Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Location: Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven CT

The Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (“Division”) will join the Yale School of Medicine and the Yale New Haven Health system at a remarkable time in the Division’s history. The next Chief will find an extraordinary opportunity in which to take the already strong Division to a new level of excellence; with the clinical, academic and educational missions as a focus, they will build a comprehensive system of plastic and reconstructive surgical care across the regional health care system. The Academic rank will be commensurate with experience. The Department of Surgery is experiencing a renewed period of academic and clinical growth under its Chair, Dr. Nita Ahuja, and accordingly, enhancing the clinical footprint and scholarly activity of the Division is a departmental priority.

The next Chief is expected to lead significant clinical practice and programmatic growth in the Division, thereby also expanding opportunities for research and education. The Chief will recruit physicians and other key staff to create and facilitate programmatic initiatives and take advantage of existing opportunities to advance complex, high-end procedures and care, while also incorporating more cosmetic surgery into the academic environment. This individual will be expected to ensure the excellence of the training programs, and to confirm they are in full regulatory compliance and meet all accreditation requirements. The Chief will be a nurturing mentor to faculty and trainees, providing ongoing guidance and support of their professional development, including promoting collaborations across the health system.

This individual will be a nationally recognized leader in the practice, science, and education of plastic surgery. The ideal candidate will have a strong training pedigree, a track record of clinical excellence, possess excellent communication skills, and be committed to providing an exceptional patient experience. They will bring a collaborative leadership style coupled with a demonstrated ability to innovate and continue to build a top-ranked program in one of the most vibrant academic institutions in the nation. Finally, the Chief must be a partner to senior leadership and demonstrate transparency as well as have a deep sense of professionalism, a commitment to diversity and inclusion in all its forms, an unwavering ethical compass, and strong support for interdisciplinary and inter-professional collaboration.

The Chief will be accountable for achieving the clinical, research, and educational goals of the division and coordinating, integrating and managing the clinical services. They will be an action-oriented collaborator, working with the organization’s many stakeholders to achieve high quality, patient-centered care across all organizational boundaries. There is tremendous opportunity to create an enhanced structure for community-based services and expanding the range of clinical sites and services across the region is a high priority. The next Chief will have the support of the Chair and the Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) to find creative and financially rewarding opportunities to serve the region. This individual will be expected to maintain the Division’s sound financial base and will have the ability to re-invest its margins to continue growth and invest in academic programs. The Department of Surgery’s organizational model will give the Chief considerable discretion in realizing its goals.


The Section Chief is responsible for working with senior leadership to refine the strategic vision and execution of a unified approach to plastic and reconstructive surgery across the YNHH system and service area.

With a visibility and reach spanning across the health system, the next Chief will:

  • Work with senior leadership to build a reputation that will attract the best and brightest clinicians, researchers, and trainees to join the YNHH community;
  • Collaborate with area providers to synergize work and success within YNHH and its community partners;
  • Develop research programs that cut across the Yale University and Yale New Have Health System campuses and connect with researchers nationally and internationally;
  • Build collaborative ties with YNHHS hospitals;
  • Oversee the business plan and its evolution to ensure the case for recruiting and retaining world-class interdisciplinary researchers, educators, and clinicians for programs at YNHS and affiliated institutions;
  • Support the ongoing system and philanthropic investment by ensuring the collection of system level data;
  • Oversee the implementation and dissemination of knowledge and services across the YNHS;
  • Supervise (in collaboration with Department and hospital administration) the business manager and administrative leads for each of the clinical, educational, and research areas;
  • Oversee the physicians and physician extenders (such as Nurse Practitioners and Physician Associates) providing services;
  • Oversee and enhance the training programs;
  • Oversee program development and implementation to improve patient outcomes and reduce cost of care;
  • Oversee the preparation of annual reports, including budgetary planning and performance evaluation of medical providers;
  • Maintain a robust part-time clinical practice;
  • Ensure that physicians and physician extenders successfully meet Departmental clinical practice goals and metrics.

New Haven is conveniently located between Boston and New York. It is a great place to live, work, do business and enjoy life. There are ample opportunities to live within 20 minutes on the coast or in surrounding villages with small town charm. The greater New Haven area offers some of the top public and private schools in the country.

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

Should you have any questions, please contact:

Name: Walter Longo, MD, MBA
Department of Surgery
Yale University School of Medicine
33 Cedar Street
P.O. Box 208062
New Haven, CT 06520-8068

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.


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