Division Head of Pediatric Surgery

Aurora, CO

University of Colorado - Department of Surgery

University of Colorado | Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery

Division Head (Associate Professor or Professor)

Position #00604727 – Requisition #23052

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers *

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The Division of Pediatric Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado invites applications for the full-time position of Head, Division of Pediatric Surgery and Children’s hospital Colorado Department Chair – referred to as Chief of Pediatric Surgery.    

Nature of Work:

The Chief of Pediatric Surgery will provide strategic medical leadership and direction for operations of the Division across clinical care, research and education. Will be responsible for Hospital department chair duties as outlined in Medical Staff Bylaws.  Scope of responsibility will include strategic practice management, business development, provider recruitment and retention and delivery of outstanding faculty, patient and referring provider service. Has primary responsibility for establishing accountability with providers regarding CHCO policies and procedures, operational standards, and quality and service excellence initiatives. Position includes responsibility for CHCO System. Key member of CHCO care delivery leadership team and participates in all strategic discussions and operational planning for their department.

This position will exhibit the following characteristics/requirements of a Hospital Department Chair:

  • Appointed by the CHCO Board of Directors
  • Clinically active and respected
  • Active clinical practice at CHCO
  • Member in good standing of Attending/Admitting Staff or Associated Scientific Staff
  • Appointment as full-time academic faculty at The University of Colorado School of Medicine (CUSOM)

Examples of Work Performed:

The duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  1. Responsible for all clinical activities in Pediatric Surgery
  2. Monitor the professional performance of privileged members in the Division, making recommendations relating to Medical Staff membership and clinical privileges at the time of appointment and reappointment.
  3. Immediately inform the President of the Medical Staff, if the physical and/or mental health status of a member of his/her division comes into question such that the practitioner's ability to provide safe and competent patient care may be jeopardized.
  4. Oversee quality and appropriateness of patient care rendered by providers in their department.
  5. Provide input into and ensure adherence to CHCO Policies and Procedures.
  6. Attend CHCO strategic and operational meetings, as requested
  7. Work with administrative partners to optimize, as well as develop and implement plans  to improve all clinically related activities of patient care, and patient and family experience
  8. Incorporate community based members of Division into Hospital activities as appropriate, communicate appropriate policies and procedures, respond to concerns from community based providers in a timely manner, and submit a plan to the MEC on an annual basis outlining how community providers, if applicable, will be incorporated into departmental activities.
  9. Oversee credentialing and privileging as related to Divisional providers and procedures.
  10. Responsible for developing and overseeing the education and research programs in Pediatric Surgery.
  11. Responsible for the educational mission of the Division for all learners – medical students, residents, fellows, APP’s, nurses and Faculty
  12. Responsible for a robust Quality and Safety program
  13. Maintain and further develop a nationally renowned research and innovation program

Fiscal Responsibilities

  1. The Chief of Pediatric Surgery will work with their administrative partners to prepare annual volume and operating budgets and capital budget requests pertaining to their department.
  2. In concert with CHCO administrative partner, will review monthly Productivity Statistics report for the department and develop action plans for improvement and sustainability
  3. Will suggest and participate in cost savings/productivity strategies to meet or improve the operational budget while maintaining quality service, provider satisfaction, excellent patient outcomes, and patient and referring provider satisfaction.
  4. Report to the Medical Board or other committees as requested
  5. In collaboration with the CUSOM department administrator and clinical program director, the DC will review monthly financial statements for the Division and develop action plans for improvement and sustainability.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is established at:

  • Associate Professor: $660,000 - $895,000
  • Professor $660,000 - $895,000

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

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Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

Benefits: https://www.cu.edu/employee-services/benefits.

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Diversity and Equity:

Please contact hr.adacoordinator@ucdenver.edu for information on disability accommodations

Office of Equity: https://www1.ucdenver.edu/offices/equity

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.



Minimum Qualifications 

Associate Professor:

  • Doctor of Medicine degree
  • Fellowship trained in Pediatric Surgery
  • Board eligible in General and Pediatric Surgery
  • Associate Professor Level with experience in academic leadership
  • Ability to obtain a Colorado Medical license


  • Doctor of Medicine degree
  • Fellowship trained in Pediatric Surgery
  • Board eligible in General and Pediatric Surgery
  • Associate Professor / Professor Level with experience in academic leadership
  • Ability to obtain a Colorado Medical license

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in research, preferable with independent funding (i.e. NIH)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

To be successful in this position, candidates will need the following:

  • Motivate excellence and teamwork among providers and staff, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Exemplary leadership with regards to conflict resolution among all team members
  • Strong leadership skills, including interpersonal communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, problem resolution, decision-making and project/change management
  •  Ability to integrate clinical, quality/patient safety, management and financial concepts within a pediatric, academic healthcare setting
  • Experience in leading high-performing, cross-functional teams; designing and implementing processes for strong and effective clinical and practice management operations
  •  Commitment to ensuring an excellent patient experience
  • Promotes and adheres to the CHCO Standards of Behavior and hold providers accountable for adherence
  • Promotes the four-fold mission of clinical care, research, education and advocacy

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at time of hire.

Posted: 10/08/2021