Medical Director - Pediatric Weight Management Program
Children's Hospital & Medical Center
July 6, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Medical Director – Pediatric Weight Management Program
Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, with the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, is currently recruiting a Medical Director for our Pediatric Weight Management Program. The ideal candidate should be board certified/board eligible in Pediatrics and/or a pediatric sub-specialty (if applicable). Children’s is a vibrant, free-standing pediatric teaching hospital and Nebraska’s only full service pediatric specialty health care center focused on extraordinary clinical care, education, clinical and outcomes research, and advocacy. The hospital is embarking on transformational programmatic and physical growth to address our local, regional, national and global patient care. The hospital has a Level IV Regional NICU, Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, Specialized Clinical Pediatric Services, and 24/7 Pediatric Intensivists. We have 50+ Specialty Clinics, 200+ Specialists, 14 Satellite Offices, multiple Pediatric Fellowship programs, and is Magnet Certified. Our new campus expansion plans include an additional 100 beds to the existing 145, expansion to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Fetal Care Center and Fetal Surgery, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Center including dedicated intensive care, Short-Stay Observation Unit, Emergency Department, and Surgical Services. The expansion will also provide new facilities to support education and clinical and outcomes research.
This is an exciting opportunity for a physician, with a passion to work with children and their families, to help with weight management issues. The program consists of a multi-disciplinary team, along with the outreach and education efforts focused on the medical prevention, treatment, and understanding health risks, of obesity. The HEROES (Healthy Eating with Resources, Options, and Everyday Strategies) Weight Management Program is dedicated to treating weight gain and weight-related health risks in children. HEROES is the only medically managed program of its kind in the Omaha area.
The Medical Director will lead this team and help plan and direct the program to develop public awareness, knowledge, interest, and understanding. You will interact with the general community, multiple pediatric specialties, and hospital leadership to share and promote information regarding the weight management program. The HEROES team focuses on developing a healthy diet, exercise, and behavioral plan. Our multi-disciplinary approach includes overall nutrition status evaluation and planning, behavior modification counseling, baseline fitness assessment and activity guidance, assistance in identifying barriers to success and support to overcome them, assessment, lab monitoring, medical management and collaboration with our pediatricians and pediatric specialists, and exclusive access to our fitness and education program.
We partner with the adult bariatric surgery program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). During every operation, there is both an adult and pediatric bariatric surgeon. This provides patients with the expertise of multiple surgeons with different backgrounds. It also allows for an easy transition into an adult program when our patients age out of pediatric care. The bariatric surgery program is part of our HEROES Weight Management Program. Patients try at least 6 months of lifestyle changes through the HEROES program before they can opt for bariatric surgery. Our faculty and providers actively participate in research and clinical trials. This means we are aware of the latest advances in childhood obesity and bariatric surgery, and can integrate these advances into our care. Areas of research include: obesity and early antibiotic use, mother and child health outcomes after maternal bariatric surgery, use of shared decision making for bariatric surgery in pediatric weight management programs, managing expectations in pediatric weight management, and outcomes of the HEROES weight management program.
Omaha enjoys four distinct seasons, along with an exciting metropolitan and a population over 925,000. The people of Omaha make it a safe city where it is special to live and enjoy all the amenities of a big city with the warmth of the Midwest. The area is rich in cultural activities including a professional symphony, ballet, theater, art, history, children’s museums, and a world class zoo that will appeal to every taste. Additionally, Greater Omaha has an outstanding educational system of public and private schools. There are numerous universities and colleges, most notably the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University, and the College of Saint Mary’s. In addition to the many collegial sports, Omaha hosts the Olympic Swim Trials, the Olympic Curling Trials, and the College World Series. All of this, combined with a diverse economy with multiple Fortune 500 companies, makes for an extraordinary quality of life.
Nominations, expressions of interest and applications (including cover letter and CV/resume) should be submitted to: Geralyn Azizkhan, Director, Physician and Faculty Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org or 402.955.6585. Cell: 402.979.3103. All replies will be treated with confidentiality.
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About Children's Hospital & Medical Center
Located in Omaha, Nebraska, Children’s serves as Nebraska’s only full-service pediatric specialty health care center. Our free-standing pediatric teaching hospital has a Level IV regional NICU, Level II Pediatric Trauma Center, Specialized Clinical Pediatric Services and 24/7 Pediatric Intensivists. We have 50+ Specialty Clinics, 200+ Specialists, 14 Satellite Offices, Pediatric Fellowship Programs and Magnet certification.
Children's Hospital & Medical Center has a rich history based on community involvement and service to children. The original Children's Memorial Hospital was founded in 1948 by Dr. C.W.M. Poynter, Dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Henry Doorly, publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, with a vision that no child in need of medical care would be turned away due to an inability to pay. Since its launch in the midst of the polio epidemic, Children’s has been on the leading edge of pediatric care in Omaha and across the region. Children’s has now evolved into a nationally recognized pediatric health care leader with growing global impact.
Focused on extraordinary clinical care, education, clinical and outcomes research and advocacy, Children’s... is embarking on a journey of transformational programmatic and physical growth to address local, regional, national and global patient care needs. Our new campus expansion will add 100 additional beds to the existing 145, as well as expand several key departments, including the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, Fetal Care Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Care Center with a dedicated intensive care, Short-Stay Observation Unit, Emergency Department and Surgical Services. The expansion will also provide new facilities to support Education and Clinical & Outcomes Research.