National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) Newsletter - December 2010

Washington, DC

Child Nutrition Act Signed by President Obama into Law on Dec. 13th -

NHMA supported the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act with letters to all Congressmembers this month ---because the law will only support  nutritious food to be in vendor machines and in school lunch and after school food programs, paving the way to educate children and reduce child obesity. In addition, nutrition education and physical education will be increased in schools across the country. With Hispanics now 50% of public school kids, this is a huge win for our communities!

Medicare Physician Payments Avoid 25% Cut till Jan. 2012 -

The current rate for Medicare physician payments will stay in place for at least another year.  Congress voted this week to avert the 25 percent reduction in fees paid to physicians who care for Medicare patients that was to have taken effect Jan. 1. President Obama, is expected to sign the legislation shortly.  The $19.2 billion needed to keep the payment cuts at bay for another year will come primarily from tightening the rules on tax credits in the new health-reform law intended to prevent waste and make premiums more affordable, according to a report by the Associated Press, including  income-based subsidies intended to help eligible consumers afford insurance coverage through state-run exchanges starting in 2014. The funding arrangement would not affect those who would be eligible for the subsidies, the analysts explained, and had been designed to have minimal impact on those with the lowest incomes.

NHMA provided input to National Prevention and Public Health Agenda of the Surgeon General’s Task Force -

recommending that the mission and vision of the national agenda include the social determinants of health and not limit the vision to a switch of focus from supporting the medical model to a new wellness model.  In addition, NHMA recommended that new prevention programs incorporate cultural competence and language/literacy services for our Hispanic populations and other Americans that health professionals and community programs can use for effective prevention services.

New Home Health Law Jan. 1st -

A new Medicare home health law that affirms the role of the physician as the person who orders home health care based on personal examination of the patient.   Effective in January, a physician who certifies a patient as eligible for Medicare home health services must see the patient. The law also allows the requirement to be satisfied if a non-physician practitioner sees the patient, when he works with the physician.  The face-to-face encounter must occur within the 90 days prior to the start of 

home health care, or within the 30 days after the start of care. Finally, in rural areas, the law allows the face-to-face encounter to occur via telehealth, in an approved originating site.

Health Care Reform Updates

NHMA invited to Health Disparities and Health Information Technology Meeting on Dec. 13 with the Office of the National Coordinator and the Office of Minority Health – NHMA joins the Asian and African American Medical Organizations and a Hispanic (LISTA) and Minority Focused Coalition Groups (SHIRE, HIMMS), all focused on the discussion on the need for partnership to educate and include private practices up to 10 physicians (Small Medical Groups) to become aware of and to participate in the HHS and CMS e-health record incentive programs. By 2014, all medical practices will be penalized for not having e-health systems in health care delivery. See onc.gov and cms.gov Medicare Learning Network. 

 Richard Gillfillan, the acting director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services new Office of Innovation, announces vision and future grants from CMS this month. The office was established by the new Health Care Reform Law, the Affordable Care Act, to build demonstration programs on health delivery and payment reform that will start with Medical Homes and Accountable Care Organizations and stimulate the use of electronic medical records and patient health records.  For the first time, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will join with private health plans to support and evaluate patient-centered medical home demonstration projects in eight states. The Innovation Center, established in November and created by the Affordable Care Act, is also launching an initiative to enable people with multiple chronic conditions who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid to choose a health home and a project to test the medical home concept at community health centers that treat low-income patients with Medicare coverage. Previously, the agency's involvement in PCMH was mainly limited to Medicare Advantage plans. The new initiative is far more extensive and marks the first time that Medicare's traditional fee-for-service program will participate.  That's the premise of a new "Shared Savings Program" established as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The voluntary program is slated to begin no later than Jan. 1, 2012. Physician practices and hospitals that manage and coordinate Part A (hospital) and Part B (physician) care for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries through an "accountable care organization" (ACO) and meet specified quality performance standards and cost savings requirements are eligible to receive payments for shared savings, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  However, many details of the initiative, such as how much ACOs will be paid, have yet to be spelled out. It also remains to be seen how receptive physicians will be toward the program.

