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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Chief, Division of Critical Care Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia

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Emory University Department of Pediatrics and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Children’s) and Emory University School of Medicine (Emory) seek a transformational, visionary and collaborative pediatric critical care leader with a strong clinical and academic foundation to serve as the Division Chief, Critical Care Medicine at Children’s and Emory. This is an exciting leadership position to join one of the nation's leading critical care divisions at a pediatric delivery system poised for transformative growth.

Children’s is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the country, serving more than one million patients annually. With a focus on the community and commitment to leading-edge healthcare, Children’s formed an integral partnership with Emory, a leading private institution dedicated to academic excellence and fostering scholars. Emory SOM generated an impressive $607 million in research funding in 2021. The Department of Pediatrics at Emory has been ranked as one of the top NIH funded department of pediatrics for the past 6 years. The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research ranked the Department number one in 2020 with over $100 million in extramural funding. Over the next several years, Children’s will execute a service expansion plan within both its current facilities and building new facilities throughout the Atlanta metro area to provide greater access to patient care.

Children’s and Emory are recognized as national leaders in pediatric critical care medicine advancing clinical, research, education and community service with the goal of top performance across all key mission areas. The incumbent critical care medicine leader will have the opportunity to drive a vision and to shape the growth of a pediatric critical care program across two hospitals and the opening of the new state-of-the-art Arthur M. Blank Hospital. The hospital, anticipated to open in 2025, will have 446 beds and will be a full-service facility for pediatric inpatient medical care, providing a once in a career opportunity for this leader to transition to a new facility.

The Division Chief will serve as the primary physician leader for critical care medicine for the Children’s health care network providing strategic leadership and oversight for quality, safety and clinical operations. They will guide the design of care delivery, advancing care consistency, efficiency and a culture of excellence in critical care medicine. This leader will be dedicated to the implementation of professional and clinical care standards, team-based care driven by evidence-based care guidelines and mutual accountability.

As the leader of the Division of Critical Care Medicine, Emory, Department of Pediatrics, they will be responsible for clinical program development, faculty recruitment, workforce development, the growth and advancement of research, scholarly activity and educational excellence of the trainees within the Division. This leader will continue to improve education/training and sustain a strong commitment to leading departmental research efforts.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding clinical and academic leader with demonstrated ability to set a vision, position the team to execute, effectively inspire, manage and mentor others. They will be an individual who has a passion for providing outstanding care, scholarly work and a desire to improve systems and processes to maximize efficiency. The Chief will be a leader that demonstrates the collaborative ability to work well with multiple partners and stakeholders. This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced physician leader to live and work in a desirable, advanced healthcare market, develop trainees in a complex care environment and lead a nationally recognized critical care medicine division into the future.

Position Summary

The Division Chief is responsible for the critical care delivery model design and clinical operations across the enterprise. They will oversee the strategic leadership of the pediatric critical care division with the development of faculty, fellows and trainees, academic excellence and increasing research and scholarly activity.

This leader will advance a culture of excellence, accountability and care innovation and will be dedicated to performance measures providing the highest quality patient care and clinical care standards driven by patient safety and regulatory requirements, clinical outcomes monitoring and patient and family experience expectations. They will continue to raise the bar with contemporary training programs, mentorship platforms, clinical delivery, service and sustaining a strong commitment to research efforts.

It is anticipated the Chief will be a visible, inspiring leader with a clinical practice presence to foster credibility and to develop an appreciation for ICU operations and its providers. Furthermore, a clinical presence will allow this leader to identify potential solutions and see the impact of these initiatives. This position requires an individual who has a passion for providing outstanding care, a desire to improve systems to maximize efficiency, the leadership to engage physicians in team-based care and an enduring commitment to providing an environment conducive to maximizing education and scholarly work. This Chief will craft the long-term vision for critical care medicine at Children’s and Emory while advancing the key mission areas to engage and inspire the faculty to reach these goals while holding the team accountable.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Oversees the delivery of clinical services in the Division’s areas of practice and leads resource prioritization, allocation and stewardship within the Division and across the critical care medicine enterprise.

  • Assures appropriate and continuous patient centered coverage of inpatient and consultative services at clinical program sites.

  • Promotes a culture where clinical outcomes are defined, measured, evaluated and improved.

  • Implements continuous improvement, monitoring, and reporting activities for procedures and protocols within the critical care service. Assures participation of Division personnel in continuous quality improvement, patient safety, and patient experience initiatives.

  • Models and sustains high standards of professional practice and a culture of accountability. Oversees and drives a superior patient safety and peer review program.

