Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Chief Hematology/Oncology in Houston, Texas

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Houston, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 2/3/2016 (310 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 2/2/2017 (55 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1601574

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

Note: Recruitment/Relocation Incentives are authorized for highly qualified individuals.

Note: This position is open until filled. A certificate will be reviewed and issued every two (2) weeks as needed.


The Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Medicine at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, Texas seeks an energetic and skilled leader at the Associate or Full Professor level. The successful candidate will be a physician-scientist with expertise in basic or translational research, care of the patient with hematologic and/or oncologic disorders, administration, and education. Candidates with clinical and research interests in any area of hematology or oncology are welcome to apply; those interested in combined hematologic / oncologic malignancies are particularly encouraged. Michael E. DeBakey VAMC is a teaching facility affiliated with Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center and the Department of Medicine the Baylor College of Medicine.

The Chief will foster excellence in research and in the delivery of high quality clinical care. He/she will sustain the strong pre- and post-doctoral educational programs in the Division. Appropriate resources will be available for the Chief to accomplish these goals.

The successful candidate will have completed an Oncology / Hematology fellowship at an ACGME accredited institution. ABIM Board Certification strongly preferred. The candidate will have at least ten (5-10) years of clinical practice in Oncology / Hematology and at least five (5) years of experience in a leadership position. He or she will have directed a facility-level Cancer Committee, worked as a Cancer Program Administrator, participated in the accreditation of an Oncology program from the Commission on Cancer and / or American College of Surgeons, and had experience directing a Cancer Registry. The successful candidate should have supervised other Oncologists / Hematologists, mid-level providers (NP's, PA's). Previous involvement in the teaching of medical students and residents is highly desired. Research experience in clinical trials and VA Grants is a strong plus. Prior leadership experience in clinical research, service line development and expansion as well as the ability to build cohesive teams to provide best outcomes is critical. Excellent communication skills, business acumen and personal in integrity are essential. At the MEDVAMC, we provide a comprehensive range of techniques for cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. We have high expertise in colorectal, hepatobiliary, pancreatic, ENT, urologic, and thoracic surgery. Our radiation oncology department is a leader in stereotactic body radiation therapy within the VA system. We count with highly skilled interventional radiologists and interventional pulmonologists. The number of new cancer patients seen every year at MEDVAMC continues to increase. Over a thousand newly diagnosed cancer patients were seen at our institution last year. These patients are being cared for in a multidisciplinary environment, with the majority of cases being presented in their corresponding tumor boards. In addition, we provide this same level of care to our veterans who live in rural areas and other cities who come for higher level of care. And we do so with the most advanced technology such as tele-health and virtual tumor boards.

Work Schedule; 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday plus weekends, excluding Federal Holidays, except when rounding on the inpatient service or longer (Depending on the patient volume in the Cancer Center and while attending the Medicine Team). Functional Statement Title/#: Physician - Chief Hematologist/Oncologist Medical Care Line

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Basic Requirements*: *

  • United States Citizen.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.
  • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.

Preferred Experience: ABIM Board Certification strongly preferred.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Reference:VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard.* *This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Note*:* Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements: Light Lifting (15lbs and under); Light Carrying (15lbs and under), use of fingers and both hands required; walking (up to 3 hours); standing (up to 3 hours); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice:VHA physician brochure*.*

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of 26 days per leave year (1 day per pay period).

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.**

Salary Range: $115,000.00 to $250,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 426787000

Job Announcement Number: JP-16-CCa-1601574