The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston, Texas, one of the most complex facilities in the VA healthcare system is seeking a full-time Physician (Neurosurgeon) in the Operative Care Line (OCL). The incumbent will report to the Chief of Neurosurgery. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to: The Neurosurgeon triages, examines, diagnoses, resuscitates, stabilizes, treats or directs a course of treatment for a wide range of patients from the healthy young to the geriatric patient, or from seriously ill to the severely traumatized. Examines patients and orders appropriate tests to evaluate patients, chief complaint and related complaints; ascertains medical needs and initiates action to provide needed services. Responsible for outlining the service's workflow processes, procedures, protocol and policies within regulatory guidelines. Coordinates admission of patient to hospital with accepting staff physician. Performs authorized procedures such as Lumbar puncture, Tracheostomy (emergency), Incision and drainage simple abscesses, Suturing of lacerations, Closed cardiac massage, Endotracheal intubation, Use of surgical laser, Craniotomies, Aneurysms, AVM's, Tumors, Trauma, Infection-Hemorrhage, Transsphenoidals, Stereotaxic procedures, Biopsy, Lesions, Implants, Laminectomies, Decompression and disk, Tumors-infection, Anterior spine procedures, & Decompression and disk, Fusion. Supervision and teaching of Medical Students/Residents. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm, additional on-call coverage may be required. Additional Benefits: VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA Physician Brochure. Preferred Experience: Fellowship trained in Functional Neurosurgery with special emphasis on Deep Brain Stimulation. Applicant also needs to be comfortable treating pathologies that pertains a fully trained Neurosurgery, including Brain and Spine pathology. Duties include clinic, surgical, training of neurosurgical residents at all levels, and call responsibilities.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.