student population of over 28,000, including about 20,000 undergraduates on its residential campus, Ohio University offers a world-class education through its 12 colleges. These include the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Health Sciences, Engineering, and Arts & Sciences. Ohio University’s rapidly growing health sciences research community is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and public service.

The university has earned the prestigious R1 classification for “very high research activity” from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, placing it among the top tier of research institutions in the nation. This designation highlights Ohio University’s significant contributions to research and development, doctoral education, and employment of Ph.D.-level researchers.

Ohio University is also the state’s leading producer of health professionals, ranking among the nation’s top five providers of bachelor’s degrees in health care and the top 15 educators of primary care physicians. The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, recognized as one of the Top 50 medical schools for primary care by U.S. News & World Report, plays a crucial role in this achievement. The university is committed to expanding its impact on healthcare quality and access, with over 40% of adults benefiting from health issues researched at Ohio University.

As a testament to its commitment to excellence and value, Ohio University has been named the #1 Best Value Public University in Ohio for four consecutive years. The vibrant college town of Athens, known as the Best College Town in Ohio, offers a picturesque setting with a rich local culture, including music, arts, and outdoor activities. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1, Ohio University ensures individualized attention and a supportive learning environment, making it an exciting and fulfilling place to work and study.

Campuses Across Ohio

Ohio University offers world-class education on our residential campus in Athens, our five regional campuses, through extension campuses and centers that serve our professional programs and Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and online.

Athens, Ohio

Drone photo of Ohio University Athens Campus in summer. Photo By Ben Siegel

Life in Athens, OH

Nestled in the rolling hills of Southeast Ohio, Athens offers a unique blend of vibrant culture, outdoor adventure, and small-town charm. As the home of Ohio University, Athens is a lively college town with a welcoming community and a rich history. Here’s why you’ll love living in Athens:

  • Scenic Beauty and Outdoor Recreation:
    • Surrounded by lush forests, scenic hills, and the winding Hocking River, Athens is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. The area boasts numerous parks, hiking trails, and biking paths, including the popular Hockhocking Adena Bikeway.
    • Explore the beautiful Wayne National Forest, just a short drive away, offering opportunities for hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing.
  • Vibrant Arts and Culture:
    • Athens is a hub for arts, sports, and culture, with a thriving local music scene, theaters, galleries, and cultural events. Enjoy performances at the Ohio University Performing Arts Series, and visit the Kennedy Museum of Art for a dose of artistic inspiration.
  • Educational Excellence:
    • As the home of Ohio University, Athens is a center for academic and intellectual pursuits. The university brings a youthful energy to the town and offers a variety of educational and cultural opportunities for residents.
    • The local public schools are well-regarded, and the presence of the university provides access to continuing education and professional development resources.
    • OU faculty members enjoy generous tuition waivers for themselves and their family members to pursue college education.
  • Community and Lifestyle:
    • Athens is known for its friendly and tight-knit community. The city’s farmers markets, local shops, and community events foster a sense of belonging and provide opportunities to connect with neighbors.
    • Surrounding communities such as Parkersburg, WV and Lancaster, OH offer unique historical and community diversity that enhances regional appeal.
    • The city’s vibrant Uptown area is filled with charming shops, restaurants, and cafes. Enjoy locally-sourced cuisine, craft breweries, and the unique Athens Farmers Market, which offers fresh produce and artisanal goods.
  • Affordable Living:
    • Athens offers a lower cost of living compared to many metropolitan areas, making it an attractive option for individuals and families. Housing options range from historic homes in quaint neighborhoods to modern apartments and rural properties with plenty of space.
  • Health and Wellness:
    • The Athens area is committed to promoting health and wellness. Ohio University’s facilities, including the Ping Recreation Center, offer a range of fitness and recreational activities. The city’s emphasis on outdoor activities and community well-being creates a healthy and active lifestyle.
    • Access to quality healthcare is supported by the close relationship between Ohio University and OhioHealth, ensuring comprehensive medical services for residents.
  • Strategic Location:
    • Athens is strategically located within easy driving distance of major cities like Columbus (70 miles), Cleveland (200 miles), and Cincinnati (120 miles), providing access to urban amenities and airports while allowing you to enjoy the tranquility of a smaller community.
    • The city’s proximity to state and national parks, as well as historic sites, makes it a great base for weekend getaways and exploration of the region’s rich heritage.
  • Sustainable Living:
    • Athens is committed to sustainability and green living. The community supports numerous environmental initiatives, local farmers markets, and sustainable practices, making it an ideal place for those who value eco-friendly lifestyles.

Living in Athens, Ohio, means enjoying a balanced and fulfilling life with access to outstanding educational resources, a vibrant cultural scene, and a welcoming community. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, an arts lover, or someone seeking a close-knit community with big-city amenities nearby, Athens offers the perfect blend of opportunities and quality of life.

How to Apply

OUHCOM has retained the services of Academic Med to lead this strategically important search process. Academic Med is a retained executive search firm that specializes in the recruitment of physicians, scientists, and leaders for academic medical schools & health systems throughout the United States. This search is being led by Gentry Zacheis, President of Academic Med and Jim Hagood, Managing Director.

Please direct your applications, inquiries, or nominations to Jim Hagood


Ohio University is proud of its rich history, diverse campuses, international communities, and beautiful Appalachian settings. As part of our ongoing efforts to provide and support a transformative learning experience, we affirm our commitment to fostering a welcoming, respectful, diverse, and inclusive workforce and community. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, ethnicity, national origin, national ancestry, sex, pregnancy, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service, or veteran status, mental or physical disability, or genetic information. Ohio University is an equal access/equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

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