Surgery- Immunology/Histocompatibility- Assistant/Associate Professor of Clinical

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Job location: Miami, FL

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-04-24
Req: R100031601
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The University of Miami (UM) is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. At the U, we are committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service. Through our values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Teamwork (DIRECCT) we strive to create an environment where everyone contributes in making UM a great place to work. We are one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County; home to more than 13,400 faculty and staff from all over the world.

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Surgery – Immunology and Histocompatibility Lab (IHL), is seeking an Assistant or Associate Professor – with responsibilities in Transplant and Renal Pathology, as well as a Clinical and Histocompatibility Laboratory Associate Director.  The successful candidate will have a faculty appointment in the Department of Surgery with rank based on academic experience.

The IHL is a full service reference laboratory with clients from multiple Transplant facilities, Organ Procurement Agencies (OPO) and community hospitals. As such, the laboratory receives a broad range of specimen types for specialized laboratory, clinical and anatomic pathology testing.  IHL offers a range of testing options in HLA and Immunology as well as in specialized transplant pathology testing.   

The Assistant or Associate Professor is a fundamental member of the team of health care providers managing kidney, liver, GI, lung and heart transplant patients.  In addition, the assistant or associate professor provides histopathology support to the OPO 24/7 as part of a rotating on call schedule. The Assistant or Associate Professor will also behave as a transplant pathologist to interpret biopsies in context with the clinical impression, patient’s manifestations and laboratory test results. With the ultimate goal of providing optimal patient care, the assistant or associate professor will also ensure specimen adequacy, prime tissue processing, triaging of special studies, and the timely communication of histopathological findings.  Finally, the Assistant or Associate Professor will rotate as a clinical and histocompatibility lab associate director.

Subspecialty expertise/interest in transplant and renal anatomic pathology (pediatric and adult) along with other specialty areas is desirable (such as GI or hepatic pathology).  Experience in clinical and histocompatibility lab management is recommended.  The collegial environment provides substantial opportunities for intellectual creativity and research. Applicants should be committed to excellent patient care, as well as academics and research. Candidates must have an MD, be qualified for an unrestricted Florida medical license, and be board eligible or certified in anatomic pathology (AP) or combined anatomic and clinical pathology (AP/CP). Preference will be given to candidates who have an area of subspecialty interest, especially transplant pathology, histocompatibility, and who have experience sufficient to satisfy criteria for appointment as an assistant or associate professor.

In the absence of certification by the candidate as an HLA lab director, our lab will be able to provide this person an OPTN/UNOS approved Director -in Training Program and contingent upon successful performance, provide certification as a Histocompatibility Lab Associate Director.

Assistant Professor (Clinical Track) Immunology and Histocompatibility Laboratory (IHL) – The DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery

Scope of practice:

Clinical responsibilities include supervision as an attending physician of a full function, CLIA-certified laboratory dedicated to the evaluation of transplant patients that includes chemistry, clinical immunology, hematology, molecular pathology, flow cytometry, histocompatibility, transplant pathology, molecular virology and microbiology. All testing is performed according to policies and procedures of the laboratory. Research in the group is focused on development and application of theoretical and practical methods in immunology at the molecular level. This position is to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in organ transplant immunology and the development of new techniques to apply to clinical laboratory diagnosis and to follow up immunotherapeutics. Educational responsibilities includes teaching of students, technologists and other physicians at conferences.

Description of Responsibilities:

Responsible for fulfilling the responsibilities assigned by the Director

The successful candidate should be able to work independently, but integrate well within a team utilizing a number of diverse genetic and biochemical approaches.

Trains and document new test methodologies or equipment.

IV.        Help to evaluate and assures competency of laboratory personnel to perform test procedures according to laboratory procedures.  Testing of previously analyzed specimens, blind testing samples or external proficiency testing samples.

V.         Establishment and review of pre-analytical methods.

            VI.        Establishment of methods, monitors and review of records for analytical monitors (Reviews the following functions of the technologists):


                                    Reviews and updates policies and procedure manuals related to new tests.

                                                1.         Validation of new procedures.

                                                2.         Establishment and validation of new methodology.

                                                                        3.         Establishment and validation of computer analysis

                                                4.         Quality control program:

                                                            a.         Specific test methods.

                                                            b.         Reagents.

c.         Equipment maintenance and preventive maintenance.


                                    Proficiency testing program.

                                                1.         External proficiency testing (surveys).

                                                2.         Internal proficiency testing

                                                            a.         Testing of previously analyzed specimens.

                                                            b.         Internal blind samples.  


            VII.       Establishment of methods and review of records for post analytical monitors (Reviews the following functions of the technologists):


                        A.         Reviews worksheets of technologists.

                        B.         Acceptable analytical performance.

                        C.         Remedial and corrective action when test systems deviate from

                                    laboratory's policies and procedures.

                        D.         Results are not reported until corrective has been taken and the test

                                    system is properly functioning.

                        E.         Result reporting.

                        F.         Archiving.

            VIII.      Analytic Processes (Reviews the following functions of the technologists):

                        A.  Quality Control and Equipment Maintenance

                        .           Should be familiar with quality control procedures and documentation of                            instrumentation and reagents.

                        .           Perform instrument calibration and maintenance performance.  Insure that

                                    instrumentation is working according to specifications.

                        .           Documents all quality control activities.

                        B.         Testing

                                    Diagnostic Immunology:

                        .           Test patient samples nucleic acid testing and other immunological procedures.

Troubleshoot when results are not within the laboratory's acceptable


Identify problems that may adversely affect test performance and


                        .           Determine causes of error.

                                    .           Equipment problems

                                                Repair equipment using the needed tools.

                                    .           Systems problems

                                                Review systems and determine if there was in operations which

                                                could affect result outcome.

                                    .           Testing

                                                Repeat testing and or perform reflex testing.

                        E.         Report problems immediately to supervisor.

                        F.         Document all corrective action.

                        G.         Interpretation of test results.

                                    .           Professional judgment of test results:

                                                .           Validity.

                                                .           Accuracy.

                                                .           Implement corrective action as necessary, i.e. retesting

                                                            using the same sample, new sample or utilize reflex


                                                .           Results are not reported until corrective action has been


                        Management of Resources (Reviews the following functions of the technologists):

                        A.         Review equipment usage

                        B.         Review new equipment available.

                        C.         Determine which equipment needs to be replaced.

                        D.         Justification of new or replacement equipment.

                        E.         Review vendors for supplies and equipment purchasing.

                        F.         Maintain laboratory supplies and place orders

                        G.         Prepare budget for supplies and equipment purchasing for the laboratory



            IX. Participates in the Transplant Biopsy / General Laboratory On Call Rotation

Minimum Qualifications:

  • This position requires a Medical degree (MD and/or MD/PhD) from an accredited medical school (or foreign equivalent), with 2 years of fellowship training.
  • Candidate must be board certified in Anatomic Pathology or Anatomic Pathology/Clinical Pathology and possess a Florida Medical License or equivalent. 
  • Subspecialty expertise/interest in transplant pathology along with other specialty areas is desired.

Applicants must apply online.

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Posted: 4/24/2019
Application Due: 6/23/2019
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