Chief Medical Officer
Location: San Ramon
Posted on: April 9, 2021
Donor Network West's mission is to save and heal lives through
organ and tissue donation for transplantation and research. At
Donor Network West, we're looking for people who embody our core
values: passion, excellence, equity and inclusion, and
relationships. We welcome diverse perspectives and foster an
environment of collaboration and service. POSITION SUMMARY The
Chief Medical Officer is the Medical Director of Donor Network West
and is responsible for medical direction, clinical oversight and
medical quality assurance. The Chief Medical Officer is responsible
for ensuring that clinical services activities are based on
established clinical standards of practice designed to achieve
quality outcomes in the procurement and delivery of transplantable
organs. The Chief Medical Officer, in concordance with prevailing
applicable rules and regulations, is directly responsible for
optimizing the quantity and quality of transplantable organs and
tissues made available to the community and nation; assumes
ultimate responsibility for donor clinical assessment, management
and the organ recovery process with the goal of maximizing the
number of organs. The Chief Medical Officer oversees the Donor
Network West Surgeon Qualification approval process, organ specific
committees, the organization's research program, including data
analysis and performance improvement activities; supports and
fosters an organizational culture based on collaboration, support,
constructive feedback and accountability. ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND
- The Chief Medical Officer shall be responsible generally for
the overall professional and medical administrative aspects of
Donor Network West's activities.
- Review, modification and ownership of Donor Network West's
protocols for donor evaluation and management and organ recovery
- Assists with the long-range planning and development of Donor
Network West clinical programs and services in concert with the
Chief Executive Officer, VP of Organ Operations, and the VP of
Hospital Development and Family Services.
- Development, with the Chief Executive Officer and senior staff
leaders, of policies and procedures and guidelines regarding organ
donation, evaluation and management, consistent with local, state
and federal requirements and the standards of the United Network
for Organ Sharing (such policies and procedures to be subject to
the annual review and approval of the Medical Advisory Board);
reviews Donor Management Guidelines (Adult and Pediatric) to ensure
compliance and to optimize organ viability and function.
- Organizes and presents at various Donor Network West boards,
including Board of Directors, Medical Advisory Board and Research
- Takes an on-call role accessible to Donor Network West donation
services staff and, as appropriate in conjunction with the VP of
Organ Operations, to:
- Assist in the review of referred potential organ donors to
assess initial medical suitability provision of medical management
- Assist in the review of organ clinical findings.
- Act with knowledge that clinical findings during donor
assessment are conveyed during the organ offer process to
transplant programs in order that the final decision for medical
suitability of the donor and donor organ rests with the accepting
surgeon for the potential recipient.
- Assist Donor Network West staff as requested with surgeon
questions, placement waivers and so on during allocation
- Assist, as requested, with obtaining specialized consults to
assist with assessment of medical suitability.
- Provide final decision on positive serology findings for family
disclosure and hospital reporting.
- Assist with Medical Examiner and Coroner's offices negotiations
to obtain the release of organ donors in conjunction with the
Donation Partner Development staff.
- Serve as a liaison with transplant surgeons and physicians from
the transplant centers, to ensure their understanding and
compliance with recovery policies and procedures.
- In conjunction with theVP of Hospital Development & Family
Services, act as a liaison with physicians and staff from donor
hospitals, to ensure their understanding and compliance with all
donor management guidelines.
- The Chief Medical Officer also assumes other
- Creates and provides occurrence correspondence to appropriate
parties including regulatory agencies (MPSC/UNOS, DTAC),
physicians, Donor Network West Board of Directors, Donor Network
West's Medical Advisory Board, and Donor Network West internal
- Participates in audits and interviews with both regulatory
agencies and internal Donor Network West's quality department.
- Participates in QAPI activities as required.
- Participates in regular case review and suitability review
calls with various staff.
- Authors and/or reviews clinical policies and procedures.
- Provides hands on training to procurement and surgical staff as
- Works with the VP of Quality Systems to ensure compliance with
Donor Network West's recovery surgeon qualifications and assist
with new fellow training and orientation.
- Reviews Donor Network West's performance metrics including,
critically, but not limited to volume of organ donors recovered &
transplanted and volume of organs transplanted.
- Potential for internal and external speaking engagements:
- Donor Network West staff meetings, donor hospital in-services,
clinical donor consortiums, medical professional education
opportunities, physician dinners and others as requested.
- Provides guidance and medical advice on employee disease
exposures and staff vaccination policies
- As requested, participates in evaluation of vendors, e.g.,
Materials Management medical supply vendors, technology vendors
providing clinical technology for clinical interfaces.
- Fostering effective communications between transplant
physicians, Donor Network West and other interested parties.
- Providing commentary and expertise regarding clinical matters
with local, state and national organizations.
- Attending relevant industry meetings and providing leadership
in appropriate venues.
- Reviews material produced by Donor Network West for publication
on a national level regarding clinical aspects of donor suitability
- Assists with research projects under taken by Donor Network
West, e.g., may serve as co or principal Investigator on NIH funded
studies with Donor Network West involvement, serve as liaison for
Principal Investigators at our academic partners with concerns or
questions, review research grant submissions, review internal
research abstracts prior to submission for conferences, journals,
- Assist in arranging on-call Medical Director coverage and
communicates the coverage in a timely manner to Donor Network West
- Attends routine executive, senior leadership, and donation
- Advises and trains the per diem staff anesthesia personnel as
- Perform other duties as assigned QUALIFICATIONS
- Proven leadership ability, with a broad array of skills
transferable to a complex, human services organization.
- Possesses highly developed communication skills:
- exceptional listening skills
- Ability to project an image of concern, transparency, and
accountability, inspiring confidence and trust with multiple
- Ability to influence opinion and policy.
- Ability to work closely, in partnership, and in a position of
leadership with a diversified staff, in a style of respect and
- Ability to maintain a healthy, gratifying, congenial
environment for staff.
- Ability to make and implement informed decisions with attention
to detail and follow-through.
- Possesses and models:
- Passion for the work
- Compassion for donors and their families
- High energy
- Resilience and durability
- A healthy sense of humor and perspective EDUCATION AND
- Degree: Doctor of Medicine required
- Minimum of 3 years' experience in an organ procurement
- 3 years management experience in a health-related field; with 5
years in an OPO preferred
- Possess valid California Medical License
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