Job ID: 289671593  |  Last Updated: 2/27/2019

Cardiothoracic Surgeon Opening in Northern New Jersey

Englewood Health
Englewood, NJ
Applicant Contact
Eva Matos-Botex
Director of Talent Acquisition and Development

Job Description

Cardio-thoracic Surgeon

The Department of Cardio-thoracic Surgery at Englewood Health is recruiting a New Cardio-thoracic Surgeon.

For nearly two decades, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center has provided tertiary-level cardiac and thoracic surgical care, with outstanding quality outcomes. Cofounded in 2000 by its former chief, James Klein, MD, the department has since grown to become one of the leading cardiothoracic surgical programs in New Jersey in terms of both volume and quality.
During an era in which cardiac surgery has seen significant decline in volume both locally and nationally, Englewood Hospital and Medical Centers program has realized double-digit annual growth over the last 5 years. In 2017, just under 500 patients chose Englewood Hospital and Medical Center for cardiac surgery and another 100 for thoracic surgery.

Since its inception, the department has achieved a patient survival rate for isolated coronary artery bypass surgery of approximately 99 percent, among the highest in New Jersey. The departments quality outcomes have resulted in accolades from external ratings agencies, including CareChex/Quantros and Healthgrades. In the most recent CareChex/Quantros reporting, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center received a Medical Excellence Award in Major Cardiac Surgery (Top 10% in Nation), and a Patient Safety Award in Major Cardiac Surgery (#1 in NJ and Top 10% in Nation).

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery is built around a core of three cardiac surgeons based full time at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, along with a robust supporting team of advanced practice providers and full-time cardiac intensivists. An additional ten surgeons, primarily performing thoracic surgery, are based in the community, with varying levels of activity at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and other institutions. In addition to the medical staff, a fulltime administrative director serves an important liaising function to hospital administration.

Specific Areas of Expertise

Valvular Disease: The team has extensive experience in the treatment of valvular disease, using minimally invasive and robotic options when possible or open surgical techniques as needed. Since 2012, the cardiac surgeons, working in partnership with interventional cardiologists, have been performing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for the treatment of aortic stenosis in high-risk patients. The procedure is performed in a new, state-of-the-art hybrid operating room. In 2017, the TAVR team performed 129 procedures. Englewood Hospitals cardiac surgeons and cardiologists have observed a high success rate in TAVR patients, with outcomes better than the national average. In a healthcare market replete with excellent, tertiary-level hospitals, the TAVR service is a major selling point for the medical center, allowing patients to stay in their community for care. The team also has experience in mitral valve repair. In 2017, the department added to its repertoire the MitraClip, an FDA-approved procedure to correct mitral valve abnormalities in high-risk patients who are not candidates for an open procedure.

Bloodless Surgery: Englewood Hospital and Medical Center has been an international leader in bloodless medicine and surgery for nearly a quarter of a century. Bloodless medicine and surgery has been demonstrated to improve patient outcomes by reducing the risks inherent to blood transfusion such as inflammatory and immune responses. Our Institute for Patient Blood Management and Bloodless Medicine and Surgery provides the institutional resources for the delivery of safe and effective transfusion-free medical and surgical care as standard for all patients, not only for those who choose not to have blood transfusions. The bloodless surgery program has an esteemed reputation in the Jehovahs Witness community for compassionate, high-quality transfusion-free care often denied at other institutions, and patients have traveled from all 50 states and several foreign countries for surgery. Physicians from all specialties, including cardiothoracic surgery, are engaged in bloodless medicine and surgery techniques and many have published peer-reviewed research on the topic. About 80 percent of cardiac surgeries at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center are performed without the use of blood transfusions.

Collaboration with Vascular Surgery: The department works closely with colleagues in vascular surgery to provide advanced aneurysm repair procedures. Among these procedures are combined TAVR and EVAR (endovascular aneurysm repair). The seamless coordination between surgeons allows for smooth handoffs of those patients who require additional interventions. An advanced and minimally invasive technology that has come out of this process is fenestrated EVAR grafts, which give vascular surgeons the ability to navigate and fix aneurysms while maintaining the integrity and structure of the valves and veins. The department is also expanding its activity in thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR).
Among other areas of focus and growth are atrial dysrhythmia services, in collaboration with the electrophysiology service.

Future Areas of Growth and Development

The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery is poised to enter a new era that builds on its legacy of care while remaining dynamic to adjust to changing healthcare models, challenges, and opportunities. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is in its first year of a new 10-year strategic plan. Cardiac and Vascular Services is one of eight strategic imperatives in this new plan, along with oncology, population health, physician partnerships, branding, and other key areas. Our goals and objectives are to:
- Capitalize on our culture of teamwork and quality across the entire continuum of care to improve cardiac and pulmonary outcomes.
- Expand innovative clinical programs and services through the use of advanced medical technology supported by research, and by recruiting leading talent.
- Enhance access, referral mechanisms, and continuity of care by working closely with our affiliated physician network and our population health department, and by leveraging Epic, an integrated electronic health record system.
- Remain committed to the patient and family experience.
- Undertake new branding and marketing initiatives to help fulfill our goal of being recognized as a destination healthcare provider.
- Earn recognition by external ratings agencies for our outcomes and reputation.

- An M.D. or D.O.
- Board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
- Possession of, or eligibility for, a medical license in the State of New Jersey.
- Exceptional communication and leadership skills required.

Compensation and Benefits:

Compensation arrangements are excellent and commensurate with both experience and achievement. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is located just minutes outside New York City. Englewood rests in a sophisticated, suburban New Jersey setting that is literally surrounded by the cultural advantages of one of the worlds most exciting cities.

Interested and qualified candidates are welcome to submit a CV to:

John Chung, Physician Recruiter

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