Executive Opportunities

Jordan Search Consultants actively recruits top talent for organizations throughout the United States including Integrated Health Systems, Medical Groups, Academic Institutions, IPAs, ACOs, HMOs, Health Plans, and Nonprofits.

Please find below a current list of our higher education and healthcare executive opportunities.

Jordan Search Consultants Announces Placement of Springfield Clinic CEO Filled!

St. Louis, MO—Jordan Search Consultants (JSC), a national healthcare, executive, and higher education recruitment firm, recently completed a nationwide executive search for Springfield Clinic’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Springfield, IL. Working with JSC within an aggressive timeline, Springfield Clinic named Ray Williams, a skilled healthcare executive with more than 30 years of experience, as the new CEO.

“We were honored to have the opportunity to fill such an important position for the prestigious Clinic,” said Kathy Jordan, President of Jordan Search Consultants. “I am very proud of my team for successfully recruiting Mr. Williams in an extremely condensed timeframe in order to meet the Clinic’s aggressive hiring goals.”

Springfield Clinic was seeking a CEO with strong leadership skills who would recognize the physicians’ commitment to remaining a competitive and independent medical group. Williams, who most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Physician Mergers & Integration at International Council for Quality Care, Inc., comprehensively grasps the organization’s vision for the future.

“The Springfield Clinic team was extremely impressed by not only the quality of candidates Jordan Search Consultants provided, but also their entire search process,” said Katie Rutledge, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Springfield Clinic. “They customized the process for our organization and readily incorporated our feedback to create a positive experience for us and for the candidates. The entire team was professional, responsive, and flexible; they were frequently on-site to advise us and facilitate the process for the best outcome.”

Williams officially joined Springfield Clinic on Monday, January 23, replacing J. Michael Maynard, who was named interim CEO by the Board of Directors in July 2016.

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About Jordan Search Consultants

Founded in 2003, Jordan Search Consultants provides executive, healthcare, and higher education recruitment services to clients throughout the nation. By understanding the unique culture of each client organization and the professional and personal goals of each candidate, the professionals at Jordan Search Consultants are able to develop effective solutions to staffing needs. With packages that range from candidate sourcing services to complete turnkey position fulfillment solutions, Jordan Search Consultants provides a customized level of recruitment support to hospitals/integrated delivery systems, medical groups, academic institutions, IPAs, ACOs, HMOs, health plans, hospice/palliative medicine organizations, and community health centers. For more, visit www.jordansc.com, call 866-750-7231, or email kjordan@jordansc.com.

 

 

 

Chief of Gastroenterology, Southern Illinois University (SIU), Springfield, Illinois

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine 
Springfield, Illinois

The Department of Internal Medicine at Southern Illinois University SOM (SIU SOM) seeks a Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology to direct and expand the Division’s clinical, research, and teaching programs. Institutional commitment to academic gastroenterology exists. There is also the intent to develop a state-of-the-art regional GI diagnostic and treatment center with affiliated hospital. There is ample opportunity to grow the Division in the direction of the new division chief’s vision and plan.

Founded in 1970, SIU SOM has received national and international recognition for innovation in medical education and offers a welcoming environment for dedicated clinicians who love to teach. Memorial Medical Center, a 450-bed community hospital is teaching site for SIU SOM. In May 2015, Memorial Medical Center opened the new Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, expanding SIU’s vision to be a national leader for excellence in healthcare learning and innovation through skills training and simulation labs.

Springfield, IL is a charming Midwest community conveniently located in Central Illinois just 200 miles south of Chicago and approximately 90 miles north of St. Louis. The population of Springfield proper is 120,000 inhabitants, with an additional 125,000 in the surrounding communities.  The city offers an excellent public school system as well as Lincoln Land Community College, the University of Illinois at Springfield and several technical and business schools.  Recreation is abundant, with hiking, horseback riding and biking just minutes away.  Boating, swimming and water skiing is seasonally available at beautiful lake Springfield, located on the southern outskirts of the city (15 min. from the medical center). There is a rich artistic community, as well as, several large theater groups. The Sangamon auditorium offers regularly scheduled operas, plays and symphonies.  Transportation to and from Springfield could not be better. The city is conveniently located off I-55 which connects Springfield to both St. Louis and Chicago. The city operated airport services major carriers such as United Express and ATA. Additionally, the Amtrak station is located in the heart of the city, approximately 5 minutes from the medical center.  Don’t let Chicago’s harsh winters alarm you, Springfield is not affected by the great lake effect, hence our local weather conditions are surprisingly pleasant!

Qualifications:  Must be board certified in Gastroenterology and board certified in Internal Medicine strongly preferred. Licensed or eligible for licensure to practice medicine in the state of Illinois. Demonstrated administrative and leadership skills and a record of academic, scholarly accomplishment or administrative accomplishments in one or more areas including extramural grant funded research (clinical, translational or basic), high level scholarship, exemplary teaching prowess/curriculum development, and/or healthcare policy.   Established credentials in research are necessary for appointment at the full professor level.

For full consideration: A letter of interest and curriculum vitae should be directed to the executive search firm:

Jordan Search Consultants c/o Sheila Bixler by email, sbixler@jordansc.com; by phone, 636.294.6082; or by mail to Jordan Search Consultants, 113 Church Street, O’Fallon, MO 63366.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled

Department Chair, Internal Medicine Transmountain Texas Tech University Health Science Center, El Paso, TX

Opening for Department Chair, Internal Medicine — Transmountain 

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso 

This expanding University offers an exceptional opportunity to put your fingerprint on a new program. TTUHSC El Paso’s Paul L. Foster School of Medicine is seeking a dynamic physician leader to develop a new Department of Internal Medicine and a new Internal Medicine residency program in a unique private hospital and Health Sciences Center partnership.

As a full time, academic faculty, the selected candidate will focus on enhancing each of the University’s missions of education, patient care, scholarship, and public service. This position will also serve as Chief of Service, Section of Internal Medicine, at The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus, a new 106 bed community hospital built from the ground up to be a teaching facility for TTUHSC El Paso’s students. The Transmountain Campus is a comprehensive community hospital and is the newest addition in El Paso’s largest and most trusted healthcare network. A diverse patient population serves as the foundation for potential clinical research studies.

Highlights of the Community and Position: 

  • Top 10 Best Places to Live for Quality of Life, US News and World Report, 2016
  • #1 safest city in America with a population over 500,000
  • New 106-bed hospital and adjacent 110,000 sq. ft. medical office building
  • Multicultural environment with rich history, arts, food, and entertainment
  • No state income tax, low housing cost, great schools, and high desert climate/scenic mountains
  • Over $110 million in private investment to revitalize downtown El Paso
  • West El Paso population is growing at almost twice the national average
  • Startup position to build the next iteration of Texas Tech’s teaching mission in El Paso
  • Dynamic colleagues eager to collaborate
  • Recruit your own department faculty
  • Competitive salary and benefits package

Ideal Candidate: 

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine or subspecialty by the American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Eligible for licensure/licensed in Texas
  • Qualified for academic rank of Associate or full Professor with direct leadership experience
  • “Working chair” who enjoys clinical practice with strong administrative and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in faculty and resident recruitment, retention, mentoring and development
  • Experience in a practice setting that includes a private sector/academic collaboration
  • Master’s degree in business administration, healthcare administration, or related area desirable

For additional information regarding this excellent physician leadership opportunity, please contact: 

Adam Rockey

Executive Search Consultant

arockey@jordansc.com 

Office: 636.203.8422

Mobile: 314.258.6986

TTUHSC El Paso in an EEO/AA employer. The Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or status as a protected veteran.

Department Chair, OB/GYN – Transmountain Texas Tech University Health Science Center, El Paso, TX

Department Chair, OB/GYN — Transmountain 

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso 

This expanding University offers an exceptional opportunity to put your fingerprint on a new program. TTUHSC El Paso’s Paul L. Foster School of Medicine is seeking a dynamic physician leader to develop a new Department of OB/GYN and a new OB/GYN residency program in a unique private hospital and Health Sciences Center partnership.

As a full time, academic faculty, the selected candidate will focus on enhancing each of the University’s missions of education, patient care, scholarship, and public service. This position will also serve as Chief of Service, Section of OB/GYN, at The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus, a new 106 bed community hospital built from the ground up to be a teaching facility for TTUHSC El Paso’s students. The Transmountain Campus is a comprehensive community hospital and is the newest addition in El Paso’s largest and most trusted healthcare network. A diverse patient population serves as the foundation for potential clinical research studies.

Highlights of the Community and Position: 

  • Top 10 Best Places to Live for Quality of Life, US News and World Report, 2016
  • #1 safest city in America with a population over 500,000
  • New 106-bed hospital and adjacent 110,000 sq. ft. medical office building
  • Multicultural environment with rich history, arts, food, and entertainment
  • No state income tax, low housing cost, great schools, and high desert climate/scenic mountains
  • Over $110 million in private investment to revitalize downtown El Paso
  • West El Paso population is growing at almost twice the national average
  • Startup position to build the next iteration of Texas Tech’s teaching mission in El Paso
  • Dynamic colleagues eager to collaborate
  • Recruit your own department faculty
  • Competitive salary and benefits package

Ideal Candidate: 

  • Board certified in OB/GYN or subspecialty by the American Board of OB/GYN
  • Eligible for licensure/licensed in Texas
  • Qualified for academic rank of Associate or full Professor with direct leadership experience
  • “Working chair” who enjoys clinical practice with strong administrative andinterpersonal skills
  • Experience in faculty and resident recruitment, retention, mentoring, and development
  • Experience in a practice setting that includes a private sector/academic collaboration
  • Master’s degree in business administration, healthcare administration, or related area desirable

For additional information regarding this excellent physician leadership opportunity, please contact: 

Adam Rockey, Executive Search Consultant
arockey@jordansc.com
Office: 636.203.8422
Mobile: 314.258.6986

Heidi Johnson, Director of Recruitment
hjohnson@jordansc.com
Office: 360.930.8668 – WA
Mobile: 916.838.1671

TTUHSC El Paso in an EEO/AA employer. The Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or status as a protected veteran.

Director of Quality, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Grand Rapids, MI

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
Grand Rapids, MI
Position Announcement
Director of Quality, Hospital Based Services

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services has one of the largest free-standing psychiatric inpatient hospitals in the U.S. and is one of the largest behavioral health organizations in the nation. With over 200 licensed beds, across a beautiful 220-acre campus, Pine Rest offers a variety of opportunities to develop and nurture a professional career in the field of quality. Within a Christian framework, this transformative leader is responsible for innovating and advancing a culture of quality improvement with a patient first focus. The Director of Quality, Hospital Based Services, will have a strong understanding of how data drives quality improvements and will be up to date on the latest trends in the world of quality and behavioral health, making key contributions to the overall vision of best-in-class services.

Highlights of the position include:

  • Join an experienced, highly engaged leadership team for an organization at the forefront of the national landscape of behavioral health services.
  • An equal voice as a member of the Hospital Based Leadership Team.
  • Work side by side with nurses and physicians dedicated to impacting outcomes of care through a steadfast approach to quality.
  • Scope of services delivered at Pine Rest offers an unmatched diversity of care, beds, and programming.
  • Opportunity to share and receive data along with best practices with the top behavioral groups across the country through the Harbor Performance Initiative.
  • Provides leadership regarding the innovation, development, implementation, and evaluation of quality initiatives.
  • Lead a team of 5 to include: a clinical quality coordinator; patient experience officer; and 3 quality coordinators.
  • Highly competitive compensation package with comprehensive health, dental, and vision.

Grand Rapids:

Get ready to be wowed – West Michigan never fails to surprise visitors with the huge variety of things to see and do: world-renowned art; museums and historic sites for cultural vacationers; world-class golf; recreation and beaches for nature lovers; incredible farm-to-table restaurants for foodies; and wholesome “playcation” fun for families. It’s all topped off by the most vibrant downtown between Chicago and Cleveland – all the benefits of a big city with none of the hassle.

Qualifications:
Registered Nurse License Required. Master’s degree in relevant field. LEAN, Six Sigma certification preferred. Experience with Joint Commission, CMS necessary. Minimum 5 years of experience in management of a healthcare quality department, preferably in behavioral health.  Experience in Regulatory and Risk Management is strongly preferred.

For full consideration:  A letter of interest and curriculum vitae should be directed to the executive search firm:  Jordan Search Consultants, Adam Rockey, arockey@jordansc.com, 636.294.6085.

 

Endowed Scientific Chair, Arms + Hands Lab, Shirley Ryan AbilityLabTM, Chicago, IL

Overview

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab® (SRALab) formerly, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago — a name synonymous with world-class care and breakthrough research — is taking the next step forward with its groundbreaking new hospital the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab®, an inspiring environment in which top experts, equipped with the most advanced technology and cutting-edge research, treat patients using the most progressive therapeutic interventions anywhere in the world. Physicians, therapists, nurses, scientists, innovators and technologists help patients regain and re-imagine functional independence in ways never thought possible.

SRALab is pioneering a fully “translational” model of treatment — infusing 21st-century biomedical science into clinical care in ways unlike anywhere else. As home to one of the largest rehabilitation research efforts in the world, SRALab has nearly 300 projects underway, representing an investment of more than $18 million annually, funded through governmental and private support. Scientists and clinicians collaborate with patients in real time, sharing the same space to enable application and testing (“translation”) of research during care. This integrated approach shortens the time between lab and treatment advances. In this way, it helps patients achieve better outcomes faster.

Over the past 60 years, SRALab has developed deep expertise, wisdom and compassion in caring for patients with various conditions of the arms and hands. Today, SRALab clinicians and scientists focus on the advancement of hand function and movement, body and upper-limb coordination, strength, reaching and hand control (including individual finger manipulation).

SRALab is engaged in research to optimize recovery for individuals with arm and hand function in medical conditions resulting in loss of complex hand/arm and reaching skills. Such medical conditions include brain injury, spinal cord injury and diseases of the nerves, muscles and bones. The Arms + Hands Lab is designed for patients and research subjects who would benefit from a stimulating and robust environment in pursuit of complex hand and reaching skills. The Lab will actively pursue investigational and experimental approaches which include experimental electromyography, movement analysis, kinetic analysis, biomechanics, sensor technologies, brain and/or other imaging, brain physiology, musculosketal physiology, experimental biologics, experimental pharmacotherapeutics, and use of smart devices and other emerging technologies.

Key Responsibilities

The Endowed Scientific Chair of the Arms + Hands Lab provides leadership to the scientific teams establishing the road map to realize SRALab’s Vision. The Endowed Scientific Chair will facilitate clinically meaningful research and apply state-of-the-art scientific principles that improve patient function, specifically in the areas of complex arm/hand and reaching skills. The Endowed Scientific Chair establishes research themes, provides guidance and technical expertise in collaboration with the Clinical Chairs of all Innovation Centers. The Endowed Scientific Chair is expected to create synergy among investigators and clinicians in the Arms + Hands Lab that will speed discovery and ensure clinical adoption of discoveries.

