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Chief, Section of Neonatology and Medical Director of the NICU

Temple University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Sep 24, 2021

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Department of Pediatrics

Section Chief, Neonatology

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Position Summary

The Department of Pediatrics at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) is seeking a leader for the role of Chief, Section of Neonatology and Medical Director of the NICU. 

The successful candidate will be one who has a proven record of academic excellence, dedication to patient care, experience with teaching, and whose interests include clinical and quality improvement research.  The Chief must also possess outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills and have a solid foundation of operational experience. 

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has over 400 admissions annually and is staffed 24 hours a day by a team of 7 board-certified neonatologists and 5 physician assistants.  The unit’s registered nurses have an average of 10 years’ experience in neonatal intensive care and over 50% of the nurses have their certification in this specialty. The unit has the capability of providing care to all gestational age infants and is located in close proximity to the Delivery Room and Mother-Baby Unit. The unit is supported by a dedicated social worker and case management team, as well as the full range of pediatric sub-specialists from St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. The Newborn Nursery is staffed by pediatricians from Temple Pediatrics. The division has a strong commitment to quality improvement work and participates in the Vermont Oxford Network. Our team is involved with training medical students and physician assistant students from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and pediatric residents and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellows from St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Our current group shares service weeks and in-house call, which affords a great work-life balance.

The mission of the Department of Pediatrics is to provide world class levels of instruction, patient care and new knowledge in the field of children’s health.  Members of the faculty are clinically active in 4 areas: Temple Pediatric Care (TPC; the primary care ambulatory, pediatric practice), the inpatient service at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children for Children (SCHC), the newborn services at TUH, and the infectious diseases service at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

Key Relationships

Stephen Aronoff, MD, MBA

Waldo E. Nelson Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Professor, Pediatrics

Candidate Minimum Qualifications

  • An MD, DO, or foreign equivalent with active board certification from the American Academy of Pediatrics in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.
  • Academic credentials for a faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor is preferred.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the culture, needs, and aspirations of the community.
  • Ability to administer change in a complex academic environment through consensus building, collaboration, effective use of data, and the ability to influence and persuade.
  • Demonstrated record of program development, collaboration, community engagement, clinical care, education, and administration.
  • Excellent verbal, written and group presentation skills.
  • Ability to obtain an unrestricted medical license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to start date.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    Maintain and continually update a strategic plan for the Section to advance the tri-partite mission of the School of Medicine. The plan should address the following 5 areas of responsibility:  Clinical Care, Educational Mission (medical students, other professional students, residents and fellows, Faculty and outreach CME), Faculty Mentoring (promotion, clinical, educational and research productivity), Research (grant support, publications, presentations (local, regional, national and international) and Administrative.

    Section Specific Responsibilities:

  • Work with the clerkship director and vice chair for education to develop a high quality neonatology experience for Temple students.
  • Annually review billing codes and billing efficiency.
  • Work with the Section at St. Christopher’s to establish clinical and research relationships.
  • Oversee the completion and evaluation of the annual Vermont Oxford submission.
  • Develop and oversee work schedules for health care providers.
  • Participate in TUH Transformation of Care Activities.

Clinical Care Responsibilities:

  • Meet or exceed hospital-based and/or outpatient based quality performance metrics for value based purchasing, pay-for-performance and risk contracts.
  • Outline expectations to all faculty to maintain or increase productivity to at least the 65th percentile of clinical productivity benchmarks.
  • Develop and implement plans to improve patient satisfaction – inpatient and/or outpatient.
  • Provide adequate feedback to faculty. This must be done in a timely manner so that deviations from the goals can be addressed mid-year and improvements be recognized mid-year as well

Educational Mission Responsibilities:

  • Discuss individual teaching faculty with program/course directors to identify outstanding performance as well as performance that needs to be improved.
  • Evaluate CME programs for faculty (Grand Rounds and other teaching conferences) as well as possible outside programs.

Research/Scholarly Mission Responsibilities:

  • Encourage collaborative work with translational scientists in the medical school and industry partners.
  • Establish a culture of scholarship in your section that encourages residents, fellows and junior faculty to participate in and value the research endeavor.
  • Ensure that the appropriate policies are followed in regard to clinical and animal research, working with the IRB, IACUC, TCRI, Dean’s office and COI offices as appropriate.
  • Serve as the point person for research performed in the nursery and you will be responsible that the Vermont-Oxford Database information is completed and submitted in a timely fashion. 
  • Mentorship of faculty
  • Hold annual meetings with every faculty member to review their clinical, research and teaching productivity and progress. These meetings should include written evaluations, signed by you and the faculty member and should include goals for the upcoming year.
  • Identify all faculty who should be considered for promotion and promptly submit their names to the Department Chairperson. Promotion is a privilege and not a right. The promotion takes place at the discretion of the chair.
  • Mentor the faculty to improve their performance and help them establish mentorship relationships that address areas of potential weakness.


  • Promote a strong culture of institutional responsibility, including a commitment to excellent, efficient and effective business operations and use of space.
  • Ensure compliance with all regulations of the department, School, University, external payers and external funding agencies, including time and effort reporting.
  • Increase the diversity of your faculty by conducting appropriate searches, advertising etc. when recruiting. Work with the supporting offices at the School of Medicine to achieve this goal.
  • Represent the Section by participation on School of Medicine, hospital and university committees as appropriate

Department of Pediatrics

The Department of Pediatrics is currently comprised of 14 full time faculty including 9 primary care physicians, 3 full time nurse practitioners and a physician assistant currently averaging 25,000 patient visits per year.  The Department’s mission is to provide world class levels of instruction, patient care, and new knowledge in the field of children’s health.  

Procedure for Candidacy

To be considered, please complete the online application: APPLY HERE  Application materials should include the following:  a cover letter stating your qualifications, synopsis of accomplishments and professional goals, research/teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and contact information.  A statement describing participation in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions is strongly encouraged. 

Please address your application to:  Megan Heere, MD, Search Committee Chairperson, C/O Michael R. Lester, Assistant Dean, Physician/Faculty Recruitment and Retention, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple Faculty Practice Plan.

Confidential inquiries and candidate nominations should be directed to

We are especially interested in qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and under-represented groups. For more information about diversity at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, please visit the Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion  

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