Director of Outcomes Research

  • HCA
  • Nashville, TN, USA
  • Dec 08, 2017

Job Description

Job Code: 26140-SARA01


Days (rotating weekends)

Sarah Cannon is the research arm of HCA's global cancer enterprise. Focused on advancing therapies for patients, it is one of the world's leading clinical research organizations conducting community-based clinical trials in oncology, cardiology and orthopedics through affiliations with a network of more than 1,000 physicians across the United States and United Kingdom.

We believe our success is dependent on a healthy work environment where staff members are the core of advancing therapies for patients and accelerating drug development. We apply the same compassion and commitment we have for our patients to our co-workers and colleagues and promote an entrepreneurial culture.

Summary of Key Responsibilities: The Director will lead the initiation, development, implementation and management of outcomes, health economics, prospective/retrospective data, real world data, patient reported outcomes and epidemiologic research projects/studies that support the Sarah Cannon oncology service line strategy. The Director is also responsible for the design/development, implementation, and on-going evaluation/adherence of scientific evidence-based continuum of care oncology/hematology clinical pathway models for system wide use to promote optimal patient outcomes.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with physician leadership and clinical thought leaders with expertise in the design and application of outcomes/health economic value research to set and deliver on strategies and goals
  • Perform effective clinical research project management, including concept development, protocol design, analytic plan development, oversight of data collection/acquisition, data analysis, research site performance, selection of research and operational partners, contract execution, budget planning and development of research findings into publications or scientific presentations
  • Provide technical oversight and guidance to research sites and research support staff. Serve as an internal expert and key resource for successful research design, methodologies, analytic techniques and reporting of health economic and outcomes research
  • Accountable for managing assigned resources, prioritizing assignments and workload projects with internal staff, cross-functional teams, external consultants, vendors, CRO's and third parties to ensure completion of high quality projects within timelines and budget
  • Build and manage strategic internal and external relationships in order to expand existing outcomes projects, develop new opportunities, facilitate work and achieve business goals  Ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and regulatory guidelines governing commercial and scientific interactions with healthcare professionals, payers, advocacy and other business partners
  • Execute a quality assurance process on every deliverable to ensure customer satisfaction and research excellence
  • In collaboration with Key Opinion Leaders, actively participate in full continuum of care pathway development and on-going review/edit. This includes the selection of appropriate evidence-based treatment regimens based on the extent of disease and desired outcome for the treatment of a variety of malignant and nonmalignant conditions from screening/diagnosis through end of life care
  • Create, implement and manage disease-specific oncology Key Opinion Leader/Investigator meetings for each of the pathways to ensure that disease committees follow the standard operating procedures for pathways, especially as it relates to scientific evidence review and selection of pathway options
  • Maintain clear documentation of all pathways decisions and supporting analysis; ensure effective and timely communication of all pathways changes
  • Collection, interpretation and dissemination of key intelligence and information on industry developments, drug approvals, clinical drug development, the conduct of clinical trials, published trials, etc. to ensure that disease committees are appropriately apprised of all relevant information. Reviews pertinent new clinical data as derived from the medical literature and clinical meetings (e.g. ASCO, ASH, SABCS) to assist clinical pathways chairpersons in needed regimen modifications. Provides articles, references (e.g. NCCN guidelines) which will facilitate in the reimbursement of cancer chemotherapy by third party payers
  • Development and maintenance of a core set of Policies, Standard Operating Procedures, templates and guidance necessary to demonstrate and ensure compliance. Provide oversight in the development of appropriate operational tools, resources and capabilities.
  • Develop and implement strategies for ongoing education to site physicians and research staff in order to foster effective clinical research operations and provide focused scientific education including but not limited to Annual Scientific meetings, scientific meeting review series, and other educational opportunities
General Leadership Duties:

  • Perform ad hoc assignments and projects for Executive leadership upon request
  • Provide creative leadership and customized solutions ensuring productive relationships with Sarah Cannon leadership/staff, research sites, and other internal and external customers
  • Work interactively with all functions of the company to help achieve the company's vision
  • Collaborate with Senior Management on strategic planning; provide effective leadership in assessments, report generation, and resolution facilitation of problems as needed
  • Manage and direct the efforts of managers and recommend colleague actions including, but not limited to, hiring, performance management, scheduling and work assignments, disciplinary action, promotions, and transfers. Define and communicate job descriptions, core competencies, performance standards and expectations. Establish accurate and consistent productivity expectations and revise as needed. Make recommendations regarding staffing requirements to meet departmental needs and achieve maximum productivity. Develop departmental annual goals and objectives and ensure alignment with organizational mission, vision, and values.
  • Maintain a high degree of awareness of the current scientific state and advancements in relation to clinical research programs by attendance at relevant symposia, scientific meetings and workshops, and review of key journals

  • High level of knowledge of oncology, medical and clinical research terminology
  • Solid knowledge of FDA/GCP, clinical trial design, research site operations/requirements
  • High level of proficiency with MS Office products
  • Highly advanced leadership skills
  • Well developed interpersonal skills; ability to develop and maintain collaborative clinical research relationships
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly advanced business analytical skills, problem solving and creative thinking skills
  • Ability to think strategically across disciplines and projects
  • Proactive
  • Customer service orientation
  • Commitment to individual and team success

Bachelor Degree required; Master's Degree preferred

  • 15+ years of progressive management experience in research operations and management
Certification or License:
CCRP or similar credential required

Last Edited: 01/03/2018