Department Administrator of Cardiac Surgery

Vanderbilt University Medical Center | Nashville, Tennessee 37232

Salary Range: Call for details
Date Posted: May 01, 2024
Opportunity Code: 34117


Seeking a strategic and mission-focused administrative leader to serve as the Department Administrator, Cardiac Surgery, at one of the top heart transplant programs in the world, Vanderbilt University Medical Center! 


The Position

  • The Department Administrator (DA), Cardiac Surgery, will be responsible for the management of departmental education, research, and clinical operations initiatives and will oversee approximately five direct reports. 
  • The DA will report directly to the Chief Business Officer in addition to the Department Chair and will serve as the departmental liaison when communicating with the hospital, clinic, Vice Chancellor’s office, and other internal/external offices. 
  • The DA will work to optimize financial performance throughout the department and will oversee the annual budgets, variances, spending data, compensation/bonus programs, and current policies.
  • This leader will collaborate closely with the Department Chair and faculty to develop and maintain strategic business plans, program expansions, and contractions to enhance the overall clinical productivity throughout the department. In addition, the DA will perform data analyses while providing professional guidance pertaining to growth opportunities.  
  • Seeking a strategic leader who will bring extensive administration experience and will be equipped to coordinate various personnel functions including hiring, merit recommendations, promotions, transfers, and schedules while actively monitoring training and education initiatives as it pertains to departmental and individual performance. 
  • Candidates will ideally be mission-focused and will seize opportunities to grow professionally in addition to optimizing organizational standards. This leader will preferably bring extensive data experience and will be equipped with exceptional knowledge pertaining to heart and vascular operations. 


  • Bachelor’s degree is required; master’s degree is strongly preferred. 
  • A minimum of five years of progressive administrative experience within an acute care setting is required. 

The Organization

  • Managing more than 2 million patient visits each year, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is one of the largest academic medical centers in the Southeast and is the primary resource for specialty and primary care in hundreds of adult and pediatric specialties for patients throughout Tennessee and the Mid-South.
  • The School of Medicine’s biomedical research program is among the nation’s top 10 in terms of National Institutes of Health peer review funding, receiving more than $500 million in public and private awards during 2016.
  • The Medical Center is the region’s locus of postgraduate medical education, with over 1,000 residents and fellows training in more than 100 specialty areas.
  • Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized each year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings as national leaders, with 19 nationally ranked adult and pediatric specialties.
  • Through the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network, VUMC is working with over 60 hospitals and 5,000 clinicians across Tennessee and five neighboring states to share best practices and bring value-driven and cost-effective health care to the Mid-South.

The Community

  • Nashville is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Tennessee, ranking #24 in the U.S. population.
  • Nashville, one of the finest cities of the South, offers world-class entertainment including incomparable live music, great food, and a plethora of shopping.
  • Nashville is home to Vanderbilt University and offers year-round cultural and music festivals and annual celebrations.
  • The city is also home to the Tennessee Titans professional football team, the Nashville Predators professional ice hockey team and several prominent Civil War battleground sites are within close proximity to the city.




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