Chair, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

University of Wisconsin

Job Summary:

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 APP, 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. The Department’s Office of Clinical Research provides 24/7, 365 day a year clinical trial coordinator support for Clinical Trials as well regulatory support for research, and the grants management team provides comprehensive pre-award to post- award support. The Surgical Collaborative of Wisconsin also provides access to a network of surgeons throughout the state and this platform provides opportunities for collaborative quality improvement that improves the care of surgical patients throughout the state and region.

A competitive salary and benefit package is provided, including generous academic support. UW- Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Management and Leadership (30%)

  • 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
  • Experience and success in leading, managing and participating in multidisciplinary teams
  • Track record of creating sustainable budgets and responsible fiscal oversight

Clinical, Research and Education Activity (50%)

  • Demonstrated record of successful clinical practice as well as excellence in research and education
  • Capacity to further grow and enhance the research and educational missions of the Division including attraction of strong fellowship candidates.
  • Clinical activities will correlate with the incumbent’s surgical sub-specialty in Cardiothoracic Surgery.
  • The chairperson will participate in training of medical students, residents, and fellows, and will be expected to provide high quality care to the patients of UW Health.

Clinical Program and Faculty Development (20%)

  • Creating and enhancing clinical programs and service lines with attention to engaging vulnerable, underserved or marginalized patient populations
  • Expertise and influence to lead across multiple service lines inclusive of complex cardiac and thoracic aortic programs, congenital cardiothoracic, thoracic transplantation (adult and pediatric), thoracic oncology and ECMO
  • Aligning clinical care pathways across multiple care locations
  • Provide effective mentorship for junior faculty as evidenced by their growing regional and national influence and participation

The successful applicant will participate in the administrative and committee work to support the clinical and scholarly missions of UW Health and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. An essential part of these duties will be working in a collegial relationship with other faculty members.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background – people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion



Terminal Degree

MD, DO, or equivalent.


Candidate is required to have or be eligible for a Wisconsin Medical License. Active certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery is required. Must be eligible for enrollment as a billing provider and for all necessary hospital privileges.

Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 80% – 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

JULY 01, 2024



ANNUAL (12 months)

Additional Information:

Located on an isthmus between two lakes, Madison is the capital city of the state of Wisconsin. Fresh off being named Livabilitys 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.

Madison boasts beautiful scenery and plentiful year-round outdoor activities with its 260 parks, more than 200 miles of trails, 15,000 acres of lakes and 12 beaches. As the home of our state government and the flagship University of Wisconsin campus, its also a hub of education and the arts. And as a city with a large community of young professionals, it offers vibrant restaurant, bar, and live music scenes.

Additionally, Madison is home to one of the strongest local food scenes in the country. From April to October, the Capitol Square hosts the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country. The city is also rich with cultural offerings in the arts. The Overture Center is a state-of-the-art performance center that hosts 700,000 educational and artistic experiences annually, including Broadway tours, and national and international touring artists.

The city has a dedicated athletics fan base which largely centers around the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Named the Best College Sports Town in the Country by Sports Illustrated, Badger fans support 23 programs, including perennial national contenders in football, women’s volleyball, men’s basketball and men’s and women’s hockey. Madison is also home to Forward Madison FC, the first professional soccer team in the city, as well as the Madison Mallards, a college wood-bat summer baseball league team.

Ranked among the fittest cities in American, Madison hosts a number of marquee endurance sports and specialty sporting events include Ironman, Madison Marathon, and many national and international championship competitions.

Madison’s technology economy is growing rapidly, and the region is home to the headquarters of Epic Systems, Exact Sciences, American Girl (Mattel), Sub-Zero, and Lands’ End, as well as many biotech, healthcare IT, and health systems startups.

Getting to Madison is easy. Dane County Regional airport is a 10-minute drive from campus and offers direct flights to 15 U.S. cities, including New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Milwaukee can be reached in just over an hour while Chicago is just two hours away, giving travelers access to two international airports and a regional airport that offer direct flights to over 250 destinations combined.

Madison has been voted the No. 1 Best Place to Live (Livability, 2022), No. 1 City for Best Work-Life Balance (SmartAsset, 2022), No. 2 Best State to Practice Medicine (WalletHub 2020), No. 1 City for Most Successful Women Per Capita (Forbes, 2019), No. 6 Fittest City in the U.S. (ACSM American Fitness Index, 2023), No. 1 Best Place to Retire (Money, 2020) and No. 4 Best City for STEM Jobs (WalletHub, 2022).

This position has been identified as a position of trust with access to vulnerable populations. The selected candidate will be required to pass an initial caregiver check to be eligible for employment under Wisconsin Caregiver Law, and again every four years.

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. University sponsorship is not available for this position.

Applicants for this position will be considered for the titles listed in this posting. The title is determined by the experience and qualifications of the finalist. This vacancy is being announced simultaneously with Position Vacancy (Job # 290505); please note that only one vacancy exists. Having two position vacancy listings allows the School of Medicine and Public Health to consider candidates with both tenure-track faculty credentials and non-tenure track faculty credentials for this position.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please click on the “Apply Now” button.

You will be asked to upload a current CV and a Cover Letter detailing each of the following:

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)

The deadline for assuring full consideration is January 28, 2024, however the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.

Employment will require an institutional reference check regarding any misconduct. To be considered, applicants must upload a signed ‘Authorization to Release Information’ form as part of the application. The authorization form and a definition of ‘misconduct’ can be found here:


KJ Ellis

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Official Title:

Professor(FA020) or Associate Professor(FA030)



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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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