Clinical Chief of Emergency Medicine

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Children's National Health System | Washington, DC

Permanent Position


The Clinical Chief of Emergency Medicine at Children’s National Health System (Children’s National) is a new position created to lead the clinical operations and educational endeavors of the Division. The complexity and scale of the department, which in 2017 received 127,000 visits at its two clinical sites, requires an experienced physician leader. The new Clinical Chief of Emergency Medicine (CCEM) will be an outstanding clinician who excels as an operations leader. The CCEM will lead a well-functioning team to provide high quality clinical care in one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals. S/he will partner with the Chief of Emergency Medicine in innovative and strategic planning to advance the goals of the Emergency Department.   This is an exceptional opportunity for a pediatric emergency physician ready to assume an innovative leadership role in one of the highest volume programs in the country. The incoming Clinical Chief will join in shaping the future of operational and academic initiatives that support Children’s National’s continued prominence as a national leader in pediatric emergency medicine. The Clinical Chief of Emergency Medicine will function as the chief operating officer of the emergency department and be a member of the leadership triad with the Chief of Emergency Medicine and the Director of Emergency Nursing. This leadership model is found in complex academic clinical programs that encompass clinical care and the traditional expectations of academic and research productivity. A successful tenure often establishes a national platform and visibility for a Clinical Chief to become Chief of Emergency Medicine at another top ranked pediatric hospital.


This is an opportunity for an accomplished and energetic leader in pediatric emergency medicine to lead the operations of one of the nation’s largest departments in a context of increasing acuity. The Clinical Chief of the Emergency Department reports to Robert Freishtat, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of Emergency Medicine, effectively serving as the chief operating officer for a complex enterprise dedicated to the four-part mission of providing state of the art patient-centered emergency care, advocating for improved systems of care for children, research, and the education of health care professionals.   The Clinical Chief of the Emergency Medicine will join the unit as it establishes a distributed model of leadership and continues a longstanding commitment to fostering the development of talented physician leaders. As the first leader in this role, the CCEM will influence how the role is shaped at a time when the physician staff is rapidly expanding, and the design concepts for new emergency department space are being developed.  Partnering with Dr. Freishtat and Theresa Schultz, RN, MSN, MBA, Director of Nursing for Emergency Medicine, the CCEM will lead initiatives to increase the engagement of the clinical staff, develop high functioning multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, and enhance the department’s service to patients, families and physician colleagues.   A pioneering member of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), the department has a record of quickly and nimbly identifying opportunities to improve efficiencies in patient flow, assess effectiveness, and change institutional practice.   Children’s National has a record of commitment to fostering the development of talented physician leaders. The Clinical Chief will have a significant leadership role as the Hospital develops plans to expand into new clinical space on the site of Walter Reed Medical Center. Capital funds dedicated to expanding the capacity of the Emergency Department on the main campus create great potential for achievement and visibility in this role. As the only pediatric emergency department between Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and with proximity to the NIH, FDA, biotech ventures, and the federal government, Children’s National is situated to play a unique role in advancing the healthcare of children on a national and international level.

Clinical Chief of Emergency Medicine

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