Division Chief – Pediatric Surgery

Division Chief – Pediatric Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Wisconsin

The Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Wisconsin is seeking an innovative and scholarly leader to serve as full time Division Chief for Pediatric Surgery. The division offers both national and internationally recognized programs and has well established roots in clinical care, advocacy, research, and education excellence. The Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery will hold the Keith T Oldham Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery.

Reporting to the MCW Chair of Surgery and Children’s Wisconsin Surgeon-In-Chief, the Division Chief will be recognized as a leader in pediatric surgery. Candidates will have significant leadership experience and a vision to ensure that the Division grows in rank and reputation. The Chief will play an instrumental role in continuing to sustain and grow this excellent division in clinical quality, research, and education. This is a faculty position offering an academic appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin commensurate with experience.

The ideal candidate is someone who can:

  • Work collaboratively in a matrixed, diverse, complex environment

  • Successfully recruit and retain diverse, talented faculty and foster their career development

  • Steer the division through programmatic excellence in alignment with the missions of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Wisconsin

  • Nurture a culture of inclusion, accountability and professionalism across the enterprise while responsibly administering the division’s finances

Primary Functions and Responsibilities as Division Chief

  • Direct the organizational aspects of the Division.

  • Oversee the clinical practice to achieve high-quality service.

  • Establish quality-related goals.

  • Develop an organizational structure designed to facilitate the highest level of quality of clinical, research and educational activities.

  • Work collaboratively with other leaders and colleagues to advance the goals of the Division.

  • Provide direction to faculty within the division, mentoring junior faculty in all aspects of an academic role including and not limited to clinical, academic, education and administrative responsibilities.

  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and creativity, promote, and sustain a culture of inquiry, research, and innovation in surgical care.

  • Represent the Medical College of Wisconsin in regional and national organizations and societies and participates in national meetings, societies, and associations at a national level.

Qualification Requirements

  • MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent degree

  • Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and Pediatric Surgery

  • Eligible for an unrestricted license in the State of Wisconsin

  • Academic leadership experience and accomplishment commensurate with process qualifications for an MCW faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor

  • Proven track record of success and accomplishment in surgery and program administration and leadership

Experience and Skills Desired

  • Leadership in complex, multi-faceted university, national foundation, or academic medical center, with demonstrated strategic and implementation skills.

  • Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to valuing diversity and promoting inclusion by modeling and fostering diversity and cultural proficiency.

  • An entrepreneurial, collaborative, creative and driven spirit.

  • A distinguished academic and professional career, including teaching, research, and clinical experience.

  • Demonstrated experience working in a highly collaborative matrixed environment.

  • Superior track record in building and/or contributing to collaborative team cultures.

  • Solid business acumen, financial budgeting, and resource management skills.

  • Ability to articulate a compelling vision and implement a strategy that engages and advocates for faculty, staff, students, partners, and donors alike.

  • Unquestionable integrity and personal ethics.

  • Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written.

Division of Pediatric Surgery

The Division of Pediatric Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin has evolved rapidly over the past decade and has grown to be one of the largest pediatric surgical practices in the nation. We provide coverage at 16 locations across Wisconsin. The division performs over 3,500 cases per year with major clinical programs in Pediatric Trauma, Burn, Fetal, Surgical Oncology and ECMO as well as a NSQIP program. Currently, the division includes 11 clinical faculty, 11 allied professionals, 1 basic scientist and 35 administrative and research staff. The Division leads fellowships programs in Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Surgery Critical Care. Members of the division are actively involved in both clinical and basic research with $6.4million in NIH funding, 70 active research projects, and average 50 publications per year.

Department of Surgery

The Department of Surgery is comprised of 11 divisions, including 9 clinical divisions, a Division of Education, and a Division of Research. Under the leadership of the Chair of Surgery, Douglas B. Evans, MD, the department is committed to clinical excellence, innovative surgical research, academic achievement/professional development, and surgical education. There are approximately 110 faculty and 60 trainees, including a residency (8 categorical residents per year) and nine fellowship programs. The Department has an annual budget of $103M with annual research funding of approximately $8 million. To learn more about our Department, please visit: www.mcw.edu/surgery or view our Annual Report. We are dedicated to the principles of equity and diversity and particularly encourage those of diverse backgrounds to apply.

Medical College of Wisconsin

At the core of everything we do at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is the pursuit of new knowledge and the power of academic medicine. Bringing together the world’s top scientists and clinicians, inspired students, and invested communities, we are driven to solve the most complex challenges in health and society. MCW is home to a diverse group of thought leaders collaborating to build a healthier world and a continuous cycle of life-changing knowledge. MCW has approximately 1,600 full-time and part-time faculty and approximately 3,445 full-time employees. More than 1,500 physicians from the community serve as volunteer faculty. MCW is the ninth largest private employer in metro Milwaukee and has approximately 15,000 alumni. MCW makes a substantial contribution to the Milwaukee region and state through its community investments and community engaged research.

Children’s Wisconsin and Children’s Specialty Group

Children’s Wisconsin is the state’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. With more than 1.3 million annual connections with kids and families statewide, Children’s provides a wide range of care and support — everything from routine care to lifesaving advances and treatment options, foster care and adoption services, child advocacy, and provides an insurance plan. In 2021, Children’s had net patient revenues of $1.1 billion ($1.7 billion including other operating revenues).

Children’s and its joint venture with the Medical College of Wisconsin – the Children’s Specialty Group, or CSG - are the largest providers of pediatric healthcare in the state, serving the children and families of Wisconsin with the highest level of care through their American College of Surgeons Level I Children’s Surgery Verification Center, Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence, 72-bed Level IV NICU, Level IV Epilepsy Center, and a 72-bed PICU. In 2021-2022, CW and CSG had six specialties ranked by US News & World Report: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; gastroenterology and GI surgery; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; and pulmonology.

With over 70 specialties and 675 providers, CSG has an annual net patient revenue of ~$200 million. Last year, CSG providers had 220,000 outpatient visits at 13 regional care sites, 67,000 emergency department/trauma center visits, and over 9,000 admissions. CSG surgical providers performed 17,500 cases.

As part of its American College of Surgeons Children’s Surgery Verification Program, Children’s participates in the National Surgical Quality Pediatric Program (NSQIP) and is considered exemplary – in the 1st quartile of adjusted percentiles – for all surgeries/all patients return to OR; all surgeries/pediatric return to OR; neurosurgery morbidity; and appendectomy complicated – length of stay.

In addition to its reputation for providing the highest quality patient care, Children’s has also been recognized as an employer and community partner, including as a top workplace by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Milwaukee, the largest city in Wisconsin, is located on Lake Michigan’s western shore. A metropolitan area with more than 1.5 million people, Milwaukee is an affordable, comfortable place to live, work, and play, big enough to be exciting and uncongested enough to get around easily. Milwaukee’s many neighborhoods have incredible charm, accommodating a variety of lifestyles, from high-rise apartments to small farms. The New York Times listed Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood as one if its 52 destinations to visit in 2022.

Nestled along a magnificent bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, Milwaukee’s downtown is home to botanical gardens, a superlative symphony orchestra, museums, a ballet company, a theater district, the world champion Milwaukee Bucks, the Milwaukee Brewers, and many fine restaurants. The lake and its harbors are skirted by scenic parklands and provide first-class opportunities for recreation, including hiking, cycling, canoeing, boating, and more. A recent study ranked Milwaukee as the 15th most walkable of the 50 largest US cities. Milwaukee County is also known for its “Grand Necklace of Parks” totaling more than 140, which offer hiking, picnic facilities, cross country skiing, and ice skating.

Wauwatosa, home to the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center campus which includes Children’s Wisconsin, is a nearby suburb of Milwaukee with a population of 47,687. Located 10 minutes west of downtown and Lake Michigan, with proximity to everything the region has to offer, Wauwatosa is an urban enclave with a charming small-town feel. Known by locals as "Tosa," the city is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in Wisconsin.

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace that includes individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We believe that embracing human differences is critical to realize our vision of a healthier world, and we recognize that a healthy and thriving community starts from within. We strive to integrate our human and social differences into MCW’s functioning, strategies and culture to create a diverse and equitable workplace. If you believe embracing individuality and working together makes us stronger, then MCW is the place for you. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

MCW as an Equal Opportunity Employer and Commitment to Non-Discrimination

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristic, or military status. Employees, students, applicants, or other members of the MCW community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

Inquiries about the role are welcome, and can be directed to the Search Committee Co-Chairs:

Casey Calkins, MD

Professor of Surgery (Pediatric Surgery)

Program Director, Pediatric Surgery

Fellowship Program



Tracy S. Wang, MD, MPH

Professor of Surgery

Vice-Chair of Strategic and Professional Development

Chief, Section of Endocrine Surgery



Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

All interactions will remain confidential, and no inquiries will be made without the consent of the applicant. Nominations and applications, including current curriculum vitae and a cover letter stating qualifications and reasons for interest in the role, may be submitted to:

Kelli Cameron, M.S., SHRM-SCP, Senior Director of Faculty Recruitment, at kacameron@mcw.edu.