Chief, Division of Medical Genetics & Precision Medicine

Jackson, MS

Chief, Division of Medical Genetics & Precision Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Chief, Division of Medical Genetics & Precision Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center
Genetics – Genomics, Leadership, Pediatrics – Genetics, Academic Med, Medical School Teaching & Curriculum Development, Internal Medicine, Leadership – Division Chief, Genomic Medicine
Jackson, MS

Chief medical genetics

Position Overview

The Center for Genetic Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is launching a nationwide search for a Clinical Geneticist to join UMMC as the Chief, Division of Medical Genetics & Precision Medicine. The Division Chief will be responsible for program development, cultivating research projects, overseeing medical students and residents as well as leading all clinical, research, and educational activities in the division.

The successful candidate will provide quality patient care offering comprehensive and compassionate evaluation, diagnostics, treatments, and follow-up services for adults with genetic conditions. You will have opportunities to build clinical genetics across the spectrum of the health system, including cardiology, neurology, nephrology, and musculoskeletal and management consultation for general adult genetic syndromes for the only level 1 trauma center and academic medical school in the entire state of Mississippi.

Minimum Requirements

  • Qualified candidates must hold an MD, DO, or MD/PhD degree(s)
  • Candidate must be board certified or board eligible in Medical Genetics or other applicable field as determined by Department chair AND be eligible for a University of Mississippi Medical Center appointment
  • Board certified (or participating in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) if lapsed) in Genetics.
  • Eligible for unrestricted medical licensure in the State of Mississippi

Position Specifics

University of Mississippi Medical Center

University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is the health sciences campus of the University of Mississippi. UMMC serves as the state’s only academic health sciences medical center. A major goal of the Medical Center is the elimination of differences in the health status of Mississippians based on race, geography, income, or social status. With over 10,000 full and part-time employees, UMMC is one of the largest employers in Mississippi and is constantly striving to enhance and improve healthcare research and accessibility across the state and beyond.

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UMC houses seven health science schools:

  • School of Medicine
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Health Related Professions
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • School of Population Health
  • School of Pharmacy

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Integral to its education and research missions, UMMC provides wide-ranging patient care programs. Three specialized hospitals on the Jackson campus include the only children’s hospital in Mississippi, a women and infants’ hospital, and a critical care hospital, along with University Hospital. UMMC offers the only Level 1 trauma center, the only Level 4 neonatal intensive care nursery unit, and the only organ transplant programs in the state, in addition to many other referral services. University Physicians, the faculty group practice of the School of Medicine, includes about 500 doctors, many of them among leaders in their field, who care for patients in the hospitals and clinics on campus, around the Jackson metro area, and in outreach clinics around the state.

UMMC School of Medicine

The University of Mississippi School of Medicine is committed to training skilled and compassionate physicians to provide high-quality and equitable health care particularly to the state’s residents, including diverse and underserved populations. The school prepares learners to provide excellent care through programs of innovative education, state-of-the-art research and comprehensive clinical practice.

The UMMC boasts faculty that are considered leaders in their fields, esteemed educators and mentors, innovative researchers and compassionate caregivers. The Medical Center’s overall goal of a healthier Mississippi is only possible with the men and women who are entrusted to train the next generation of Mississippi’s physicians.


Department of Medicine

The Department of Medicine (DOM) is dedicated to providing highest-quality expert patient care, training of the next generation of internists and subspecialist physicians, and research effort to discover and develop more effective medical therapies and cures for tomorrow. Integral to UMMC the only academic medical center in the state of Mississippi, the DOM represents the largest academic campus, the DOM includes 13 divisions: allergy and immunology, cardiology, digestive diseases, endocrinology, general internal medicine, geriatrics, hematology and oncology, hospital medicine, infectious diseases, nephrology, rheumatology and molecular immunology, palliative and supportive care, and pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine.

The DOM is the home for the NIH-supported Jackson Heart Study for the past 20 years and also plays a major role in the new RURAL (Risk Underlying Rural Areas Longitudinal) Cohort Study). Aspiring to be a major contributor to biomedical research across the spectrum of investigations, members of the department maintain collaboration with many well-established basic science groups across campus, with the schools of population health, nursing, and pharmacy, and other institutions around the country. With the opening of the University’s new Translational Research Center and the clinical trials research unit in the hospital, we plan to expand our research interests further in coming years. Increasing our footprint in the institutional conduct of clinical trials is a major focus of the DOM.

The Division of Genetics at Children’s Mississippi

The Division of Genetics at Children’s of Mississippi offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment for known or suspected inherited disorders. The genetics team includes five board-certified geneticists and four board-certified genetic counselors who service the adult, pediatric and prenatal patient population of Mississippi.

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Division for Medical Genetics and Precision Medicine

The Center for Medical Genetics and Precision Medicine was created to expand genetic testing as a health care force. Genetic testing can help physicians diagnose early and help prescribe preventative measures for those who inherited a certain gene mutation and determine those who did not. Medical genetics and precision medicine together offers physicians and researchers a way to predict more accurately which measure for treatment and prevention will work on a particular disease. The newly created division will serve as a “hub” for increasing knowledge about ways subspecialists can be more effective for their patients.

Molecular Pathology Lab at UMMC

The Department of Pathology utilizes a next-generation sequencing (NGS) machine, a first-in-the-state resource that allows physicians to access DNA samples that search for genetic variants associated with some forms of blood cancer and lymphoma. Testing on this platform allows physicians and patients to choose the treatments best suited for their particular genetics and do it quickly.

UMMC Biobank

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The University of Mississippi Medical Center established the UMMC Biobank to support translational and clinical research in addition to serving as the tissue bank core of the Cancer Center and Research Institute. The biobank began operations in November 2011 with a focus on cancer-related surgery specimens and has expanded blood collections to other areas, including transplant, gastrointestinal, congenital heart disease, and HIV clinics.

The UMMC Biobank is committed to allocating diverse samples for various research studies led by UMMC researchers and other established organizations. This allows the opportunity for urgent discovery and development of tests, vaccines, and pharmaceuticals.

UMMC and Mayo Clinic Clinical Research Collaboration

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UMMC and the renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN signed an agreement to broaden and deepen their collaboration in clinical trials, and other medical research and education. A number of cooperative clinical research relationships have flourished between Mayo and UMMC since the first collaborative study launched in 1995 in the Genetic Epidemiology Network of Arteriopathy (GENOA). In addition to research into the genetic underpinnings of disease through epidemiological research, collaborative efforts between Mayo and UMMC include clinical research projects that look at genetic variations in treatment response.


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Jackson is the capital of Mississippi is known as “The City with Soul”. A destination offering a warm welcome and a heavy dose of culture. Located on the Pearl River, Jackson is famous for its music, including Gospel, Blues, and R&B. The city hosts several cultural events including the Mississippi State Fair and the USA International Ballet Competition. A number of downtown sites provide historical and cultural homage to the city’s past and present.

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Mississippi is a state for all those who are wanderers at heart. From lush, forested Appalachian foothills to expansive Delta horizons to coastal roadways lines with live oaks, you’ll find something new to discover on every mile of your journey. Whether you’re a music lover, history buff, foodie or sports fan, you’re sure to find unique and memorable attractions on your journey.

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