Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Physician (Thoracic Surgeon - Scientist) in Los Angeles, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Los Angeles, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Tuesday 3/22/2016 (216 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (68 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1659295


OUR MISSION:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.**

Greater Los Angeles Health Care System (GLA) seeks a full-time board eligible or board certified physician in Thoracic Surgery, who is a surgical scientist actively engaged in surgical basic science research. As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

You may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.


Candidates must be able to teach medical students and residents and will be expected to see patients in the clinic, perform general thoracic surgery operations, and take call. Surgical expertise required includes bronchoscopy (rigid and flexible), UGI endoscopy, basic and advanced thoracoscopy, complex benign and malignant esophageal surgery, basic open and advanced minimally-invasive lung resections, chest wall and mediastinal surgical procedures, as well as intensive pre- and post-operative surgical care (ICU care). The candidate must attain a California Fluoroscopy Supervisor’s license to perform intraoperative fluoroscopy. The board eligible or board certified general surgeon must have experience in thoracic surgery with an academic focus as evident by targeted publications, presentations, and active major research funding.

The academic duties include running an active surgical science laboratory in the areas of mesothelioma, lung, and/or esophageal cancer and training and mentoring residents and medical students in research and clinical activities. Administrative duties include the supervision of clinical care, laboratory work, and academic oversight of investigative research by trainees.

The duties and responsibilities of the incumbent include but are not limited to the following:

¨ Provide care of Veteran patients in the Thoracic Surgery Service.

¨ Responsible for the development of clinical, educational, and research programs for the service in meeting measured performance objectives, cross-service coordination, and in affiliation with the University of California at Los Angeles.

¨ Running an active, well-funded basic science laboratory that serves to train surgical residents and fellows.

¨ Provide clinical and research support to the West Los Angeles Comprehensive Mesothelioma Center.

¨ Responsible for the education and evaluation of medical students and residents within the service.

¨ Ensures quality assurances of the service and the delivery of healthcare by participating in service, careline, and institutional peer reviews; gathering and responding to reports of contact, incident reports, signed statements, and customer service complaints; and, participating in root cause analyses.

¨ Participates in various committees, including surgical operations and peer review committees, morbidity and mortality and other required Careline and institutional assigned committees.

Work Schedule:**Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (On call nights and weekends may be required to fulfill obligation.

Functional Statement Title/#: 078730

Salary: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Hearing (aid permitted).

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English.

All individuals applying under this announcement must meet basic qualification standards for appointment as contained in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G2, dated April 15, 2002. This standard is available in the Human Resources Liaison Office for review.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: Following are the overall requirements for appointment as a physician in VHA.

a. Citizenship.Citizen of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)

b. Education.Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed. Approved schools are:

(1) Schools of medicine holding regular institutional membership in the Association of American Medical Colleges for the year in which the degree was granted.

(2) Schools of osteopathic medicine approved by the American Osteopathic Association for the year in which the degree was granted.

(3) Schools (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full or unrestricted licensure.

(4) For residents, graduation from an approved medical school as described above is required except as provided in M-8, part II, chapter 1.

c. Licensure and Registration

(1) Physicians (Except Residents). Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia. The physician must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure. The facility Director may waive this licensure requirement if the physician is to serve in a country other than the United States and the physician has licensure in that country.

(2) Residents.Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia before the second year of VA residency, or meet any licensure, registration or other equivalent requirements established for residents of non-VA hospitals with which the VA facility is affiliated for training purposes. The resident must maintain current registration in the State of licensure if this is a requirement for continuing active, current licensure.

(3) Impaired Licensure. A physician who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions of chapter 3, section B, paragraph 14 of this part.

(4) Waiver of Licensure. Licensure may be waived by the Under Secretary for Health or designee in Central Office for individuals in research or academic assignments involving no direct patient care responsibilities in accordance with current regulations.

d. Completion of residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.

e. Physical Standards. Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. A physical examination prior to placement is required. This is a designated drug testing position. After appointment, you will be subject to random testing for illegal drug use. Requires lifting 15-44 pounds; pushing (approx. 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers and both hands; walking and standing from 3-5 hours and kneeling. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Must have depth perception and ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors. Hearing aid is permitted.

f. English Language Proficiency. Physicians, including residents, appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

Preferred Experience:

Be eligible for a UCLA faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor level. Teaching of medical students, residents and fellows requires a UCLA faculty appointment.

Board Certified Thoracic Surgeon is highly preferred.

Prior medical teaching experience is desirable.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Reference:VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard.* *This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Note*:* Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.**


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA physician brochure.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.

Other Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.**

Salary Range: $100,957.00 to $375,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 433432600

Job Announcement Number: RN-16-DM-1659295-BU