Chief of Interventional Radiology Opportunity in Denver, Colorado

Denver, CO
Aug 23, 2019
Sep 22, 2019
Full Time
Position Type

Denver Health, the premier Level I trauma center for the city of Denver and the entire Rocky Mountain region, in collaboration with the University of Colorado, is seeking a Chief of Interventional Radiology. We are seeking a skilled, visionary, and impactful interventional radiologist to define and execute a vision for a world class IR service. Responsibilities include growing an efficient, productive, cutting-edge clinical service; nurturing a robust and growing educational program for students, residents, and fellows; and spearheading a research portfolio for the section including clinical, health care delivery, and /or basic science research. 

The organization

Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, academic health care system that is considered a model for the nation. Denver Health’s Level 1 Trauma Center, in particular, is one of the world’s leading trauma centers and has amongst the highest survival rates in the country. The trauma center sees 18,000 patients annually, 2700 of whom are admitted, and many of whom arrive as transfers from any one of 60 regional hospitals. The trauma service is extraordinarily academically productive with millions in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and United States Department of Defense (DoD). The seminal text “Trauma” was authored by Denver Health faculty.

As Colorado’s primary safety net institution, Denver Health provides the full spectrum of medical services from primary to oncologic care. Serving one third of the city of Denver, as well as patients from outside Denver, Denver Health provides primary care services via a citywide network of community health centers, school-based health clinics, and is now in the middle of building a 6-story 293,000 square foot outpatient medical center. Inpatient services are housed in multiple campus buildings with 555 pediatric, adult, and OB/GYN beds. Denver Health is committed to serving all patients, regardless of the ability to pay.

Denver Health is affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. All faculty at Denver Health have University appointments, and some also deliver care at the University campus as well. Faculty have access to the academic and cultural resources of Denver Health and the University.

Position Summary

The Chief of Interventional Radiology will be a nationally known leader in the field of interventional radiology, one capable of vision setting and execution. She or he will have a personal reputation for excellent in clinical care, teaching, mentoring, and scholarship. As Chief of IR, this leader will execute on the three essential missions of this academic, mission-driven department:

Clinically, the Chief will ensure the service is productive, efficient, cutting-edge, and collaborative. We aim for continuous service improvements, patient satisfaction, and a strong reputation for meeting the patients’ and the institution’s needs. The Chief will collaborate with executive leadership, department heads, and division leads to develop new services, build referrals, and innovate. As a premiere Level I Trauma center, the Chief will ensure a strong IR presence in the full spectrum of care for trauma patients. A superb working relationship with trauma surgery, other surgical subfields, and emergency medicine is expected. The Chief will set the vision for building the more clinical aspects of the service including an interventional radiology clinic, an IR consulting service, and rounding and/or admitting service, depending on needs identified.

Educationally, the Chief will define goals for developing a world class educational environment. The department aims to have robust programs for University of Colorado medical students, including shadowing programs, junior and senior student rotations, and participation in longitudinal integrated clerkships. Denver Health is already one of the most highly-rated sites for student and trainee education, and Interventional Radiology should be no exception. University of Colorado Radiology residents rotate through the Denver Health interventional radiology service, and we would eagerly support expanding the rotational offerings and number of trainees. Interventional radiology fellows rotate to Denver Health and there are opportunities to expand here as well. Developing a large and robust educational program that is a model for IR nationally is the goal, ideally one that attracts visiting students/trainees due to its national reputation.

In the research realm, the opportunities for the IR section abound. As a national leader in trauma care, there are ample opportunities to publish and speak on the innovative programs and procedures occurring at Denver Health. Collaboration with the highly productive trauma group is an immense opportunity. Denver Health and the University Colorado are also able to provide basic science research resources for physicians interested. The Chief is expected to be academically productive with a focus on educational, operational, clinical research, or basic science scholarship (depending on the candidate’s interest or background). The Chief is also expected develop and support her or his team in their scholarly endeavors and help set the scholarly vision for the section. Enlisting students and residents in academic endeavors is highly encouraged.

Overall, the Chief must have the ability to engage and inspire others, including physician colleagues, department staff, and others throughout the institution.

Reporting Structure

The Chief will report directly to the Director of Service of Denver Health’s Radiology Department. The Department benefits from extensive administrative support, including the interventional radiology service. The lead IR technologist and the radiology nursing supervisor will have dotted line reporting to the Chief. All radiology and interventional radiology support staff report within the Department, not to an external hierarchy, so there is alignment of the staff and faculty towards the goals of the Department.

The Chief will participate in the hiring and ongoing evaluation of all interventional radiologists and IR support staff.


Candidate Qualifications: 

Education/Academic Credentials

  • M.D., D.O. or foreign equivalent medical degree; board certification in Radiology; fellowship training and certification/certification eligibility in Interventional Radiology; eligibility for licensure in Colorado
  • Academic credentials ideally qualified to be appointed to the rank of Associate Professor or Professor of Radiology; have a demonstrated local and national reputation of excellence in scholarship, teaching/mentoring, and clinical care.


  • Demonstrated success within an academically oriented radiology department.
  • A track record of delivering strong results in mission-driven organizations, including demonstrated ability to grow clinical volumes, meet budgets, measure and improve outcomes, and optimize throughput and clinical efficiency
  • A history of academic excellence in education and scholarly work.
  • Participation in national societies and organizations, preferably with service commitments and experience in local, national, or international speaking/teaching
  • Experience mentoring others, including junior faculty, trainees, and students

Position Details, Salary, and Benefits 

Interventional radiology salaries are highly competitive, and the Chief will also receive an administrative stipend.

Denver Health offers full benefits, including an attractive 401(a) Social Security replacement savings program, a 457(b) retirement savings program, and employer matching contributions. Full details are available online and from human resources.

The Chief will be supported with administrative (non-clinical) time, as well as academic non-clinical time commensurate with scholarly experience and qualifications.

Dedicated academic funds cover licensing fees, Board MOC fees, conference attendance, and other academic needs.

Procedure for Candidacy

Nominations of others, expressions of initial interest, or questions can be submitted to the Director of Service for the Radiology Department and the Manager of Provider Recruitment. All discussions about this search will be handled in strict confidence.

David M. Naeger, MD

Director of Radiology, Denver Health

Professor and Vice Chair

University of Colorado SOM Department of Radiology


Aaron Ortiz

Manager, Provider Recruitment


Interviews will proceed over the fall and winter of 2019 with an intended start date in early 2020, or at the candidate’s convenience.

References will be checked before selecting a final candidate, though reference checking occurs later in the process and will proceed after discussing with the candidates first.

Denver Health values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.