Chair of Surgery, Nemours Children's Specialty Care

Nemours Foundation   •  

Jacksonville, FL

Not Specified years

Posted 242 days ago

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The Department of Surgery at the Nemours Children’s Specialty Care-Jacksonville; the Nemours Foundation is developing a national reputation and has increased the numbers and clinical expertise of the faculty under its current leadership. The current chair has accepted the role of Chief Medical Officer for this campus. The institution is looking for a successor who will continue todevelop the department as a nationally and internationally recognized leader in pediatric clinical care, education, and research.

The Chair of the Department of Surgery reports directly to the Chief Medical Officer of Nemours Children’s Specialty Care-Jacksonville campus.  Nemours has as its mission to serve pediatric care through excellence in education, research, patient care and community engagement.

The chair will demonstrate the highest level of personal and professional commitment, enthusiasm, integrity and pride and lead through the Nemours values; aligning the vision for the department with the campus, other Nemours affiliated clinics, sister hospitals and the enterprise.  The success will be garnered through personal and institutional commitment that strives to achieve excellence in all aspects of the department’s operation. The chair provides leadership, supervision and is accountable to fulfill the education, research, clinical and administrative service missions and values of the department. The chair is responsible for providing a vision and strategic direction for the department in alignment with the vision and values, and standards of behaviors of the Nemours Foundation. The chair develops and maintains an academically successful, clinically excellent and fiscally sound department, utilizing a variety of leadership styles including communicator, motivator, servant-leader, coach, counselor and negotiator to achieve the vision and goals.


The chair supervises all educational efforts of the Department of Surgery and provides the support, direction and mentoring of the junior and mid-level faculty to ensure their academic growth, and clinical success. The chair guides the instruction of Fellows, Residents, Medical students, advanced practice provider staff, nursing students and other allied professionals that rotate through the department of surgery. The chair works with the Office of Graduate Medical Education when applicable to support the program directors as well as any other directors of surgical programs within the department to ensure the success of those programs.

Clinical Enterprise:

Nemours Children’s Specialty care- Jacksonville is uniquely positioned with several community partners to include Wolfson Children’s Hospital, University of Florida, Mayo Clinic, University of North Florida, Jacksonville University as well as several regional partners. The Department consist of five surgical divisions (Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Otolaryngology-HNS, Pediatric Urology, Pediatric Ophthalmology, and Pediatric Plastic Surgery) and three sections (Speech Pathology, Audiology, and Continence).

The chair is responsible for the quality of patient care in the department and serves as the clinical service chair. The Chair will be actively involved in medical staff matters at Wolfson Children’s Hospital for the Department of Surgery and actively work closely with the hospital leadership, administration and elected medical staff in the success of clinical matters, quality and safety initiatives, and operations as pertaining to the members of the department.   The department should be recognized as a leader in clinical care and should work collaboratively with other departments for the success of the institutions and all departments, for the betterment of offering world class care for the children and families we serve.

Community Engagement:

The chair oversees the department’s engagement with local, regional and national organizations, the people of Jacksonville and other community stakeholders.


The Department of Surgery has a strong record of contributions to the scientific community. The chair is responsible for the further growth and development of the research enterprise. The chair supports the growth and achievement of the faculty, especially in clinical, translational and precision research. It will be critical to recognize the research strengths of the campus to build the department’s academic profile.

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree.
  • Board Certification in specialty
  • Fellowship training in pediatric area of expertise
  • Florida Medical Licensure
  • Experience as an academic leader at an accredited medical school, or institution with academic affiliations in the United States.
  • Masters Degree in Business Administration, Public Health, Medical Management, or Healthcare Administration preferred.
  • Ability to qualify and successfully accomplish credentialing at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Wolfson Children’s Hospital and any other affiliated institutions that Nemours is affiliated with that may require services.
  • Outstanding clinical abilities as a surgeon.
  • Strong track record of leadership at an academic medical center or similar environment, and a demonstrated portfolio of professional successes.
  • Proven ability to develop and execute short- and long-term strategic initiatives.
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively with leaders of various entities in the advancement of medical education, clinical care and research.
  • Competency navigating the interaction of the educational, research and service missions of a complex medical center department.
  • Excellent verbal, written and group presentation skills.
  • Strong personal and professional commitment to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals with diverse backgrounds and groups representing numerous societal interests and needs.

  • Strong and proven capabilities in strategic planning, financial stewardship, budget creation, resource allocation, human resource management, risk management and related decision-making.

  • Excellent credentials as an academic scholar, educator and executive.

  • Experience and proven success with fundraising.

  • Experience with innovative educational methodologies and health care delivery systems.

Additional Qualification and expectations:

  • Clinical activity is required in order to maintain a strong working knowledge of surgical advances , and understanding of the nuances of performing surgery at our facilities, and an affinity with all the surgical staff.

  • The Chairman oversees directly and works collaboratively and in partnership with the surgical division chiefs and section heads in inpatient surgery, ambulatory surgery, clinics, and the trauma service.

  • The chairman will maintain partnership with all members of the surgical department, as well as all other departments and services.

  • The Chairman is responsible for ensuring that the members of the department are qualified to perform the services that they are credentialed for by reviewing and vetting all initial and renewal applications for membership on the medical staff in the department of surgery and making appropriate recommendations to the credentials committee.

  • The Chairman will periodically review, update, adopt and enforce all policies, guidelines, rules and regulations of the department and of Nemours.  This includes mentoring, coaching, counseling, and disciplining if necessary with the assistance of the Human Resources Department.

  • The Chairman is responsible for maintaining excellent quality outcomes in the department. This is accomplished through leadership in the peer review process, the quality improvement process, the performance improvement process, and membership in the appropriate committees needed to achieve the goal of excellent patient care and satisfaction.

  • The Chairman will help recruit and retain excellent medical staff members.

  • The Chairman will work with the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia and the Director of Nursing to provide excellent operating rooms that are efficient, safe and satisfactory to the patients, medical staff and support staff.

  • The Chairman will work collaboratively with the Surgical Department Chairs at the other Nemours sites to standardize surgical care across the enterprise and to ensure that the care rendered is safe, contemporary, and cost efficient.

  • The Chair will utilize and encourage development of services with our strategic True North destination while embracing Continuous Improvement methodology.

  • The Chair will promote a positive work environment and one that embraces the Standards of Behaviors, partnering with the senior leadership of Nemours to respond to issues identified by the staff.

  • The Chairman works closely and collaboratively with the CMO and performs other duties as assigned.

At our three clinic locations in the Jacksonville area, Nemours is a leading provider of pediatric specialty care in north Florida with many of our pediatric specialists regularly recognized as the "Best Doctors in America®." We offer comprehensive, family-centered care in more than 30 pediatric specialties. Several of those specialties, offered in collaboration with Wolfson Children's Hospital, have been named among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.