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SIDRA4768 - Division Chief – Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

Department: Orthopedic Surgery Div
Division: Surgery Dept
Contract Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 30-Jun-2019
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


Sidra Medicine’s Department of Surgery provides world-class excellence in clinical care, teaching and biomedical research for the women and children of Qatar.  The Department of Surgery 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 Medicine 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 hospital environment. The Department of Surgery is made up of the following services, delivered in accordance with best practice standards whilst being driven by clinical evidence methodologies, in a patient-centered, highly collaborative environment: in the pediatric population: General and Thoracic Surgery, Plastic and Maxillofacial 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 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


Reporting to the Chairman of the Department of Surgery, the Division Chief provides clinical, educational, research and executive management leadership for Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery. S/he is a clinical and managerial leader working with the Surgery executive team to develop and deliver strategy and business plans and be accountable for resources and performance in providing Orthopedic Surgery for children.  In conjunction with cross-functional teams, the Division chief integrates research and education priorities into a program of excellent clinical service delivery.

 The primary goal of the Division Chief is to coordinate the provision of care for children requiring pediatric orthopedic surgery across the spectrum of conditions encountered in the specialty, for both elective and emergent cases.  The ideal candidate would have a proven track recorded as an academic pediatric orthopedic surgeon, with a broad range of expertise. Specific clinical interests desired, but not essential, include experience in pediatric sports, pediatric upper limb, and/or pediatric spine surgery. S/he functions as the leader of the Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery group and facilitates the maintenance of strong multidisciplinary teams involved in the care of these patients.  Relevant stakeholders include: pediatric rehabilitation medicine, pediatric neurology, physiotherapy (PT), occupational therapy, orthotics, orthopedic practitioners, nurse practitioners (NP), and nursing. Specialized NP/PT-led Clinics/Services to be conducted in partnership with the Division of Orthopedic Surgery include: Ponseti Clubfoot Clinic, Infant Hip Clinic, Normal Variants Clinic, Pre-operative Assessment, Post-Operative Assessment, and Gait Lab. The Chief also cultivates the development of new innovative surgical programs within Sidra and works to expand the outreach of the Division through coordination with the International Medical Office.

 The individual occupying this position reports directly to the Chair of Surgery and works cooperatively with the surgical team, department staff and other stakeholders, including allied health specialists, referring clinicians and patients.  

 The Division Chief is responsible for ensuring a high standard of service is continually provided to all patients, their families and other hospital staff as prescribed in the patient care and facility standards set down by Sidra Medicine. This includes ensuring that the clinical services required are available, with appropriate call coverage, and that clinic and OR resources are managed efficiently.

 The Division Chief is broadly responsible for developing the skill sets and human capital of the surgical and allied health staff of the care teams supervised.  Specifically, s/he provides mentorship and career development support for the Orthopedic Surgeons within the Division including the development of clinical, teaching, research and administrative expertise by this group.

 The Division Chief is responsible for ensuring that appropriate monitoring of the quality of the surgical care provided is done, including participation in Department wide initiatives such as the National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (NSQIP).  The Division Chief is also responsible for identifying problems if they should ensue, and developing effective strategies for improving and optimizing outcomes on a continual basis. 

 The Division Chief will have a full-time appointment to Weill Cornell Medical College – Qatar.   It is expected that the Division Chief works collaboratively with the Medical School, to provide teaching support for undergraduate medical students and surgical residents by the members of the Division, as required for the ACGME curriculum.  The Division Chief is expected to perform research or pursue approved academic initiatives during dedicated academic time, which will be provided every week.

