Director of Head and Neck Medical Oncology

Jackson, MS


Director, Head and Neck Medical Oncology, Division of Hematology and Oncology
Cancer, Medical Oncology, Hematology / Oncology, Internal Medicine, Thoracic Oncology
Jackson, MS

director, head and neck medical oncology

Position Overview

The Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center is launching a nationwide search for a Director, Head & Neck Medical Oncology. The ideal candidate will have translational research experience and clinical expertise in the treatment and research related to Head and Neck Oncology, as well as independently obtained research funding. The Division is seeking an individual with a strong interest in clinical research in Head and Neck Oncology.

Required Qualifications

  • MD, DO, or equivalent
  • Board Eligible or Certified in Internal Medicine
  • Demonstrated excellence in patient care
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for medical education and strong teaching skills
  • Eligible for unrestricted medical licensure in the State of Mississippi

Position Specifics

Division of Hematology and Oncology

The Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center provides world-class care for patients and families with cancer or those with disorders of the blood or blood-forming organs. Staff strive to offer cutting-edge therapy and to offer clinical trials for patient participation.

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Hematology Section

The Hematology section focuses on patients with diseases of the blood or blood-forming organs. Physicians participate in UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute programs for leukemias, lymphomas, multiple myeloma and in programs for sickle cell anemia and benign blood disorders.

Hematology also oversees a 12-bed bone marrow transplant unit certified by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy.

Oncology Section

The Oncology section focuses on solid tumors. Physicians participate in UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute programs for breast cancer, thoracic cancers, head and neck cancers, gastrointestinal cancers, genitourinary cancers, gynecologic cancers, melanoma and other skin cancers, sarcomas, and neuro-oncologic cancers.

Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program

The Division of Hematology/Oncology offers nine fellowships for the three-year training program. Training in the fellowship program results in board eligibility for both subspecialty exams administered by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The Division of Hematology/Oncology uses the University of Mississippi Medical Center, a 700+ bed hospital that serves as the principal teaching hospital for the UMMC School of Medicine. It also uses the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical Center, also a teaching facility for UMMC. Faculty of the Division of Hematology/Oncology help staff its 500-bed hospital.

UMMC has nine oncologists, four hematologists, one clinical geneticist and one PhD research faculty member. Affiliate faculty help train fellows at the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Cancer Center and Research Institute

The Cancer Center and Research Institute unites physicians, nurses and researchers from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the University of Mississippi in the quest to stop cancer through:

  • Interdisciplinary world class cancer prevention, detection, and treatment.
  • Research to better prevent, detect, and treat cancer.
  • Education for Mississippi residents and the medical caregivers who one day will provide their cancer care.

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Team Approach on Head and Neck Cancer Care

Our interdisciplinary head and neck care team is part of the UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute. Most of our team works only with head and neck cancer patients, giving them invaluable, extensive experience. In fact, they offer some treatments so specialized this is the only place in the state where they are available.

Specialists from several areas serve on the care team, including ear, nose, and throat surgeons, microvascular surgeons, neuroradiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, a maxillofacial prosthodontist, a dental specialist in oral medicine and radiology, dentists, nurses, speech pathologists, dieticians, social workers, and others. They meet weekly so each member can review each case, recommend treatment, and receive updates at several points during treatment. Team members consider a patient’s age and general health, along with the type, location, and stage of the cancer in making treatment recommendations. They also follow National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines in developing treatment plans.

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University of Mississippi Medical Center

The 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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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.

director, head and neck medical oncology

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 plays a significant 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.


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 will find something new to discover on every mile of your journey. Whether you are 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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