Chief, Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care

Location: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) seeks a Chief of the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care in the Department of Surgery, Section of Surgical Sciences. This individual will exhibit the leadership skills, values, and vision to grow an already highly successful clinical, teaching and research enterprise. The Division cares for surgical patients suffering from traumatic or thermal injury, or who require emergency general surgery or intensive care. The ideal candidate will be certified in General Surgery and Critical Care and an exceptional, technically adept surgeon with strong communication, collaboration, and leadership skills.  Commitment to education, research and ongoing quality/performance improvement are indispensable. Academic rank, tenure and additional leadership opportunities are commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The Chief of the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care will report to the Chair of the Department of Surgery. The Division is home to 11 faculty members, 8 clinical fellows and a large team of advance practice providers that deliver a broad array of clinical services.

A major feature of the position will be the opportunity to lead the only American College of Surgeons designated Level 1 trauma center in Tennessee, supporting a multidisciplinary care team including Radiology, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesia, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery/Neurology, Plastic Surgery, and Nursing. With a catchment area of 65,000 square miles covering Tennessee and surrounding states, the medical center provides acute care and specialty services for a wide variety of patients. VUMC has 1091 beds with over 6000 trauma team activations and 4700 trauma admissions annually and will expand considerably in the next decade, commensurate with the growth of our vibrant city and region.

The Chief will lead the effort to achieve the Division’s clinical, academic, research, educational, operational and financial goals.  This includes management of the increasing volume of trauma/surgical critical care patients, ensuring excellent outcomes, maximizing faculty and patient satisfaction, providing essential support and guidance for the ongoing well-funded and successful research programs in the Division, and enhancing the educational experience of a wide variety of trainees who integrate with the program. Success will be judged by growth in programs, quality metrics, faculty satisfaction and development, financial performance, external research support, and publications. In addition to the current research support provided to the Division, additional resources will be made available to the successful applicant commensurate with experience, track record, and interest.

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, VUMC functions at the global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care. Our community of individuals come together each day to try to change the world.  We recognize excellence, expand knowledge, and encourage everyone to realize their full potential. We actively seek diversity of culture, thinking, learning and leading. VUMC’s mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research. (

Interested candidates should submit curriculum vitae, letter of interest, and references to:

Carmen C. Solórzano, MD, FACS
Professor of  Surgery
Chair, Department of Surgery
Director, Endocrine Surgery

1161 21st Avenue South
D-4313 MCN
Nashville, TN  37232-2730

Khristina Prince

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.


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