Lab Director Program


Your Source for Medical Laboratory Directors

Lighthouse Lab Services supplies qualified part-time medical lab directors to over 170 CLIA-accredited labs nationwide. This service is ideal for small labs and startups seeking help with the complex monthly reports required for state and federal regulatory compliance. With extensive experience and a thorough understanding of the state and federal regulatory considerations related to medical laboratories, we are your source for qualified, cost-effective medical lab director services.

How Does It Work?

We supply part-time medical lab directors who will review your SOPs and sign off on changes, monthly quality control logs, and perform all other appropriate responsibilities as dictated by CLIA. Our medical lab directors complete these functions through a combination of remote and on-site involvement. Most monthly tasks can be completed remotely, but our part-time lab directors will be on-site at your lab at least once per quarter and for all inspections.

Full-Time Placement of Pathologists

Lighthouse has a network of more than 5,000 qualified Medical Directors. We specialize in the full-time placement of board-certified Pathologists to meet your labs’ testing needs. We work with Pathologists who have experience in Anatomic, Clinical, Dermatopathology, Molecular Genetic Cytopathology, Hematology, Hematopathology, Surgical Pathology, and Embryology, amongst other specialties. We have a comprehensive understanding of each testing specialty, CLIA/COLA/CAP/Joint Commission/ISO standards of compliance, and each specific state’s requirements for Pathologists and Medical Directors; we would love to assist with securing the right individual for your team and to meet the needs of your hospital or reference lab.

Lab Director FAQs?

What is the cost for a Part-Time Medical Lab Director?

Rates start at $1,500 per month for lab director services. Rates vary based on the types of testing conducted, the lab’s location and any additional credentials required.

What is included in the Part-Time Medical Lab Director cost?

Our rates are all-inclusive; your fee will cover the lab director’s compensation and our recruitment and management of this individual.

What types of Physician Office Laboratories can a Part-Time Medical Lab Director Oversee?

  • Toxicology Screening and Confirmation
  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Chemistry
  • Urinalysis
  • And more, contact us for a comprehensive list.

What types of Independent Reference Laboratories can a Part-Time Medical Lab Director Oversee?

  • Toxicology Screening and Confirmation
  • Chemistry
  • Hematology
  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular
  • Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine
  • Urinalysis
  • and more. Contact us for a comprehensive list.

What is a typical recruiting fee for a Full-Time Medical Director?

Our recruiting services are contingent only, meaning that you will only be invoiced if you hire a candidate with whom we’ve connected you. We charge a one-time recruiting fee equal to 25% of the first years’ base salary of the hired individual; thereafter, they are your direct employee. To offer contingent-only recruiting, we execute a contract for the recruiting service upfront to cover the terms should you hire one of our candidates; if you find someone yourself, you’ll never receive an invoice from us. If you do decide to hire one of our candidates, we will send you an invoice on his/her start date for the recruiting fee, which will be due within 30-days of the employment start date; we also guarantee that candidate for 90 days, so if he/she doesn’t work out for any reason within that first 90 days of employment, we will replace that candidate at no additional cost.

Is there a possibility for Medical Directors to work remotely?

Most of our full-time positions, including that of Medical Director, typically require full-time, on-site work 40 hours per week. If a particular possibility allows for 100% remote working or a combination of remote and on-site work, this information should be clearly indicated in the specific job description.

What does the travel commitment look like in addition to commuting to work everyday?

If there is heavy travel involved in a particular position, this will be noted in the job description. Otherwise, travel for each position should account for less than 5% of the total time spent working.

What shift do Medical Directors work?

Most full-time Medical Directors work the day shift (8am – 5pm or 9am – 6pm, etc.); if a particular opportunity is looking for someone to cover a different shift, this will be noted in the specific job description for that position.

Are benefits included?

As with any other full-time position, the benefits and compensation package will be specific to each lab and opportunity. Generally, Medical Director positions offer a base salary, full benefits, and a competitive bonus structure. Sometimes, this information will be included in the job description; other times, offers are tailored to each individual, so the benefits and full compensation package will not fully be disclosed until later in the process.

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