The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM), a nationally renowned, top-tier medical institution is seeking a forward thinking, open minded individual for the role of Chairperson, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine.
The incoming Chair will be a change agent and have a clear vision to build on the department’s solid foundation with particular emphasis on expanding the clinical footprint of the department. They will be expected to optimize the provision of exceptional clinical care to all patients in the region with a targeted focus on customer service, quality of care, clinical and translational research, and undergraduate and graduate medical education.
The ideal candidate is a leader in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a person of high character and credibility. The new Chairperson must have an exceptional work ethic, be resilient, and possess the enthusiasm to lead a growing department in one of the nation’s largest, and most complex and competitive healthcare markets in the country. The incumbent must also have the skills to build on the department’s existing strengths and leverage them to grow in new and existing markets. The Chairperson will be a skillful communicator, relationship builder. They will be action oriented with effective facilitation skills. The new Chairperson will strive to promote a culture of excellence in all aspects of Temple’s tri-partite mission.
Candidates must possess an M.D. or M.D. /Ph.D. with active board certification in Orthopaedic Surgery; credentials that will support a faculty appointment at the rank of Professor is preferred. Candidates must also be active participants in national organizations and committees such as those of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Temple Faculty Physicians (TFP) and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine includes a group of core physicians in Philadelphia, PA committed to the mission of providing the highest level of orthopaedic care to all patients regardless of situation while striving for research and academic excellence and advancement. Temple Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine physicians are board certified/board eligible in orthopaedic surgery or sports medicine. There are currently seventeen (17) full and part-time faculty members with sub-specializations in Sports Medicine, Hand Surgery, Joint Replacement/Adult Reconstruction, Orthopedic Trauma, Spine, Orthopaedic Oncology, Foot & Ankle, General Orthopedics and non-operative sports medicine. The department’s surgeons are consistently included among regional and national "Best Doctors" listings.
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John Daly, M.D.
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
President and CEO
Temple University Health System
Senior Vice Dean, Finance and Administration, LKSOM
Interim President and CEO, Temple Faculty Physicians, TUHS
Candidate Minimum Qualifications
• An M.D. or M.D. /Ph.D. with active board certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Subspecialty qualifications and interests are welcome.
• Academic credentials for a faculty appointment at the rank of Professor preferred.
• Candidates should be an active participant in national organizations and committees such as the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgery.
• Display a style that fosters and supports change and innovation, with an ability to delegate yet maintain overall control and high standards.
• Demonstrate sensitivity to the culture, needs, and aspirations of the community.
• Support and promulgate diversity among faculty, staff, students and patients.
• Ability to effect 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.
• Skilled at recruiting and retention, and values the role of leaders in mentoring.
• Excellent verbal, written and group presentation skills.
• Proven ability to develop and execute short and long-term strategic initiatives.
• In possession of/eligible for an unrestricted medical license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Encourage and support diversity among the department’s constituents, creating an environment of professionalism, respect, tolerance, and acceptance.
• In conjunction with the School of Medicine’s Faculty Affairs and Education units, create programs for the academic and professional development of faculty.
• Provide administrative direction and supervision to the department’s faculty and staff.
• Plan effectively for the anticipated demand for clinical services arising from expanding patient volumes, ensuring that facilities, technologies, operations, staffing and outreach activities are sufficient.
• Promote a strong culture of institutional responsibility, including a commitment to excellent, efficient and effective business operations and use of space.
• Manage the resources of the department prudently and effectively.
• Create an environment that enhances clinical growth and academic development.
• Communicate effectively and frequently with the clinical and administrative leadership, as well as with the faculty and staff to ensure that strategies and activities of the department are aligned with the mission, vision and goals of the organization.
• Recruit, support and mentor faculty. Participate in faculty career development plans and retention efforts.
• Ensure that clinical operations are patient-centered, efficient, effective and safe.
• Provide a supportive environment for enabling the department’s clinical, educational and research missions.
• Encourage collaborative work with translational scientists in the school and university and industry partners.
