Medical Physicist Opportunity in Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado
Aug 26, 2019
Sep 25, 2019
Full Time
Position Type

Denver Health, a nationally recognized Level I trauma center for the city of Denver and the entire Rocky Mountain region, is seeking a full-time medical physicist. This individual will be a highly skilled medical physicist who will be principally responsible for the inspection, testing, and maintenance of medical imaging equipment throughout the Denver Health enterprise. This person will play a central role in developing, planning, and implementing ongoing radiation safety training programs for Denver Health’s employee workforce. Denver Health’s medical physicist will also serve as chairperson for the institution’s Radiation Safety Committee. As chairperson, this individual will spearhead development of institution-wide policies and standards of practice for radiation management.

The Organization

Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, academic healthcare 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 one of the highest survival rates in the country. This trauma center sees 18,000 patients annually, 2,700 of whom are admitted, and many of whom arrive as transfers from any one of 60 regional hospitals. Denver Health’s trauma service line is academically productive with extensive grant support 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 has a comprehensive and diverse array of inpatient, outpatient, community, academic, and public health services, allowing this health system to serve over one third of all Denver residents as well as patients from outside Denver. Denver Health provides primary care services through a citywide network of community health centers, school-based health clinics, and is now in the process of building a 6-story 293,000 square foot outpatient medical center. Inpatient services are housed in multiple campus venues 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 academic appointments, and some also deliver care at the University’s campus as well. Faculty have access to the academic and cultural resources of Denver Health and the University.

Position Summary

Under minimal supervision, Denver Health’s medical physicist will be responsible for ensuring that the institution meets state and federal requirements germane to the inspection, testing, (to include acceptance testing), and maintenance of medical imaging equipment throughout the Denver Health enterprise. Duties of this person will include, but are limited to, the following: conducting periodic medical physics evaluations on a broad range of imaging units in adherence to state and federal regulations; participating in surveys by various accrediting bodies to include Joint Commission and the American College of Radiology; performing quality control tasks on imaging equipment to ensure that correct and consistent results/outputs are achieved; overseeing Denver Health’s dosimetry program; and working closely with Denver Health’s provider and patient community to educate these groups on radiation safety. The medical physicist shall also serve as the chairperson of Denver Health’s Radiation Safety Committee, and will enforce all regulations as communicated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).

Reporting Structure

The medical physicist will report directly to the Director of Service of Denver Health’s Radiology Department.

Candidate Qualifications: 

Education:  Master’s degree in medical physics minimum, Ph.D. in medical physics is highly preferred.

Experience:  Preferred five years of progressive experience as a diagnostic and nuclear medical physicist in an acute care medical facility preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:  A strong knowledge of medical physics and how this science is applied to a broad spectrum of imaging modalities. Excellent oral and written communication skills that lead to the effective transfer of knowledge to both healthcare professionals and laypersons. Demonstrated competencies in problem-solving techniques, analytics, and strategic thinking. Working knowledge of computers, electronic medical records, and radiology information systems. Fluency in the guidelines and requirements of various accrediting bodies.

Certificate/License/Registration:  Certified in diagnostic and nuclear medical physics by the American Board of Radiology.  CDPHE approved Registered Medical Physicist (RMP).   All Certifications and Licenses required for this job must be kept current as a condition of continued employment.

Position Details, Salary, and Benefits

The salary of the medical physicist will be highly competitive for the marketplace.

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.

Application Process

Expressions of initial interest or questions can be submitted to the Director of Service of Denver Health’s Radiology Department and 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       


References will be checked before selecting a final candidate, though contacting references will only occur after discussion with the candidate(s). The initial application and initial discussions will remain confidential.

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.

All job applicants for safety-sensitive positions must pass a pre-employment drug test, once a conditional offer of employment has been made.