Accountable Care Organizations

ACP and three other physician membership organizations -- the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association -- have developed a set of joint principles that define key characteristics of ACOs and suggest how payment should be structured to ensure the success of these organizations. The groups concur that primary care should be the foundation of any ACO and that ACOs should adopt the patient-centered medical home or family-centered medical home models for building their primary-care base. The health-reform law specifies that an ACO may consist of physicians in group practice arrangements, networks of individual practices, partnerships or joint-venture arrangements between hospitals and other providers, hospitals employing physicians or other arrangements deemed appropriate by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Under the law, to qualify for the shared savings program, an ACO must: Be accountable for the quality, cost and overall care of the Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries assigned to it. 
 Participate in the program at least three years. 
 Have a formal legal structure allowing the organization to receive and distribute payments for shared savings. 
 Include a sufficient number of primary care professionals to care for the number of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries assigned to the ACO. 
 Serve at least 5,000 Medicare beneficiaries. 
 Have in place a leadership and management structure that includes clinical and administrative systems. 
 Have a defined set of processes to promote evidence-based medicine and patient engagement, report on quality and cost measures and coordinate care. 
 Meet patient-centeredness criteria specified by HHS. The quality of care that ACOs deliver will be assessed using measures of clinical processes and outcomes, patient and caregiver experience of care and utilization of services.

NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE

NHMA 15th Annual Conference

OMNI SHOREHAM HOTEL, WASHINGTON, DC 
 Friday March 18th --- MORNING will have Exhibit Hall Activities –Research Posters Awards 
Capitol Hill Visits  and Special Forums on Obesity and Diabetes OPENING PLENARY at 12:30 pm Federal US DHHS Leaders : Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (invited) CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, MD  HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, PhD  CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD And Karen Ignani, President/CEO, American Health Insurance Plans 
 Sat., March 19th Gala Awards Dinner – MC: Maria Kumar, VOTO LATINO Keynote Speaker: Vice Admiral Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, US Surgeon General

NHMA Hispanic Health Leadership Awards 2011:

Government: Mayra Alvarez, MPH, Office of Health Reform, United States Department of Health and Human Services, DC, First Lady Maria Schriver, State of California The Honorable Mel Martinez, former Senator (R-FL), The Honorable Marco Rubio, Senator-elect (R-FL) Community: Eva Longoria-Parker – Padres Contra Cancer Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, Vice President for External Relations and Preventive Medicine Advisor, Public Health Institute, CA Corporate: Mark Wagar, CEO, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, NY, CEO, Johnson and Johnson Physician of the Year: George Flores, MD, The California Endowment NHMA Fellow of the Year: Onelia Lage, MD, University of Miami Academic: Manuel De La Rosa, MD, Dean, Paul Foster Texas Tech University School of Medicine Hispanic Medical Societies, Health Professional Associations, Council of Residents, LMSA Presidents 
 FOR MORE INFORMATION: See www.nhmamd.org for Agenda and Information for Registration, Sponsorships, Hotel

NHMA Leadership Fellowship Program and NHMA Resident Leadership Program Recruitment in Gear –

NHMA looking for the classes of 2011. Please send in your applications by Jan. 31st. These programs are leadership training for the future leaders for Federal and State public service – the Fellowship for mid career physicians; the Resident program for current residents – all interested in advancing their careers in leadership positions and building our NHMA network. 
 NHMA REGIONAL MEETINGS JANUARY 2011 – supported by the Office of Minority Health Hispanic Physician Leadership Initiative – for more information, see website 

www.nhmamd.org 15th Miami, Florida - NHMA Networking Reception 14th Houston, Texas –NHMA and US Department of Health and Human Services Immunization Campaign Breakfast (tent.) 29th Tuscon, Arizona – NHMA and University of Arizona Health Care Reform Meeting/Reception 31st Los Angeles, California  - NHMA and USC Medical School Health Care Reform Meeting/Reception (tent.)

