Physician - Gastroenterology

Richmond, Virginia
Jul 28, 2021
Jul 30, 2021
Full Time


Academic Gastroenterologist - Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), Richmond, Virginia has an opening for a full-time Academic Gastroenterologist to serve as Chief of the Gastroenterology Section. Candidates must be BC/BE in Gastroenterology and have experience in the full range of gastroenterology clinical services to treat conditions affecting the GI system.
Learn more about this agency


The Central Virginia VA Health Care System (CVHCS) invite applications for an innovative and inspirational faculty leader for the position of Chief, Section of Gastroenterology. The CVHCS is based in Richmond, Virginia and serves a diverse veteran population of 62,000. The incumbent is accountable to the Chief of Medicine assuring the most effective delivery of care in services within Medical Service.

The section is multifaceted with multiple physician-scientists, clinician-investigators, and clinician-educators and offers a wide range of services including Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Esophageal Motility, Metabolic Liver Disease, ERCP, Clinical Research, and Liver Transplantation.

The candidate must be a board-certified/eligible Gastroenterologist with demonstrated national leadership experience clinically and in basic and/or clinical research. Prior experience in administration and/or leading clinical and research initiatives is preferred. Candidates at the rank of Associate or Full Professor will be considered.
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday; 8:00AM to 4:30PM; however, subject to change, depending on the needs of the service/medical center.
Telework Eligibility: Not Eligible
Recruitment Incentive: Not Authorized
Relocation Incentive or Expenses: Not authorized
Education Debt Reduction Program: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • Incumbent will be required to maintain current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) certifications.
  • Moderate Sedation Privileges and certification required


Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
  • Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
  • Completion of residency training, or its equivalent, approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in an accredited core specialty training program leading to eligibility for board certification.
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Physical requirements outlined below.

Preferred Experience:
  • Graduated with MD or DO from an accredited medical school
  • Successful completion of an Internal Medicine Residency
  • Successful completion of an accredited GI/Hepatology Fellowship
  • Board Eligibility or Certification - ABIM GI
  • 1-2 years' work experience in inpatient and outpatient Gastroenterology/Hepatology
  • Experience in academics- teaching medical trainees to include GI fellows, residents, and medical students
  • Experience in inpatient GI management of patients including therapeutic endoscopies and colonoscopies in the setting of GI bleeding
  • Experience in outpatient management of acute and chronic GI and hepatology conditions
  • Experience in the management of patients who are being evaluated for liver transplant and who have previously received a liver transplant
  • Experience in performing outpatient endoscopies and colonoscopies and ability to read capsule endoscopies.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills with ability to function at a high level in a complex, busy clinical environment
  • Ability to perform advanced endoscopy including ERCP, EUS, stenting, and/or complex EMR
Preferred Experience: Completion of ACGME accredited fellowship in Gastroenterology and background in clinical research and clinical education. Prefer the incumbent is board certified or board eligible. ERCP and EUS are desirable but not necessary.

Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 pounds; straight pulling (4 hours); pushing (4 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (2 hours);standing (7 hours); kneeling (1 hour); repeated bending (4 hours); both legs required; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far-vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/100 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability required.


Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits associated with a VA practice: VHA Physician Brochure .

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time physicians at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: A formal pay-setting process will be used to determine your salary. The salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes (upload C.V. as resume document type):

  • Resume

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's, etc.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Resume
  • Separation Notice (RIF)
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Similar jobs