Associate Director, Pathology Informatics at One of the Nation’s Leading Children’s Hospitals

Texas Children's Hospital
July 23, 2019
Houston, TX


We've been engaged to identify an Associate Director, Pathology Informatics for the Department of Pathology at Texas Children’s Hospital. This person will also serve as Assistant Professor (tenure track) of Pathology and Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine. This exceptional new opening is a full-time position based at Texas Children’s Texas Medical Center main campus.

Ranked 3rd (tied) in the nation of Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in 2019-20 out of nearly 200 pediatric institutions, Texas Children’s has top 10 rankings in all 10 recognized specialties. The hospital’s outstanding reputation for treatment advances has contributed to its current No. 1 ranking in Texas. In fact, over the last decade, no other pediatric hospital in the state has ever achieved an overall ranking as high as Texas Children’s.

The Associate Director will assist the Director with oversight for the Pathology informatics program at Texas Children’s. Responsibilities include participation in development and implementation of a strategic plan for a progressive informatics program that addresses service objectives defined by the department and the health care system. In addition, the role will include development of guidelines and protocols with respect to orders and results and other sources of laboratory data managed by Pathology. Participation in protocol and guideline development will extend to external systems such as city, state and federal health care agencies and other entities duly authorized to receive clinical data. The Associate Director is responsible for reviewing compliance with internal policies and external regulatory guidelines with regard to Pathology data management.

The Associate Director will assist in providing and fostering training and education for Pathology residents and fellows in informatics, computational pathology and related aspects of management, including assisting in developing and participating in an ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics program.

The Associate Director will work collaboratively with the Director of Informatics, Division Chiefs in Pathology and Service Chiefs in other clinical departments to facilitate delivery of informatics solutions in the Texas Children’s health care system. The Associate Director will also work with the Director of Informatics to advance the educational and research missions of the Department of Pathology and the Texas Children’s health care system.

Additionally, the Associate Director will assist in promoting and sustaining optimal utilization of Pathology and Laboratory services throughout the system via development and improvement of decision support tools and other technology that will facilitate provider access, ordering communication, and review and collation of diagnostic information. This role will include opportunities to develop novel strategies for mining clinical data, harnessing imaging modalities, and informing medical decision-making via the tools of artificial intelligence and digital pathology.

The Associate Director will report to the Director of Pathology Informatics and will serve as a representative for Pathology on system-wide committees, workgroups and other ad hoc project-focused efforts relating to informatics as needed. The Associate Director will also be expected to participate, at least on a part-time basis, in a service role consistent with their training and experience in the practice of Pathology.

Texas Children’s offers a growing children’s hospital and expanding staff with 40 pathologists and 450 laboratory staff that does 4 million tests annually. The recent opening of the Lester and Sue Smith Legacy Tower in 2018 added 640,000-square-feet to the Texas Children’s Main Campus, providing six new technologically-advanced operating rooms (total of 25 operating rooms) and expanded capacity with 84 ICU beds and 48 CVICU beds. TCH is home to nationally top-ranked clinical programs, including pediatric cardiology, cardiovascular surgery and pediatric pulmonary medicine. The hospital has one of the largest pediatric solid organ transplantation programs. Since 2012, the Pavilion for Women has steadily grown as a leading center for high-risk obstetrics/maternal-fetal medicine, adolescent gynecology, and fetal medicine/fetal surgery.

Houston is one of the nation’s largest and most exciting cities and home to a wealth of major-league sports events, world-class cultural attractions and entertainment, and world-renowned cuisine. In downtown Houston, you’re just an hour’s drive from coastal Galveston, about two and half hours’ drive from Austin, and three and a half hours from Dallas, and three hours from San Antonio. The city and surrounding areas boast a cost of living considerably lower than other major U.S. cities. A very strong economy, continued job growth, excellent schools, and a young and diverse population all contribute to the Bayou City’s appeal.

You’ll love the outstanding quality of life here – not to mention that, as a resident of Texas, you’ll pay no state income tax.

For complete details and confidential consideration for this exceptional new opportunity, please contact Glenda Church Smith, Principal at, or by phone at (877) 440-3832 or cell/text at (214) 850-3094, including nights and weekends.

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