GENERAL STATEMENT (Summary of Duties and Responsibilities):
The Organ Recovery Surgeon is responsible for the surgical recovery of donor organs for transplantation and/or research in the operative setting. This position manages the operative environment in a manner that facilitates the recovery of all suitable organs for transplantation, and is consistent with the core purpose and core values of the organization. Also, this position, in collaboration with the organ recovery surgical staff, is instrumental in directing the flow of activity including donor hospital staff, and others, who participate in the recovery process. Collaborates within the organization and with external resources to develop and promote practices that increase the number of cadaveric organs recovered for transplantation. In the absence of the VP/Medical Director, serves as the medical director designee. At all times, the Organ Recovery Surgeon is expected to support LifeShare in achieving its core purpose of saving lives by increasing donation and transplantation in Oklahoma.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
1. Must exhibit and model LifeShare’s organizational clarity (core purpose, core values, business definition, and strategic anchors) in all job functions and in all interactions both internal and external to LifeShare.
2. Assumes on-call responsibilities as required (minimum of 20 days of call per month) to assure adequate coverage for donor activity. When on-call, must be available to surgically recover organs at any time set by the LifeShare staff and the Administrator on call.
3. Serves as an employee of the OPO to surgically recover organs for transplantation and research in donor hospitals throughout the LifeShare service area.
4. Participates as requested to assist in the recovery of organs for transplant within the region or nationally.
5. When directed, functions as the LifeShare Medical Director designee. When serving in this capacity, is responsible for providing guidance in all phases of the evaluation for suitability of potential organ donors, donor patient management, surgical recovery of organs for transplantation and research.
6. Provides information as required (by LifeShare ME Protocol) in dictated operative notes. Available to meet with ME, to testify, or to undergo deposition if requested/required by the ME.
7. Participates in Organ Recovery Coordinator (ORC) and Surgical Recovery Coordinator (SRC) education and training.
8. Participates in physician education and training throughout the LifeShare service area.
9. Provides education and staff training on Donation after Circulatory Death Determination (DCD) donor protocols.
10. Maintains confidentiality of donor and recipient information according to established policies and procedures.
11. May perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. Assist, as directed, in the development of policies & procedures relating to organ donor evaluation, screening, medical management, surgical recovery and organ preservation.
12. Support compliance to CMS and UNOS regulations and AOPO standards and/or other medical/legal requirements of LifeShare.
13. Serve as advisor or mediator when staff is having difficulty with a member of the medical staff or recovery team in any hospital where organ procurement is in progress.
14. Support professional education efforts by corresponding as needed with hospitals, transplant programs and the medical community in regard to organ recovery and related issues.
15. Maintain effective relationships with physicians, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and other medical professionals for the purpose of education and problem resolution, when appropriate, as well as works actively in hospitals to increasing organ donation.
16. Participates in meetings of the LifeShare Advisory Board.
17. Attends annual AOPO Medical Directors conference and other meetings relevant to the role as requested by LifeShare.
PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT/WORKING CONDITIONS:
1. This is a full-time position held in the LifeShare DSA. The incumbent must be physically in the LifeShare DSA when taking call as the Recovery Surgeon. The incumbent is solely responsible for maintaining their own residence within Oklahoma, transportation to and from the DSA for call coverage, living expenses, and transporation not related with donor activity.
2. 2.Normal hours may include consultation with staff in Oklahoma City or Tulsa and regional locations, travel to hospitals, and education activities.
3. Frequent travel within Oklahoma and occasional travel outside of Oklahoma are required. Normal office hours include planning time for finishing up case activity duties, continuing education, and travel to and from recovery hospitals.
4. Must be able to effectively communicate in a variety of environments, both indoor and outdoor, and under a variety of environmental conditions.
5. Position requires finger dexterity which would normally be used to operate a telephone, calculator, and computer equipment.
6. Must have command of the English language and be able to speak clearly to convey information to business contacts and other LifeShare employees over the phone and in person.
7. Requires ability to work under stress with numerous interruptions, distractions, and changing priorities.
8. Must have the mental capacity to retain business and technical information.
9. Must have vision correctable to 20/20 in order read correspondence, reports, and computer screens.
10. Must be able to stand for extended periods of time and to work extended hours as dictated by donor recovery schedules.
General office equipment, Computers, Fax machine, Cellular Phone OTHER: (i.e., access to confidential information):
The Organ Recovery Surgeon is expected to maintain confidentiality of all donor/recipient information.
EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS:
1. A Medical Doctor (M.D.) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), board certified in general surgery with a current licensure, having five or more years of experience in organ recovery and transplantation, medical management of organ donors and/or in critical care.
2. Thorough knowledge of clinical, laboratory, and regulatory standards and procedures.
3. The ability to work effectively with a broad range of medical professionals.
4. Well-developed interpersonal communication skills necessary to interact with all management, supervisors, and staff. Strong analytical and problem-solving slills.
5. Proven ability to lead a team, coordinate internal and external resources and achieve measurable results against goals.
LifeShare, created in 1986 as The Oklahoma Organ Sharing Network, is a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissue for transplant purposes. We work closely with five transplant centers (OU Medical Center, The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, Integris Baptist Medical Center, Saint Francis Hospital and St. John’s Medica...l Center) and 145 healthcare organizations in the state of Oklahoma to facilitate donation. Additionally, we strive to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation through public education.
LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma is located at 4705 NW Expressway in Oklahoma City. The 21,109 square foot building was completely renovated both inside and out. LifeShare has an in-house communications center for tissue screening and a fully operational clean room to enhance kidney pump operations. There is a secondary office located in Tulsa and tissue recovery center in Oklahoma City.
LifeShare has approximately 100 staff members responsible for various tasks including organ, eye and tissue screening and recovery, medical management of potential donors, quality control services, bereavement care for families, public education and awareness, hospital development and basic administration.