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Chair, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Department of Surgery at The University of Wisconsin is recruiting a dynamic and exceptional academic cardiothoracic surgeon to lead our Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. The Division Chair will lead and direct successful clinical, research, and education programs that span the breadth of the wide-ranging field of Cardiothoracic Surgery.


The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Wisconsin includes 11 full-time academic faculty who provide a unique multidisciplinary approach to the study, evaluation, and treatment of acquired and congenital cardiovascular and thoracic diseases, including heart and lung transplantation as well as benign and malignant disorders of the thorax. The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery has robust support from 22 APPs, 14 certified perfusionists, 3 full-time data managers and a physician-scientist.


The Division proudly provides excellent clinical care across the spectrum of adult and pediatric cardiovascular and thoracic disease. The three sections of the Division include Adult Cardiac Surgery, Congenital Heart Surgery, which treats patients of all ages, and General Thoracic Surgery.


Education within the Division includes a commitment to medical students and General Surgery residents and an ACGME-approved traditional three-year Cardiothoracic residency. The Division also offers a non-accredited fellowship in Thoracic Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support.


The UW Department of Surgery consists of more than 160 faculty across eleven specialty Divisions, performing more than 25,000 operations annually. The Department also trains more than 70 residents and fellows and is consistently ranked amongst the top Surgery programs with extramural research funding, currently 7th in the nation according to Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.


The Department provides a robust infrastructure of services including academic resources such as The Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program (WiSOR), which provides support, resources, and a collaborative environment to facilitate surgical health services research at the University of Wisconsin.


Management and Leadership

  • Recognized and accomplished Cardiac and/or Thoracic surgeon with success in scholarly pursuits.

  • Ability to develop effective relationships with health system and local clinical and administrative leaders to advance the goals and objectives of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery


Clinical, Research and Education Activity

  • Demonstrated record of successful clinical practice as well as excellence in research and education

  • Clinical activities will correlate with the incumbent's surgical sub-specialty in Cardiothoracic Surgery.


Clinical Program and Faculty Development

  • Creating and enhancing clinical programs and service lines with attention to engaging vulnerable, underserved or marginalized patient populations

Candidate is required to have or be eligible for a Wisconsin Medical License. Active certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery is required.


Located on an isthmus between two lakes, Madison is the capital city of the state of Wisconsin. Fresh off being named Livability’s best U.S. city to live in for 2022, it is the second largest city in the state, with a city population of approximately 260,000 and regional population of over 1 million.


See the full position description on the University of Wisconsin Jobs Page – Job #290502


To apply, email KJ Ellis (kj.ellis@wisc.edu) , with an updated CV and a Cover Letter that details:


  1. Your interest in joining the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health as a leader within the Department of Surgery

  2. Your experience as a leader/emerging leader in academic cardiothoracic surgery across all three missions (education, clinical and research)




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