Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician - Neurosurgeon 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 Monday 11/9/2015 (349 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 11/8/2016 (16 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1544496

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: This announcement has been amended to retract Relocation Expenses Authorized. Relocation or Recruitment Incentive may be authorized. This position is open until filled. A certificate will be reviewed issued every two (2) weeks as needed.


This full-time, Neurosurgeon position is assigned to the Operative Care Line (OCL) at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston, Texas, one of the most complex facilities in the VA healthcare system. MEDVAMC is interested in acquiring the employment of an experienced neurosurgical subspecialist, researcher, and educator. The applicant should have deep familiarity with neurosurgical anatomy and anatomy teaching expertise to be utilized in postgraduate resident level instruction, with an emphasis on both intracranial and endoscopic skull base anatomy. The applicant should have familiarity with neurosurgical residency training, teaching hospitals, and resident supervision. The candidate will also be familiar with and involved with the training of neurosurgical residents at all levels, and participant in the conferences and interactions of the Department of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He is expected to provide professional guidance and direction to neurosurgery residents, medical students, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physician assistant students working in Neurosurgery . The applicant should have experience in grant application, clinical outcomes research, clinical publication, and clinical publication reviewing. The applicant must be fellowship trained in skull base surgery. Duties include clinic, surgical, and call responsibilities.

The candidate must have familiarity with neurosurgical oncology, including spinal and skull base lesions such as metastases. The provider triages, examines, diagnoses, resuscitates, stabilizes, treats or directs a course of treatment for a wide range of patients from the healthy young to the geriatric patient, or from seriously ill to the severely traumatized. Examines patients and orders appropriate tests to evaluate patients, chief complaint and related complaints; ascertains medical needs and initiates action to provide needed services.

Coordinates admission of patient to hospital with accepting staff physician. Performs authorized procedures such as Lumbar puncture, Tracheostomy (emergency), Incision and drainage simple abscesses, Suturing of lacerations, Closed cardiac massage, Endotracheal intubation, Endoscopy, Craniotomies, Aneurysms, AVM's, Tumors, Trauma, Infection-Hemorrhage, Transsphenoidals, Stereotaxic procedures, Biopsy, Lesions, Implants, Laminectomies, Decompression and disk, Tumors-infection, Anterior spine procedures, & Decompression and disk, and Spinal Fusion.

Performs other duties as assigned, with additional surgical and call responsibilities with the Harris County Hospital District.

Work Schedule; Monday - Friday, 7:30a.m. - 4:00pm; no alternate work schedules are available; Functional Statement Title/#: Physician - Neurosurgeon Operative 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: Board Certification in Neurosurgery.

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: $99,957.00 to $375,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 420122700

Job Announcement Number: JP-16-CCa-1544496-BU