Chair, Department of Vascular Surgery - Section of Surgical Sciences, Vanderbilt Univ Medical Center

Nashville, Tennessee
Jan 07, 2021
Feb 06, 2021

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Job Announcement: Chair, Department of Vascular Surgery

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) seeks an inaugural Chair of the Department of Vascular Surgery. This recruitment marks our plan to elevate Vascular Surgery from a Division into a fully recognized Department in the Section of Surgical Sciences (Section). 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, general surgery, vascular medicine, 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.

The new Chair will lead the effort to achieve the Department’s clinical, research, educational, operational, and financial goals. This includes increasing surgical volume, establishing innovative programs, supporting original investigation, ensuring excellent outcomes, mentoring faculty, enhancing patient satisfaction, and enriching the educational experience of a wide variety of trainees who integrate with the Department. Success will be judged by growth in programs, quality metrics, external research support, publications, impact on the field, educational success, faculty satisfaction and development, and financial performance. A critical responsibility of the new Chair will be to grow the faculty, expand the ability of the Department to care for local and regional patients, and become a national destination center for patients with specific problems including connective tissue disorders.

The new Department is home to 7 full time clinical and research faculty, two fellows, and a team of advanced practice nurses. The group currently provides complex care in vascular surgery and performed over 1,500 cases last year. A major feature of this position is the creation of a state-of-the-art cardiovascular hybrid operating room suite for both open and endovascular cases scheduled for first use in January of 2022.

The Section is home to the Departments of Cardiac, Thoracic, General, Pediatric, Plastic, Neurological, and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and features innovative programs across all these surgical disciplines. Together our 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 includes additional inpatient and outpatient sites across Tennessee with plans to purchase or build additional sites. 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 recognize excellence, expand knowledge, and encourage everyone to realize their full potential. 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 and Anesthesiology
H. William Scott Jr. Chair, Section of Surgical Sciences
1161 21st Avenue South
D-4314 MCN
Nashville, TN 37232-2730

Margie Tattersfield

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