Director, Pathology Informatics & Data Science

Allied Health
10008823 Requisition #

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go together with excellence in clinical and scientific research.  City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary:

Provide direction and leadership for the administrative, fiscal, technical and scientific responsibilities of the Division of Pathology Informatics & Data Science in the Department of Pathology.  Ensure safe and efficient operation of the Division’s major programs:  Informatics support in collaboration with ITS to enhance the generation and usability of high-quality data from the clinical and research laboratories in the Department for clinical, research, educational, and administrative uses.  Provide consultative services at an institutional level to Departments, Divisions, committees, and Medical Center and BRI scientists as well as outside researchers. 

Provide project management direction relating to workflow, facilities, publishing, and regulatory and grant information needs.  This position is directly accountable to the Chair of the Department of Pathology and the Executive Director of Clinical Laboratories within the Medical Center and will work in conjunction with the Division Chiefs in the Department.  The Director has overall authority and responsibility for the Division of Pathology Informatics & Data Science. 

Key Responsibilities include:

Must have knowledge of system analysis, project management, computer software, time management, and institutional best practices, as they relate to the field of pathology informatics and data science.

Major responsibilities of the Director include:

  1. Determine, manage, and be accountable for the breadth and depth of pathology informatics activities (clinical, research, educational and training, administrative, and academic) within the Division in accordance with the City of Hope Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules and Regulations, as well as the standards of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations, the Conditions of Participation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the requirements of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and the standards of The Joint Commission.
  2. Coordinate and integrate the pathology informatics services of the Division with the current and future informatics services provided by institutional Information Technology Services, the Medical Director of Pathology Informatics, other Divisions in the Department of Pathology, and other informatics groups within the City of Hope enterprise, including the Clinical Network.
  3. Enhance the functionality of the Epic Beaker laboratory information system and the interfaced information systems and legacy systems that exist in the Department of Pathology. This responsibility includes the evaluation, development, and deployment of additional software; integration with the Epic Electronic Health Record including critical results reporting; use of digital pathology for both clinical and research activities; and development of data science, including artificial intelligence. Modifications to the information systems will be made in collaboration with City of Hope Information Technology Services, the
  4. Medical Director of Pathology Informatics, the clinical Division Chiefs in the Department of Pathology, and the CLIA Laboratory Director, as appropriate to the nature and expected impact of the proposed changes.
  5. Assure adequate coverage of the informatics services required for the high-quality patient care that is provided by the Department of Pathology.
  6. Assess and recommend to the Chair of the Department of Pathology, CLIA Laboratory Director, Executive Director of the Clinical Laboratories, and Department Administrator the operational resource needs for the Division, including candidates for faculty and staff positions when additional personnel are required to carry out the functions of the Division.
  7. Determine that necessary physical resources (e.g. equipment and enough space) are available, or will be available within a specified timeframe, before making a recommendation for recruitment of additional faculty and staff personnel.

Clinical Service

  • Improve the quality of pathology reports from Epic Beaker AP, including completeness of content, understandability, integration of multiple clinical laboratory data sources, and clinical decision support requirements
  • Optimize the Epic Beaker AP sign-out processes for pathologists to improve efficiency and career satisfaction
  • Develop a centralized transfusion monitoring and transfusion reaction response system from Epic EHR and Transfusion Medicine data

Research Productivity

  • Participate in integration of Department of Pathology clinical and research data into POSEIDON and other COH IT systems as needed
  • Utilize digital pathology to create virtual tumor biorepositories
  • Enhance the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for annotation of the specimens in the institutional biorepositories.
  • Develop a personal research program in morphometric accentuated (“artificial”) intelligence, machine learning, and/or computational pathology with demonstrable academic productivity
  • Assist other faculty in the Division with their informatics research activities, including provision of needed expertise and resources

Clinical Trials

  • Enhance clinical laboratory data reporting support for clinical trials
  • Participate in the MCode clinical data initiative

Growth of the Community Network

  • Expand real-time tele-/digital pathology to provide frozen section diagnosis, rapid review for confirmation of pathology diagnoses from other institutions, and pathology specimen diagnosis reporting by COH Duarte specialist pathologists
  • Assist in two-way integration of Department of Pathology data with ConnectHope

Financial Sustainability

  • Upgrade Pathology participation in AccessHope
  • Enhance operational data acquisition and analysis for financial monitoring and planning

Education and training

  • Develop an education and training program in pathology informatics.

Institutional citizenship

  • Follow established City of Hope and Department of Pathology policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, including adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan. 
  • Practice medical informatics at a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.

Other Informatics Initiatives as developed.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:   

  • MD or MD, PhD; PhD in Clinical Informatics (including Pathology Informatics); or equivalent
  • 8 years in clinical informatics, including pathology informatics.

Required Courses/Training

  • Formal training in Clinical/Medical Informatics
  • Participation in continuing education programs in informatics

Preferred Courses/Training

  • Completion of Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, or Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency, or equivalent
  • Participation in continuing medical education as appropriate

Basic education, experience and skills preferred for consideration:

  • Fellowship training in Pathology Informatics in an ACGME-accredited program
  • 10 or more years in clinical informatics, including pathology informatics

Preferred Certifications/Licensures

  • Board certification or eligibility in Clinical Informatics through the joint American Board of Pathology and American Board of Preventive Medicine examination from the American Board of Medical Specialties
  • Board certification in a field of Pathology from the American Board of Pathology

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability. #LI-RA

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