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Director, Surgery Health Services Research

Emory University School of Medicine

Atlanta, Georgia 30322
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  • Surgery, General
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VISION: The Emory Department of Surgery would like to further develop health services surgical research and become the leading surgical health outcomes research program in the Southeast in the next 3-5 year with national recognition thereafter.


  • Unify & catalyze future growth in the areas of health services research. 
  • Leverage the wealth of existing resources, specifically in quality data available in the clinical data warehouse as well as multiple current health services research projects at Emory School of Medicine (SOM), Emory Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH), Emory Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing (SON), Children

DEPARTMENTAL STRUCTURE: The Department of Surgery is part of the larger Emory University School of Medicine. The Director is appointed by and reports directly to the Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery & works indirectly with the Chair of the Department of Surgery. Other faculty members performing Health Services Research will continue to report directly to their respective Division Chief by specialty and also have an indirect reporting relationship to the Director. The Director will be based at the main Clifton Campus location but might coordinate research at other Emory facilities where research & patient care is performed.


  • The Director will perform extramural research in the area of Health Services / Outcomes Research and administratively coordinate efforts of all other surgery Health Services Research done in the Department.


  • Additionally, the Director will develop a strategic plan for research in this area and will be charged with developing additional collaborations across the SOM, RSPH, SON, the CDC, Grady, CHOA, the VA & other related Emory Departments/Schools areas that do similar research.


  • The Director will be responsible for the success of Health Services Research Program in the Department of Surgery, with close collaboration & goal setting with a close partner, the Emory Transplant Center (ETC).


  • There are opportunities for Health Services Research across several different areas of Emory that can be a source of reference for current Health Service Research activity:
    a. The clinical component resides primarily within The Emory Clinic. The Emory Clinic (TEC) is the 1,600-plus-physician practice of the Emory University School of Medicine (SOM). Its physicians serve as the portal of access to Emory Healthcare


  • The director will be dually responsible for achieving programmatic excellence as a senior faculty leader as well as maintaining financial viability of the program under the direction of the Vice Chair of Research and in conjunction with the department/division administrator.


  • In collaboration with their colleague Division Chiefs, annually set Health Services Research goals for each related faculty and respective productivity targets on an individual basis and review through the evaluation process throughout the year.


  • Provide leadership in the development, implementation and promotion of Health Services Research Program designed to deliver better patient outcomes and work toward making clinical care delivery perform at the highest quality and value.


  • Partner with the Chair & Division Chiefs as they recruit new clinical & research faculty to identify faculty with current or promising careers in health services research. One of the key responsibilities of the Director will be to partner with faculty leadership in the promotion & mentorship of identified health service research faculty following current Emory guidelines.


  • Should have demonstrated experience/knowledge of strategic planning, finances including budgets and the basic principles of research budgets, research implementation, health system development and management. Should also have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and education environment and a continued commitment to do so.


  • Should have demonstrated experience in promoting a culture that is collaborative, team oriented, and one that respects the skill sets and opinions of all faculty and staff.


Candidates must have demonstrated extramural research funding, a solid publication track record & examples of leadership accomplishments as well as an aptitude for mentoring and staff development. Successful candidates should possess excellent research skills (& possibly clinical skills, if MD applicant) and a strong track record in research and teaching as well as an in depth understanding of the Health Services Research. Candidates should have scholarly accomplishments in the health sciences, as well as recognition in the field that they hold their terminal degree in as evidenced by involvement in clinical societies at a national level. The position, over time, will include participation in education efforts for the ACGME-accredited surgery residency programs. Academic rank of associate professor or professor required.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit online application at, select Faculty Positions, enter requisition 67993BR.


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