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Physician - Chief of Surgery

Company: US Department of Veteran Affairs
Location: East Orange
Posted on: June 13, 2018

Job Description:

The Chief of Surgery provides administrative, clinical, and programmatic leadership for the Surgical Service to ensure achievement of the clinical, research, and education goals and applicable performance measures. They are responsible for developing a plan for the delivery of health services to patients and assessing that those health care services are consistent with the policies and guidelines of the Veterans Health Administration. Additionally, the Incumbent establishes an environment within the service that promotes optimum patient care. The Chief of Surgery participates in top-level decision making and policy design that impacts on the Service through collaboration with Medical Center administration, other Service Chiefs, and interdepartmental Supervisors. The Chief of Surgery directs health care programs, delegating authority, and responsibility to meet both the medical center and service goals. They are responsible for the fiscal management of the department including budget planning and management. The incumbent reports to the Chief of Staff and serves as a key clinical resource for the Medical Center Director and the Chief of Staff.

The Chief of Surgery is an integral part of the key leadership team of the medical center. The Chief is expected to remain privileged and provide clinical services in his/her specialty field. They ensure practice-based learning and improvement, demonstrates ability to use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care and delivery of Surgical services. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills and behaviors that reflect a commitment to continuous professional development, ethical practice, understanding and sensitivity to diversity, and a responsible attitude toward their patients and profession. The successful candidate demonstrates an understanding of the contexts and systems in which health care is provided as well as the ability to apply that knowledge to improve and optimize health care.Basic Requirements:


  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
  • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
  • Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.


    Requirements for Service Chief - A Service Chief Physician must demonstrate the following:


    • Outstanding professional ability in the practice of medicine or a medical specialty;
    • Ability to guide the development and implementation of programs within their respective domain. These programs would include, but are not limited to medical practice, professional standards, personnel issues, quality and performance improvement.


      Preferred Experience:


      • Management Degree: Such as MBA, MPH, or MHA
      • Specialty: Board Certification in a Surgical Specialty is strongly preferred
      • Research: Research experience with publications in peer-reviewed journals.
      • Academic: The position will require eligibility and appointment as an assistant/associate professor at Rutgers University.
      • Must demonstrate the principles of servant leadership and be transparent, cooperative and collaborative.


        Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

        Physical Requirements: See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. Work is mostly sedentary in nature. Work requires moderate lifting, walking, bending, stooping, standing, pushing, and pulling.None

        To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes (upload C.V. as resume document type):

        • Resume


          The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, etc.


          • Cover Letter
          • DD-214
          • Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
          • Other
          • Resume
          • SF-15
          • SF-50

            Keywords: US Department of Veteran Affairs, East Orange, Physician - Chief of Surgery, Healthcare, East Orange, New Jersey

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