The Radiation Safety Officer for Clinical Programs (the "RSO-CP") is responsible for the day to day management of the Joint Radiation Safety Program of Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia Doctors faculty practices, New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) and its affiliates (the "Joint Institutions") and as such, Program elements as relates to non-research clinical operations and research involving human subjects (the "Clinical Program"). The RSO-CP reports to the Executive Director of Radiation Safety Programs/Chief Radiation Safety Officer of the Joint Institutions.
Responsibilities of the RSO-CP include but are not limited to the following, to the extent that such responsibilities relate to the Clinical Program:
Develop and oversee innovative and comprehensive radiation safety processes to achieve
and maintain a safe work environment;
Provide forward-thinking programmatic guidance and recommendations to senior leadership;
Ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules, regulations, licenses and guidelines of New York City, New York State and federal regulatory agencies;
Supervise peer-review audits of medical physics quality assurance program in the Radiology, Nuclear Medicine/Nuclear Cardiology and Radiation Oncology departments of NYPH;
Oversee and manage patient surveys in support of clinical programs using therapeutic radionuclides;
Oversee quality assurance testing of radiation-producing equipment;
Review and comment on research protocols involving exposure of human subjects to ionizing radiation;
Develop, deploy and maintain appropriate training programs for personnel who use radio-active materials and/or radiation-producing equipment;
Recommend, develop and implement new programs and policies as laws and compliance requirements regarding radiation safety matters change;
Develop, deploy and maintain appropriate policies and procedures;
Advise investigators, architects, physicians and administrative officers of the Joint Institutions regarding appropriate design of facilities where radioactive material and/or x-ray producing equipment will be used;
Investigate, analyze and recommend corrective and preventive actions following incidents and dosimeter exposures exceeding established limits;
Develop and mentor other EH&S team members in medical physics and radiation safety;
Review and comment on applications from physicians and investigators applying for privileges to prescribe radioactive materials for human use; and
Other technical and administrative responsibilities as directed.
This position supervises several medical/health physicists and is responsible for administration of a broad-scope radioactive materials license, Gamma Knife license, Certified LINAC registration and 21 radiation-producing equipment registrations.
Qualifications: M.S. degree in Medical Physics or related discipline, board certification by ABR or ABMP in Diagnostic Radiological Physics and Medical Nuclear Physics required; must hold or be eligible for licensure as a Medical Physicist in these disciplines in New York State. Ph.D. and experience in biomedical research in a healthcare setting a plus. Ability to set priorities, manage a diverse team of specialists, meet deadlines, take initiative, manage projects and work independently. Excellent organizational, analytical, interpersonal, verbal, written and personal communication skills and teamwork required. Must be eligible for unescorted access privileges to radioactive sources in quantities of concern subject to Increased Controls Regulations by US NRC and NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with Experience
Internal Number: Req #092194
About Columbia University - EH&S/RS
Columbia University, a world-renowned academic research institution in New York City, is committed to attracting, encouraging and retaining a highly qualified workforce to support its mission of excellence in education, research and patient care. The University’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for its staff, students, patients, neighbors and the surrounding community. The mission of EH&S is to provide expert guidance and timely service to the University community through its commitment to health and safety. By employing best practices, encouraging collaborations, and building long term relationships, EH&S promotes a productive and safety conscious work environment. EH&S provides a broad range of services and actively develops partnerships with faculty and departmental personnel to ensure a safe work environment and compliance with University policies and applicable regulations in the most efficient manner possible. These endeavors are realized through programs such as safety training, laboratory and chemical safety, hazardous waste management, industrial hygiene, occupational safety,... asbestos and lead management, biological safety, fire safety, chemical tracking and radiation protection.Goals:• Creating effective health and safety programs• Minimizing risk of exposure to hazardous chemical, physical or biological agents• Minimizing risk of work related injury and illness• Minimizing risk to the environment • Attaining these goals with a minimum burden on patient care, education, and research activitiesThe Radiation Safety program is the largest program in New York City. There are more than 120 users of radioactive materials or radiation generating equipment in research and approximately 3,000 personnel involved in clinical uses of radiation within all respective Columbia University campuses (Columbia University Medical Center, Morningside Heights, Manhattanville, Lamont Dougherty Earth Observatory and Nevis Laboratories; New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia); Columbia’s Faculty Practice Organization in Manhattan; New York State Psychiatric Institute; Barnard College and the University’s Research Vessel). Together, the respective campuses hold licenses and permits issued by the New York City Department of Health, the New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
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