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Chair, Department of Psychiatry Staten Island University Hospital

Northwell Health Physician Partners
Garden City, New York
Closing date
May 14, 2025

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Full Time
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Northwell Health s Behavioral Health Service Line and Department of Psychiatry is seeking a full-time, board-certified Psychiatrist to Chair the Department of Psychiatry at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH). We are seeking applicants with outstanding clinical and administrative skills who have a passion for leading and developing an academic behavioral health center of excellence.

The Chair will be responsible for oversight of Hospital and Ambulatory Services at SIUH. The Chair will work collaboratively with Hospital and Health System leaders to develop and execute the department s strategy to advance our clinical and academic missions. Responsibilities include clinician recruitment, education, supervision, strategic development, quality and process improvement initiatives.

As a leader, you will work to develop and expand comprehensive mental health services on Staten Island. As an innovator, you will identify and develop new clinical programs consistent with national best practices and care models, patient and community need and financial feasibility. The Chair will ensure continued strong relationships with the community and work collaboratively with community-based organizations (CBO), local government and other entities, on program development.

As an educator and mentor, you will support faculty career development and scholarship and create a culture and learning environment that supports the education programs. In addition, you will work with the Program Director to help the residency training program to set and achieve near- and long term goals.

Behavioral Health at Northwell Health
Psychiatry at Northwell

Northwell s Department of Psychiatry aims to improve the behavioral health of the patients and communities we serve by providing a full continuum of high-quality, comprehensive mental health and SUD services. The Department operates 550 inpatient beds, including 74 SUD beds across 7 hospitals, consult services in each of the 23 hospitals and emergency departments, a robust telepsychiatry program, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs, and a full range of outpatient services for all ages and disorders.

To improve access and facilitate earlier diagnosis and treatment, the Department prioritizes integrating behavioral health into settings where people routinely engage such as primary care (adult, pediatric and OB-GYN) and schools. The Department has embedded collaborative care behavioral health specialists in 100 primary care practices and has co-located behavioral health in medical specialty settings such as oncology, transplant surgery, and obstetrics. The Department engages with K-12th grade students and their families and teachers through our school mental health programs. The Behavioral Health College Partnership collaborates with over 100 higher ed institutions in the greater New York region to provide crisis, inpatient, and follow-up outpatient care.

The Department trains the next generation of outstanding clinicians and leaders through 3 psychiatry residency programs (Zucker Hillside Hospital, Staten Island University Hospital, and Mather Hospital). These residency programs provide a remarkable setting and flexible, state-of-the-art curricula that help residents discover their calling and launch their careers as outstanding psychiatrists and emerging leaders. The Department also oversees fellowship programs in geriatric, addiction, child and adolescent, and consult-liaison psychiatry as well as psychology, social work, nursing, and NP training programs.

Candidate Qualifications
The successful candidate will ideally possess the following qualifications and experience:

Education and Experience
  • M.D. or D.O. Degree, or equivalent, from an accredited institution (ACGME or foreign program that is
  • similarly appropriately accredited)
  • Completion of a Residency in Psychiatry with Board Certification
  • Minimum of five (5) years of clinical practice in psychiatric medicine and previous leadership experience
  • Must be licensed as a physician in the State of New York
  • Experience in a leadership role in a Hospital department, preferably in a major medical center or health
  • system, required
  • Understanding of emergency, inpatient, and outpatient services for people of all ages suffering from a
  • variety of psychiatric & addictive disorders
  • Involvement with expanding access for behavioral health treatment and wellness services to the region
  • Continue to build and develop strong educational and training programs in psychiatry and its related
  • disciplines while expanding knowledge in the behavioral health sciences through clinical research

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to establish credibility quickly, build rapport, and easily
  • interact with clinical and administrative leadership, as well as physicians and staff throughout Northwell
  • Health
  • Proven ability to cultivate strong relationships with various stakeholders and create an environment that
  • fosters collaboration and trust
  • Exceptional presentation skills and a high degree of poise when interacting with internal and external
  • senior leaders
  • Expertise in the latest evidence-based clinical guidelines and technological advances
  • Genuine enthusiasm for working in an environment of constant change and growth
  • Desire to train the next generation of physicians

Personal Characteristics
  • Strategic and critical thinker
  • Integrity and accountability
  • Visionary and innovative
  • Decisive and results-oriented
  • Credibility and presence
Responsibilities and First-Year Aspirations
The newly appointed Chair will be expected to achieve the following goals in the first twelve months of his or
her tenure:
  • Earn the trust and confidence of the regional players and Hospital leaders, administrators at each
  • ambulatory location, physicians and staff throughout Northwell Health
  • Ensure high quality patient care through development and standardization of care processes and
  • protocols, educational seminars, metrics, outcome measures and process improvement initiatives
  • Actively participate in physician recruitment and the development of growth opportunities
  • Identify growth opportunities and generate plans for departmental development
  • Participate in research projects (basic/clinical/applied) and advise fellows and house staff

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