Academic Medicine, Health System, Healthcare, Physician Leadership

Chair, Department of Surgery

  • Ochsner Health
  • New Orleans, LA

This position has been filled.

Ochsner Health, one of the largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty healthcare delivery systems in the United States, provides clinical and hospital patient care in 40 hospitals and more than 200 health centers and urgent care centers throughout the region. Ochsner Health is Louisiana’s largest non-profit academic healthcare system, and Ochsner Medical Center (OMC) is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across three specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 60 countries worldwide each year.

Ochsner employs nearly 25,000 team members and has a medical staff of over 4,500 employed and affiliated physicians in more than 90 medical specialties and subspecialties. A research powerhouse, Ochsner conducts more than 700 clinical research studies every year. Ochsner Clinical School, in partnership with the University of Queensland in Australia, enrolls 130 medical students each year. Ochsner is also one of the largest non-university-based physician training centers in the U.S. and the largest teaching hospital in Louisiana. Ochsner was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.” 

Position Overview

The Chair of Surgery will provide leadership to and oversight of the Department, which consists of over 60 providers in 8 sections including vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, abdominal transplant surgery, cardiac/thoracic/congenital heart surgery, plastics and reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive/bariatric surgery, acute care/trauma surgery, and HPB/breast/endocrine surgery. The Department of Surgery was first chaired by Ochsner’s founder and namesake, Alton Ochsner, and while it is centered at Ochsner Medical Center (560-bed flagship hospital), it includes surgeons who practice at 5 additional Ochsner hospitals in the New Orleans Metro Area. Ochsner’s education mission includes a Residency program in general surgery (finishes 6 chiefs per year) and Fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, and abdominal transplant surgery.


  • M.D. or D.O. degree with active Board Certification through the American Board of Surgery.
  • Current license, or eligible for medical license, in the state of Louisiana.
  • Leadership experience in a high-acuity, high-volume surgery department, ideally in an urban setting.
  • Experience leading clinical operations for a Department of Surgery in a complex, integrated system.
  • Experience supporting academic program development; in conjunction with the current Program Director.
  • Five or more years of progressive leadership experience in a department of surgery for an integrated delivery system or academic medical center and be able to meet the requirements for a faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor.
  • Demonstrated success at the Chair, Associate Director, Director, or program leader level, including successful experience in the recruitment, retention, and management of clinicians and researchers.
  • Dynamic leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, and keen vision.
  • Ability to foster a culture of collaboration, innovation, and accountability.
  • A demonstrated ability to think strategically with a vision of how to develop clinical services and expand clinical trials.
  • A proven background in recruitment, mentoring, and development.
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