Program Director of Congenital Heart Surgery
at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
The University of Virginia (UVA) Children’s, in collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University (CHoR), is seeking applications for the Program Director of Congenital Heart Surgery at CHoR. This unique position will be based in Richmond, Virginia, to oversee the congenital cardiac surgery program at VCU in collaboration with UVA Children’s, in Charlottesville, Virginia. This person will also be the Co-Director of the Children’s Heart Foundation Heart Center and have appointments at both VCU and UVA. Interested individuals must be an MD, board certified in cardiothoracic surgery, and board certified in congenital cardiac surgery, with significant experience in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Responsibilities include all aspects of clinical care for the adult and pediatric congenital cardiac populations on the VCU campus in Richmond, VA. The position also offers the unique opportunity to actively participation in resident, fellow and medical student education, and academic endeavors.
Children’s Hospital of Richmond has recently joined UVA Children’s, a Top 20 Congenital Heart Program in U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), in a formal collaboration. Dr. James (Jay) Gangemi, Director of Congenital Heart Surgery for the collaboration, along with pediatric cardiologists, Dr. Tom L’Ecuyer (UVA) and Dr. Christopher Snyder (CHoR) are working hand in hand to establish the motto, “two campuses, one program. They are all recognized as leaders in academic congenital heart surgery and pediatric cardiology and embody the tripartite mission in their work to care, educate and innovate. The mission of this collaboration is to provide excellent patient care, with the highest quality and safety, expand research, and education. This goal is to establish these two campuses of excellence under the umbrella of one program.
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU has a rich history of providing clinical care, research, and education for over 100 years. On April 30, 2023, CHoR will open a beautiful new, high tech, standalone Children’s Hospital to care for pediatric inpatient and emergency / trauma care. Connected to CHoR’s outpatient Children’s Pavilion, the Children’s Tower completes an entire city block – and nearly 1 million square feet – dedicated to providing state of the art care for children and their families dubbed “The Wonder Tower” https://www.chrichmond.org/blog/a-peek-inside-your-new-childrens-tower
This new Children’s Hospital brings inpatient, emergency/trauma and outpatient care under one roof. Patients and families will benefit from this consolidation of care, while maintaining the benefits of being connected to a large urban academic medical center. This 16-story facility will initially house 72 private rooms; an emergency department; 24 bed PICU, expanded child life services; family amenities; 7 new operating rooms and all forms of advance imaging (CT/MRI) and shelled out floors for future growth. In addition, CHoR has a 40-bed Level 4 NICU, staffed by neonatologist, adjacent to the delivery rooms in the maternal fetal wing in the VCU Medical Center’s Critical Care Hospital.
CHoR is one of only a dozen children’s hospitals on the East Coast to be verified as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons. More than 6,700 families turned to the surgery team at CHoR to care for their children last year. Almost 4,500 operations were performed at CHoR last year ranging from straightforward cases to advanced robotic, bariatric, and reconstructive operations in neonates and children of all ages. CHoR has surgical specialists across all areas of care including general and thoracic surgery, ENT, orthopedics, neurosurgery, urology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, OMFS, and ophthalmology.
Pediatric Cardiology is a growing division with 9 Physicians, 3 Nurse Practitioners and an active, vibrant fellowship led by their new Chief, Dr. Christopher Snyder. All aspects of pediatric cardiology are currently located within the VCU Health System including congenital surgery, diagnostic and interventional catheterization, fetal, electrophysiology and basic science research as well as adult congenital heart care. However, as of April 30, 2023, these services will transition to the new inpatient children’s tower, which will also include a state-of-the-art hybrid cardiac procedure suite (cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology lab, and operating room) scheduled to open this fall.
Richmond, the capitol of Virginia, is a diversified, vibrant and growing city of greater than 1.2 million people. It is loaded with culture (Ballet, Symphony, Fine Arts Museum, Opera), American history, and fine dining, recently ranked as one of the top 10 food cities in America. Richmond is the economic hub of Virginia being the home of many Fortune 500 companies including Dominion Energy, CarMax, Markel, and Altria. It is centrally located in the state, has a subtropical climate where one can enjoy all seasons. Due to its location, Richmond is ideally situated close to the beach, the mountains and Washington DC with easy airline access to all the big cities in the northeast.
UVA Children’s is ranked as the number 1 children’s hospital in Virginia by US News and World Report and is nationally ranked in five subspecialty areas. The University of Virginia Medical Center and Children's Hospital are located adjacent to the main university grounds of the University of Virginia. The University of Virginia is annually ranked as one of the premier public institutions in the United States. The UVA Department of Pediatrics and the UVA Children’s Hospital share a common goal to enhance the health and well-being of children and families through collaborative medical care, education of professionals dedicated to pediatric healthcare, breakthrough research that improves lives, leadership, and community service. For more information on the Department of Pediatrics, visit our website: https://med.virginia.edu/pediatrics/.
To apply, complete a Candidate Profile online and attach a CV, cover letter describing your interests, and contact information for 3 References - name, email, and phone. The position will remain open to applications until filled.
For further information about the position contact: Dr. James (Jay) Gangemi, Department of Surgery, PO Box 800709 Charlottesville, VA 22908, 434-243-6828, [email protected]
The University of Virginia is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.
Graduate of Accredited medical school with degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO). Completion of Accredited Residency in chosen specialty,
Board certification in specialty (if newly graduated from residency, must be obtained within 2 years of graduation) must be kept current, Unrestricted license to practice within the Commonwealth of Virginia, Current DEA certificate without restriction
Experience utilizing a personal computer and computerized scheduling.
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