Division Chief, Child Development Legacy Leadership Opportunity with Tremendous Resources
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Pediatrician-in-Chief, Children’s Hospital of Richmond
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Type: Full Time
Hospital, Public and Private
Internal Number: -
On behalf of Shari Barkin, MD, MSHS, Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and Pediatrician-in-Chief, Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR), CareerPhysician, the national leader in academic child health executive search is pleased to inform you of the national search to identify a transformational thought leader in developmental pediatrics to serve at the next Division Chief of Child Development at VCU and CHoR. With unwavering support from executive leaders within the Department of Pediatrics and at the Children’s Hospital, the selected leader will be charged with designing and implementing a strategy that accounts for innovative approaches to meeting the local, regional, and state-wide demand for effective approaches to developmental pediatric care and access.
While pediatrics at VCU has existed for decades, in 2010 Children’s Hospital and VCU Children’s Medical Center combined to become a full-service hospital called the Children’s Hospital of Richmond. In April 2023, CHoR opened a beautiful 500,000 sq foot state-of-the-art children’s tower. Quickly, it exceeded expectations. The Department of Pediatrics is home to 150 faculty and offers more than 50 different subspecialties to provide comprehensive, high quality patient care. It is a level 1 trauma center and level 4 NICU, providing neonatal transport to the state. There is a north campus just a couple of miles away, CHoR at Brook Road that provides co-location of therapies so patients can experience integrated patient care. CHoR is an academic children’s hospital advancing the next generation of pediatricians with 54 residents and 26 fellows. Faculty is actively involved in research, funded by the NIH, the state, and foundations. VCU has a robust research infrastructure and the CTSA, known as the Wright Center, was renewed in 2023.
· The selected Chief will join an established multidisciplinary team with collaborators in social work, education and psychology supported by outstanding services, including speech language, occupational, and physical therapies as well as dentistry, feeding clinic, and sleep medicine. The Division of Developmental Pediatrics works closely with the Department of Psychiatry to work together related to behavioral needs.
· Students from graduate programs in social work, advanced practice providers, and medical students are involved in learning skills and augmenting the team’s work.
· The Division has been supported in part from a sustained state grant, serving the state’s children in developmental evaluation.
· Due to the increasing prevalence of children with developmental and behavioral needs, a primary objective for the new Chief will be to explore new models of care delivery to expand access and meet changing patient needs. This could include working with multiple types of providers (DBP
fellowship trained MDs, PhD psychologists, social workers, advanced practice providers, general pediatricians, etc.) in innovative ways, establishing satellite clinics, training others in the community, and/or expanding virtual options when appropriate.
· To contribute to specialists in this important field, the Chief will work with the team to build a Developmental Behavioral Fellowship.
· The department and hospital leaders are aligned in their vision to secure an outstanding Chief and provide the resources necessary for the individual to build a developmental pediatric program that is recognized nationally for outcomes, patient access and care strategies, innovative education, and academic achievements in clinical research.
· The VCU campus offers many opportunities for collaboration including the Autism Center for Education.
· Child Psychiatry recently hired a psychologist with both research and clinical interests in autism.
· Community partnerships with health systems, school districts and children’s organizations extend across Central Virginia. · The department of pediatrics benefits from a dedicated Children’s Hospital Foundation (CHF) to support faculty and innovative initiatives to advance children’s health and healthcare..
· Work/life balance is a key reason why VCU Health providers enjoy long and satisfying careers in Richmond. Central Virginia is one of the most beautiful and iconic areas of the American landscape perfectly triangulated between mountains, beaches, and Washington, DC. Natural beauty, history, culture and recreational activities from national parks, breathtaking coastlines, crystal-clear lakes and the Blue Ridge Mountains to nationally acclaimed resorts, restaurants, breweries, wineries, museums, theme parks and more. The James River runs through Richmond and promotes a very active lifestyle. There’s an excellent selection of housing options in welcoming urban, suburban, and rural settings. Families can also choose from a wide range of public and private school options, as well as local colleges, universities, and technical schools. Living costs are low and quality of life is high.
For more details about this opportunity, or if you would like to recommend an individual(s) who exemplifies the qualities we are seeking in a candidate, please contact Mark Lozano at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 469-553-9311. All interactions will remain confidential, and no inquiries will be made without the consent of the applicant.
As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion - an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence.
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