Professor of Clinical
Job location: Miami, FL
Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-09-25
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General Description (Purpose and Function):
The University of Miami 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. The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine currently has 7 faculty members with strong clinical, research and educational activities and sponsors a fully approved ACGME the residency training program in Thoracic Surgery. This is the largest academic cardiothoracic training program in Southern Florida comprising of the University of Miami Healthcare System, and additional sites of practice at Jackson Memorial Healthcare System -including the Holtz Children's Hospital - and the Miami Veterans Administration Medical Center. Our Congenital Heart Surgery Program is involved in surgical treatment of congenital heart and lung defects in children. Inclusive of neonatal, infant and adult congenital surgical procedures as well as pediatric heart transplantation. The section of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgery consists of two surgeons and a Section Chief. The Section Chief plays an integral leadership role on both the practice as well as the Hospital and Health System's operations in this service
Primary Duties and Responsibilities (For-exempt Employees Include Percent of Effort):
The Chief of Pediatric & Congenital Cardiac Surgery:
Performs the complete scope of surgical services including consultations and surgical care for congenital heart problems including a wide spectrum of defects in newborns, infants, children and adolescents. Examples of heart operations include arterial switch, Norwood operations, closure of septal defects, repair of tetralogy of Fallot, staged palliation of single ventricle defects including Fontan Procedures, heart rhythm disorders, complex defects, ECMON AD and transplantation. Inclusive of Neonatal, infant and adult congenital surgical procedure.
Working with the Chief of Pediatric Cardiology, leads the pediatric cardiology service line associated with the Children's Heart Center at Holtz Children's and Women's Hospital.
Establishes and maintains quality standards and procedures for children undergoing cardiac surgery and heart transplant.
Works with the leadership of the Holtz Children's Hospital to assure that the pediatric cardiovascular surgery program meets or exceeds the criteria required for accreditation of the cardiac surgery/cardiology program by the State of Florida, as well as accreditation/certification of the neonatal intensive care unit as a Level Ill/Level IV center and accreditation/certification of the Level 1 pediatric trauma center.
Works collaboratively to implement clinical effectiveness programs, including clinical pathways and other similar guidelines and protocols as needed
Performs and leads all pediatric and congenital cardiac surgeries and heart transplantation
Oversees outcomes, quality, and patient experience for the program
Recruits, retains, and develops faculty and staff human resources talent for the program
Works closely and collaborates with the Chief of Pediatric Cardiology and all members of the Holtz' Heart
Coordinates and provide scheduling services for physicians to ensure coverage to perform services when
Maintains administrative records pertaining to the scheduling of all physicians and ensure the hospital(s) has/have reasonable access to such records.
Performs daily unit rounds on all assigned inpatients and perform all inpatient follow up during the inpatient stay.
Provides outpatient professional medical services performed in all scheduled clinics related to the Program.
Participates in regular outpatient clinics for the Program
Coordinates inpatient care and clinic care under the Program with the patient's primary physician
Collaborates with other physicians and hospital personnel (including case managers) to reduce medically
unnecessary use of resources and length of stay and coordinate interdepartmental patient care
Provides assistance as needed to bed control and other hospital personnel to facilitate patient throughput
Responds in a timely fashion to patients, other physicians or hospital personnel making patient care related
Participates in all root cause analysis and related activities conducted for the Program at all sites of service.
Works collaboratively with hospital personnel to implement the quality goals of the Program and implement
quality initiatives to address any identified deficiencies
Participates in periodic meetings with unit personnel at the hospital related to core measures and patient and
implements teaching activities related to residents and fellows rotating through the Program
Works with hospital personnel to obtain all mutually agreed upon program designations of distinction.
Provides professional medical services twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week for 365 days (or 366
as the case may be) a year to all inpatients/outpatients in the Program in collaboration with other Faculty in
the section and the division.
Works with faculty, residents, and fellows to carry out programmatic research on childhood heart disease,
(prevention, screening, mechanisms, clinical trials, innovative therapies).
Works with the Chief of Pediatric Cardiology as well as colleagues in the Division of Cardiology in the
Department of Medicine and Division of Cardiovascular Surgery to grow a program in adult congenital heart
Assures that professional medical services are provided twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week for
365 days (or 366 as the case may be) a year to all inpatients/outpatients in the Program
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Along with proper training and certification, pediatric cardiac surgeons must have a keen interest in and concern for
the needs of newborns, children and adults with congenital cardiac anomalies. Pediatric surgery involves treating
patients in various stages of development, therefore a clear understanding of child physiology and pharmacology is
essential to apply extreme precision in treatment. A high degree of sensitivity is also important in interacting with
families and patients.
Specific knowledge and skills needed include:
Knowledge of and ability to apply professional medical principles, procedures, and techniques.
Thorough knowledge of pharmacological agents used in patient treatments
Effective verbal and written communication skills along with proper telephone etiquette
Performs duties in tactful, collegial and professional manner
Fluency in Spanish and/or Creole is greatly valued because our local and regional demographics.
Education Requirements (Essential Requirements):
Bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine or related field, followed by 4 years in medical school and additional residency and fellowship specialty training
Florida Medical License required
Successful completion of a fellowship in pediatric cardiac surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Congenital Heart Surgery Subspecialty Certification (or eligible) required
Obtaining and maintaining above certification is required
Work Experience Requirements (Essential Requirements):
8-10 of work-related experience in the field of pediatric cardiac surgery is required to lead this program as
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