Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Thoracic Surgery) in Orlando, Florida

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

Opened Saturday 9/17/2016 (39 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 12/30/2016 (65 day(s) away)

Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1804640


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. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Officially established in October 2006, the Orlando VA Medical Center is one of the Top 100 Companies in Central Florida for working families. The Orlando VA Medical Center includes the following facilities; a 120-bed Community Living Center and a 60-bed Residential Rehabilitation Program (located at the Lake Nona Campus), Outpatient Clinics in Orlando (Lake Baldwin), Viera and Daytona Beach and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Clermont, Kissimmee, Leesburg, and Orange City. Our new medical center is currently open for many outpatient services and will continue to open more services, including inpatient beds and an emergency department, throughout 2016. The new 65-acre medical campus has 134-inpatient beds and provides acute care, complex specialty care, advanced diagnostic services, a large multispecialty outpatient clinic, and administrative and support services.

Florida residents enjoy no state income tax and mild winters. The city of Orlando offers a host of attractions and events for everyone to enjoy. Come enjoy the sun at Orlando VA Medical Center!

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.


The Surgery Service at the Orlando VA Medical Center is recruiting for a Thoracic Surgeon to staff our new state-of-the-art medical center. The Thoracic Surgeon is accountable to the Associate Chief of Staff for Surgical Services. The Surgery Service Department currently performs General Surgery, Colo-Rectal surgery, Urology, Orthopedic surgery, Vascular surgery, Thoracic surgery, Plastic surgery, Hand surgery, Ophthalmology, ENT- Head and Neck surgery, Podiatry and Oral Maxillofacial surgery. The Thoracic Surgeon is responsible for providing effective delivery of non-cardiac thoracic care in a busy outpatient and inpatient practice. The incumbent will assure the provision of high quality and safe patient care both in and outside of the operating room. Additional duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing pre-operative and post-operative surgical services, that includes managing all aspects of thoracic patients to include surgical, inpatient care, and outpatient clinical visits; making rounds; and conducting administrative and academic components of the specialty.

  • Providing subspecialty services including bronchoscopy, open pulmonary wedge resection, pulmonary lobectomy, video-assisted thoracic surgery, decortication, and other similar complexity procedures.

  • Performing a full range of thoracic-related direct patient care in the OR, ICU, inpatient wards and outpatient clinic settings and related areas, as needed; as well as supervising residents/medical students and providing clinical instruction in these settings.

  • Advising and consulting with providers in other services concerning surgery or potential surgery cases.

  • Performing appropriate evaluations for patients.

  • Providing a full range of therapeutic interventions to units/programs in the Medical Center to which they are assigned and has clinical privileges to practice including diagnostic assessment, medication evaluation and management.

  • Participating effectively in team meetings and treatment planning conferences, and collaborates with multidisciplinary team members in a manner that enhances coordination of comprehensive patient care. This may include serving on hospital committees and peer review programs as needed.

  • Orders diagnostic tests and discriminates between normal and abnormal findings and makes appropriate treatment decisions.

  • Utilizing electronic medical records to accurately document treatment in a timely manner.

  • Ensuring that the practice of medicine is consistent with Joint Commission, CARF, VA policies and procedures, clinical practice psychiatric guidelines, VISN standards, national statutes and regulations, medical record documentation, mandatory continuing education, and HIPPA policies.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

(NOTE: Work schedules are determined and approved by the supervisor. The incumbent may be required to work various shifts on a permanent or temporary basis based on patient care needs, including weekends, holidays, and nights.)

Position Title: Physician (Thoracic Surgery)

Recruitment/Relocation Incentives:Recruitment/Relocation incentives are authorized for this position.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation/moving expenses will not be reimbursed.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required to work or travel between any of the locations within Corporate Orlando based on urgent patient care needs.
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:All applicants must meet the following basic requirements.

Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

Education.Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:

(1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

(2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Medical Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

(3) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.

Licensure.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. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure. The facility Director may waive this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the physician has licensure in that country.

Residency/Fellowship Training.Completion of an accredited residency/fellowship training program in Thoracic Surgery.

Board Certification (highly preferred).Board certified or eligible in Thoracic Surgery.

Physical Standards. Must pass a pre-employment examination. See below for additional information.

English Language Proficiency. Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).


  • Five or more years of experience performing thoracic surgery procedures is preferred.

  • Possess a strong clinical/surgical background with proficiency and recent experience with VATS.

  • Interest in teaching and/or research is desired.

  • Computer skills are essential as the Orlando VAMC is fully computerized for note documentation, entering orders and requesting consults.

  • Possesses a strong work ethic, superb integrity, kindness and empathy, and who enjoys working with a collaborative group.

  • Must be an excellent communicator and team player who is adaptable to the needs of a rapidly growing program.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2, Physician Qualification Standard.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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: Must pass a pre-employment physical examination as required by VA Handbook 5019. This examination is administered by VA Occupational Health. This position requires: light to moderate lifting (15 - 44 lbs); light carrying (15 lbs and under); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 2 hours); standing (up to 2 hours); kneeling (up to 1 hour); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); emotional stability; mental stability; working closely with others; and working alone.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Applicants will receive (up to) four status updates during the course of this recruitment action. They are:

  1. Receipt of application.
  2. Whether or not you meet the eligibility/qualification requirements for the position.
  3. Whether you were referred to the selecting official for further consideration.
  4. Final disposition on the recruitment action (e.g., was the position filled, re-announced, etc.).

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. Please see the following overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: For additional information you may also visit us at

Other Information

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

Veterans' Preference:When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) related to your active duty service which shows dates of service and character of service (honorable, general, etc.) or dates of impending separation, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required to award preference. (See "Required Documents" section).

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

Equal Employment Opportunity:Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race color religion age gender national origin political affiliation disability sexual orientation marital or family status or other differences.

Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Bargaining Unit Status:American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

If you are a male applicantwho was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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

Salary Range: $200,000.00 to $325,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens. (Non-Citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified Citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.

Control Number: 450868000

Job Announcement Number: ZY-16-1804640-BU