Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 790343

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (" I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

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The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center consists of a parent site, located in Altoona, PA and three community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) located in Johnstown, DuBois, and State College, PA.  With approximately 600 employees, the Altoona VAMC is one of the largest employers in the area. The medical center serves Veterans from a 14 county area in Central Pennsylvania, providing exceptional health care in the areas of Acute Care, Behavioral Health, Diagnostic Services, Emergency Care, Long Term Care, Pharmacy, Primary Care, Social Services, Specialty Care, and Women's Health.

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


TOUR OF DUTY:  Tour of Duty for this position is Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PM

This is a bargaining unit position.

The VA Medical Center in Altoona, PA is actively seeking a full-time Board Certified or Board Eligible Staff Surgeon. The Physician is accountable to the Chief, Surgery Service and is responsible for duties that include, but are not limited to: assuring the most effective delivery of care in general surgery; meeting and exceeding compliance standards; performing endoscopic and various minor general surgical procedures; evaluating and treating various conditions, illnesses, and injuries; conducting clinics several times per week; answering inpatient and outpatient consultations; making referrals and recommendations for treatment and/or medication.    

NOTE: Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by the appropriate Compensation Panel in determining the salary of the applicant selected.


Travel expenses may be authorized.