Chief of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Director, Laboratory Medicine Program

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With five hospitals, four emergency departments, three critical care units, a long-term care home, a full range of medical and surgical specialties, and more than 20 community health-care locations, Lakeridge Health offers some of the broadest and most comprehensive acute care, ambulatory care, and long-term care services in Ontario. Lakeridge Health has a long-standing academic partnership with Queen’s University and other academic centres.

As one of the largest community hospitals in Ontario, Lakeridge Health is home to several regional specialty centres and services and is a key a member of the Central East Regional Cancer Program. The Central East Regional Cancer Program is made up of one regional cancer centre, the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, and seven, partner hospitals who work together with community organizations to provide cancer care to residents of the Central East.

Additionally, we are proud to serve our community with a full suite of inpatient, ambulatory, and community-based mental health and addictions services, and provide safe, high-quality, compassionate care in our state-of-the-art long-term care home, Lakeridge Gardens.

Guided by our vision of One System. Best Health. and supported by a dedicated team of more than 7,700 staff, privileged staff, and volunteers, Lakeridge Health is working in collaboration with its Durham Ontario Health Team, primary care, and community partners to foster a truly integrated, regional system of care. Together, we are focused on empowering people to live their best health and fostering an accessible, inclusive, and equitable environment for all.

Lakeridge Health is seeking a Chief of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Director, Laboratory Medicine Program to lead the collegial Department and comprehensive Program with a focus on clinical, operational, academic, and strategic leadership. Lakeridge Health is home to four core labs, with an annual test volume of 3.2 million tests, and two pathology labs which process approximately 39,000 anatomic pathology cases annually. With approximately 240 staff members and 17 physicians, the lab operates on a hybrid subspecialty pathology model with a focus on Whole System Quality. Cases are a mixture of small biopsies, large benign and complex malignant tumors.

The Chief role, reporting to the Chief of Staff, is responsible for the professional practice and quality of care provided by the physicians within the Department of Laboratory Medicine in a manner that is consistent with the Strategic Vision. The Medical Director role, accountable to the Health System Executive, is responsible for the co-management of the Laboratory Medicine Program with the Clinical Director in a dyad model. The Medical Director role will be partnering and leveraging the Quadruple Aim framework for health system redesign to lead and further develop this expansive Program and will be engaging and leading the privileged staff in the Department in the development and implementation of the goals, strategic directions, and academic advancement of the Program.

A trusted clinician and physician leader, the Chief and Medical Director must be an outstanding collaborator and communicator, promoting the mission and vision of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and of the organization.

It is important that all our team members have deep connections and experience to work with, relate to, serve, and support a diverse workforce and patient population. Therefore, we invite individuals who can clearly demonstrate commitment to lead and participate in equity work that impacts quality of patient care, and improvements in team experiences; along with the commitment and fortitude to push and drive change in these areas. The Chief and Medical Director will model a heightened sensitivity and awareness of inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and anti-racism (IDEAA) issues.

The successful candidate will be supported and expected to pursue faculty appointments with our academic partners and will facilitate the academic advancement of the Department members, including the support of research and education initiatives. Prior success in leading the development of Laboratory Medicine education and research programs is highly desirable.

Experience in leadership roles in complex health care organizations is an important prerequisite for this position. The successful applicant must be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and will be an experienced Pathologist who holds Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (or equivalent) certification in General Pathology, Anatomic Pathology, or Hematopathology. This position is a 0.4 FTE (2 days/week). The anticipated start date is September 2023.

Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to send a letter of interest and CV by Monday, April 3rd to:

• Kathleen Corey, Director, Medical Affairs, Academic Affairs, and LHEARN
• Lakeridge Health, 1 Hospital Court, Oshawa, ON, L1G 2B9
• 905-576-8711 x34323

At Lakeridge Health, inclusion is one of our core values and it connects us to our patients and the communities we serve. We know that having varied perspectives helps generate better ideas to solve complex health system problems of a changing—and increasingly diverse—Durham Region. We have significant work to do and are accelerating our commitment to better represent the communities we serve. Join us on this critical journey!

We especially invite applicants who are members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the Ontario Human Rights Code based on race, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nations, Métis, or Inuk/Inuit person. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact us.