Vice President for Medical Affairs and Executive Physician-in-Chief

Focus Diagnostic Medicine,  an extraordinary new clinical venture that serves patients who have diagnostic dilemmas in the setting of clearly organic disease, is seeking an outstanding individual to serve as Vice President for Medical Affairs and Executive Physician-in-Chief, reporting directly to the CEO.  The position, located in midtown Manhattan, offers highly competitive compensation and a global profile.  The successful candidate will be eligible for a faculty affiliation with Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, commensurate with qualifications.  Robust national and international marketing will support the clinical program.

Vision Statement

FDM’s private clinic will become the world’s premier provider of clinical evaluations for patients who are frustrated by their inability to obtain a clear, consistent diagnosis from physicians elsewhere, and who are motivated to invest resources to solve their own medical mysteries.   By bringing together, under one roof, physicians who are “the best of the best” diagnosticians, FDM will provide frustrated patients with an unprecedented level of attention and expertise aimed at pinpointing rare, complex, and elusive diagnoses and helping those patients find the road back to health and serenity.  FDM will also build a brand that is universally identified with expertise, integrity, and premium service in the specialty healthcare and rare disease spaces.

The Role

The Vice President for Medical Affairs / Executive Physician-in-Chief will:

  • Develop and optimize a major outpatient clinical program serving patients with diagnostic dilemmas in internal medicine.
  • Supervise a full-time staff of physicians and other clinical personnel (projected to grow to 20 staff physicians, 2 assistant medical directors, and ancillary staff by year 4).
  • Build a culture of camaraderie, collegiality, and teamwork among FDM's clinical staff.
  • Cultivate and maintain a network of outside expert resources for FDM's staff physicians, at Columbia, across the U.S., and around the world.
  • Direct a Special Focus Team that will further evaluate patients who remain undiagnosed after intensive work-up at FDM.
  • Participate in selecting patients who will be evaluated at FDM.
  • Participate in recruiting physicians and other key personnel to FDM.
  • Organize in-house clinical conferences and CME.
  • Personally evaluate up to one patient per week.


  • Board certification in Internal Medicine, with or without subspecialiazation.
  • Current appointment at associate professor level, or preferably higher, at a top-tier academic institution.
  • At least 20 years of post-residency clinical experience (at least 25 years preferred).
  • Reputation for being an institutional resource as an outstanding general diagnostician with expansive knowledge of medicine, including rare entities.
  • Proven track record as administrator/leader.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Appreciation of interplay between entity-based and pathophysiologic aspects of diagnosis.
  • Strong knowledge of scientific underpinnings of contemporary medicine.