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Faculty All Ranks - Clinical: Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Professor; Sr Medical Director

Columbia University Medical Center
New York City, New York
Salary Range $400,000 - $450,000 per year + benefits
Closing date
Nov 15, 2023


Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VCPS), ColumbiaDoctors (CD) and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) have developed an exciting Primary Care Program (PCP) based in critical geographies across the New York City metropolitan region.  The operational leader of this PCP is the senior medical director for primary care (SMDPC).  The SMDPC is intended to be a collaborative and transformational leader reaching across Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and NYPH to coordinate strategic objectives related to the PCP.

The Senior Medical Director, Primary Care will report to Dr James McKiernan MD, Chief Executive Officer of ColumbiaDoctors and Senior Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons; and Laureen Hill, MD, MBA, Group Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, New York-Presbyterian-Columbia Division

The SMDPC’s primary responsibility is to lead the existing five ambulatory practices, retain the existing faculty and grow the number of primary care facilities and faculty in the CUIMC/CD system consistent with strategic goals through a combination of acquisitions and building of new practices.  Physician recruitment and retention is a major focus of the position.  The SMDPC will promote PCP with community providers and leaders, donors, and other pertinent external entities.  The SMDPC will mentor, recruit early career faculty and support career development across all faculty in this initiative.

The SMDPC will advocate for balancing the clinical, operational and the strategic mission of the PCP.  The SMDPC will promote improved clinical operations, efficient and effective use of technology, align resources and apply human talent to the evolving institutional strategies.


Summary of Responsibilities:


  • Understands the organizational landscape and can anticipate and articulate critical issues, opportunities, and threats in the foreseeable future.
  • Exhibits an appreciation for the need for preparation, collaboration, planning, communication, and benchmarking of results in his/her approach to problem-solving and program building.
  • Is skilled at and has a track record in physician recruiting, retention, and values the role of leaders in mentoring.
  • Acts with honor and integrity in personal and professional actions.
  • Leads from the understanding that the enterprises of healthcare and academic medicine require system thinking and decision-making that are in the best interest of the institution.
  • Appreciates and understands the value of team building – skilled at getting individuals, teams, and an entire unit to perform at a higher level and to embrace change; negotiates skillfully to achieve a fair outcome or promote a common cause; communicates a compelling vision and is committed to what needs to be done; inspires others; builds motivated, high-performing teams; understands what motivates different people.


  • Participates as a leader in the management of the PCP and demonstrates an understanding of the issues involved.
  • Skilled at managing overall provider performance in alignment with productivity, quality, and patient experience standards.
  • Skilled at organizing and managing human resources, including resolving conflict.
  • Able to delegate effectively while maintaining focus on strategy and overall goals of the department.
  • Able to manage a complex organization with success measured in well-defined metrics.
  • Understands nuances of administration of educational and research activities.
  • Passionately advocates for compliance with institutional and external regulations.

 Mission Performance

  • Enthusiastically advocates for CUIMC and NYPH multiple missions and their commitments to gender equity and diversity.
  • Demonstrates an appropriate understanding of and enthusiasm for each of the missions of an academic medical center.
  • Works with leadership of CUIMC and NYPH to ensure excellent and appropriate care at all clinical and hospital sites.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the teaching mission through didactic activity, participation in curriculum oversight and planning, or developing innovative approaches to education and training.
  • Understands, advocates, and supports CUIMC’s broad research mission – basic, clinical, translational – and is committed to its growth.

External Activities

  • Works effectively with the leadership of NYPH, CUIMC, and other mission-critical institutions as appropriate.
  • Serves as the leader in guiding the PCP faculty in service to patients and their clinical partnership with faculty of other divisions and departments.  Exhibits the ability to build productive relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity to the culture, needs, and aspirations of the communities served.

Key Responsibilities

  • Expanding the team of primary care physicians and support staff to serve the metropolitan area.
  • Developing strategy for primary care expansion in collaboration with existing NYPH primary care practices.
  • Working with the CU Nursing School and College of Dental Medicine to build contemporary and collaborative models.
  • Establishing external presence and growing the “brand” of the Columbia PCP within the region, with payers, and employers.
  • Working with ACO, IPA, and managed care contracting group to develop a cohesive strategy to thrive in “value-based” payment systems.
  • Maintaining a primary care practice of 10-20 hours a week as part of the PCP.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MD or DO degree.
  • Board certification in pediatrics, family medicine, and/or internal medicine.
  • Medical licensure in the State of New York.
  • A minimum of 5 years practicing medicine in a primary care specialty and 2 years of direct primary care program management experience.
  • Strong financial management, budgeting, reporting, and analytical skills required.Experience with electronic health records required; familiarity with Epic including Reporting Workbench highly preferred.
  • Sophisticated knowledge of health care funding, value-based contracting, and population health management.
  • Assures the highest standards of healthcare delivery and outcomes while ensuring a constant patient focus.
  • Exhibits a style that fosters and supports change and innovation, with an ability to delegate yet maintain overall control and to set high standards.
  • Exhibits self-awareness, humility, and empathy in his/her interactions with others.
  • Demonstrates the courage to act on convictions after adequate communication and gathering of facts and input.
  • Exhibits optimism and a high energy level with an orientation towards innovation and action.
  • Exhibits values and behavior of a good citizen in his/her actions within the organization at large.
  • Demands trust, transparency, and optimism by his/her actions.
  • Communicates naturally, frequently, and effectively through written and verbal communications across a variety of stakeholders and target audiences from senior hospital leadership and administration to clinical support staff embedded within the clinical practices.
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity and a commitment to diversity.

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