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Director of Surgical Services – American Family Children’s Hospital, UW Health, Madison WI


Director of Surgical Services

American Family Children’s Hospital, UW Health, Madison, WI


Bowen & Briggs, Inc. is conducting the search for Director of Surgical Services at American Family Children’s Hospital, Madison, WI. American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH), a world-class Children’s Hospital a part of UW Health and the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, has a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to children, built in 2007. Recognized in the region for expert pediatric care and a leader in patient and family-centered care, AFCH is a Magnet facility, and is named a “Top 50” children’s hospital in four specialties by US News and World Report.  For more than 90 years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health faculty pediatric physicians have pioneered many of the latest medical treatments for children.  To learn more, visit:

Surgical Services is a full-service pediatric surgery program ripe for growth and ongoing transformation to be the finest of children’s surgical services. The surgical care team provides over 5,600 surgical procedures in 8 operating rooms, including two procedure rooms, a dedicated Hybrid Cath/Angio suite, and other surgical areas to support this 87-bed, Level 1 Trauma Center hospital.  There are 30 Pre/Post-Op and 10 PACU bays, staffed 24/7 by 80 FTEs.

Reporting to the Vice President, Clinical Operations, the Director of Surgical Services collaborates with the AFCH Surgeon-in-Chief and the AFCH Perioperative Services Medical Director, leading improvements in quality, safety, clinical outcomes, and patient/family satisfaction. The Director ensures effective communication, coordination and supportive structures, resulting in staff empowerment, growth and development. Accountable to ensure operational efficiency, the Director collaborates with staff, physicians and other departments to streamline systems.  The Director participates in both AFCH and University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinic’s Surgical Services committees and initiatives.

The ideal candidate will be a passionate, forward thinking leader, able to build relationships and collaborate across the health system, persuading and empowering others to ensure excellent pediatric surgical care is provided.  Candidates must be flexible, organized and calm in their approach to leading transitions. Candidates will have at least 5 years of perioperative and progressive leadership experience in pediatrics. A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Master’s Degree are required, along with Wisconsin RN license current/eligible.

Madison, WI is the state capital and second largest city in Wisconsin. A college town, it is home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and abounds with cultural activities and college sports. Often described as The City of Four Lakes, Madison offers outdoor enthusiasts a wealth of activities, including sailing, bicycling and hiking, as well as ice skating, hockey and fishing, and cross-country skiing. Madison has also been named in Forbes Ten Best Cities several times within the past decade. Learn more at

Bowen & Briggs, Inc., a national search and consulting firm, is conducting this search. If you are aware of an exceptional leader who may be interested in pursuing this opportunity, please contact us in confidence:

Linnea Nilsen Capshaw, Executive Vice President Jason Cox, Search Specialist
Direct: 202-290-1255 Direct: 610-284-6631