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Medical Director, Epilepsy

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Date: Sep 12, 2017

Location: Atlanta, GA, US, 30322

Company: Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Requisition #:  19023     
Name of Location:   Egleston
Work Schedule:  [[filter6]]
Employment Type:  Full-Time
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JOB SUMMARY

As a leader at the forefront of epilepsy care, the Medical Director, Epilepsy will provide medical direction to the Epilepsy program, as a whole, and the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU), specifically, to promote quality and appropriateness of care at Children’s main campus and satellite facilities.

Our Epilepsy program has experienced significant growth over the past few years. The patient needs for clinical care has never been higher. We’re seeking a leader who can evaluate our current processes and improve patient throughput and epilepsy surgery efficiency.

This position comes with an appointment at Emory School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. All clinical work will be conducted in and through Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. 

Currently, our epilepsy team consists of four (4) epileptologists, and growing. The team would report to this leader. We anticipate that number to grow as we continue to expand our Epilepsy program. This leader will report to the Chief of Neurosciences, with regular interaction with Children’s service line leadership.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES*

  • Identify all relevant medical issues for efficient and effective operation and further development of the EMU consistent with Children’s bylaws, professional staff bylaws, rules and regulations, Children’s and departmental policies, procedures and protocols, TJC standards and in compliance with medical standards.
  • Provide active management, direction and supervision of patient care activities within the EMU, including facilitating entry of patients with epilepsy.
  • Assist Children’s in the performance of utilization review, quality assurance, cost containment functions, and risk management programs for the EMU.
  • Coordinate continuing education programs for the EMU staff, nurses and active medical staff members in specialized skills required for the performance of services in the EMU.
  • Provide input on and enforce, in conjunction with Children’s, appropriate policies and procedures for the operation of the EMU.
  • Develop and update reporting needed to meet the requirements of governmental agencies, accrediting body, funding sources, or similar entity with respect to the EMU.
  • Increase community awareness of EMU by physician outreach as well as presentations on Children’s behalf at pediatric, neurology and epilepsy conferences.
  • Review and comment on EMU protocols. Develop and implement clinical guidelines designed to consistently improve high quality clinical outcomes. Monitor and manage epilepsy team compliance to guidelines, protocols and best practices.
  • Optimize epilepsy surgery program including workup, time to surgery, and other key quality measures.
  • Meet with Chief of Neuroscience on a regular basis to review progress against key deliverables.
  • Establish annual goals and objectives in conjunction with Epilepsy Program Manager, in alignment with service line/department quality initiatives in partnership with the Quality Manager.
  • Submit written quarterly progress reports and presentations addressing accomplishment of objectives and future program development, action plans, and opportunities.
  • Develop and maintain harmonious working relationships with Professional Staff members, as well as Children’s staff, members of professional and allied health departments.
  • Enhance EMU through communication with Professional Staff members, Children’s staff and others as appropriate.
  • Promote EMU through provision of educational programs and/or materials to enhance professional and community awareness including, but not limited to:
    • Community Education Materials;
    • Family Education;
    • Physician Protocols; and
    • Presentations (Internal and External).
  • Perform such other administrative duties as may be reasonably requested by Children’s with respect to the EMU.
  • Provide oversight for the Epilepsy Fellowship program, directly or by appointment of a Fellowship Director.
  • Provide feedback for annual performance appraisals for each epilepsy faculty member, Supervisor of EEG Technologist, and Program Manager.
  • Meet with the Program Manager, Quality Manager and Supervisor of EEG Technologist on a regular basis to review progress with measurable outcome data.
  • Facilitate and allocate resources for multi-center research and clinical trials as a team (group) effort.

EXPERIENCE*

  • 5+ years of experience in the epilepsy surgery in a high volume pediatric hospital setting.
  • 2+ years of experience leading a team of physicians in a direct reporting or heavy influence role, with a track record of success.
  • Proficiency in the treatment of epilepsy, outpatient management of epilepsy, EEG interpretation, neuro-imaging, epilepsy surgery workup (WADA testing, SPECT, AFD Glucose PET), intensive care unit (ICU) EEG monitoring, intracranial EEG monitoring with grid and depth electrode placement, cortical mapping and  functional mapping is required. Prior hands on experience with stereotactic EEG is strongly preferred. Proficiency in the surgical treatment of epilepsy, outpatient management of epilepsy, ICU monitoring, EEG, EEG correlation with neuron-imaging, intracranial electrode stimulation and functional mapping,  SPECT, WADA Testing, FD Glucose PET, intensive care unit with epilepsy monitoring capabilities, surgical monitoring including grid and depth electrode placement functional mapping is required.
  • Scholarly activity in an academic environment with excellence in research and clinical trials, education and clinical care.
  • Experience in inpatient operations/management, process improvements, and alignment/engagement with physicians.

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS & ABILITIES*

We're looking for a leader with the following traits and characteristics:

  • A strategic leader who is committed to growing and developing faculty, staff, and trainees, achieving prestige.
  • A persuasive communicator with strong interpersonal skills who is an empathetic, respectful listener and who can create an atmosphere that allows individuals to be proactive within the team.
  • A mentor with strong coaching skills to nurture the development of junior faculty into accomplished clinicians, researchers and teachers, and of senior faculty into successful leaders.
  • An individual of the integrity with high levels of energy, maturity, and flexibility and a reputation for fairness and idealism.
  • An approachable and enthusiastic leader who is accessible and visible to faculty and staff and who can engage the community for philanthropic support.

EDUCATION

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD/DO) from an accredited school of medicine. Board Certification in child neurology and eligibility for licensure in Georgia are required;

CERTIFICATION SUMMARY

  • Board certified for neurology subspecialty (clinical neurophysiology or epilepsy).
  • Eligible to credential the EMU;
  • Eligible for an appointment as an Associate Professor or Professor at the Emory University School of Medicine; and
  • Meet eligibility requirements for credentialing as part of Children’s professional staff.

 

 

Location Address:  1405 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA  30322
Function:  -

 

Overview:

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent dedicated to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow.

With 3 hospitals, 27 neighborhood locations and a total of 622 beds, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Children’s has been ranked on Fortune magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” for twelve consecutive years and named one of the “100 Best Companies” by Working Mother magazine. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefit package that supports our mission, vision and values. We are proud to offer an array of programs and services to our employees that have distinguished us as a best place to work in the country.  Connect to our mission of being Dedicated to All Better and impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients and their families each year.


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