Medical Director, Surgical Services


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Practice Details:

Exciting new Medical Leadership opportunity at Interior Health for a Network Medical Director, Surgical Services.

This role is instrumental in the provision of administrative and clinical leadership for an IH wide Surgical Services Network across the Health Authority. The Network Medical Director will work in a dyad relationship with the Network Director, from a systems and patient centered perspective, providing strategic direction and medical leadership to achieve quality performance and IH and MOH strategic priorities.

The Network Medical Director, Surgical Services reports to the Executive Director, Clinical Operations and works in a dyad relationship with the Network Director of Surgical Services.

Position Summary

The Network Medical Director will work in a dyad relationship with the Network Director to support the integration, standardization and consolidation (where appropriate) of services within the Network working to support strategic initiatives and meet MOH and IH targets and deliverables. This will include supporting and advancing clinical practice regionally (across IH) to meet standards, prioritizing surgical services quality initiatives across IH and aligning surgical initiatives, utilizing data resources, to support achievement of targets and deliverables. Success of the role is dependent upon the provision of leadership and support to physicians as well as engagement of other practitioners, Operational Leaders and provincial stakeholders. The Network Medical Director, will be expected to work in a dyad relationship with the Network Director to create an inclusive approach to the development, implementation and monitoring of site delivered Surgical Services and to liaise between the ministry of health, surgical network and Clinical Operations teams, physician committees and physicians in order to represent physician viewpoints and facilitate open communication.

Key Responsibilities

1. Provides leadership to improve the quality of perioperative care in IH and support achievement of MOH and IH strategic priorities and deliverables by collaborating directly with physicians, other health-care professionals, portfolios, committees and medical governance structures to improve patient safety and outcomes.
2. Provides administrative services to the IHA as the Network Medical Director, Surgical Services to build the capacity for effective physician governance, physician integrated leadership, and engagement within IH.
3. Provides leadership expertise, direction, and support to the Chiefs of Staff, Department Heads, and Perioperative Medical Directors in the planning, designing, evaluating and implementing of innovative objectives for the IH Surgical Services Network.

1. Promotes high quality standards of clinical care.
2. Provides guidance to Perioperative Medical Directors, Chiefs of Staff, Department Heads, other department members and other Medical Directors in developing and maintaining common clinical goals and objectives.
3. Promotes performance monitoring, quality assurance, and quality improvement and utilization management activities for the services provided within the Surgical Services Network.
4. Collaboratively implements program practices to assure continued compliance with guidelines established by Accreditation Canada.
5. Provides direction and recommendations in determining the appropriate means of allocating and structuring health services in Interior Health.
6. Fosters an environment supportive of research projects as they relate to perioperative care.

1. Facilitates a collaborative inter-professional environment that enhances a patient-focused and Regional (One IHA) approach to the provision of surgical care and services across the continuum of care and health region. This includes co-chairing Surgical Services Network Council with Network Director.
2. Participates in Agency-wide leadership discussions for improving surgical practices and services and on relevant Provincial and Interior Health Committees and Working Groups.
3. Participates on provincial committees as an IH representative, as directed by the VP, Clinical Operations, North.
4. Considers UBC and IH academic perspectives in strategy, planning, and promotion of clinical teaching and/or research opportunities and the recruitment of academic physicians.
5. Informs VP portfolios of Medical Staff issues, plans, or processes that may significantly impact the management of those portfolios.
6. Works collaboratively with VP portfolios on the development and implementation of strategic and operational plans and mitigation strategies.
7. Through physician engagement, facilitates the achievement of Ministry of Health as well as VPs’ operational and strategic objectives.
8. The Network Medical Director will be expected to participate in provincial and IH Committees as agreed during the process of setting annual objectives with the Executive Director, Clinical Operations and the Director of the Surgical Network.

