About Our Founder
Gentry Zacheis, President & CEO of Academic Med
Gentry Zacheis, as the President, CEO, and Co-Founder of Academic Med, is a renowned leader in the field of academic medicine and healthcare executive search. With a career dedicated to building teams and solving complex problems for the world’s top academic medical centers, R1 research institutions, medical schools, and health systems, Gentry has played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of healthcare leadership recruitment.
Under Gentry’s leadership, Academic Med has emerged as a leading retained executive search firm, known for its strategic recruitment and consulting solutions within the niche of academic medicine. He has been instrumental in partnering with Health System CEOs, Medical School Deans, and Department Chairs to recruit top-tier physicians, scientists, and healthcare executives.
Gentry’s expertise extends across marketing, strategic sales, management consulting, and entrepreneurial management, leveraging these skills to help clients build leading disease-specific centers of excellence (COE) in patient care, medical education, and research. This includes areas of basic science, translational research, and clinical research/clinical trials.
Since founding Academic Med in 2012, Gentry has established long-term partnerships with prestigious institutions such as Tulane University School of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, UPMC, State University of New York, University of Florida Health System, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and UAB Health System. His deep insight, expertise, and relationships span various medical and research specialties and sub-specialties, including Neurology, Basic Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, Cardiology, Surgery, Family Medicine, Stem Cell Research and regenerative Medicine, Cancer/Oncology, Gastroenterology, OBGYN, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Basic Science, Ophthalmology, and Precision Medicine.
Gentry’s forward-thinking leadership is driven by a proactive and adaptive approach to the evolving healthcare landscape. His commitment to excellence and innovation has established Academic Med as a trusted partner for institutions seeking transformative leaders. Gentry Zacheis is a solutions-focused recruitment partner that is dedicated to advancing healthcare and academic medicine through strategic leadership placements.
Gentry is involved in all aspects of the business, with a primary emphasis in the client relations component of Academic Med’s business model. Gentry is also responsible for creating and administering the firm’s proprietary physician recruitment model in tune with market drivers, client needs and technological innovations. Gentry’s forward-thinking approach is rooted in a comprehensive understanding of the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare and academic medicine. His leadership is characterized by a proactive and innovative mindset, consistently pushing the boundaries to adapt and thrive in a dynamic environment.
At the core of his success is a profound dedication to advancing healthcare and academic medicine. Gentry Zacheis is not just a recruiter; he is a catalyst for change, a builder of teams, and a visionary leader, propelling Academic Med to the forefront of academic medical recruitment. His contributions have solidified Academic Med’s position as a leader in academic medical recruitment, fostering long-term success for both healthcare institutions and professionals.
Education & Experience
Gentry completed his BBA at the Texas Christian University’s M.J. Neeley School of Business in Fort Worth, Texas, where he received degrees in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management.
Before founding Academic Med, Gentry distinguished himself as an Executive Search Consultant and Project Director with one of the largest recruitment firms in the US. During his tenure with this firm, Gentry was consistently recognized for his production accomplishments and expertise in healthcare and physician recruitment. In 2011, Gentry received the esteemed award of “Project Consultant of the Year” which is awarded annually to the company’s top-producing Project Consultant.
He currently resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and 2 children, where he is actively involved in several non-profit organizations.
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