The Department of Medicine at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), located adjacent to the University of Pittsburgh campus, is seeking applications for the position of Chief of Cardiology. Board Certified Cardiologists at the Associate or Full Professor level with appropriate leadership, academic, and clinical experience are highly desired. A possible academic appointment at the University of Pittsburgh may be available to selected applicants. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: May be authorized for a highly qualified candidate. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting The Physician (Chief of Cardiology) will be located in the Department of Medicine at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS), and will report directly to the Vice President of the Medical Service Line. The VAPHS Cardiology Division is strongly committed to the academic mission and the mentoring of physician-scientists and next-generation scientific leaders and as such this position may be offered an academic position at the University of Pittsburgh through separate negotiations. The Division of Cardiology offers a comprehensive spectrum of cardiology subspecialty services. Having the only Cardiac Catheterization laboratory in the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 4, VAPHS ranks among the highest volume of VA Cardiac Catheterization labs nationwide, performing nearly 1400 diagnostic catheterizations and ~450 interventions (including complex percutaneous coronary interventions), yearly. VAPHS has an active Chronic Total Occlusion program, a Shock Team, a Cardiac Surgery Service, and are currently constructing a state-of-the art hybrid operating room for structural heart disease interventions. The Electrophysiology Section (EP), also the only EP provider in our VISN, provides full EP services (~500 devices and ~100 ablations annually). The Echocardiography Laboratory provides transthoracic, transesophageal, and stress echo services (~6700 studies per year), and we perform ~1800 nuclear stress tests annually. VAPHS has an active cardiology outpatient clinic, including ~5000 clinic encounters and 4000 E-consults yearly at the Pittsburgh site, and are expanding outreach clinics in counties outside of Pittsburgh. This year, in response to the pandemic, and we have significantly grown our Virtual/Telemedicine Clinic. The clinical program is additionally nourished by close interaction with the Heart and Vascular Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where some VA faculty also practice, and by UPMC cardiology fellows who rotate at the VA Hospital as part of their ACGME-accredited fellowship training, and is strongly committed to the academic mission and the mentoring of physician-scientists and next-generation scientific leaders. This is an exciting career opportunity to preside over a dynamic academic Division in one of the VA Hospital System's largest referral centers for cardiovascular medicine, and to further develop the Division as a distinguished hub for clinical and research activity. Major Duties include but are not limited to: Conducting day to day managerial duties for approximately 20 staff members. Provide cardiology consultation to other health care providers, (nurse practitioners, medical students and residents rotating thru cardiology service and Cardiology Fellows). Provide clinical Cardiology services on an inpatient and/or outpatient basis, chart reviews; coordinate with other providers regarding patient care, document encounters in the electronic health record; perform patient history, outpatient encounters; consult notes; and process new and renewal prescriptions and other procedures/tasks as appropriate Provide patient education to assist deciding treatment/care options Provide oversite and training to fellows and residents Attend medical staff meetings, serve on service level and/or facility committees, assist in facility peer review program as needed Maintaining professional competency, courtesy and flexibility to provide the necessary services of this specialty to our Veteran population. Participate in the expanded use of clinical video telehealth (VVC and CVT)/electronic consultation (e-Consult) to improve access to cardiology care. Work closely with all staff to ensure compliance with National, Network and local performance standards Responsible for the administrative leadership and oversite of the daily activities for the Cardiology Division Work Schedule: Typical tour of duty is expected to be Monday - Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm; however, other tours may be required if Veteran needs arise.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.