• Create an environment that provides infrastructure and oversight of clinical research to ensure that all faculty and support staff have the requisite training to undertake research.
• Advance research activities consistent with the growth of clinical programs.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Temple Faculty Physicians (TFP) and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine is a group of core physicians in Philadelphia, PA committed to the mission of providing the highest level of orthopaedic care to all patients regardless of situation while striving for research and academic excellence and advancement. Built under the tenure of the former chairmen including John Royal Moore, MD, John W. Lachman, MD, Michael Clancy, MD, Joseph Thoder, MD and most recently Eric Kropf, MD, the department has local and national recognition for its strong traditions in sports medicine and evolution to continue its commitment to the education of high achieving medical students and residents through the cost effective and individualized patient care to a diverse patient population.
Temple Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine physicians are board certified/board eligible in orthopaedic surgery or sports medicine. There are currently seventeen (17) full and part-time faculty members with sub-specializations in Sports Medicine, Hand Surgery, Joint Replacement/Adult Reconstruction, Orthopedic Trauma, Spine, Orthopaedic Oncology, Foot & Ankle, General Orthopedics and non-operative sports medicine. The department’s surgeons are consistently included among regional and national "Best Doctors" listings. They are affiliated with the Philadelphia Shriner’s Hospital for Children and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, whose faculty hold adjunct appointments within the department.
The Sports Medicine program continues to expand and provide optimal access and care to the active populations as well as Temple University students, student-athletes and area high school and collegiate athletes under the guidance of the non-operative sports physicians. Temple Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine remains engaged in the Philadelphia Catholic League, providing physician services to Archbishop Wood, St. Joseph’s Preparatory, Father Judge and LaSalle College High Schools as well as Arcadia University. As the team physician for these programs, the sports medicine providers have an expansive network of relationships with area athletic trainers and physical therapists who seek guidance and referral recommendations from this trusted resource. As the team physicians and orthopaedic providers for Temple University Athletics, the only Division I FBS program in Philadelphia, TFP’s Sports Medicine team is integral in daily life of student athletes and wellness initiatives. Cory Keller, DO serves as Temple University’s NCAA designated Health Care Administrator, responsible for policy and development of sustainable healthcare for student athletes within the university, and collaborating with on campus services. This year in particular, ensuring the highest level of care and safety is a priority for the Department and the American Athletic Conference due to COVID-19. Beyond the realm of athletics, the Sports Medicine Team is positioned throughout its many locations to provide musculoskeletal ultrasound and procedures, biologic injections, and support to the surgical team in increasing the access and presence of the department in the community.
Temple Orthopaedics Hand Surgery program has continued to grow under the leadership of Joseph Thoder, MD, as the director of the program and now returning as Interim Chairman. Collaboration with Temple’s Department of Plastic Surgery has allowed for a shared call schedule, improved academic exchange and research initiatives dedicated to hand/upper extremity injuries and issues while ensuring patients have access to a fellowship trained hand surgeon to provide them the best possible outcome following accident or injury.
The joint reconstruction program under Dr. Matthew Lorei, has focused on the implementation of evidence based care pathways over the past 2-3 years for patients undergoing elective total joint arthroplasty at Temple University Hospital, and now the Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus as well. Working closely with the Epic EMR team, standardized care pathways and patient reported outcomes are utilized to ensure that consistent workflows and goals are outlined and documented in the EMR to control and prevent infection rates, and reduce length of stay. As a result, the section has recently gone over 365 days without a total hip or knee infection. Calendar year 2021 will also see the return of the Medicare Bundled Payment Care Initiative for value-based payments for lower extremity joint replacement performed within Temple Health facilities.
Temple Orthopaedic Trauma remains a cornerstone of the department and Temple University Hospital. Under the direction of Saqib Rehman, MD, MBA, caring for community related orthopaedic trauma and accepting the care of complex orthopaedic trauma from area hospitals on the service provides excellent opportunities to the residents and is supported by all faculty members through trauma call coverage. The Orthopaedic Trauma program works closely with all related departments, has developed standardized hip fracture protocols, is included in the Medicare BPCI for CY21, and leads the department in academic initiatives. In addition, the Annual Philadelphia Orthopaedic Trauma Symposium is hosted at Temple each year (including virtually in June 2020 for the 12th Annual Conference).
The department is one of the busiest in Temple Faculty Physicians Practice Plan with over 55,000 outpatient physician visits per year, 25,000 outpatient physical therapy visits yearly and 4,000 surgical cases at 5 different hospital/surgi-centers in fiscal year 2019 (pre-COVID-19). In fiscal year 2020, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, TFP’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine maintained a strong presence in the Temple Health system, supporting the COVID-19 units while ensuring access for the orthopaedic patients requiring care, with 47,075 outpatient visits, 18,872 outpatient physical therapy visits, and 3,354 surgical cases despite condensing operations to hospital based offices for 3 months.
The department has (3) convenient outpatient locations throughout the Philadelphia region where they see and treat patients. All offices provide in office radiology services through TFP Radiology. These offices also offer outpatient orthopaedic physical therapy. One of the hallmarks of the department is ensuring timely access to the best possible fit for any orthopaedic needs, and they are able to achieve that through the health science campus and satellite offices reaching from North Philadelphia to the Northeast and Philadelphia suburbs. Offices are located at:
• Temple University Hospital, 3509 N. Broad Street, 5th Floor Boyer Pavilion, Philadelphia, PA 19140
• Temple Health at Ft. Washington, 515 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Washington, PA 19034
• Temple Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine at Temple Hospital – Jeanes Campus, Friends Hall, 7604 Central Ave, Suite 100, Philadelphia, PA 19111
The return of Temple Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine to Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus this year is an exciting opportunity for growth and expansion of academic orthopaedics in Northeast Philadelphia. With an on campus outpatient office, assumption of call, and increased presence of surgical cases from TFP, the Jeanes Campus will provide full service orthopaedics to the surrounding community at the same level of expertise as the main campus in a competitive market.
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program
All faculty members of Temple Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine are vital to the success of their residents. There are four categorical residency positions available annually. With the closure of Hahnemann Hospital and ther dissolution of Drexel’s Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, Temple Orthopaedics was able to integrate one of Hahnemann’s residents for a total of 21 residents currently. The first year of the orthopaedic surgery residency includes six months in the orthopaedic department at Temple University Hospital, three of those months with the orthopaedic trauma service with daily consult involvement, and three months within the outpatient orthopaedic subspecialty clinics. Four months of the first year are spent rotating on general surgery services including the SICU, plastic/vascular/general trauma surgery. The remaining two months include orthopaedic electives with anesthesia and emergency medicine. The second year of the residency is spent at Temple University Hospital in orthopaedics. The residents rotate through four services of three months each at Temple. These services include:
• Sports Medicine
• Orthopaedic Trauma
• Joint Reconstruction
• Hand Surgery
The resident is expected to learn how to perform the essentials of an orthopaedic physical examination and participate in the work-up of new patients admitted to their service. The resident attends the general orthopaedic and fracture clinics, and is present in the operating room for surgery, performing procedures according to his/her ability, under the supervision of the Chief resident and Attending physician.
During the third year of the residency, six months are spent on pediatric services, including three months at Shriners Hospital for Children and three months at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. Both are the pediatric affiliates of Temple University Hospital. Shiners Hospital focuses on pediatric orthopaedic problems such as scoliosis, developmental dysplasia of the hip, cerebral palsy, slipped capital femoral epiphysis, perthes disease, congenital hand anomalies, and clubfeet. St. Christopher's Hospital is one of two level 1 pediatric trauma centers in Philadelphia and residents there focus on the diagnosis and management of more acute problems in children including fractures, acute infections, and other common pediatric orthopaedic problems.
