Chief, Perfusion Services

Position: Chief, Perfusion Services 

Location: Durham, NC

Description: The Heart Center at Duke University Hospital has consistently been ranked as a top national program by U.S. News & World Report. The perfusion team at Duke is integral to the success of this program and consistently ranks high in work culture scores. We have an exciting leadership opportunity to support our team of over 30 staff perfusionists through the rapid growth of our heart program and regional collaboration.

The ideal candidate for the position of Chief, Perfusion Service; Duke University Health System will be a clinical expert in all aspects of adult and pediatric clinical perfusion and extracorporeal technology. Successful candidates will be required to lead with positivity, communicate effectively, support mutual respect and the well-being of staff, be committed to personal and professional development of themselves, the Perfusion Team, and the Duke Heart Center.

Our team provides comprehensive perfusion services for neonates through adults, including major aortic surgery, chemotherapy, ex vivo heart and lung perfusion, approximately 250 congenital cardiac surgery cases, over 100 lung and 75 heart transplants, 150 VAD implants and greater than 200 ECMO cases per year with over 100 VAD/ECMO inter-hospital transports. The Chief will be responsible for the overall vision of Perfusion Services for the Health System. Additionally, the Chief will collaborate with Heart Center and Perfusion Team leadership in the following areas: operations, programmatic development, the maintenance and application of perfusion technology to enhance quality, outcomes and research. The Chief has supervisory responsibility for 3 Associate Chief Perfusionists (Adult Clinical Manager, Pediatric Clinical Manager, ECLS Manager) the team’s Quality and Safety Officer and our affiliate program’s perfusion leadership. The Associate Chiefs are responsible for the day-to-day supervision and coordination of perfusion services by supporting the Chief of Perfusion with the management of patient care, staffing, personnel and fiscal activities.

Requirements: Qualified candidates must possess a B.S. degree and have completed training from an accredited perfusion program. Candidates must also be certified by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion with a minimum of three years as a practicing perfusionist. Progressive leadership experience preferred. State Licensure is required for all practicing North Carolina Perfusionists.

Duke University offers a competitive compensation package including salary, 403b, health and dental benefits, PTO, continuing education, and many employee discounts. Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Contact: Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and CV to

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An Active Member shall be any perfusionist active in the practice of extracorporeal circulation technology. There are also opportunities to become a Transitional Active Member for those less than a year removed from graduation from an approved accredited training program. Other options include; an Associate Membership, International Membership, Perioperative Blood Management Clinician Membership, and Student Membership.

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