Temple University, Office of Physician & Faculty Recruitment

Chief, Section of Thoracic Surgery Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University Thoracic Surgeon-in-Chief, Temple University Health System

Job Locations US-PA-Philadelphia
Posted Date 3 months ago(4/23/2021 1:32 PM)
Specialty Area
Thoracic Medicine and Surgery

Summary of Position

The Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) is seeking a transformative leader for the roles of Chief, Section of Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Surgeon-In-Chief at Temple Health. Preference will be given to innovative, strategic thinkers who are widely known and respected for their thoracic surgical skills and who have demonstrated leadership, program development, collaboration, and administrative abilities.


The Chief will lead, manage, and further develop the Thoracic Surgery program throughout Temple Health to ensure it achieves the highest possible standards of excellence in the tripartite mission of patient care, education, and research.


In this role, the chief will be expected to extend the range of current services in thoracic surgery for the diagnosis and surgical treatment of benign and malignant thoracic disorders (diagnostic biopsy, curative excision of tumors of the lung, esophagus and chest wall, plication, and pacemaker treatment of diaphragm dysfunction, tracheomalacia, pleural space surgical therapies, lung volume reduction surgery, foregut surgical treatments). Extension of the current thoracic robotic surgical programs is also a key area of focus for programmatic growth. The successful candidate will be fully prepared by experience and training to collaboratively establish ambitious programmatic goals and support those involved in a comprehensive effort to achieve those goals. Lastly, the successful candidate must have proven leadership skills in areas contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as a commitment to advancing these principles within the department and the school.


The Thoracic Surgery Department resides within the Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery (TMS) at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine - an innovative multidisciplinary academic service line of medical professions dedicated to the medical and surgical treatment of patients with thoracic disorders.


The Department of Thoracic Medicine and Surgery (TMS) was founded seven years ago based on a comprehensive strategic plan to create one of the top programs in the U.S for the medical and surgical management of pulmonary and critical care medicine disorders. The mission of the Department of TMS is to provide superb patient care, and cutting edge research and education in pulmonary, thoracic and critical care disorders. The department currently has clinical and research expertise in a broad range of respiratory diseases including asthma, COPD, interstitial lung diseases, lung cancer, sleep disorders, lung transplantation, critical care medicine, acute and chronic respiratory failure, pulmonary hypertension, sarcoidosis, foregut disorders, cough and unexplained dyspnea. For over 30 years, the department has remained at the forefront of the field in the Tristate region, and has trained leaders in medical care, research, and education.


The department is currently comprised of over 50 physicians and scientists from a variety of disciplines focused on the medical and surgical care of pulmonary and critically ill patients, who integrate novel research and educational activities centered on the care of this complex patient population.


Temple Health, one of Philadelphia's leading academic medical centers, is home to more than 1,000 physicians and scientists who share the mission of bringing innovative treatments to patients. Giving its patients access to some of the world's most advanced therapies — and helping them achieve outcomes once thought impossible — is the driving force for its clinical care, research, and medical education.


Candidates must possess an M.D. or M.D. /Ph.D. with active board certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery; credentials that will support a faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor is preferred. Candidates will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong interpersonal, organizational and problem-solving skills, and a deep commitment to diversity and inclusivity. Lastly, candidates should be active participants in specialty organizations/committees at the national and international levels and have the ability to obtain medical licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

To be considered, please complete the online application. Application materials should include the following: a cover letter stating your area of expertise and qualifications, synopsis of accomplishments and professional goals, research/teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and contact information. A statement describing participation in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions is strongly encouraged.


Please address your application to:


Yoshiya Toyoda, MD, Search Committee Chairperson, Professor, Surgery and William Maul Measey Chair, Surgery and Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, C/O Michael R. Lester, Senior Director, Physician/Faculty Recruitment and Retention, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple Faculty Practice Plan.


Confidential inquiries and candidate nominations should be directed to Michael.Lester@tuhs.temple.edu


The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

The University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.


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