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Birmingham VA Medical Center
Visas Accepted:None
Opportunity Description:

The Birmingham, Alabama VA Medical Center is searching for a Board Certified Surgeon to assume the role as the ACOS for Surgical Services.

The Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) for Surgical Services will function as the primary advisor to the Chief of Staff and Medical Center Director on surgical programs at the Birmingham VA Medical Center.  In this capacity, the ACOS has responsibility for the effective and efficient management of surgical programs and services.

The ACOS will oversee the clinical aspects of the Surgical Service department, including budget and fiscal management, human resources management, strategic planning, and program development, assuring that the clinical and administrative functions are integrated in order to provide optimum utilization of the available resources.

The ACOS will be responsible for the overall care of patients with conditions requiring treatment in Surgical Service to include consultative, prescriptive and ordering authority in the outpatient setting. The ACOS exercises administrative, programmatic, clinical and academic oversight of surgical care programs to ensure delivery of quality service. 

The selectee has direct responsibility and accountability for the operations of Orthopedics, Otolaryngology/ENT, Plastic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Urology, Neurosurgery, Podiatry, Optometry, Ophthalmology, Cardio-thoracic, Renal Transplant, and other surgical programs.

The VAMC in Birmingham is a 131 bed tertiary care academic medical center. Many staff have faculty appointments with ample opportunity to teach medical students and residents through a primary affiliation with the University of Alabama School of Medicine.  

The ACOS accomplishes the health care delivery mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs in general.  Services provided are subject to close scrutiny by Congressional interests, service organizations, the general public and the media.  The ACOS is to be a physician, board certified or board eligible in her/her specialty, having completed an appropriate residency or fellowship.  Certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support is required.  Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification is recommended. 

As ACOS, your duties will include, but are not limited to the following:


1. Assume the responsibility for the overall management of the Surgical Service.  This includes the organization of the administrative day-to-day activities of the Surgery department. 

2.  Ensure the service functions as an integrated care delivery system, providing full continuum of patient-focused Surgical services for Veterans.

3.  Coordinate and integrate the interdepartmental functions of surgical service.  This includes chairing relevant meetings.  Emphasize, and personally model, clear, compassionate, careful communication with other care lines and auxiliary services.


1.  Interpretation of the testing and other specialty imaging to establish diagnosis and assist in management of conditions in respective specialty.

2.  Act as the consultant for patients referred to him/her for input regarding opinion or intervention in respective specialty.

3.  Complete medical records and ensure subordinates complete medical records within a timely fashion and accordance with current VA guidance.

Quality of Care:

1.  Provide quality clinical care and service with regard to customer satisfaction, compliance with Joint Commission regulations and other relevant accrediting agencies as indicated, and ensure efficiency of service delivery.


1.  Represent the organization, internally and externally, in a manner that reflects positively on the Health Care System and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Preferred Qualifications:

Board certified in his/her specialty and have leadership experience with large, high-complexity group practice management.  Previous VHA experience is preferred.  Preferred characteristics  identified are based on specialty training and knowledge needed based on the location and function of the assignment.

Academic appointment is available with the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB).

Work Hours: 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday

Salary Range: Up to $400,000 per year

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive is available for this position


Citizenship: U.S Citizenship is required (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens)

Education: Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine

Licensure: Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia

English Language Proficiency: Applicants appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English

Practice Type: Employee, Academic
Available Date:
Up to $400,000
Signing bonus:Available
Vacation (weeks/details):26 days per year Malpractice:covered
Facility Description:

The Birmingham VA Medical Center is a 313-bed acute tertiary care facility located in the historic Southside district of the city. The facility provides acute tertiary medical and surgical care to veterans of Alabama and surrounding states. The medical center serves as a referral center for this population area with 136 operating beds. Recent construction provides state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in all clinical programs. Care is provided in practically all medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. Most staff physicians have joint appointments with VA and its primary affiliation, University of Alabama at Birmingham. The BVAMC operates seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics in North Alabama.



University of Alabama at Birmingham
Samford University
Tuskegee University
University of Alabama
University of South Alabama
Auburn University
Vanderbilt University
Florida State University

Authorized Beds

313 Authorized

Type of Facility

Tertiary Care

Special Programs

Palliative Care
Open Heart Surgery
Cardiac Catheterization
Nuclear Medicine
Mental Health Clinic
Home Based Primary Care
Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center
Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
Research and Development

Host facility for:

Veterans Outreach Center
Birmingham Education Center
Office of Information Field Office
National Disaster Medical System

Community Description:

Birmingham is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Alabama and the county seat of Jefferson County. The city's population was 212,237 in the 2010 United States Census. The Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of about 1,128,047 according to the 2010 Census, which is approximately one quarter of Alabama's population

It has been said that Birmingham is the last major Southern city in America, where a friendly "How y'all doin'," a hearty meal of country-fried steak with butter beans and a true taste of Southern hospitality await visitors. Whether you're into the history of the Civil Rights movement, a fan of jazz music or just looking for culture and a few fun activities for the family, Sweet Birmingham is the place for you.

Spend the morning at the Birmingham Museum of Art, then have lunch at a traditional Southern tea room. Outdoor enthusiasts can tee off at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail or pack a lunch and spend the day hiking and enjoying the vistas at Ruffner Mountain. A world-class zoo, the innovative McWane Center and VisionLand, Alabama's first amusement park, are sure to keep families entertained and on the go. In the evening, listen to a blues show at an outdoor cafe and then spend the night at a small cozy inn or splurge for an elegant hotel.

Community Size:Metro Area/Big city
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