Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) Section of Surgical Sciences (Section) seeks a Director to build and enhance our research programs in Genetics/Genomics relevant to the care of surgical patients. This individual will exhibit the leadership skills, values, and vision to grow and enhance ongoing efforts in this area. The Section is comprised of seven Departments and ten Divisions with more than 240 clinical and research faculty, 118 residents and 19 fellows.
Advances in genetics and genomics including techniques to rapidly and accurately sequence and analyze multiple tissues promise to revolutionize surgical care for a variety of diseases. Applications include molecular profiling of tumors, genetic predictors of surgical outcomes, and early detection of cancer, with the potential to develop personalized approaches to patient care to improve outcomes.
The Director will leverage the existing world-class genetic and genomic resources at Vanderbilt to understand and treat surgical disease. S/he will have an independent research program and be committed to developing the next generation of scientists in this field. Our goal is to benefit patients, develop new knowledge to improve patient care across the country and the world, and create an environment conducive to training the next generation of leaders in the field.
VUMC supports an extensive infrastructure for genetics research. The flagship of this effort is BioVU, Vanderbilt's biorepository of DNA extracted from discarded blood collected during routine clinical testing and linked to de-identified medical records. This resource provides an outstanding platform for genotype-phenotype associations. BioVU currently contains more than 250,000 DNA samples. Our medical record database contains over three million patients.
In addition, Vanderbilt is home to The Center for Precision Medicine (CPM), a multidisciplinary team of basic research investigators, clinicians, data scientists, application developers and support personnel whose objective is to build a research platform that amasses, extracts and curates information from healthcare records and integrates it with genetic information derived from a DNA repository. The CPM develops and applies advanced bioinformatics tools to identify genotype/phenotype associations and genotype/treatment relationships in order to facilitate discovery and signally improve healthcare outcomes through the personalization of diagnostics, treatment and disease prevention.
Vanderbilt's Section of Surgical Sciences combines many of our surgical departments at Vanderbilt into one framework with the commitment to providing the best in patient care. Our specialty teams of surgeons and researchers work closely with one another to discover and reveal the latest medical and surgical innovations, while teaching our residents the many facets of surgery. This collaboration of disciplines allows us to provide an array of conventional and unique surgical services to the entire mid-south region resulting in outstanding patient outcomes.
Faculty Appointment/ Exempt Position
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Additional Key Elements/ Responsibilities:
Develop goals and objectives for the department based on interpretation of institutional policy and goals.
Plan to achieve goals or establish priorities.
Help department understand, share and support the vision
Initiate changes in or develop new policies, procedures and/or methods.
Analyze long-range impact of decisions and plans.
Ensure the most effective operations of the department through program development, process improvement and coordination/integration of processes with other departments.
Design, implement, evaluate and market programs to maximize clinical outcomes, functional status, patient/customer satisfaction and reimbursement.
Standardize services, processes, resources, and practice to improve efficiency.
Supervision to include responsibility for planning, coordinating, and controlling the work and procedures; provide advice/consultation to staff regarding problems
Adjust work schedules or project priorities to meet emergencies or changing conditions
Participate on departmental and/or interdepartmental committees to address problems and facilitate information exchange about programs, problems, etc. Provide information to others (oral or written) to explain/clarify problems, issues or requests.
Participate in periodic management meetings to keep top management informed of department problems and concerns
Analyze and evaluate ongoing department programs to identify areas where adjustments/improvements are needed
Develop staffing plans to ensure developmental objectives are being met.
Define and achieve financial targets in support of business goals of the institution.
Prepare an annual operating budget for a unit or department, including direct labor, material and supplies, services, equipment maintenance and replacement
Present and justify a proposed budget (operating and capital expenditure) to a management review committee
Evaluate organizational functions and structures to best determine the allocation and utilization of resources
Analyze and evaluate budget variance to determine cause,
Prepare justification or develop alternatives for cost containment/reduction
Project future budgets based upon analysis of current operations.
Create and exceed service standards utilizing key service dimension and from knowledge of patient/customer expectations and best practice.
Establish service standards for the department and determine if service standards are compatible with financial targets.
Ensure that the service standards are met or exceeded by utilizing customer satisfaction, best practices and market information to improve customer service and satisfaction.
Create an organizational culture (both within and across departments) that provides a safe, satisfying and enriching environment for employees and provides a qualified, competent staff to meet patient needs.
Provide leadership to promulgate the mission and the values of the institution to the department.
Model behavior consistent with the mission, vision, and values of the enterprise through leading, coordinating projects, innovation, initiating improvement, and developing new programs.
Demonstrate a leadership style that is facilitative and collaborative.
Communicate within and across departments to maximize effectiveness, efficiently and information sharing.
Ensures all Human Resource and VUMC policies and procedures are followed according to standards.
Define the qualifications and performance expectations for all staff positions through the Performance Development system, including department specific job descriptions, measurable performance standards.
Create an environment that encourages and supports self-development and learning for all staff through regular feedback, by assuring the development of staff through orientation, training programs, work experiences and assessing competencies by meeting the performance expectations stated in his or her job description in a timely manner (normally annually).
Identify, establish and evaluate quality assurance standards, programs, and procedures within department.
Establish and evaluate standards of performance to ensure safe, effective, and efficient operation of the department.
Ensure that standards are met within area of responsibility to assure clinical enterprise accreditation/licensure.
* Bachelors Degree (or equivalent experience) and 8 years experience required.
**The ideal candidate will have a record of outstanding accomplishment in the field, either an M.D. or Ph.D., and be prepared to lead a multidisciplinary group. Clinical activity is welcomed but not required. S/he should be collaborative, collegial, and comfortable working across diverse environments. This successful individual should run her/his own independent research program and also be dedicated to supporting and mentoring projects and people across the Section. Academic rank, tenure, additional leadership opportunities and resources will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.**
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