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Inaugural Chief, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

University of Texas at Austin
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 2, 2022

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Inaugural Chief, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

College/School/Unit: Dell Medical School
Department: Surgery and Perioperative Care
Posted: Sep 7, 2021
Apply By: Open until filled


The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School, seeks an established Adult Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon to serve as the inaugural Chief of Adult Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery of the new Cardiovascular Health Institute, an affiliate partnership program of UT Health Austin and Ascension Texas that will join the nation's premier institutions of medical and surgical heart care, education and research. Reporting to the Executive Director of the Cardiovascular Health Institute, this individual will also serve as the Surgical Director of the Ascension Texas Adult Cardiovascular Service Line, and work in close partnership with the Chief of the Division of Cardiology.

As part of the University of Texas at Austin, one of the nation's leading research universities, the Dell Medical School is pursuing innovation in health care delivery, research, and interdisciplinary and inter-professional education. The Dell Medical School's partnership with Ascension Texas, part of a national health care system, has resulted in the formation of Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, a new facility built, owned and operated by Ascension Texas that is the School's primary teaching hospital, and the centerpiece of an emerging health district in downtown Austin.

The primary focus of the inaugural Chief of Adult Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery will include: engaging with, leading, and energizing a clinical and scientific community of cardiothoracic care providers; recruiting the finest possible clinical, administrative, and research talent; coordinating with the UT Health Austin and Ascension Medical Group (AMG) physician practices to help build a world-class, integrated academic system of cardiac and cardiovascular care, including all associated comprehensive clinical, administrative and operational support services such as perfusion, diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, etc.; incorporating leading-edge cardiovascular health content into the undergraduate medical education curriculum and developing new learning opportunities for medical students; and working closely with Marketing and Development teams on outreach strategies and content development for key demographics and donors. By building upon successful existing programs, and by designing and creating innovative new programs that achieve the highest levels of quality care delivery, the inaugural Chief of Adult Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery will significantly contribute to the design, creation and establishment of the nation's newest leader in high-quality heart care, based in one of America's fastest-growing and most dynamic cities.

The inaugural Chief of Adult Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery will be provided with the resources and governance structure required to build a distinctive and outstanding adult cardiovascular and thoracic surgery program in what will become the internationally renowned Cardiovascular Health Institute (CVHI). The inaugural Chief will collaborate to identify and recruit a diverse, exceptionally talented faculty across the range of key clinical and support functions, and organize and manage a comprehensive team that will include employed clinical support as well as affiliated service providers. The inaugural Chief will coordinate all necessary support and other resources for existing faculty and trainees, excel in developing outstanding mentorship programs, foster faculty engagement with the organization's strategic research initiatives, and advance innovation in research, education, and outreach. Also, the inaugural Chief will stand-up outstanding fellowship and other training programs, and contribute his/her unique expertise and experience to influence the design and creation of an anticipated state-of-the art, full-service medical and surgical facility that will be required to serve patients from around the world.


The candidate will have a prominent record of professional achievement, clinical credibility, and an international reputation in the field of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. As such, he/she will be expected to qualify for appointment at the rank of Professor at Dell Medical School. The candidate should also have an exceptional leadership record at a top- ranked medical school, academic health center (preferred) or health system and, ideally, experience working in an interdisciplinary environment. His/her senior-level administrative expertise will include strategic and operational planning, value-based health care payment and delivery models, preparation of budgets, experience with specialized professional accreditation, good financial stewardship, and effective personnel organization and management that includes a demonstrated commitment to excellence in diversity and inclusion, as well as, success in recruiting trainees and faculty.

Application Instructions

For suggestions, nominations, or expression of interest please contact the following:

Heather J. Kopecky, PhD, MBA

Senior Partner

Korn Ferry

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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