Chief, Pediatric Cardiology & Executive Co-Director, Children's Heart Institute

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston | Houston, Texas 77030

Salary Range: Call for details
Date Posted: November 29, 2022
Opportunity Code: 31839


Chief, Pediatric Cardiology and Executive Co-Director, Children’s Heart Institute


The Opportunity

McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston), a leading academic health center, invites applications and nominations for the position of Chief, Pediatric Cardiology and Executive Co-Director, Children’s Heart Institute. The Children’s Heart Institute is seeking an established leader in pediatric cardiology with established leadership experience and excellence in clinical, research and education. This is a unique opportunity to lead the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and co-lead the Children’s Heart Institute. The other Executive Co-Directors of the Children’s Heart Institute are Jorge Salazar, MD, Professor and Chief, Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery and Jon Meliones, MD, Chief, Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care.


The Children’s Heart Institute at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is ranked nationally in Cardiology and Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report (#35) and offers innovative solutions for patients with congenital or acquired heart disease delivering high-quality outcomes. The Children’s Heart Institute at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital earned a three-star rating, the highest possible distinction from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). The Children’s Heart Institute received this rating for its patient care and outcomes in congenital heart surgery. As one of only 12 three-star programs of the STS’s 119 participating programs, Children’s Heart Institute ranks among the elite in the United States and Canada for congenital heart surgery.


Reporting to the Office of the President, the Chief, Pediatric Cardiology and Executive Co-Director, Children’s Heart Institute will provide vision, leadership and innovation to the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and the Children’s Heart Institute. The Chief will work closely with the other Executive Co-Directors of the Children’s Heart Institute, leadership, faculty and staff and is responsible for the division’s overall clinical, academic, research and administrative activities.


The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will possess exceptional communication skills, strong financial acumen, a demonstrable record of promoting diversity among trainees, staff and faculty and a sincere commitment to promoting a culture of collaboration, innovation and inclusion across the Health Science campus. The new Chief must be a respected leader who is operationally savvy and a visionary leader in the field of pediatric cardiology. The Chief will be the model of adaptability and possess skills for conflict resolution and management of adversity. Importantly, all stakeholders must view the Chief as a strong advocate for balancing all missions of the division, Children’s Heart Institute and the institution.



  • MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent with a robust record of professional leadership roles in an academic institution.
  • American Board Certification in Pediatrics with a sub-specialty certification in Pediatric Cardiology required.
  • Must have or be able to obtain an unrestricted medical license in the state of Texas.


The Organization 

UTHealth Houston is a comprehensive academic health science university, and their mission is to educate health science professionals, discover and translate advances in the biomedical and social sciences, and model the best practices in clinical care and public health. UTHealth Houston is one of six health institutions in the University of Texas System and UTHealth Houston has six colleges including the McGovern Medical School. 


UTHealth Houston has 2,133 full-time and part-time faculty in 80+ specialties, 6,786 total staff and 5,758 total students. Their faculty and students conduct research to improve the dual pillars of health and well-being while addressing the nation’s most pressing public health crises. UTHealth Houston ranks in the top four universities in Texas in terms of total NIH funding, with $129.6 million awarded to date. Total research expenditures are greater than $290 million.


Children’s Heart Institute  

In collaboration with pediatric subspecialists at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, the affiliated team provides comprehensive care for newborns, children and adolescents, with a smooth transition into adult congenital cardiac care. The Children’s Heart Institute partners with The Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital to offer patients with congenital heart defects a complete range of prenatal testing and fetal interventions with a coordinated program for mother and child before, during and after birth. The Fetal Center is a national referral center and an interventional leader in fetal diagnosis, fetal intervention and comprehensive fetal care for infants with congenital anomalies or genetic abnormalities.


With the Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a dedicated pediatric Children’s Heart Institute Intensive Care Unit (CHI-ICU) at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, critical pediatric heart patients have access to the highest level of specialized care. By utilizing state-of-the-art techniques and services, the Children’s Heart Institute strives to offer patients with the most complex problems the greatest opportunity for a healthy life.


Division of Pediatric Cardiology

The Pediatric Cardiology team consists of 12 faculty members specializing in general pediatric cardiology, pediatric cardiac imaging, pediatric cardiac heart failure, interventional, and adult congenital. The faculty and staff of the academic division are involved in multiple functions with a major emphasis on excellence in patient care, teaching and clinical and basic research. Their internationally recognized pediatric cardiologists are dedicated to providing patients with the best standard of pediatric cardiac care, including access to the latest advances in pediatric cardiovascular research. 


They provide formal fellowship training in general pediatric cardiology in their ACGME-accredited program for board certified/eligible pediatricians and interventional pediatric cardiology training in their TSBME-approved program for board certified/eligible pediatric cardiologists.





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