  • Builds a high quality, well-developed network of physician providers. Fosters positive relationships with other clinicians, including community and referring providers, to sustain growth of services.

  • Coaches, mentors, and develops others to build internal capabilities and the talent facilitating leadership succession. Develops the next generation of physician leadership within the Division.

  • Leads compliance with all relevant department, clinic, and hospital policies and procedures. Assures compliance with all electronic health record documentation requirements and appropriate billing procedures.

  • Enhances the Division’s service orientation and remain responsive to the needs of key stakeholders (patients, families, referring physicians, other divisions/departments, etc.).

  • Develops physician workforce plan for the Division. Defines and manages physician FTE and schedules.


  • Provides leadership, vision and management in accomplishing the mission and goals of the Department and SOM in research, education and academic service.

  • Defines and executes the strategic vision and direction for educational and scientific programs. The Chief will be expected to build a preeminent academic program.

  • Establishes governance mechanisms supporting faculty participation in the academic affairs of the Division. Offers a regular cadence of division meetings to involve faculty members in the organization and operations of the Division. Communicates key departmental and university information to division members.

  • Develops and advises the Department Chair on the division faculty and staff resource plan and space and resource needs for the Division to meet its goals.

  • Builds collaborative partnerships within the Department and the institution to achieve top performance. Works harmoniously with others and enables the Division’s faculty and employees work collectively to provide efficient and high-quality health care and other services.

  • Meets with the Department Chair annually to review academic performance. Responsible for overseeing faculty promotion, tenure, annual pay review and pay adjustments.

  • Assures divisional participation not only in departmental, hospital and medical school initiatives, but also appropriately protects the faculty and prioritizes time commitments imposed on Division faculty and staff.

  • Attends appropriate departmental committees and meetings (including the Department Leadership Council and general faculty meetings) and encourages the Division faculty to do the same. Supports the Department Chair in achieving the goals and objectives of the department.

  • Along with other Division faculty members, provides leadership at the local, regional, state, national and international levels in academic matters relevant to the Division.

  • Defines and communicates expectations for faculty members, providing them with the resources they need to achieve them and review their performance in individual meetings annually using the Career Development Conference Report. Understands the University promotion and tenure process and its requirements, and mentors faculty members or arranges mentoring, accordingly.

  • Oversees and facilitates the relationship between Children’s and Emory for critical care services.


  • Develops the directions and goals for the Division’s research programs.

  • Oversees and manages the research funds, equipment, facilities and personnel assigned to the Division or its investigators. The effectiveness of the Division’s research programs would be demonstrated by regular publications in top peer review journals, by presentations in notable scientific meetings and by substantial and growing extramural funding.

  • Ensures responsible and compliant conduct of research.

  • Seeks to optimize both the research synergies between Divisional faculty and the research activities elsewhere within Emory.

  • Fosters cooperative and interdisciplinary research activities with other divisions, departments and schools and with community physicians.


  • Fosters a collegial environment supporting the successful recruitment, retention and development of outstanding faculty, staff and fellows.

  • Promotes and demonstrates values, leadership attributes that motivate others, fosters creativity to deliver productivity, including trustworthiness, respect for others, honesty, fairness and integrity among Divisional faculty and staff.

  • Sets clear expectations, develops roadmaps with key milestones to engage physicians and hold accountable to established measures in a team environment.

  • Fosters excellent communication, teamwork and cooperation in carrying out the scholarly, educational and clinical missions of the division and the department.

  • Serves as representative on Medical Staff Section and has oversight and accountability for medical staff practicing at Children’s.

  • Accountable for financial performance, demonstrates stewardship of resources, develops case for support to achieve fundraising targets and collaborates with business partners to drive optimum financial performance and viability.


  • Creates, supports, facilitates and implements the educational programs of the Division, including curricula for medical student, resident and fellow training; and for graduate and postdoctoral training to satisfy or exceed national and accreditation standards.

  • Advances and supports the fellowship-training program in pediatric critical medicine and assess area of strength and opportunities to optimize the experiences of trainees across all missions.

  • Conducts divisional and programmatic reviews and appropriately assigns faculty mentors to lead the educational programs and ensuring an enriching experience for trainees.

  • Evaluates the academic performance of faculty, students and graduates ensuring that goals and professional standards are met or exceeded.

  • Serves as a role model and mentor for division faculty members. Provides opportunities for cross departmental relationships to ensure faculty members have access to mentorship.

