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William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center
Visas Accepted:None
Specialty:Medical Management
Opportunity Description:

The WJB Dorn VA Medical Center located in Columbia, SC is searching for a Physician with a proven track record, clinically strong background and leadership experience to join their dynamic healthcare team as the Deputy Chief Of Staff (DCOS).

The Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) provides administrative, clinical, and programmatic leadership for medical services in the VAMC and related Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) to ensure achievement of the clinical, research, and education goals plus applicable performance measures. The DCOS is accountable for delivery of all health care by staff in the following areas: Pharmacy, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, Non-VA Care & Choice, Tele-Health, Dental, Geriatrics & Extended Care, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

The DCOS will also provide oversight in the functional areas of recruitment, retention, resource management, and clinical practice management for all Clinical Service Lines under the COS plus other services at the discretion of the COS. The DCOS serves as liaison between COS and service leadership in the areas under his/her direct supervision plus those functional areas under his/her oversight within the policies and guidelines of the Veterans Health Administration.

Additionally, the DCOS establishes a collaborative climate among all Clinical Service Lines that promotes optimum access, employee engagement, a high performance network, best practices, and trust in VA care as outlined by the VA Undersecretary for Health. The DCOS participates in top level decision and policy level design that impacts all Clinical Service Lines through collaboration with Medical Center Administration, other service chiefs, and interdepartmental supervisors. The DCOS reports to the COS, acting as COS in his/her absence; and serves as a key clinical resource for the Medical Center Director and COS.

Recruitment is open to physicians in any specialty/program area:  Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, etc.

The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics and attributes:

  • Strong administrative and clinical experience
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Embraces and initiates new treatment programs and technologies
  • Effective management and operations experience
  • Has a vision for the future
  • Advocates for clinical research
  • Interested in the pursuit of excellence

 Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm with weekend coverage, as necessary. Subject to change based on agency needs.

Salary Range: up to $290,000 per year

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized for this position

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp


Citizenship of the United States: 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. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.

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 Proficiency: Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English

Physical Standards: Applicants must meet the physical requirements established for this position

Practice Type: Employee, Academic
Available Date:
Relocation paid:Yes
Signing bonus:Available
Vacation (weeks/details):26 days per year Malpractice:Covered by VA
Facility Description:

The William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center (VAMC) opened in 1932 at its current location. Dorn VAMC has 204 skilled nursing beds, which includes acute medical, surgical, psychiatric, and long-term care. The hospital provides primary, secondary, and some tertiary care.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, Dorn VAMC gained 2.8 percent in enrolled patients. In FY 2013, there were a total of 75,813 unique patients including 6,381 female Veterans and 15,829 Veterans from the Operations Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom/Operations New Dawn (OIF/OEF/OND) period of service. In FY 13, there were 936,424 outpatient visits and 5,005 inpatients treated.

The Dorn VAMC provides outpatient care through seven Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC) located in the Upstate, Midlands and Pee Dee areas of South Carolina. The seven CBOCs are located in Anderson, Florence, Greenville, Rock Hill, Orangeburg, Spartanburg and Sumter. All clinics with the exception of Rock Hill are VA employee staffed. The Rock Hill CBOC opened on July 2, 2012, and a new Greenville VA Outpatient Clinic opened in August 2013. All clinics have a mental health component available.

Dorn VAMC is a level 1C teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, education, and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through primary care, tertiary care and long-term care in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, cardiology, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care.

Dorn VAMC was accredited by The Joint Commission as recent as February 2013. It was only 1 of 20 hospitals in South Carolina and, for the third year in a row, a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures. Dorn VA is also accredited by the American College of Surgeons and the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities. Laboratory and Pathology services are accredited by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists.

Veterans Benefits Administration and the University of South Carolina School Of Medicine are located on the campus of Dorn VAMC. There are 48 residency positions between the two institutions. Other affiliations are robust for training of nurses and allied health professions. Similarly, medical center leadership has active relationships with the Department of Defense (DoD), both with Fort Jackson and Shaw Air Force Base.


 5-year Strategic Plan

Organizational Health Committee

Community-Based Outpatient Clinics

  • Anderson, SC
  • Florence, SC
  • Greenville, SC
  • Orangeburg, SC
  • Rock Hill, SC
  • Spartanburg, SC
  • Sumter, SC
Community Description:

Columbia is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of South Carolina, with a population of 133,803 as of 2015. The city serves as the county seat of Richland County, and a portion of the city extends into neighboring Lexington County. It is the center of the Columbia metropolitan statistical area, which had a population of 767,598 as of the 2010 United States Census, growing to 810,068 by July 1, 2015, according to 2015 U.S. Census estimates

In the heart of South Carolina, tradition and tomorrow pair perfectly in Columbia. It's a modern city where stately buildings buzz with new businesses, and centuries-old sites give rise to fresh perspectives. It's a creative hub that's fed by university and capital city communities -- all this in the midst of surrounding natural beauty. With dynamite shopping, food and tons to see and do year round, it's the real Southern hot spot that will leave you looking forward to what's next.

Community Size:Metro Area/Big city
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