Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 980685

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.  How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to 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.

Applicant's education and length of practice (experience) will be considered by a Professional Standards Board and Compensation Panel in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected.

Relocation/Recruitment incentive MAY be authorized upon review and approval by management. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. This position will be required to split time and travel between the East Orange and Lyons campuses on a regular basis. 

This vacancy is an open continuous announcement.  We accept applications for this occupation on an ongoing basis; qualified applicants will be considered as vacancies become available.  Applications will remain on file for one year from the date the application was signed.


VA New Jersey Health Care System (VANJHCS) is looking for a Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (Chief, PLMS), to provide administrative, clinical, and programmatic leadership for the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine service.   VANJHCS is an integrated system consisting of two Veterans Health Administration facilities located in East Orange and Lyons, New Jersey and also has ten Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located throughout the state.  The CBOCs are located in Brick , Elizabeth , Hackensack , Hamilton , Jersey City , Morristown , Newark , Paterson , Piscataway , and Tinton Falls. For Fiscal Year 2011, VANJHCS treated 58,399 Veterans, including 634,329 outpatient visits and 5,281 inpatients.  VANJHCS is affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and provides education to over 400 trainees annually, including medical students, pathology residents, nursing students, and social work interns.  

The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service offers inpatient and outpatient lab sampling associated with an extensive menu of clinical laboratory tests and diagnostic studies. Additionally, PLMS is involved in educational activities throughout the medical center including interdisciplinary seminars, tumor boards, and autopsy conferences. 

Also, the Service is actively involved in the training of medical students, residents, and other health-related professionals.  Residents from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Pathology Residency Program rotate through Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at VA New Jersey.  Medical students from UMDNJ attend didactic conferences that include teaching by PLMS staff.  Students from the Medical Technology program rotate through the clinical laboratories for training.  A number of PLMS employees have faculty appointments at various area Universities/Medical Schools for lecturing and meeting purposes.


The Chief, PLMS provides administrative, clinical, and programmatic leadership for the PLMS to ensure achievement of the clinical, research, and education goals and applicable performance measures.   The Chief, PLMS is accountable for the delivery of all health care by the PLMS staff.   The Chief, PLMS is responsible for developing a plan for the delivery of health services to patients and assessing that those health care services are consistent with the policies and guidelines of the Veterans Health Administration.  Additionally, the Chief, PLMS establishes an environment within the service that promotes optimum patient care.  The Chief, PLMS participates in top-level decision making and policy design that impacts on PLMS through collaboration with Medical Center administration, other service chiefs, and interdepartmental Supervisors.  The Chief, PLMS directs health care programs, delegating authority, and responsibility to meet both the medical center and service goals.  The Chief, PLMS is responsible for the fiscal management of the department including budget planning and management.  The incumbent reports to the Chief of Staff and serves as a key clinical resource for the Medical Center Director and the Chief of Staff. 

He/She is an integral part of the key leadership team of the medical center.  The Chief, PLMS is expected to remain privileged and provide clinical services in his/her specialty field.  The Chief, PLMS ensures practice-based learning and improvement, demonstrates ability to use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care and delivery of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine services.  The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills and behaviors that reflect a commitment to continuous professional development, ethical practice, understanding and sensitivity to diversity, and a responsible attitude toward their patients and profession.  The successful candidate demonstrates an understanding of the contexts and systems in which health care is provided as well as the ability to apply that knowledge to improve and optimize health care.

Physical Standards/Requirements: See VA Handbook 5005, Part III, Chapter 2, paragraph 7, and VA Handbook 5019, Occupational Health Services. All applicants must be physically and mentally able to perform efficiently the duties of the position.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No