Division Chief, Pulmonology, Asthma, CF & Sleep (PACS), Department of Pediatrics

Job Description

Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.

Emory University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Children’s) and are seeking a visionary and collaborative physician leader with a strong clinical and academic foundation to serve as Chief of one of the largest clinical Divisions of Pulmonology/Sleep medicine in the country and a robust and highly productive research program.

The Division Chief will serve as the primary clinical leader for pediatric pulmonology/sleep services at the Egleston/Arthur M. Blank, Scottish Rite campuses, providing strategic leadership and oversight for quality, safety, and clinical operations. This leader will be dedicated to the implementation of professional and clinical care standards, team-based care driven by evidence-based care guidelines and mutual accountability. As the leader of the Division, the Chief will be responsible for clinical program development, faculty recruitment, the advancement of research, scholarly activity, and educational excellence of faculty and trainees within the Division.


The Division chief will have oversight of a vibrant and productive research program that includes 13 PhD scientists in addition to physician scientists bringing in $15M in extramural funding over the last year. Research is inclusive of wet lab basic science, translational science, and clinical and outcomes research. Wet and dry lab space is assigned in the Emory Children’s Center Building, Children’s Center for Advanced Pediatrics, and Children’s hospitals.


The Division Chief is a visible, inspiring leader with a clinical and academic presence to foster credibility and to develop an appreciation for Pulmonary, Asthma, CF & Sleep physicians and MD and PhD researchers. This position requires an individual who has a passion for providing outstanding care, a desire to improve systems to maximize efficiency, the leadership to engage clinicians in team-based care while supporting research, education, and advocacy. This Division Chief will craft the long-term vision for the PACS Division in the Department of Pediatrics, and for the pulmonology/sleep medicine at Children’s, holding the team accountable.

Reporting Relationships

Reports to the Pediatrician in Chief, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine.


Direct Reports:
• Practice Director, Hospital
• Practice Director, Ambulatory
• Practice Director, Quality
• Director Technology, Dependence
• Pediatric Pulmonology/sleep Research Director

  • Practice Director, CF
  • Practice Director, Rare Lung Disease
  • Practice Director, Ambulatory Sleep
  • APP manager
  • Clinical academic and non-academic faculty
  • Research intensive MDs and PhDs.


The Division Chief must be comfortable operating in a highly matrixed environment to be an effective leader at Children’s/Emory.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Communication: Maintain clear lines of communication with leadership, campus medical/surgical directors, program medical directors, and staff within the Division. Assure that system-level strategic and operational messages from executive and campus leadership at Children’s and Emory are directly transmitted to team members, and concerns or recommendations are communicated to senior leadership for closed loop feedback.
  • Leadership: Leadership of people is a top priority. People leadership includes: overseeing recruitment, performance management, coaching and mentoring, addressing conflict, determining long term clinical workforce and staffing plans (including models of physician/APP staffing), ensuring development and competency of clinical staff, retention and engagement of faculty, and development of strong succession plans for the next generation of leaders. Establish governance mechanisms that ensure faculty participation in the academic affairs of the Division. Hold regular academic Division meetings to fully involve Division members in the organization and operation of the Division.

Strategic Leadership:
  • Strategy: Define Division clinical vision and strategy in alignment with Children's strategic plan. Define what constitutes excellence for the Division, develop the strategy to achieve and sustain it. Define the plan for national recognition, including USNWR. Balance the missions of patient care, research, and teaching in leading the Division. Lead program development, identify optimal distribution of services, resources, and compliance for the Division. Provide leadership, vision, and management in accomplishing the mission and goals of the Department and School in education, research, and service.
  • Partnership and Collaboration: Partner with administrative dyads at Children’s Physicians Group and Department of Pediatrics, drive alignment through relationships with employed and faculty physicians and partnerships with community physicians; collaborate with leaders and staff across the system to support Children's and Department of Pediatrics’ goals. Maintain strong partnership with Georgia Tech, and other relevant academic institutions.

Quality Clinical Care & Outcomes:
  • Clinical Care Delivery: Develop and enforce clinical standards, protocols and procedures, ensure effective clinical operation (patient access, throughput and patient experience).
  • Quality and Patient Safety: Develop quality plan for Division (in alignment with the system QPS strategy), review and finalize key quality and outcome metrics, prioritize, and participate in clinical practice guidelines/process improvement efforts/RCAs, monitor quality, and lead continuous quality improvement and learning.
  • Patient Experience: Lead patient experience efforts for Division, monitor performance data and drive improvement in alignment with the system patient experience strategy prioritization, and routinely assess the needs for the respective Division.
  • Practice Management: Lead comprehensive practice management including: managing call/coverage schedules, staffing plans, developing budgets, overseeing physician productivity/clinical FTE assignment, providing feedback on physician compensation, and overseeing coding/documentation.

Academic and Research Role:
  • Research: Develop the direction and goals of the Division’s research program in collaboration with the Chief Research Officer and relevant research center director(s) to align with the Department of Pediatrics research strategy, guardrails, and priorities; manage and oversee Division’s research portfolio, including funding, sustainability of research, and staff; ensure responsible and compliant research.
  • Teaching: Create, support, facilitate, and implement the educational programs of the Division, including medical student, resident, and fellow training; and for graduate and postdoctoral training as relevant, to satisfy or exceed national and  accreditation standards; communicate key departmental, university, medical group, and hospital information to executive leadership and appropriately assign faculty to carry out the educational programs; evaluates the performance of faculty, students, and graduates ensuring that goals and professional standards are met or exceeded; serve as a mentor or facilitates mentoring opportunities for Division faculty members
  • Faculty Affairs: Responsible for overseeing faculty development and promotions within the specialty.

Business Management & Administration:
  • Finance: Accountability for Division financial performance, demonstrate stewardship of resources, accountable for the case for support to achieve fundraising targets, partner with administrative dyad to drive optimum financial performance and viability.
  • Fundraising: Partners with Foundation in fundraising efforts. Participates in meetings with key donors and on donor calls.

Candidate Qualifications
The candidate will have the following credentials:


Education and Certification Summary

  • Graduate of an accredited, four-year medical school
  • Graduate of an accredited, post-graduate residency program
  • Board certified in a relevant specialty and current, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the state of Georgia
  • Current DEA registration
  • Meets eligibility requirements for credentialing as part of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta medical staff

Experience and Skills

  • In addition to clinical experience, 5-10 years administrative or leadership experience as a Division Director, Associate or Medical Director role in a pediatric hospital or health care setting
  • Experience building and maintaining partnerships between clinical and non-clinical stakeholders
  • Experience building a successful Division, inclusive of all missions (clinical, research, and teaching)
  • Experience in acquiring philanthropic and governmental program support is a plus

Department of Pediatrics Division of Pulmonary, Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis & Sleep Clinical Program

Children’s and Emory are recognized as national leaders in pediatric pulmonology/sleep medicine advancing clinical, research, education, and community service with the goal of top performance across all key mission areas. The incumbent pulmonology/sleep medicine leader will have the opportunity to drive a vision and to shape the growth of a program across two hospitals and the opening of the new state-of-the-art Arthur M. Blank Hospital. The hospital, anticipated to open in 2025, will have 446 beds including 24 TICU beds providing a full spectrum of advanced respiratory support, including invasive mechanical ventilation and non-invasive positive pressure ventilation and will be a full-service facility for pediatric inpatient medical care, providing a once in a career opportunity for this leader to transition to a new facility. Children’s Pulmonology/sleep is national recognized for asthma, cystic fibrosis, complex pulmonary diseases, and sleep disorders. With over 30 physicians, 16 APPs, and 6 pulmonology and 4 sleep fellows, in 2022, Children’s provided care to over 17,000 pulmonology patients and 700 bronchoscopies and 5000 sleep patients along with 4500 sleep interpretations across our system. The Children’s + Emory CF Care Center is one of the largest in the country following over 700 CF patients aged a few weeks to 80 years old.


Department of Pediatrics Division of Pulmonary, Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis & Sleep Research Program


The PACS Division includes a strong, collaborative research program that includes 13 PhD scientists in addition to several clinician scientists. All researchers are members of the Emory + Children’s Center for CF and Airways Disease Research which also includes scientists participating from across Emory and Georgia Tech. Research areas include airway/mucosal immunology and inflammation and the pathophysiology and microbiome of CF. Available to researchers is a CF Biospecimen Core. Over 90% of the CF patients followed at the Children’s + Emory Pediatric CF Care Center have consented to provide biologic samples to the core, providing a rich resource for basic and translational research.  In addition, a cloud-based “Georgia CF Data Warehouse” is in development that will serve as a data repository for CF-related clinical and laboratory data available to researchers. The PACS research program is funded through 11 NIH awards in addition to awards from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, other federal sources and foundations, and many industry-funded clinical trials.


Pulmonary and Sleep Fellowship Programs

Our Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep fellowship programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and offer a two/three-year training program. The programs include training and experience in clinical, epidemiological, and quality research with mentorship both within and external to the Pulmonology/sleep Division. Fellows have opportunities to pursue research projects through established collaborations the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, as well as through collaborations within the Divisions in the Department of Pediatrics and School of Medicine. The faculty educate residents from the Emory University pediatric residency program, the Morehouse School of Medicine pediatric residency program, and other residency training programs within the Atlanta metropolitan area.

For more information on Children’s please visit www.choa.org.

Procedure for Candidacy

Qualified candidates should complete the online application and upload a CV. Inquiries should be sent to Megan Smith, Department of Pediatrics, at Megan.Smith2@emory.edu .


Additional Information

The Emory + Children’s Pediatric Institute is an affiliation between Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta that is improving the lives of children in Georgia and beyond. The Pediatric Institute combines the unique strengths and resources of each institution in support of our three-part academic missions of providing outstanding clinical care, conducting innovative basic science discovery and clinical research, and coordinating exceptional education of the future healthcare workforce. Our physicians, researchers, and educators have created a model where leadership, commitment and quality are fundamental components of success. Together, we are transforming pediatrics by achieving new levels of clinical excellence—driven by research, teaching and wellness. We look forward to our future together.


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