Director, Division of Pediatric Cardiology and Zone Section Chief, Pediatric Cardiology

Pediatrics

Competition No.  -    A100845392
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, in partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS) invites applicants to apply for the Director, Division of Pediatric Cardiology (Department of Pediatrics) and Zone Section Chief, Pediatric Cardiology (Clinical Department of Child Health, AHS), as an Associate Professor/Full Professor. 

The University of Alberta is a Top 5 Canadian university and one of the Top 150 in the world, serving 40,000 students with more than 14,000 faculty and staff. Founded over a century ago, the University has an endowment of $1.4 billion dollars and attracts more than $500 million in sponsored research revenue.  The University and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry have world class research programs with integration and collaboration opportunities in all types of research including basic sciences and clinical trials.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is Canada’s first and largest province-wide, fully-integrated health system, responsible for delivering health services to the over four million people living in Alberta, as well as to some residents of Saskatchewan, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. The Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, is a full-service pediatric hospital and centre for complex pediatric care and research. It is the only specialized healthcare facility for infants, children and youth in central and northern Alberta. It has among the highest inpatient volumes of any children’s hospital in Canada and serves a geographical area of over 500,000 km.  It has a major pediatric cardiac surgical program (amongst the 20 largest centres in North America), and has one of the largest pediatric heart transplant and pediatric left ventricular assist device (LVAD) programs in Canada.  There is an excellent transition program for children with cardiac issues and a strong connection with the adult congenital cardiac program. The Stollery also has a world class cardiac imaging program that includes a collaborative fetal program, as well as opportunities for collaboration with all adult and pediatric specialties.

Responsibilities 

The successful applicant will join eighteen academic pediatric cardiologists providing a full spectrum of clinical pediatric cardiology services with expertise in multi-modal diagnostic imaging, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, fetal cardiology, heart failure, cardiac transplantation, and preventive cardiology. 

The successful applicant will be tasked with the further expansion of the second largest clinical pediatric cardiology program in Canada. They will work in close collaboration with a cardio-surgical program attending to children with congenital and acquired heart disease from all Prairie Provinces coordinated by the Western Canadian Children’s Heart Network (WCCHN). They will provide active contribution and vision to the enhancement of the WCCHN in collaboration with the stakeholders from Western Canada. 

The Division harbors an active basic and clinical science program, collaborating locally, nationally and internationally. The divisional director will provide leadership and strong support for clinical and basic research activities throughout all divisional subspecialties. 

In addition to clinical care, the division is active in teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Division is the home for a fully accredited Pediatric Cardiology subspecialty-training program through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. There are numerous trainees (undergraduate and postgraduate students, residents and clinical / research fellows) at the Division each academic year. The Divisional Director will be responsible for ensuring all faculty contribute to education at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

The Zone Clinical Section Chief (ZSC) role is governed by the Medical Staff Rules and reports to the Edmonton Zone Clinical Department Head, Child Health. The ZSC, Pediatric Cardiology is responsible for ensuring that standards of care are being met in the clinical section, and that support for research and teaching is available. This position provides input into the development of policies and criteria for procedures as it relates to Pediatric Cardiology at all health facilities within the Edmonton zone, and evaluating the performance of medical staff working within the clinical section. In collaboration with other Clinical Sections within Child Health and as well as others related to the Cardiac Sciences program at the Stollery Children’s Hospital (e.g., Pediatric Cardiac Surgery), advocacy for the provision of high quality and safe patient care and coordinated service delivery within all facilities is critical to the role.

This is a full time 1.0 FTE position. The position profile will require approximately 50% clinical service and the remainder of time for academic pursuits: the distribution of responsibilities could be subject to modification. 

Qualifications

Interested applicants must hold an MD degree and must have completed a subspecialty residency in Pediatric Cardiology. Applicants should be able to become certified or eligible to become a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; See the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (http://www.royalcollege.ca/public/credentials/routes) for more information on various routes of credentialing. The successful candidate must be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA).  We are seeking candidates with a strong track record of academic and clinical leadership, with national and international recognition, and a strong record in mentoring trainees and faculty. The ideal candidate must be inclusive and visionary, and have the ability to inspire and bring people together towards achieving a common mission of programmatic excellence. The ideal candidate will have also demonstrated abilities in communication, conflict resolution and a passion for quality and patient safety. They will also be considered to be an excellent clinician with the respect of their peers. 

Remuneration for this position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and will be based on the income scale of a competitive and highly successful Academic Medicine and Health Services plan.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a curriculum vitae outlining their education, qualifications and experience.

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.