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Job Requisition Number 21712

Akron Children’s Hospital is dedicated to building a diverse workforce – one that reflects our patient population and represents the communities we serve. Whether you’re a resident, a physician early in your career, or a seasoned physician with years of experience, Akron Children’s Hospital has something different that’s hard to explain. You feel it in the atmosphere as soon as you enter through the doors. You experience it every day with your colleagues, staff, patients, and their families. Once you’re here, you know you’re home.

Position Summary:

The Chair of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron serves as the foremost advocate for patients and families within the Department of Orthopedics & Sports Health Service Line. This position encompasses clinical and administrative oversight, leadership, and fostering excellence in clinical care, research, and education. The Chair ensures the provision of top-tier care and supports the professional development of clinical staff. Collaborating with institutional and departmental administrative team is imperative to operationalize practice efficiency, ensure patient access, and cultivate a culture of workplace satisfaction. Additionally, the Chair should propose and champion clinical programs and facilitate interdepartmental collaboration with the intent of fostering clinical excellence, continuous improvement, and effective academic and educational programs.


  • Board Certification in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery or equivalent surgical subspecialty with fellowship training.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in pediatric orthopedic surgery.
  • Strong commitment to excellence in patient care, research, and education.

Key Responsibilities

Provide Vision and Leadership:

  • Develop, communicate, and actuate a clear vision for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery in alignment with the hospital's mission.
  • Contribute to the maintenance and growth of clinical, research, quality, and academic programs.

Administrative Oversight:

  • Collaborate with hospital and non-hospital-based services to develop strategic plans for orthopedic surgical growth.
  • Collaborate with hospital and departmental administrative dyad to manage departmental operations, finances and budgetary processes.
  • Participate with the perioperative leadership team in management of orthopedic surgical operations and block time allocation.
  • Provide mentorship, career development, and accountability to departmental clinical leadership and physicians and Advanced Practice Providers.
  • Maintain regular cadence of departmental meeting and communication to disseminate policy, manage operations, and motivate performance and quality.
  • Lead recruitment efforts and maintain necessary staff levels for departmental activities.

Community Engagement:

  • Act as a liaison between hospital administration and orthopedic surgical department physicians and providers.
  • Active participant in monthly Executive Leadership Team and Senior Physician Leadership Forum meetings.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with NEOMED and regional universities and health systems.
  • Support hospital and departmental fundraising efforts/events.

Research Leadership:

  • Foster research activities within the department, collaborating with the Chief Academic Officer and Research Institute.
  • Mentor, support and provide accountability to departmental physician scientists and basic scientists.


  • Promote the educational mission of the department and maintain an academic appointment at NEOMED.
  • Collaborate with the Department of Medical Education and Departmental Director of Education to support educational activities for rotating medical students, orthopedic surgical residency programs, and pediatric orthopedic & scoliosis fellows.

Key Relationships:

  • Reports to:  Surgeon in Chief
  • Direct Reports:  Orthopedic Surgeons (12), Department Vice Chair, Director of Sports Health Service Line, Director of Education, Quality & Safety Officer, Director of Spine Center of Excellence, Director of Division of Hand & Upper Extremity, and Departmental Lead APP.
  • Other Key Relationships:  Department Chairs, Service Line Chiefs, Senior Hospital Leadership, Chiefs of Non-Hospital Based and Hospital-Based Services, Vice Presidents of Hospital Operations, Nursing Administration, Perioperative and operating room staff.

Employment Details:

  • Full-time, employed position with administrative role requiring 0.4 FTE.
  • Clinical responsibilities expected to be maintained at 0.6 FTE.

Other Duties:

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Quality Improvement:

  • Support hospital quality and operational performance improvement.
  • Assist in developing, implementing, and maintaining compliance with the hospital’s quality management programs; participate in Hospital Committees and meetings as required or requested by the Hospital.

Other Duties as Assigned:

  • Other duties as may be outlined in the Medical Director job description included in the Hospital’s Human Resources Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Other duties as may be outlined in the Medical Staff Bylaws for the [Facility/the Hospital].

This position is a 501(c)(3) site which qualifies for Public Service Loan Forgiveness through the Federal government.

This opportunity offers:

· Attractive guaranteed base salary
· Starting Bonus
· Comprehensive benefits package
· Occurrence based malpractice
· Relocation assistance 
· Generous vacation and CME time/money
· Student loan repayment strategies

Hospital Overview

Akron Children's has been caring for children since 1890. With two hospital campuses, 6 regional health centers and 50+ primary and specialty care locations throughout Ohio, we’re making it easier for today's busy families to find the high-quality care they need. We also partner with other health systems to bring our neonatal and pediatric expertise to patients in their community hospitals. Ranked among America’s Best Children’s Hospitals by Newsweek in 2022 and 2023, Akron Children’s Hospital is the largest pediatric healthcare system in Northeast Ohio. With more than a million patient visits a year, we’ve been leading the way to healthier futures for children through quality patient care, education, advocacy, community service and medical discover for more than 130 years! Children aren’t just a segment of our focus; they are our focus. The services at Akron Children’s Hospital span the entire scope of medical services available today – from routine and preventative care to emerging technologies in surgery and patient care. 

Akron Children’s Hospital is the only freestanding pediatric hospital in Northeast Ohio and the 8thlargest children’s hospital in the country. We are a major teaching affiliate of Northeast Ohio Medical University. Active involvement in medical student and resident education; academic appointment at Northeast Ohio Medical University is available and commensurate with experience. Akron Children’s is dedicated to family-centered care and improving the treatment of childhood illness and injury through research at the Rebecca D. Considine Clinical Research Institute.

The resources available to our physicians, the cutting-edge technology, the collaboration from all departments and the cohesive nature in which we work allow us to live our mission and truly treat every child as we would our own.

Community Overview:

It’s something you know as soon as you experience it. Our communities — the Northeast Ohio community — are deeply ingrained into our work, our volunteerism, and our daily lives. We are truly a part of the communities we serve, and the communities are a part of us. You’ll be proud to tell people you meet that you work at Akron Children’s as their faces light up and they tell you their own connection to the Hospital. Working at Akron Children’s gives you so many opportunities to live in, work in and love Northeast Ohio.

Runners, hikers, bikers, and families who like to explore have plenty of options including the recreation of the Towpath Trail. The 110-mile towpath trail from Cleveland to below Canton offers places of tranquility, and hidden views of wildlife. Sports are a way of life in our region with many private and public golf courses as well as numerous lakes for fishing, boating, and sailing. Not far from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, we also offer many sports opportunities for youth as well as adults including basketball, baseball, soccer, football, swimming, tennis and more.

From major league attractions to small-town appeal, Northeast Ohio area has something for everyone. The area is rich in history and cultural diversity, and provides a stimulating blend of outstanding educational, cultural, and recreational resources. This four-season community offers outdoor enthusiasts more than 40,000 acres of parks for year-round enjoyment. Northeast Ohio has become a premier destination to work, live, play, shop and dine.  

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