Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 814727

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. 

As a VA physician, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities 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. 

Your education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for physicians and dentists) to determine your grade and salary if you are selected for this position. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

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

Applications that are received by 11:59 PM (EST) on January 23, 2013, will be considered first. If no selection is made from the first group of applications, applications that are received after January 23 will be reviewed and referred for consideration as they are received.

A relocation or recruitment incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified applicant.

The payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS)/relocation expenses is not authorized.

This position may be filled either on a full-time or part-time basis (part-time hours may be up to 70 hours per biweekly pay period). The Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) for the full-time position is 776967. If you want to be considered for a full-time position and a part-time position you must submit an application under both announcements.


If selected for this position, you will serve as the Section Chief of Cardio Thoracic Surgery, assigned to the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) Surgical Service.

Responsibilities include:

  • supervising staff physicians assigned to the section
  • diagnosing and treating patients with medical diseases, accomplished through ambulatory and bed-based resources assigned to Cardio Thoracic Surgery
  • actively participating in patient care through hospital rounds, morning reports, conferences, consultations, participation in ambulatory care and other similar activities
  • coordinating and providing Cardio Thoracic surgery consultations throughout the medical center
  • recruiting qualified physicians to perform comprehensive and specialized patient care and teaching
  • participating in the selection and development of all resident physicians and insuring that education experiences of Cardio Thoracic Surgery are of the quality and quantity expected by relevant accrediting bodies
  • administrative responsibilities include: Morbidity & Mortality Committee, peer reviews, proctoring of staff, clinical performance and access measures, OPPE and FPPE, clinical pertinence reviews, performance evaluations and proficiencies, and conducting staff meetings
  • making long-range plans for the continuing function and development of the section and for the development of sound and carefully documented organization plans and budget proposals for presentation to the Chief of Surgical Service and top management
  • representing the Cardio Thoracic Surgery Section on important medical center committees with influence on patient care, teaching and research and closely monitoring all other committees on which Cardio Thoracic Surgery has representation
  • serving as an important counselor for on-going research activities, especially those involving Cardio Thoracic Surgery; reviewing research proposals and manuscripts and when appropriate, providing counsel to investigators in the course of their work