OBGYN/Professor of Clinical
Job location: Campus - UHealth/Miller School of Medicine
Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2018-09-27
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As South Florida’s only comprehensive academic health center, University of Miami Health System (“UHealth”) is a vital component of the community. UHealth delivers leading-edge patient care by the region’s best doctors, powered by the groundbreaking research and medical education of the University of Miami (“UMiami”) Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Jackson Health System, (“JHS”) is a clinical partner for UMiami and JHS’s 1,550 bed flagship hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital (“JMH”), serves as the primary teaching hospital for the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine (“SOM”). Together, UMiami and JMH, form one of the largest and most diverse academic medical centers in the nation. While JMH and the UMiami operate as independent institutions, many of the services and programs offered at the hospital and medical school have become closely integrated, including obstetrics and gynecology.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UMiami has long enjoyed a prominence that reflects the distinction of the Department’s earliest faculty and the extraordinary importance of obstetrics and pediatrics to JMH. Established almost a century ago (1918), for many decades JMH had one of the largest maternity services in the nation and one of the earliest and largest neonatal intensive care units. Today, the faculty deliver over 4,000 babies annually, including many whose mothers were transfers for MFM consultation and fetal therapy. In addition, the Department has a significant presence in several off-campus sites as well and is poised to play a major role in UMiami’s and JHS’s continued growth throughout the region.
After serving the Department as its Chair for over six years Dr. Ira S. Karmin recently announced his intention to step down upon the appointment of a successor as Chair and a national search has been initiated. He succeeded Leo B. Twiggs, MD as chair in 2011. The next Chair will be a nationally recognized academic obstetrician/gynecologist who is deeply committed to the academic missions of the Department, and relishes the entrepreneurial challenge of succeeding in a highly competitive healthcare services environment of large scale, value-based health care delivery. He/She will exhibit the qualities required to be a successful leader in a complex, matrixed professional community, including the ability to work collaboratively across the various locations and organizational units of UMiami and JHS. In addition, he/she will also have demonstrated an ability to effectively promote an academic department with community providers and leaders, donors, and others. UMiami seeks candidates who will add to an environment of a welcoming and inclusive diverse workforce, reflecting and serving its community.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is vital to the SOM’s and JHS’s future success. It is a critical resource for the women of the region, an important partner for the Holtz Children’s Hospital, and a foundation on which the SOM will enhance its clinical, education and research enterprises. As such, the next Chair is expected to serve a key leadership role for both of the committed partner organizations and to establish the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as nationally recognized in advanced clinical care, education and scholarship. The Chair will have the important responsibility to ensure and enhance the cohesiveness, collegiality, and academic culture across the Department even as forces of change reshape many aspects of its activities. Growth of clinical and translational research is an important goal for the Department’s future.
The next Chair will join UMiami at a remarkable time; the academic medical center is actively undergoing transformation as it prepares for a new environment for health care and higher education. Forming the largest academic medical center in Florida, UMiami and JMH are positioned well to compete effectively with formidable competitors in South Florida, including several for-profit healthcare organizations. To position themselves for sustained growth, both UMiami and JHS have sought to strengthen their operating performance, improve their facilities, establish geographic reach through satellite medical facilities/hospitals and explore novel business models to enhance their partnership.
Never before has the healthcare services environment in south Florida been more challenging or more competitive, leading both partners to take bold actions to secure their places in a rapidly changing environment. University of Miami’s decision in 2007 to purchase Cedars Medical Center, located adjacent to the Medical Center, and transform this comprehensive medical facility into University of Miami Hospital and Clinics is a remarkable sign of dramatic change. With the appointment of Edward Abraham, MD as Dean and Chief Academic Officer, UMiami Miller SOM (and Acting EVP for Health Affairs/CEO, UHealth), the University’s commitment and continued investment in the SOM and Health System is under new direction and leadership working in partnership with the executive leadership of JHS.
he past decade has also been one of dramatic change for Jackson Health System marked by striking expansion of its facilities in the Miami market, as well as significant improvement in operations and financial performance. As the largest provider of charity care in Florida, JHS has faced challenges in accessing the resources to undertake much needed facility upgrades for JMH.
Under the leadership of Carlos A. Migoya as JHS’s CEO since 2011, JHS has received extraordinary taxpayer contribution from Miami-Dade County which sponsors the health system. Recent facilities improvements to regain a prominent market position have included renovation of JMH’s maternity services facilities have had a positive effect with JMH’s market share for maternity services increasing year-over-year for the past three consecutive years.
With needed capital resources secured, investment by JHS has begun. This has included the remodeling of maternity services and system expansion – including two community hospitals with maternity services (Jackson-North and Jackson-South). A third hospital (Jackson-West) is in the planning. As a result, the role of the Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UMiami is truly a Health System role for both UHealth and JHS. As such, the next Chair has an extraordinary opportunity to demonstrate her/his capability to serve as a savvy business leader and an academic leader who can successfully guide the development of system Ob/Gyn services across JHS in a vibrant city working with both faculty and community providers.
The next Chair will be expected to lead the Department in a manner that contributes to the success of UMiami’s mission and exemplifies the qualities of leadership, collaboration, communication, and fairness. Other specific responsibilities of the Chair include, but are not limited to, the following:
▪ Evaluate the current strengths of the Department, and identify areas for productive growth in clinical, educational and research programs.
▪ Establish an overarching and long-term plan for the Department that takes into account the unique context within which the Department exists and the strategic vision for UHealth/UMiami and JHS. Further, this plan will foster innovation, integration and be responsive to opportunities in this complex academic organization.
▪ Expand existing clinical services and develop new services that will enhance the Department’s reputation for being the provider of choice for obstetric and gynecologic care and disrupts the market competitively. This plan will involve rapid clinical growth leveraging referrals from UMiami faculty partners as well as community physicians.
▪ Work closely with all other appropriate entities, both inside and outside of UHealth and the SOM, to integrate OB/Gyn and women’s health services to meet the needs of the growing clinical enterprise of UHealth and JHS.
▪ Promote teamwork within the Department, divisions, and programs between/among other departments, centers, and organizational facilities in all aspects of clinical and education functions. Specifically, identify collaborative relationships which can lead to productive development of innovative educational programs and research activities throughout the institution.
▪ Improve clinical operations including access, coordination of sites, and quality and safety of care.
▪ Establish and communicate the key measures of success expected within the Department by maintaining a system of accountability that ensures that every individual within the Department is aligned with the goals of UHealth/UMiami.
▪ Strengthen the Department’s intramural and extramural research and scholarship by identifying and facilitating research collaborations among faculty within the Department and across other research units and departments.
▪ Work with faculty and staff, as well as institutional leadership to develop a culture of innovation, patient-centered care, and commitment to quality and safety.
EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS
▪ An MD/DO or MD/DO/PhD, DO with national recognition in a field of Obstetrics and Gynecology as evidenced by involvement in academic societies at a national level
▪ Progressive administrative experience, preferably in an academic medical center setting
▪ Board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology and/or one of its subspecialties
▪ Eligibility for a medical license in the state of Florida.
▪ Working through the chiefs/directors of the Department’s centers, divisions and programs, develop the academic careers of existing faculty members, and recruit and mentor outstanding new faculty members and faculty leaders.
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