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Chief Medical Officer

West Virginia University Health System
May 17, 2024
South Charleston, WV
Job Type
Work Setting


The West Virginia University Health System, West Virginia's largest health system with more than 2,700 beds is the state’s largest private employer, is comprised of more than 20 hospitals, including a children's hospital and five institutes, all anchored by a 700-bed academic medical center in Morgantown, West Virginia.

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) will play a critical leadership role in the delivery of high-quality patient care, medical staff and physician affairs management, including recruitment of physicians and APPS. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the position is responsible for overseeing all aspects of clinical operations, ensuring adherence to regulatory standards, and fostering a culture of excellence and collaboration among medical staff members.

Core Duties and Responsibilities 

The statements described here are intended to describe the general nature of work being performed by people assigned to this position.  They are not intended to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities and duties.  Other duties may be assigned.

1. Clinical Leadership

  • Provide clinical leadership and expertise to ensure the delivery of safe, effective, and patient-centered care.
  • Collaborate with department heads and medical staff to develop and implement clinical policies, protocols, and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Foster a culture of continuous learning, evidence-based practice, and innovation within the medical staff.

2.Medical Staff Management

  • Recruit, onboard, and retain highly qualified medical staff members, including physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals.
  • Oversee credentialing, privileging, and performance evaluation processes for medical staff members.
  • Provide mentorship, support, and professional development opportunities for medical staff members.

3. Population Health Management

  • Collaborate with population health management teams to develop strategies for improving the health outcomes of defined patient populations, including preventive care, chronic disease management, and care coordination initiatives.
  • Analyze population health data, trends, and risk factors to inform population health strategies and interventions.

4. Oversees the appointment and management of medical directors within units and ancillary services in the hospitals including ensuring appropriate performance and utilization of services.

5. Community Engagement

  • Serve as a visible and accessible representative of the hospital within the community, participating in public speaking engagements, community events, and outreach initiatives.
  • Collaborate with community stakeholders, local healthcare organizations, and public health agencies to address community health needs and disparities.

6. Advises all clinical departments regarding the appointment and delineation of clinical privileges, peer review and other credentialing and quality of care services.

7. Regulatory Compliance

  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulatory standards, accreditation requirements, and legal obligations related to clinical care.
  • Monitor and address issues related to patient safety, infection control, and risk management.
  • Collaborate with the Quality Improvement department to conduct regular audits, reviews, and assessments of clinical practices.

8. Strategic Planning and Partnership

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic plans, goals, and objectives for the hospital.
  • Collaborate with senior leadership, department heads, and stakeholders to identify opportunities for growth, expansion, and service enhancement.
  • Build and maintain partnerships with external stakeholders, including academic institutions, medical societies, and community organizations.

9. Participates in the annual operating and capital budget preparation. Identifies opportunities for cost containment, revenue generation, and operational efficiency improvement within clinical operations.

10. Clinical Research and Innovation

  • Promote a culture of clinical research and innovation by facilitating opportunities for physicians to engage in research projects, clinical trials, and academic collaborations.
  • Support the integration of cutting-edge medical technologies, treatments, and best practices into clinical care pathways to improve patient outcomes.

11. Physician Leadership Development

  • Develop and implement leadership development programs for physicians to cultivate future medical leaders and strengthen the medical staff's leadership capabilities.
  • Provide coaching, mentoring, and opportunities for leadership skill development to aspiring physician leaders within the organization.

12. Telemedicine and Virtual Care

  • Lead the adoption and integration of telemedicine and virtual care technologies into clinical practice, expanding access to healthcare services, especially in underserved or remote communities.
  • Develop telemedicine policies, protocols, and training programs for medical staff members to ensure safe and effective virtual care delivery.

13. Follows hospital, state and federal guidelines for ensuring safe environment for workers, patients and public. Ensures compliance by staff to hospital, governmental and insurance regulations.

14. Responsible for the development of policies and protocols for the Medical Staff

15. Interdisciplinary Collaboration

  • Foster collaborative relationships with other departments, including nursing, pharmacy, laboratory services, and administration, to optimize interdisciplinary care delivery and patient outcomes.
  • Lead interdisciplinary committees or task forces to address complex clinical challenges and enhance care coordination across departments.

16. Clinical Governance

  • Establish and oversee clinical governance structures to ensure accountability, transparency, and effectiveness in clinical decision-making and patient care delivery.
  • Monitor clinical outcomes, performance metrics, and benchmarking data to identify areas for improvement and drive quality initiatives.

17. Graduate Medical Education (GME) Oversight

  • Provide leadership and oversight for all aspects of Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs, including residency and fellowship training programs, in collaboration with designated program directors and coordinators.
  • Ensure compliance with Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) standards, including program accreditation, resident/fellow supervision, and educational quality improvement initiatives.
  • Collaborate with academic affiliates, teaching hospitals, and medical schools to enhance educational opportunities, faculty development, and research collaborations within GME programs.
  • Support the recruitment, onboarding, and professional development of faculty members and preceptors involved in GME training programs.
  • Facilitate regular program reviews, assessments, and accreditation site visits to maintain program excellence and continuous improvement.
  • Advocate for resources, funding, and institutional support to sustain and expand GME programs in alignment with organizational goals and strategic priorities.
  • Promote a culture of mentorship, diversity, equity, and inclusion within GME programs, ensuring equitable access to training opportunities and supportive learning environments.
  • Collaborate with residency and fellowship program leadership to develop curriculum enhancements, educational innovations, and interprofessional training initiatives.
  • Serve as a liaison between GME programs, hospital administration, and regulatory bodies to address programmatic challenges, resolve conflicts, and implement best practices.
  • Participate in national and regional forums, committees, and organizations related to graduate medical education to stay informed about trends, policies, and innovations in medical education.

Minimum Qualifications

Education, Certification, and/or Licensure

  • Medical degree (MD or DO) from an accredited institution.
  • Board certification in a medical specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).
  • Active medical license in West Virginia.


  • At least Ten (10) years of clinical practice experience and minimum of 5 years administrative experience in a like position
  • Previous experience in healthcare administration, preferably in a leadership role within a tertiary care setting.
  • Strong understanding of healthcare regulations, accreditation standards, and quality improvement methodologies.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead multidisciplinary teams and drive organizational change.
  • Commitment to patient-centered care, clinical excellence, and continuous improvement.
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