1. Facilitates implementation of patient safety and quality activities appropriate to the Surgical Services Network.
2. Collaborates with the Network Director to oversee the Surgical Program.
3. Participates in other quality initiatives that deal with the care of patients.
4. Ensures appropriate systems are in place to monitor compliance with regional treatment guidelines, policies and protocols.
5. Review and investigate all regional surgical related inquiries in collaboration with the Network Director and refer to the appropriate site committees and/or care teams as required.
6. Ensures that quality and appropriateness of patient care processes are monitored and evaluated and that appropriate actions are taken on a consistent basis (based on findings).
7. Reports quality of care issues promptly to appropriate individuals, including the Network Director, Clinical Surgical Team Leads, facility administration leaders, IH Medical Directors and/or the VP Quality & Medicine.
8. Identifies and works collaboratively to correct deficiencies in surgical care policies, guidelines and protocols.
9. Participates and supports implementation of surgery-related peer reviews and initiate action as necessary.

1. Actively participates and engages with members of the leadership team and provides medical input into management in collaboration with senior administration.
2. Provides direction and works collaboratively in the monitoring of IH practice related to patient care, and the performance of the IH Surgical Services Network.
3. Participates in the review, research, development and implementation of evidence-based surgical and anesthesia policies, protocols and clinical practice guidelines.
4. When requested, and as appropriate at an IH Surgical Services Network level, provides guidance and works collaboratively with the Network Director and the Executive Director, Clinical Operations in the investigation of medical occurrences, and patient safety events as appropriate in order to ensure quality patient care is maintained.
5. Assists Medical Staff in understanding and working effectively within a regional health system.
6. Participates and/or leads regional outreach educational activities.
7. Maintains an effective working relationship with, and not limited to, IH medical staff, emergency department staff, administration and other departments.
8. Functions as a liaison to other hospitals within the region.
9. Co-chairs regional committees and/or case review committees related to surgical services as appropriate.
10. Represents the Network and the Agency where appropriate on provincial and national Surgical Services committees or forums.
11. Provides leadership and support for programs and initiatives within the Network and with the Agency in order to provide quality, patient safety and optimum clinical resource utilization.
12. Participates in planning activities related to Surgical Services and for the Agency.

*** To express interest and apply, please email your CV to

*** This job posting is for a position covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination order and selected applicant(s) must comply with the requirements of the order.

  • - Doctorate in Medicine - Licensed as a physician in British Columbia. - Appointed as an active or provisionally active member of the Medical Staff of Interior Health. - Medical leadership experience with training in physician leadership or demonstrated willingness to undergo training in the near future. - Flexible with travel across the Interior Health region to visit each site in person when able, followed by face to face and/or virtual meetings as appropriate.
Call Schedule:

Hours of work: 0.6 FTE, approximately 22.5 hours per week
On call requirements: N/A

Estimated Gross Income

Competitive; will be based on medical leadership experience

Kelowna General Hospital:

Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) is one of two tertiary hospitals within Interior Health and is the region’s main referral centre offering a full range of services with approximately 400 beds and over 84,000 ED visits yearly. Kelowna General Hospital is home to the Interior Heart & Surgical Centre (IHSC) which opened in 2015 and is BC’s only cardiac critical care centre outside of Victoria and the Lower Mainland. IHSC is Kelowna General Hospital’s principal surgical site and features 12 specialized Operating Rooms created for Thoracic, Urology, Neurosurgery, Vascular, Plastics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Ears Nose and Throat, Orthopedics, General and Trauma surgeries with 2 ORs dedicated to Cardiac Surgery. Our state of the art Centennial Building boasts a total of 360,000 square feet, an expanded emergency and ambulatory care department, new medical inpatient units, modern operating rooms and a rooftop helipad. Within the Interior Heart & Surgical Centre, KGH has a modern maternity ward and adjacent Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. KGH has a dedicated pediatric ward, as well as, adolescent and adult psychiatry units. Enhanced laboratory and clinical departments are found in the new Dr. Walter Anderson Building. KGH is also a teaching centre for the Southern Medical Program affiliated with UBC, and has an academic campus that serves as a satellite for the University of British Columbia Medical School. KGH has become one of BC’s leading healthcare centres.

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