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Excellent Director of Radiology-Imaging - Portland, OR - Portland, OR, USA

Job Description

Excellent Director of Radiology-Imaging - Portland, OR

The VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) in Portland OR is currently seeking a dynamic and proven leader to join our team as the Chief of Radiology/Imaging. The Chief of Radiology/Imaging works closely with the Imaging Administrative Director and Chief Technologist to form the senior management team responsible for all operations of the Imaging service. This three-person leadership team is responsible for ensuring the highest quality Radiology services for military veterans.   This team develops policy and planning, timely budget formulation, efficient clinical performance and management of professional staff matters.  Performance in these areas will emphasize service, safety, quality, access, innovation, and efficiency of care delivery.  The Chief of Radiology/Imaging is expected to display leadership acumen sufficient to provide direction for complex programs in the delivery of care. The incumbent is expected to have strong interpersonal skills and demonstrate a commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to patient care delivery. VA Portland has been a national leader incorporating cutting edge equipment and procedures into their portfolio with early adoption of Spectral CT, Digital PET CT and 4D CT Angio as well as artificial intelligence.  The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the ability to coordinate a broad continuum of programs and demonstrate abilities to work well within a senior management team.


VAPORHCS is a major teaching site and research site closely affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). VAPORHCS hosts about 2,000 health professional learners annually and ranks in the top 10 nationwide among VAs in research grant support, with over 170 investigators in basic science, clinical, and health services research and over 1000 active protocols. 


Radiology Provides patient centered, customer focused state of the art imaging services for the Portland VA Health Care System, a tertiary care medical center with campuses in Portland OR and subsidiaries in Vancouver, WA as well as 10 Outpatient care clinics across Central and NW Oregon. VA Portland HCS provides a full continuum of inpatient, outpatient, long-term, and emergent care, serving over 100K veterans per year. The Medical center is a Magnet Facility, 1A complex facility with tertiary care referrals and is also a major liver and renal transplant center and supports imaging for oncology diagnosis and treatment to include a high volume of Y-90 embolization’s in interventional radiology.  Portland supports a VA Shark Tank winning VISN-20 Centralized Lung Cancer Screening Program which is one of the top lung cancer screening programs in the entire VA.  VAPORHCS is a major teaching hospital with a strong affiliation to Oregon Health Sciences University with extensive research and Graduate Medical Education, including medical students, residents, and fellows with over $37M in grant funding. Imaging provides a whole spectrum of services: CT, MRI, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, nuclear medicine with PET/SPECT CT, conventional X-rays, special procedures, Interventional radiology, and neuroradiology.


The Chief of Radiology/Imaging is responsible for oversight of all 110 Staff to include Staff Radiologists, Nurses, Radiology Technologists, imaging support staff with additional Contract Radiologists. The radiology chief oversees the operation of interventional radiology,  neuroradiology, nuclear medicine as well diagnostic radiology services.  Imaging services are located on the Main Portland Campus as well as the CBOCs in Hillsborough, Salem and an outpatient imaging center in Vancouver, WA.  A new larger 14,000 sq foot outpatient imaging center is currently under construction in Vancouver and is slated to go operational late calendar year 2023.


We are seeking a Clinical Chief with a strong clinical, administrative, and academic background who will provide oversight of day-to-day operations, be clinically active, and collaborate in developing education and research with our academic partner. The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the ability to coordinate a broad continuum of programs and demonstrate abilities to work well within a senior management team.


The ideal candidate must be strongly motivated to promote continuing research activities and education for staff, inter-professional training, and be committed to professional enrichment, merit promotion, equal employment opportunity, and positive labor relations. An OHSU academic appointment will be commensurate with experience.


Work Schedule : Full-time, Monday-Friday, (The Chief of Imaging is expected to be available by work cellphone for urgent or emergent issues 24/7 but does not have to take additional diagnostic radiology pager call or work the weekend or evening shifts).

  • Must be U.S. Citizen
  • Current, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in the U.S.
  • Board Certification in Radiology


Community Information



Portland, Oregon is a great city with distinct and interesting neighborhoods, full of good restaurants and bars, coffee shops on every corner, locally made beer pubs, and hundreds of food carts where you can try out food from around the world. Portlanders are friendly and helpful. Even though Portland has 2.2 million people living in it--and has all the benefits and amenities of a big city--it has a friendly, small-town feel. Portland has one of the best bus and city-train systems in America. Portland is also the most bicycle friendly city in America. You do not need a car to enjoy living in and exploring Portland! Portland is often called the "beer-capital of the world", with more varieties and brands of beer made in local breweries than anywhere else--and with over a dozen of beer festivals held in the city every year! Oregon is also becoming more known for wine, with over a hundred wineries in and near Portland, where you can sample all kinds of wine-- pinot noir  and  pinot gris  wines are an Oregon specialty. Oregon is a place of natural beauty & exciting adventures. It is the state with the most diverse climate in all the United States. Oregon has cool rainforests and hot deserts, ocean beaches and snow-covered mountains. View more details at Portland - Official City Guide & City of Portland



