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 Creighton University Medical Center


Surgical Director, Cardiac Transplantation/VAD


Omaha, Nebraska


Position Open

CHI Health Heart Institute in Omaha, NE is seeking a board-certified Cardiac Transplantation surgeon to become the Program/Surgical Director to help lead the clinical, operational and research activities of a newly created Heart Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device program. Ideal candidates will be proficient in all aspects of adult cardiac surgery with advanced expertise in heart transplantation, mechanical assist devices and ECMO. A long-term vision and support from the health system support the establishment and longevity of the heart transplant program, which complements an existing extensive advanced heart failure program consisting of surgeons, advanced heart failure physicians and advanced practice providers.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Current certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, current certification in thoracic surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada, or pending certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery

  • Qualify as a “Primary” Heart Transplant Surgeon under current OPTN Bylaws ()

  • Five (5) years post-fellowship heart transplant experience

  • Qualify for an unrestricted medical license in the state of Nebraska and medical staff membership within the hospital

  • Heart transplant program start-up experience preferred, programmatic growth and outreach experience required

Where You’ll Work


CHI Health

CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization consists of 14 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities, more than 150 employed physician practice locations and more than 12,000 employees in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa.


In fiscal 2018, CHI Health invested more than $179.3 million back into our communities. The majority of those dollars went to caring for the poor and underserved.


CHI Health is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at


CHI Health Heart Institute

CHI Health Clinic Heart Institute providers are at the forefront of cardiovascular care.  With four cardiothoracic surgeons, five vascular surgeons and over 50 board certified cardiologists on staff—including specialists in interventional procedures, electrophysiology, imaging and vascular disease—The CHI Health Institute offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to cardiac care.  With 25 Institute clinics and 45 outreach sites the Heart Institute enjoys the highest cardiovascular market share in Nebraska.  The CHI Health Heart Institute has achieved Center of Excellence status within CommonSpirit Health for their TAVR, Mitraclip and Watchman programs, placing them among only four Common Spirit Health cardiovascular programs that have achieved the COE structural heart status.


Medical Group

CHI Health Medical Group Enterprise is a growing multi-specialty network of highly-skilled medical providers offering primary and specialty care at more than 150 locations and employing nearly 1,000 physicians and advanced practice providers that represent more than 40 specialties. As the primary teaching partner of Creighton University's health sciences schools, we're committed to teaching the health professionals of the future.


Transplant Hospital

The Transplant/VAD program will be based at CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy, where patients are at the heart of patient-focused care. The Level 1 trauma center and academic medical center campus is designed to heal the body, mind, and spirit of every person in a more comfortable, less stressful hospital environment. The full range of medical services at this facility includes trauma services, heart & vascular care, emergency services, surgery, maternity, cancer care, and diagnostic imaging.

Where You’ll Live


Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha is Nebraska's largest city with more than 860,000 residents in the metropolitan area. Housing and cost of living are well below the national average. Omaha has a strong and vibrant business community, and the city is home to five Fortune 500 companies including Union Pacific Railroad, and Mutual of Omaha. We are home to the NCAA College World Series, the 2012 Olympic Swim Trials and the world renowned Henry Doorly Zoo. Greater Omaha has a strong system of public and private schools. We are also fortunate to have a wide array of public and private institutions of higher learning.  We have hosted the last three Olympic swim trials and two Olympic curling trials. 


In a survey done by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine (May 2012), Omaha was ranked as the #1 city in the "10 Great Cities to Raise Your Kids". Omaha was also named one of the nation's "2011 Best-Value-City in America" to live, work and play by Kiplinger magazine. No matter your preferences, Omaha truly is a first-class destination!


Council Bluffs, Iowa

Council Bluffs is a city grounded in history with an eye on the future. Nestled between the Missouri River and the picturesque bluffs of southwest Iowa, Council Bluffs is a community of approximately 65,000 people. We have the best of both worlds - small town feel with big city amenities minutes away across the Missouri River. In Council Bluffs, you will find appealing neighborhoods, great schools and an excellent cost-of-living. For outdoor enthusiasts, we offer hiking trails, fishing, hunting, gaming, boating, skiing, biking, for those who prefer to stay indoors, we have concerts, casinos, musicals, opera, symphony, museums, festivals and much more!



CommonSpirit Health™ and its organizations are an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.


CHI Health (Nebraska) has implemented a nicotine free work policy and will consider only qualified nicotine free candidates. As of March 1, 2019, cotinine (nicotine) will be added to the list of substances screen for during the post offer, pre-employment testing for all external job candidates offered employment. A positive result for cotinine (nicotine) will eliminate eligibility for employment consideration.

Confidential Inquiries

Barry Marshall – TMG Senior Consultant & Executive Recruiter

(913) 927-5680 /

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