Chair, Department of Thoracic Surgery

Job Announcement: Chair, Department of Thoracic Surgery

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) seeks a Chair of the Department of Thoracic Surgery (non-cardiac). The successful candidate will be highly innovative and possess exceptional leadership skills, technical ability, and the vision to enhance the multiple missions of an already highly accomplished group. Success in this position will require the development of strong collaborative relationships with cardiac surgery, pulmonology, medical and radiation oncology, the Vanderbilt Lung Institute, the Vanderbilt Transplant Center, the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, and other services at VUMC. Academic rank and potential tenure will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The new Chair will report directly to the Chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences (Section).

The new Chair will collaborate with Section leadership to set the strategic vision and priorities for the Department. S/he will establish performance targets that align with institutional goals in patient care, research, education, operations, and finance. This includes ensuring excellent outcomes, establishing innovative programs, supporting original investigation, enriching the educational experience of a wide variety of trainees, mentoring faculty, increasing surgical volume, enhancing patient satisfaction, ensuring an environment of diversity and inclusion, and meeting financial targets. Success will be judged by patient outcome metrics, growth, external research support, publications, impact on the field, educational success, faculty satisfaction and development, measurement and improvement on metrics of diversity, and financial performance. The Chair should maintain appropriate clinical activity and actively manage the operations and finances of the Department.

The Department is home to 7 full time clinical and research faculty, a team of advanced practice nurses, and clinical and research support staff. The group performs all types of non-cardiac thoracic surgery, including lung transplantation, with outstanding outcomes. Care is provided at the main campus, the adjacent Veterans Hospital, and affiliate hospitals. The group performs ground-breaking research, is well funded by both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other sources, and is recognized as a national leader in areas including organ rehabilitation and lung cancer screening. The Department actively supports a Cardiothoracic Residency Program with 2 residents in each class and includes a traditional 3-year track and an integrated 4/3 program with the VUMC General Surgery Residency program.

The Section is home to the Departments of Cardiac, Thoracic, General, Pediatric, Plastic, Neurological, Oral and Maxillofacial, and Vascular Surgery. Together the faculty perform over 22,000 cases per year. In FY20, the Section received $14.2M in sponsored research funding including $2.4M in new NIH funding with 34 federal grants and contracts, and multiple training and young investigator awards. The Section ranks #11 in NIH funding among surgery Departments.

VUMC is one of the premier academic medical centers in the United States. The main hospital has 1,091 beds, and the Vanderbilt Health System consists of five regional campuses, including seven hospitals with over 1700 total inpatient beds. Core VUMC resources will be an essential element of the success of the Department, and the opportunity to leverage existing trans-institutional programs is a unique aspect of this position. Between VUMC and Vanderbilt University, significant resources exist to support research including an NIH-funded Clinical Translational Science Award which supports more than 3,000 clinical research projects. In addition, VUMC is home to world class genetics and genomics resources, and the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering which facilitates multidisciplinary collaboration between the School of Engineering and the Section.

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, VUMC is a hub of patient care, discovery, and teaching. Our community of individuals come together each day in an effort to change the world. We actively seek diversity of culture, thinking, learning, and leading. VUMC’s mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research. (

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:

Seth J. Karp, M.D. Professor of Surgery, Biomedical Ethics and Society, and Anesthesiology

H. William Scott Jr. Chair, Section of Surgical Sciences

1161 21st Avenue South D-4314 MCN Nashville, TN 37232-2730


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