Chief of Psychiatry, VA Boston Healthcare System

VA Boston Healthcare System
Facility: VA Boston Healthcare System 
Address: 940 Belmont Street 
Brockton, MA 02301 
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Specialty: Psychiatry 
Candidate Type: MD, DO 
Visas Accepted: No J1 or H1
Loan Repayment: Not Specified
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Chief of Psychiatry, VA Boston Healthcare System

VA Boston Healthcare System (BHS) is recruiting for the position of Chief of Psychiatry & Deputy Director of Mental Health Services. VA Boston is a top-ranked tertiary referral academic medical center dually affiliated with Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). BHS includes three major medical centers and five community-based clinics serving over 65,000 Veterans annually.

The Chief of Psychiatry plays a clinical, leadership, and academic role under the direction of the Director of the Mental Health Service. We seek a distinguished clinician-educator or clinician-researcher to help lead our excellent programs. Applicants must have at least five years of major administrative and leadership experience and have strong interpersonal skills.

Our Mental Health Service provides the full spectrum of well-integrated and patient-focused inpatient, residential and specialty outpatient services for Veterans. Areas of expertise include programs for posttraumatic stress disorders, addictions, serious mental illness, women’s mental health, and treatment for returning Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. BHS enjoys the largest research portfolio of any VA medical center with basic, translational, and clinical research programs in mental health funded by NIH, VA, and Department of Defense.

Practice within the VA Boston Healthcare System will provide an immense sense of personal and professional satisfaction in fulfilling the Medical Center's mission to serve our Nation’s Veterans.  

Qualifications: BC in General Psychiatry, qualifications for appointment as Associate or Full Professor of Psychiatry at HMS or BUSM, a commitment to serving Veterans, strong clinical teaching and supervisory skills, and a desire to work as part of an exceptional interprofessional team. The successful candidate must be a US Citizen and hold a full and unrestricted license. 

This position offers a highly competitive VA salary, a generous leave and benefits package, and a faculty appointment commensurate with your experience.
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Recruitment/Relocation incentives and Educational Debt Reduction Programs may be available to the qualified candidate.

The VA Boston Healthcare System is an Affirmative Action / Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, under-represented minority candidates, Veterans and their family members are strongly encouraged to apply.

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About the Facility:

As New England's premier referral center for Veterans' healthcare, VABHS has strong and longstanding affiliations with top universities such as Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. Our medical center campuses are located in Brockton, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury with quick access to the heart of the city. Practicing at the VA Boston Healthcare System means supporting the Medical Center's mission to serve our Veterans.

About the Community

The Greater Boston region is a special kind of place with a vibrant and diverse business sector, prestigious colleges and universities, unrivaled hospitals, world-renowned museums, rich history, and close proximity to the beaches of Cape Cod and the White and Green Mountains.

About the VA

Department of Veterans Affairs offers Veterans the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the United States. We operate more than 1,400 sites of care, including 153 medical centers, 909 ambulatory and community-based outpatient clinics, 135 nursing homes, 232 Veterans centers, 47 readjustment counseling centers, and 108 comprehensive home-care programs, across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S.Territories.

More than 7.9 million Veterans, their family members, and survivors are enrolled in the VA Health System, with more than 6.3 million seeking treatment each year. Currently, that annual treatment involves 773,600 inpatient visits and 60 million outpatient visits. About 250,000 full-time employees and 90,000 health professional trainees work in interdisciplinary care teams to deliver those patient services daily.

VA's patient population crosses a wide spectrum of individuals, from elderly World War II Veterans, to baby boomer Vietnam Vets, to today's younger heroes who served during the Gulf War era and in the present day Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. VA also serves a growing number of women Veterans, who currently account for seven percent of the total Veteran population.

VA Benefits

Paid Time Off:

  • 26 Days paid annual (vacation/personal) leave
  • 13 Days paid sick leave each year with no limit on accumulation
  • 10 paid Federal holidays per year
  • 5 Days paid absence to attend approved CME courses


  • Health Insurance: VA employees have an outstanding number of health insurance plans from which to choose (premiums are partially paid by VA) Lifetime Healthcare Insurance options available
  • Dental & Vision: Our insurance options also include exceptional vision and dental plans (premiums are partially paid by VA)
  • VA employees have the option to use Flexible Spending Accounts, which allow you to use tax-free dollars to pay for medical, dental, and vision care expenses that are not reimbursed by your health insurance plan
  • Term life insurance, family, and additional coverage options are available with the cost shared by the Federal Government
  • Long-term care insurance is available as an option

Federal Retirement Plan:

  • VA employees are covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan composed of 1) Social Security benefits; 2) FERS-RAE basic benefits (pension); and 3) Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) which is a 401K-type plan
  • How is the pension funded? VA employees automatically contribute 4.4% of their salary each pay period and the VA contributes 8.3% of the employee’s salary each pay period for a total annual contribution percentage equal to 12.7% of the employee’s salary
  • Similar to the 401(k) savings plans widely available in the private sector, the TSP allows employees to tax defer a portion of their income each year, subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service. For calendar year 2015, employees under the age of 50 may contribute up to $18,000, while those over age 50 are eligible to make catch-up contributions that allow them to defer up to $24,000.
  • The Federal Government also provides an automatic basic contribution (1% of salary) and up to 4% of salary in matching contributions, depending on the amount of the employee contribution
  • For retired military personnel, these benefits are in addition to full monthly retirement pay or pension
  • In addition to FERS, VA provides health care insurance coverage for retired personnel
  • Disability Retirement
  • Employees are vested in a federal pension after only 5 years’ service

Contact Information
Contact: Lawrence Elliott 
Phone: 937-516-2889
E-mail: Click here to e-mail.
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