Vascular Surgery Chief - Albany

Department of Veterans Affairs
Albany, New York
Closing date
Nov 10, 2023

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Surgery, Surgery, Vascular
Full Time
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This position is in the Vascular Surgery Service, Albany Stratton VA Medical Center, Albany, New York and supports the Network 2 Mission to care for our Veterans with compassion and excellence. The successful candidate for this important leadership position is responsible for overseeing a group of Vascular surgeons who provide a broad range of interventions to Veterans with complex disease and comorbidities, within a patient centric model.

This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more.

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Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases
Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME)
Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA
Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)
Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory
CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement (must be full-time with board certification)
Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided
Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting

Specific Duties and Responsibilities of the Section Chief Vascular Surgery:

  • The Vascular Surgery Chief is charged with delivering the best possible care to our Veterans. This care must be delivered in accordance with hospital policy, meeting or exceeding community standards and VHA national benchmarks.
  • S/he supervises all operational aspects of the Section Vascular Surgery, including establishment of the highest clinical care standards, operations, and quality.
  • Develops strong, collegial working relationships with other leaders within the medical center (both clinical and administrative), and with other section heads within the Department of Surgery and other service Chiefs/section heads.
  • The Vascular Surgery Chief will champion initiatives designed to improve overall quality using evidence-based medicine and peer review.
  • The Vascular Surgery Chief will have primary responsibility for supervising other Vascular surgeons in the Section, and to ensure that they are performing to the highest standards of clinical care excellence, time efficiency, professional and ethical behavior.
  • He/she is expected to actively participate in clinical review process such as tort claims, peer reviews, management reviews and administrative activities, as directed by the Chief of Surgery and/or Chief of Staff.
  • S/he will be actively involved as a leader in the organization's continued accreditation readiness activities.
  • The Vascular Surgery Chief ensures that on-call physician coverage to meet patient care responsibilities is in place 24/7 and is expected to organize and/or oversee on-call schedules.
  • The Vascular Surgery Chief is expected to maintain current medical knowledge and technical skills and provides both leadership and documentation that all Vascular surgeons within the section are competent with respect to current privileging within the Section of Vascular Surgery. He/she is expected to maintain excellent diagnostic, judgmental, and therapeutic acumen in the care of veterans receiving vascular interventions.
  • Overseeing and organizing medical education for residents and medical students is an integral part of the work of the Vascular Surgery Chief. S/he is responsible for overseeing the execution of a high-quality curriculum for trainees that meet the requirements as set forth by the Medical Residency Program Director, in collaboration with the Chiefs of Surgery, Primary Care, and Medicine. S/he will be responsible for patient care and trainee supervision, education and evaluation in that setting.
  • The Vascular Surgery Chief exercises corporate citizenship and leads by example within the Section of Vascular Surgery to set a high standard of responsiveness, collegial professional interaction, and the core tenets of mutual respect in all professional encounters.
  • The Vascular Surgery Chief will ensure that s/he and the members of the Section comply with all VA clinical, administrative, and quality requirements as set forth by the medical center bylaws and by the Vascular Surgery Chief and/or Chief of Staff.
  • The Vascular Surgery Chief is required to develop a clinically meaningful quality improvement program that addresses the prompt evaluation of all Veterans requiring clinical evaluation or hospital admission or operative care. Works closely with the Chief of Surgery and other administrative leaders to address operating suite utilization and can quantify demonstrable process improvement in at least one prospective quality improvement initiative annually.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm


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