  1. Develops strong research vision encompassing innovative approach to solving problems for patients with loss of function in the arms and hands; must also be able to articulate and communicate the vision broadly. Vision must be consistent with and complementary to SRALab’s Vision, which includes the integration of science/research, where possible, within the clinical milieu.
  1. Provides leadership to Arms + Hands Lab, accountable for overall success and effectiveness of entire Lab (as well as for his/her own research pursuits).
  1. Recruits and directs productive research focused on patient problems associated with Arms + Hands Lab. This responsibility includes recruiting and overseeing success of other principal investigators and their labs in the work of applied research (includes influencing and overseeing growth of federal grant funding).
  1. Partners with Clinical Chairs to ensure that clinicians are intimately involved in defining patient needs, which will drive scientific research.
  1. Provides scientific guidance and experimental advice related to arm and hand function in medical conditions resulting in loss of complex hand/arm and reaching skills. Such medical conditions include brain injury, spinal cord injury and diseases of the nerves, muscles and bones.
  1. Oversees research of principal investigators focused on complex hand/arm and reaching skills.
  1. Partners with Clinical Chairs (of Innovation Centers) through close collaboration in order to:
  • Establish research priorities.
  • Ensure that scientifically validated innovations, including treatments and devices, are quickly adopted into clinical practice.
  • Ensure that appropriate instruments and methods are in place to measure strength and endurance.
  • Ensure that clinical innovation and practice are supported and informed by appropriate research methodology.
  • Ensure that activities of the Lab are driving real, validated improvements in patient outcomes.
  1. Remains abreast of state-of-the-art research methods used around the world in areas relevant to Arms + Hands Lab.
  1. Serves as member of the Ability Index/Outcomes “swat initiative” team responsible for driving the process, metrics, analysis and reporting; owns influence over the Ability Index domains that reflect complex hand/arm and reaching skills.
  1. Creates synergy among investigators in Arms + Hands Lab to maximize research productivity and quality.
  1. Actively participates in key research committees throughout hospital, chairing when appropriate.
  1. Liaises with all other Research Chairs to guarantee synergy and best practices throughout hospital.
  1. Recruits, hires, mentors and develops highly qualified staff with expertise in complex hand/arm and reaching skills, and who are capable of guiding research consistent with SRALab’s Vision.
  1. Provides scientific leadership to SRALab investigators in Arms + Hands Lab; mentors young researchers and integrates them into ongoing research being performed by more senior investigators.
  1. Provides operational leadership to maximize appropriate use of Lab scientific equipment and personnel.
  1. Tracks research productivity (grants, publications, laboratory space) of all SRALab investigators in Arms + Hands Lab; provides monthly research productivity reports to Chief Scientific Officer.
  1. Develops and tracks annual and long-range research budget for Arms + Hands Lab, including all relevant grant funds, endowments and philanthropic accounts.
  1. Implements leadership strategy cultivating collaborative, professional, creative work environment to stimulate inquiry, scientific method and continuous quality improvement.
  1. Advances SRALab’s academic mission by creating exciting teaching environment, maintaining strong relationships with appropriate local, national and international academic institutions and professional organizations.

 

Reporting Relationships

  1. Reports directly to Chief Scientific Officer, with dotted-line/matrix reporting to Chief Medical Officer.
  1. Responsible for researchers within Arms + Hands Lab.
  1. Active member of the “Ability Index Steering Council” (name TBD).
  1. Active member of “Clinical Research Integration Council” (name TBD) led by Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Medical Officer.

 

Qualifications

  1. Doctoral degree in relevant field, e.g., physiology, biomechanics, motor control, exercise physiology, biomedical engineering, neural engineering or others.
  1. University faculty appointment of Associate Professor or higher.
  1. Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written.
  1. Minimum of ten years’ experience running and growing a large research lab or research group.
  1. Proven ability to develop and lead a large, complex, multi-dimensional team that is quality- and outcome-oriented, patient-care-service driven.
  1. Proven success competing for federal grants, such as VA, DOD, NIH and NIDRR agencies; funding level of approximately $500k-$1M/year.
  1. Substantial publication, demonstrating leadership in field, establishing credibility and engendering confidence in junior and senior scientists; publication threshold of approximately 100 research reports.
  1. Publication in relevant basic science and clinical journals such as Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Journal of Hand Surgery, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of Neurophysiology and Journal of Physiology (London).
  1. Proven ability in translational research, providing specific examples of basic science applied to addressing clinical problems.
  1. Experience with and knowledge of fundraising; demonstrated experience in donor cultivation activities.

 

Professional and Interpersonal Characteristics

  1. Established scientific leader in field relevant to Arms + Hands Lab; proven thought leader in field.
  1. Outstanding interpersonal skills, including proven ability to communicate effectively with scientists and clinicians working in fast-paced, fluid environment.
  1. Proven ability to recruit senior scientific leaders to bring their novel work/join the momentum in Arms + Hands Lab, and to support their integration and success.
  1. Proven ability to mentor both junior and senior scientists.
  1. Ability to think creatively in applying scientific principles to measurement of complex hand/arm and reaching skills, especially with respect to clinical problems.
  1. Affinity for and/or experience with human-subject research.
  1. Comfortable operating in clinical environment, including demonstrated professionalism, environment-specific vocabulary and patient management.
  1. Demonstrated leadership in medical research programs that include both basic scientists and physicians.
  1. Willingness and ability to fulfill SRALab Vision of fully integrating scientific and medical disciplines.
  1. Current knowledge of all state-of-the-art research methods and approaches relevant to Arms + Hands Lab.

Please direct all nominations and curriculum vitaes to Kristin Koppen or Kathy Jordan via email to  kkoppen@jordansc.com or by phone at 866.750.7231, Attention: Job Code SRALab A+H.

SRALab is an Affirmative Action-Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for all positions, and employees are treated during employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, the presence of a non-job-related medical condition, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status to the extent required by law. 

SRALab embraces diversity in its work force.

 

Family Medicine Program Director, Baptist Health, Arkansas

Largest Health System in Arkansas seeks Family Medicine Program Director

Exceptional opportunity to put your fingerprint on a new program as Baptist Health is seeking a dynamic physician leader to develop a new Graduate Medical Education Program to train the next generation of family medicine physicians. As a voting member, collaborate with the Graduate Medical Education Committee to develop your vision for a world class residency program.

Baptist Health is the state’s most comprehensive healthcare system. With more than 9,200 employees, 175 points of access – including nine hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, family clinics, and therapy and wellness centers – Baptist Health is committed to delivering all the best in healthcare.

Highlights of the Community and Position:

  • Founding Director role with strong administrative support
  • Vision for the new program is not limited by tradition or status quo
  • Active role in faculty and residency recruitment
  • Innovative culture with robust population health and telemedicine prospects
  • Establishing an official relationship with University of Arkansas Medical School
  • Little Rock recognized as “Best Places to Live”, by US News and World Report
  • “Natural State” offers unmatched outdoor recreation
  • Competitive salary and benefits package

Ideal Candidate: 

  • Board certified in Family Medicine
  • Eligible for medical licensure/licensed in the State of Arkansas
  • 5 years clinical experience
  • 2 years as core faculty member in ACGME – Accredited Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • A builder with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Master of Business Administration degree or other equivalent degree is desirable

 

For additional information regarding this excellent physician leadership opportunity, please contact: Adam Rockey at arockey@jordansc.com or 636.203.8422

 

Internal Medicine Program Director, Baptist Health, Arkansas

Largest Health System in Arkansas seeks Internal Medicine Program Director

Exceptional opportunity to put your fingerprint on a new program as Baptist Health is seeking a dynamic physician leader to develop a new Graduate Medical Education Program to train the next generation of internal medicine physicians. As a voting member, collaborate with the Graduate Medical Education Committee to develop and implement your vision for a world class residency program.

Baptist Health is the state’s most comprehensive healthcare system. With more than 9,200 employees, 175 points of access – including nine hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, family clinics, and therapy and wellness centers – Baptist Health is committed to delivering all the best in healthcare.

Highlights of the Community and Position:

  • Founding Director role with strong administrative support
  • Vision for the new program is not limited by tradition or status quo
  • Active role in faculty and residency recruitment
  • Innovative culture with robust population health and telemedicine prospects
  • Establishing an official relationship with University of Arkansas Medical School
  • Little Rock recognized as “Best Places to Live”, by US News and World Report
  • “Natural State” offers unmatched outdoor recreation
  • Competitive salary and benefits package

Ideal Candidate:

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine
  • Eligible for medical licensure/licensed in the State of Arkansas
  • 3 years of GME administrative experience prior to appointment
  • 5 years as an active faculty member in ACGME – Accredited Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • A builder with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Master of Business Administration degree or other equivalent degree is desirable

For additional information regarding this excellent physician leadership opportunity, please contact: Adam Rockey at arockey@jordansc.com or 636.203.8422

 

Endowed Scientific Chair, Legs + Walking Lab, Shirley Ryan AbilityLabTM, Chicago, IL

Overview

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab® (SRALab), formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago — a name synonymous with world-class care and breakthrough research — is taking the next step forward with its groundbreaking new hospital the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab®, an inspiring environment in which top experts, equipped with the most advanced technology and cutting-edge research, treat patients using the most progressive therapeutic interventions anywhere in the world. Physicians, therapists, nurses, scientists, innovators and technologists help patients regain and re-imagine functional independence in ways never thought possible.

SRALab is pioneering a fully “translational” model of treatment — infusing 21st-century biomedical science into clinical care in ways unlike anywhere else. As home to one of the largest rehabilitation research efforts in the world, SRALab has nearly 300 projects underway, representing an investment of more than $18 million annually, funded through governmental and private support. Scientists and clinicians collaborate with patients in real time, sharing the same space to enable application and testing (“translation”) of research during care. This integrated approach shortens the time between lab and treatment advances. In this way, it helps patients achieve better outcomes faster.

Over the past 60 years, SRALab has developed deep expertise, wisdom and compassion in caring for patients with various diagnoses affecting the trunk and pelvis stability, positioning and control of the hips, knees and ankles, as well as stepping and propulsion. Today, SRALab clinicians and scientists focus on the advancement to enhance locomotion, gait and walking.

The Legs + Walking Lab is designed for patients and research subjects who would benefit from a stimulating and robust environment in pursuit of complex skills. The Lab will provide care and research for patients with diagnoses affecting lower-body function resulting from brain injury, spinal cord injury and diseases of the nerves, muscles and bones. Researchers and clinicians will focus on the advancement of trunk, pelvic and leg function, movement, coordination, strength and balance. Investigational and experimental approaches explored will include experimental electromyography, movement analysis, kinetic analysis, biomechanics, sensor technologies, brain and/or other imaging, brain physiology, musculoskeletal physiology, experimental biologics, experimental pharmacotherapeutics, and use of smart devices and other emerging technologies.

Key Responsibilities

The Scientific Chair of the Legs + Walking Lab provides leadership to the scientific teams establishing the road map to realize SRALab’s Vision. The Scientific Chair will facilitate clinically meaningful research and apply state-of-the-art scientific principles that improve patient function, specifically in the areas of locomotion, gait and walking. The Scientific Chair establishes research themes, provides guidance and technical expertise in collaboration with the Clinical Chairs of all Innovation Centers. The Scientific Chair is expected to create synergy among investigators and clinicians in the Legs + Walking Lab that will speed discovery and ensure clinical adoption of discoveries.

  1. Develops strong research vision encompassing innovative approach to solving problems for patients with loss of function in the lower body; must also be able to articulate and communicate the vision broadly. Vision must be consistent with and complementary to SRALab’s Vision, which includes the integration of science/research, where possible, within the clinical milieu.
  1. Provides leadership to Legs + Walking Lab, accountable for overall success and effectiveness of entire Lab (as well as for his/her own research pursuits).
  1. Recruits and directs productive research focused on patient problems associated with Legs + Walking Lab. This responsibility includes recruiting and overseeing success of other principal investigators and their labs in the work of applied research (includes influencing and overseeing growth of federal grant funding).
  1. Partners with Clinical Chairs to ensure that clinicians are intimately involved in defining patient needs, which will drive scientific research.
  1. Provides scientific guidance and experimental advice related to locomotion, gait and walking in medical conditions resulting in loss of lower-body function (e.g. brain injury, spinal cord injury and diseases of the nerves, muscles and bones).
  1. Oversees research of principal investigators focused on lower-extremity functions such as walking, running, standing, sitting and balance.
  1. Partners with Clinical Chairs (of Innovation Centers) through close collaboration in order to:
  • Establish research priorities.
  • Ensure that scientifically validated innovations, including treatments and devices, are quickly adopted into clinical practice.
  • Ensure that appropriate instruments and methods are in place to measure strength and endurance.
  • Ensure that clinical innovation and practice are supported and informed by appropriate research methodology.
  • Ensure that activities of the Lab are driving real, validated improvements in patient outcomes.
  1. Remains abreast of state-of-the-art research methods used around the world in areas relevant to Legs + Walking Lab.
  1. Serves as member of the Ability Index/Outcomes “swat initiative” team responsible for driving the process, metrics, analysis and reporting; owns influence over the Ability Index domains that reflect leg function and locomotion.
  1. Creates synergy among investigators in Legs + Walking Lab to maximize research productivity and quality.
  1. Actively participates in key research committees throughout hospital, chairing when appropriate.
  1. Liaises with all other Scientific Chairs to guarantee synergy and best practices throughout hospital.
  1. Recruits, hires, mentors and develops highly qualified staff with expertise in lower-body function, and who are capable of guiding research consistent with SRALab’s Vision.
  1. Provides scientific leadership to SRALab investigators in Legs + Walking Lab; mentors young researchers and integrates them into ongoing research being performed by more senior investigators.
  1. Provides operational leadership to maximize appropriate use of Lab scientific equipment and personnel.
  1. Tracks research productivity (grants, publications, laboratory space) of all SRALab investigators in Legs + Walking Lab; provides monthly research productivity reports to Chief Scientific Officer.
  1. Develops and tracks annual and long-range research budget for Legs + Walking Lab, including all relevant grant funds, endowments and philanthropic accounts.
  1. Implements leadership strategy cultivating collaborative, professional, creative work environment to stimulate inquiry, scientific method and continuous quality improvement.
  1. Advances SRALab’s academic mission by creating exciting teaching environment, maintaining strong relationships with appropriate local, national and international academic institutions and professional organizations.

