Chair Division Palliative Care - Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
Lahey Hospital Medical Center (LHMC) is seeking an innovative physician leader to be the inaugural Chair of the newly forming Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. This is a unique opportunity to expand the current Section of Palliative Medicine into an academic Division that develops both disciplines of geriatric and palliative medicine across clinical care, education and research.
The section of palliative medicine, founded over 15 years ago has a long tradition of providing interdisciplinary palliative care throughout the medical center, with a team including nurse practitioners, clinical pharmacists and six physicians from diverse specialties of internal medicine, anesthesiology, and surgery. Currently the team sees over 1000 inpatient consults a year with referrals from oncology, neurology, critical care units, our emergency department and surgical services.
Outpatient palliative care is provided in a variety of settings including their own clinic, and collaborative models embedded into oncology, heart failure, and Lahey Health at Home. The service is an important teaching rotation for Tufts medical students, advance practice students, as well as the Lahey internal medicine residency program, with plans to create a Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship as the division grows The research program is focused on end of life communication, education and models of palliative care in geriatric surgery and trauma, and is supported by a surgical palliative care research fellow.
LHMC is a non-profit academic medical center in Burlington, MA and part of the newly formed Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH) system, an integrated health system in eastern Massachusetts. World renowned for its high quality patient centric care, and its multidisciplinary clinic model of care, it is a major academic partner of Tufts University School of Medicine, with 28 residency and fellowship training programs including an internal medicine residency. Home to the Lahey Comparative Effectiveness Research Institute it has an extensive clinical trial research division with strengths in community based research in cancer, cardiology, and neurology trials. Lahey is also a member of the Tufts University NIH funded Clinical Translational Science Institute Integrated Network.
The successful candidate will have the collaborative leadership skills to develop and implement a strategic vision, building on the existing strengths of palliative care and our large geriatric patient base, to create a leading academic division in palliative medicine and geriatrics. They will be expected to recruit, retain and mentor an interdisciplinary team of physicians and nurse practitioners in geriatrics, and palliative medicine to expand innovative collaborative models of care across the system including home based palliative care, geriatric and palliative care outpatient clinics and expanded inpatient consultation capacity at LHMC and its sister hospitals within our system. They should have the expertise to initiate and sustain an ACGME approved fellowship in HPM, and develop a research program within the division.
Particular opportunities exist to collaborate across disciplines to build programs in survivorship and supportive care in geriatrics, critical care, surgery, emergency medicine, neurology and oncology.
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