Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for Valley Health in Ridgewood, NJ

Job Description

The Valley Hospital and Valley Medical Group
  1.  Job Description:
The Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory will lead the Health System’s vision to develop and maintain a Cardiac Cath Lab that is recognized for delivering high quality care across a broad service line. The Director will be responsible for the supervision of all physicians with catheter based privileges in the Cardiac Cath Lab. The Director will develop and implement a quality improvement plan designed to bring the quality of our procedures to the top decile nationally in both the NCD Cath/PCI™ and Action™ registries and data provided by the Cleveland Clinic National Network.  The Director’s quality improvement responsibilities include overall improvement of Cath lab quality, including yet not limited to physician and staff performance, documentation and reporting, cost containment, research and capital planning. The Director will meet or exceed standards set forth in the State of New Jersey regulations that govern full-service Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories.


The Director will be responsible for the development of a vision for interventional cardiology that ensures that Valley is ahead of the curve in adopting evidence-based, clinically relevant procedures and technologies that meet the needs of the broad community that we serve.  To actualize this vision, the Director will be responsible for the recruitment, supervision, mentoring and on-going evaluation of interventional cardiologists employed by the Valley Medical Group (VMG).  The Director is equally responsible for overseeing the clinical quality of all independent cardiologists who utilize the Valley Hospital Cath Labs. Oversight of Cath Lab based peripheral procedures fall within the scope of the Director. The members of the Structural Heart program, including the Director of this program, also report to the Director of the Cath Lab.

The position demands a working relationship with all stakeholders, and strong administrative and clinical skills that can be used in support of both the Hospital and practices that are a part of VMG.

Recruitment, supervision and credentialing-VMG: All VMG hires in interventional cardiology will require the approval of the Director. The Director will oversee all VMG Interventional cardiologits, including scheduling physicians to ensure adequate coverage of the Lab on a daily basis and scheduling interventional on-call.  The Director shall be responsible for the assignment of cath lab cases generated by the Medical Group.  The Director will also have final authority on the granting of all Cath Lab and Cath Lab special procedure privileges for both VMG and Independent Cardiologists practicing in the Cath Lab.

Quality: The Director is responsible for ensuring that the Hospital maintains all appropriate accreditations, and for overseeing the compliance of others with Federal, State and JCAHO regulations;
  1. The Director is responsible for maintaining an evidence-based practice, and for bringing new, relevant technologies to the Valley Health System (the “Health System”) to ensure that its program is equivalent to the best programs in the region and the country, and;
  2. The Director is solely responsible for ensuring physician Hospital coverage of interventional cardiology call 365 days/year, 24 hours/day. The Director will also participate in Interventional Cardiology call coverage.
  3. To develop and implement policies and standards of care built on evidence-based medicine with regards to the invasive cardiology services.
  4. To evaluate the quality of care provided by physicians and other clinical staff through supervision, team meetings, chart reviews, and appropriate committees.  To oversee the quality and efficiency of all work performed in the Cardiac Catheterization Suite, including Same Day Medicine.  The Director will have the responsibility to contact the Department Chair regarding any issues that may arise. Oversight of quality of care includes data submitted to national and Department of Health registries, including the NCD Cath/PCI and Action registries and the New Jersey Department of Health Catheterization Data Registry. 
  5. To participate in new policy development in regards to clinical protocols and requirements surrounding all catheter based therapies performed in the Lab. To participate in the selection of suitable treatment modalities.
  6. To Chair the Cardiac Catheterization Conference no less than once monthly
  7. To assist in the development and provision of appropriate educational and training programs for staff. To collaborate on the orientation evaluation and training of new and existing staff, including new physicians, nurse and RT staff as appropriate.
Clinical Care:  The Director will be involved, as necessary, in all aspects of the multidisciplinary care of patients across the Health System.  The Director will oversee interventional cardiology involvement in multi-disciplinary programs for which cardiac and peripheral intervention is a possible therapy, including (but not limited to) the treatment of heart failure, valvular heart disease, coronary disease and hypertension.

Research: The Director will be involved in clinical research that involves cardiac intervention for treatment and new technology development. The Director will work with colleagues in EP, Surgery, Imaging, Heart Failure and Structural Heart to design and implement a regional CME conference for cardiologists and other physicians on new trends in cardiology annually.

Operations: The Director will be involved in developing space, room utilization, equipment decisions.  He or she will work with a multi-disciplinary team of stakeholders to plan for new services to be offered; in the short-term at the current campus in Ridgewood, and in the long-term for the services to be offered at the new campus in Paramus the Director will be part of the Design Team for the Paramus campus. 

Development: Development: The Director will work with the Valley Hospital Foundation to match interested donors with appropriate projects to advance the clinical, research and educational mission of The Valley Health System
  1. Qualifications: 
Licensed physician in the State of New Jersey.  Board Certified in the subspecialty of cardiovascular disease, and board certified in interventional cardiology. The Director must meet NJDOH minimum yearly volume standards of 150 catheterizations and any quality standards put forth by the NJ DOH. The ideal candidate will demonstrate historical success as a primary investigator in clinical research
  1.  Goals:
  2. Develop and grow a robust interventional cardiology program, including:
    1. Performance of a gap analysis, to understand services needed in our region currently not provided locally by Valley. After completing the gap analysis, works with Hospital and Medical Group administration to evaluate business plans designed to determine which services should be added to Valley, and a timeline and implementation plan for each.
    2. Works with the Valley Medical Group to identify interventional cardiologists who practice evidence-based, high-quality care, leading to the development of a hospital-based interventional cardiology section.
    3. Development and monitoring of a quality improvement plan designed to bring Cath Lab outcomes to the top decile of the Cath PCI™ and Action™ Registries and to the top decile of participants in the CC National Network.
    4. Education of medical staff in indications for cardiac invasive procedures including intervention, and evidence-based methodologies for determining appropriate use.
    5. Implementation of coding and documentation practices to ensure appropriate coding and documentation in the EMR and for the purposes of public reporting, including to all registries.
  3. Supervises research and clinical trials performed in the Cath Lab as needed.
  4. Improve operational efficiency of Cath Lab operations including enhancement of structured reporting systems and data analytics.
  5. Work with Cardiac Strategic Operating Leadership Council to implement the recommendations in the Cleveland Clinic’s Cath Lab findings and recommendations, including an increase in the use of radial access.
  6. Achieve/maintain national visibility in the interventional cardiology community through educational, research and professional society activities
Goals over next 3 years to include:


1) Increased support for all clinical programs that benefit from interventional cardiology.
2)  Increased support for research
3) Regional and national visibility (individual and program related)
Metrics to include oral presentations, invited participation in national meetings (session chair, program committee etc), contribution to web redesign, participation in national professional society committees.
3) Participation in establishing our baseline quality, and develop strategies to improved performance on imaging related measures.


1) Research activity that can include participation in multicenter trials but should also include investigator driven studies and those that provide research opportunities for fellows
Metrics: abstracts, peer reviewed papers, editorials, book chapters, grant support

About the Mount Sinai Health System:
The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. 

The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in six other specialties in the 2018-2019 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology and 44th for Ear, Nose, and Throat. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, and Mount Sinai South Nassau are ranked regionally.

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Please specify Job Title of interest and send CV with Cover Letter to:

Alex Cano

Director Physician Recruitment

Mount Sinai Health System

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