Expectations of Leadership

  • Children’s and Emory strive to be recognized as a preeminent pediatric critical care program in advancing clinical, educational and scholarly activities with the goal of being a top tier program in all areas. To that end, the Chief will have made significant progress in the following areas within the first 18 to 24 months of their tenure:

  • Establish themselves as a credible, trusted and highly collaborative clinical team leader among the medical staff and administrative leaders at Children’s and Emory through performance as a clinician and a physician leader. It is essential this leader be visible and gain credibility quickly.

  • Evaluate the current clinical operations model, provide recommendations working with PICU administration to improve system performance, quality, service excellence, family experience and more efficient ways to meet patient care needs. Consistent performance of care delivery and clinical outcomes will be achieved.

  • Define vision and strategies in alignment with Children’s, program development, identifying which services are offered, identifying optimal distribution of services, resource prioritization and routinely assess the needs for the critical care program, balancing missions of patient care, research and teaching.

  • Prepare the Division's critical care delivery model, resources and workforce plan required for the opening of Arthur M. Blank Hospital in 2025 which will include a larger pediatric critical care footprint with one delivery model across the enterprise.

  • Establish a “team care” culture within all aspects of Children’s critical care services and initiatives, strengthening the partnership of physicians, advanced practice professionals, allied health professionals and staff in delivering outstanding patient centered care.

  • Advance clear communication channels with staff within the division, leaders, campus medical/surgical directors and program medical directors resulting in alignment, trust, accountability and collaborative working relationships in the pursuit of inter-divisional collaboration and esprit de corps.

  • Consistently improve the timeliness and efficiency of PICU patient evaluation and admitting procedures to optimize patient care throughput across the enterprise.

  • Maintain a high level of scholarly achievement in critical care medicine with a notable increase in clinical research, publications and national presence.

  • Continue to invest in the effective recruitment of fellows and attending physicians, set a favorable tone regarding programmatic strengths and stature and ensure that the PCCM Fellowship continues to attract the highest caliber trainees.

  • Create professional development plans for individual faculty, providing access to mentorship and alignment to key mission areas. Focus on the retention and development of attending physicians.

Candidate Qualifications


  • Board certified in pediatric critical care and current, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the state of Georgia.

  • Fellowship trained in pediatric critical care from an ACGME accredited program.

  • Eligible for an appointment as an Associate Professor or Professor at the Emory University School of Medicine.

  • Meets eligibility requirements for credentialing as part of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta professional staff.

  • Master’s degree in health-related field or business administration is a plus.

Experience and Skills

  • An experienced academic and operational leader with vision, enthusiasm and an executive presence with a track record as a unifier. Can successfully galvanize a group to one vision.

  • Significant clinical experience and clinical operations/management experience with the capacity to align/engage physicians and clinicians.

  • Clinical experience with 5-10 years of administrative or leadership experience in a pediatric hospital or health care setting.

  • Passion for patient care and service that permeates through the team, including the ability to lead service improvement efforts by example.

  • National reputation of excellence in clinical care and/or education and research gained within an advanced and highly complex market.

  • Experience building and maintaining partnerships between clinical and non-clinical stakeholders.

Key Leadership Competencies

  • History of successful team development empowering high performance through visionary leadership, delegation and operational excellence.

  • Demonstrates poise and self-control, establishes credibility, addresses conflict diplomatically and instills a sense of trust and confidence in others.

  • A mentor and leader of people who motivates others toward team orientation, open communication and trust and drives accountability while supporting faculty and staff.

  • A role model of personal and professional integrity and a visible leader.

  • Demonstrates aptitude for resolving conflict and problem solving.

  • A strong communicator and diplomat who is able to inspire and effectively communicate with wide and diverse audiences at all levels of the organization and externally.

  • An ability to inspire and align faculty and staff, both those within the department and those with whom the department interacts.

Additional Information

Employment will be in the Emory + Children's Pediatric Institute. The Emory + Children’s Pediatric Institute is an affiliation between Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta that is improving the lives of children in Georgia and beyond. The Pediatric Institute combines the unique strengths and resources of each institution in support of our three-part academic missions of providing outstanding clinical care, conducting innovative basic science discovery and clinical research, and coordinating exceptional education of the future healthcare workforce. Our physicians, researchers, and educators have created a model where leadership, commitment and quality are fundamental components of success. Together, we are transforming pediatrics by achieving new levels of clinical excellence—driven by research, teaching and wellness.

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Job Number 90658

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Emory+Children's Ped Institute

Department SOMPI: Critical Care

Campus Location (For Posting) : City Atlanta

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Position involves clinical patient contact., Working with human blood, body fluids, tissues, or other potentially infectious materials.