Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 855819 

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.

This position will remain open until filled.   We will accept applications for this position on an ongoing basis until all positions are filled.    First cut-off review is April 12, 2013.    Applications will be reviewed every two weeks or on an as needed basis after that time. 

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. 

Applicant's education and experience will be reviewed by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel (for physicians and dentists) in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.  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.

This position is located in the Thoracic Surgery Section, VA ECHCS.  This position provides support to the Chief of Surgery Service in carrying out the mission of the service and VA Medical Center.

Individuals who are board certified/eligible in Thoracic Surgery will be given priority consideration.


The Thoracic Surgeon will manage non-surgical Thoracic Surgery conditions and also perform surgery as needed for various Thoracic surgery conditions.

The Thoracic Surgeon will be responsible for:

·         Analyzing patient’s medical history, medication allergies, physical condition, and examination results to verify operation’s necessity and to determine best procedure.

·         Prescribing preoperative and postoperative treatments and procedures, such as sedatives, diets, antibiotics, and preparation and treatment of the patient’s operative area.

·         Examines patients to provide information on medical condition and surgical risk.

·         Follows established surgical techniques during operations.  Operates on patients to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, or improve or restore patient’s functions.

·         Refers patients to medical specialists or other practitioners when necessary.  Examines instruments, equipments, and operating room to ensure sterility.

·         Prepares case histories.

·         Provides consultation and surgical assistance to other physicians and surgeons.

·         Ensures personal qualities such as emotional stability, dependability, positive relations with VA and DOD staff and community, adherence to ethical standards, eliciting cooperation, attendance/participation in clinic meetings and peer councils.

Administrative Responsibilities:

·         Oversight of Thoracic Surgery Section consisting of the equivalent of 2 full-time physicians and nurses.

·         Responsible for the direct supervision of Thoracic Surgeons, Physicians Assistants and/or Nurse Practitioners, and Registered Nurses.

·         The Joint Commission and CARF preparation and accreditation.

·         Quality assurance and performance improvement.

·         Physician and nurse practitioner peer review.

·         Budget and resource requests.

·         Wait lists and access to clinics.

·         Mandatory staff training.

·         Employee satisfaction.

·         Serve on ECHCS Medical Center committees.

The Chief, Thoracic Surgery independently provides clinical services to eligible Veterans.  Services are provided within the VA-Eastern Colorado Health Care System at the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center and surrounding clinics, in outpatient and inpatient Medical Center programs.  The incumbent is expected to interact with the Veteran as well as family members, significant others, community agencies and providers, and other staff.

The Thoracic Surgeon is responsible for the teaching of residents and medical students, as well as responsible for oversight of the care provided residents and students.  Thoracic Surgeons will participate in the administration of programs, committees, and other staff functions as delegated by the Chief of Surgery Service.  The Thoracic Surgery at the University Of Colorado School of Medicine and comply with rules and regulations related to said appointment.  The provider should expect to participate in faculty committees, residency training.

TOUR OF DUTY: Adjustable

NOTE: Candidate must be willing to work weekends, irregular hours and extended hours. The candidate must be willing to be placed, detailed or temporarily assigned to other related services and/or locations, if necessary.

Travel Required

  • Not Required