 

Reporting Relationships

  1. Reports directly to Chief Scientific Officer, with dotted-line/matrix reporting to Chief Medical Officer.
  2. Responsible for researchers within Legs + Walking Lab.
  3. Active member of the “Ability Index Steering Council” (name TBD).
  4. Active member of “Clinician Research Integration Council” (name TBD) led by Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Medical Officer.

 

Qualifications

  1. Doctoral degree in relevant field, e.g., physiology, biomechanics, motor control, exercise physiology, biomedical engineering, neural engineering or others.
  1. University faculty appointment of Associate Professor or higher.
  1. Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written.
  1. Minimum of ten years’ experience running and growing a large research lab or research group.
  1. Proven ability to develop and lead a large, complex, multi-dimensional team that is quality- and outcome-oriented, patient-care-service driven.
  1. Proven success competing for federal grants, such as VA, DOD, NIH and NIDRR agencies; funding level of approximately $500k-$1M/year.
  1. Substantial publication, demonstrating leadership in field, establishing credibility and engendering confidence in junior and senior scientists; publication threshold of approximately 100 research reports.
  1. Publication in relevant basic science and clinical journals such as Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Journal of Gait and Posture, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of Neurophysiology and Journal of Physiology (London).
  1. Proven ability in translational research, providing specific examples of basic science applied to addressing clinical problems.
  1. Experience with and knowledge of fundraising; demonstrated experience in donor cultivation activities.

 

Professional and Interpersonal Characteristics

  1. Established scientific leader in field relevant to Legs + Walking Lab; proven thought leader in field.
  1. Outstanding interpersonal skills, including proven ability to communicate effectively with scientists and clinicians working in fast-paced, fluid environment.
  1. Proven ability to recruit senior scientific leaders to bring their novel work/join the momentum in Legs + Walking Lab, and to support their integration and success.
  1. Proven ability to mentor both junior and senior scientists.
  1. Ability to think creatively in applying scientific principles to measurement of human lower body, especially with respect to clinical problems.
  1. Affinity for and/or experience with human-subject research.
  1. Comfortable operating in clinical environment, including demonstrated professionalism, environment-specific vocabulary and patient management.
  1. Demonstrated leadership in medical research programs that include both basic scientists and physicians.
  1. Willingness and ability to fulfill SRALab’s Vision of fully integrating scientific and medical disciplines.
  1. Current knowledge of all state-of-the-art research methods and approaches relevant to Legs + Walking Lab.

Please direct all nominations and curriculum vitaes to Kristin Koppen or Kathy Jordan via email to  kkoppen@jordansc.com or by phone at 866.750.7231, Attention: Job Code SRALab A+H.

SRALab is an Affirmative Action-Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for all positions, and employees are treated during employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, the presence of a non-job-related medical condition, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status to the extent required by law.

SRALab embraces diversity in its work force.

 

 

If you are seeking a new position, please email your CV or resume to Sheila Bixler, sbixler@jordansc.com, or call 866-750-7231.

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