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Academic Cardiac Surgeon and Chief

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is Associate Professor $525,493-$850,000 and Full Professor $563,299-$1,061,000. This position includes membership in the Health Sciences Compensation Plan (

Application Window

Open date: May 25, 2024

Most recent review date: Monday, Jul 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Saturday, May 24, 2025 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Surgery at the University of California, Davis, Health located in Sacramento, California, seeks to hire a full-time Academic Adult Cardiac Surgeon and Chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the Associate or Full professor level in the Health Science Clinical Professor, Clinical X, or In-Residence series. The Division of Cardiac Surgery is a comprehensive academic program with an integrated 6-year Residency in Thoracic Surgery.

The successful candidate must have acquired a history of leadership and administration experience relating to clinical and educational programs, including successful research activities, by virtue of his/her training and/or prior experience.

The selected candidate will provide strategic and operational direction that will lead to growth of the educational, research and clinical missions of the surgical programs at UC Davis Health. The candidate selected is expected to engage in the teaching and practice of a broad spectrum of cardiac surgery; including clinical care, both inpatient and outpatient; and research relating to cardiac disease.

Expectations of a Clinical X series are to engage in teaching, research, service, and clinical work. Appointees in the In-Residence series are required to participate in teaching, research, University/public service, and patient care, and appointees of the HSCP series are to engage in clinical work, teaching and to support departments research mission.

Qualified applicants should apply online at UC Recruit: by uploading a Cover Letter detailing interest outlining research, educational, and administration experience, a curriculum vitae with bibliography, statement of contributions to diversity, and the names and contact info of at least three professional references.

For more information, please contact the search committee chair, David Tom Cooke, MD, FACS at:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Qualified candidates must possess a Medical Degree and be eligible or certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. The ability to work cooperatively and collegially within a diverse environment is also required.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

The candidate must acquire a CA Medical License before the appointment start date; and obtain a California Fluoroscopy Operator’s Permit within the first year of appointment.

Preferred qualifications (other preferred, but not required, qualifications for the position)

It is preferred that the candidate has experience and capability in end-stage heart disease, minimally invasive surgery, and complex coronary revascularization. Specific training and experience with complex aortic surgery, catheter-based surgery and minimally invasive surgery for atrial fibrillation would also be desirable. The ideal candidate will have vision, strategic mindset, and willingness to grow a program of excellence, which includes educating different level of learners, exhibiting professionalism, and promoting interdisciplinary team care.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Detailing interest by outlining research, educational, and administration experience

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Sacramento, CA