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Chief of Gastroenterology Physician Charleston, SC

Department of Veterans Affairs
Charleston, South Carolina
Closing date
Jul 18, 2024

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Full Time
Position Type
Location: Charleston, SC

Ralph H Johnson VA Health Care System

Located in historic downtown Charleston, SC, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is a tertiary care teaching hospital providing the highest-level quality for more than 75,000 Veterans along the South Carolina and Georgia coast. The Ralph H. Johnson VA is rated is the second fastest growing VA in the U.S. for percentage patient growth. For the past three years, the Charleston VA has been rated a 5-Star medical center for quality & efficiency, the highest possible rating according to VA's Strategic Analytics for Improvement and Learning Value (SAIL) model. The 152-bed hospital includes six outpatient clinics, a 20-bed nursing home, women's health, & the full range of inpatient and outpatient care including Medical and Surgical Intensive Care. The VAMC provides more than 934,000 outpatient visits & approximately 4,300 inpatient stays annually. The VAMC has an annual budget of $525 million & research funding of more than $28 million. For more information, visit offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards.

Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Approved.
Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): This position may be eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. Learn more.
EDRP Authorized: You may be eligible to apply 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

Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases: $330,000-$400,000
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

The Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center (RHJ VAMC) in partnership with our academic affiliate, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), seeks to recruit a Chief of Gastroenterology / Hepatology. The physician chosen will play an integral role in the management, growth, and future direction of the Section of Gastroenterology / Hepatology at our growing 1A VAMC facility. This leader will build on the existing strengths and commitment to service excellence, high quality Veteran care, education, and scholarly endeavors in an environment that underscores a respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Responsibilities will include an administrative leadership role in Gastroenterology / Hepatology, promoting and conducting high-quality patient-centric clinical care, mentoring trainees, mid-level providers, and junior faculty, developing an outstanding educational experience for learners of all levels, and conducting scholarly research and quality improvement. An active procedural area is supervised by the Section. A robust ACGME-accredited fellowship training program in Gastroenterology and Hepatology provides ample teaching opportunities. The RHJ VAMC has strong funded programs in health services research, health care disparities, clinical trials, and basic science. Collaboration with Gastroenterology / Hepatology faculty or other investigators at the RHJ VAMC or MUSC is available. Protected time for clinical or basic research can be supported based on interest, previous work, and funding. The Chief will report to the Medicine Service at the VAMC and will have an academic appointment at MUSC, which may include additional clinical, teaching, research, and administrative responsibilities. The division of time between the two medical centers is negotiable. Applicants must have an MD or equivalent degree and must be ABIM Board eligible / certified in Gastroenterology / Hepatology. Previous leadership and VA experience is a strong plus. The appropriate candidate will have experience and training supporting requirements for an academic appointment at a mid-career or higher level.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or 8:00a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Basic Requirements:

  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Degree of Doctor of Medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
  • Residency Training: Physicians must have completed residency training, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • NOTE: The Under Secretary of Health or designee in the VHA Central Office may approve the appointment under authority of 38 U.S.C. 7405 of a physician graduate of a school of medicine not covered above if the candidate is to be assigned to research, academic, or administrative position with no patient care responsibilities. The appointment will be made only in exceptional circumstances where the candidate's credentials clearly demonstrate high professional attainment or expertise in the specialty area.

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