Physician Chief Of Surgical Service)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration San Diego , CA 92101

Posted 3 months ago



The VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) is seeking a Full-Time, Board Certified/Eligible physician to serve as the Chief of Surgery. The Chief of Surgery is designated Clinical 50% and Administrative 50% of their time.

The Chief is expected to remain privileged and provide clinical services in their specialty field. They ensure practice-based learning and improvement and demonstrates ability to use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care.


The Chief of Surgery is responsible for the overall operation of a complex surgical program that includes the entire range of surgical care, ranging from ambulatory surgery to surgical critical care. The Chief of Surgery oversees the clinical activities of all sections of the Surgical Service.
The successful candidate should be proficient in administrative, programmatic, clinical, and academic oversight of surgical programs to ensure the delivery of high quality patient care. The incumbent should have management experience, some of which must have been within the Veterans Health Administration, knowledge of regulatory and accreditation requirements, utilization review and quality improvement, outstanding interpersonal skills, and must have skill to lead and promote surgical staff excellence and staff development. The Incumbent directs health care programs, delegating authority and responsibility to meet both the medical center and service goals and to apply that knowledge to improve and optimize health care and is responsible for the fiscal management of the department.

The Incumbent establishes and promotes an atmosphere of unity through collaborative practice and effective communication between all staff disciplines within the Surgical Service. The Chief of Surgery is also responsible to help foster a high level of patient and staff satisfaction. The Chief of Surgery is expected to demonstrate interpersonal communication skills and behaviors that reflect a commitment to continuous professional development, ethical practice, understanding and sensitivity to diversity, and a responsible attitude toward their patients and profession.

The Chief of Surgery collaborates and represents the Surgical Service in Medical Executive Board, Credentialing and Privileging, various Medical Center, Surgical Service committees and VISN surgical workgroups. The Incumbent is an active member of the Medical Staff Council and Medical Practice Group Strategic Business Unit, and meet regularly with the Chief of Staff.

Work Schedule: VA San Diego Healthcare System is a 24/7 operation. The Surgery Chief, may be required to work days, nights, off-tour, weekends, and holidays to meet the needs of our Veterans.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Occasional travel

  • Occasional Travel to VA San Diego Healthcare System sites of care.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy
Designated and/or random drug testing required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English



The Incumbent establishes an environment that promotes optimum patient care. Performance in these areas will emphasize both patient satisfaction and efficient service delivery. Because access issues are a priority for VASDHS in ensuring patients received timely care, the Chief of Surgery works with the administration staff and section leaders to identify barriers and improve access of patients needing clinical services.

The Chief is expected to remain privileged and provide clinical services in their specialty field including call. They ensure practice-based learning and improvement, demonstrate ability to use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care and delivery of services

The Incumbent oversees all personnel management aspects of the surgical service, including credential and privileging, defining scope of practice /privileges for surgical personnel, focused and ongoing professional practice evaluations, ongoing performance evaluations and assures the maintenance of continuing education for staff surgeons.

The Chief of Surgery facilitates and encourages academic surgeons to pursue education and research opportunities. The Incumbent collaborates effectively in this mission with the Chair, Department of Surgery, UCSD School of Medicine. They will also oversee time allocation and activities of surgeons involved in VA related and VA sponsored research activities and review research proposals.

The Chief of Surgery must meet the requirements of a faculty appointment at the medical school affiliate at the level of Associate Professor or above. The Chief of Surgery must have a history of teaching and academic excellence. In addition to modeling teaching excellence, education responsibilities include overall oversight of the surgery residents and medical students assigned to the VA facility.

The incumbent will be responsible for the overall operation of a complex surgical department that includes oversight of ten surgical specialties, resident and medical student supervision, medical staff leadership, research, quality improvement, and provision of inpatient and outpatient care to the Veterans we serve. The Chief of Surgery is responsible for developing a plan for the delivery of health care services to veterans and ensuring that those health care services and activities are consistent with policies and guidelines of the VHA and national Joint Commission accreditation standards.The Chief of the Surgical Service is accountable to the Chief of Staff and serves as a key clinical resource for the Director. The chief of the Surgical Service also reports to the VISN Surgery Chief and the Chief of Surgery in the VA National Surgery Office.

The Chief of Surgery participates in top-level decision making and policy design that impacts on the Service through collaboration with Medical Center administration, other Service Chiefs, and interdepartmental Supervisors. The Incumbent works with multiple Services and Divisions throughout the hospital to improve communication, efficiency, and outcomes with the goal to deliver outstanding surgical care.

Basic Requirements:

United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
Proficiency in spoken and written English.
Physical requirements outlined below. Preferred Experience: The incumbent should have management experience, some of which must have been within the Veterans Health Administration. The individual selected for this position will be a highly qualified board-certified or board-eligible physician. Given the complexity of such an undertaking, the individual selected will have a record of leadership achievement, initiative and supervisory success. It is expected that the physician who accepts this position will participate in patient care and teaching, thus qualifying for academic appointment. Direct patient care activity may account for as much as 15% of his/her time. Academic appointment at the University of California at San Diego, School of Medicine, appropriate to the achievements of the individual selected for this position, will be expected as required of all physicians in this affiliated tertiary care medical center.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements:
Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Bending/stooping; Twisting; Both hands required; Walking (up to 6 hours); Standing (up to 2 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Hearing aid permitted; Mental and Emotional Stability required.

In compliance with VA Directive 1192, annual influenza vaccination will be required for all VA Employees. The vaccination will be provided by or proof of the vaccination must be provide to the VA Facility's Occupational ( Employee) Health Office on annual basis.


Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S.

Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: .

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, rsum, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes (upload C.V. as resume document type):


VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists & Chiropractors can be found at: .

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, etc.

Cover Letter


VA Form 10-2850

Other Veterans Document




If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S.

Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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Physician Chief Of Surgical Service)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration