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Associate Professor/Professor - Director, Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering

Medical College of Wisconsin - Department of Pediatrics
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
May 5, 2023

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Director, Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering


The Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Children’s Research Institute (CRI) and the Herma Heart Institute (HHI) at Children’s Wisconsin (CW) together are seeking a nationally recognized, NIH-funded MD, PhD, or MD/PhD in the field of pediatric cardiac research with a strong interest in cardiovascular tissue engineering pertaining to congenital heart disease. The appointment is anticipated at the Associate Professor/Professor level.

This individual will serve as the Director of Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering, leading a team of researchers within the CRI and HHI in establishing a robust, extramurally funded tissue engineering research program with a focus on congenital heart disease treatments. This includes potential application in combining cell therapy with biomaterials with the intent of applying to appropriate model systems and progression towards clinical trials.

The successful candidate will join a nationally acclaimed Quality, Outcomes, and Research program within the HHI which boasts a competitive research portfolio with significant active extramural and private funding, associated quality impactful publications, and continued presence in national arenas related to pediatric heart disease.

Through the HHI Precision Medicine Program, which includes our Cord Blood Repository and Tissue Bank, the HHI is working to gain a better understanding of individual differences in people’s genes, environments and lifestyles, and how these might influence personalized treatment plans. To execute existing innovation, the HHI is seeking the recruitment of a national leader in the field of cardiovascular tissue engineering to lead a team towards the development of innovative groundbreaking in situ engineering treatment for pediatric congenital heart disease patients. The goal is to have this individual lead a team of researchers within the CRI and HHI in establishing a robust, extramurally funded tissue engineering research program with a focus on congenital heart disease treatments. This includes potential application in combining cell therapy with biomaterials with the intent of applying to appropriate model systems and progression towards clinical trials.


Herma Heart Institute

The Herma Heart Institute (HHI) at Children’s Wisconsin (CW) is the largest pediatric cardiac care center in the state and highly ranked for its advancements in understanding and treating congenital heart disease, particularly complex single ventricle lesions. The HHI provides elite care for patients with congenital heart disease prenatally though adulthood, and as innovators, continue to challenge the standard of care through new treatment strategies. In partnership with our cutting-edge clinical pediatric cardiac care program, the HHI is committed to research and innovation and is paving the way for groundbreaking advancements in the etiology of congenital heart disease through external- and internal-funded basic science, clinical outcomes and translational research. Together, the integrated and multi-disciplinary team are positively improve the lives of affected children and their families in the state of Wisconsin, and beyond.

The Herma Heart Institute is striving to find new treatments, improve the care of our patients and ultimately discover the cause of congenital heart disease so it can be eradicated.  We have been a world leader in defining current and future strategies to improve the health and survival of these children. With our high volume and excellent surgical outcomes together with strong cardiovascular research facilities, we are uniquely poised to advance our Quality, Outcomes, and Research (QOR) program.


Children’s Research Institute (CRI)

Children’s Research Institute (CRI) was formed in 2004 with the focus of investing in bench to bedside research for the pediatric population in an effort to prevent disease, improve outcomes, and help kids and families manage living with chronic conditions. Through the CRI, Children’s annual investment in pediatric research is approximately $15-17 million.

Children’s Research Institute provides research infrastructure through shared service cores, nursing research, pilot grants, and administrative supplements for K-type grants awarded to pediatric investigators. CRI-supported shared service cores include flow cytometry, aquatics (zebrafish), histology, tissue banking, microscopic imaging, biostatistics, and a hospital-based pediatric translational research unit. Biostatistics support is provided through the section of Quantitative Health Sciences and includes support in study design, database development, and data analysis. Children’s Pediatric Translational Research Unit provides dedicated research personnel and space for clinical research procedures.   In addition, Children’s has a Nursing Research Department established to promote an evidence-based model of research to provide the best pediatric care possible. The CRI laboratory building consists of nearly 100,000 square feet of wet lab space specifically for pediatric research. Pediatric researchers have facilitated access to an additional 120,000 square feet of vivarium and other support infrastructure. Children’s research space is located on the same campus as Children’s Wisconsin and Medical College of Wisconsin to encourage rich, multidisciplinary collaboration for child health research.


Children’s Wisconsin and Children’s Specialty Group

Children’s Wisconsin is the state’s only independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. With more than 1.3 million annual connections with kids and families statewide, Children’s provides a wide range of care and support — everything from routine care to lifesaving advances and treatment options, foster care and adoption services, child advocacy, and provides an insurance plan.

Children’s and its joint venture with the Medical College of Wisconsin – the Children’s Specialty Group (CSG) - are the largest providers of pediatric healthcare in the state, serving the children and families of Wisconsin with the highest level of care through their American College of Surgeons Level I Children’s Surgery Verification Center, Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence, 72-bed Level IV NICU, Level IV Epilepsy Center, and a 72-bed PICU. In 2021-2022, CW and CSG had six specialties ranked by US News & World Report: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; gastroenterology and GI surgery; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; and pulmonology.  With over 70 specialties and 675 providers, CSG providers had 220,000 outpatient visits at 13 regional care sites, 67,000 emergency department/trauma center visits, and over 9,000 admissions.


Medical College of Wisconsin

With a history dating back to 1893, the Medical College of Wisconsin is dedicated to leadership and excellence in education, patient care, research and community engagement. More than 1,400 students are enrolled in MCW’s medical school and graduate school programs in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Central Wisconsin. MCW’s School of Pharmacy opened in 2017. A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In the last ten years, faculty received more than $1.5 billion in external support for research, teaching, training, and related purposes. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,100 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,600 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 4.0 million patients annually. 

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is Wisconsin's leader in health and science. We believe the only way to build a healthier world is to build it together, and by investing in the health and vitality of our community, we will improve health for all.



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Our Commitment to Mental Health and Wellbeing

MCW recognizes the hard work and multiple responsibilities of our faculty and staff and is committed to improving wellness and wellbeing.  As part of MCW’s commitment, a multitude of resources are provided and encouraged including the Well-Being Index, literature/research, courses, and peer support programs.  MCW’s benefits specific to mental health include:

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The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristic, or military status.  


Position Requirements:

Candidates should be an MD, PhD or MD/PhD in the field of pediatric cardiac research. 

The ideal candidate would have already established NIH Funding.

Rank upon appointment will be commensurate with experience.

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