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MD Anderson Cancer Center Laboratory Medical Director in Houston, Texas

ABOUT THE DIVISION

The Division consist of three predominantly clinical patient care service departments and one basic science/translational research department:

  • Hematopathology : facilitates the care of patients with hematologic malignancies. This Department comprises the Diagnostic Bone Marrow, Clinical Flow Cytometry, Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Diagnostics laboratories.

  • Laboratory Medicine: performs clinical diagnostic routine and esoteric testing. The testing results are used for clinical management of MDACC patients. The Laboratory Medicine contains Core, Clinical Microbiology, Transfusion Medicine, Donor Operations, Hemovigilance Unit, Histocompatibility Laboratory, Specimen Processing, and POCT.

  • Anatomical Pathology: serves patients by providing pathological diagnosis, prognostic profiling, therapeutic monitoring, and preventive information in an interactive manner with all institutional clinical units. The Anatomical Pathology includes Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Frozen Section & Grossing section, Immunohistochemistry, Autopsy Pathology, Tissue Qualification section, and Image Analysis Laboratories.

  • Basic Science Research/Translational Molecular Pathology: pursues innovative research aimed at comprehensive molecular characterization of cancers with the help of patients enrolled in translational studies and clinical trials and integrate this knowledge with basic and preclinical research approaches, to develop novel biomarkers for diagnosis, early detection, prognosis and prediction of response to therapy in cancer.

These laboratories all together perform over 14 million billables per year and are supported by over 1100 employees.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: This position will have a dual reporting relationship to the Division Head of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Chief Operating Officer. Academically, it will report to the Chair of the home department of primary appointment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Laboratory Medical Director

  • Fulfill the Laboratory Medical Director Role and responsibilities according Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA '88). To summarize this responsibility, all testing procedures function under the medical license of the Laboratory Director who assumes legal liability and regulatory responsibility for patient laboratory testing across the preanalytical (blood draw/ordering), analytical (testing), and postanalytical (interpretation, medical action taken) phase. Any failure of laboratory practice, even if not directly performed by the Laboratory Director, can result in professional and personal legal actions against the Laboratory Director including fines, suspension of medical license, and incarceration.

  • Provide oversight of all aspects of the laboratory's quality management system to ensure conformance with CMS/CLIA, FDA, OSHA, AABB, CAP, TJC, ASHI regulatory and accreditation requirements.

  • Participation in the quality management system, management of adverse outcomes and non-conformities, participation in the onsite survey, appropriate management of the results of the on-site survey and performance in proficiency testing.

  • Advice to clinicians regarding the significance of laboratory findings and ensure that reports of test results include pertinent information required for specific patient interpretation.

  • The individual is expected to bring a strong medical and scientific foundation and will support the implementation of laboratory-developed tests (LDT).

Clinical and Academic Responsibilities

  • Assume diagnostic patient care responsibilities by serving as a licensed pathologist in his/her area of specialty, demonstrating knowledge with tests performed on blood, urine, body fluids, tissues and being familiar with testing systems.

  • Fulfil the Clinical Consultant role and responsibilities according Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA '88).

  • Must be able to visually review, evaluate and correctly interpret medical records, patient data, patient specimens and other test results based on previous training, experience and knowledge.

  • Must understand/identify quality control issues that could affect the result or diagnosis accuracy.

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Provides effective leadership for the delivery of clinical useful laboratory services.

  • Reviews and approves laboratory documentation such as policies and procedures, validation plans and reports, training and competency assessments, and reagent/control/instrument qualifications, quality audits, deviation approval requests, and nonconforming event reports.

  • Participates in and supports process improvement initiatives specifically the ongoing monitoring of each testing process to identify potential errors, take corrective actions, and evaluate corrective actions for effectiveness.

  • Represents Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine to relevant clinical staff and hospital committees.

  • Provides education to laboratory staff and clinicians across organization on appropriate use, interpretation, and role of laboratory testing.

  • Must assist in the continuing enhancement of new technologies for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

  • Assures that laboratory participates in monitoring and evaluating the quality and appropriateness of services rendered, within the context of the Quality Management System, regardless of where the testing is performed.

  • Provides effective and efficient administrative direction of the laboratory, including budget planning and controls in conjunction with the individual(s) responsible for financial management of the laboratory.

  • Collaborates closely with the Laboratory Information System (LIS) and EMR management teams to ensure strategic implementation of laboratory procedures or applications.

  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

ACADEMIC RANK: Associate Professor or Professor-Commiserate with Experience

Degree(s): M.D. or M.D., Ph.D. from an accredited medical school.

Board Certification: Board certification in Clinical Pathology or Anatomic Pathology is a requirement. Training or experience in laboratory / healthcare management, quality, informatics and regulatory compliance is preferred.

Licensure: Must hold an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Texas.

Experience: Applicants must have at least 5 years' experience in the practice of laboratory medicine/clinical pathology/anatomic pathology, including previous administrative responsibilities.

Personal Characteristics

  • Must be a self-motivated, energetic, committed and conscientious professional who communicates effectively, both verbally and in writing; has leadership skills and experience; is compliant with organizational regulatory requirements; and relates well to others who are in professional, technical or administrative roles in the Division and the hospital.

  • Has demonstrated the ability to work effectively in a matrix organization with complex interdisciplinary interactions and maintain interpersonal relationships and collaborations.

  • Must maintain up-to-date general knowledge in the field of clinical pathology and laboratory medicine and board certification.

  • Must have the ability to interact and communicate effectively with clinicians, patients, inspectors, and hospital administration.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 140417

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Work Week: Day/Evening

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 0

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 0

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 0

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