Denver Health, the premier Level I trauma center for the city of Denver and the entire Rocky Mountain region, in collaboration with the University of Colorado, is seeking a Chief of Emergency Radiology. We are seeking a skilled, visionary, and impactful emergency radiologist to define and execute a vision for a world class emergent/urgent imaging service line. Responsibilities include building on our existing services with an eye toward efficient, productive, cutting-edge imaging; nurturing a robust and growing educational program for students, residents, and fellows; and spearheading a research portfolio for the section including clinical and/or health care delivery research.
Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, academic health care system that is considered a model for the nation. Denver Health’s Level 1 Trauma Center, in particular, is one of the world’s leading trauma centers and has amongst the highest survival rates in the country. The trauma center sees 18,000 patients annually, 2700 of whom are admitted, and many of whom arrive as transfers from any one of 60 regional hospitals. The trauma service is extraordinarily academically productive with millions in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and United States Department of Defense (DoD). The seminal text “Trauma” was authored by Denver Health faculty.
Outside of trauma, Denver Health’s emergency medicine services sees over 120,000 patients a year and is home to a nationally-recognized emergency medicine residency and world class services. Denver Health also has a continually growing urgent care network, including the newest addition located in the heart of down town.
As Colorado’s primary safety net institution, Denver Health provides the full spectrum of medical services from primary to oncologic care. Serving one third of the city of Denver, as well as patients from outside Denver, Denver Health provides primary care services via a citywide network of community health centers, school-based health clinics, and is now in the middle of building a 6-story 293,000 square foot outpatient medical center. Inpatient services are housed in multiple campus buildings with 555 pediatric, adult, and OB/GYN beds. Denver Health is committed to serving all patients, regardless of the ability to pay.
Denver Health is affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. All faculty at Denver Health have University appointments, and some also deliver care at the University campus as well. Faculty have access to the academic and cultural resources of Denver Health and the University.
The Chief of Emergency Radiology will be a nationally known leader in the field of emergency radiology, one capable of vision setting and execution. She or he will have a personal reputation for excellent in clinical care, teaching, mentoring, and scholarship. As Chief of ER, this leader will execute on the three essential missions of this academic, mission-driven department:
Clinically, the Chief will ensure the service is productive, efficient, cutting-edge, and collaborative. We aim for continuous service improvements, patient satisfaction, referrer satisfaction, and a strong reputation for meeting the patients’ and the institution’s needs. The Chief will collaborate with executive leadership, department heads, and division leads to hone our services and meet the growing needs of our emergency and acute care service lines. A superb working relationship with all emergency/acute care service leaders and staff is expected.
Educationally, the Chief will define goals for developing a world class educational environment, particularly in the training of residents rotating on emergency radiology rotations. The department aims to have robust programs for University of Colorado medical students, including shadowing programs, junior and senior student rotations, and participation in longitudinal integrated clerkships. Denver Health is already one of the most highly-rated sites for student and trainee education, and Emergency Radiology focused rotations are particularly well liked.
In the research realm, the opportunities for the ER section abound. As a national leader in emergency and trauma care, Denver Health has ample opportunities for physicians to publish and speak on the innovative programs and procedures occurring at our institution. Collaboration with the highly productive emergency medicine and trauma surgery groups is an immense opportunity. The Chief is expected to be academically productive with a focus on educational, operational, or clinical research (depending on the candidate’s interest or background). The Chief is also expected develop and support others in their scholarly endeavors. Enlisting students and residents in academic endeavors is highly encouraged.
Overall, the Chief must have the ability to engage and inspire others, including physician colleagues, department staff, and others throughout the institution.
The Chief will report directly to the Director of Service of Denver Health’s Radiology Department. The Department benefits from extensive administrative support. Additionally, all radiology support staff report within the Department, not to an external hierarchy, so there is alignment of the staff and faculty towards the goals of the Department.
D., D.O. or foreign equivalent medical degree; board certification in Radiology; fellowship training and/or practice experience in Emergency Radiology; eligibility for licensure in Colorado
Academic credentials qualified to be appointed to the rank of Associate Professor or Professor of Radiology are preferred, but not required; have a demonstrated local and national reputation of excellence in scholarship, teaching/mentoring, and clinical care.
