The Hunter Holmes McGuire Department of Veterans Affairs Medical is seeking a Spine Neurosurgeon with interest in outcomes and comparative effectiveness research to join the team of VCU neurosurgeons at the VAMC.
This position will be centered at the VA, with protected time for outcomes and comparative effectiveness research, and with an academic appointment at VCU. One of the primary goals of this position is to build a comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach to patients with spinal symptoms. Existing research/QA staff include a PhD in neuroscience dedicated to outcomes research, a research coordinator, a clinical nurse coordinator, and collaborators in pain management, PM&R, psychiatry, and addiction medicine. A robust pain clinic manages patients with chronic pain. This clinic provides resources for patients with nonsurgical problems so that the neurosurgeons can concentrate on surgical care. One day per week will be spent in a clinical practice at VCU, with the ultimate goal of expanding the VAMC spine research program to encompass VCU spine care. Two days per week will be allotted for research and program development to allow the successful candidate to develop a mature research effort and obtain external grant funding. You should be fellowship-trained (or equivalent experience) in spine neurosurgery, with an interest or history in outcomes research, and will be board eligible/certified or equivalent. Complex spine surgery experience is required. You should have a strong interest in working collaboratively with both clinical and research teams. An important component to this position is Resident supervision and mentoring. Physicians with a background in comparative effectiveness or outcomes research will be preferred Must be eligible for academic appointment at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. Board certification or eligibility in Surgery is required for academic appointment at VCU. The city of Richmond combines big-city amenities with southern charm and ease. Traffic usually means it takes 10 minutes to get somewhere instead of five, which is good if you're trying to get to a reservation at a James Beard nominated restaurant, a gallery opening or a new exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The city is home to easy parking, restaurants that win raves from local fans and national media and some of the best street art in the entire country. Shop at fun boutiques and vintage shops or stroll through Carytown, the city of Richmond is ready to impress.
VA boasts a comprehensive compensation and benefits package (Paid Time-Off, Professional/Personal Insurance Coverages, 401K, CME, and Retirement, etc.) Department of Veterans Affairs offers Veterans the largest, most technologically advances integrated health care system in the United States. We operate more than 1,400 sites of care, including 153 medical centers, 909 ambulatory and community-based outpatient clinics, 135 nursing homes, 232 Veterans Centers, 47 readjustment counseling centers, and 108 comprehensive home-care programs, across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories. Learn more at: https://www.vacareers.va.gov/
If interested in learning more information about this position, please email an updated CV to Kevin.Buccola@va.gov
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