Job Posting
full time Radiation Oncology at UHN - University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario
Job ID: 17244

University Health Network
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

JOB TITLE: Head, Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiation Medicine Program
JOB POSTING # 908031
DURATION: Permanent, Full time

The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is seeking a Head of the Department of Radiation Oncology (DRO) and leader of the University Health Network Radiation Medicine Program (RMP). The successful candidate will be leading one of the world’s largest and most respected academic Radiation Medicine programs, delivering high-quality patient-centered radiation care in a multi-disciplinary setting in collaboration with a robust Department of Medical Physics and a team of over 200 radiation therapists.

The Department Head leads the RMP in delivering excellence in clinical service while maintaining and enhancing the global reputation of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in research, education, and quality. The Head will promote teamwork, collective decision making and a collaborative and diverse working environment within RMP. The Head will have a proven track record in building and maintaining a flexible departmental culture with a focus on staff experience. This individual must be eligible for an academic appointment at the Associate or Full Professor rank in the Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, and will be eligible to be the holder of the Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Radiation Medicine.

The DRO is an academic department within the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre/University Health Network (UHN) with faculty appointments at the University of Toronto. The RMP is a tertiary referral resource for the greater Toronto area and the province, thereby serving Ontarians and Canadians with state-of-the-art radiation medicine as well as specialized programs and services such as pediatric radiation oncology, sarcoma, head, and neck cancer, ocular oncology, gamma knife, and stem cell transplants (total body irradiation). RMP is ranked alongside the leading Radiation Medicine Programs in the world, in providing exemplary patient care, research, innovation, and education. Duties will include:

-Organize and direct strategic planning for the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Radiation Medicine Program in association with the Head of the Department of Medical Physics and Princess -Margaret (PM) Cancer Centre Director / UHN VP Oncology.
-Maintain and enhance the global reputation of the Radiation Medicine Program as a world leader.
-Establish and support the Department /RMP and the UHN/PM strategic plan.
-Promote an environment that supports excellence in clinical care, research, education, and professional practice.
-Promote system improvements that enhance patient care outcomes, patient safety, and patient satisfaction.
-Advance a high-quality and collaborative work environment for the recruitment and retention of staff.
-Chair the Department’s Steering Committee.
-Participate in the PM Executive Committee.
-Collaborate with UHN Executive, Medical Advisory Committee, and Medical Staff Association to optimize MD wellbeing.
-Support and actively affirm the Department’s recognition of diversity and a culture of professionalism.
-Participate in crisis management as needed.
-Oversee major external DRO partnerships with other healthcare organizations, academic relationships, and interactions with the private sector.

Supporting UHN’s mission of patient care, education, and research:
-Ensure that members of the Department demonstrate and maintain a high level of professional competence and clinical expertise.
-Ensure that the Department and its members provide an excellent environment for undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, and continuing medical education.
-Liaise with the Michener Institute of Education at UHN in the training of the workforce of the future
-Promote and develop the educational expertise of Department members.
-Work with UHN Directors, Cancer Centre operational leadership, and Divisions within Radiation Oncology, to ensure that services are appropriately staffed to provide safe high-quality patient care.
-Ensure that the Department and its members contribute to an excellent environment for basic, translational, and clinical research at UHN.
-Promote the development of focused research expertise by the recruitment and retention of scientists and investigators to maintain research expertise in the Department.
-Promote the engagement of the UHN Patient Partner Program for feedback and input from the patient’s perspective in order to encourage collaborative care.

Performance Measurement:
-Work in collaboration with PM Cancer Centre Director / UHN VP Oncology and other relevant program medical directors to ensure the achievement of clinical operating plans and budgets that are relevant to the Department.
-Work in collaboration with appropriate UHN PROGRAM MEDICAL Directors to ensure that quality improvement teams have appropriate Department representation.

Patient Safety/Quality:
-Ensure alignment of quality activities and initiatives with the UHN Strategic Plan.
-Ensure that safety goals are incorporated into the work of quality improvement teams relevant to the Department.
-Ensure that the Department morbidity/mortality committee functions to ensure that patient safety is optimized at UHN.
-Provide oversight of quality indicators

Department Practice Plan:
-Ensure all members of the Department are part of a conforming Practice Plan.
-Promote academic productivity and collegiality among all Department members.

