Chief Medical Officer

  • Sitka
  • Remote
  • Oct 16, 2021
Physician Any Specialty

Job Description

About Sitka
At Sitka we believe that EVERYONE deserves access to specialized healthcare.  Founded in late 2018 by our Founder/CEO Kelsey Mellard, our mission is to foster informed, effective, and trusted care delivery for all patients by every provider. Timely access to specialty care is often out of reach for too many Americans, often because of the inefficiencies of the delivery system. Sitka is reimagining specialty care by giving primary care providers access to our network of specialist physicians. Our platform enables virtual consults on patient diagnosis and care between PCPs and specialists. With Sitka, patients avoid unnecessary specialist visits and receive answers in hours, not weeks, all while keeping PCPs at the helm.
Our women-led leadership team has decades of experience in medicine, technology, policy, and product to help address what we already knew to be true: the current healthcare system deserves thoughtful innovation. In addition, our investors are leaders in investing in early stage healthcare companies. Most recently we closed our Series A round of $14 million led by Venrock.
Sitka is committed to bringing a diverse and inclusive team together focused on solving specialized healthcare. 
As a fully remote company, we take community and culture seriously! From weekly culture events to biannual in-person retreats, Sitkanauts are encouraged to build social connections and share their passions with the collective. At Sitka, we believe we’re all responsible for building the community and culture we want. Our values are a reflection of this intention and inform every aspect of our business and product.
Sitka Values
Fostering Trust
Taking Action & Ownership
Ensuring Quality
Growing the Collective
Optimizing for Time
Facilitating Community
Remote First (Anywhere within the US -- excluding Hawaii)
Flexible PTO + Holidays 
Monthly reimbursement of $30 for either phone or internet
One time reimbursement of $300 to make your home office more comfortable
401K offered after 90 days of employment
90% of health, vision, dental covered
12 weeks of paid Family Leave (after 6 months of employment)


      • Demonstrated success as a primary care physician leader in value-based care coordinating high quality care in a risk-bearing environment
      • Demonstrated success designing and driving adoption of tech-enabled clinical solutions in ambulatory settings  
      • Acted as a change agent to move the needle on physician behavior towards value
      • Experience with the development and then application of, complex, nuanced population health initiatives involving a combination of clinical strategy, workflow design, application of technology tools, data-driven, evidence based decision making and “boots on the ground” transformation models
      • Can speak credibly on existing research and literature around specialist cost management, specialist quality performance and best practices in managing referrals  
      • A history of advocacy for the expanded role of primary care in value-based care
      • Demonstrated ability to speak persuasively when confronted with objections, pushing against the status quo and a deep dislike of fee-for-service medicine
      • High empathy engagement with practicing clinicians and a demonstrated ability to connect and influence clinicians without authority over them 
      • Highly collaborative, inclusive working style and experience successfully contributing to cross-discipline teams including business development, technology, analytics, product, finance and clinical operations functions
      • Can present a compelling vision of why Sitka is beneficial clinically and to the patient experience
      • Ability to travel as needed


    • Set the clinical vision for the company aligned with Sitka’s mission and the north star of value-based care
    • Envision, collaboratively design and implement clinical use-cases for the Sitka service that can be used to drive adoption at partners
    • Design clinical transformation processes that can be implemented by Sitka’s customer success team and partner training staff
    • Participate in implementation of new partner contracts and account management efforts of existing partners
    • Collaborate with the executive team as the clinical voice to inform company strategy, product priorities, metric design and clinical integrity
    • Facilitate customer success of Sitka’s service from a clinical adoption and implementation point of view
    • Analyze data, usage and consult patterns to drive continuous improvement of Sitka’s services
    • Act as the voice of the practicing provider in product design and service definition efforts