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Spine Neurosurgeon

Virginia Commonwealth University / McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center
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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Richmond, Virginia, are looking for a spine neurosurgeon with interest in outcomes and comparative effectiveness research to join the team of VCU neurosurgeons at the VAMC. This position will be centered at the VA, with protected time for outcomes and comparative effectiveness research, and with an academic appointment at VCU. One of the primary goals of this position is to build a comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach to patients with spinal symptoms. Existing research/QA staff include a PhD in neuroscience dedicated to outcomes research, a research coordinator, a clinical nurse coordinator, and collaborators in pain management, PM&R, psychiatry, and addiction medicine. A robust pain clinic manages patients with chronic pain. This clinic provides resources for patients with nonsurgical problems so that the neurosurgeons can concentrate on surgical care. One day per week will be spent in a clinical practice at VCU, with the ultimate goal of expanding the VAMC spine research program to encompass VCU spine care.  Two days per week will be allotted for research and program development to allow the successful candidate to develop a mature research effort and obtain external grant funding. Qualified applicants will be fellowship-trained (or equivalent experience) in spine neurosurgery, with an interest or history in outcomes research, and will be board eligible/certified or equivalent. Complex spine surgery experience is required. The applicant should have a strong interest in working collaboratively with both clinical and research teams. Resident supervision and mentoring is an important component of the position. Candidates with a background in comparative effectiveness or outcomes research will be preferred.

For consideration, please look for our announcement on the USA Jobs website at www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/viewdetails/479882100.  For additional information regarding this position please contact Dr.  Kathryn Holloway at 804-828-9165. Email: kathryn.holloway@vcuhealth.org, and Cynthia Eckerd, HR Specialist, 804-675-5262. Email: cynthia.eckerd@va.gov.

About us:

McGuire VAMC

The McGuire VAMC serves as one of the two teaching hospitals for the VCU Department of Neurosurgery. The VAMC Section of Neurosurgery consists of four part-time physicians, two rotating VCU/VAMC residents, and three midlevel providers, with 24/7 resident, intensivist, and in-house hospitalist coverage.  Surgical Services at McGuire VAMC spans 12 specialties including heart transplant, LVAD, Deep Brain Stimulation surgery, robotic surgery, and hybrid techniques. The operating room has both ENT and Neurosurgical Stealth stations and an O-arm for navigated spine surgery.  Care is provided to veterans across Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and beyond.  The Richmond VAMC is undergoing numerous renovations and expansions in order to care for the growing veteran population.  Among these is a major project to expand and renovate the OR suite, with the first phase to build three new fully integrated ORs and a new Post Anesthesia Care Unit to open this summer.  New intensive care units, a parking deck, and renovation to completely private inpatient rooms are other ongoing projects. A hybrid neurosurgical angiography suite is planned for 2018.

VCU and VCU Health

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major urban public research university that is nationally ranked in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 225 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Seventy-nine of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. The VCU Health brand represents the health sciences schools of VCU, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center and Level I trauma center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. http://www.vcuhealth.org/about-us


VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR)

The CCTR provides extensive services to the VCU community, most of which are provided without charge. The CCTR also hosts an Emerging Scholars program that provides personalized support for young investigators, including monthly meetings to assist in grant identification, preparation, and research program set-up.  Multiple content mentors are available. The Collaborative Advanced Research Imaging (CARI) program houses a research 3T MRI on the VCU campus with a robust fMRI program, including comprehensive investigations into mechanisms of addiction.



VCU School of Engineering

Since its inception in 1996, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering has brought innovative, real-world engineering education to Central Virginia. The school enrolls over 1,600 undergraduate and 250 graduate students and offers degrees in biomedical engineering, chemical and life science engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, nuclear engineering, and mechanical engineering. Students completing capstone projects are eager for collaborative projects, and the engineering faculty are highly collaborative and easy to work with. Key research areas include sustainability and energy engineering; micro and nano electronic systems; pharmaceutical engineering; mechanobiology and regenerative medicine; security and mining of big data; and device design and development. The School of Engineering is home to a robust center of bone biology and biomaterials research headed by the dean of VCU’s School of Engineering, Barbara D. Boyan, Ph.D., and the chair of Biomedical Engineering, Henry Donahue, Ph,D.


About Richmond:

The Richmond region is centrally located along the East Coast and within a day’s drive of more than half of the United States population. The region offers the cultural and recreational opportunities of a large city, but with minimal traffic congestion and an average 24-minute commute. Atlantic beaches, Blue Ridge mountain ski slopes and hiking, and Washington D.C.’s cultural amenities are all within a two-hour drive. The area boasts a wide variety of arts, culture, and entertainment. The highly regarded Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond Ballet, and numerous historical landmarks provide many enriching experiences. In addition to collegiate and semi-pro sports, Richmond is the home of the Washington Redskins training camp. Richmond is also home to the Richmond International Raceway and is in close proximity to amusement parks, state parks and outdoor recreation activities. Richmonders are very active, taking full advantage of the area's athletic events, fitness facilities, and public gardens, as well as the natural offerings of the James River flowing through the heart of the city.


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Virginia Commonwealth University / McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center

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