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Scientific Program Director, Cancer Care Delivery & Disparities Research

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Hartford HealthCare Corp.


Hartford, CT

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Job Schedule: Full Time
Standard Hours: 40
Job Shift: Shift 1
Shift Details: 40 hours per week

Hartford HealthCare is the most comprehensive healthcare network in Connecticut and provides care for a third of the state population. The Cancer Institute treats over 7,000 analytic cancer patients per year and is an American College of Surgeons certified network cancer program.  Our physicians are sub-specialty focused in medical, gynecologic, surgical and radiation oncology and the Cancer Institute has a strong emphasis on improvements in data acquisition and medical informatics.

The Cancer Institute is a founding member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance. Through the bi-directional collaboration facilitated by this partnership, community providers are better positioned to provide state-of-the-art, evidence-based cancer care to improve the lives of cancer patients through collaborative research, care standards, and innovative program development. Together, the Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering seek to advance U.S. healthcare and public policy agendas through implementation science.

The Cancer Institute offers cancer patients an unparalleled network of coordinated services across 7 hospitals, multiple ambulatory cancer centers and a home hospice agency. The Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation supports development and acquisition of cutting-edge technology.  Ours is a dynamic and growing multifaceted program.

The Scientific Program Director, Cancer Care Delivery and Disparities Research is responsible for the development, coordination, support, and conduct of Cancer Care Delivery and Disparities Research (CCDDR) for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. CCDDR focuses on the quality and cost effectiveness of cancer care, patient-oriented outcomes, and identifying and eliminating barriers to care, especially related to racial/ethnic/socioeconomic disparities and social determinants of health. The CCDDR research program is part of our overall Cancer Research Program.  The Scientific Program Director reports to the Director of Oncology Research and works collaboratively with the Medical Director of Cancer Care Delivery and Disparities Research.  Responsibilities include but, are not limited to:

Design, develop, and direct well-defined research agenda for Cancer Care Delivery and Disparities Research which is aligned with Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute priorities including areas such as shared medical decision making, disparities, screening, geriatric oncology, health economics, palliative oncology and cancer survivorship.

  • Develop research relationships with Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) principal investigators and other collaborators to develop a strong portfolio of research trials.
  • Prepare grant proposals to NCI, PCORI and other funding sources including private foundations to develop a financially sustainable, externally funded, competitive oncology health services research program. 
  • Collaborate and support Cancer Institute faculty to prepare peer-reviewed publications in high impact factor journals.
  • Mentor junior clinical faculty to develop research projects, obtain funding and enhance presentations, publications and academic standing.
  • Ensure research is presented at national conferences to increase national awareness of the Cancer Institute.
  • Collaborate with Cancer Institute clinical operations to implement research learning into clinical practice.
  • Participate in system wide efforts to develop a data model and research platform to support observational research
  • Collaborate with Medical Director of CCDDR, Director and Medical Director of overall Cancer Research Program, and Cancer Institute leadership on overall vision and strategy of program.



  • PhD, DrPH or other doctoral degree in behavioral medicine, social sciences, public health, health services, nursing or other related field required


  • Demonstrated commitment to and prior experience in conducting cancer delivery and/or disparities research, leadership experience and evidence of financial accountability for externally funded research programs
  • Prior experience conducting research in a hospital, health care system or university setting
  • Prior experience in creating cross institutional, multi-site cancer care delivery and disparities research highly preferred

With locations around the state, Hartford HealthCare offers exciting opportunities for career development and growth. Here, you are part of an organization on the cutting edge – helping to bring new technologies, breakthrough treatments and community education to countless men, women and children. We know that a thriving organization starts with thriving employees-- we provide a competitive benefits program designed to ensure work/life balance. Every moment matters. And this is your moment.

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