Neurosurgeon (Physician)

Department of Veterans Affairs
Tucson, Arizona
Mar 22, 2021
Mar 22, 2022
Full Time
Position Type
The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) is recruiting for full-time neurosurgeons to join our neurosurgery program. The SAVAHCS is the principal teaching affiliate with the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy. Medical students, residents, and fellows rotate at our facility. Elective neurosurgery is offered for patients from Arizona and New Mexico. Therefore, the selected candidate must also be eligible for an appointment with the University of Arizona. The SAVAHCS is a tertiary care facility providing a full range of clinical services including cardiac surgery and neurosurgery. It has been a flagship quality provider within the VA and was a 2012 winner of the prestigious Robert W. Carey Performance Excellence Award.

The selected candidate will be responsible for providing inpatient and outpatient neurosurgical care to adult patients and will coordinate referrals to appropriate community providers and/or facilities. Complex spine and neurovascular expertise preferred. The physician will ensure the provision of care to all neurosurgical patients directly or by consultation. The incumbent participates fully in: quality improvement, quality assurance, and utilization review activities and other medical staff activities as assigned within the Medical Center. The physician will fully comply with appropriate staff education and training. The successful candidate must possess sufficient clinical knowledge and experience to provide competent clinical care and must also have good interpersonal skills to deal harmoniously with staff, patients and family members. The incumbent must be proficient in the use of computerized systems related to patient care. Must equitably share call coverage.

Clinical Contact:Dr. Robert Lindberg (520)792-1450 ext. 6478 or e-mail:

Work Schedule:Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM with on call coverage
Financial Disclosure Report:Not required

Federal Benefits for Full-Time Physicians:
  • 26 days paid vacation per year
  • 13 days sick leave per year
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 15 days military leave per year for active reservists and National Guard
  • Health and Life Insurance (may elect coverage into retirement)
  • Pay for performance up to an amount equal to 7.5% of annual pay up to $15,000
  • Authorized Absence for Continuing Medical Education
  • Liability protection for Federal Employees
  • Retirement - Federal Annuity Plan
  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP-tax deferred savings plan
Travel Required
Not requiredSupervisory status
NoPromotion Potential
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:
1. Experience with academic medical practice in a teaching hospital.
2. Candidates who are board certified or board eligible, as recognized by an approved American specialty board, in neurosurgery.

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:Must be able to physically and mentally perform the duties in a hospital setting under normal and emergent conditions. Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; Straight/pushing pulling up to 6 hours; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; standing/kneeling up to 8 hours per day; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination; near vision correctable; hearing aid permitted. Environmental factors include: Works closely with others and protracted or irregular hours.Education
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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