Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Staff Physician (General Surgeon) in Shreveport, Louisiana

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

Opened Saturday 10/1/2016 (188 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 9/29/2017 (175 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1567120

Shreveport, Louisiana stands prepared to offer you the ‘lagniappe’, which means a little something extra! Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana is situated on the Red River in northwest Louisiana. Commonly known as the ‘Ark-La-Tex’, the point where Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas meet. The Shreveport-Bossier City area is home to Barksdale Air Force Base, as well as numerous colleges and universities, theaters, lakes, golf courses, beautiful housing areas, churches, and great schools. With a population of nearly 400,000 in the city’s metropolitan region, the area promises much to while maintaining a reasonable cost of living and an excellent, temperate climate. You’ll enjoy a unique combination of two great American heritages: a little Cajun, and since we’re less than 15 minutes from the Texas border, a little Lone Star, too. Shreveport-Bossier boasts elegant Southern charm and a relaxed attitude that suggests you kick your boots off and stay a while to enjoy year-round festivals, Vegas-style gaming, great local dining experiences, live music and family attractions.

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.

NOTE: This vacancy announcement has been amended to include Relocation Expenses.


Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, Shreveport, Louisiana, an affiliate of the Louisiana State University Health Science Center (LSUHSC), is accepting applications for a full-time General Surgeon position, who will also qualify for an academic appointment at LSUHSC. The General Surgery Staff Physician is administratively and clinically responsible to the Chief, Surgical Service. He/She provides clinical management of patients with General Surgery diseases. Candidates must demonstrate significant and distinguishing accomplishments in teaching, clinical research, and clinical practice. Must have a proven record of scholarly works that qualifies the applicant for this position, and be academically involved in resident education. Will work as a member of a modern, technical, surgical team and is able to deliver quality patient care. Provides training to residents from LSU Medical School and interacts with all disciplines in the medical center.

Work Schedule:8:00 am to 4:30 pm*Functional Statement Title: General Surgery Staff Physician*

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.
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.

Basic Requirements:

• Must be proficient in written and spoken English. • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. • 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.

Preferred Experience:

• American Board of Surgery Certified; • Graduate of an ACGME - accredited general surgery residency training program; • Graduate or finishing an accredited fellowship training in surgical oncology; • Demonstrated excellent skills in esophageal, hepatic and pancreatic operative procedures; • Demonstrated excellent skills in low to very low anterior resection including total proctocolectomy with coloanal anastomosis; • Demonstrated excellent skills in laparoscopic hepatobiliary operations, laparoscopic colon operations and laparoscopic spleen operations; • Excellent letters of recommendation from the program director and 2 attendings for recent graduates or from the Chief of Surgery and 2 other surgeons in most recent hospital for those who are currently in practice; • Demonstrated ability to work with surgical residents and medical students; • Strong commitment to the visions of the VA – care of the Veteran, teaching, research and quality improvement • Demonstrated ability to work with physicians and providers from all other specialties.

NOTE: Please address preferred experience in reply to this vacancy.

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.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); heaving carrying (45 lbs and over); straight pulling (over several hours); pushing (1-2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 3 hours); standing (over several hours); repeated bending (several hours); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; hearing (aid permitted).

Security Clearance


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 is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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: $101,967.00 to $400,000.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VM-0602-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452193000

Job Announcement Number: YE-17-MAJ-1567120-BU-SR