Director, Complex Feeding and Nutrition Service & Medical Director, Children's Intestinal Rehabilitation Program - BC Children's Hospital

October 12 2021
Industries Healthcare, social assistance
Categories Administration, Management, Govt., NPO, Social & Community Work, Health, Medical, Health, Security, Disability, HR, Training, Nutrition and Food service, Therapy Services
Vancouver, BC




Regular Full Time

Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Department of Pediatrics,

BC Children’s Hospital

Full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA effective October 26, 2021.

BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province’s most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.

BCCH is a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is Canada’s third largest university and consistently ranks among the 40 best universities in the world. Primarily situated in Vancouver, UBC is a research-intensive university and has an economic impact of $4 billion to the provincial economy.

The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition is a provincial resource serving a total population base of 4.2 million and provides a broad range of consultative services and inpatient care. The Division currently has eight full-time and one part time faculty member with ongoing plans for expansion over the next several years. The Division is recognized for its basic science and clinical research programs with strengths in host defense, clinical epidemiology, inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. The Division has a Royal College accredited fellowship training program

The UBC Department of Pediatrics and BCCH are seeking a pediatric gastroenterologist whose primary responsibility will be as Director, Complex Nutrition and Feeding. In addition, opportunities exist to provide general GI clinical care including inpatient service provision, call, as well as perform endoscopies.

Complex Nutrition and Feeding is a multidisciplinary service with 2 main arms. The Children’s Intestinal Rehabilitation Program (CHIRP) provides direct inpatient and outpatient care to all children with intestinal failure in the Province of BC. In addition to clinical care, the successful candidate will provide leadership to the program by introducing innovations in clinical care, optimizing care delivery across the province and advocating for the unique needs of this population. Supporting research, education and nation-wide collaboration are key elements of the mandate. Complex Feeding provides outpatient consultation for children with feeding and/or nutritional needs that cannot be met in the community. The staff including physician, dietitian, social worker, nurse and occupational therapist evaluate and provide recommendations as well as some direct intervention including an intensive weaning program for children to transition from tube to oral feeds. In addition to direct patient consultation, the candidate will work with the team to identify opportunities and strategies to enhance feeding and nutrition services both within and beyond Children’s Hospital.

Applications are invited from clinicians, clinician-scientists and clinician-investigators with potential to thrive in a busy clinical and academic environment. As the successful candidate, you will have demonstrated a commitment to pediatric gastroenterology with excellence in providing a high level of quality clinical care and potential for academic research and teaching. Experience in intestinal rehabilitation is mandatory, and leadership in a Nutrition/Feeding program is an asset. You will be eligible to obtain a specialists license to practice medicine in British Columbia as well as sub-specialty training in pediatric gastroenterology and be a Fellow or be eligible for Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Applications, accompanied by a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, teaching dossier, and the names of four references, should be directed to:

Dr. Vishal Avinashi, MD

Head, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

BC Children’s Hospital

Vancouver, B.C. Canada


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Start Date: July 2022.

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PHSA, UBC and BCCH hire on the basis of merit and are committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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