The Michael E. DeBakey VAMC (MEDVAMC), one of the most complex facilities in the VHA, seeks an enthusiastic Board Certified physician in the subspecialty of Cardiothoracic Surgery to serve as Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgeon. Incumbent supervises a team of nine (9) as well as oversight of students, residents, and fellows. This position reports directly to the Operative Care Line Executive. A recruitment/relocation incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate. The Division of cardiothoracic surgery at the MEDVAMC has a tradition of excellence and innovation in patient care, education and research. We specialize in the treatment of the most complex cardiac surgery patients through complex re-operations, thoraco-abdominal aneurysm surgery, total arch replacements, aortic root surgery including valve sparing root replacements, coronary artery bypass surgery, heart valve surgery, minimal access valve surgery, endovascular and transcatheter procedures including TAVR, mechanical circulatory support and ECMO, and Heart Transplant and Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD). The MEDVAMC is majorly affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and is located in the heart of the world-renown Texas Medical Center. Academic Appointment with BCM will be offered to eligible candidates. The incumbent will oversee rotating interns, residents, and fellows in the respective departments of the careline. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): May be authorized for 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 Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Subject to changed based on needs of the facility. Call Coverage: Minimal, approximately 1 weekend a month Additional Benefits: VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA Physician Brochure. Preferred Experience: The ideal candidate possess the following experience: Fellowship trained and at least seven years in practice; Robust TAVR experience (at least 100 TVR procedures as an attending); Training/Exposure to LVAD implantation and heart transplant; Prior experience teaching/training residents and fellows. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to: Works under general professional direction with considerable freedom in providing treatment for a wide range of cases consulted to the Cardiothoracic Service. Follows established policies in accepting referral of patients from other facilities. Insures all available services and treatment to care are provided to patients. Incumbent is responsible to report the adequacy and quality of care to the Operative Care Line Executive. Triages, examines, diagnoses, resuscitates, stabilizes, treats or directs a course of treatment for a wide range of patients from the healthy young to the geriatric patient, or from seriously ill to the severely traumatized. Examines patients and orders appropriate tests to evaluate patients, chief complaint and related complaints; ascertains medical needs and initiates action to provide needed services.
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