Chief of Anatomic Pathology, Section Head of GI and Liver Pathology (HUMC)

Job Description

Harbor UCLA Medical Center is looking to recruit an Anatomic Pathology Division Chief who will be delegated the following responsibilities in his/her role as Chief of Anatomic Pathology, Section Head of Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology, and also in General Surgical Pathology and Cytology.

Completion of a residency approved by an American Specialty Board –AND-One year of experience in medical practice, post graduate training, teaching or investigative work. This position requires someone with extensive GI and Liver expertise.

California State Physician and Surgeon’s Certificate authorized by the Board of Medical Examiners of the State of California.


  • Supervision of the operations of the Anatomic Pathology Division.
  • Provision of accurate diagnoses and timely reporting of specimens received from surgery and/or other clinical services.
  • Provision of consultations to clinical staff regarding the significance of pathological findings.
  • Provision of daily case sign-out sessions for surgical pathology and cytology residents.
  • Provision of general surgical pathology coverage on a rotational basis with other faculty, including autopsy and after hours frozen section diagnoses.
  • Monitoring the standards and quality control of cytopathology preparations and stains.
  • Provision of educational case sign-outs and programs, conferences, on a regular basis to pathology residents.
  • Monitoring standards of performance, quality control, and quality improvement, including tests referred to outside laboratories, including reviewing all QC results at least monthly.
  • Provision of education programs, planning, research, and development appropriate to the needs of the section.
  • Consultation with laboratory’s clients about test quality and appropriate test ordering.
  • Assurance that reports include all information required for test interpretation.
  • Selection of test methodology appropriate for clinical use.
  • Verification of the precision and accuracy of each test and test system.
  • Maintenance of a CMS-approved proficiency-testing program commensurate with services offered.
  • PT samples are tested in accordance with CLIA requirements.
  • PT results are returned with the time frames established by the PT program.
  • PT results are reviewed by appropriate staff and corrective action plans are followed when PT results are found to be unacceptable or unsatisfactory.
  • Establishment of a quality control program appropriate for the testing performed.
  • Establishment parameters for acceptable analytic performance and assurance that these levels are maintained throughout the testing process, from specimen receipt to result reporting.
  • Remedial actions are taken and documented when significant deviations from the laboratory’s established performance characteristics are identified, and patient test results are reported only when the system is functioning properly. Ensuring that personnel have been appropriately trained and demonstrate competency prior to testing patient samples.
  • Remedial training and / or continuing education is undertaken when personnel do not pass competency assessment. Documentation of retraining and post retraining competency assessment are completed prior to performing patient tests.
  • Policies and procedures are established for monitoring personnel in all phases (preanalytic, analytic, and postanalytic) of testing to assure the on-going competency of all individuals who perform testing.
  • Supervision and monitoring of the Histology laboratory including review of procedures and quality management, monitoring of IHC quality and controls, and assessing new IHC stains as needed.

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is a 531-bed, Los Angeles County Level I trauma center located in southwest Los Angeles and serves as a major teaching hospital for the UCLA School of Medicine.

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is committed to create a truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce. Harbor UCLA is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is located in the city of Torrance, a city in the Southwestern (South Bay) region of LA County. Its neighboring cities are Lomita, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, and Palos Verdes. The city has over 30 city parks and includes a total of 1.5 miles of beaches on the Pacific Ocean. It has an estimated population of over 145,000 residents.

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Senior Physician