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Posted: Tuesday, October 19th, 2021
JOB TITLE: Senior Clinical Ethicist, Inova Health System
DEADLINE: Open Until Filled
LOCATION: Inova Health System
Falls Church, Virginia
CONTACT: Brandon DeLamarter
TELEPHONE: 571-581-8802

Inova Health System is continuing its development of a robust Ethics program and invites applications for a Senior Clinical Ethicist to help lead our team. The Center for Ethics enjoys strong institutional support and is expanding to create a fully integrated, collaborative approach across our five hospitals to address clinical and organizational ethics issues. The Senior Clinical Ethicist is key to developing and leading strategic development in service lines that support Inova’s mission to improve the health of the diverse community we serve through excellence in patient care, education and research. This position reports to the Director of Clinical and Organizational Ethics.

Inova serves more than 2 million people each year from throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area and beyond. We are consistently ranked among the top healthcare providers in the United States, and are home to a Women’s Hospital, Heart and Vascular Institute, the L.J. Murphy Children’s Hospital, the Schar Cancer Institute, the Center for Personalized Health, the Translational Medicine Institute, and a robust organ transplantation program. We are also a teaching facility, fostering a highly sought after learning environment for the next generation of physicians and healthcare professionals, with partners at the medical schools of Georgetown, George Washington, and the University of Virginia.

The Washington D.C. area is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a Top Ten Best to Live, with an abundance of parks, museums, theatres, cultural events, recreational venues, and a blossoming restaurant scene. Cheer on our professional sports teams, or take advantage of hiking, camping and boating opportunities in nearby Shenandoah National Park, Great Falls State Park and other amazing outdoor spaces.

Highly competitive salary commensurate with the Federal Executive Schedule will be based on training and experience. Open rank academic appointment with UVA Medical School is possible for qualified candidates.


  • Terminal post-graduate degree, such as a MD, PhD or JD, in a field related to bioethics.
  • 5+ years of experience strongly preferred, conducting clinical ethics consultations as an independent or primary clinical ethics consultant in both the tertiary hospital setting and community hospital setting.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Compassionate and empathetic professional with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong skills in curriculum development, teaching, research, writing and professional presentation.
  • Team-oriented professional with proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a complex interdisciplinary environment to achieve mission goals and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus and foster change in a business setting.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership in developing and conducting ethics consultation services for a high-volume Ethics Consultation Service. You can expect to lead approximately 300+ consults per year.
  • Provide leadership to develop, implement, maintain and evaluate ethics consultation, education and outreach programs.
  • Help build and staff an ethics consultation service that provides coverage 24 hours / 7 days a week.
  • Ensure timely and thorough documentation of consultations and patient outcomes.
  • Review and analyze consult and activity data in a timely fashion and develop appropriate interventions from this data to ensure an effective and continuously-improving program.
  • Provide support for the Ethics Committee and assume responsibility for subcommittee meetings.
  • Provide multidisciplinary education in the undergraduate and graduate medical curricula.
  • Conduct independent and collaborative ethics research and scholarship.
  • Assure compliance with regulatory and accreditation standards pertaining to clinical ethics and patient rights.

At Inova Health System, we strive to improve the health of the communities we serve, and that includes taking care of our employees, who help us fulfill our mission every day. That’s why we offer affordable, comprehensive benefits coverage for you and your family including generous paid time off, health and dental insurance, tuition assistance, and 401(k) and 403(b) retirement plans.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will remain open until filled. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply early. Please send a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted until after any interviews) with complete contact information to:

Brandon DeLamarter

Executive Recruiter

Inova Health System

Or, apply online at:

About Inova:

Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve. Inova’s 19,000 team members serve more than 2 million individuals annually through an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services and destination institutes.

Inova’s five hospitals are consistently recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals and Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for excellence in healthcare.

Inova is home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Its hospitals have a total of 1,936 licensed beds. More information and statistics about Inova can be found at

Inova is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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