Physician Division Director, Pediatric Palliative Care

Danville, PA
Sep 01, 2022
Position Type
Job Summary

The Department of Pediatrics and the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger is seeking a Board Eligible/Certified palliative care pediatrician to serve as the Medical Director of the Division of Pediatric Palliative Care. The Director will provide oversight, direct patient care, teaching and consultative services as a palliative care pediatrician. Our Division currently consists of a two Board-Certified Palliative and Intensive Care Pediatricians and a Social Worker who provides clinical oversight in the inpatient setting. An outpatient Program is just beginning to be developed. The clinical service provides primarily consultative care to children with complex, chronic life-limiting conditions although will assume primary coverage many times for children at end-of-life. The Program is designed to be a proactive service being involved in the care of these children very early in their disease trajectory. The Program cares for children and their families with a wide array of clinical conditions including cancer, chromosomal abnormalities, severe trauma, neuromuscular disorders, complex gastrointestinal conditions, congenital heart disorders and renal transplant recipients. We also work closely with several of the local hospices to help assure quality end-of-life care for children outside the hospital. As well as with our Adult Palliative Care Program who provides Fellowship training in the field. We are seeking a dynamic director that will help lead our efforts in further developing a nascent Palliative Care Program that will assure the highest level of family centered care for children with complex, chronic life-limiting conditions within central, northeast and southeast Pennsylvania.

Job Duties

Duties of the Director include but are not limited to:

  • Directing the day-to-day activities of the Pediatric Palliative Care Division.
  • Providing strategic leadership by working with the Pediatric and Geisinger leaders to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies for the care of children with complex, chronic life-limiting conditions.
  • Overseeing a bereavement support program for parents and siblings of children who have died.
  • Providing education to medical students, pediatric residents, palliative care fellows, nursing staff and other members of the healthcare team.
  • Providing administrative oversight of the Palliative Care Program
  • Working with local and regional hospices to assure the best care possible for children at end-of-life outside the hospital setting.
  • Leading and directing research in the provision of palliative care for children.

Position Requirements

Graduate of an accredited School of Medicine, board eligible/certified in Pediatrics and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. The candidate should have experience in the provision of palliative care of children with complex, chronic healthcare conditions. General pediatric core skills are required.

Five years post residency experience is desired. Leadership experience as a Medical Director within an integrated delivery system is highly desirable.

We take pride in the support we provide:

  • Competitive straight salary model linked to quality and value versus productivity measures
  • Excellent benefits package, including Malpractice & Tail coverage
  • Four weeks of paid vacation time annually
  • Generous relocation benefit
  • Employer contribution to retirement, full benefits beginning on day 1 of employment
  • 15 days and $3500 for CME

Janet Weis Children’s Hospital (JWCH), located on Geisinger’s main campus in Danville, is the regions only dedicated 5-floor, 91 bed children's hospital with a full-service hospitalist and intensive care services. JWCH’s team of medical and surgical specialists provide care in over 30 pediatric specialties, including a 41 bed Level IV NICU and 14 bed Level I PICU. JWCH provides medical malpractice insurance with tail coverage.

Position Details

Join us and experience our exceptional quality of life:

• Low cost of living with affordable homes in rustic, suburban and metropolitan setting

• Endless outdoor activities year-round including camping, hiking, skiing, mountain biking and more

• Variety of quality public, private and charter schools, as well as numerous universitie

• Charming downtown shops, great restaurants, galleries, festivals, concerts and more


Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine- (Required)


Certification(s) and License(s)

Licensed Medical Doctor - State of Pennsylvania

OUR PURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation. SAFETY: We provide a safe environment for our patients and members and the Geisinger family We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and domestic partners. Perhaps just as important, from senior management on down, we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, cooperation and collegiality. We know that a diverse workforce with unique experiences and backgrounds makes our team stronger. Our patients, members and community come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and it takes a diverse workforce to make better health easier for all. We are proud to be an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.