Assistant Medical Director, substance use disorder at Mass General Brigham(PHS)

Posted in Other 8 days ago.

Location: Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Description:

About Us

As a not-for-profit organization, Mass General Brigham is committed to supporting patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community by leading innovation across our system. Founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Mass General Brigham supports a complete continuum of care including community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home care, and other health-related entities. Several of our hospitals are teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School, and our system is a national leader in biomedical research.

We're focused on a people-first culture for our system's patients and our professional family. That's why we provide our employees with more ways to achieve their potential. Mass General Brigham is committed to aligning our employees' personal aspirations with projects that match their capabilities and creating a culture that empowers our managers to become trusted mentors. We support each member of our team to own their personal development-and we recognize success at every step.

Our employees use the Mass General Brigham values to govern decisions, actions and behaviors. These values guide how we get our work done: Patients, Affordability, Accountability & Service Commitment, Decisiveness, Innovation & Thoughtful Risk; and how we treat each other: Diversity & Inclusion, Integrity & Respect, Learning, Continuous Improvement & Personal Growth, Teamwork & Collaboration.

General Summary

The Assistant Medical Director will work with the Medical Director and Program Director for the Mass General Brigham Quality, Patient Experience and Equity Substance Use Disorder program to to implement substance use disorder programs across the system to achieve improvements in clinical quality for patients with SUD, with a particular focus on reducing racial disparities in access to and retention in effective SUD treatment. The Assistant Medical Director will be help support the implementation of a system-wide cascade of care model for SUD including screening in primary care, integration of pharmacotherapy, psychosocial services and recovery coaching in primary care, and expansion of low threshold Bridge Clinics across Mass General Brigham. In addition, the Assistant Medical Director will help manage a portion of the design and implementation of community-based SUD initiatives and future strategic SUD initiatives. The Assistant Medical Director will provide clinical guidance to a team of project managers, data analysts and others, and work in partnership with SUD leaders across the system.

The substance use disorder program represents a key strategic initiative for Mass General Brigham and with an ultimate goal of ensuring a standardized approach to patient-centered, high quality SUD care across all care settings, including the inpatient hospital, emergency department, primary care, and sub specialty settings. This includes broad implementation of medication for opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder, harm reduction services, and low threshold care models which make treatment accessible and welcoming. Given longstanding racism in policies and clinical approaches to SUD resulting in racial disparities in treatment access, retention, and outcomes, all SUD care will be evaluated for disparities by race, ethnicity, and language with a goal of eliminating disparities and ensuring culturally competent and welcoming treatment for all patients, particularly those from historically marginalized populations. The person in this role will need to have expertise in and passion for health equity, a commitment to patient-centered SUD care and harm reduction philosophy. The job will entail interfacing with clinicians and administrative leaders across Mass General Brigham, prioritizing strategic work, and providing guidance around data analytics to support care improvement.

Duties & Responsibilities

General Responsibilities

  • Assists the Medical Director, Program Director and Senior Medical Director to lead system-wide implementation of SUD programs with a particular focus on eliminating racial disparities and ensuring patient-centered care models, as defined by the Medical Director

  • Works closely with physician, nurse and other clinical SUD leaders at various Mass General Brigham sites

  • Leverages mental health care to provide clinical guidance from psychiatric expertise to inform design and implementation of SUD care models

  • Leverages knowledge of health equity to ensure care models are culturally competent and designed to ensure racial justice

  • Dedicates a minimum of 0.20 FTE to this role

Duties for Each of the Above Areas of Focus

  • Work closely with system clinical leadership to identify strategic priority areas for improvement in SUD work, particularly as it relates to portfolio of United Against Racism SUD work

  • Provide psychiatric expertise to Medical Director and project teams to ensure thoughtful integration of SUD, mental health, and medical care in treatment models

  • Interface with Mass General Brigham SUD leaders to support implementation of SUD programs with a focus on racial equity

  • Work with clinical leaders and biostatistical and analytics teams to implement outcome measurement strategies

  • Develop methods to ensure quality improvement collaboration across SUD programs and best practice sharing



  • Respected and practicing clinician with MD, DO, PhD or similar degree required, with preference given to psychiatry or psychology clinicians

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in Substance Use Disorder treatment

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in leading complex projects and teams involving senior clinicians and administrators

  • Experience in health equity work

  • Competence in low threshold, patient centered care modes for SUD, integration of SUD care into medical settings, and harm reduction

  • Expertise in measuring clinical quality of care for use in quality improvement

  • Competence in understanding statistical analyses as they pertain to health care, as well as an understanding of principles of research

  • Demonstrated experience managing cross-functional teams and projects


  • Strong knowledge of SUD clinical care processes across disciplines and across the care continuum and how to use both data and technology to standardize and optimize clinical care delivery

  • Strong knowledge of health equity and racial justice work as it relates to SUD

  • Demonstrated ability to formulate and execute strategy

  • Strong leadership and mentoring skills

  • Proficient in exercising initiative, judgment, problem solving and decision making

  • Exceptional communication skills, including strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to build and manage relationships in a highly complex and changing environment

  • Skilled at facilitation and building consensus and navigating sensitive issues

  • Skill in negotiation with stakeholders, vendors and other parties

  • Demonstrated ability to handle stressful situations in a calm and professional manner

Work conditions

  • General day hours with flexibility to meet the demands of the position, including attending evening and early morning meetings

  • Standard business environment with frequent local travel between Mass General Brigham sites

  • Part-time clinical service at Mass General Brigham facility (and/or facilities)

EEO Statement

Mass General Brigham is an Equal Opportunity Employer & by embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, military service, genetic information, and/or other status protected under law.
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