Chief of the Division of Digestive and Liver Health

Employer
Denver Health Medical Center
Location
Denver, Colorado
Closing date
Nov 23, 2023

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Specialty
Gastroenterology
Hours
Full Time
Position Type
Permanent
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The Opportunity

Denver Health, in collaboration with the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, is seeking a clinically skilled and experienced leader, educator, manager, and communicator for the position of Chief of the Division of Digestive and Liver Health to be based at Denver Health Medical Center. The Chief will have oversight of all care delivered by the Division of Digestive and Liver Health at Denver Health and will provide overall leadership within the Division.  The Chief will be responsible for strategic planning, clinical services, professional performance, business performance and medical education for the department. 

Denver Health is uniquely positioned as an integrated healthcare system, recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its passion and commitment in providing exceptional care to the communities it serves.  Denver Health is considered a national model of an integrated urban safety net health care system which includes inpatient care, emergency services, community and school-based health centers, correctional care, addictions treatment, public health and an insurance plan. 

Denver Health is affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, (UC-SOM) and Denver Health physician faculty have full-time academic appointments at UC-SOM.  The Chief has primary responsibility for all aspects of the scholarly and educational programs based at Denver Health and will foster collaboration, innovation and excellence in meeting our joint missions.

The Chief will be an individual who has a passion for providing outstanding care to the underserved, a desire to improve systems and processes to maximize efficiency, the leadership skills to engage staff at all levels and an enduring commitment to training the next generation of physicians.

Position Summary

The Chief for Digestive and Liver Health will be a mid-career to senior faculty member preferably qualified to be appointed to the rank of Associate Professor or Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  He/she should have a demonstrated reputation of excellence in clinical care, teaching, collegiality, mentoring and scholarship.

The Chief will have oversight of all care delivered in the Division of Digestive and Liver Health at Denver Health, including active programs in Hepatology and viral hepatitis, digestive health and inflammatory bowel disease, hepatobiliary and pancreatic disorders and robust endoscopy/colonoscopy capabilities including advanced endoscopic treatments. The Chief will provide overall strategic leadership of staff, partner with the Administrative Director, Operations Manager and all support staff who serve patients through the Division of Digestive and Liver Health, including contracted service providers.  He/she will have responsibility for strategic planning, clinical services, professional performance, business performance, regulatory compliance, medical education, physician practice and departmental culture.  Advancing a culture of excellence in Gastroenterology and related services, the Chief will be dedicated to performance expectations that provide the highest quality patient care and consistency in clinical care standards, driven by patient safety requirements and clinical outcomes monitoring.

Gastroenterology Scope of Practice

Denver Health delivers care to a diverse patient population.  Denver Health provides healthcare services to over 210,000 unique patients, 60% of which are from diverse and varied backgrounds.   The patients served by the GI Division speak over 23 different languages, most commonly Spanish.   Denver Health provides care for a large refugee population and is a center of excellence for the LGBTQ+ population.  

The Division of Digestive and Liver Health delivers an integrated service model and offers seamless transitions between the outpatient sites and the hospital.  Denver Health provides ~4,000 visits per year done at three clinic sites.  The outpatient provider team is comprised of Gastroenterologists/Hepatologists Physicians and Physicians Assistants, who work collaboratively to deliver the appropriate care for each patient. Physicians in the Division of Digestive and Liver Health are available for consultation and continuing care for all common and complex digestive and liver disorders as well as a broad spectrum of preventative, consultative, diagnostic and interventional endoscopic services. 

The Digestive and Liver Health Service performs 4,500 procedures annually, including colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, and flexible sigmoidoscopies.  The Division also provides diagnostics and interventional procedures such as vibration controlled transient elastography, capsule endoscopy as well as advanced biliary and pancreatic endoscopy.

Denver Health is formally affiliated with the University of Colorado, School of Medicine where all faculty have full-time academic appointments.  Denver Health is an essential teaching site for the School of Medicine.  Among the 15 GI fellows, approximately 1/3 of their clinical work is at Denver Health.  The Department serves additional learners – family medicine residents, emergency medicine residents, medical students, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students.

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