The Surgical Director is a licensed physician with experience in organ donation recoveries and organ transplantation. This role provides oversight and consultation to assist organ recovery personnel in their donor assessment, placement, recovery, and preservation of organs for transplant.
Recovery and Placement of Organs for Transplantation:
Participates in LCNW abdominal organ recovery surgery to local and national standards for organ transplantation.
Provides advice and counsel to staff in the process of donor evaluation and determination of organ suitability.
Ensures compliance with applicable organ allocation and distribution standards.
Plans and participates in the Clinical Advisory Meetings and associated subcommittee meetings.
In conjunction with the Medical Director, leads LCNW Research Program; identifies potential partners and oversees the application and approval process.
Initiates and conducts research activities that advance the outcomes for organ recovery process, including the publication of data and information related to the organ recovery process.
Mediates disputes between recovery and/or transplant surgeons and programs; including real-time consultations.
Assist leadership and management in specific projects designed to improve LCNW’s performance as an organ procurement organization.
In conjunction with LCNW staff, review data regarding organ utilization with designated transplant centers; recommend changes in practice when necessary to increase utilization and ensure protocols are consistent with the current standards of practice.
Provide advice and counsel to LCNW staff when addressing potential adverse events/reactions/outcome reports, surgical errors, potential disease transmissions, or complaints that are medical in nature, have potential medical consequences, or that may affect the safety of recovered organs.
Quality Assurance & Compliance:
Reviews any reports of surgical damage; provide follow up to transplant surgeons in the cases of reported occurrences
Assist in the development, review and approval of new and existing surgical policies and preservation procedures in the recovery, evaluation and placement of donated organs.
Adheres to quality standards and legal compliance with regulatory and accreditation agencies (CMS, UNOS, AOPO, FDA, OSHA, CDC).
Attends Organ Donor Committees and Quality Assurance Process Improvement (QAPI) at donor and transplant hospitals on an ad-hoc basis and work with LCNW teams at these hospitals on innovative ways to enhance donation and transplantation.
In conjunction with the Director of Organ Donation Services, the Surgical Director will act as a liaison with transplant surgeons and physicians from transplant centers, to ensure their understanding and compliance with all recovery policies and procedures.
Actively participates in organ case review meetings; assists with problem solving and quality process improvement activities and provide direction to LCNW staff in regards to recovery, allocation and perfusion of donated organs.
Training and Education
Aids in the training of staff in the organ evaluation and surgical aspects of the organ recovery process.
Ensures staff surgical specialists are competent and credentialed for organ recovery.
Participates successfully in orientation, education and training activities for self and other Team Members.
Provides and participates in physician education and training.
Collaborates internally and externally with resources to develop and promote practices that increase the number of organs recovered for transplantation and for research.
Ensures a respectful and collaborative professional working relationship with all colleagues, ensuring a team approach for the success of LCNW.
Role model and resource to internal staff and to external contacts and colleagues.
Pursues professional development activities that provide continued growth, expertise and maintenance of professional skills.
Act as a spokesperson for LCNW with respect to local, state, and national organizations and agencies as indicated.
MD or DO with at least 3 years’ experience in transplant surgery, transplant medicine, or in a critical care setting.
An unencumbered Washington State Medical License or equivalent state license in Alaska, Idaho, or Montana.
Individual DEA registration certificate.
This requires being on call and available per an established on-call schedule. Travel is required.
This individual must be able to analyze and assess critical medical situations, create solutions to solve problems and motivate others to continually improve the processes necessary to meet organizational deliverables.
This position requires effective written and verbal skills; must be highly organized and analytical and able to present information to others including senior management in a clear and concise format.
Please contact Scott.Wunsch@lcnw.org with questions.
LifeCenter Northwest is dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation. As a federally designated nonprofit organ procurement organization and an AATB-accredited tissue recovery organization, we seek to be good stewards of the gift of life—and to honor the courageous donors and families who make donation possible. We live by our values—integrity, respect, collaboration, service, and c...ourageous leadership—as we work with families, medical professionals, and communities across Alaska, Montana, North Idaho, and Washington.