NHMA MEMBERS CORNER

Thank you to the $20K Contribution from Alfredo Lopez, MD, Indianapolis, Indiana to target the development of membership outreach to other Hispanic physician specialists ---Alfredo is one of the NHMA Leadership Fellows and has been a leader in his community, coordinating a clinic that offers health care for Latinos and others at minimal cost. Onelia Lage, MD from the University of Miami to be honored as the NHMA Fellow of the Year at the NHMA 15th Annual Conference in Washington, DC, March 19th GALA AWARDS DINNER. Onelia is the first female Hispanic physician to head up a State Medical Board, which provides licensing services to physicians.   Onelia is also assisting NHMA coordinate its first Reception/Dinner in Miami for the NHMA networking event on January 16th. 
 NHMA nominates member physicians to the new Governor ‘s Cuomo and Brown Transition Teams from New York and California ---and is looking for more to nominate for Boards and Commissions for these Hispanic dominant states. 
 Miguel Sanchez, MD and Luis Estevez, MD, MPH, MBA represented NHMA at the NY Latino  Advocacy Agenda Press Conference to recommend new programs and visible Latino leadership in the Cuomo Administration.  

Congratulations to our Board Chairman, Ciro Sumaya, MD, MPHTM, on his appointment by Governor Perry of Texas to the BP Gulf of Mexico Environment Commission 
Congratulations to our Corporate Advisory Council on the appointment of a new Chairman, Gary Pelletier, Director of Pfizer’s Helpful Answers who assumes the role of ex officio member of the NHMA Foundation’s (National Hispanic Health Foundation) Board of Directors in March 
NHMA Board of Directors announces that we will be creating the ex officio position for the Chairperson of the Council of Residents, the NHMA interest group created in 2008 to develop a forum for Hispanic residents across the nation who are NHMA members.  We appreciate the efforts of JP Sanchez, MD, Clinical Instructor, Jacobi Hospital Emergency Department, New York City, who has been organizing the group since he was a resident. 
Emilio Carrillo, MD, New York, Daniel Terreros, MD, El Paso, Samuel Arce, MD, New York, and Elena Rios, MD, Washington, DC were among NHMA members at the NY Forum on Health Care Reform organized by the Association of Hispanic Health Executives with Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Chair, NYState Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force and Assemblyman Peter Rivera, NYS Senate Leader ----along with National Hispanic Nurses and Dentists organizations and other NY Latino health leaders Several NHMA Board and Members participated in this month’s NHMA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP DINNER honoring Anne Beal, President, Aetna Foundation; Paloma Hernandez, President/CEO, Urban Health Plan, Richard Daines, MD, outgoing Health Commissioner, Olden, CUNY Public Health School Dean Olden, Telemundo Communications Director, and Adolfo Carrion, HUD Regional Director

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CALL FOR PROMISING PRACTICE PRESENTATIONS 4th DISPARITIES PARTNERSHIP FORUM OVERCOMING DISPARITIES: REDUCING THE BURDEN OF DIABETES COMPLICATIONS April 6-7, 2011 The Westin Alexandria Alexandria, VA It is our pleasure to invite you to submit a promising practice for presentation at the 2011 Annual Disparities Partnership Forum, entitled Overcoming Diabetes: Reducing the Burden of Diabetes Complications. The overall goal of the partnership forum is to explore collaborative methods for decreasing disparities in diabetes complications (heart disease, kidney disease, retinopathy, neuropathy, and others) in high-risk populations. 
A key feature of the 2011 forum will be the presentation of promising practices that can be applied to community efforts aimed at reducing disparities in the complications of diabetes.   These promising practices should be specific to diabetes and its complications in high-risk populations such as African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, women, older adults, low income and uninsured persons.  
 ADA is particularly interested in practices that address the following topics: Successful community models Coalition building Overcoming provider and consumer/patient barriers Overcoming environmental barriers Effective outreach and recruitment strategies, especially nontraditional methods of getting the prevention message across (e.g., storytelling, pictographs) Development of culturally competent educational tools and behavioral interventions Partnerships among faith-based organizations, service organizations, health care providers and the medical-pharmaceutical industry Collaborations among the various medical providers who interact with consumers/patients (e.g., family medicine physicians, endocrinologists, lay health workers, nurses, physician assistants, certified diabetes educators) Working with consumers/patients with limited English proficiency and/or low health literacy Policy creation and implementation Public awareness campaigns All submissions must have measurable outcomes, be capable of being replicated and sustained and have application to diabetes and its complications in high-risk populations. All promising practices must be submitted using the attached submission form.  Submissions should be sent via email to Monique Lindsy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and must be received no later than Friday, January 14, 2011.  All submissions will be reviewed by the forum review committee and notification of acceptance sent via email by Wednesday, February 23, 2011.  The 2011 Forum will include oral and poster presentations. If selected, the notification will announce which type of presentation. 
 If you have any questions or are unable to open the attached form, please contact Monique Lindsy via email or at (703) 549-1500 ext. 2253.

