This position will serve as the Medical Director of the statewide Healthcare Associated Infections & Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI/AR) Program. The position reports directly to the State Epidemiologist. Primary responsibilities involve oversight of programs related to HAI/AR prevention and outbreak / containment response. This position will oversee infection preventionists and epidemiologists, act as liaison to healthcare facilities, utilize data to guide program and policy development, and provide clinical and programmatic oversight for the implementation of all related prevention and outbreak response activities.
This position requires substantial management and leadership skills. Duties include active participation in CDC and multi-state projects, grant writing and management, representing the department in statewide and national professional forums, and interaction with the public, media, and the medical community.
This program is in the Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness (CEDEP). The Division includes a wide range of programs, including immunizations, HIV/STD/Viral hepatitis, TB, environmental health, emergency preparedness, and general communicable diseases.
Job responsibilities include:
Design, implement, and evaluate public health programs to reduce HAI infections across a variety of healthcare settings
Serve as liaison with local health departments, state and national government agencies, academic and community-based providers regarding HAI-related issues;
Conduct data analyses, surveillance and investigation of healthcare-associated infections;
Oversee the preparation of state and federal funding applications;
Manage ~20 epidemiologists, infection preventionists, pharmacists and administrative staff
M.D. with U.S. medical license
Experience in the field of infectious disease
Experience in infection control, healthcare associated infections, antimicrobial resistance and/ or stewardship
Work experience in public health
Three or more years of full-time supervisory work
Experience preparing grant applications and managing budgets
Strong oral and written communication, program management and leadership skills.