Vice Chair for Clinical Operations – Radiology Department
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
May 14, 2018
New York , New York
Full Time - Experienced
The Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a global leader in oncologic imaging, research and education, seeks to hire a Vice Chair for Clinical Operations. This facility offers the highest standards of comprehensive cancer care in an environment designed to meet the unique needs of cancer patients and their families. The candidate should show superb clinical skills, a patient–centered approach, effective communication skills, and excellence in teaching.
Description: The MSK Department of Radiology is seeking a radiologist who can serve as the Vice Chair for Clinical Operations. This individual is expected to promote the value of clinical imaging in our rapidly expanding health system. Among various responsibilities, the candidate is expected to oversee and provide clinical services in collaboration with service and section chiefs; establish and operationalize clinical staffing models; strategize clinical IT; integrate workforce and teaching in the clinic in collaboration with training program directors; assist translational research in the clinic; expand clinical network operations within the health system; interface with clinical departments, hospitals, and clinics; and ensure the highest quality patient and referring physician-centric workflow. The academic appointment will be at a rank of Associate or Full Professor.
Qualifications: The candidate should be American Board of Radiology or American Board of Nuclear Medicine (or equivalent) certified, and subspecialty fellowship trained (or equivalent). The candidate should be able to obtain unrestricted medical licenses in New York and New Jersey. The candidate should have strong clinical, interpersonal, and leadership skills, and be able to develop innovative and collaborative operational strategies and metrics. Evidence of active engagement in academic radiology operations is strongly desired.
S/he will bring significant clinical leadership experience to the position and be an accomplished and respected clinician. The Vice Chair will have demonstrated success as a leader within a complex clinical (inpatient and ambulatory) setting and be prepared to lead and support physicians through change to drive excellence and achieve optimal clinical, quality and workflow outcomes. Ideally, the candidate will be working in, or have significant prior experience with, an academic practice model. This position requires strong and effective physician leadership to drive overall departmental and institutional primary care goals. The Vice Chair must work collaboratively with departmental leaders, partner effectively with the Chair, departmental Administrator, and the Senior Administrative management. S/he must effectively interact with peers, trainees, direct reports, staff, and clinicians to ensure that the department, including regional locations and free-standing sites, optimally fulfills its clinical care mission. S/he must be an advocate for the department and its internal and community stakeholders as an effective ambassador at all levels within the clinical care delivery system.
The candidate will understand the roles of both traditional and newer members of the clinical care team and bring experience both with traditional models of care delivery as well as implementing and assessing the impact of new models of care, such as care coordination and telemedicine. The selected candidate must be fluent in the interpretation and utilization of data to inform and educate faculty and staff - especially regarding quality and operational improvement initiatives.
Candidates must be equipped to thrive in MSK’s stimulating, highly matrixed setting by possessing the following leadership skills and attributes:
The ability to articulate a vision and recruit support for achieving it;
The skill to lead and support academic physicians through change;
A strong commitment to the effective incorporation of Advanced Practice Providers (APP) into a robust Physician / APP practice team model;
A thorough understanding of the evolving healthcare environment and its potential impact and opportunity within primary care;
Adaptability to change and alternate approaches to achieving results;
A commitment to fostering diversity;
Collegiality within and across departmental and institutional boundaries;
Clinical excellence and a passion for a safe, effective, multidisciplinary clinical practice model that achieves efficiency while sustaining a professionally satisfying environment;
The ability to collaborate, cooperate, negotiate, and delegate as needed to achieve results;
Clinical leadership experience, either as a current or prior medical director, and be an accomplished and respected clinician;
In year one, it is anticipated that this position will have 40 percent clinical and 60 percent administrative responsibilities, with the understanding that this may be re-examined over time based on accumulation of leadership responsibilities;
Well-developed organizational, planning, and business skills;
Competency and interest in mentoring, coaching, and functioning as a team leader within the department;
Outstanding written and oral communication and listening skills;
A record of success in solving complex clinical and operational challenges;
Familiarity with modern methods and tools for measuring performance, quality, and operational effectiveness;
Familiarity and comfort with electronic tools and the electronic medical record;
A working understanding of organizational processes that characterize complex and highly matrixed academic environments; and
Personal energy, passion, and a strong commitment to the academic practice mission.
Facilities and Institution:
The Vice Chair will be a valued member of the department’s Leadership Kitchen Cabinet. In this role, at a strategic level, the Vice Chair of Operations will use her/his contemporary experience and leadership in effective clinical operations, population health, quality improvement and change management to assist in achieving overall success. A comprehensive appreciation of healthcare trends, specifically the shift to value-based care and its effects on the environment, will be essential. At the enterprise level, the Vice Chair is expected to emerge as a valued spokesperson and partner to institution-wide leadership in further defining and implementing departmental vision.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and bibliography to:
Jeremy Durack, MD
Chair, Vice Chair for Clinical Operations Search Committee