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SURGICAL DIRECTOR, LUNG TRANSPLANTATION

SURGICAL DIRECTOR, LUNG TRANSPLANTATION

MEDICAL COLLEGE OF WISCONSIN

MILWAUKEE, WI


Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin (F&MCW) are seeking a Surgical Director for Lung Transplant to join our Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery. The Division is seeking a UNOS-certified candidate who demonstrates excellent clinical skills and a collaborative leadership style. All candidates should be certified by the American Board of Surgery or its equivalency. Academic rank would be commensurate with previous experience.


This is an exceptional opportunity for a clinically and academically focused lung transplant surgeon in building and solidifying F&MCW as the premier lung transplant destination in the state. The Solid Organ Transplant Center at F&MCW is a joint program with Children’s Wisconsin with vital support provided by Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin for organ procurement, tissue typing, and research initiatives. Representing the most comprehensive pediatric and adult solid organ transplant care in Wisconsin, the program is recognized for nationally ranked outcomes, internationally known transplant specialists and end-stage disease management. Over the past several years, the investment in all the transplant programs has been significant, and the leaders of F&MCW are deeply committed to providing comprehensive transplant services to the entire southeastern Wisconsin region.


The Division is seeking surgeons who can perform all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery along with particular emphasis and a passion for transplant surgery. Candidates should demonstrate excellent clinical skills and a collaborative communication style. Academic rank will be commensurate with previous experience. This is an excellent opportunity to join a growing academic transplant program with one of the most experienced Cardiothoracic transplant teams in the Midwest.


Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery includes a team of 13 collaborative, passionate cardiothoracic surgeons, as well as many advanced practice providers (APP’s), perfusionists, and surgical assistants, that allow us to provide world class care for cardiac and non-cardiac thoracic patients from all over Wisconsin and beyond. Highlights include:

  • Consistently ranked as one of the best Cardiothoracic programs in the country:

o Our Heart and Vascular program at Froedtert Hospital is ranked #4 among Teaching Hospital by the Fortune/PINC AI 100 Top Hospitals program

o Froedtert Hospital was named one of the 50 highest performing cardiovascular hospitals in the nation in IBM Watson Health’s annual 100 Top Hospitals® benchmark series.

o 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" ranking: #45 in the nation for "Cardiology & Heart Surgery" and #46 in the nation for "Thoracic Surgery".

o Our MCS/ ECMO Program, led by Director Dr. Lucian “Buck” Durham, is recognized by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) as a Gold Level “Center of Excellence” for ECMO.


  • The Division boasts one of the most experienced transplant teams in the Midwest. Patients receive highly individualized care from our multidisciplinary transplant teams, which includes cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists/pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, pathologists, pharmacists, transplant coordinators, nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, rehabilitation specialists, registered dietitians, social workers, financial counselors and psychologists.

  • We have continued to focus on advancing options for all cardiothoracic conditions, with an emphasis in select areas, including VAD, ECMO, Heart & Lung Transplantation, arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, and heart valve disease.

  • On the cutting edge: As an academic medical center involved in ground-breaking research, we offer deep clinical expertise and have specialists skilled at managing even the most complex cases. Just one example includes our expansion of donor capabilities by embracing the use of the TransMedics OCS system for heart and lung preservation, allowing MCW surgeons to travel to destinations as far away as Washington State to retrieve donor organs.


Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery: Lung Transplant Program

Our Lung Transplant program completed its first successful lung transplant in 1996. The program enjoys not only strong institutional support but support of the committed group of physicians, nurses, and staff which allow for its rapid growth with the goal of becoming the top center in the region in terms of volume, outcomes, and ability to transplant high complex of the cases.

  • In just the last few years, our lung transplant program has grown significantly. Last November, the Froedtert & MCW health network celebrated a milestone in its lung transplant program, with its 20th lung transplant in 2022. This marks the first time the lung transplant program has reached this milestone since its launch in the 1990s.

  • Our Transplant Center is a joint program of Children’s Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital with vital support by Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin for tissue typing and research initiatives. Representing the most comprehensive pediatric and adult transplant care in Wisconsin, the program is recognized for nationally ranked outcomes, internationally known transplant specialists and end-stage disease management: a critical resource for Wisconsin and beyond.

  • All supporting services are available to lung transplant patients, including MCW’s ECMO program, the largest in the state. The Division has also crafted a strong referral system throughout Wisconsin, and the momentum in growth is a result of a strong, cohesive team working together.

  • Patients receive highly individualized care from our multidisciplinary lung transplant team, which includes cardiothoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, pathologists, pharmacists, transplant coordinators, nurses, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, cardiac rehabilitation specialists, registered dietitians, social workers, financial counselors and psychologists.

The excitement for the long-term prospects of the lung transplant program remains very high. F&MCW’s intentional focus towards recruiting and supporting both a new Medical Director of Lung Transplantation and the Lung Transplant Surgery Director is a critical priority in 2023. As the other transplant programs at MCW have demonstrated, lung transplant is a service line that only requires passionate leaders to have it move rapidly forward. Every resource is in place at F&MCW to allow the program to flourish and succeed. Our Transplant Center is a joint program of Children’s Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital with vital support by Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin for tissue typing and research initiatives. Representing the most comprehensive pediatric and adult transplant care in Wisconsin, the program is recognized for nationally ranked outcomes, internationally known transplant specialists and end-stage disease management: a critical resource for Wisconsin and beyond.


Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Surgery

  • The Department of Surgery is comprised of 11 divisions, including 9 clinical divisions, a Division of Education, and a Division of Research, including >100 clinical faculty. Under the leadership of the Chair of Surgery, Douglas B. Evans, MD, the department is committed to clinical excellence, innovative surgical research, academic achievement/professional development, and surgical education.

  • The Department has a large clinical presence on the campus of the academic medical center and the Zablocki VA Medical Center, along with a significant number of regional affiliations and practice locations outside of the metro Milwaukee area.

  • There are approximately 110 full time and P/T faculty and 60 trainees including a residency and six fellowship programs. The Department has an annual budget of $103M with annual research funding of approximately $8 million.

  • Our storied tradition of excellence in resident and student education remains a top priority of all faculty. Our innovative surgical residency program provides residents with the skills needed to care for the patients of today and tomorrow – the principles learned at MCW will provide the foundation for life-long learning combined with a culture of caring – for patients and each other.


Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin

  • MCW is the 3rd largest private medical school in the nation with nearly 1,700 physician faculty, 750+ APP’s, and approximately 3,500 employees.

  • Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, our main teaching hospital, is the largest hospital in the state of Wisconsin. It is the only Level-1 Trauma Center in the Greater Milwaukee Area and was recognized this year as the best hospital in the Greater Milwaukee Area by News & World Report.

  • MCW is in the top 5% in the United States for number of residents/fellows trained

  • MCW is a nationally recognized research institution with more than $300M invested; MCW ranks in the top third of medical schools in NIH research support.

  • All support services and strong, collaborative teams have been built in both the heart and lung transplant programs.

This is a great opportunity to join a robust, growing, and state of the art academic program that includes one of the most experienced cardiothoracic transplant teams in the Midwest. Our program benefits include:

  • Research opportunities as part of the Medical College of Wisconsin

  • Teaching medical students, residents, and fellows in our ACGME-accredited programs

  • Competitive salary and benefits, moving expense allotment

For more information and a detailed prospectus on this excellent opportunity, please send your CV and any accompanying letter of interest you may wish to provide to:

Steve Marsh

Partner, Buffkin/Baker

404-435-6078






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