Medical Director, MD Anderson UT Health Northeast Cancer Center

Tyler, Texas
Competitive salary + great benefits package offered by the State of Texas
Apr 19, 2017
May 19, 2017
Medical Director
Full Time


This position provides cancer leadership, vision, direction, and development of all clinical programs comprised at the UT Health Northeast MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Proactively promotes excellence in patient care, customer service, consultative services, and practice efficiency.  Under the direction of the President of UT Health Northeast and appointed leadership, represents MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston) clinical leadership at the UT Health Northeast MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Leadership responsibilities include directing, planning, and coordinating all clinical activities and programs of the UT Health Northeast MD Anderson Cancer Center and its physicians.  Develops strategic plans and proactively promotes positive public relations.  Assures clinical activities are efficient, effective, and appropriately support the research-driven, multidisciplinary, patient centered clinical mission of the cancer center.  Serves as a member of the UT Health Northeast clinical leadership team at the system level, building and supporting effective collegial relationships with applicable internal and external constituents and stakeholders and ensuring optimal operating effectiveness and strategic positioning.


  • Oversees and directs the human resources cost, development and growth functions for the UT Health Northeast MD Anderson Cancer Center.  This includes reviewing and approving personnel actions including recruitment, selection or promotion of staff, evaluations, salary determinations and disciplinary actions.  Leads and collaborates in the recruitment, hiring, and orientation of assigned staff.  Evaluates the performance and professional competencies of assigned staff as appropriate.  Develops and mentors staff to promote professional excellence and growth.  Fosters teamwork and creates organizational capacity for innovation, creativity and critical thinking by providing staff with authority, accountability, training, information and resources to achieve their full potential.
  • Serves as a key member of the team responsible for shared oversight of the overall operation of the cancer center, which includes overseeing the development, implementation, and effectiveness of the UT Health Northeast MD Anderson Cancer Center clinical vision, strategy, focus, and short and long-range goals and objectives in support of the growth and success of the cancer center's program.  Partners with senior leadership in achieving operational goals as outlined in an "Oncology Services Agreement".  Coordinates and supports the development of applicable pathways, guidelines, benchmarks and metrics in support of the cancer center.  Oversees the development and ongoing promotion of educational offerings and opportunities.  Assures the cancer program patient base has access to appropriate clinical trials and studies.  Reviews applicable analyses and reports to evaluate program progress.
  • Communicates with clinical and administrative leadership, physicians and staff to ensure that clinical operations are aligned with the overall vision, strategy, and focus of the cancer program.  Oversees and/or directs the development and implementation of facility-wide policies, procedures and programs aligned with stated goals and objectives.  Ensures compliance with applicable Federal and State regulations and established organizational policies and procedures.  Directs implementation, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and improvement of clinical outcomes, evidence-based cancer research and standards, and innovative clinical methodologies and opportunities.  Works collaboratively with UT Health Northeast senior management to evaluate and maximize the effectiveness of care delivery, patient safety, and related operational metrics.  Works with appropriate departments to assure the successful utilization of electronic medical documents and telemedicine in support of enhanced performance.  Chairs UT Health Northeast MD Anderson Cancer Center Steering Committee.  Participates as an active member of the Executive Leadership and attends physician leadership meetings.
  • Participates in the leadership of all clinical research, including familiarity with research operations, regulatory affairs, finances, administration and clinic support.  Serves as a key leader in developing research activities such as cooperative group participation, collaboration with MD Anderson, industry- sponsored trials, and investigator initiated trials.
  • Directs all clinical activities of the cancer program and its physicians, ensuring appropriate protocols, practices, and standards are adopted and followed, in collaboration with Clinical division heads at MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston).  Provides leadership for UT Health Northeast by integrating both the cancer center and hospital.  Provides collaborative leadership with senior administrators for all oncology services throughout UT Health Northeast, including strategic planning, implementation, quality assessment, and clinical supervision.
  • Maintains overall accountability for the development, management and adherence to the cancer center budget.  Participates in the annual update of financial statements and documents.  Ensures organizational fiscal standards and expectations are met.  Actively participates in UT Health Northeast MD Anderson Cancer Center Community Advisory Board meetings.  Participates in philanthropic activities, including identification of potential donors, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and public speaking engagements.  Attends fundraising activities as appropriate.
  • Directs the UT Health Northeast MD Anderson Cancer Center in other relevant leadership roles within the UT Health Northeast leadership structure.  Works in collaboration with other discipline chairs, the UT Health Northeast clinical and operational leadership team.  May serve on UT Health Northeast system committees aligned with the Oncology Service Line.  Participates in review of qualifications, credentials, performances, and professional competence and character of providers in discipline.
  • Serves as the Chair of the UT Health Northeast Cancer Committee.   Works in collaboration with other key members of the Cancer Committee, including the Administrator, Cancer Liaison Physician (CLP) and Cancer Registrar.   Participates in Evaluation and Standard Measure adherence as set by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for Accredited facilities.   Leads the effort to sustain CoC Accreditation.
  • Maintains part-time clinical practice (at least 1 day per week) at UT Health Northeast.
  • Performs all functions according to established policies, procedures, regulatory and accreditation requirements, as well as applicable professional standards.  Provides all customers of UT Health Northeast with an excellent service experience by consistently demonstrating UT Health Northeast core and leadership behaviors each and every day.  Will serve as a role model for staff and act in a people-centered, service excellence-focused, and results oriented manner.


  • This position has medical and administrative oversight responsibility for all of UT Health Northeast MD Anderson Cancer Center.  Must interact effectively with all levels of UT Health Northeast leadership, MD Anderson Cancer Center leadership, governmental agencies, pharmaceutical companies, universities, and/or other applicable internal and external constituencies.
  • Directs and oversees the human resource cost, development, and growth functions for the facility.  This includes reviewing and approving personnel actions including recruitment, selection, or promotion of staff, evaluations, salary determinations and disciplinary actions.


  • MD or DO required


  • Board Certification in respective specialty/discipline.  Must possess or be eligible to obtain a current state license to practice medicine and be eligible for medical staff privileges.
  • Training in an oncology specialty and significant clinical experience in a cancer center.  Extensive experience in managing clinical operations in an oncology organization and with hospital organized medical staff, managed care organizations, and continuous quality improvement activities is required.  Previous relevant experience working in a clinical research setting.  Experience analyzing financial and statistical data and drawing appropriate conclusions based on findings.  Demonstrated system-thinking skill.  Extensive written and verbal communication skills, including effective presentation skills.
  • 10 - 15 years' experience - Preferred: Experience as Department Chair in Academic or Research Health Systems
  • Skilled in the operation of computer systems and software.
  • Additional related education and/or experience preferred