Denver Health, the premier safety net institution for the city of Denver and the entire Rocky Mountain region, in collaboration with the University of Colorado, is seeking a Chief of Thoraco-abdominal Imaging and Outpatient Services. We are seeking a skilled, visionary, and impactful thoraco-abdominal radiologist to define and execute a vision for a world class thoraco-abdominal imaging section, as well as an impactful patient- and referrer-centric outpatient imaging service line. Responsibilities for the role include growing an efficient, productive, cutting-edge clinical service; nurturing a robust and growing educational program for students, residents, and fellows; and spearheading a research portfolio for the section including clinical, health care delivery, and /or basic science research.
Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, academic health care system that is considered a model for the nation. As Colorado’s primary safety net institution, Denver Health provides the full spectrum of medical services from primary to oncologic care. Serving one third of the city of Denver, as well as patients from outside Denver, Denver Health provides primary care services via a citywide network of community health centers, school-based health clinics, and is now in the middle of building a 7-story 293,000 square foot outpatient medical center. Inpatient services are housed in multiple campus buildings with 555 pediatric, adult, and OB/GYN beds. Denver Health is committed to serving all patients, regardless of the ability to pay.
Denver Health’s Emergency Medicine program is nationally renowned, with over 120,000 patient visits per year, and with a nationally recognized stand-alone emergency medicine residency. Denver Health’s Level 1 Trauma Center is one of the world’s leading trauma centers and has amongst the highest survival rates in the country. The trauma center sees 18,000 patients annually, 2700 of whom are admitted, and many of whom arrive as transfers from any one of 60 regional hospitals. The trauma service is extraordinarily academically productive with millions in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and United States Department of Defense (DoD). The seminal text “Trauma” was authored by Denver Health faculty.
Denver Health is affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. All faculty at Denver Health have University appointments, and some also deliver care at the University campus as well. Faculty have access to the academic and cultural resources of Denver Health and the University.
The Chief of Thoraco-abdominal Imaging and Outpatient services will be a nationally known leader in the field of thoraco-abdominal/body imaging (with experience in abdominal imaging, cardiothoracic imaging, or both), one capable of vision setting and execution. She or he will have a personal reputation for excellence in clinical care, teaching, mentoring, and scholarship. As Chief of Thoraco-abdominal Imaging and Outpatient Services, this leader will have a dual focus:
Chief of Thoraco-abdominal Imaging: Imaging of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis comprises the largest share of Denver Health’s Radiology Department’s volume. Radiologists covering this service interpret inpatient and outpatient CTs, MRs, radiographs, and ultrasounds, as well as perform targeted fluoroscopy examinations.
Chief of Outpatient Services: Denver Health is wrapping up the largest physical expansion of clinical space in decades. The New Outpatient Medical Center (OMC) is slated to open in late 2020 and will span 7 stories and almost 300,000 sq ft; Radiology will have a large footprint, with equipment being located on 4 of the 7 floors. Existing imaging centers for outpatients will remain after the opening of the OMC, thereby representing a significant expansion of outpatient imaging capabilities. With this expansion, Denver Health is seeking new leader of the outpatient enterprise.
Within the context of these two roles, the chief will execute on the three essential missions of this academic, mission-driven department.
Clinically, the Chief will ensure the outpatient service line, and the Thoraco-abdominal imaging section, are productive, efficient, cutting-edge, and collaborative. We aim for continuous service improvements, patient satisfaction, and a strong reputation for meeting the patients’ and the institution’s needs. The Chief will collaborate with executive leadership, department heads, and division leads to develop new services, build referrals, and innovate. A superb working relationship with surgery, internal medicine services, and other referrers is expected.
Educationally, the Chief will define goals for developing a world class educational environment. The department aims to have robust programs for University of Colorado medical students, including shadowing programs, junior and senior student rotations, and participation in longitudinal integrated clerkships. Denver Health is one of the most highly rated sites for student and trainee education overall, and the Department of Radiology should be no exception. University of Colorado radiology residents rotate through the Denver Health Radiology Department, and we would eagerly support expanding the rotational offerings and number of trainees.
In the research realm, the opportunities for the Thoraco-abdominal imaging abound. As a national leader in serving the underserved and caring for trauma patients, there are ample opportunities to publish and speak on the innovative programs and cutting-edge imaging occurring at Denver Health. Collaboration with other productive researchers at the institution is an immense opportunity. Denver Health and the University Colorado are able to provide basic science research resources for physicians interested in that form of research. The Chief is expected to be academically productive with a focus on educational, operational, clinical research, and/or basic science scholarship (depending on the candidate’s interest or background). The Chief is also expected develop and support her or his team in their scholarly endeavors and help set the scholarly vision for the section. Enlisting students and residents in academic endeavors is highly encouraged.
Overall, the Chief must have the ability to engage and inspire others, including physician colleagues, department staff, and others throughout the institution.
The Chief will report directly to the Director of Denver Health’s Radiology Department. The Department benefits from extensive administrative support. Additionally, all radiology support staff report within the Department, not to an external hierarchy, so there is alignment of the staff and faculty towards the goals of the Department.
D., D.O. or foreign equivalent medical degree; board certification in Radiology; fellowship training and/or extensive experience in Thoraco-abdominal imaging (including potentially focused training in cardiothoracic imaging only or abdominal imaging only); eligibility for licensure in Colorado
Academic credentials ideally qualified to be appointed to the rank of Associate Professor or Professor of Radiology; have a demonstrated local and national reputation of excellence in
scholarship, teaching/mentoring, and clinical care.
Demonstrated success within an academically oriented radiology department.
A track record of delivering strong results in mission-driven organizations, including demonstrated ability to grow clinical volumes, meet budgets, measure and improve outcomes, and optimize throughput and clinical efficiency
A history of academic excellence in education and scholarly work.
Participation in national societies and organizations, preferably with service commitments and experience in local, national, or international speaking/teaching
Experience mentoring others, including junior faculty, trainees, and students
Position Details, Salary, and Benefits
Diagnostic radiology salaries are highly competitive, and the Chief will also receive an administrative stipend.
Denver Health offers full benefits, including an attractive 401(a) Social Security replacement savings program, a 457(b) retirement savings program, and employer matching contributions. Full details are available online and from human resources.
The Chief will be supported with administrative (non-clinical) time, as well as academic non-clinical time commensurate with scholarly experience and qualifications.
Dedicated academic funds cover licensing fees, Board MOC fees, conference attendance, and other academic needs.
Procedure for Candidacy
All candidates will need to submit an application through the Denver Health HR website or candidates can email in a cover letter and CV. If emailing, please send a CV and cover letter to David.Naeger@dhha.org and firstname.lastname@example.org. All successful received CV/cover letters will result in an email confirmation.
Nominations of others, expressions of initial interest, or questions can be submitted to Denver Health’s Director of Radiology and/or Denver Health’s Manager of Provider Recruitment. All discussions about this search will be handled in strict confidence.
David M. Naeger, MD
Director of Radiology, Denver Health
Professor and Vice Chair, University of Colorado SOM Department of Radiology