Job Overview


The Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS) is recruiting for a Physician, Chief of Medicine.

The ICVAHCS is one of the facilities of the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23).

The Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS) includes a level 1 tertiary care medical center with 83 licensed beds and nine surrounding Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs).  The ICVAHCS provides care to over 184,000 Veterans living in 50 counties in Eastern Iowa, Western Illinois and Northern Missouri.  For more information please visit our website at

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information. 


Note: Candidates will be referred upon receipt of their application materials. Position will remain open until filled.

The Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS) is seeking an experienced Physician leader to serve as the Chief of Medicine and Head of the Primary Care and Specialty Medicine Service Line. Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the Chief of Medicine is an integral part of the health care system’s clinical leadership.

Principle responsibilities of the position include strategic planning for the health care systems’ primary care and specialty medicine programs. The incumbent will be assisted by an accomplished administrative team to oversee clinical and administrative operations. Applicants should have a demonstrated ability in teaching and directing patient care. Prior administrative experience is desirable.

This position may be a full-time position or a 7/8 appointment at the ICVAHCS with a joint paid appointment by the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

The distinguished professional must possess a MD or equivalent, be Board Certified in Internal Medicine with or without sub specialty certification, must be eligible for an academic appointment at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, and licensed.

The Research Program at the Iowa City VA Health Care System (ICVAHCS) has been active for over 50 years and has consistently been one of the top VA facilities nationwide in terms of VA and non-VA research funding. Specialized areas of research expertise include infectious diseases, immunology, transplantation, dermatology, pulmonary, cardiovascular, and diabetic disease. Other patient-focused research includes clinical trials that explore new treatments for cancer, kidney and liver diseases. In response to the needs of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) veterans, our investigators have developed new projects to understand better ways to manage patients with traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder.  The research program maintains a strong collaboration with the Iowa City VA Research Foundation and the University of Iowa. We continue to aggressively pursue new investigators and ensure relevance to the VA mission to maintain our success.  To continue the successful Research Program in the Department of Medicine, the Chief of Medicine should have an academic background and be a dynamic and capable administrator.   

Iowa City is located in the heart of the Midwest, with a population of 62,220; it is Iowa's fifth largest city. Iowa City and its surrounding communities offer lots of amenities while still having small town charm. The city of Iowa City presents an extensive range of programs that attract, entertain, and educate audiences, in addition to hosting numerous Big Ten athletic events. The community often supports frequent professional, social, and leisure activities. Additionally, private and public schools have outstanding academic, athletic, and cultural programs. The Iowa City community provides a great place to live with affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, and a truly seasonal climate which allows for all types of outdoor activities throughout the year. The city has over 1,200 acres of parks, playgrounds, hiking trails, and open spaces. With its central location, weekend get-a-ways can include visiting large metropolitan cities in any direction, or traveling the back roads exploring the countryside.

Work Schedule: 1st Shift 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Position Description Title/PD#: Physician - Chief of Medicine

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: light lifting, under 15 pounds; Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Both eyes required; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Hearing (aid permitted).

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Minimal travel to Service Line meetings

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Recruitment/Relocation may be authorized