Benefits and Features


The position offers a competitive salary based on education, training and experience and includes a full benefit package, student debt repayment, an annual CME stipend all designed to support a high-quality professional practice and favorable work-life-family balance. VA does this by offering: Paid Time Off in the form of 26 Days paid annual leave, 13 Days paid sick leave per year, 11 Federal holidays with pay, and 5-Day paid absence to attend approved CME courses. Insurance to include Health-Dental-Vision care insurance programs to choose from with premiums partially paid by VA; Flexible Spending Accounts; Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government; and Long-term care insurance available as an option. Federal Retirement Plan thru the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) - A three-tiered retirement plan composed of 1) Social Security benefits; 2) FERS-FRAE basic benefits (pension); and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan, with up to five percent government matching contributions.  


To Explore This Physician Opportunity Further


Please forward copy of your Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae to Henry "Hank" Laguatan, VA National Healthcare Recruitment Consultant @ Show Email or call (206) 459-7927.

VA Benefits

Paid Time Off:

  • 26 Days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave
  • 13 Days paid sick leave each year with no limit on accumulation
  • 11 paid Federal holidays per year
  • 5 Days paid absence to attend approved CME courses


  • Health Insurance : VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA) Lifetime Healthcare Insurance options available
  • Dental & Vision : Our insurance options also include exceptional vision and dental plans (premiums are partially paid by VA)
  • VA employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts , which allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision care expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan
  • Term life insurance , family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government
  • Long-term care insurance is available as an option

Federal Retirement Plan:

  • VA employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan composed of 1) Social Security benefits, 2) FERS-RAE basic benefits (pension), and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan
  • How is the pension funded? VA employees automatically contribute 4.4% of their salary each pay period and the VA contributes 12.2% of the employee’s salary each pay period for a total annual contribution percentage equal to 16.6% of the employee’s salary
  • Similar to the 401(k) savings plans widely available in the private sector, the TSP allows employees to tax defer a portion of their income each year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. For calendar year 2020, employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $19,500, while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $25,500.
  • The Federal Government also provides an automatic basic contribution (1% of salary) and up to 4% of salary in matching contributions , depending on the amount of the employee contribution
  • For retired military personnel, these benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or pension
  • In addition to FERS, VA provides health care insurance coverage for retired personnel
  • Disability Retirement
  • Employees are vested in a federal pension after only 5 years service

About this Faciity

The Portland VA Medical Center (PVAMC) is a 303-bed consolidated facility with two main divisions. The medical center serves as the quaternary referral center for Oregon, Southern Washington, and parts of Idaho for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Portland VAMC is located atop Marquam Hill on 28.5 acres overlooking the city of Portland. In addition to comprehensive medical and mental health services, the Portland VAMC supports ongoing research and medical education, including nationally funded Mood Disorders and Hepatitis C Resource Centers.

The Portland VAMC is connected to OHSU structurally by a beautiful sky bridge and functionally by shared staff, trainees and educational opportunities.

Community-Based Outpatient Clinics

In addition to our main facility in Portland, we offer services in four community-based outpatient clinics. These clinics are located in —

East Portland
North Coast
The Dalles
West Linn

The medical center is located atop Marquam Hill on 28.5 acres, which overlooks the city of Portland with the adjoining medical center’s major academic affiliate, Oregon Health Sciences University. It is a type 1-A facility, serving a large and diverse group of veterans and specializes in acute, intermediate and long-term medical and surgical care.

Partners and Education

As a teaching hospital, Portland VAMC provides a full range of services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research.

Portland VAMC has an active affiliation with the Oregon Health & Sciences University. The Medical Center is connected both physically and functionally to the University. Over 1200 University residents, interns, and students are trained at the PVAMC each year. There are 172 base funded house officers in 33 different specialties. PVAMC has nursing student affiliations with the Oregon Health & Science University, University of Portland, Linfield College and Walla Walla College as well as affiliations with these and other teaching institutions involving dentistry, pharmacy, social work, psychology, chaplaincy, nuclear medicine, physical and occupational therapy, dietetics, audiology and speech pathology, alcohol and drug treatment.

Community Highlights

With an inviting leisurely pace, Portland, Oregon views itself as a small, accessible city, vaguely European in character, boasting a rose garden as one of its biggest attractions. Stroll through any of its neighborhoods and a culturally vibrant city unfolds, from art galleries to wine bars housed in historic and modern buildings. Continue the laid-back lifestyle with day trips to a Pacific Ocean beach, waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge or world-class pinot noirs in nearby Willamette Valley.

Contact Email:
Employer: Department of Veteran Affairs
Location: Portland, OR, USA
Position Type: Physician (MD, DO, Resident)
Employment Type: Permanent
Specialty: Radiology
Salary Range: