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Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Employer
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Location
Saint Louis, Missouri
Closing date
Jun 28, 2024

Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis invites applications and nominations for the position of Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery (“Chief”).

The Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) was established in 1891 and is among the most prestigious in the world. Its mission is to act in service of truth through the formation of leaders, the discovery of knowledge and the treatment of patients for the betterment of the region, nation, and the world. WUSM is among the best medical schools in the country, ranking nationally in 2023 as #5 for Research, #10 for Surgery by US News & World Reports and #2 nationally in NIH funding by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.

In March 2022, WUSM welcomed its new Chair of Surgery, John Olson, Jr., MD, PhD, a widely recognized physician scientist and the former head of the Division of General and Oncologic Surgery (among other roles) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Under his leadership, the Department is undergoing an exciting new era of strategic growth and active transformation, with the goal of elevating both the clinical and academic performance. Central to WUSM’s Department of Surgery is the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. After 10 years of excellent leadership, Dr. Ralph Damiano, Jr. is stepping down and a national search is underway for an outstanding scientific leader to serve as the next Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

The next Chief will be an accomplished, collaborative, and visionary physician-scientist leader with a history of research funding, and the experience and skills to lead the Division into a new era. They will provide a strategic vision and leadership for growth and expansion of clinical and academic mission of the Division. The new Chief will identify and promote inherent synergies to advance interdisciplinary collaborations to further align and support shared goals and initiatives across WUSM and its affiliate hospitals. The Chief will have held a leadership role in a large organization with a clear ability to foster, support and drive programmatic expansion in a complex academic environment, ensuring that the academic and clinical activities of WUSM continue to bring value to its many internal and external stakeholders. They will have a passion for promoting a collaborative service culture that further elevates the Division as a nationally recognized leader for superb patient care, clinical outcomes, and innovative research discoveries.

The Chief will have a deep understanding of how to leverage excellent clinical, translational, and bench science at the WUSM to foster success within the Division. They will have demonstrated a leadership style that is focused on the success of the faculty in all of their academic endeavours. They will have a distinguished record of mentorship and scholarship, possess a deep understanding of the role of culture in organizational success, and a willingness to be both strategic and tactical in achieving institutional objectives. The new Chief must be passionate about seeking consensus, but not afraid to make difficult decisions or lead change. They will be seen as a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of the institution. Critical to their success, the new Chief must be an expert at building positive collegial connections with internal and external stakeholders. A highly collaborative style is essential in developing and maintaining physician relations that build on their key roles as both partners and customers.

Qualified candidates will hold an MD, MD/PhD or equivalent. Candidates must be eligible for a faculty appointment at the Associate Professor or Professor level in the Washington University School of Medicine.

Korn Ferry is assisting WUSM with this important search. Please forward, as soon as possible, applications or nominations of appropriate candidates, in confidence, to:

c/o Caroline Thompson, Korn Ferry
Email: caroline.thompson@kornferry.com

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