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Chief of Surgery

Work Schedule/Days:  Day / Monday - Friday
Employment Type:  Part-Time
Location:  Support I 
Requisition #:  61942



The Chief of Surgery is responsible for the overall strategy for surgical services which includes the integrated growth and sustainability plan. The Chief is also responsible for the overall delivery of surgical quality and patient safety, and for resolving operational issues related to the delivery of surgical services in the System. This leader oversees the programmatic clinical protocols for all services and specialties involving surgery. The Chief serves as a liaison with Campus Medical Directors to address specific issues, concerns, and planning germane to operating room quality and growth, in collaboration with the Chief Medical Officer.


The Chief works in collaboration with Chairs at the Emory University School of Medicine who provide academic leadership to the Emory faculty who operate at Children’s.


Reporting to the Chief Medical Officer, the Chief of Surgery has fiduciary oversight of the Children’s Physician Group Surgical Practices, which includes Anesthesia, Scottish Rite Pediatric Surgery, Egleston Pediatric Surgery/GYN, ENT, Plastic Surgery, Craniofacial/Dental, and GI/Hepatology. This excludes oversight for the Children’s Physician Group Center based surgical services—Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery, and Orthopedic Surgery. The Chief has direct oversight of 65 Anesthesiologists and 300 non-Center based surgeons. Additionally, the Chief has influence with 60 Center-based surgeons.


  1. Develops integrated growth and sustainability strategies for surgical services and specialties (Anesthesiology, ENT, Pediatric Surgery, Plastics and Craniofacial, Transplant, and Urology).
  2. Participates in developing and implementing approved plans for expansion and improvement of surgical services.
  3. Provides input in the development of annual surgical goals and planning for the system.
  4. Drives strategy execution through System Medical Directors, Medical Directors, and Campus Directors of Surgical Operations.
  5. Collaborates with VP, Operative Services and other leaders on system-wide strategies to ensure campus alignment with surgical services; coordinates necessary parties to enable the resolution of medical staff issues as escalated by System Medical Director at all appropriate levels (e.g., on-call or staffing gaps, quality of care issues, professional behavior).
  6. Coordinates across campuses to drive a consistent patient, staff, and physician experience.
  7. Provides physician input on financial decisions involving surgical issues.
  8. Provides input and feedback on protocols and procedures and works with surgical staff to ensure awareness and adherence to them.
  9. Interacts with Campus Directors of Surgical Operations on operating room issues and planning which are germane to the Center.
  10. Sets the direction and plan for Surgery, balancing all three missions (Clinical, Academic, Research).
  11. Prioritizes and allocates resources within surgery services.
  12. Hires and terminates surgeons within surgical services and specialties (Anesthesiology, ENT, Pediatric Surgery, Plastics and Craniofacial, Transplant and Urology).
  13. Determines the physician and APP staffing plan.
  14. Completes physician leader performance ratings and determines salary and incentive within guidelines.
  15. Decides specific operating room needs to align with Center goals and metrics in collaboration with Center Chiefs and Chief Physician Officer.
  16. Decides services offered and opportunities for needed program development.
  17. Sets goals and objectives for assigned System Medical Directors (aligned with strategy) and Campus Surgical Directors.
  18. Delivers on Operate with Excellence, encompassing people, the patient experience, quality and patient safety, and financial categories.


  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in a clinical specialty.
  • In addition to clinical experience, at least five (5) years administrative or leadership experience in a pediatric hospital or health care setting.
  • Experience managing programmatic quality and safety efforts.
  • Experience building and maintaining partnerships between clinical and non-clinical stakeholders.
  • Experience in acquiring philanthropic and governmental program support.


  • Graduate of an accredited, four-year medical school.
  • Graduate of an accredited, post-graduate, residency program.
  • Completion of one to two-year fellowship program in a pediatric surgical subspecialty area.


  • Board certified in a relevant specialty and current, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the state of Georgia.
  • Current DEA registration.
  • Meets eligibility requirements for credentialing as part of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta professional staff.
  • BLS/PALS certification required.


  • Respected as a clinical surgeon.
  • Is committed to the “One Children’s” approach to system of care and can look for opportunities to drive this commitment across the healthcare system.
  • Possesses ability to unify and galvanize surgeons and anesthesiologists across the system.
  • Promotes transparency by communicating decisions and reasoning early and often.
  • Demonstrates a strategic mindset in identifying where Surgery needs to address gaps and meet market needs.
  • Facilitates prompt issue resolution by removing roadblocks as necessary/appropriate.
  • Consciously engage in thought, responses, decisions, and interactions that build positive working relationships.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to build trusting relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • An ability to inspire and align multidisciplinary teams-physicians, nurses, staff.
  • A strong communicator and diplomat who can inspire and effectively communicate with wide and diverse audiences at all levels of the organization and externally.
  • A visible, engaging style.This individual will have a strong interest in people, thoughtful consideration of others and a sense of humility to complement a visible management style.
  • A management style that seeks to share information and welcomes input into the decision-making process. A collaborative approach and demonstrated ability to take an institutional view.
  • Demonstrated political acumen and the necessary skills to orchestrate, optimize, and constructively balance the interests of diverse stakeholders.
  • A mentor and developer of people who motivates others to be team players. He/ she will ensure accountability, as well as being supportive and open with faculty and staff.
  • A role model of personal and professional integrity.


Safety: Practices proper safety techniques in accordance with hospital and departmental policies and procedures. Responsible for the reporting of employee/patient/visitor injuries or accidents, or other safety issues to the supervisor and in the occurrence notification system.

Compliance: Monitors and ensures compliance with all regulatory requirements, organizational standards, and policies and procedures related to area of responsibility. Identifies potential risk areas within area of responsibility and supports problem resolution process. Maintains records of compliance activities and reports compliance activities to the Compliance Office.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel so classified.


Some potential for exposure to blood and body fluids


About Us:

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has been 100 percent committed to kids for more than 100 years. A not-for-profit organization, Children’s is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow.

With 3 hospitals, 20 neighborhood locations and a total of 673 beds, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Children’s has been recognized as a Fortune 100 Best Place to Work, a Best Place for Working Mothers, and as a top employer for diversity and millennials.  We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefit package that supports our mission, vision and values.  We are proud to offer an array of programs and services to our employees that have distinguished us as a best place to work in the country.  Connect to our mission of making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. 

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Address:  1575 Northeast Expressway, Bldg 1, Atlanta, GA  30329
Function:  Leadership/Management - Executive

Nearest Major Market: Atlanta

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