An additional three months of the third year are spent working at Fox Chase Cancer Center rotating on the orthopaedic oncology service in combination with the foot and ankle service at Temple University Hospital. The remaining three months are dedicated to Temple University Hospital’s Jeanes Campus location. As the department’s partnership with Jeanes and Fox Chase expands, as well as with the addition of an orthopaedic oncologist to TFP’s faculty, these rotations may be adjusted to further expand the opportunities for the residents at Fox Chase Cancer Center and Temple University Hospital – Jeanes Campus.
Temple Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine also offers an international service opportunity to third year residents in partnership with the John Lachman Orthopaedic Research Fund and AIC-CURE International Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya. Since 2017, under the supervision of a Temple faculty member and staff surgeons of AIC-CURE Kenya and Kijabe Hospital, residents are integrated into the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) certified Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program for 2 weeks, performing cases and participating in the care of adult and pediatric patients at the hospital locations, and the mobile clinics servicing the surrounding communities. This unique experience is supporting one resident a year in their third year of training, providing first-hand experience in global medicine in a developing country.
The fourth year of residency includes six months at Abington Memorial Hospital. There the residents benefit from taking the lead at a busy private orthopaedic practice with emphasis on joint reconstruction, hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopaedic trauma. The remaining six months are spent at Temple University Hospital as the senior resident on the general orthopaedic service and the spine service for three months each.
The fifth year of orthopaedic residency is spent at Temple University Hospital as a chief resident. The chiefs are responsible for the supervision and care of the patients on the orthopaedic service, in the clinics, and for the instruction of medical students rotating through the Orthopaedic Service.
In 2017, a dedicated curriculum for surgical simulation for the orthopaedic surgery residents was created. Industry support and physical space for these efforts have been secured. The curriculum has started in a limited fashion and will continue to expand to all residents in the coming years. With a young and dynamic faculty, the department wants to become a leader in the use of simulation and other web based learning to provide the best and most comprehensive curriculum despite the pressures of work hour restrictions and the demands of clinical productivity required of faculty.
Didactic conferences are held daily at 6:30 A.M. These conferences cover various orthopaedic topics and include regular fracture conferences, journal clubs, basic science and biomechanics discussions, indications conferences, M&M conferences, and a review of the week's surgery. Grand Rounds are held on Wednesday mornings and select Saturday mornings during the academic year and include both in-house and guest speakers. Since March, the residents and the residency program directors have been able to seamlessly transition these conferences to online forums, with excellent results in increasing the faculty engagement and availability despite being at other physical locations for clinics.
Research, either basic science or clinical, is a program requirement. Each resident must complete at least one project suitable for peer review publication prior to graduation. Both the medical school and the university offer access to various facilities and expertise including bioengineering, kinesiology, an animal laboratory, and statistics. The department maintains a complete patient database, which is accessible to all residents and attending staff. There is an active medical student summer research program that often involves the residents as mentors. The department publishes an annual journal including extended abstracts detailing research activity for the year. In recent years, residents have presented their research at local, regional, and national conferences, receiving numerous awards for their projects. The John Lachman Orthopaedic Research Fund is the cornerstone of supporting these efforts by providing funding to residents for presentations and for specific developmental courses throughout their residency with Temple Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.
The program selects its residents through the National Intern & Residency Matching Program. Applications for residency should be made via ERAS by November 1st, during the senior year of medical school.
While there are no current active fellowship positions within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, increasing clinical volume and faculty interest remain under review for evaluation of future opportunities to restore or initiate fellowship programs.
Medical, Physician Assistant and Podiatry Student Education
Temple Orthopaedic faculty actively teaches students from LKSOM’s medical and physician assistant programs, and Temple’s School of Podiatric Medicine. Educational programs remain an area of focus, strength and pride within the Department of Orthopaedics. By adapting and expanding musculoskeletal educational opportunities for a variety of Temple University students and learners, the addition of new faculty and specialties allow the department to effectively educate a much larger number of learners. The department continues to focus on medical student teaching programs to stimulate more interest in the field of orthopaedic surgery and improve the chances of successful residency match for Temple medical students. Diversification of the department has stimulated minds and provide a network of mentors and connections to guide and assist learners through this process. A primary care sports medicine elective was created as a unique offering for medical students interested in non-surgical musculoskeletal career pathways.
