Under the direction of the Chief Medical Officer, the Section Chief–Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury leads the medical practice of attending physicians, as well as the clinical contingent of the interdisciplinary team within the Section of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury. This individual also functions as Shirley Ryan AbilityLab attending physician on the medical staff.
The Section Chief–Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury is accountable for meeting established Section standards for quality of care, patient care practice and leading or co-leading research initiatives. The Section Chief also shares responsibility with a designated operations leader for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating Section success, using metrics and key performance indicators (e.g., safety, outcome, operating, regulatory and financial).
Section Chief–Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury consistently demonstrates alignment with the hospital’s mission and vision and is responsible for professionally representing the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s work in Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury, nationally and internationally, and for recruiting and retaining experts to join him/her in the Section to achieve better outcomes for patients who present with impairments from Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury.
Key Responsibilities in Conjunction with Clinical Chair
1. Establishes practice standards, and with others, oversees quality of interdisciplinary clinical care, including appropriate development and implementation of clinical protocols, performance standards and policies across the system of care
2. Ensures evidenced-based scientific approach to patient care delivery; embraces and pursues scientific process, and is actively involved in Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury clinical research
3. Is lead or co-lead investigator for research within Section of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury; successful at obtaining intra- and extra-mural funding (includes influencing and overseeing growth of federal funding), as well as publishing scientific articles
4. Oversees/is responsible for clinical quality, appropriateness and effectiveness of therapeutic plan involving all team members, patient safety, outcomes and patient satisfaction; ensures an effective, safe care environment
5. Implements strategy and service development consistent with patient, referrer, managed-care/payor expectations
6. Serves as practicing attending physician in compliance with by-laws, policies and procedures for overseeing patient care
7. Actively participates in assigned medical staff committees, chairing when appropriate
8. Participates in medical education activities for residents and fellows, including teaching medical students and residents, Grand Rounds, continuing education and in-service training
9. Participates in Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury program planning and marketing activities; develops and maintains contact with referral sources, managed-care organizations and other key contacts
10. Shares responsibility with designated operations leader for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating Section success, using metrics and key performance indicators (e.g., safety, outcome, operating, regulatory and financial)
11. Maintains strong relationships with academic institutions and professional organizations; fosters an energetic teaching/learning environment within Section of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
12. Collaborates with leaders and staff in other Ability Lab programs toward the achievement of overall Ability Lab goals
1. Reports to the Chief Medical Officer
2. Supervises attending physicians within Section of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
Personal and Interpersonal Characteristics
1. Outstanding interpersonal skills, including proven ability to communicate effectively with patients, families, referring parties, RIC staff, managed-care organizations and payors, RIC scientists and other internal and external stakeholders
2. Fully embraces scientific basis of medical practice; facile with scientific concepts and research method
1. Licensed to practice medicine in the State of Illinois
2. Successful completion of a residency program with Board Certification in physical medicine and rehabilitation or other appropriate specialty
3. Faculty appointment of Associate Professor or higher at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, required unless otherwise agreed to by Chief Medical Officer
4. At least five years’ experience in program leadership role with significant focus on care of patients with Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
5. Quantitative skills necessary to initiate and review clinical and business analyses
6. Experience with and knowledge of fundraising; demonstrated experience in donor cultivation activities
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