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Director of Orthopedic Surgery
Facility: Denver Health Main Campus, 777 Bannock St.  
Area of Interest: Physician Shift Type: Varies
Requisition ID: 49372 Language:
Employment Type: Full-Time Minimum: $
Experience Required: Not Indicated Mid-point: $
Education Required: MD/DO Maximum: $
Certification/Licensure/Registrations Required:

Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC) in collaboration with the University of Colorado School of Medicine are now accepting applications and nominations for a Director of Orthopedic Surgery at DHMC.  Caring for one third of Denver’s population annually, DHMC is uniquely positioned as an integrated healthcare system nationally recognized for its passion and commitment to providing exceptional care to the communities it serves.  DHMC is considered a national model of an integrated urban safety net healthcare system that includes a Level I academic medical center, a network of community and school based health centers, and other services for the city and county of Denver.  

The DOS will have oversight of all care delivered by the Department of Orthopedics at Denver Health and will provide overall strategic leadership of the Department.  He/she will have responsibility for strategic planning, clinical services, professional performance, business performance, medical education, and physician practice.  The successful candidate will be board certified in an Orthopedics discipline and eligible for licensure in Colorado.  Additionally the applicant should have academic credentials to be appointed to the rank of Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, have a demonstrated local, national and international reputation of excellence in scholarship, teaching and mentoring and clinical care.  

Denver Health is a 525 bed acute care hospital, with adult and pediatric emergency departments, the 911 paramedic system, nine community health centers, 17 school-based clinics, the public health department, the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, a 100 bed non-medical detoxification center, a dedicated psychiatric emergency service, correctional care facilities, the Rocky Mountain Center for the Medical response to Terrorism, Mass Casualties and Epidemics, and a HMO.  The Denver Health Rocky Mountain Regional Trauma Center has been recognized as a preeminent Level I Trauma Center, with one of the best trauma survival rates in the country.  

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately.  For full consideration, materials should be received by March 30, 2018, however the position will be open until filled.  

Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or nominations to the DHMC search committee chair by March 30th:
John Kendal, M.D.,


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.  Board certification in applicable specialty.

Board Certification in an orthopedics discipline and eligibility for licensure in Colorado are required. Academic credentials ideally qualified to be appointed to the rank of Professor of Orthopedic Surgery. A track record of delivering strong operating results in mission-driven organizations, particularly those serving vulnerable and Medicaid populations.  Demonstrated leadership achievement in a busy, high-performing, trauma oriented orthopedics department.

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. Board certified in professional medical discipline.  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.

Physician Essential Duties and Responsibilities

•Physicians at Denver Health are faculty members of the University of Colorado School of Medicine serve as teachers for students seeking clinical experience at Denver Health and provide education for post graduate medical trainees.

•Focus on Superior Patient Care by 1) practicing evidence-based, high-quality state-of-the art medicine; 2) encourage increased patient understanding, involvement in care, and treatment decisions; 3) achieve and maintain optimal patient access; 4) insist on departmental focus on superior patient service; and 5) participate in or support education and research.

•Collaborate on Care Delivery by 1) including staff, other physicians and management in both service and patient care improvements; 2) treat all members with respect; 3) demonstrate the highest levels of ethical and professional conduct; and 4) behave in a manner consistent with Denver Health goals.

•Listen and Communicate by 1) providing clinical information in a clear and timely manner; 2) requesting information and resources needed to provide care consistent with Denver Health goals; and 3) provide and accept feedback in a respectful manner from all staff.

•Take Ownership by 1) providing leadership to improve outcomes quality and service quality; 2) work to ensure personal, departmental and organization compliance with all legal and educational requirements; and 3) steadily improve the efficiency and economic aspects of your practice.

•Quality Metrics.  1) Focus on clinically relevant outcome measures; 2) Change by embracing innovations to continuously improve patient care, service and organizational efficiency.

All job applicants for safety-sensitive positions must pass a pre-employment drug test, once a conditional offer of employment has been made.

Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, high-quality academic health care system that is considered a model for the nation. The Denver Health system includes the Rocky Mountain Regional Level I Trauma Center, a 525-bed acute care medical center, Denver’s 911 emergency medical response system, 8 family health centers, 15 school-based health centers, the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, the Denver Public Health Department, an HMO, and The Denver Health Foundation.

As Colorado’s primary safety net institution, Denver Health is a mission-driven organization that has provided more than $3.3 billion in care for the uninsured in the last ten years. Denver Health is a leader in performance and quality improvements and remains financially secure, in part, due to its nationally recognized implementation of lean principles in healthcare. Denver Health is a major resource to the community, serving approximately 185,000 individuals and 67,000 children a year.

Located just south of downtown Denver, Denver Health is just minutes away from many of the cultural and recreational activities Denver has to offer.

We strongly support diversity in the workforce and Denver Health is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

“Denver Health is committed to provide equal treatment and equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees. Denver Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.”

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