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Chief of Thoracic Surgery - Creighton University/CHI Health

CHI Health
Omaha, Nebraska
Closing date
May 2, 2023

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Surgery, Surgery, Thoracic
Full Time
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The Department of Surgery at Creighton University Medical Center CHI Health is recruiting an academic Chief of Thoracic Surgery to be part of our vibrant program and expand our clinical, research, and educational activities in conjunction with our Department of Surgery and Pulmonary Medicine

At Creighton University Medical Center, our Department of Surgery & Section of Pulmonary Medicine are one of the nation’s highest quality, award-winning programs. Thoracic Surgery program is part of our integrated, multispecialty system, working with the members of interventional medical and surgical teams, committed to the highest quality and outcomes.

Thoracic program will work in collaboration with a regionally renowned high volume esophageal program. The esophageal program has strong community outreach and has been established as a regional center of excellence. The current esophageal program is developed in collaboration with minimally invasive robotic surgeons offering a wide variety treatment options for both benign and malignant conditions.

In addition, our program is further augmented by our many other resources associated with our academic institution including our inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program 

Resident activity with the department of surgery is highly engaging at our University Medical Center and Level I Trauma Center.  The department of surgery trains over 25 residents and fellows, while our section of Pulmonary and Critical Medicine trains 15 fellows, year over year.

Candidates will be working in an academic and teaching environment educating Creighton University’s surgical residents and medical students and conducting research in collaboration with scientists within Common Spirit Health and the Creighton University School of Medicine.  Founded by the merger of Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives in 2019, Common Spirit Health is the largest Catholic health system and the second-largest nonprofit hospital chain in the United States.

The ideal candidate will be board certified in thoracic surgery with fellowship training in non-cardiac thoracic surgery, clinical experience in the management of thoracic diseases, and training in minimally invasive surgery and/or robotic assisted surgery and a desire to develop and lead an integrated thoracic oncology program. In addition, the candidate should have a strong academic interest and participate in resident education and clinical research. A minimum of 5 years of experience with demonstrated leadership skills is preferred. Also, the ideal candidate to have a track record of scholarly and educational activities at the level of Associate Professor at Creighton University School of Medicine.  

  • Has expertise in robotic thoracic surgery skills
  • Works collaboratively with our foregut/minimally invasive surgery and pulmonary medicine teams.
  • Working in an academic and teaching environment educating Creighton University’s surgical residents and medical students and conducting research in collaboration with scientists within Common Spirit and Creighton University School of Medicine.
  • Reporting to the Creighton Chair of Surgery and CHI Director of Surgery
  • Highly competitive Salary Guarantee
  • Paid Relocation Expenses
  • Omaha, Nebraska is consistently ranked as one of America’s best cities for livability, affordability, quality of life, and schooling.
  • Electronic medical records via EPIC
  • Universal Care model – entire hospital floor dedicated to CV
  • All cases staffed by B/C Cardiac Anesthesia
  • 4 OR suites including 1 hybrid suite
  • CHI and Creighton University Medical Center are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Women, Under-represented minorities, and Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates, please submit a CV, along with a letter of interest detailing your past accomplishments, to:

Jeff Wooten
Creighton University/CHI Health


CHI Health is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states.

Creighton University School of Medicine is one of nine schools or colleges at Creighton University including professional schools of Business, Law, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Health Professions, and Graduate School.  Founded in 1878, Creighton University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution with an enrollment of approximately 8800 students.  It is consistently ranked as one of the finest comprehensive universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and regularly appears in Best Buys in American Colleges.

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