Job ID: 290124617  |  Last Updated: 12/7/2022

Vice Chair of Clinical Operations - Orthopaedics

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, WI
Applicant Contact
Sarah Cousland
Accepts J-1 Visas

Job Description

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is seeking an innovative leader to serve as the Vice Chair for Clinical Operations. This leadership role will oversee the clinical operations of the MCW Department of Orthopaedic Surgery adult practice, including the community division. As part of the leadership team, you will be responsible for implementing the strategic objectives of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert and serve as the MSK Service Line Operations Medical Director.

The Vice Chair reports directly to David M. King M.D., Paul A. Jacobs Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and works in collaboration with Julie Kerk, Froedtert Vice President of MSK Service Line. The Vice Chair will lead the Medical Directors of the MSK Service Line, APP Manager, Division Chiefs, Community Division Faculty and APPs, and Clinic Medical Directors.

The ideal candidate will:
Work collaboratively in a matrixed, diverse, complex environment
Successfully recruit and retain diverse, talented faculty and foster their career development
Steer the division through growth and programmatic excellence in alignment with the missions of the Medical College of Wisconsin
Nurture a culture of inclusion, compassion, accountability, and professionalism across the enterprise
Lead with transparency and collegiality, in a non-hierarchical culture
Identify and implement quality initiatives and opportunities for value-based care

The position offers a highly competitive compensation and full benefits package, CME and professional development allowance, outstanding employer-funded health and retirement plan, dependent child college reimbursement program, generous relocation allowance, and paid parental leave.

Role of Vice Chair of Clinical Operations
In partnership with the Departmental Leadership Team, the Vice Chair is accountable for:
Leading the clinical practice to achieve high-quality service, including collaborating on quality outcomes and value-based care initiatives.
Managing Faculty and APP schedules including coordination of OR time and clinic time, as well as the Community trauma call schedules.
Developing growth business plans in coordination with departmental and service line leadership, including program development, acquisitions, and partnerships.
Partnering with hospital leaders to optimize supply chain negotiations and contracting.
Assisting the Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in recruitment, selection and appointment processes of faculty and APPs.
Creating an environment of professionalism, collegiality, and respect.
Serving as the Department and Service line steward of cost containment efforts, including care models such as evolution of inpatient to outpatient surgeries
Working collaboratively with other leaders and colleagues to advance the goals of the Department.
Demonstrating intellectual curiosity and creativity, promote, and sustain a culture of inquiry and innovation in surgical care.
Participating in and representing MCW in regional, national, and international organizations and societies.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes
Maintains confidentiality and exercises appropriate discretion with information.
Communicates effectively, both oral and written.
Able to work in a heavily matrixed organization and navigate multiple agendas.
Embraces a commitment of promoting a diverse and inclusive environment including knowledge of the principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity.
Ability to perceive the implications and potential consequences of various situations and to assess the potential impact of alternative courses of action.
Uses data and methods that effectively solve complex problems and explores available resources.
Displays sensitivity, patience, diplomacy, and tact in relationships.
Relates appropriately to a variety of people in all positions. Creates effective team relationships. Mitigates high stress situations.
Fosters a positive morale. Encourages collegiality and civility. Inspires confidence and provides mentorship to others.
Demonstrated experience in leadership fostering diversity, inclusion, and equity. Experience with the recruitment of underrepresented faculty is highly desired.

MD, MD/PhD, DO, or equivalent degree
Board Certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Eligible for an unrestricted license in the State of Wisconsin
Leadership experience and accomplishment commensurate with process qualifications for an MCW faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor
Proven track record of success in surgical and clinical administration
Strong managerial skills developing operational effectiveness, advising on priorities, strategic planning, and budgeting
Demonstrated ability to build collaborative relationships with a diverse group of academic, health system and community partners
Open to any sub-specialty area within Orthopaedic Surgery

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery includes 30 Adult Orthopaedic Faculty and 32 Adult Orthopaedic Advanced Practice Providers. Clinical subspecialties include Adult Joint Reconstruction and Hip Preservation, Foot and Ankle, Hand and Upper Extremity, Musculoskeletal Oncology, Urgent Care, Orthopaedic Trauma, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Spine, Bone Health, and Sports Medicine. The MCW Orthopaedic Surgery research labs include the Biomechanical Lab, Center for Motion Analysis, Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Lab, Sports Medicine Motion Analysis Lab, and Biomaterials and Histology Lab.

Medical College of Wisconsin
At the core of everything we do at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is the pursuit of new knowledge and the power of academic medicine. Bringing together the worlds top scientists and clinicians, inspired students, and invested communities, we are driven to solve the most complex challenges in health and society. MCW is home to a diverse group of thought leaders collaborating to build a healthier world and a continuous cycle of life-changing knowledge. MCW has approximately 1,600 full-time and part-time faculty and approximately 3,445 full-time employees.

Froedtert Hospital
Froedtert Hospital is a 702-bed academic medical center and a leading referral resource for advanced medical care. Froedtert Hospital also operates the regions only adult Level I Trauma Center. The primary adult teaching affiliate of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital is a major training facility for more than 1,000 medical, nursing and health technical students annually. Also, a respected research center, participating in 2,000 research studies, including clinical trials, every year. Froedtert Hospital is part of the Froedtert & MCW health network, which includes 8 hospital locations, over 2,000 physicians and more than 45 health centers and clinics. In our recent fiscal year, outpatient visits were nearly 1.5 million, inpatient admissions to our hospitals were 55,085 and visits to our network physicians exceeds 1.1 million. Physicians who practice at Froedtert Hospital are Medical College of Wisconsin faculty who are dedicated to patient care, research, and teaching. Patients benefit from a full range of medical and surgical specialties. Additional hospital locations I Menomonee Falls and West Bend. In addition to many Surgery Centers throughout the region.

Milwaukee, the largest city in Wisconsin, is located on Lake Michigans western shore. A metropolitan area with more than 1.5 million people, Milwaukee is an affordable, comfortable place to live, work, and play, big enough to be exciting and uncongested enough to get around easily. Milwaukee is home to botanical gardens, museums, a theater district, the champion Milwaukee Bucks, the Milwaukee Brewers, and many fine restaurants.

Our Commitment to Mental Health and Wellbeing
MCW recognizes the hard work and multiple responsibilities of our faculty and staff and is committed to improving wellness and wellbeing. As part of MCWs commitment, a multitude of resources are provided and encouraged.

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace that includes individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We believe that embracing differences is critical to realize our vision of a healthier world, and we recognize that a healthy and thriving community starts from within. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

MCW as an Equal Opportunity Employer and Commitment to Non-Discrimination
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristic, or military status.

All interactions will remain confidential, no inquiries will be made without consent of the applicant. Nominations and applications, including CV and a cover letter stating qualifications and reason for interest in the role, may be submitted to:

Sarah Cousland, Senior Executive Faculty Recruiter,

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