Chief of Hepatology and Liver Transplantation

Baylor Scott & White Health
Dallas, Texas
Closing date
May 4, 2023

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The Opportunity

Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC) and Baylor All Saints Medical Center (BASMC), as part of Baylor Scott and White Health (BSWH), are seeking a transformational, visionary, and collaborative hepatology leader with a strong clinical and academic foundation as the Simmons Transplant Institute Chief of Hepatology and Liver Transplantation.  

With 17 hepatologists on the medical staff at 13 locations across Texas, Baylor Scott & White has one of the most comprehensive and experienced hepatology teams in the nation. The abdominal transplant surgeons at BUMC and BASMC have performed nearly 5000 liver transplants combined, placing us among the busiest liver transplant centers in the nation.  As one of the largest multi-specialty transplant centers in the country, we have a global reputation for innovation and quality care.

We currently have four hepatology practice locations in Texas, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, and Round Rock. As part of our commitment to community care our transplant hepatologists also travel to nine outreach locations across the state to provide premier liver disease diagnosis and treatment.

In addition, the Liver Transplant Research Database System is housed on the campus of Baylor University Medical Center. Established in 1984, it is the longest existing and most comprehensive liver transplant research database in the world.

Summary of the Position

As the leader of Hepatology and Liver Transplantation at Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC) and Baylor All Saints Medical Center (BASMC), the Chief will set a vision through the advancement of clinical programs, research and education. He/she will guide the transformation of care delivery in hepatology and liver transplant on behalf of the patients we serve, simultaneously promoting exemplary outcome performance in nationally recognized domains and under the perpetual goal of Zero Harm.

The Chief will provide direction and leadership across all transplant sites in the Simmons Transplant Institute (STI), ensuring continued focus and recognition on a national and international stage for innovative research and comprehensive care in liver disease.

In this role, the physician leader will cultivate a strong alignment and working relationship with key across multiple sites to ensure an excellent care continuum for patients and their families. The Chief will oversee all aspects of hepatology and liver transplant through close collaboration and delegation with each of the Medical Directors of Liver Transplant at BUMC and BASMC; including the clinical, educational, academic, research, administrative and programmatic aspects. This integration of care includes the planning, direction and evaluation of care delivery systems, including establishing standards, philosophies and objectives that are consistent with Simmons Transplant Institute (STI) goals and objectives. The Chief is also responsible for building community presence, developing regional collaborations, fostering a national reputation and working with the Baylor Scott and White Foundations for philanthropic opportunities.

The successful candidate should be a modern leader with a demonstrated ability to create a vision and effectively inspire, manage, mentor and continually develop a preeminent Hepatology program and Liver Transplant service line. The Chief will be an individual who has a passion to improve and create processes and systems that lead to cutting-edge clinical research and the delivery of high-quality care.

The Chief will report to the VP/COO Transplant/Oncology regarding administrative matters, collaborate with the Chief of Abdominal Transplant, and maintain a close relationship with the President and CMO at BUMC/BAS and other key stakeholders.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

It is expected that all of the major responsibilities outlined below will be carried out in a manner that reflects the mission, vision and values of Baylor Scott & White Health.

  • Develop and oversee the Liver Transplant Program (“Program”) as a department administered program; Represent the Program on issues in transplant hepatology; Provide administrative direction and oversight to the Program’s clinical staff
  • Collaborate with the Medical Director(s) of Liver Transplant BUMC and BASMC on the day-to-day operations of medical aspects of liver transplantation, so that clinical matters conform to the current clinical practice of Liver Consultants of Texas
  • Collaborate and Assist, with Service and Program leaders, with the strategic planning and implementation of plans related to hepatology and liver transplantation
  • Monitor the quality and appropriateness of transplantation and liver disease policies and programs; Formulate interventions and policies for improvement of quality and costs related to liver transplantation and chronic liver diseases
  • Work with the Baylor Scott and White Research Institute and the Baylor Scott and White Foundations to develop funding and grant support for research activities; Prepare periodic reports to the Department and BUMC and BAS administration summarizing such research activities
  • Collaborate with the Baylor Scott and White Foundations on activities to secure and grow philanthropic support
  • Develop and design research programs and protocols in the fields of hepatology and transplantation; Coordinate collaborative research protocols with outside institutions
  • Serve as liaison with other members of the Medical Staff and other services, including the Department, to encourage and assist in involvement in research activities related to liver diseases and transplant
  • Assume a leadership role in the development of a strategic plan for physician recruitment and development for the Hepatology Service and Program
  • Assist BUMC and BASMC in maintaining accreditation by the Joint Commission and other accrediting organizations with respect to liver disease and transplant activities
  • Assist with community education, public relations and marketing efforts regarding the Service and Program
  • Assist and support the development and execution of outreach efforts through a variety of tactical interventions
  • Represent Baylor Simmons Transplant Institute BUMC and BASMC in applicable local, state and national associations
  • Assist in the and development of continuing professional education activities in liver diseases and transplantation offered by the program and by other affiliated hospitals of BSWH

Candidate Qualifications

  • Eligible for licensure in the state of Texas
  • Board certified and practicing in transplant hepatology
  • Leadership experience as a Chair, Chief, Service Line Director or similar position
  • Scholarly activity in an academic environment with a national reputation of excellence in research, education and clinical care, gained within an advanced and highly complex market
  • A proven ability to provide visionary leadership in a complex environment
  • A creative individual with an entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to innovate and ability to inspire/align staff to embrace change
  • Demonstrated interest and understanding of importance of the role of philanthropy in sustaining and funding the research and educational programs
  • A charismatic leader, who demonstrates effective communication, interpersonal and persuasive skills, to be applied toward building relationships
  • A skilled negotiator, who can lead though a high degree of influence
  • High visibility throughout the organization with an approachable, personable, and optimistic demeanor

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