Mar 19, 2022

Associate medical director for organ procurement, transplant surgeon

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 4045 Lawsons Ridge Dr, Madison, AL 35757, USA

Job Description

Job Summary:

The Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health is seeking a Transplant Surgeon to join the faculty in the Division of Transplantation while simultaneously serving on a dynamic leadership team for Organ and Tissue Donation (OTD) at our hospital-based Organ Procurement Organization (OPO). Our OTD Program is based in Madison just 3 miles away from our flagship quaternary care University Hospital.

The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.


Principal duties:
60% Leadership Role: Associate Medical Director of OPO
The successful candidate will provide medical direction to the UW Organ and Tissue Donation Program under the Direction of the OTD Medical Director for a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours per week on average with duties as described below:
1. Work collaboratively with Organ Donation and Transplantation (OTD), and the UW OTD Medical Director and leadership team of UW OTD to accomplish operational efficiency, financial performance, regulatory compliance, and staff and donor family satisfaction goals.
2. Share call with Medical Director to provide 24 X 7 on call coverage for evaluation of donor referrals, workup and management of potential organ donors, oversight of organ evaluation, allocation, and recovery, and provide real-time support to hospital partners as needed.
3. Perform organ procurements as needed.
4. Assist in organ procurements as needed by teaching transplant surgical fellows and surgical recovery staff
5. Provide leadership for the on-going quality assessment and performance improvement of UW OTD.
6. Direct and participate in ongoing research opportunities in organ donation.
7. Facilitate positive relationships with all donor hospitals through collaborative communication with concerns from peer physicians; provide educational talks, and other outreach activities.
8. Provide a supportive learning environment for the transplant fellows and OTD staff to enrich their understanding and competency with respect to donor management and organ recovery.

40% Transplant Surgery Clinical Role: Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Surgeon
The candidate should possess strong clinical experience in kidney and pancreas transplantation, and living donor nephrectomy, as well as expertise in transplantation immunosuppression.

Clinical duties include:
1. Working as a faculty member in the Division of Transplantation as a kidney and pancreas transplant surgeon including inpatient rounding, primary transplant call at University Hospital, outpatient clinic and organ procurement.
2. Performing living donor nephrectomies.
3. Educating and training transplant surgical fellows, surgical residents, medical students and advanced practice providers (APP).

The Department of Surgery consists of more than 140 faculty across eleven specialty divisions, performing more than 25,000 operations annually. The Department also trains more than 70 residents and fellows and is consistently ranked amongst the top surgery programs with extramural research funding. The Division of Transplantation is one of the world's leading organ transplant programs, and has been on the forefront of transplant advancement since its creation in 1966. Surgeons and scientists in the Division of Transplantation have made innovative discoveries that are used throughout the world. It is one of the most experienced transplant programs in the nation, and more than 15,000 organs have been transplanted at UW in the past 50 years. The Division currently consists of 10 clinical faculty who perform nearly 500 abdominal organ transplants annually with significant academic contributions in basic and translational science, health outcomes, surgical education, and ethics. The training programs include four surgical fellows in abdominal transplantation, and an inpatient service with R3, R1, Medical Student, and APP involvement.

The successful candidate is excellent in written and verbal communication, effectively articulates the mission of organ and tissue donation to stakeholders, is a collaborative communicator and works well within a multidisciplinary team. In addition, competitive candidates demonstrate effective problem solving and are able to navigate new challenges with agility and adaptability.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Terminal Degree
MD, DO, or equivalent degree.


Degree and area of specialization:
MD, DO, or equivalent degree. Board Certified or Board Eligible in Surgery is required. Completion of an ASTS approved transplant surgery fellowship is required. Previous experience in an Organ Procurement Organization (OPO), especially in a leadership role is preferred, but not required.

Candidate is required to have or be eligible for a Wisconsin Medical License. Board certification or Board Eligible in Surgery by the American Board of Surgery or American Osteopathic Board of Surgery or equivalent is strongly preferred. Candidate must be eligible for enrollment as a billing provider and for all necessary hospital privileges.

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: . Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 50% - 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

SEPTEMBER 01, 2022


ANNUAL (12 months)

Additional Information:

The Community:
Located on an isthmus between two lakes, Madison is the capital city of the state of Wisconsin. Madison has been voted the #1 Best Place to Live (Livability, 2021), #1 City for Most Successful Women Per Capita (Forbes, 2019), #1 City for Best Work-Life Balance (SmartAsset, 2020), #7 Best City for STEM Professionals (CEO World, 2020), #2 Best State to Practice Medicine (WalletHub, 2020), #2 Best City for Biking (People for Bikes, 2020), #4 Fittest City in the U.S. (ACSM American Fitness Index, 2020), #4 Greenest City in the US (Zippia, 2020), #1 Best Place to Retire (Money, 2020), #1 Best Place in the U.S. for Raising Children ( 2020), and #1 Best College Football Town in America (Sports Illustrated, 2019).
Madison's technology economy is growing rapidly, and the region is home to the headquarters of Epic Systems, Exact Sciences, American Girl (Mattel), Sub-Zero, and Lands' End, as well as many biotech, healthcare IT, and health systems startups.

The city of Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Madison acknowledge that they occupy ancestral Ho-Chunk land. The School of Medicine and Public Health recognizes the health inequities faced by Native communities and pledges to learn more and take action across all of its missions.

Madison is the second largest city in the state, with a city population of approximately 260,000 and regional population of over 1 million. The city is within easy driving range of Chicago and Milwaukee. Madison is home to one of the strongest local food scenes in the country. From April to October, the Capitol Square hosts the largest producer-only farmers' market in the country. The city is rich with cultural offerings in the arts.

The city has a dedicated athletics fan base which largely centers around the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madison is home to Forward Madison FC, the first professional soccer team in the city, as well as the Madison Mallards, a college wood-bat summer baseball league team. Marquee endurance sports and specialty sporting events include Ironman, Reebok CrossFit Games, Madison Marathon, and many national and international championship competitions.

This position has been identified as a position of trust with access to vulnerable populations. The selected candidate will be required to pass an initial Caregiver Check to be eligible for employment under the Wisconsin Caregiver Law and then every four years.

The department will not be able to support a request for a J-1 waiver. If you chose to pursue a waiver and apply for our position, neither the UW nor UWMF will reimburse you for your legal or waiver fees.

Applicants for this position will be considered for the titles listed in this posting. The title is determined by the experience and qualifications of the finalist.

How to Apply:

To apply, select "Apply Now" to upload a CV and letter of interest. In your cover letter, please detail:
1) your interest in this position
2) what you would bring to the Department of Surgery
3) how the Department could contribute to your career, and
4) how you would contribute to the Department mission to foster an inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist culture and environment.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is April 18, 2022, however positions will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.


Leigh Fredericks
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Official Title:

Associate Professor (CHS)(IC015) or Assistant Professor (CHS)(IC016)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applications Open: Mar 17 2022 Central Daylight Time
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