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Division Chief of Pediatric Cardiology & Director of the Children’s Heart Group.

Penn State Health
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Closing date
Dec 7, 2022

Penn State Health Department of Pediatrics at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital (PSHCH) and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (PSHMSHMC) is seeking new Division Chief of Pediatric Cardiology & Director of the Children’s Heart Group.

Join our Department of Pediatrics Cardiology now! We are committed to excellent clinical care, teaching, and research.  Interested applicants please apply here and send CV and Cover Letter to Anderson Smith, at

What we’re seeking:

  • A nationally recognized leader who carries a record of leadership to propel a high-performing world-class pediatric cardiology program that has significant support from the community and the institution. Ability to build external relationships, lead philanthropic efforts, and serve as a figurehead of the Division in the community and on the national stage. This leader will support the growth of comprehensive research programs that support the basic, clinical, and translational research that emphasizes institution-wide collaboration and innovation. Superior people management and leadership qualities, with the ability to serve as a mentor in furthering the leadership and research skills of the faculty in the Division. The Division Chief will oversee a strong teaching program that supports the growth of future physician-scientists and will be responsible for academic and clinical planning, development, and resource management. Develop a keen understanding of the complexities of PSCOM, PSHCH, the Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute, and other key PSH components to form effective and collaborative working relationships. Actively lead and develop the Congenital Heart Disease Center at the Penn State Health, further expand the reach and reputation of clinical programs. Enhance the clinical and translational research portfolio to better provide leading edge therapeutics and grow the clinical trials platform. Enhance clinical operations with the goals to increase clinical productivity and optimal utilization of advance practice providers while at the same time improving Build upon the current partnership with Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute through the promotion of collaborative clinical trials and research. 

Candidate Qualifications:

  • MD, DO, or equivalent degree or MD/PhD from an accredited institution. Board certification in Pediatrics with fellowship training in Pediatric Cardiology. Board-certification in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Eligibility for permanent, unrestricted licensure in Pennsylvania. Candidates must qualify for appointment at the Professor level at PSCOM. Management/Leadership experience desirable.

About the Division:

  • The Division of Pediatric Cardiology serves as one of the nation's premier programs that is built on the pillars of leading-edge clinical care, advancing scientific discovery, and developing the next generation of leaders in the field. Supported by world-class faculty, the Division has consistently been ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as a top 50 pediatric cardiology program for the past decade and is currently ranked #17 in the nation. With a diverse portfolio of clinical and academic capabilities, the Division is supported by 15 faculty members, which includes 12 pediatric cardiologist, one Ph.D. researcher, and 2 pediatric congenital heart surgeons all of whom are supported by seven advanced practice providers. Uniquely, the division of pediatric cardiac surgery is housed in the Department of Pediatrics, an arrangement that allows seamless collaboration between medical and surgical cardiology disciplines. Our Pediatric Heart Center actively collaborates with the Penn State Health Heart & Vascular Institute (HVI), especially for Adult with Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD). This collaboration will provide unique opportunities for the Division Chief of Pediatric Cardiology to participate in and potentially lead the planning of the Congenital Heart Disease Center at Penn State Health (CHDCPSH). The Division is committed to training the future workforce in pediatric cardiology through a 3-year ACGME accredited program. The fellowship program provides a comprehensive curriculum that balances the development of clinical excellence with the pursuit of scholarly activity. There is a strong emphasis on mentorship and a multidisciplinary approach. Led by Yatin Vyas, MD, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Pediatrician-in–Chief, PSHCH, faculty and staff are dedicated to improving the lives of children through innovation and outstanding care. Home to over 200 faculty including scientists, physicians, and advance practice providers (APPs), the Department's efforts in research, education and clinical care programs are consistently recognized among the best in the country. The Department is comprised of 20 divisions including a robust research and clinical presence and strong education programs. The Department has operating revenues of nearly $45 million and currently holds reserves of $2 million. Clinical services are delivered at PSHCH as well as at 63 specialty practices across 37 outpatient clinics and 10 outreach locations throughout the top 10 counties from which PSHCH receives patients. In 2021, US News and World Report ranked PSHCH as one of the nation's best in five pediatric specialties: Children's Cardiology and Heart Surgery (#17) and in Children's Cancer (#38), Pediatric Pulmonology & Lung Surgery (#39), Neonatology

We are pleased to offer:

  • Competitive compensation and generous benefits, including:
  •  Relocation assistance
  • CME allocation
  • 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) retirement plans
  • Penn State University tuition discount
  • Back-up family care.
  • Attractive start-up package for research

Area highlights:

Our Children’s Hospital just underwent a vertical expansion in order to meet the rapidly growing pediatric need in central PA. Hershey, PA is located near Harrisburg (our state capital) and is a safe, family-friendly location, with access to excellent public schools that are highly ranked nationally.  Our local neighborhoods boast a reasonable cost of living whether you prefer a more suburban setting or a thriving city rich in theater, arts, and culture.  Known as the home of the Hershey chocolate bar, Hershey's community is rich in history and offers an abundant range of outdoor activities.  We're conveniently located within a short distance to major cities such as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, NYC, Baltimore, and Washington DC.  We're proud of our community involvement and encourage you to learn more about our organization. 

About Penn State Health:
Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties in central Pennsylvania. It employs more than 16,500 people system wide.

The system includes Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Children’s Hospital, and Penn State Cancer Institute based in Hershey, Pa.; Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center in Camp Hill, Pa. and Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center; Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, Pa.; and more than 2,300 physicians and direct care providers at more than 125 medical office locations. Additionally, the system jointly operates various health care providers, including Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital, Hershey Outpatient Surgery Center, Hershey Endoscopy Center, Horizon Home Healthcare and Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute.

In December 2017, Penn State Health partnered with Highmark Health to facilitate creation of a value-based, community care network in the region.

Penn State Health shares an integrated strategic plan and operations with Penn State College of Medicine, the University’s medical school. With campuses in State College and Hershey, PA, the College of Medicine boasts a portfolio of more than $100 million in funded research and more than 1,700 students and trainees in medicine, nursing, other health professions and biomedical research.

This job description is a general outline of duties performed and is not to be misconstrued as encompassing all duties performed within the position. All individuals (including current employees) selected for a position will undergo a background check appropriate for the position’s responsibilities.

Penn State Health is fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is unapologetically expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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