Section Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

VA Portland Health Care System
Portland, Oregon
Closing date
Nov 17, 2023

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Pulmonary Disease
Full Time
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              The qualified applicant will have demonstrated accomplishment in leadership and excellence in education. A record of academic scholarship with productivity in research as documented by publications in peer reviewed journals and independent grant funding is preferred. VA Portland’s affiliation with OHSU offers substantial research opportunities in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, and protected time for academic work is available for qualified faculty.

Responsibilities of the position include leadership and management of the clinical, research and administrative activities of the Section, the education and training of residents, fellows, and medical students, and caring for patients in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings.  The Section Chief will serve as a mentor to faculty and trainees, and should intend to develop patient care capabilities, educational opportunities in collaboration with OHSU, and scholarly pursuits within the Section. 

              The successful applicant for Section Chief will report to the Clinical Director, Division of Hospital and Specialty Medicine at Portland VA, and will have an academic appointment at OHSU commensurate with their experience and accomplishments.

Applicants must be US citizens, have an MD or equivalent degree, and be Board certified in Pulmonary or Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

              VHA provides patient-centered care, delivered by collaborative teams in an environment that supports learning and continuous improvement. We are looking for physicians who contribute to such an environment and who possess integrity, kindness and a strong work ethic, who are empathetic and enjoy working within a team-oriented system. VA Portland values diversity, equity, and inclusion, and seeks a candidate who shares our goal of fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace.

              For additional information or to express interest in the position, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Christopher Slatore at  


About VA Portland Health Care System

              VA Portland is a Level 1a, state-of-the-art facility situated next to the OHSU campus overlooking the city of Portland OR. It is home to one of VHA’s highest complexity hospitals, providing care to Oregon’s Veterans while serving as a referral center for Veterans across the Pacific Northwest. VA Portland benefits from its close and long-standing academic affiliation with OHSU. Research and educational collaborations between the two institutions are facilitated by a walkable 210 m climate-controlled skybridge connecting the campuses.

              VA Portland’s Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Section has seventeen full- and part-time faculty, including one medical and six pulmonary intensivists, four pulmonologists, two interventional pulmonologists, and seven sleep physicians from five specialties. In addition to clinical duties, many have significant leadership roles in research, educational and/or administrative activities at the local, regional, and national levels. Six faculty are physician-scientists whose research is funded by the NIH, VA R&D and other organizations.

              VA Portland currently has over 150 investigators, more than 600 active research protocols, and 700 research employees.  In fiscal year 2021, VA Portland scientists successfully competed for over $42M in research grants from the VA, NIH, DOD, and other sources.  Of 107 VA stations actively conducting research, VA Portland ranks 6th nationally in total research funding.

              OHSU medical students as well as ~700 interns, residents and fellows from 12 specialty and 41 subspecialty training programs rotate through VA Portland’s clinics and inpatient wards, including ACGME-accredited fellowship training programs in Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine. We have T32 and VA HSR&D post-doctoral fellowship programs to foster development of early career scientists. Similarly, OHSU has multiple programs (e.g., a K12) to help faculty establish their scientific careers.

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