The Section Chief–Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury is accountable for meeting established Section standards for quality of care, patient care practice and leading or co-leading research initiatives. The Section Chief also shares responsibility with a designated operations leader for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating Section success, using metrics and key performance indicators (e.g., safety, outcome, operating, regulatory and financial).
Section Chief–Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury consistently demonstrates alignment with the SRAlab Mission and Vision and is responsible for professionally representing SRAlab work in Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury, nationally and internationally, and for recruiting and retaining experts to join him/her in the Section to achieve better outcomes for patients who present with impairments from Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury.
Establishes practice standards, and with others, oversees quality of interdisciplinary clinical care, including appropriate development and implementation of clinical protocols, performance standards and policies across the system of care
Ensures evidenced-based scientific approach to patient care delivery; embraces and pursues scientific process, and is actively involved in Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury clinical research
Is lead or co-lead investigator for research within Section of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury; successful at obtaining intra- and extra-mural funding (includes influencing and overseeing growth of federal funding), as well as publishing scientific articles
Oversees/is responsible for clinical quality, appropriateness and effectiveness of therapeutic plan involving all team members, patient safety, outcomes and patient satisfaction; ensures an effective, safe care environment
Implements strategy and service development consistent with patient, referrer, managed-care/payor expectations
Serves as practicing attending physician in compliance with by-laws, policies and procedures for overseeing patient care
Actively participates in assigned medical staff committees, chairing when appropriate
Participates in medical education activities for residents and fellows, including teaching medical students and residents, Grand Rounds, continuing education and in-service training
Participates in Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury program planning and marketing activities; develops and maintains contact with referral sources, managed-care organizations and other key contacts
Shares responsibility with designated operations leader for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating Section success, using metrics and key performance indicators (e.g., safety, outcome, operating, regulatory and financial)
Maintains strong relationships with academic institutions and professional organizations; fosters an energetic teaching/learning environment within Section of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
Collaborates with leaders and staff in other Ability Lab programs toward the achievement of overall Ability Lab goals
Reports to the Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Supervises attending physicians within Section of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
Personal and Interpersonal Characteristics
Outstanding interpersonal skills, including proven ability to communicate effectively with patients, families, referring parties, SRAlab staff, managed-care organizations and payors, SRAlab scientists and other internal and external stakeholders
Fully embraces scientific basis of medical practice; facile with scientific concepts and research method
Licensed to practice medicine in the State of Illinois
Successful completion of a residency program with Board Certification in physical medicine and rehabilitation or other appropriate specialty
Faculty appointment of Associate Professor or higher at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, required unless otherwise agreed to by Chief Medical Officer
At least five years’ experience in program leadership role with significant focus on care of patients with Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
Quantitative skills necessary to initiate and review clinical and business analyses
Experience with and knowledge of fundraising; demonstrated experience in donor cultivation activities
The start date is negotiable and the position will remain open until filled.
This position involves employment at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and a faculty appointment at NU. The initial application is done on-line with Northwestern University, but will also be reviewed by staff at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. To learn more about Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and submit a CV, go to www.sralab.org.
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Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 34377
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.