Chief of Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders Center

Department of Veterans Affairs
Memphis, Tennessee
Jan 12, 2021
Jan 12, 2022
Full Time
Position Type
Duties include but are not limited to:

- The SCI/D site in Memphis, Tennessee is 1 of 25 National Hubs, serving 7 spoke sites, and caring for patients with Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, and ALS.
- The spokes associated with the catchment area are located in the following VA Medical Centers: (Birmingham, AL, Tuscaloosa, AL, Nashville/Murfreesboro, TN, Fayetteville, AR, Jackson, MS, Little Rock, AR, Muskogee, OK)
- Ensures clinical care is delivered in accordance with hospital and VHA policy, meeting or exceeding community standards and VHA national benchmarks
- Having primary responsibility for supervising other LIP's and staff in the Service, and for ensuring that staff are performing to the highest standards of clinical care excellence, time, efficiency, professional and ethical behavior
- Ensures care of patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings are smooth, patient centric and safe. This includes, but is not limited to, collaboration and good communication with the Emergency Department, Subspecialty Services and/or Clinics admitting patients to the hospital and transitions to outpatient care
- Supervises all operational aspects of the Service, including establishment of the highest clinical care standards, operations, and quality
- Develops strong, collegial working relationships with other Service and Section Chiefs within the medical center (both clinical and administrative)
- Oversees the development and implementation of systems redesigns projects and quality improvements programs within the Service
- Champions initiatives designed to improve overall quality using evidence-based medicine and peer review
- Responsible for all Service Chief responsibilities as stated in the most current Medical Staff By-Laws of VAMC Memphis
- Recommending appointment and clinical privileges for each member of the division and others requesting privileges within the division as well as assuring that individuals with privileges competently provide services
- Serving on facility, VISN, and National Committees and workgroups as appropriate.
- Developing and implementing policy and procedure; oversight of administrative and programmatic resources
- Monitoring and ensuring that SCI Service compliance with agency regulations, medical staff bylaws, facility policy and other regulation
- Overseeing professional and administrative activities within the assigned division including selection, orientation and continuing education of staff in collaboration with other Physician leaders.

Recruitment / Relocation incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate.
Work Schedule:Monday - Friday (8:00am - 4:30pm)
Financial Disclosure Report:Not requiredTravel Required
Not requiredSupervisory status
YesPromotion Potential
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Conditions of Employment
* U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
* Designated and/or random drug testing required
* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
* You may be required to serve a probationary period
* Subject to a background/security investigation
* Must be proficient in written and spoken English
* Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
* Must pass pre-employment physical examination
Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

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.
Preferred Experience:A fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine is highly preferred. However applicants withequivalent training and/or experience, board certified or board eligible in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, and Urology may be considered. The individual should be amenable to wound management and management of both acute and chronic medical conditions.

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.Education
EDRP Position Information:This position may be eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program within VHA. You must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA Policy and apply for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount and program start date is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services Office.

Note:Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:


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