Chief, Hepatology and Liver Disease

University of Kentucky

  • Location: Lexington, KY

The University of Kentucky is looking for a chief of hepatology and liver disease in Lexington, Kentucky.The University of Kentucky is the flagship, land-grant University of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and a national leader in academics and research. Since its inception in 1865, the University of Kentucky has been more than a public research University; it has been home to the state’s greatest aspirations – an idea of a new and brighter tomorrow. The University of Kentucky is a community of global scholars committed to academic excellence, collaborative scientific discovery, and undergraduate and graduate student engagement. The University is actively searching to fill the Chief of Hepatology and Liver Disease position.

The Division of Digestive Disease and Nutrition at the University of Kentucky is dedicated to providing the highest quality patient care and conducting clinical and basic research advancing the treatment of digestive diseases and disorders. The Division consists of highly trained and Board Certified gastroenterologists specializing in the treatment of all GI disorders including complex illnesses, advanced endoscopic procedures, and transplantation. The Division is also responsible for the attached Lexington VA Medical Center and is a source for clinical, educational, and research opportunities through VA Merit Grants.

Position Overview

The Chief of Hepatology and Liver Disease is responsible for the clinical and operational management of Liver, Hepatology and Transplant services at the University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare. In this role, the Chief of Hepatology and Liver Disease will work closely with the Division Chief, Department Chair, and other clinical leaders in the healthcare enterprise including the transplant service line leader and Chief of Hospital Medicine.

The Chief of Hepatology and Liver Disease will lead five faculty and five advanced practice providers in the growing Liver, Hepatology and Transplant services of the outpatient clinics and inpatient services. The Division has over 9000 outpatient visits per year covering the KY Clinic, Good Samaritan Clinic, Harrison Memorial professional clinic, and Rockcastle County Clinic. More than 2000 outpatient procedures and 3500 inpatient consults are performed annually by the liver specialties. Currently, University of Kentucky performs 34 liver transplants per year. Transplant services are provided by five faculty members, two of which are assigned to the DD&N division. The Chief of Hepatology and Liver Disease will have an active role in expanding and improving services and have excellent administrative skills.

The Chief of Hepatology and Liver Disease will serve as a faculty member at the Assistant/Associate/Professor level, and financial support for research is available. Institutional licenses are available for international candidates not trained in the U.S. The faculty position entails participation in outpatient clinics within the University of Kentucky network. In these clinics, the faculty will be supervising fellows as well as midlevel providers. The position includes the performance of inpatient and outpatient endoscopic procedures as well as serving as a consulting service attending on a rotational basis. While serving as an inpatient consult service attending, the faculty will be responsible for the education of fellows, residents, and medical students. Lastly, the Chief of Hepatology and Liver Disease will be expected to attend educational conferences for fellows and engage in didactic teaching as well as one-on-one mentorship.

The position provides an opportunity for clinical research and exceptional opportunities for collaborative ventures between departments on NIH and CCTS grants. Additionally, abundant research opportunities exist in the diagnosis and treatment of underserved patient populations with unprecedented rates of Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. This provides unique opportunities to collaborate with world-class basic science (metabolomics) and clinical research scientists.

Qualifications

  • An MD or equivalent degree with board certification in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, and Kentucky state medical licensure or eligibility.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to advance and develop a superior clinical service.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and presentation skills for both clinical and non-clinical audiences, in group settings or one-on-one.
  • Expertise in establishing physician relationships combined with the ability to manage an interdisciplinary team while appreciating and fostering collegial and peer participation from all disciplines.
  • Effective supervisory skills, including clinical mentoring and coaching expertise.
  • Advocate for organizational values and commitment to gender equity and diversity.
  • Personal characteristics of integrity, maturity, and honesty aligned with the Mission and Values of the University of Kentucky.
  • Demonstrated experience with capital/operating budgets and an understanding of the challenges facing academic medicine.