Senior Medical Director, Clinical Development

  • Location:Cambridge, MA
  • Department:Clinical
  • Type:Full Time
  • Min. Experience:Executive

Surface Oncology is seeking a talented, independent, and motivated clinician to help build their clinical development group.  You will join a small but growing clinical development group contributing to the medical function, including designing, implementing, and communicating global clinical development plans for our immuno-oncology programs. You will serve as an internal and external clinical leader, including interactions with key academic advisors, principal investigators, patient groups, regulatory authorities, academic and industry collaborators as well as Surface’s senior management and Board of Directors.

This role includes being a thought partner with other physicians within the clinical group and the SVP of Clinical Development for innovative oncology development strategies, as well as a collaborator with preclinical and translational researchers focused on development of novel immuno-oncology therapeutic agents. This position also offers the opportunity to take on a leadership role in a rapidly growing organization.



  • Provide oncology drug development expertise to a rapidly expanding oncology portfolio, all developed and discovered within Surface.
  • Provide sound clinical development guidance to key stakeholders across Surface.
  • Ensure that scientific rigor and innovation continues to be integrated into and drives Surface’s oncology development strategies.
  • Excellent scientific standing among peers and the ability to address issues with a very high level of scientific rigor and creative solutions.
  • Adeptly translate oncology development program strategies into clinical study concepts that can be executed without compromising the scientific rigor of the study.
  • Assist in driving the timely execution of multiple assets and studies within the oncology portfolio.
  • Ensure excellence in both strategy and execution by partnering closely with clinical operations, biostatistics, data management, program management, and research colleagues.
  • Work closely with regulatory leaders to support regulatory submissions and develop regulatory strategies.
  • Responsible for the clinical content of clinical and regulatory documents, including protocols, INDs, CTAs, investigator brochures, CRF’s, annual IND reports, CSR’s, ISS’s, ISE’s, and clinical expert reports.
  • Serve as Medical Monitor and the Sponsor’s medical representative to multiple vendors and collaborators: CROs, PIs, core laboratories and other organizations involved in the implementation of clinical trials.
  • Responsible for analysis of clinical data, including safety monitoring in collaboration with PV.
  • Develop and maintain relationships and serve as medical liaison with key opinion leaders and PIs.
  • Organize and present at relevant clinical advisory boards, DMC’s and medical/scientific meetings.
  • May be expected to represent Surface at joint development committee as well as with global regulatory agencies(s)
  • Demonstrated capability to lead cross-functional teams.
  • Able to provide leadership and mentor more junior members of the clinical development team.
  • Able to present Surface programs to external parties and contribute as needed to business development efforts.


  • M.D. or D.O. degree and experience managing oncology trials required; board certification/eligibility in oncology is strongly preferred.
  • Hands-on oncology or I/O drug development experience within industry oncology in pharmaceutical and/or biotech company setting either for small molecules or large molecules
  • Proven clinical development strategist with hands-on experience with designing, implementing, and conducting clinical trials.
  • Knowledge of carrying out oncology clinical trials, including knowledge of current treatment landscapes.
  • Strategic leadership and tactical skills, excellent initiative, and judgment, and demonstrated ability to positively represent the goals of Surface.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with both internal colleagues and external contacts, including key thought leaders, and investigators.
  • Proven track record of strong collaboration skills and the ability to partner with others to implement innovative oncology development strategies
  • Ability to communicate and work independently with scientific/technical personnel with excellent oral presentation skills.
  • Ability to think critically and demonstrated troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced small company environment with minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities.


  • M.D. or D.O. with expertise in Oncology or other related area, with at least 5 years’ experience working in the biotech and/or pharmaceutical industry; MD/PhD is a plus