Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Liver Disease, and Nutrition Cohen Children’s Medical Center

New Hyde Park, New York
Sep 23, 2020
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Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Liver Disease, and Nutrition

Cohen Children’s Medical Center

Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Liver Disease, and Nutrition, Cohen Children’s Medical Center Associate or Full Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell  

About Northwell Health

As New York State’s largest private employer and one of the nation’s largest health care systems, Northwell Health is home to more than 74,000 employees, 23 hospitals, more than 6,500 hospital and long-term care beds, nearly 800 ambulatory facilities, and various urgent care centers, pharmacies, and additional health services. Northwell Health delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, and training the next generation of medical professionals through the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Northwell trains 1,800 residents and fellows in 160 programs. Five Northwell hospitals are rated among the nation’s best in the 2020-21  U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Northwell Health’s mission is to improve the health of the communities it serves. Northwell’s focus is on prevention, wellness, and providing the full continuum of diagnosis, treatment, and after-care services to all those the health system serves. Northwell provides seamless, coordinated care through 4,000 employed physicians, 13,600+ affiliated physicians, 16,000+ nurses, and 4,725+ volunteers across more than 100 clinical specialties, for over 2 million patients. Northwell Health’s operating revenue is currently $13.5 billion.

Cohen Children’s Medical Center

Cohen Children's Medical Center is dedicated to providing the highest levels of care to meet the special needs of children, from premature babies to adolescents. This 206-bed hospital opened in 1983 as the New York metropolitan area's only hospital designed exclusively for children. Today, Cohen Children’s is the largest provider of pediatric health services in New York State, serving 1.8 million children in Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties.

Cohen Children’s Medical Center knows how important it is to choose the right care for a child. Cohen Children’s is proud to be nationally ranked for continued excellence in pediatric care, as the medical center has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top 50 leading children’s hospitals for the 14th year in a row. Cohen Children’s is nationally ranked in nine pediatric specialties, Pediatric Gastroenterology being ranked 39th nationally.

In 2017, Cohen Children’s launched a new pediatric kidney transplant program to provide a much-needed service for children with kidney disease. The medical center became accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Level 3 patient-centered medical home for children and their families. The medical center partnered with the community to bring a temporary helipad across the street from the main campus, to nearly eliminate time children spend in an ambulance during an emergency. In addition, Cohen Children’s cultivates scientific rigor and examination into complex diseases that affect children. For example, Cohen Children’s is one of the only hospitals in the tristate area to provide metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) treatment for pediatric cancer patients with an aggressive form of neuroblastoma.

Cohen Children’s remains on the cutting edge of innovation, with scholars conducting research on a broad range of studies on pediatric care. Cohen Children’s partners with Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, home to 50 research laboratories and to clinical research throughout dozens of hospitals. Cohen Children’ conducts many clinical trials to help shape the future of pediatric care. Using the widespread Cohen Children’s network, the organization has collected one of the world’s most diverse databases of DNA profiles from children with cancer and their relatives, in order to change the future of cancer treatment.

Cohen Children’s has created a warm and bright environment to make a child's stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Every aspect of the spacious, open building is child oriented - from the fold-out beds for parents to the fully staffed playrooms on each floor. Caregivers are dedicated to providing the most skilled and sensitive treatment for all of a child’s healthcare needs. Cohen Children’s goal is to help children feel comfortable, safe, and stress-free.

The Position

The Cohen Children's Medical Center (CCMC Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology will be a nationally recognized and forward-thinking physician leader who will build on the quality of the existing clinical excellence and operational efficiency, recruitment and retention, research, grant funding, professional development, mentorship, and academics. The new Chief will be a physician visionary with demonstrable results providing leadership in a hospital division and healthcare system recognized for its academic and clinical excellence. The Chief will be a role model and advocate who acts collaboratively and with due consideration for the cultural values of CCMC and Northwell Health System. S/he will have the ability to lead in a highly matrixed organization, building consensus, and collaboration while promoting innovation and collegiality among physicians, residents, associates, and nursing staff. 

The new leader will have demonstrated experience promoting a culture of inclusion and recruiting, and mentoring a diverse staff of academic and staff and faculty at all levels. The Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology is expected to collaborate effectively with the Zucker School of Medicine leadership, while being visible and active in the community to address its medical, population health, and programmatic needs. The new leader will continue to drive the clinical, research, and teaching mission, ensuring that graduate medical students and physicians-in-training that are participating in the division's Residency and Fellowship programs receive the highest quality education experience.

As Department of Pediatrics Division Chief, this leader will develop and execute the pediatric gastroenterology’s strategic vision. By leveraging clinical and research expertise, the Chief will apply a multidisciplinary approach to common disorders and rare diseases, including conditions affecting the digestive system, liver, and nutritional. The new leader will be expected to drive the pediatric gastroenterology services' clinical delivery from a quality, efficiency, and access standpoint while acting as a liaison to the medical staff. The Chief plays a leadership role in strategic planning for the pediatric gastroenterology department and policies related to delineating privileges and credentialing for the medical staff. S/he will contribute to this large, high volume pediatrics department's continued growth and maturation.

Key Responsibilities Lead and Engage Teams Drive Clinical and Operational Excellence Promote Research and Academia Support Educational Excellence Build Collaborative Relationships Candidate Profile/ Ideal Experience

The new CCMC Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition will possess the following qualifications:

  • MD or MD/PhD from a nationally accredited and recognized medical school.
  • Board Certification in Pediatric Gastroenterology.
  • Administrative and leadership experience at an academic institution such as Section/Division Chief or Vice Chair. 
  • Experience in research, training, and clinical achievement, commensurate with appointment to the faculty at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor.
  • Nationally recognized as a clinical leader in the field of Pediatric Gastroenterology.
  • Strong operations experience; track record of improving efficiency and quality of services.
  • Experience growing pediatric gastroenterology volumes, while building innovative programs and services.
  • Clinical, translational, and/or basic/laboratory research experience with appropriate publication record; able to grow the grant support and funding of the department.
  • Strong business acumen and communication skills; ability to influence and negotiate within a highly matrixed, large and complex organization.

Personal Characteristics

The new Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology will possess the following characteristics:

  • A highly visible, charismatic, ethical, and diplomatic leader with the interpersonal skills and intellect needed to lead the gastroenterology service.
  • A dynamic and innovative individual with a strong sense of self and the ability to be an active listener and demonstrate great respect for others.
  • Empathetic; possesses the ability to be both collaborative and engaging, while engaging faculty and staff with diverse backgrounds.
  • Energetic and possess endurance, passion, focus and a profound commitment to the work of Northwell Health and the CCMC Department of Gastroenterology.