The Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), in conjunction with the VCU Massey Cancer Center, is seeking an Endowed Chair and Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology to lead a division of 9 full time faculty, serve as an integral member of the CHoR leadership team, and foster a collaborative and supportive relationship with the VCU Massey Cancer Center, an NCI designated Cancer Center that is one of only two in Virginia with more than 450 clinicians and over 200 research members. With plans recently announced for a new $350 million inpatient Children’s Hospital, this is a rare and unique opportunity to join CHoR during a time of unprecedented growth and play a significant role in defining and building the future of advanced pediatric care for Central Virginia.
Reporting to Dr. Bruce Rubin, VCU Department Chair of Pediatrics and CHoR’s Physician-in-Chief, the Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology will serve as the administrative head of the division and will be expected to provide a mix of direct clinical care, clinical administrative and QA/QI activities, didactic and bedside teaching and mentorship of students, residents, and fellows, and be involved in clinical, basic science, epidemiologic, or translational research. He/she will bring an innovative, transformational, and collegial leadership style to enhance and grow clinical programs, mentor junior faculty, and recruit work-class clinicians and key staff.
Primary Responsibilities & Key Initiatives:
Establish leadership credibility with the Hematology/Oncology faculty and craft development plans for each faculty member to achieve individual long-term career goals that align with and support the goals of the division and CHoR
Craft a strategic vision for the Hematology/Oncology division that identifies programmatic gaps and guides enhancement of existing programs and the development and expansion of unique, differentiating, and novel clinical programs/therapies and research
Actively lead the continual assessment and monitoring of the division’s key metrics and facilitate the achievement of budgeted targets and benchmarking against top-tier Children’s Hospitals, leading to improved national status
Prioritize and present detailed proposals for each proposed program growth opportunity and obtain the necessary leadership support and resources to achieve desired growth and long-term success
Represent the Hematology/Oncology division throughout the community, the region, the state, and nationally; cultivate collaborative referring relationships
Forge a collegial and highly collaborative relationship with VCU Massey Cancer Center and serve as CHoR’s primary representative of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology division by participating on Massey committees and in key decisions impacting pediatric cancer patients
Participate in clinical, basic science, epidemiologic, or translational research
Foster a learning environment with a strong commitment to educating future providers
Establish and maintain a clinical practice and host regular ambulatory clinics while effectively balancing administrative, teaching, and research responsibilities
Collaborate with the CHoR Administrative Team and VCU Health on the overall programmatic plan and design of the new inpatient hospital, with key emphasis on Hematology/Oncology services and programs
Actively participate in philanthropy efforts and serve as the external spokesperson for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology division
CHoR’s Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology is presently comprised of nine faculty (7 MDs and 2 PhDs), seven physician practice extenders, two nurse navigators, and a clinical coordinator. Additionally, the division includes a well-established Fellowship program with 3 fellows. The division is a collaboration of CHoR at VCU and VCU Massey Cancer Center, one of two NCI-designated centers in Virginia. The division is FACT accredited as an autologous/allogeneic stem cell transplant facility, is a recognized NMDP (National Marrow Donor Program) transplant center, and is the most active stem cell transplantation and cellular immunotherapy service in the state.
Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR) at VCU with 160 staffed beds is Central Virginia’s only comprehensive, full-service academic hospital dedicated to the care of children with more than 60,000 pediatric patient visits each year. Ranked among the nation’s top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, CHoR is Virginia’s first Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. This market-dominant organization has experienced explosive growth and has successfully recruited more than 100 pediatric specialists over the past eight years (22 recruited just in the last year) with an impressive retention rate of over 97%. In the last quarter, they have recruited new Division Chiefs for Cardiology and Endocrinology.
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings and more than 31,000 students enrolled in 217 degree and certificate programs. VCU Health represents the VCU health sciences academic programs, the VCU Massey Cancer Center (with 450 clinicians and 205 research faculty members), and the VCU Health System with more than 800 providers in 200 specialties.
Education, Experience & Faculty Requirements:
Interested candidates must be Board certified (MD or DO) in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology with a current license to practice medicine. Candidates must be eligible for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor (tenure eligible).
The Division Chief will be expected to be involved in clinical, basic science, epidemiologic, or translational research; therefore, candidates must have a research background and record of research funding, as well as research mentorship and teaching.
Candidates must have previous experience as a program director or division head with equivalent scope of responsibilities in an academic medical center.
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, Affirmative Action University providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 1901
About Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU c/o Wheless Partners Executive Search
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