Cejka Search Partners With Dubai Hospital to Lead Multiple Searches

May 2, 2017 – Cejka Search has been chosen by Dubai’s Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital as the exclusive physician search provider in the U.S. for more than 15 pediatric sub-specialist positions, ranging from highly-qualified surgeons to geneticists and emergency medicine physicians.

“Our goal is to expand our team of world-class medical and clinical experts in order to fill the regional gap in specialty pediatric medicine, while setting new standards for healthcare excellence on a local, regional and international level,” said Dr. Mohamed Al Awadhi, Al Jalila’s chief operating officer. “Our vision is to become one of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the world.”

Experienced physicians who are fellowship-trained in their sub-specialty will have the opportunity to work in a facility that fosters international clinical innovations and cutting-edge research, “while making a profound difference in the quality of pediatric healthcare services offered to children in the region and the world,” said Cejka Physician Search senior vice president Don Weis.

The Searches

Specifically, Cejka will assist with staffing the Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital with board certified, experienced pediatric specialists for the following specialties: orthopedic surgery; otolaryngology; general surgery; pediatric hospitalist; emergency medicine; and medical geneticist. 

Al Jalila has set an aggressive nine month timeline for filling its positions. “It is a unique opportunity to practice in the first state-of-the-art facility dedicated to pediatric specialty care,” said Kathy Murray, vice president of client services at Cejka. “Working outside of the U.S. will not be for everyone. For some, it will be an exciting and memorable experience,” she said. Recruiting from the U.S. for international positions requires good partners who understand physician needs and family concerns, she noted.

She said that one of the benefits of working on multiple positions for Al Jalila provides the firm’s consultants with a complete picture of the entire organization. “Cejka Search consultants have to not only provide information on a specific position but also understand the features and benefits of life in a major metropolitan city in the UAE.” To that end, said Ms. Murray, the country’s culture is open and accepting. “Understanding and respecting the culture is required to work and live in any country, including the Middle East.”


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Comprising 200 beds in a child and family friendly environment, Al Jalila Children’s hospital integrates SMART technology and design features to enhance patient care and outcomes. It hosts the first robotic pharmacy in Dubai, a fully automated laboratory, a 375-seat teaching auditorium, and specialized units for pediatric trauma, transplant, dialysis and oncology care. The hospital operates a wide range of specialty clinics and five centers of excellence that cover the most sought after pediatric care in the region: heart, critical care, neurosciences, mental health and kidney.

Complex Marketplace Overseas and in the U.S.

Cejka Executive Search has provided recruiting services exclusively to the healthcare industry for more than 35 years. The firm is part of Cross Country Healthcare, a healthcare staffing services concern. Its client roster includes a number of well-known institutions, including Georgetown University Hospital, Northwestern Memorial, Levine Cancer Institute, St John Providence Health System, Tenet, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine, Centene Corporation, Cape Fear Valley Health, and Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.

At these organizations, the firm has conducted searches covering positions including chief medical information officer, chief compliance officer, chief of oncology, chief medical officer, chief of pediatrics, chief of neurology, chief nursing officer, CEO, CFO, COO, department chair, chief clinical officer, medical director, and chief strategy officer, among a host of others.

We are in one of the most competitive and complex healthcare employment markets in decades,” said Cejka president John Gramer. “Both healthcare leaders and practicing clinicians have greater career choices than in the past. Healthcare reform has created additional opportunities for healthcare leaders to oversee care coordination, utilization management, employee health, and population health.”

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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