Division Chief - Neuropsychology


Position Details

Department: PCMG-MAIN | Neuropsychology
Category: Physician/Div Chief/Med Dir
Location: Phoenix
Employee Type: Regular
Posting #: 687430
Posted On: 7/22/2022

Position Summary

Posting Note: Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) at Phoenix Children’s is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to join our team as the full-time Division Chief of Pediatric Neuropsychology. Phoenix Children's is a leading healthcare institution dedicated to fostering innovation, collaboration, exceptional patient care, education and academic excellence, and cutting-edge research. It is one of the largest children's hospitals in the United States. BNI at Phoenix Children’s is a center of excellence comprising 5 divisions including Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuropsychology, Developmental Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. It is constantly ranked in the U.S. News & World Report of Best Children's Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Our mission at BNI is to improve the health and quality of life for children and adolescents with neurological, behavioral, and mental health diseases and disorders. Our neuropsychologists provide both inpatient and outpatient services and specialize in neuropsychological assessment of pediatric patients with complex medical disorders impacting neurocognitive functioning and pre and post-surgical/procedural evaluations for specialty programs such as transplant and epilepsy. Position Overview As the Division Chief of Pediatric Neuropsychology, the successful candidate will lead a team of dedicated professionals, play a pivotal role in advancing our mission to provide the highest quality care and evaluation for pediatric patients with neuropsychological disorders, provide leadership and strategic direction for the division, and oversee clinical operations. They will also be responsible for fostering professional growth and development, mentorship of junior staff, and directing education and research initiatives for the division. As part of the BNI leadership team the Division Chief will collaborate with endeavors across all divisions in BNI at Phoenix Children’s and work closely and foster collaborations with our colleagues in other divisions at Phoenix Children’s. Clinical responsibilities will include comprehensive neuropsychological assessments in the ambulatory setting and consultations with families, schools, physicians, and allied health care providers as needed. The Division Chief will be expected to contribute to research associated with their academic appointment and area/s of expertise. The Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology at Phoenix Children’s currently employs 6 neuropsychologists and is actively recruiting for an additional 2 staff neuropsychologists, with further growth planned. We maintain an APA-accredited internship and numerous practicum-training opportunities. Phoenix Children’s Health System includes the main campus as well as East and West Valley hospital and medical facilities. The neuropsychology division provides clinical services at the main hospital campus in the ambulatory clinics, inpatient, a CARF-accredited acute rehabilitation center, and in our regional clinics in the East and West Valley of Phoenix. The neuropsychology service supports a host of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary clinics and specialty services at Phoenix Children’s. Members of the division participate in all aspects of our training programs, and many are involved in research programs and community education and outreach. Our Neuropsychology program provides training experiences for graduate students, psychology interns, and fellows as well as medical students, and resident physicians. Clinical teaching is a valued part of our work. Qualifications The ideal candidate will have . . . • A doctoral degree from an APA-accredited program in clinical, health, or counseling psychology or a related discipline, including an APA-accredited internship • Board Certification in Neuropsychology through the ABPdN or ABPP/ABCN • Administrative and leadership experience in a pediatric hospital or comparable setting • No less than five years of post-licensure professional practice in neuropsychology • Licensed or eligible for psychology licensure in the State of Arizona • A leadership style promoting a supportive and inclusive environment • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills • Bilingual competency in English and Spanish is desirable but not a prerequisite Expertise in program development is expected as the position will require close collaboration with clinical leaders across the Institute and Phoenix Children’s to establish interdisciplinary teams and promote innovative care delivery models. Clinical research experience is preferred, and there are multiple opportunities for academic collaboration with clinicians and researchers in the Institute, Phoenix Children’s, and Arizona State University. Phoenix Children’s Hospital is committed to enhancing the diversity of our staff to complement the cultural and ethnic richness of our patients and their families. Candidates interested in applying for this position should send their cover letter and CV to: David Blaha dblaha@phoenixchildrens.com 602-933-1107

The Division Chief shall serve as the leader of their division and achieve clinical, research and academic programmatic goals while providing financial oversight of the Division. In addition, the division chief shall provide patient care services and will support the PCH mission of providing hope, healing and the best health care for children and their families.

