Effect of the experience of surgical chairpersons on departmental National Institutes of Health funding

Thejus T. Jayakrishnan, Danielle E. Green, Michael Hwang, Anthony J. Zacharias, Avishkar Sharma, Fabian M. Johnston, Thomas Clark Gamblin, Kiran K. Turaga

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Abstract

Background: Experience and application of recruitment packages can be critical in leadership efforts of surgical chairpersons in promoting research, although attrition of these efforts can happen over time due to lack of new resources. We aimed to examine the impact of experience of surgical chairpersons on departmental National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. Methods: Experience as a chairperson defined as the number of years spent as an interim or permanent chair was abstracted from the department Web site (US medical schools only). The NIH funding (US dollars) of the departments were obtained from the Blue Ridge Medical Institute (www.brimr.org). The change in NIH funding from the immediate previous financial year (2010-2009 and 2011-2010) was used to classify chairpersons into four groups: group 1 (-/-), group 2 (-/+), group 3 (+/+), and group 4 (+/-) for analysis. Results: Median NIH funding were $1.9 (0.7-6) million, $1.8 (0.6-5) million, and $1.7 (0.7-5) million for 2009, 2010, and 2011, respectively, and the median experience as a surgical chairperson was 6 y (3-10). Recent chairpersons (< 1 y) inherited departments that usually lost NIH funding (62%) and were frequently unable to develop a positive trend for growth over the next fiscal year ([-/-] n = 4 and [+ /-] n = 2, 75%). Chairpersons who held their positions for 4-6 y were most likely to be associated with trends of positive funding growth, whereas chairpersons >10 y were most likely to have lost funding (66%, P = 0.07). Conclusions: Provision of new development dollars later in their tenure and retention of chairpersons might lead to more positive trends in increase in NIH funding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-297
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Surgical Research
Volume192
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Academic medical centers
  • Financial support
  • Medical faculty
  • Medical schools
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
  • Organizational efficiency
  • Physician executives
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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    Jayakrishnan, T. T., Green, D. E., Hwang, M., Zacharias, A. J., Sharma, A., Johnston, F. M., Gamblin, T. C., & Turaga, K. K. (2014). Effect of the experience of surgical chairpersons on departmental National Institutes of Health funding. Journal of Surgical Research, 192(2), 293-297. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2014.07.058