  • Identifies and articulates the vision, strategic direction, and growth of the Division and develops implementation strategies to achieve them.
  • Recommends clinical privileges, appointment, reappointment and corrective action for each member of the Division as well as promoting mentorship and academic career development for these staff members.
  • Accountable for the financial performance and management of all budgets within the division.
  • Accountable for the Division performance, customer satisfaction and regulatory compliance of the Division.
  • In conjunction with the Clinical Chief, Identifies and articulates the vision, strategic direction, and growth of the Division of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery and leads the implementation of strategies to achieve them.
  • Promotes a culture of excellent, efficient and quality service delivery in a congenial, supportive, collaborative and equitable environment.  Works collaboratively with other division chiefs, directors and all other division staff to ensure that cohesive, cross-functional teams are developed.
  • Leads clinical service planning, service development and capacity planning for the division – specifically, working closely with anesthesia and the surgical executive to develop the patient care capacity required to safely and efficiently provide the full spectrum of pediatric orthopedic procedures required by the Sidra Pediatric Program.  This includes the intraoperative environment and instrumentation, surgical and diagnostic equipment, scheduling, inpatient and outpatient care pathways.
  • Develops and implements the policies and procedures required to guide and support the provision of pediatric orthopedic surgery services for the Sidra Pediatric Program.
  • Develops and provides leadership of the multi-disciplinary teams required for optimal care of the orthopedic surgery patient population.  This will include the facilitation and ongoing development of non-physician care providers within the orthopedic surgery care team. Responsible for the administrative reporting structures, ongoing professional assessment and professional development of this important component of the team.
  • Responsible for ensuring that appropriate monitoring of the quality of the orthopedic surgery care provided is done, including participation in Department wide initiatives such as the National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (NSQIP).  The Division Chief is also responsible for identifying problems if they should ensue, and developing effective strategies for improving and optimizing outcomes on a continual basis
  • Provides monitoring of the professional performance of all individuals in the Division who have clinical privileges, including ongoing and focused professional practice evaluations (OPPE and FPPE).  Ensures that division members participate in ongoing maintenance of competence programs that follow North American standards.
  • Promotes leadership and direction for the development of strategies for the recruitment, retention, and direct mission of excellence for the Division and the medical staff in general.  Collaborates with the Chair of Surgery to execute the strategies.
  • Promotes mentorship and academic career development for Division members.
  • Responsible for all administrative related activities of the Division unless otherwise provided for by the hospital, and ensures divisional representation on all requested committees.
  • Ensures that the staff of the Division provides services that are in compliance with all applicable standards and requirements of the Joint Commission International, Qatar Supreme Health Council, and all other applicable regulatory bodies.
  • Participates with the Chair of Surgery in creating and managing budgets for the Division.
  • Makes recommendations for the purchase of capital and other equipment and participates in the evaluation of products for use by different members of the Division to ensure their safety and efficacy.
  • Sets and achieves targets to drive continuous assessment and improvement of the quality of care and services provided and initiates actions for necessary improvements according to Sidra Board initiatives.
  • Works with the Chair to establish and update call coverage for consultative and operative care of the pediatric population requiring orthopedic surgery care and assures that there is appropriate clinical coverage for all patients requiring care from the Division (including emergency care) for the Sidra Pediatric Program.
  • Ensures all members of the Division optimize the use of electronic medical records.
  • In conjunction with the Chair, ensures the implementation of robust clinical governance structures and processes to ensure patient safety.
  • In collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar the Division Chief works to provide teaching support by the members of the division for the undergraduate medical students and surgical residents as required for pediatric and general orthopedic instruction following an ACGME curriculum. Provides divisional support for programs to mentor and support students.
  • In conjunction with the Chief Research Officer and Departmental Head of Research, ensures a program of clinical and translational research is developed and promoted and delivered within the Division.
  • Is actively involved in research, graduate teaching, and publication in higher impact refereed journals.
  • Ensures effective communication with and involvement of all staff within the division in regards to key decisions and initiatives.
  • Participates in programs designed to foster positive relations between physicians and the hospital operations and administration.
  • Assists with marketing strategies to inform physicians, their staff and the public of Sidra’s Pediatric Surgical Programs, services and resources. 
  • Promotes and evaluates physician community outreach programs as appropriate.
  • Identifies and coordinates resolution of problems to improve physician utilization and patient satisfaction.


    Scope of clinical responsibilities for Division Chief:


  • Provides pediatric orthopedic surgery care for the patients in the Sidra Pediatric Program.  This will include clinic and outpatient consultations, operative procedures for routine, urgent and emergent care. The divisional chief is expected to lead in the care of the full spectrum of general pediatric orthopedic conditions, including acute care of pediatric orthopedic trauma. 
  • Develops and provides leadership of the multi-disciplinary teams required for optimal care of the pediatric orthopedic patient population.
  • Prepares all records and reports as may be required in support of services rendered and as required by Qatar State Law.
  • Leads the development of medical research/academic projects for the Division of Orthopedic Surgery, this includes the participation in joint programs, collaborations and primary projects of the Division, under the overall direction of the Chair of Surgery. 
  • Is accessible and available to referring physicians and allied health care providers. Works cooperatively with other members of department to ensure that a high standard of patient care services is maintained.
  • Facilitates patient access to medical care by recommending appropriate referrals to other health care providers in accordance with policies and regulations of the facility.
  • Ensures quality improvement programs and competency assessment initiatives for the Division of Orthopedic Surgery are followed by the patient care team.
  • Undertakes appraisals of staff as directed. Assists with the process of recruiting Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons and Non-physician health care providers as requested. Participates in professional local, regional and/or national organizations and meetings. Participates in other service activities in support of the facility as requested by the Chair of Surgery.
  • Participates in mandatory training and actively practices continual professional development in alignment with Sidra’s professional development programs to ensure maintenance of professional licensure/accreditation.
  • Develops and/or delivers training programs to new employees on equipment and procedures in the area of operations in alignment with the department’s and Sidra’s training objectives and plans.
  • Is an educational resource for Orthopedic Surgery and contributes to the education of patients, staff and physicians and other stakeholders as required.
  • Provides support and relief for other surgeons as required.
  • Participates in community outreach programs and initiatives undertaken by the organization.
  • Observes and implements departmental and applicable organizational policies, procedures, regulations and information to the Department of Surgery care team.
  • Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner. Communicates the mission, ethics and goals of the facility, and maintains patient confidentiality at all times.
  • Attends divisional and other meetings as requested. Serves on Departmental, Hospital, and University Committees, as requested.
  • Adheres to the medical staff bylaws.
  • Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies
  • Adheres to and promotes Sidra’s Values




  • MD degree
  • Residency training in Specialty area Orthopedic Surgery 
  • Sub-specialty Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery  (or equivalent training )


  • 10+ years post-residency clinical experience in the relevant field from a North American Academic/ Health care  Institution  or equivalent in UK, Republic of Ireland, Australia or New Zealand.
  • 5+ years in Academic leadership in area of specialty


  • Valid professional License in the country of origin or country of practice in the specialty area
Job Specific Skills and Abilities

• Skilled in management and administrative functions
• Extensive functional knowledge and clinical experience in performing pediatric orthopedic surgery 
• Demonstrated capacity to participate in multidisciplinary teams for orthopedic surgery cases
• Demonstrated capacity to provide leadership of teaching programs to medical students, residents, and allied health care personnel 
• Demonstrated staff and resource management skills
• Capability to work in a digital EMR environment
• Demonstrated strong analytical and decision making skills
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
• Fluency in written and spoken English
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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