Medical Director of Pain Medicine and Functional Restoration Opportunity

Alameda Health Partners
Facility: Alameda Health Partners 
Oakland, CA  
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Opportunity Criteria
Specialty: Administration : Medical Director
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation : Pain Management 
Candidate Type: MD, DO 
Visas Accepted: No J1 or H1
Loan Repayment: Not Specified
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Job Description

The Medical Director will be responsible for providing clinical services and operational oversight using an inter-disciplinary approach at the Pain Medicine and Functional Restoration Clinic at Highland Hospital and expanding these services to other ambulatory clinic sites. The physician will supervise all inter-disciplinary members of the team.

The physician will be expected to work in a collaborative fashion along-side other clinicians including primary care, and the Medical Director for Substance Abuse Treatment in co-managing patients with both chronic pain and opiate use disorder who may need dual therapy.

In addition to services provided in the pain clinic, the physician will collaborate under the guidance and supervision of the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology to develop a chronic pain service line that addresses pain needs across the continuum of care from inpatient/ICU admissions, sub-acute care and outpatient, ongoing primary care.

The expected approach will help build multi-modal interventions for pain and addiction across our system using an integrative, interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, including evidence based, pain specific strategies that minimize the use of medications with high abuse liability and emphasize psychosocial support (pain psychology, pain related education, engagement with social work / case managers), nutrition, physical therapy, mindfulness, exercise, peer support, acupuncture, and when needed, buprenorphine and other lower abuse liability medications.  Pain interventions such as fluoroscopic and ultrasound guided procedures is another treatment strategy to be developed. 


  • Chairman of Anesthesiology
  • Chief Administrative Officer of Ambulatory Services


  • Education: MD or DO degree
  • Required Licenses/Certifications:
  • Current status as board-eligible or board certified in appropriate specialty. Board certification required if the applicant completed residency more than 5 years ago.
  • Board Certified in Pain Medicine

Required California Licenses/Certifications: 

  • Possession of a valid license to practice medicine in the State of California.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • Experience working with diverse and/or underserved populations
  • Experience with assessment and treatment of chronic pain, including procedural interventions, multi-modal therapy and complex patient populations
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, patient service, and verbal/writing communication skills
  • Inclusiveness, experience working with an interdisciplinary team and willingness to receive feedback
  • Experience or interest in training and developing provider champions in primary care
  • Experience or interest in developing policies, procedures, guidelines, and workflows for clinical care delivery
  • Experience working in an academic environment with trainees at all levels
  • Willingness to obtain further board certifications in addiction medicine and/or pain medicine through the work experience options, which can be fulfilled by this position
  • Integrative, complementary, and alternative medicine experience in pain management and functional restoration approaches to pain and addiction. Integrative medicine approaches may include, but are not limited to, acupuncture, manual medicine, mindfulness, botanicals, and trauma informed interventions.  
  • Knowledge of developmental stages and age-appropriate outcomes and interventions
  • Knowledge of cultural differences and culturally appropriate outcomes and interventions
  • Has excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Delegation skills
  • Understands and complies with Infection Control principles and practices
  • Emergency and other relevant policies and procedures
  • Electronic health records
  • Quality improvement techniques
  • Practice management system, scheduling templates
  • Coding and documentation
  • Practice policies, procedures and confidentiality 
  • Knowledge of Referral networks
  • Knowledge of Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) guidelines
  • Coaching and mentoring skills
  • Knowledge of Practice systems and services
  • Knowledge of different cultural groups’ needs and desires
  • Customer service knowledge and skills
  • Process improvement skills
  • Conflict management and communication skills
  • Time management skills
  • Practice mission and vision


*Asterisked items indicate essential functions requiring physical or mental skills and abilities fundamental to the position.

