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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Chief of Staff) in Buffalo, New York


The Buffalo VA Medical Center is recruiting for a Full-Time Physician (Chief of Staff). The Medical Center provides medical, surgical, mental health and long term care services through a range of inpatient and outpatient programs. Applications will be accepted from United States citizens and nationals. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens.


The VA Western New York Healthcare System, Buffalo, NY is seeking an MD or DO to be assigned as the Chief of Staff. The ideal candidate will preferably have a Management Degree, and/or experience in managerial, professional or clinical positions in a health care setting. In addition, the Chief of Staff possess board certification in a medical specialty. Training or skills in risk management and/or continuous quality improvement is a must. The Chief of Staff should have outstanding skills working with teams to accomplish the goals of the organization along with the ability to manage a complex program. The selected candidate will be responsible for the overall clinical and administrative management of an interdisciplinary team delivering customer service and patient-focused, quality care with the VA Western New York Healthcare System. He/she will report directly to the Medical Center Director and must work in a matrix environment with responsibility to the Medical Center Director and Network Medical Officer as well. Additional duties and responsibilities will include, but not limited to: Serves as a chair of the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff and of the Professional Standards Board. Participates in the Deans/Vice President's Committee. Appoints the chairman and members of all committees of the Medical Staff and creates new committees with the concurrence of the ECMS. Is responsible and accountable for all professional activities within VAWNYHS including research and teaching programs. Reviews and concurs on criteria for clinical privileges in the various specialties as proposed by the Clinical Specialty Lead Physicians. Reviews appointment and clinical privileges for physicians, nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists and makes appropriate recommendations to the Medical Center Director. Assures that individuals with clinical privileges competently provide care within the scope of the privileges granted. Monitors and evaluates the quality and appropriateness of care provided in all specialties, ensuring that one level of care is provided across all care settings. Ensures participation in performance improvement activities, including the monitoring and evaluation of clinical/professional performance of all medical care providers. Is responsible for development and implementation of a written, meaningful performance improvement/quality management program that monitors major aspects of care/services provided and identifies opportunities for improvement in the quality of care/services provided. Other duties and responsibilities as necessary Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

A recruitment/relocation incentive is authorized for a highly qualified candidate.


Conditions of Employment


Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. 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. Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification. Proficiency in spoken and written English. Physical requirements outlined below. Preferred Experience: Experience in managerial, professional or clinical positions in a health care setting 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. Physical Requirements: The work is mostly sedentary and is performed in a health care setting for treating patients with a variety of medical problems. Normal safety precautions and practices are required for working in a healthcare environment. Other physical demands include reaching, bending, stretching, walking, and carrying light loads of supplies. The position often entails long periods of sitting at a computer, rigid deadlines, the need for a high degree of accuracy, high stress situations, and the ability to adapt work plans based on hospital needs.


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. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

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 eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.