Academic Medicine and Health Science
    Executive Search   

    Furst Group serves academic medical and health science centers, hospitals, and health systems in identifying and recruiting top talent for their organizations.

    Using our integrated, holistic approach we assess competencies to recruit authentic, diverse healthcare leaders who add value to your organization’s culture, reputation, and traditions.

    Core Expertise

    Academic medicine and health sciences are at the heart of Furst Group’s core competencies: healthcare delivery, administration, education, research, and science.

    Our exclusive focus on healthcare executive recruitment provides specific leadership solutions tailored to the unique challenges and demands of academic medicine and academic medical centers.

    We recognize that academic institutions are unique in the healthcare ecosystem and serve a crucial role in advancing healthcare. By providing education, training, and research, these organizations drive innovation, define best-in-class care and treatment, and develop the next generation of caregivers and scientists.

    Academic institutions appreciate our extensive history because we understand the complex governance and operating models that integrate teaching, research, and patient care while aligning with the deep traditions that define their organizations. Your success relies heavily on the effective leadership and recruitment strategies we provide.

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    Academic Healthcare Executive Search


    For more than 40 years, our team has conducted hundreds of leadership searches and advisory engagements, including supporting the world's leading academic health science centers, research institutions, academic medical centers, and medical schools. By leveraging our deep understanding of academic healthcare organizations and extensive talent management expertise, we can support you in building a leadership team that drives innovation, fosters collaboration, and achieves excellence in your academic mission.

    Our proven track record of delivering exceptional results for our clients helps find the right leaders to drive innovation and excellence in patient care, research, and education.

    Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Recognized for our long-standing, demonstrated track record of successfully recruiting diverse leaders, we have been committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) since long before it was given the appropriate attention.

    By encouraging all search participants to utilize the strategies presented in our Conscious Inclusion video, we reduce bias in the search process, increase the probability of a diverse candidate slate, and ensure an equitable chance of selection for all. Recent results show that 56 percent of our placements were diverse, and 93 percent of our candidate slates had diverse representation. 


    DEI Institute

    Furst Group's DEI Institute drives systemic change by focusing on several distinct areas that actively build accountability and engagement. We live out our commitment to DEI through active involvement, sponsorship, and support of organizations with committed DEI platforms such as:


    Success Stories

    We welcome the opportunity to share success stories from our recent academic medicine and health sciences search engagements with you. Please contact us for more information. 

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    Functional Areas in Academic Health Sciences & Healthcare

    Furst Group offers a breadth and depth of experience in Academic Health Science leadership:

    • Chancellors/Presidents
    • Vice President/Senior Vice President
    • Board & Association Leadership
    • C-Suite/Enterprise Leadership
    • Deans and Associate Deans
    • Department Chairs
    • Designated Institutional Officials
    • Division Chiefs
    • Institute Leadership
    • Physician and Nursing Executives

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    Executives-Looking-At-Computer-webOur Approach

    Our proven methodology combines rigorous research, extensive industry networks, and a custom-tailored approach to identify and attract top-tier leadership talent for your organization.

    We work closely with your institution to understand your specific needs and culture to ensure a seamless fit with your leadership team and organizational goals.

    Innovation and Accelerating Change in Medical Education

    When it comes to recruiting academic medicine physician leaders, having an extensive network and connectivity is critical to your successful search.

    For more than a decade, we've partnered with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This work has provided a distinct opportunity to support the leadership needs around accreditation, quality, Medical Education (MedEd), Graduate Medical Education (GME), and Continuing Medical Education (CME), as well as several collaborative initiatives with the nation’s largest physician membership organization.

    Physician Leadership Recruitment and Development

    SuccessPath strategically leverages Furst Group's companion company, NuBrick Partners, our leadership development and talent management arm, throughout critical steps in the overall search. Our SuccessPath team is embedded in every search engagement to reduce risk and ensure faster talent integration, alignment with strategic objectives, and sustainable success.

    NuBrick Partners is our team of industry-leading consultants, including former CEOs, C-Suite, and physician leaders, as well as highly trained psychologists and organizational development experts renowned for physician leadership development and coaching within top academic medical centers and health science institutions.

    Our NuBrick Partners understand how physicians prefer to learn. Their Accelerated Physician Executive Leadership and Physician Cohort development programs provide an approach that creates real-time development experiences, offers relevant topics for managing and leading, and provides experiential simulations and coaching to enable the practice and demonstration of vital leadership behaviors.

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    Why Clients Choose Us

    Speed to Leadership Impact – You want an executive leader who hits the ground running within weeks rather than months.

    Risk Reduction – Minimizing risk goes beyond simply selecting the right candidate. Clients choose Furst Group because our unique process, which extends six months beyond your new executive leader’s start date, ensures outstanding results.

    Boutique by Choice – Delivering excellent client and candidate experiences means curating meaningful partnerships that create lasting success for everyone. Clients value our streamlined, high-touch communication, continuity of service, and tailored solutions that support their complex and nuanced needs.

    Responsibility of Representation – Because clients rely on us to best represent them in the market, they value our comprehensive market knowledge, which provides a distinct vantage point across every sector of the healthcare ecosystem. Leaders appreciate our ability to understand and articulate client organizations' needs, values, and culture. This expertise is the engine that drives successful outcomes—matching executive talent to opportunities where they can excel and drive your organization forward.


    Our Services

    Healthcare Executive Search – Identifying and recruiting top-tier executives for key leadership positions.

    Leadership Development – Providing tailored programs to develop and nurture leadership talent within your institution.

    Organizational Consulting & Role Design – Offering strategic guidance and support to optimize your leadership structure and performance.

    Partner with Us

    Elevate your institution’s ability to strategically achieve sustainable success with our executive recruiting and leadership solutions. Contact us today to learn how we can help you build a stronger, more effective leadership team in academic medicine and health sciences.

    Representative Furst Group Clients in Academic Medicine and Health Science