Orthopaedic Surgery Clinical Elective:
The department continues to offer a clinical elective in Orthopaedic Surgery to MS3 and MS4 students. MS3 students typically enroll in a 2-week block, whereas MS4 students rotate in a three or four-week block. The MS4 students are split into “general interest” students and “career interest” (aka sub-I) students. For the 2020-21 academic year, the department has not had visiting students, nor have students been allowed to visit other institutions. In order to improve the LKSOM student exposure and to better support them with residency recommendation letters, the department has added the opportunity for a second MS4 rotation. The traditional Sub-I rotation has been retained, but limited to a mostly “inpatient” experience with trauma, adult recon, and spine. The second rotation is limited to sports, foot/ankle, shoulder, and hand and is called the “Outpatient” rotation. There are four to five students per block.
The department had previously incorporated more online didactic content as well as additional live faculty sessions weekly with the students. Online content is provided and organized on Canvas. A flipped classroom, active learning model is utilized in several of the sessions. Evaluation is done through observation, summative comments sourced from faculty and residents, and through written examinations based on required reading material. Feedback is given in a formal end-of-rotation meeting with the clerkship director.
Temple Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine has been involved in clinical research since 2002 with many former and current faculty participating in either drug or device clinical trials. Residents are also involved in clinical and basic science research projects throughout their residency. Various residents have successfully presented at national meetings such as the AAOS as well as local meetings as a podium presentation, scientific exhibits or posters.
Each summer the department hosts fifteen to twenty Temple medical students from the OIG (orthopaedic interest group) who wish to pursue a career in Orthopaedics. This consists of an eight-week program designed to teach them how to do a research project from the basics to completion. Students are given an orientation to research on the first day with presentations on statistics in research by Susan Fisher, PhD – Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences; a Pub-Med and Re-Works overview by Natalie Tagee - Education Services Librarian; and an IRB overview by Gabrielle Rebillard - Institutional Review Board IRB Program Coordinator.
Located in the heart of an economically distressed and diverse urban area, the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is acutely aware of the impact of the national systemic problems related to the lack of health equity and access to affordable, culturally responsive healthcare. In response, LKSOM will address issues to promote health equity through education, care delivery, workforce development, and research. LKSOM recognizes that an environment enriched with persons from varied backgrounds working to address health disparity enhances scholarly work and the development of a culturally aware and responsive healthcare workforce.
The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University values and embraces a diverse community reflected by individuals’ race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, language, national origin, religious affiliation, spiritual practice, mental and physical ability/disability, and age. In response to the needs of its local community and patient population, LKSOM will concentrate its recruitment and retention efforts on students, residents, and faculty who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/ Latino, and/or educationally and economically disadvantaged, while also being intentional in its efforts to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for women and LGBT students, residents, faculty, and staff.
LKSOM is committed to achieving a climate of inclusion that respects and affirms diverse backgrounds and life experiences. LKSOM recognizes that excellence in all aspects of education, training, research, and care delivery can only be achieved when all students, faculty, staff, community members and patients experience authentic connection and engagement; feel supported; and are encouraged to participate and contribute to creating health equity.
For more information about diversity at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, please visit the Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Procedure for Candidacy
To be considered, please complete the online application.
Application materials should include the following: a cover letter stating your area of expertise and 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:
Michael Weaver, MD, Search Committee Chairperson, Professor and Chairperson Department of Neurosurgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, C/O Michael R. Lester, Senior Director, Physician/Faculty Recruitment and Retention, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple Faculty Practice Plan.
Confidential inquiries and candidate nominations should be directed to Michael Lester.
The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.
The University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.PandoLogic. Keywords: Department Chair, Location: Philadelphia, PA - 19140