Position Duties

  1. Patient Care Services
    • 1)Provide patient care services for which he/she is clinically privileged, including but not limited to:
    • a)Provide direct patient care services on an inpatient and outpatient basis
    • b)Provide subspecialty consultations and follow-up.
    • c)Provide diagnostic and therapeutic services/procedures
    • d)Provide these services for urgent/ emergent care as necessary
    • 2)Strive to achieve the best patient and family centered care
    • 3)Support Hospital’s patient satisfaction goals and develop division’s specific targets
    • 4)Support and develop divisional patient safety and quality of care standards
    • 5)Practice Contemporary Evidence based medicine or latest experience based medicine
  2. Divisional Responsibilities
    • 1)Provide clinical and administrative leadership of the division in collaboration with the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of PCMG, director, and/or manager
    • 2)Act as key liaison between the division, PCH and PCMG executive management
    • 3)Monitor the division’s financial, productivity and quality performance in collaboration with the manager and director; take action as feasible to attain established targets and goals
    • 4)Participate in development of and submission of the budget for the division, with support from PCMG administration
    • 5)Establish quality metrics for division
    • 6)Establish annual staff physician goals and objectives in collaboration with individual physicians within their division
    • 7)Evaluate the performance of the physicians in the division annually. Establish remediation plan for underperforming physicians.
    • 8)Establish and demonstrate effort to achieve annual division chief goals and objectives (e.g. personal, division, hospital).
    • 9)Review needs of the community for programmatic growth and develop necessary strategies for implementation. This may require:
    • a.Recruitment of physicians as needed
    • b.Identification of resources
    • c.Participation in operational strategies
    • 10)Support and/or develop the medical education programs and activities of the Division, including but not limited to:
    • a)Provide direct supervision of trainees and allied health care professionals for the delivery of inpatient and outpatient services when applicable
    • b)Conduct teaching rounds, lectures and conference for trainees
    • c)Participate in the teaching and supervision of trainees and allied health care professionals assigned to the division
    • d)Participate in the postgraduate continuing educational activities of the division
    • 11)Provide vision and development of the research endeavors of the division including the research initiatives by other members of the division
    • 12)Support and/or develop satellite expansion as needed
    • 13)Hold divisional meetings regularly and communicate institutional messages to staff promptly.
    • 14)Provide a means for staff physician feedback to the division chief
  3. Professionalism
    • 1)Treat colleagues, PCH employees and customers with courtesy, dignity and respect
    • 2)Promote safe, cooperative and professional health care environment
    • 3)Support PCH mission, vision and values, including family centered care, excellence in clinical care, leadership, collaboration, and accountability
  4. Other activities
    • 1)Act as liaison to the professional community and general public
    • 2)Interface with PCH foundation when applicable
    • 3)Physician may conduct teaching rounds or conferences outside of PCH, particularly if these activities support divisional clinical and teaching programs/ initiatives.
    • 4)Physician shall represent PCH in the medical and business communities and before the general public in a professional manner
    • 5)The following physical and mental skills are essential to the physician’s ability to successfully perform the foregoing duties and responsibilities:
    • a)The ability to communicate by telephone, computer or other communication devices
    • b)The ability to perform after hours or night call responsibilities as needed
    • c)The ability to work regularly scheduled work hours
  5. Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.

Phoenix Children's Mission, Vision, & Values


To advance hope, healing and the best healthcare for children and their families


Phoenix Children's will be the leading pediatric health system in the Southwest, nationally recognized for exceptional care, innovative research and advanced medical education.

We realize this vision by:

  • Offering the most comprehensive care across ages, communities and specialties
  • Investing in innovative research, including emerging treatments, tools and technologies
  • Advancing education and training to shape the next generation of clinical leaders
  • Advocating for the health and well-being of children and families
  • We place children and families at the center of all we do
  • We deliver exceptional care, every day and in every way
  • We collaborate with colleagues, partners and communities to amplify our impact
  • We set the standards of pediatric healthcare today, and innovate for the future
  • We are accountable for making the highest quality care accessible and affordable

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Position Qualifications

Please review the following qualifications and specify whether you meet each of the requirements listed.
Do you meet this requirement?
1. MD or DO degree
2. MBA, MPH or MHA degree, or equivalent
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Leadership experience
2. 5 years in applicable area of specialty
Certifications / Licenses / Registries
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1. Current Arizona License to Practice Medicine or the ability to obtain prior to start date.
2. Board certified/Board Eligible in the appropriate specialty
Special Skills
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1. The ability to move freely from facility to facility, as well as, the ability to move freely throughout facilities and examine patients.
2. The ability to communicate by telephone, computer or other communication devices.
3. The ability to perform after hours or night call responsibilities as needed.
4. The ability to work regularly scheduled work hours.
5. The ability to work well under pressure.
Physical Requirements & Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential
1. Physical Requirement - Feeling (sensing textures and temperatures) - Frequently
2. Physical Requirement - Fine Motor Skills (pinching, gripping, etc) - Frequently
3. Physical Requirement - Hearing - Frequently
4. Physical Requirement - Pushing/pulling - Occasionally
5. Physical Requirement - Reaching - Occasionally
6. Physical Requirement - Sitting - Frequently
7. Physical Requirement - Standing - Frequently
8. Physical Requirement - Stooping/crouching/kneeling/crawling - Occasionally
9. Physical Requirement - Talking - Constantly
10. Physical Requirement - Tasting/smelling - Occasionally
11. Physical Requirement - Walking - Frequently
12. Physical Requirement - Near Vision - Frequently
13. Physical Requirement - Far Vision - Frequently
14. Physical Requirement - Color Discrimination - Frequently
15. Physical Requirement - Use of keyboard, mouse and/or computer equipment - Frequently
16. Physical Requirement - Lift up to 35 pounds without assistance - Occasionally
17. Physical Requirement - Lift more than 35 pounds without assistance - Occasionally
18. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Inside office environment - Applicable
19. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Airborne communicable diseases - Applicable
20. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Bloodborne pathogens or bodily fluid - Applicable
21. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Fumes or airborne particles - Applicable
22. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Hazardous materials exposure - Applicable
23. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Radiation exposure - Applicable
24. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Toxic or caustic chemicals - Applicable
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