Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine (SOM) seeks a physician leader to serve as Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Quality for the Neurology Department. This is a newly created leadership opportunity, developed to ensure the highest level of patient care and outcomes, fulfilling VCU’s mission to improve the lives of children and adults with neurological disorders through compassionate, high-quality medical care and patient education.
Reporting to the Chair of Neurology, the Vice Chair will lead the development and implementation of process improvements in clinical affairs and care delivery, and the strategic assessment of and response to quality and safety measures, while maintaining a clinical practice. They will bring leadership and vision, and will have the opportunity to identify and define how they approach this role. Opportunities for impact include:
Facilitate high-quality patient-centered inpatient neurological care, including appropriate access to beds and attention to a variety of quality metrics.
Work with the Neurology Service Line Director, the Vice President for Ambulatory Services, and nursing leadership to design and lead the ambulatory care team and evaluate the appropriate use of out-patient clinic spaces.
Develop innovative approaches to enhancing access to neurological services including inpatient and ambulatory telehealth programs.
Collaborate with department and health system leadership to evaluate and act on quality and safety data, including the expansion of departmental reporting tools and responsive action plans.
Utilizing market data, explore strategic-growth opportunities in Virginia and the region.
Collaborate with the Chair and other stakeholders to develop and/or lead a neurology health services research program.
Collaborate with theeducation faculty to teach neurology fellows, residents, and medical students about health care delivery models and best practices, health economics, and other areas of current relevance in the healthcare sector.
The Vice Chair will enjoy the support of an engaged Chair and leadership team in introducing change management suggestions, processes, and solutions.
The Vice Chair must be strategic and inclusive, with strong leadership and interpersonal skills, experience leading change and process improvements, and the ability to listen and respond to a broad range of perspectives.
Additionally, they must have:
An MD/DO, with residency training at an accredited institution.
Eligibility for licensure in Virginia and board certification or board eligible in Neurology.
A strong hospital-based clinical practice in Neurology and leadership experience within an academic health care environment; experience working within a service-line model is preferred.
Strong administrative experience including in clinical care optimization, change management, process improvement initiatives, quality, and/or safety. An appreciation for and attraction to the importance of this work is central.
A strategic orientation that looks to collect, analyze, and act on relevant data to make thoughtful decisions for immediate action and long-term plans in clinical operations and quality initiatives.
Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
The Department of Neurology and VCU Health
Located in Richmond, Virginia, VCU is one of the top urban public research universities in the country, and part of a culturally diverse city with world-class cultural offerings and picturesque historic neighborhoods.
The VCU School of Medicine attributes much of its success over the last decade to the tightly knit, integrated system in which the leadership of the medical school, the practice plan, the managed care plan, and the health system have enjoyed close strategic and collaborative relationships. The over $3.3 billion integrated VCU Health System offers virtually every form of contemporary medical service. In 2018, VCU Health had over 39,400 admissions, 24,900 inpatient and outpatient surgeries, and 779,000 outpatient visits, providing a breadth of experience for research and for education of residents and medical students.
The Department of Neurology has a dedicated team of clinical and academic neurologists and is comprised of more than 50 adult and child neurology faculty, and provides a high level of expertise for the full breadth of neurological conditions affecting adults and children.
Virginia Commonwealth University has engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of the Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Quality. Inquiries, expressions of interest, and nominations may be sent to the Opus Partners consultants leading the search, Jay Scott, Associate Partner (email@example.com), Sarah Gaines, Senior Associate (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Jeff Stafford, Senior Associate (Jeffrey.email@example.com). Candidates are invited to email Jay, Sarah, or Jeff to learn more about this role or to express interest.
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.