Capitalization and Usage of Job Titles and Positions
In running text, capitalize job titles only before a person's name, not after the name and not in isolation of the name.*
Put long titles after a name. Keep abbreviations (CEO, VP, etc.) in capitals.
Dean and CEO Robert I. Grossman, MD
Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO
John Smith, MD, professor of pediatrics and director of the Center for Pediatric Cardiology
The hospital has hired a new director of clinical laboratory services.
Job titles should be capitalized only in lists, directories, stationery, event programs, etc. They are also acceptable in job postings, job descriptions, and any legal documents as necessary.
Capitalize endowed professorships. Preface the title with the.
John Brown, MD, the William F. Crowley Professor of Biochemistry
Do not capitalize occupational descriptions.
The patient was given healthy eating tips from nutritionist Sandra Paisley.
Double-check titles for for or of (vice president for..., director of...)
Do not hyphenate titles following vice.
Do hyphenate titles or positions following co.
vice president; vice dean
co-director; co-author; co-chair
chair/chairman: Use chair whether in the generic sense or referring to a specific person.
*This style is consistent with nearly all style guides, including the AMA Manual of Style, The Chicago Manual of Style, The Associated Press Styleguide and The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage, as well as the styles used by most other academic medical centers. See full explanation and FAQ here.