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System Vice President, Heart and Vascular Service Line Duke University Health System

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Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 51 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; an Ambulatory Surgery Center with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. In fiscal year 2018, Duke University Hospital admitted 42,916 patients and had 1,085,740 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017.

U.S News & World Report named Duke University Hospital #1 in North Carolina and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham area in 2018-19.

Duke University Hospital is ranked in the top 20 nationally for seven adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.

In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

Position SummaryThe SVPHV is a key senior leader for DUHS. This role has responsibility across DUHS for strategy development and implementation, marketing priorities, health system integration of heart services, School of Medicine Division/Health System alignment, daily operations and relationship management and quality oversight for 7 hospital affiliate sites. In total this scope represents approximately $350M in net patient revenue and greater than 1,100 FTEs across inpatient/ outpatient units, procedural labs, non-invasive imaging, perfusion, respiratory, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, patient scheduling, cardiovascular informatics and registry functions.

Reporting Relationships

The SVPHV reports to the DUHS Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for system-related responsibilities and to the President of DUH and SVP for DUHS for daily operations at DUH and will have responsibility also to the Heart Center co-directors – the Division Chiefs of Cardiology and Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.


The SVPHV will have responsibility for planning, directing and coordinating initiatives around:

    Quality & Patient SafetyService Line Growth Patient ExperiencePhysician Integration Consistency of Practice StrategyContent expert across health system

The SVPHV will assist in the further development of this service line in concert with the clinical chiefs, with the ultimate goal to ensure DUHS continues as a recognized premier provider of heart and vascular services worldwide. The SVPHV will help develop and formalize an integrated service line approach throughout DUHS.

The SVPHV will identify opportunities to grow the Service Line. The ideal candidate will have both an entrepreneurial spirit and track record of developing and growing service lines combined with a detail orientation and strong operations skill set. This position works collaboratively with the Hospital administrators and operational leaders at all sites.

Candidate Qualifications


    MBA, MHA or related Master's degree required. Clinical background viewed as a plus.

Knowledge and Work Experience

    Candidates will have ten years of senior health care leadership experience in an academic medical center or complex health system, a deep appreciation for systemness and building strong network affiliations.Progressive administrative experience, preferably in heart and vascular services, where the position has required in-depth knowledge of operations, finance and business development.Demonstrated success in service line growth is strongly preferred. Track record of working collaboratively and building partnering relationships within and outside of their organization. It is fundamentally important that candidates have superb physician relations skills, with the ability to quickly establish oneself as a credible, confident, open leader who seeks input of others. Metrics-based approach to management that incorporates the ability to communicate expectations, monitor and discuss results in financial performance, quality and experience. A demonstrated commitment to continuous quality and performance improvement, a willingness to put in the effort to understand operations, responsively and diplomatically breakdown barriers and build bridges to achieve outstanding outcomes. A strategic and pragmatic thinker about cardiovascular product lines and new service initiatives. Using the organization's strengths wisely, takes appropriate risks to ensure cardiovascular services are well positioned in the constantly evolving world of health care.Leadership qualities that instill confidence, build teams ,promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging as well as champion the development of talent. Possesses high energy, is achievement and goal-oriented, has a strong work ethic coupled with a sense of urgency. Aptitude for working in a changing environment and the ability to move agendas forward while dealing with differing levels of ambiguity and conflicting views. An executive with a positive and proactive management style, strong communication and interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to analyze complex problems and implement the required solutions.

Procedure for Candidacy

Please direct all nominations and resumes to Karen Otto or Kerry Quealy preferably via e-mail, to [email protected]. Information that cannot be sent electronically may be forwarded to:

Karen Otto and Kerry Quealy


2015 Spring Road, Suite 510

Oak Brook, Illinois 60523

Phone: 630-990-1370

The Duke University Health System values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Read our Diversity Profile History

Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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