  1. Systematically assesses patients’ health status, arrives at appropriate diagnosis(es), and implements care plan for effective and efficient clinical outcomes
    • Considers thorough range of treatment/preventive options and arrives at a recommended course of action that is age appropriate, culturally appropriate, realistic, and attainable
    • Appropriately manages patient care and health status following initiation of treatment/preventive plan, and monitors and adjusts as warranted
    • Communicates effectively with patients and family so that they understand the diagnosis, treatment plans, and need for follow-up care
    • Educates and encourages patients to become active participants in their own healthcare-related behavior and provides patient education materials for use in encouraging wellness
    • Seeks consultation and advises by providing adequate information to consulting physicians.
    • Communicates requests effectively, or responds to such requests from the referral source in a courteous, professional, and timely manner
    • Documents according to established guidelines to facilitate ongoing quality of care in a timely manner
    • Performs the appropriate medical procedures within the scope of the Practice as defined by the
    • Practice’s credentialing and privileging processes
    • Delegates direct and indirect patient care activities to appropriate personnel
    • Responds appropriately to emergent situations
    • Maintains and improves skill level through participation in continuing medical education
    • Actively participates in clinical quality improvement initiatives
    • Reviews and follows up on complaints and concerns about
    • Takes actions to ensure continuity of care for patients
  2. Contributes to effective and efficient practice management policies and practices that support patient access to medical care
    • Participates in access planning for the Practice site, ensuring appropriate amount of same-day patient access
    • Meets number of Practice patient contact hours as outlined in the contract agreement
    • Collaborates in establishing personal numbers of relative value units to be budgeted and achieves targeted goal
    • Fulfills commitments for call assignments with clear communication and follows through on work initiated
    • Supports appropriate billing for professional services through timely documentation and maintaining adequate knowledge of the Practice’s billing policies and procedures
    • Adheres to all relevant policies, procedures, and practice guidelines
    • Assists with the preparation for regulatory surveys
    • Responds to telephone calls in a timely fashion
  3. Manages patient care through appropriate use of available resources (if applicable)
    • Appropriately prescribes and orders ancillary services
    • Utilizes Practice referral network appropriately
    • Promotes the appropriate length of stay for patients
    • Manages chronic health/disease conditions
  4. Provides leadership for Practice and community relations
    • Serves as a resource to colleagues and support staff, enhancing quality of care
    • Participates in the training, orientation, and evaluation of Practice support staff
    • Regularly attends and actively participates in Practice staff meetings or physician/staff meetings
    • Participates in short- and long-term planning for the site or care system, providing input to the annual operational and capital budget
    • Participates in appropriate committee structure
    • Participates in community education and other professional activities to promote Practice services and the site
    • *Demonstrates commitment to customers
    • Is aware of different customer needs/desires
    • Takes action to meet customer needs/desires with respect to customer diversity
    • Helps improve processes to meet customer needs
    • Suggests and acts on ideas to improve overall customer service
    • Respects confidentiality and shares information with only those who need to know
    • *Demonstrates commitment to fellow employees
    • Seeks to understand and value differences between employees
    • Treats other employees with dignity and respect
    • Demonstrates open, honest communication and behavior
    • Resolves conflict in a positive manner
    • Contributes to the productivity of the work group
    • *Demonstrates commitment to the Practice
    • Lives the values of dignity, integrity, service, and compassion
    • Supports the Practice’s mission/vision
    • Speaks positively about the Practice
    • Chooses to make the Practice a better place

About Alameda Health Partners, Inc.

Alameda Health Partners, Inc. (AHP) is a multi-specialty physician hospital organization established by Alameda Health System to coordinate and support providers in delivering high quality, efficient, value-based care to the patients and communities served by AHS. AHP is a nonprofit public benefit corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of AHS.

Contact Information

Amber Safi, Physician Recruiter
Alameda Health System
510-914-9433 - Cell

Community Information

The City of San Leandro is one of the most diverse cities in the nation located at the center of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Area. With a vibrant community of more than 89,000 residents, San Leandro is proud of its well-maintained neighborhoods, excellent public libraries, twenty-one public parks, quality local schools, and a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The City also encompasses a large industrial area that is home to a thriving advanced manufacturing industry.

San Leandro is also well-known for its quiet, well-defined neighborhoods full of charming and unique older houses on tree-lined streets where residents are proud of both their neighborhoods and their City. This is reflected by their active involvement in the City's numerous neighborhood and homeowner's associations. The ideal temperate makes San Leandro an excellent place for outdoor recreation. San Leandro boasts of its 450-berth Marina and two golf courses, and with an average temperature of 62 degrees and average rainfall of 19 inches per year, outdoor activity is possible all year.

  • 15 minutes to Oakland International Airport
  • 20 minutes to downtown Oakland
  • 45 minutes to downtown San Francisco
  • 60 minutes to the Pacific Ocean

Contact Information
Contact: Amber Safi 
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