Demonstrated success within an academically oriented radiology department.
A track record of delivering strong results in mission-driven organizations, including demonstrated ability to grow clinical volumes to meet needs, meet budgets, measure and improve outcomes, and optimize throughput and clinical efficiency
A history of academic excellence in education and scholarly work.
Participation in national societies and organizations, preferably with service commitments and experience in local, national, or international speaking/teaching
Experience mentoring others, including junior faculty, trainees, and students
Position Details, Salary, and Benefits
Diagnostic radiology salaries are highly competitive, and the Chief will also receive an administrative stipend.
Denver Health offers full benefits, including an attractive 401(a) Social Security replacement savings program, a 457(b) retirement savings program, and employer matching contributions. Full details are available online and from human resources.
The Chief will be supported with administrative (non-clinical) time, as well as academic non-clinical time commiserate with scholarly experience and qualifications.
Dedicated academic funds cover licensing fees, Board MOC fees, conference attendance, and other academic needs.
Procedure for Candidacy
All candidates will need to submit an application through the Denver Health HR website or candidates can email a cover letter and CV. If emailing, please send a CV and cover letter to David.Naeger@dhha.org and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations of others, expressions of initial interest, or questions can be submitted to Denver Health’s Director of Radiology and/or Denver Health’s Manager of Provider Recruitment. All discussions about this search will be handled in strict confidence.
David M. Naeger, MD
Director of Radiology, Denver Health
Professor and Vice Chair, University of Colorado SOM Department of Radiology
Interviews will proceed over early 2020 with an intended start at the candidate’s convenience, though ideally in early to mid-2020.
References will be checked before selecting a final candidate, though reference checking occurs later in the process and will proceed after discussing with the candidates first.
Denver Health values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age,
color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran
status or any other status protected by law.
All job applicants for safety-sensitive positions must pass a pre-employment drug test, once a
conditional offer of employment has been made.
Education: Graduation from an accredited medical school and completed accredited residency
programs and fellowships for specialist, or equivalent. Equivalent training for those physicians who are
not U.S. residency trained. New finishing residents generally are not expected to be board-certified but
should be board-certified within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the Office of Medical
Administration. Experience: Requirements will be determined on a position-by-position basis.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Knowledge of and ability to apply professional medical principles,
procedures and techniques. Thorough knowledge of pharmacological agents used in patient treatment.
Able to effectively manage and direct medical staff support activities while providing quality medical care.
Able to receive detailed information through oral communications; express or exchange ideas by verbal
communications. Excellent written and verbal communications, listening, and social skills. Able to interact
effectively with people of varied educational, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, skill levels and
value systems. Performs in a tactful and professional manner. A wide degree of creativity and latitude is
expected. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
Certificate/License/Registration: Medical license to practice in State of Colorado. All physicians must
be board-certified within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the Office of Medical
Administration. BLS/CPR. ACLS, PALS, or NRP as outlined in HR Principles and Practices #2-110
Appendix, maintaining licensures, certifications, and registrations. All certifications and licenses
required for this job must be kept current as a condition of continued employment.
Internal Number: 753
About Denver Health
Denver Health was founded as City Hospital in 1860 to serve the health care needs of the rapidly developing city of Denver. Since then, we have grown alongside the community to become a complete health care system, proudly providing care for all residents -- at every point in their lives. We believe healthy people are the foundation of a vibrant community, and Denver Health has been treating and healing the people of Denver for more than 150 years.
Today, Denver Health delivers preventative, primary and acute care services. We are committed to making our community a healthy place to live, work and raise a family. You’ll see that commitment in the programs we offer, through the care we provide and in our determination to achieve continuous improvement so our community always has the best care available.
As a comprehensive, integrated organization, we provide hospital and emergency care to the public, regardless of ability to pay. This integration promotes continuity of care for each patient and assures health care that is delivered in the most efficient, cost-effective setting.