Academic Medicine, Healthcare, Physician Leadership

Division Chief, Adult Cardiac Surgery

  • UT Health San Antonio
  • San Antonio, TX

UT Health San Antonio at the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, and The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery seeks a full-time Adult Cardiac Surgeon to serve as Division Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery.  The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery has had a long-standing commitment to University Health System (UHS) and the citizens of Bexar County since its founder, Dr. Kent Trinkle, joined the staff in 1972. Dr. Trinkle was a unique and skilled cardiothoracic surgeon who brought numerous firsts to San Antonio and the Bexar County Hospital District. To name a few, the first single lung transplant, double lung transplant, heart-lung transplant and heart transplant were all done under his leadership.

Dr. Calhoon succeeded him in 1994 and had the benefit of his teaching and counsel for some eight years. Dr. Calhoon is currently the 1st Vice President of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons; is a Past Chair of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery; and is a Past President of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation. He has also served as President of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA) and the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA).

Cardiothoracic Surgery became an independent department ten years ago and that separation has allowed it, and its parent general surgery, to focus on their respective goals even more clearly to the benefit of the UHS. The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UT Health San Antonio offers a six-year Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery training program.

University Health System (UHS) flagship facility, University Hospital (UH) includes a Level I Trauma center with over 700-beds, maintains Nursing Magnet Status, ACC Chest Pain Center accreditation, and Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention accreditation. UHS has committed to investing nearly $40M in a major expansion of cardiology clinical facilities at University Hospital (UH). Cardiology patients are housed in the new Sky Tower of UH with a capacity of some 84 total ICU and ACU beds. The planned construction of a new bed tower will facilitate even further expansion of Cardiology and HVI services.

UT Health San Antonio, part of The University of Texas System, is the major source of health professions education and life sciences research in South Texas and is a major center for patient care in South Texas. The Health Science Center is composed of eight campuses across San Antonio and South Texas. It has 4.5 million square feet of owned and leased facilities for education, research, treatment and administration. The University employs approximately 5,400 full-time faculty and staff and has a budget of approximately $806 million.


Candidates must be board certified in Thoracic Surgery or in rare circumstance, an international “equivalent” could be considered.

Academic accomplishments and credentials sufficient to qualify at the rank of Associate Professor at UT Health San Antonio.

In-depth knowledge and ability to effectively lead physicians, researchers, and educators, while also growing the scholarly activity of the Division

Ideally, mastery and expertise of the thoracic aorta from both an open and endovascular approach and additional expertise in minimally invasive revascularization, valve surgery, and/or Heart Failure/LVAD surgery is desired.

A demonstrated interest in building robust clinical and high-quality educational programs within a collegial interactive culture is required.

UT Health San Antonio is a research-intensive institution and as such, a demonstrated interest in laboratory or clinical investigation is highly desired


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