Physicians – All Specialties 
Best Care / Best Careers

To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln during his Second Inaugural Address, reflect the philosophy and principles that guide VA in everything we do, and are the focus of our endeavors to serve our Nation's veterans and their families. 
 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. We strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans and their families today and in the future. 
 Here, VA physicians enjoy being part of a team that is recognized and respected for significant contributions to medicine. Ranging from clinical practice to research and academics, VA physicians provide leadership within the medical profession that extends into the communities where they live. To ensure that VA physicians are able to meet their professional and personal goals, a broad range of practice options are available that include general medicine and primary care, along with specialties and subspecialties such as: • Anesthesiology • Ambulatory Care • Long Term Care • Cardiology • Geriatrics • Internal Medicine • Neurology • Ophthalmology • Otolaryngology • Pathology • Spinal Cord Injury • Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery • General Surgery • Neurosurgery • Orthopedic Surgery • Plastic Surgery • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation • Physiatry • Psychiatry • Radiology (Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic, and Therapeutic) • Urology In addition to the above, VA offers state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for basic and clinical research to further advance the frontiers of medicine and health care. Time is made available for VA physicians to pursue this critical aspect of their profession within an environment that promotes writing, editing, and publishing. VA physicians also enjoy a quality of life that simply can't be found in private practice. With predictable work hours and conditions, VA physicians are able to take time for themselves and their families. For more information on available opportunities and to apply, please visit us online at 

www.vacareers.va.gov 
. EOE, AA, M/F/D/V 


Primary Care Physicians UMass Memorial Health Care

UMass Memorial Health Care is the largest health care system in central and western Massachusetts and the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (ranked in the top 10 for Primary Care among the nation’s medical schools). 

Our health care system includes five hospitals, all of which are fully accredited by the Joint Commission: 
 UMass Memorial Medical Center 
(Worcester, MA) Clinton Hospital (Clinton, MA) HealthAlliance Hospital 
(Leominster and Fitchburg, MA)) Marlborough Hospital 
(Marlborough, MA) Wing Memorial Hospital 
(Palmer, MA) We are seeking family practitioners, general internists, general pediatricians and geriatricians to join our network of 500 primary care doctors.  Our physicians provide family-centered care in a variety of settings including hospital-based ambulatory offices, community offices, residency training sites, and community health centers, all while enjoying the benefits of being part of a large health system.  Opportunities exist for teaching, research, inpatient coverage and ongoing career development.  
 Come join our highly regarded team where Primary Care Physicians have a voice and the freedom to pursue their entrepreneurial spirit.  Practice, learn and discover at UMass Memorial Health Care. 
Compensation includes base salary with attractive productivity incentives and excellent benefits. Learn more about our Physician Career Opportunities at www.umassmemorialcareers.org
As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, we embrace diversity in both our workforce and our approach to patient care.

UC DAVIS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Pathology Imaging Description: The University of California, Davis, School of Medicine seeks a dynamic physician-scientist to lead a research program in pathology imaging sciences in the Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.  This is a 0.5 tenured, ladder rank  position/0.5 In Residence position.  The successful candidate has the outstanding opportunity to develop and build diagnostic imaging as a research theme in the department and transform the discipline of pathology, and collaborate in major related scientific initiatives throughout the Health System and campus.  Responsibilities also include intellectual leadership in an active research program and participation in teaching. The successful candidate will build on the many strengths in the department, Health System and campus, including an established program in proteomics/phenomics and informatics, and strong collaborative relationships with the Department of Radiology, the Schools of Engineering and Veterinary Medicine, the Center for Biophotonics, the NCI-designated Cancer Center, Alzheimer’s Center, the MIND Institute, the Center for Comparative Medicine. UC Davis stands at an exciting moment in its history, as Linda P.B. Katehi became the sixth Chancellor of UC Davis in 2009. She has shaped a bold vision with an aspiration to become one of top five public research universities in the nation through excellence in teaching and service and expanding total research capacity from the current $600 million to approximately $1 billion annually. Our campus ranked among the top 20 institutions receiving ARRA awards.  The Health System is an integral part of the vision as it exemplifies the attributes innovation, diversity, multidisciplinary approaches and collaborative engagement that differentiate UC Davis.  Research awards to the Health System include one of the NIH’s first Clinical Translational Science Awards, in addition to Howard Hughes Medical Institute and BIRCHW awards.  Mentored training programs exist for junior faculty. Requirements: MD or MD-PhD candidates are preferred, and must meet the requirements for appointment at the Assistant, Associate, or full Professor level in the tenured, ladder rank/In Residence series. Candidates must have an established funded research career molecular imaging or biophotonics, a strong record of teaching and administrative experience. In addition, the candidate must have the ability to anticipate change and implement initiatives to meet the challenges of academic medicine and science, to work cooperatively and collegially within a diverse environment and should exhibit excellent interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with administration, trainees, clinicians, faculty in other disciplines, and technical staff. For full consideration, applications must be received by March 15, 2011. Position is open until filled, but no later than June 1, 2011 Qualified applicants must submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to: Lydia P. Howell MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mail: Lydia P. Howell MD Professor and Chair Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 4400 V Street Sacramento, CA 95817 The University of California, Davis, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity.

 

UC DAVIS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Vice Chair for Research

 

The University of California, Davis, School of Medicine seeks a dynamic scientist-leader asVice Chair for Research for the Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. This is

a tenured, ladder rank position with a state FTE. The successful candidate has the responsibility to lead the research division of the department and grow discovery, innovation, and collaborations that integrate with scientific initiatives throughout the Health System and

campus. Responsibilities also include active intellectual leadership in an independent research program and participation in teaching. The Vice Chair will build on the department's many strengths, including over $6 million in research grants and contracts, and multi-disciplinary research programs in cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, neuroscience, and nutrition, as well as core technology-oriented research and development programs in bioinformatics, point-of-care testing, and proteomics/phenomics. The department's 40 faculty members have strong collaborative relationships with the Schools of Engineering and Veterinary Medicine, the Center for Biophotonics, the NCI-designated Cancer Center, the Alzheimer's Disease Center, the MIND

Institute, the Center for Comparative Medicine, the California Regional Primate Center, the Shriner's Hospital of Northern California, the Center for Neuroscience, and the USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center, and provides leadership in biorepositories and informatics.The bold vision of our new Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi is for UC Davis to become one of the nation's top five public research universities, with expansion of annual research funding from $600 million to approximately $1 billion (http://vision.ucdavis.edu/). UC Davis ranks among the top 20 institutions receiving ARRA awards. The Health System is an integral part of this vision as it exemplifies the attributes of innovation, diversity, multidisciplinary approaches and collaborative engagement that differentiate UC Davis. Research awards to the Health System

include one of the NIH's first Clinical Translational Science Awards, in addition to Howard Hughes Medical Institute and BIRCHW awards. Mentored training programs exist for junior faculty.

Requirements: The successful candidate must have either an MD or PhD or both, a distinguished career in funded research and teaching, administrative experience, and must meet the requirements for appointment at the Associate Professor or full Professor level in the

tenured, ladder rank series. In addition, the candidate must have the ability to anticipate change and implement initiatives to meet the challenges of academic medicine and science, to lead teams of faculty and staff cooperatively and collegially within a diverse environment, and should exhibit excellent interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with administration, trainees, clinicians, faculty in other disciplines, and technical staff. For full consideration, applications must be received by March 15, 2011. Position is open until filled, but no later than June 1, 2011.Qualified applicants must submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:Lydia P. Howell, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Pathology and LaboratoryMedicine Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mail: Lydia P. Howell, MD

Professor and ChairDepartment of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine4400 V Street

Sacramento, CA 95817

The University of California, Davis, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity.

 

 

Director, Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care

Harvard Medical School is searching for a professorial level recruitment to assume the position as founding Director of The HMS Center for Primary Care. Recently established with a gift of 30 million dollars, the Center will have as its goal the transformation of education, research and innovation in the field of primary care. The Center will have both physical and virtual dimensions, serving as an intellectual docking point for the many students, residents, fellows and faculty with interests in primary care from across HMS and its distinguished affiliated teaching hospitals. The Director's primary academic appointment will be in the HMS Department of Health Care Policy (Chair, Professor Barbara McNeil) or Global Health and Social Medicine (Chair, Professor Paul Farmer), or possibly both, and will sit in an endowed HMS Professorship. The director will also have a secondary appointment in a clinical department at one of the HMS teaching affiliates, where clinical activities would be based. The Director will report to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine as Center Director, and to the relevant Department Chair(s) for other matters. The successful candidate will have achieved a national reputation in one or more of the dimensions of primary care scholarship, education, policy and innovation, and will be a trained and ongoing practitioner in a primary care field. Working collaboratively with other primary care leaders at HMS and elsewhere, the Director will have the creativity, drive and passion to help redefine this field at Harvard and more broadly for years to come.  Send nominations with CV to: Jeffrey S. Flier, MD Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine  Dean of the Faculty of Medicine c/o Office for Faculty Affairs Harvard Medical School 25 Shattuck Street, Room 206, Boston, MA 02115 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Attention: Primary Care Search

Harvard is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Director, Division of Intramural Research (Scientific Director) Eunice Kennedy Shriver
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development National Institutes of Health Department of Health and Human Services

THE POSITION: The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), seeks to identify an outstanding Scientific Director to lead its Division of Intramural Research (DIR), located in Bethesda, Maryland.  The NICHD Scientific Director leads a basic and clinical research program directed toward developing a greater understanding of the biological, medical, reproductive and behavioral aspects of normal and abnormal human development. The NICHD’s current research emphasis is on the cellular and molecular developmental mechanisms and interactions that guide a single fertilized egg cell through its development into a multi-cellular, highly organized and specialized adult organism. 
This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for an extremely capable individual to develop and implement an overall vision for the NICHD/DIR and to plan and oversee basic fundamental, clinical and applied research programs.  The Scientific Director will evaluate research efforts and establish program priorities, allocate resources, direct training of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows, collaborate with other NIH programs, and advise the NICHD Director and senior staff on DIR programs and on areas of scientific interest to the Institute.  The incumbent plays a key role in creating and maintaining a nurturing research environment that encourages creativity, collaboration among scientists from different disciplines, effective training of post-doctoral fellows, and efficient utilization of resources.  The DIR has a staff of approximately 1,200 and a current annual budget in excess of $185 million.  In addition to the managerial/administrative responsibilities outlined above, the Scientific Director is expected to carry out his/her own high quality research program.  Resources commensurate with the proposed program will be provided.  

QUALIFICATIONS:   Applicants must possess an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree, and have demonstrated scientific leadership and/or senior-level research experience in a basic and/or clinical research program of national and international standing in an area relevant to maternal and child health or human development.  The successful candidate will have a compelling vision for the future of the field, proven experience in managing and directing a scientific research program, and well-honed administrative and interpersonal skills.  The NICHD seeks candidates who have a commitment to scientific excellence and the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to maintain the DIR’s research efforts at the forefront of science. SALARY/BENEFITS: Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with the experience of the candidate.  A full package of Federal Civil Service benefits is available, including: retirement, health and life insurance, long term care insurance, leave, and a Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent).  The successful candidate is subject to a background investigation and financial disclosure requirements. HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, including a brief description of research and administrative experience; curriculum vitae and bibliography; and full contact information of five references.  Application packages should be sent via e-mail to Mr. Michael Rosenthal at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications should be received by February 15, 2011. 
HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers


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