Houston Methodist is comprised of a leading academic medical center located in the Texas Medical Center and seven community hospitals serving the Greater Houston area. HMH, the system’s flagship, is the #1 hospital in Texas according to U.S. News & World Report. The magazine named Methodist one of the country’s best in 13 specialties, ranked in more specialties than any other hospital in Texas. For that reason, it was named one of “America’s Best Hospitals.” Houston Methodist Hospital System is also ranked among FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the seventh year in a row, remaining the only healthcare organization ranked in Texas.
Houston Methodist is seeking a well-respected physician investigator with the knowledge, vision and leadership abilities to serve as the system-wide Chair for the Department of Radiology. This role leads the academic Department of Radiology at Houston Methodist Hospital (HMH). It also has oversight of the imaging research facilities, and of clinical, technical and supply chain strategies for all System hospitals.
Houston Methodist radiologists perform approximately 23,000 imaging studies per week throughout the System. Currently, there are 69 general radiologists who are employed by the group practice Houston Radiology Associated (HRA), and 14 breast imaging radiologists employed by the Houston Methodist Specialty Physician Group (HMSPG). HMH has had a long relationship with HRA; they provide outstanding clinical service, do some research and provide excellent teaching for the radiology residents. Established as a non-profit corporation and certified by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, HMSPG enables physicians to maintain autonomy with respect to their clinical practice while growing their practice within an academic environment. Both groups of physicians provide radiology services at all of our hospitals and outpatient centers. The Chair of the Department of Radiology will be responsible for managing the System’s relationship with both groups of radiologists and will also have academic oversight over all radiologists practicing at all Houston Methodist System hospitals.
It is anticipated that developing and fostering imaging research will be an important responsibility for the new Chair. Research imaging facilities are proximate and physically connected to the hospital. Several clinical departments have robust imaging research programs, and the opportunity to collaborate and become an essential partner is very real. The residency is approved for four residents per year and is in its second year, so there are now eight residents, which will increase to 12 in July 2020.
An important responsibility of the new Chair will be providing the vision of the radiology enterprise of the future, developing and implementing strategies across our healthcare system to keep us on the leading edge of clinical radiology. The newly established Innovation group within the hospital will be an important partner and facilitator of this work. The healthcare system spends approximately $25 to $35M per year on imaging capital equipment and development of a capital plan for imaging will be welcomed. The opportunity could also exist for an interested candidate to develop a System-wide Center for Imaging Sciences that could include clinical and research activities across multiple facilities and departments.
Qualified candidates will be eligible for primary faculty appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Houston Methodist Academic Institute. Secondary faculty appointments at Texas A&M College of Medicine and other medical school affiliates also are possible. Current faculty participate in teaching residents in HMH’s 42 ACGME-accredited training programs. Academic affiliation with both Weill Cornell Medicine and Texas A&M College of Medicine provide other outlets for academic pursuits including a master’s degree program in Clinical and Translational Science.
- MD or DO with board certification in Radiology.
- Eligibility for an unrestricted medical license in TX.
- Strong track record of funded research activities and scholarly achievements.
- Outstanding clinical skills and a national reputation in the field.
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills and presentation skills for both clinical and non-clinical audiences, in group settings or one-on-one.