Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Chief of the Pulmonary/Critical Care Section) in Tucson, Arizona

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

Opened Tuesday 7/19/2016 (262 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 7/18/2017 (102 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Dedicated to Patient-Centered Care, the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System (SAVAHCS) is a state of the art network of health care facilities throughout Southern Arizona comprised of the medical center in Tucson, Arizona and seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Casa Grande, Green Valley, Safford, Sierra Vista, Yuma, Northwest and Southeast Tucson. Through an environment of compassion, education, and research, SAVAHCS is a national model of clinical and organizational excellence.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1756248

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?

As a VA physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System honors America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.

Are YOU the one?

We expect members of the SAVAHCS team to continually meet the VISN 22 Quality Standards.

Safety: SAFETY comes first!

Kindness: Treat Veterans, families, guests and SAVAHCS team members with compassion, respect and dignity.

Performance Excellence: Give your personal best and strive to "exceed expectations."

Presentation: Demonstrate professionalism, positive attitude and passion.

Stewardship: Accept responsibility for the duties entrusted to you, maintain the environment and support the SAVAHCS tradition of exceptional health care.


A $20,000 Recruitment/Relocation Incentive is Authorized.

We are recruiting for a full-time Program Director to join our growing pulmonary/critical care service. The Tucson VA is the principal teaching affiliate with the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy; medical students, residents, and fellows rotate at the facility. The Tucson VA is a 1A health care center providing a full range of services. It has been a flagship quality provider within the VA and was a 2012 winner of the prestigious Robert W. Carey Performance Excellence Award.

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) professional staff is seeking a full-time Program Director, Pulmonary/Critical Care Specialist, for the Medicine Care Line, Pulmonology Section. Candidate will provide quality service in our progressive, innovative health care system for the veteran inpatient and outpatient population. Candidate must have a strong commitment to patient care, teaching, and research. Preferred is an individual with a proven track record in research both in terms of peer-reviewed publications and grant support. Preference will be given toapplicants who are board certified or eligible in Pulmonology and Critical Care and, preferably, Sleep Medicine. Preference will also be given to candidates who are eligible for a faculty appointment at the University of Arizona. The Pulmonary Section runs a closed ICU with Pulm/CCM fellows from the University of Arizona. The Pulmonary section oversees a four bed sleep lab, navigational bronchoscopy, EBUS and some interventional procedures. SAVAHCS is directly affiliated with the University of Arizona, College of Medicine*. *The candidate must also be American Heart Association BLS/ACLS certified.

Clinical Contact: Raymond L. Kacich, M.D., Chief, Medicine Care Line, (520) 629-1848, or e-mail at

Federal Benefits for Physicians:

  • 26 days paid vacation per year
  • 13 days sick leave per year
  • 10 paid holidays
  • 15 days military leave per year for active reservists and National Guard
  • Health and Life Insurance (may elect coverage into retirement)
  • Pay for performance up to an amount equal to 7.5% of annual pay up to $15,000
  • Authorized Absence for Continuing Medical Education (Full-time staff only)
  • Liability protectionFederal Employee
  • Retirement-Federal Annuity Plan
  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP-tax deferred savings plan)
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:

  1. Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

  2. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine.

  3. 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.

  4. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Preferred Experience: Board certification in pulmonary and/or critical care and sleep medicine.

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: Must be able to physically and mentally perform the duties in a hospital setting under normal and emergent conditions. Heavy lifting 45 lbs and over with assistive devices, heavy carrying of 45 lbs and over with assistive devices; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers, both hands required, walking or standing up to 6 hours per day; repeated bending up to 2-4 hours per day; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination; near vision correctable; hearing aid permitted.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Upon receipt of the CV and/or application forms, the information will be submitted to the Care Line Chief and appropriate SAVAHCS medical staff for immediate review. The applicant may be directly contacted by one or more staff during the consideration process. The review of the application/CV may be done in several stages as time and schedules of the reviewing medical staff permit. Tentative notification of selection may be made verbally by the appointed staff member followed by written notification from the Chief of Staff. Any notification of selection should be considered a tentative offer until all conditions of employment have been met.


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

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.

Other Information

This position may be filled on a full-time permanent or full-time temporary basis.

If appointed to a full-time permanent position, you may be required to service a two year probationary period.

SALARY IS DETERMINED BY A COMPENSATION PANELcommensurate with education and experience. (Note: The pay range will reflect the established tier for the specialty/assignment.)

Selectee may be required to complete a two-year initial probationary period.

All information submitted in response to this vacancy announcement is subject to verification by VetPro

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

Recruitment is current and on-going until position(s) are filled.

A recruitment or relocation incentive may be offered and is negotiable.

This Agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

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.

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

Salary Range: $120,000.00 to $365,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-15/15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Non Citizens

Control Number: 445133700

Job Announcement Number: PM-16-DCT-1756248