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Job Requisition Number 20325

Director - Sports Medicine Opportunity, Akron Children's Hospital

Akron, Ohio

Ohio based; Akron Children’s Hospital has an outstanding opportunity for the Division Director of Sports Medicine. We are dedicated to building a diverse workforce – one that reflects our patient population and represents the communities we serve. Akron Children’s Hospital has something different that’s hard to explain. You feel it in the atmosphere as soon as you enter through the doors. You experience it every day with your colleagues, staff, patients, and their families. Once you’re here, you know you’re home. 

The successful candidate will lead a well-established multidisciplinary team of Sports Medicine providers, Athletic Training and Team Physician Services, Concussion Care, Ultrasound-guided Injections, and Sports wellness. Athletes know that teamwork is an important element of success – and teamwork is what sets Akron Children’s apart from other sports medicine providers. 

The Sports Health Service Line is a primary clinical unit in the Department of Orthopedics. Our sports medicine team diagnoses and treats sports and activity-related injuries. We work closely with Akron Children’s orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists who specialize in sports rehabilitation. Every athlete receives a customized treatment plan and guidance on how to prevent future injuries. We offer sports psychology to help athletes with sports performance and recovery from injury, along with a sports nutritionist to teach athletes how to fuel their bodies. Our goal is to help young athletes return to the activities they love as quickly and safely as possible.

Akron Children’s Division of Sports Medicine has a one-year ACGME accredited fellowship program which is nationally recognized for commitment to excellence in all areas. Our program was the first of its kind at a children's hospital and exposes you to a range of diagnostic and treatment options, including digital radiology, motion analysis videography, sports physical therapy and pediatric orthopedics. Akron Children’s is the official sports health services provider for Akron Zips Athletics. The same Sports Health team caring for Division I Akron Zips student-athletes treats any athlete ages 12 and up. We also provide convenient, on-campus orthopedic and sports injury care for all University of Akron students, faculty, and staff.  


· Provide leadership, oversight, and management for the Divisions clinical activities, ensuring that high quality clinical care is provided in an environment that fully embodies the principles of family-centered care.

· Provide leadership for the Divisions strategic planning initiatives and for business/program development.

· Provide leadership and support for the Divisions quality, safety, risk management and process improvement activities.

· Develop and support a plan for recruitment and retention of clinical staff, human resource planning, and professional and career development.

· Provide leadership and support for the Service Line’s educational and research activities; promote a culture that expects a commitment to life-long learning for its faculty; and attract, recruit and support faculty with a commitment to providing a high-quality educational experience for our medical students and resident physicians.

· Provide leadership in practice administration and financial management, in collaboration with the Department’s business management and support team.


· MD/DO with Board Certification in Sports Medicine

· Ability to obtain an active medical license in the state of Ohio

· A minimum of 10 years of practice with demonstrated leadership experience

· Expectation to pursue academic appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or above at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)

· Experience in research is favorable

This position is a 501(c)(3) site which qualifies for Public Service Loan Forgiveness through the Federal government.

This Opportunity Offers the following:

· Attractive guaranteed base salary

· Starting Bonus

· Quality and Productivity Bonuses

· Comprehensive benefits package

· Occurrence based malpractice

· Relocation assistance 

· Generous vacation and CME time/money

· Student loan repayment strategies

Hospital Overview: 

Akron Children's has been caring for children since 1890. With two hospital campuses, 6 regional health centers and 50+ primary and specialty care locations throughout Ohio, we’re making it easier for today's busy families to find the high-quality care they need. We also partner with other health systems to bring our neonatal and pediatric expertise to patients in their community hospitals.

Ranked among America’s Best Children’s Hospitals by Newsweek in 2022 and 2023, Akron Children’s Hospital is the largest pediatric healthcare system in Northeast Ohio. With more than a million patient visits a year, we’ve been leading the way to healthier futures for children through quality patient care, education, advocacy, community service and medical discovery for more than 130 years! Children aren’t just a segment of our focus; they are our focus. The services at Akron Children’s Hospital span the entire scope of medical services available today – from routine and preventative care to emerging technologies in surgery and patient care.

Akron Children’s Hospital is the only freestanding pediatric hospital in Northeast Ohio and the 8th largest children’s hospital in the country. We are a major teaching affiliate of Northeast Ohio Medical University. Active involvement in medical student and resident education; academic appointment at Northeast Ohio Medical University is available and commensurate with experience. Akron Children’s is dedicated to family-centered care and improving the treatment of childhood illness and injury through research at the Rebecca D. Considine Clinical Research Institute.

The resources available to our physicians, the cutting-edge technology, the collaboration from all departments and the cohesive nature in which we work allow us to live our mission and truly treat every child as we would our own.

Community Overview:

It’s something you know as soon as you experience it. Our communities — the Northeast Ohio community — are deeply ingrained into our work, our volunteerism, and our daily lives. We are truly a part of the communities we serve, and the communities are a part of us. You’ll be proud to tell people you meet that you work at Akron Children’s as their faces light up and they tell you their own connection to the Hospital. Working at Akron Children’s gives you so many opportunities to live in, work in and love Northeast Ohio.

Runners, hikers, bikers, and families who like to explore have plenty of options including the recreation of the Towpath Trail. The 110-mile towpath trail from Cleveland to below Canton offers places of tranquility, and hidden views of wildlife. Sports are a way of life in our region with many private and public golf courses as well as numerous lakes for fishing, boating, and sailing. Not far from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, we also offer many sports opportunities for youth as well as adults including basketball, baseball, soccer, football, swimming, tennis and more.

From major league attractions to small-town appeal, Northeast Ohio area has something for everyone. The area is rich in history and cultural diversity, and provides a stimulating blend of outstanding educational, cultural, and recreational resources. This four-season community offers outdoor enthusiasts more than 40,000 acres of parks for year-round enjoyment. Northeast Ohio has become a premier destination to work, live, play, shop and dine.

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