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SIDRA4098 - Medical Photographer

Department: Plastic / Reconstructive Surgery Div
Division: Surgery Dept
Contract Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 13-Apr-2017
Organizational Profile:

Sidra Medicine is a state of the art academic medical center that will function to the level of the highest international standards. Its clinical focus is on the specialty care of women and children.

Sidra’s Vision is: “Sidra Medicine will be a beacon of learning, discovery and exceptional care, ranked among the top medical centers in the world”.

Achieving this vision will encompass three essential activities:

World Class: Patient and Family Centered Care Health Education Biomedical Discovery

Once fully operational by mid-2018, Sidra Medicine will handle 275,000 outpatient appointments, 11,000 procedures, 100,000 emergency attendances and deliver over 9,000 babies per year, adding capacity to a rapidly growing population and delivering world-class specialist care.

The hospital will include 10 operating theatres, 400 beds, 100 percent single rooms with a private bathroom, a birthing center and an emergency department.


Sidra Medical & Research Center’s Department of Surgery will provide world class excellence in clinical care, teaching and biomedical research for the women and children of Qatar. The Department of Surgery coordinates its surgical services with Hamad Medical Corporation and collaborates in research and educational activity with Weill Cornell Medical College - Qatar. The level of national interest and support in medical quality, education, innovative research and technology has already resulted in significant discoveries and highly functional research organizations that will collaborate with Sidra.

The Department of Surgery at Sidra Medical and Research Center offers a comprehensive range of routine and advanced surgical services for women and children.

Equipped with state of the art technology in a completely digital, patient-centered, highly collaborative hospital environment, services will be delivered in accordance with best practice standards, whilst being driven by clinical evidence methodologies. The Department of Surgery will provide the following services in the pediatric population: General and Thoracic Surgery; Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery; Orthopedic Surgery; Otolaryngologic Surgery; Ophthalmologic Surgery; Cardiac Surgery; Dental Surgery; Neurosurgery; and Urology. In addition, surgical treatment for acute gynecological surgical conditions will be provided. Within each of these subspecialties, care for the spectrum of diseases seen in the pediatric population will be provided.

A specific goal of the Department is to conduct research into the surgically treated diseases seen in Qatar, evaluating both the pathophysiology and treatments. The Department will evaluate and provide novel and upcoming therapies to our patients and participate in the development of new technologies. The Department will also provide leadership and faculty for the teaching of medical students, residents and advanced trainees, so that Sidra becomes a leader in the education of surgeons for the future.

It is anticipated that, by providing specialist and subspecialist expertise in an integrated team environment and concomitantly conducting research, Sidra will become a substantive referral center for patients within and outside Qatar.
JOB SUMMARY: The Medical Photographer photographs medical and allied phenomena, managing all photographic techniques applicable to the biological field to provide illustration for scientific records, research, teaching, patient requests and publication. The incumbent creates and manages the photographer internship program. They also control, store and maintain patient photography, event/conference photography and other applicable photographic situations
  • Plans, coordinates and manages the photography of patients, anatomical structures, pathological specimens, surgical techniques, diagnostic and therapeutic methods, family requested photographs, and other procedures.  Utilizes color and black and white digital formats and all associated computers for digital photography output.

  • Manages the photography program to provide accurate advice to all physicians with any camera problems and issues. Ensures product support for cameras, equipment, and programs are completed in a timely manner.

  • Photographs all diagnostically challenging cases during clinics.  Ensures that all photographs that will be used for didactic purposes in lectures, conferences, grand rounds and publications meet publication guidelines.

  • Uses Adobe Photoshop to adjust photographs to have proper color, resolution and brightness as well as other adjustments that might be necessary to meet publication and presentation specifications.

  • Creates and provides introductory instruction lessons to residents and fellows in proper techniques of surgical photography. Gives lectures to residents and fellows about specific photography techniques for taking surgical pictures dependent on the patient’s condition, ensuring that the surgery is photographed appropriately using the current camera equipment.

  • Photographs patients that are of academic interest and challenging diagnostics and treatments.

  • Uploads and downloads digital media; uses surgical background to name and record all diagnosis for cross-reference.

  • Scans the Kodachrome archives of physicians to form a digital archive to be used in teaching, lectures, presentations, publications and/or conferences. These images will be adjusted using Photoshop or Lightroom.

  • Ensures quality control over all patient photographs so that they are of scientifically acceptable quality and resolution.  This duty requires multiple adjustments using a variety of photographic editing tools.

  • Maintains and updates the patient photography log for use by Division of Surgery physicians and is indexed using Sidra’s indexing standards.

  • Prepares patient medical records for retrieval and output format desired by the associated application or need.

  • Aids all surgery residents rotating through Sidra in organizing their Grand Rounds presentations of pediatric patients by providing photographical support using various media (CB, USB memory stick, or other media).

  • Provides entire photography support to all surgical physicians for publications, textbooks, and textbook chapters, national and international conferences.

  • Performs family requested and/or “end-of-life photography with professionalism and empathy.  Records significant events at the request of the family.  Properly stores the photographic media for later requests by parents/family.

  • Performs job functions adhering to the service principles of Sidra with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork, to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families and co-workers and others.

In view of the evolving needs and opportunities within Sidra, this position may be required to perform other duties as assigned and reporting relationships may vary


  •  Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • 3+ years’ experience working as a professional photographer and experience working with computer archiving and photo editing system
  • Knowledge of photo-editing software

  • Knowledge of Nikon camera equipment such as lenses, filters and manual camera settings

  • Previously demonstrated photography experience or class  in Bereavement Photography

  • Knowledge of still-life photography

  • Knowledge of photographic lighting

  • Knowledge of photographic equipment that will aid in the best possible image capture

  • Previously demonstrated advanced level analytical, interpersonal, organizational, communications, and consensus-building skills

  • Previously demonstrated advanced level ability to operate with a high degree of independence in order to accomplish program objectives and safeguard confidential information

  • Previously demonstrated advanced level ability to work effectively in teams and achieve results collaboratively across programs and institutions

  • Prior experience of working in a cross-cultural environment

  • Previously demonstrated advanced level ability to multi-task in a results oriented environment

  • Experience in working with Microsoft Office products including word processing and presentation software

  • Flexibility in work hours as required

  • Advanced writing skills in English


  • 5 to 10 years of photography experience
  • Knowledge of Photoshop CS6, Lightroom, and Nik software

  • Advanced knowledge of Nikon full frame camera and functionality

  • Advanced knowledge of Nikon lens and the appropriate selection of the lens for the specific task

  • Advanced knowledge of lighting techniques

  • Advance knowledge of still photography


Sidra’s Organizational Values:
  • Trust: Being competent; acting consistently, reliably and predictably; acting with honesty and integrity; respecting patient, employee and commercial confidentiality; delivering on commitments
  • Care: Acting with empathy, kindness and compassion; being humble; listening and responding; acting with cultural sensitivity; Caring for patients and staff
  • Teamwork: Sharing information and knowledge and learning from demonstrated expertise; being respectful, and thereby earning respect of others; acting with professionalism; leading and following; collaborating and being accessible
  • Transparency: Frequent and honest communication; open access to information for decision making; willingly acknowledge shortcomings; speaking up about concerns; publishing performance indicators
  • Innovation: Freedom to innovate; welcoming ideas and encouraging creativity; supporting talent; creating confidence; celebrating successes
  • Efficiency: Providing measurable value; using data to drive decision making; having and achieving clear goals; building processes that work; continuously improving outcomes in patient and family care
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