Cejka Names Head of Academic Medicine and Health Search Practice

Cejka Alan D. Johns Head of Academic Medicine Health Search Practice

December 15, 2017 – As the healthcare industry continues its transformation, talent management remains a high priority. The shortage of physicians and other clinicians is one matter.

But healthcare organizations must also fill new and expanding leadership roles to carry out strategic initiatives in response to reform efforts, and whatever changes Congress may deliver.

This has produced a high demand for top-notch leaders in the sector – and executive recruiters who can land them.

Cejka Executive Search, a specialist recruiter serving the healthcare space, recently expanded with the addition of Alan D. Johns as executive vice president, managing principal, to lead the firm’s academic medicine and health sciences search practice.

Mr. Johns brings three decades of experience in higher education/academic health sciences administration, finance, operations, strategic planning, research administration, risk assessment and accountability to Cejka.

In his new role, Mr. Johns will specialize in recruiting executives for all leadership positions within academic health science centers, including schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, public health and allied health professions, as well as health systems, teaching hospitals and research centers/institutes. He will partner with schools of medicine and other academic health science organizations to identify and recruit top leaders within the clinical and basic sciences, as well as their associated scientific research centers and institutes to enhance and grow his clients’ missions of clinical care, education, research, and community engagement. Mr. Johns and his team specialize in providing high-quality, high-touch service in search execution, candidate management and client satisfaction.

Experienced Professional

Most recently, Mr. Johns served as a senior vice president at Tyler & Company. With over 25 years of senior leadership experience in higher education at research-intensive universities including Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Duke University School of Medicine and Cancer Center, Virginia Commonwealth University and Emory University School of Nursing, he has first-hand knowledge and experience working with provosts, deans, chairs, chiefs, research scientists and administrators. His knowledge of the academic, healthcare, executive search, and finance markets will likely prove vital to further developing new marketing strategies and business development plans for Cejka.

Tapping Outside Talent for Life Science and Healthcare
For these top 50 executive recruiters working in the life science and healthcare sectors, the last decade has been one of transformation. Pressure on pricing, regulatory changes, emerging innovations, growth, and an uncertain political environment have all helped shape a new field of play.

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Healthcare Recruiters

Cejka Executive Search has provided recruiting services exclusively to the healthcare industry for more than 35 years. Its client roster includes Georgetown University Hospital, Northwestern Memorial, Levine Cancer Institute, St John Providence Health System, Tenet, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine, Centene Corporation, Cape Fear Valley Health, and Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.

The firm has conducted searches for an array of roles, including chief medical information officer, chief compliance officer, chief of oncology, chief medical officer, chief of pediatrics, chief of neurology, chief nursing officer, CEO, CFO, COO, department chair, chief clinical officer, medical director and chief strategy officer.

Active Healthcare Sector

Healthcare is among the most rapidly growing employment fields, according to analysts at Hunt Scanlon Media, which tracks trends in the executive search and leadership solutions space.

The U.S. healthcare system has undergone its most dramatic reform in over three decades, shifting towards a team-based care model driven by value-based reimbursements and capitated contracts for population health management. “As a result, healthcare organization are undergoing major clinical, operational and technological transformations, causing organizations to re-evaluate the kind of business and clinical leaders they need to successfully deliver care in this new environment,” said John Gramer, president of Cejka. “At the same time, the U.S. is facing increasing demand for healthcare services, thanks to the aging population and surge in the newly insured, and not enough physicians to meet that demand.”

“So, healthcare organizations are looking for expanded skill-sets in one of the most resource-constrained employment markets in decades,” he said. “The result is fierce competition for top healthcare talent, and growing demand for organizational design, succession planning and search services to help define and build the healthcare leadership teams of the future.”

Mr. Gramer characterized today’s healthcare employment market as among the most competitive and complex in decades. “Both healthcare leaders and practicing clinicians have greater career choices than in the past,” he said. “Healthcare reform has created additional opportunities for healthcare leaders to oversee care coordination, utilization management, employee health, and population health.”

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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