Bariatric Surgeon

Job Description

The Clinical Department of Surgery, Alberta Health Services, Edmonton Zone and the Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta are accepting applications for a General Surgeon with advanced training in Bariatric Surgery.

The General Surgery program presently consists of 53 General Surgeons and provides service to the City of Edmonton and surrounding communities. We provide specialized care in all aspects of General Surgery including hepatobiliary surgery and transplantation, general surgical oncology, head and neck surgery, endocrine surgery, trauma, colorectal surgery, vascular surgery, upper GI surgery, bariatric surgery, breast surgery, and minimally invasive surgery.

The Division of General Surgery has one of Canada’s largest General Surgery training programs and is recruiting a surgeon to start July 1, 2014. The successful applicant will be based primarily out of the Royal Alexandra Hospital and will have a job description which includes a commitment to clinical care delivery, education and research. Remuneration will be on a fee-for-services basis through billings submitted by the physician to Alberta Health.

The successful candidate will join a dedicated team of over 40 staff, which includes 4 surgeons, plus nutritionists, psychologists, bariatric nursing and administrative support. The bariatric program is provincially funded (as part of Alberta’s Weight Wise program) and the clinic manages over a 1,000 patients a year. This leads to over 300 primary and revisional bariatric procedures performed per annum. In addition to the primary bariatric clinic staffed by allied health professionals, clinical associates and internists, there is also (and unique in North America) a bariatric revision surgery clinic dedicated to addressing the problems of weight recidivism, previously failed bariatric surgery and medical tourism. This entire infrastructure is part of the wider provincial obesity strategy with dedicated satellite and outreach clinics geared up to manage the burgeoning provincial obesity problem.

The successful candidate joins an academic group publishing over 30 peer reviewed manuscripts a year as well as presenting at national and international conferences. Graduate students and research residents are engaged in both full and part-time clinical research. A major component of MIS/Bariatric surgery work that the successful candidate would be involved with is carried out by CAMIS (Centre of Advancement of Minimally Invasive Surgery) in which there are monthly wet and dry lab education sessions for residents as well as post graduate learners. The well-equipped facility incorporates simulation training.

In addition to bariatric surgery the successful candidate would join the group of 10 general surgeons working out of the Royal Alexandra Hospital who cover a broad spectrum of general surgery including advance minimal invasive surgery, trauma, surgical oncology, colorectal surgery and general surgery on-call. The Royal Alexandra Hospital is one of Edmonton’s largest and longest serving hospitals, offering general and specialized medical and surgical health services, and featuring one of Canada’s busiest emergency departments. Located in the heart of Edmonton’s city centre, the Royal Alexandra Hospital serves a diverse community stretching from downtown Edmonton to western and northern Canada. The hospital operates 749 beds, cares for almost half a million patients annually, and employs over 4,800 full-and part-time staff. As one of Alberta’s largest surgical facilities, the hospital plays a lead role in the expansion and development of minimally invasive surgery, a rapidly evolving technique that helps patients heal and return to productive lives faster.

The successful candidate will care for surgical inpatients and outpatients, and participate in the on-call rotation supporting the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Edmonton Zone through a regional referral program covering Northern Alberta.

This individual will also take part in the undergraduate and post-graduate surgery curricula at the University of Alberta. The successful candidate will be expected to apply for a Clinical Academic appointment in the Department of Surgery, University of Alberta. This will be considered under a separate process through the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. Opportunities for further academic involvement may be considered in the future for the appropriate candidate.

Applicants must hold an MD or equivalent with completed training in General Surgery and must be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta. This individual must have obtained the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Fellowship in General Surgery or equivalent, and have advanced training in Bariatric Surgery.

Consideration of applications will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should arrange to have a current curriculum vitae, a letter of intent and the names of three references forwarded to:

Dr. David Williams
Director, Division of General Surgery, University of Alberta
Section Chief, General Surgery, Alberta Health Services
2D4.39 Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre
8440 – 112 Street
Edmonton AB T6G 2B7
E-mail: dcw@ualberta.ca

Details about the University of Alberta, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and the Department of Surgery can be found at www.med.ualberta.ca. Information about Alberta Health Services and the City of Edmonton can be found at www.albertahealthservices.ca and www.edmonton.ca respectively.

We thank all applicants for their interest, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

How to Apply

Dr. David Williams
Director, Division of General Surgery, University of Alberta
Section Chief, General Surgery, Alberta Health Services
2D4.39 Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre
8440 – 112 Street
Edmonton AB T6G 2B7
E-mail: dcw@ualberta.ca