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Medical Director, Liver Transplant

Employer
Lehigh Valley Hospital
Location
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Closing date
Jul 9, 2025

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Specialty
Surgery
Hours
Full Time
Position Type
Research
Position Overview

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is seeking an experienced Board-Certified Transplant Hepatologist to serve as the Medical Director of their Liver Transplant Program. The ideal candidate would possess exceptional clinical and interpersonal skills to join our team at the LVHN-Cedar Crest Campus in Allentown, PA.

The Liver Transplant Program at Lehigh Valley Health Network is a new extension of our existing Multiorgan Transplant Program. This program will include a dedicated liver cancer program and clinic, an NIH supported liver research center and a biorepository. Live donor liver transplantation will also be part of the program in short order. It has clinical research support and strong hospital support for marketing and outreach. Given these resources, this is a high-profile position within the medical center and nationally. The candidate would work in tandem with the Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery, himself an experienced Liver Transplant Surgeon.

Some features of our LVHN Transplant Program are:

* The Multiorgan Program has over 30 years of experience
* It houses a high-volume kidney and pancreas program, with liver program in development.
* It will be the only Liver Transplant program in the greater Lehigh Valley Region
* It sports a robust living donor kidney program.
* It has a highly functioning minimally invasive/robotic donor and recipient programs.
* It has considerable Advanced Practitioner resources.

Join a team of unmatched surgical expertise. Many of our physicians have trained at the nation's best academic institutions and published promising research in prestigious medical journals. Our LVHN surgeons perform over 85,000 surgeries every year 25 percent more than other centers in the region.

In a Medical Director Transplant career with LVHN, you'll have the opportunity to:

* Manage Transplant Patients in various phases of care, including candidate evaluation, Liver Donor Assessment/Evaluation, medical management of waitlist candidates, post-transplant and post-donation medical management and care coordination, providing oversight on clinical operations improvement and other appropriate cost-reduction strategies.
* Optimize transplant outcomes equal to or greater than national benchmarks for one year patient and graft survival.
* Supervise care delivered on the inpatient liver transplant service by a growing team of Physicians, Advanced Practitioner staff and floor nursing engaged in transplant care.
* Oversee the review process of transplant-related adverse events and complications.
* Work with a multidisciplinary team and across ancillary departments to address systemic issues and changes in processes.
* Work with the administrative leadership team and the Surgical Director of Liver Transplant, overseeing liver transplant staff including coordinators, SW, PharmD, Financial Counselors, Nutrition, and Psychology
* Be at the forefront of leading-edge technologies, delivering high-quality care to patients and stay current with the latest advancements in medical technology.
* Develop and maintain clinical and administrative policies in liver transplant, as well as quality indicators.
* Have oversight of growth initiatives to increase liver transplant referrals and liver transplant activity.
* Participate in outreach education/CME programs, attendance at outreach dinners and other social events with the referring community.
* Collaborate with our surgical administrator and transplant program director regarding finances, budgets, operations, staffing, and strategic planning and identify pathways to grow liver transplant volume.
* Continue the development of clinical management guidelines/protocols for transplant programs and adherence to UNOS, CMS and other regulatory guidelines.
* Participate in the Transplant Program meetings including Quality Assessment and performance Improvement; Transplant Review Board; Multi-disciplinary rounding; Hepatology division meetings; Programmatic/Practice based meetings and additional programmatic meetings as necessary.
* Provide medical direction/supervision to the GI Fellowship and/or surgical residency/fellowship programs and medical students.
* Guide the research efforts of the transplant program.
* Provide medical direction to the NS ICU and Medical Surgical inpatient floors.

Benefits & Perks

* A generous salary and benefits package commensurate with this position will be offered.

Qualifications

* An Ambassador for Liver Transplant with a passion for innovation
* Strong communication and leadership skills, internal motivation and independence, and ability to devise and execute a plan to build the program.
* Current PA state Medical License or ability to obtain a PA state Medical License
* At least 5 years post Fellowship experience in clinical transplant Hepatology and meet UNOS criteria as a primary physician of a Liver Transplant Program preferred.

About LVHN

LVHN hospitals in the Lehigh Valley are the only hospitals in the region to have received Magnet recognition five consecutive times since 2002. This prestigious recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center demonstrates our commitment to nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes. LVHN is home to five clinical institutes. Each serve as a hub for innovation, collaboration and education. Our institutes include Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute, Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence, Lehigh Valley Fleming Neuroscience Institute and Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute. LVHN is also home to Lehigh Valley Reilly Children's Hospital, which is the only children's hospital in the region. This hospital gives our community access to more than 30 pediatric specialties, Children's ExpressCARE locations and a dedicated Children's ER.

We've been consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the top hospital in the region and among the best in the state. We're also Great Place to Work-Certified , which means an overwhelming majority of our colleagues have a positive experience at LVHN.

These designations tell you that LVHN is a great place to work from hire to retire. If you are someone who aligns with LVHN's core values - Compassion, Integrity, Collaboration and Excellence you will have a rewarding and successful career here.

Vaccination Requirements

Individuals are required to adhere to all LVHN vaccination policies in effect at the time of hire. Employees will be subject to pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. Please note that safety sensitive positions cannot test positive for marijuana or its metabolites, medical or otherwise.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lehigh Valley Health Network is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with, and where applicable, in addition to federal, state and local employment regulations, Lehigh Valley Health Network will provide employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or other such protected classes as may be defined by law. All personnel actions and programs will adhere to this policy. Personnel actions and programs include, but are not limited to recruitment, selection, hiring, transfers, promotions, terminations, compensation, benefits, educational programs and/or social activities.

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