Departmental Recruitment/Review Process/Promotions:
-In collaboration with Clinical Directors, identify radiation staffing needs of the Department and participate in impact analysis processes to define changes in resource requirements.
-Lead the selection process for RMP leadership positions and participate in the search process for all faculty recruited to the Department.
-Adhere to the University of Toronto Best Practice Guidelines for conducting full-time academic faculty searches.
-Participate in continuing appointment reviews of all oncologists in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UHN.
-Participate in and facilitate the academic promotion process at the University of Toronto.
-Initiate five-year external reviews of division heads or other major leadership roles within DRO.

-Support fundraising activities of the Foundations relevant to the Department.
-Mentor Division Heads and Department members to optimize collaboration with the Foundations.

-The Department Head reports to the PM Cancer Centre Director / UHN VP Oncology in setting the strategic direction for the RMP and implementing strategy.
-The Department Head reports to the UHN Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs and Quality (Chief Medical Officer) with respect to the professional competence and quality of practice of individual department members,
-The Department Head reports to the UHN VP of Oncology and the UHN CMO with respect to the effective use of hospital resources.
-The Department Head, reports to the UHN Quality Committee with respect to the quality of care, and patient safety.
-The Department Head reports to the PM Cancer Centre Director / UHN VP Oncology and the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto with respect to departmental research, education, and promotions.
-The Department Head also works collaboratively with) the University of Toronto, Department of Radiation Oncology chair with respect to University-wide training, research, education, and promotions.
-The Department Head works collaboratively with the PM Cancer Centre Director / UHN VP Oncology and the UHN CMO towards nurturing clinical and academic excellence.
-The Department Head co-chairs with the PM Cancer Centre Director searches for all Endowed Chairs/Professorships to be held by members of the Department at University Health Network and the University of Toronto.

-Actively supports leadership as a career path for oncologists within the Department.
-Selects interested and appropriate individuals for leadership development.
-Identify potential candidates for subsequent leadership positions.

Emergency Preparedness:
-Contribute to emergency preparedness hospital planning exercises, as required.
-Ensure division heads/directors understand their role in the event a large-scale hospital-wide emergency response is required.
-Ensure up-to-date fan-out contact information is maintained for the department.

Media Contact:
-The Department Head represents the department as necessary in media relations

Applications will be accepted until filled, with a flexible start date. University Health Network is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace, committed to championing accessibility, diversity, and equal opportunity. The primary language of work will be English. The position will be located at 610 University Ave. at the Princess Margaret Hospital, with an off-site office location at 700 University Ave. Candidates must hold or be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Preference will be given to candidates with permanent residency or citizenship status in Canada

Compensation/remuneration for this position is based on the candidate’s experience, the broadband for the position starting salary of $400,000. Extended Health and Dental, along with Short and Long Term Disability, AD&D, and Life Insurance will also be offered. The successful candidate may be eligible for a relocation package.


If you wish to apply for this position, please forward your CV and a letter of intent to:
Dr. Keith Stewart
Director of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
VP Cancer, University Health Network
610 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 2M9

POSTED DATE: October 13, 2022
CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

For more information about University Health Network, please visit the posting on our Careers page or

Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

The University of Toronto and University Health Network are strongly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion within their communities and especially welcome applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disability, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Radiation Oncology
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full time
Head, Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiation Medicine Program
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immediately, see description above, or enquire
Salary starts at $400,000 CAD 
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Vacation / CME Leave
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Relocation package
Extended Health and Dental
Short and Long Term Disability
Life Insurance 
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UHN - University Health Network 
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200 Elizabeth Street 
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Our Vision: A Healthier World

Our Purpose: Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning.

University Health Network encompasses the Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN has made us a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. We have the largest hospital-based research program in Canada, with major research in cardiology, transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases, genomic medicine and rehabilitation medicine.

In 2019, Toronto General Hospital was named among the world’s Top 10 Hospitals by Newsweek magazine. We were ranked first on Canada’s Top 40 Research Hospitals list for 2018, and have been consistently ranked at the top since the rankings began by Research Infosource Inc. in 2011.

Our seven Essentials represent our central priorities as a leading academic health sciences centre:

Compassionate & Caring | Environments | Operational Excellence | Partnerships | People & Culture | Quality & Safety | Technology 
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Published on 2022-10-21
Edited on 2022-10-25