President, Medical Education & Research

Job Details


Are you aware that, of total health care costs in the United States, more than 75% is due to chronic conditions? The U.S. spends 16.2% of its GDP ($2.3 trillion) on health care. This exceeded the combined federal expenditures for national defense, homeland security, education, and welfare.

By 2023, if we don’t change how we confront this challenge, annual healthcare cost in the U.S. will rise to over $4 trillion, making the cost of care using the current model economically unsustainable.

Our current healthcare model fails to confront both the causes of and solutions for chronic disease and must be replaced with a model of comprehensive care geared to effectively treating and reversing this escalating crisis. This transformation requires something different than is usually available in our very expensive healthcare system.

Functional Medicine is the future of medicine–available now. It seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms, engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership leading to health and vitality.

The Institute for Functional Medicine ( is the global leader in a movement to transform medical education, clinical practice, and reverse the epidemic of chronic disease.

Functional Medicine is a systems biology-based model that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to achieve the highest expression of health by addressing the underlying causes of disease. Functional Medicine utilizes a unique operating system and personalized therapeutic interventions to support individuals in achieving optimal wellness. Board Member Mark Hyman explains the difference between Functional Medicine and conventional medicine:

Based outside of Seattle WA, IFM is a 501c3 Non-Profit with growing revenues of nearly $16M, 60 full time equivalent employees across the US, a talented and energetic leadership team, and a supportive board of directors. IFMs revenues are driven by the development and execution of ongoing medical education conferences providing a sophisticated model for teaching and practicing Functional Medicine, as well as innovative strategic collaborations and content licensing agreements

Over its history IFM has trained over 15,000 physicians with more than 100,000 clinicians representing 120 countries exposed to the principles and concepts of Functional Medicine. To support the mission of ensuring the widespread adoption of Functional Medicine, IFM offers an expansive teaching program and educational resources, inclusive of multiple courses, advanced practice modules and a Toolkit of more than 350 different tools for use in clinical practice. IFM also collaborates on evidence based research and outcomes studies focused demonstrating the clinical and economic benefits of the FM model.

An important strategic collaboration exists between IFM and Cleveland Clinic, government agencies and other health care systems. In 2014, Cleveland Clinic and IFM established the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine which has served more than 2,200 patients to date and has a current wait list of over 2,000 patients seeking Functional Medicine assessment and treatment.


Reporting directly to the CEO, The President is a strategic leader, spokesperson and authority for medical education, clinical skills, research and outcomes studies, practice implementation and strategic partnerships involving institutions, academic medicine, health professions associations, and health care systems.

The President provides leadership necessary to conceive, develop, implement, advance, evaluate, and extend programs related to medical education, clinical and practice models, research & outcomes studies, and strategic partnerships that will advance the widespread adoption of Functional Medicine and IFM’s role as the global leader of Functional Medicine.

In this role, the President oversees departmental staff, faculty/educator development, performance evaluation and management, and supervision of direct reports. In addition, the President will, with support from the CEO, oversee and engage external advisory groups assisting IFM with emerging trends and research. The President we’ll lead of team of approximately 30+ with direct responsibility for the following direct reports:

  • Directors of Medical Education
  • Director of Research and Outcomes
  • Director of Partnerships and Innovations

Major Responsibilities

The President of Medical Education & Research will have direct responsibility for the following:

*Successful execution of the strategic plan:
o Leads the innovation, implementation and evaluation of strategy for curriculum and programs, research/outcomes, and strategic partnerships.

o Strengthens and expands the Functional Medicine evidence base through collaborative research and outcome studies and other methods.

o Creates and oversees the department’s budget, and forecasts the short-, mid-, and long-term needs.

o Oversees and ensures continuing medical education standards are met or exceeded for ACCME and other health professions accreditation criteria.

  • Medical Knowledge, Clinical Skills, Practice Models and Efficiencies

o OverseesIFM’scurriculumincludingmedicaleducation,clinicalskills,and practice implementation; Ensures that IFM’s curriculum is current with the medical and scientific research base and is routinely evaluated.

o Stays abreast of current healthcare policies and regulations that may impact IFM.

o Establishes credibility throughout the FM ecosystem as an effective leader, spokesperson, and facilitator of solutions to challenges experienced by FM practitioners in clinical practice.

  • Research and Evidence
    o In collaboration with the CEO, key advisors and thought leaders, the

President leads IFM’s strategy and research agenda to strengthen the FM evidence base through planning, execution, and collaboration with partners to collect, analyze, and publish Functional Medicine research and outcomes studies.

o Research Projects and Outcomes Studies: set objectives and strategy, methodologies, publications and dissemination plans, evaluation and metrics.

  • Outreach, Strategic Partnerships and Collaborations with Academic Medicine Programs

o Creates opportunities for strategic collaborations and alliances with academic medicine programs and health professions schools;

o Serves as spokesperson for Functional Medicine and for IFM’s educational and clinical model within and outside the organization;

o In collaboration with the CEO and Director of Innovations and Strategic Partnerships, the President identifies, creates and maintains excellent relationships with IFM’s thought leaders, partners, collaborators, faculty, and representatives of the broader healthcare community.

  • Faculty / Education
    o Leads and directs the recruitment, expansion, training, mentoring, and

evaluation of IFM faculty and educators.

Key Characteristics & Success Factors

This role requires knowledge, interest and passion for Functional Medicine and significant experience in medical education, clinical medicine and practice, research and outcomes studies, and emerging trends in health care.

  • Ability to serve as primary spokesperson and authority for the Functional Medicine movement and to credibly represent the brand and core values of IFM;
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate excellent relationships across a diverse landscape of internal and external stakeholders, key opinion leaders, healthcare leaders, government officials and media;
  • Excellent interpersonal and public communication skills, including clear and concise oral and written communication and ability to present to large audiences;
  • Strong leadership and team building skills;
  • Strong mediation and negotiation skills;
  • Ability to influence without direct authority;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex projects and initiatives and the ability to navigate ambiguity;
  • Demonstrated skills in critical thinking and creative problem solving;
  • Excellent relationship management and collaboration skills with the ability to navigate well up, down and across the organization;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage strategic and operational plans;
  • Demonstrated leadership in linking performance management processes to effective realization of operational work plans;
  • Experience with budgeting, planning, organizing, prioritizing and delegating;
  • Desire to and experience with developing talent and supervision.

Professional Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in health sciences field; MD/DO preferred.
  • Desired curriculum and educational program development experience.
  • Related leadership positions in medical education, academic medicine, or health professions organizations.


IFM’s Corporate office is in Seattle, WA. As this position has a national focus, travel will be necessary on a frequent and as-needed basis both domestically and internationally. Candidates must be within a commutable distance or be willing to relocate.