Surgical Director, Heart Transplant and Mechanical Support Programs

  • Saint Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute
  • Kansas City, MO

This position has been filled.

Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, is seeking a Surgical Director of Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support.Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, a member of Saint Luke’s Health System and a teaching affiliate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is one of the preeminent cardiovascular programs in the country.

Its legacy of innovation began almost 40 years ago when it opened as the nation’s first heart hospital. Since then, the Heart Institute has earned a worldwide reputation for excellence in the treatment of heart disease, including interventional cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, imaging, heart failure, transplant, heart disease prevention, women’s heart disease, electrophysiology, outcomes research, and health economics. With more than 70 full-time board certified cardiovascular specialists on staff, the Heart Institute offers one of the largest heart failure/heart transplant programs in the country, has the largest experience with transcatheter aortic valve replacement in the Midwest, and is a global teaching site for the newest approaches in coronary revascularization.

Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute’s Heart Transplant Program ranks among the top 15 centers nationwide for number of adult heart transplants and is the only top 15 adult heart transplant center in the Midwest. Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute ranks second in the nation, out of 144 programs, in outcomes of patients referred for heart transplantation. The program has one of the shortest waiting times for donor hearts in the country among centers that perform at least 20 transplants per year, with more than 80 percent of patients receiving transplants within one year of joining the national waiting list. Additionally, Saint Luke’s has been listed a top program by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, which combines transplants per year, survival on waitlist, getting a transplant quickly, and 1-year survival data. In 2018, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute’s Heart Transplant completed its 800th heart transplant, making it one of only 23 programs in the country to have achieved this milestone.

Position Overview

Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, located at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, is seeking a fulltime Surgical Director of Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS). The successful candidate will join an established group of nationally known physicians and surgeons.

Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute at Saint Luke’s Hospital has one of the top heart transplant-MCS programs in the nation. As the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) designated Surgical Heart Transplant Director/Primary Surgeon, the candidate will oversee all aspects of the surgical heart transplant program and work in a collaborative manner with the multidisciplinary heart transplant team. The successful candidate also will oversee the full spectrum of surgical options for advanced heart failure, including temporary and durable ventricular assist devices and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Participation in other adult cardiac and thoracic surgery is expected. The Surgical Director/Primary Surgeon will be encouraged to participate in clinical research and be actively engaged in UNOS-related activities and meetings, contribute to ISHLT, and serve as the physician representative to the STS/Intermacs. Academic rank and funding are dependent on scholarly activity.


  • MD, DO, or equivalent degree.
  • Hold or be eligible for medical licensure in the state of Missouri.
  • Certified under the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
  • Meet all United Network for Organ Sharing requirements for primary heart transplant surgeon.
  • Meet VAD requirement for The Joint Commission certification.
  • A strong commitment to patient care, reflecting a service-oriented philosophy with hospital administration and with colleagues in other specialties.
  • Evidence of promoting and supporting teaching and scholarly activities.
  • Demonstrated potential for building clinically strong programs. A successful record of accomplishment in recruitment and development of faculty.
  • A distinguished record of scholarly activity, teaching, and clinical care.
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