Chair, Department of Surgery Bridgeport Hospital

Location: Bridgeport Hospital, Yale New Haven Health System

Over the last ten years, Bridgeport Hospital has undergone a remarkable transformation from a challenged community hospital to a multi-campus, regional leader providing high quality, sophisticated care with industry leading employee engagement and physician satisfaction all under the banner of a nationally recognized health system.

Working in close partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Medical Officer and the Chair, Department of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine, the Chair will have the opportunity to lead significant clinical growth in the Department during a period of institutional transformation, and will serve as a critical member of the Bridgeport Hospital, Yale New Haven Health and Yale Department of Surgery senior leadership teams. He/she will also be expected to work closely with Yale Surgery to forge closer academic and clinical ties and bring the advantages of an academic department to bear on the clinical, research and educational efforts of Bridgeport to develop strategies for success and collaboration across an active system.

The Chair must be a compelling leader whose passion for the educational, clinical, and research missions of the Department energize the faculty and staff, focusing their efforts on a strategic vision of excellence in all missions. He/she must also be a competent and prudent steward of the Department, guiding it through what will almost certainly be uncharted territories of change in the healthcare and social environment. Importantly, the Chair must be viewed by all Hospital stakeholders as a strong advocate for balancing the clinical and academic missions of Bridgeport Hospital, Yale New Haven Health and Yale Surgery.

The Chair must share and demonstrate passion for the institutional commitment to its mission of clinical excellence, education, and research, including inter-professional team building. She/he must have the business acumen and cultural sensitivity to manage a complex organization and demonstrate the interpersonal skills that will assure successful relationship building with a variety of external and internal stakeholders, including government figures, donors, and affiliated organizations. The Chair must bring vision to the task of drafting the Department’s future, coupled with an ability to communicate in a fashion that inspires others to follow in uncertain times. She/he must be a consensus builder, but also capable of serving as an agent for change.

The next Chair will be expected to lead the faculty on its journey to a stronger academic culture, one focused on evidence-based surgery and a deep commitment to quality and safety in patient care; preparation for value based care; focus on maintaining a strong graduate medical education program; and the integration of discovery and innovation with clinical practice. Each of these areas offer great opportunities for the Department to achieve national stature, a stronger local reputation, and the ability to tap into the region’s generous community, ever desirous of not wanting to travel for difficult surgical problems.


Located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, Bridgeport Hospital - the 2nd largest hospital in the Yale New Haven Health System – is a $710+ million revenue not-for-profit acute care hospital with 501 licensed beds on two campuses plus 42 beds licensed to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. With more than 2,800 employees; nearly 770 active attending physicians representing more than 60 subspecialties; 235 resident physicians including 150 from Yale University School of Medicine programs (general surgery, emergency medicine, pediatrics and pathology) and 85 from Bridgeport Hospital-sponsored programs (including fellowships); 660 registered nurses; 286 volunteers and 245 auxilians, Bridgeport is one of the most comprehensive community teaching hospitals in the region. As a level 2 trauma center, Bridgeport Hospital is also the site of the Dr. Andrew J. & Henrietta Panettieri Burn Center, the only dedicated burn center in Connecticut


Yale New Haven Health System, Connecticut’s leading healthcare system, was formed in 1996 to enhance the quality and scope of healthcare services for residents of Connecticut and beyond. Now celebrating 20 years as an integrated health system, YNHHS includes Bridgeport, Greenwich, Lawrence + Memorial, Yale New Haven and Westerly hospitals, as well as the Northeast Medical Group multispecialty physician practice, and the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Connecticut. YNHHS has clinical relationships with several other hospitals in Connecticut and numerous outpatient locations throughout the state. Network participants include Bristol and Day Kimball hospitals. YNHHS is affiliated with Yale School of Medicine, in support of patient care, medical education and clinical research.


  • MD, DO, or MD/PhD with progressive experience in an integrated delivery system or academic environment.
  • Board certified by the American Board of Surgery.
  • Graduate level degree in Public Health, Business Administration, Medical Management, Health Administration or a related discipline is preferred.
  • Current Connecticut state medical license or ability to gain and retain licensure in Connecticut

pplicants should send a cover letter, curriculum vita and three letters of reference. All application materials should be submitted electronically to: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


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