Chief of Physics

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Boston, MA 02133

Posted 1 month ago

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Chief of Physics

Department Description:The Radiation Oncology Department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) offers the latest therapies and treatments with state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained professionals for the treatment and management of cancer and other health conditions in a patient-centered environment. Our multidisciplinary team consists of board certified physicians, registered nurses, advanced practice providers, radiation therapists, physicists, dosimetrists and an array of administrative support staff that are dedicated to providing care in a collaborative team approach. The Radiation Oncology team works closely with colleagues in the Departments of Surgery and Medical Oncology to ensure all patients receive the very best care..

Job Location:Boston, Massachusetts

Req ID:45500BR

Job Summary:The Director of Physics will report to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Chair of Radiation Oncology. This position will be responsible for supporting the ongoing mission of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to provide high-quality, state-of-the-art patient care in Radiation Oncology. This includes, but is not limited to, maintaining and supporting the present clinical programs and implementing new/emerging technology, as appropriate to the clinical mission. The Director of Physics will also assist in fulfilling Division teaching responsibilities in the Harvard Medical Physics Residency Program and a future BIDMC-sponsored medical residency/training program. The Director of Physics will be expected to maintain an active applied/clinical research program and promote faculty presence at national forums both as attendees as well as presenters of the physics research at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The position will collaborate with Departmental leadership to ensure that the Quality Assurance Program is commensurate with state regulations and professional guidelines, and is maintained and supported throughout the department. The Director will work closely with other departments to ensure cost-effective use of department resources, including, but not limited to, proper billing and the development of cost-effective ways to optimize the department's revenues.

Essential Responsibilities:

+ Coordinate with the Physics staff to maintain and continually improve current clinical programs, including conventional external beam treatments, stereotactic treatments, and HDR and LDR brachytherapy

+ Personally provide clinical physics support in the above programs.

+ Assess/implement the use of new technologies for patient treatment as appropriate. Ensure that the Department's existing technology and equipment stay up-to-date.

+ Assist in teaching physics and medical residents.

+ Foster/maintain an active research program and facilitate opportunities for physics faculty to participate in research activities.

+ Partner with Departmental leadership to ensure that a rigorous Quality Assurance Program is maintained and supported throughout the department.

+ Work with Departmental leadership to ensure cost-effective use and growth of departmental resources.

+ Perform administrative duties associated with the leadership of the Physics Division and management of the physics staff.

+ Has the authority to direct and support managers with functional area responsibilities. Has the direct responsibility to undertake the following employment actions: hiring, termination, corrective action and performance reviews. Direct Reports: More than 7 Indirect Reports: 6-10

+ Has full responsibility for planning, monitoring and managing budgets for multiple departments.

Required Qualifications:

+ Doctoral degree in Physics, Medical Physics, or related science or engineering field required.

+ Certification in Therapeutic Medical Physics from the American Board of Radiology (ABR), American Board of Medical Physics (ABMP), or Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM) and participation in the ABR MOC program.

+ More than 10 years related work experience required and 0-1 years supervisory/management experience required

+ Experience in 3-D, IMRT/VMAT, stereotactic, and brachytherapy treatment planning concepts.

+ Advanced skills with Microsoft applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access and other web-based applications. May produce complex documents, perform analysis and maintain databases.

Preferred Qualifications:

+ Formal Management training and 2-3 years of management experience.

+ Experience with Varian TrueBeam and CyberKnife linear accelerators.

+ Experience in Aria/Eclipse, MOSAIQ, Pinnacle, Velocity, and Brachyvision platforms.


+ Decision Making:Ability to make decisions with significant, broad implications for the management and operations of a major department or multiple departments. Participates in decisions on overall strategy and direction of the organization.

+ Problem Solving:Ability to address problems that are highly varied, complex and often non-recurring, requiring staff input, innovative, creative, and Lean diagnostic techniques to resolve issues.

+ Independence of Action:Ability to set goals and priorities for functional area. May make recommendations for department policies, practices and programs. Manager or Director provides broad guidance and overall direction.

+ Written Communications:Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.

+ Oral Communications:Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

+ Knowledge:Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.

+ Team Work:Ability to lead collaborative teams for larger projects or groups both internal and external to the Medical Center and across functional areas. Results have implications for the management and operations of multiple areas of the organization.

+ Customer Service:Ability to provide a high level of customer service and staff training to meet customer service standards and expectations for the assigned unit(s). Resolves service issues in the assigned unit(s) in a timely and respectful manner.

Physical Nature of the Job:

Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally in carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling objects. Sitting most of the time, with walking and standing required only occasionally

EOE Statement



As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. BILH requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

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