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Reference Number 54365
Position Title Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Location The Royal Melbourne Hospital - City Campus, Parkville
Award Ses. Medical Officer [31]
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  • A critical key leadership role with The Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Provide strategic and operational direction of the RMH Cardiothoracic Unit
  • Join the Parkville Precinct and collaborate with a team of brilliant thinkers
  • Enjoy an influential role with strong cross functional collaboration

The Royal Melbourne Hospital


As one of the largest hospitals in Victoria, and a team of more than 10,000 strong, we provide a comprehensive range of specialist medical, surgical, and mental health services; as well as rehabilitation, aged care, outpatient and community programs. We are a designated state-wide provider for services including trauma, and we lead centres of excellence for tertiary services in several key specialties including neurosciences, nephrology, oncology, cardiology and virtual health.


Surrounded by a Parkville Precinct of brilliant thinkers, we collaborate to set new benchmarks in health excellence – benchmarks that impact across the globe. While the work we do takes us in inspiring new directions; caring for each other, our patients and consumers is as essential to who we are, as any scientific breakthrough we make. We put people first - leading with kindness and working together, we excel as one Royal Melbourne Hospital.


RMH Cardiothoracic Surgery Unit


Our Cardiothoracic Surgery unit is responsible for the provision of high quality treatment to patients admitted on an elective and emergency basis requiring advanced cardiac and thoracic surgical care. We provide a complete service for all operations excluding transplants. The Unit has major expertise in complex congenital adult surgery, and complex aortic surgery including the Ross procedure. The unit provides a large thoracic trauma and lung cancer service providing all thoracic surgery for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, is affiliated with the University of Melbourne with major teaching and research priorities, and works closely with the Royal Children’s Hospital Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Units.


The Position

  • Provide strategic and operational leadership of the RMH Cardiothoracic Surgery service to ensure evidence based best practice and contemporary models of care.
  • Build a culture of robust professional relationships with key stakeholders to strengthen standards of clinical care, patient safety, professional ethics, education and research.
  • Drive performance through outstanding people leadership, instilling a high performing culture to ensure your team is engaged and patients receive the best quality care.
  • Undertake critical business analysis to identify trends and opportunities to foster a responsive, future focused contemporary culture which supports staff to deliver true excellence in patient care.

Essential Experience and Skills

  • You are an influential medical leader with a track record of driving change across a complex health care environment.
  • You are a registered medical practitioner (MBBS, FRACS in Cardiothoracic Surgery), and an innovator with an unwavering commitment to the delivery of quality, contemporary, patient focused care.
  • You are a natural leader, with strong communication and influencing skills and highly developed advocacy, analytical and conceptual skills.

Our Commitment to you


Here at the RMH we strive for excellence with a strong purpose that defines the work we do for our community – Advancing health for everyone, every day.  This is the Melbourne Way.    


We believe our success comes from our people. We’re committed to the RMH being a great place to work and a great place to receive care. We have made a long-term commitment to strengthen our organisational culture through leadership, education and empowering our staff to Speak Up for themselves and each other.


This is a position where your passion and expertise can come together to create a truly defining career opportunity. It is a unique opportunity to help us transform the future of the RMH and ultimately ensure we continue to deliver world class healthcare.  




For a confidential discussion please contact Associate Professor Leeanne Grigg.

Director of Cardiology

Divisional Director of Cardiovascular, Renal and Endocrinology Services

Ph.  03 9342 7589


The Royal Melbourne Hospital is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity, ethical practice, and the principles of Cultural Diversity and social inclusion.


All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Record Check and a Working with Children Check. Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of an immunisation assessment prior to commencement.

Contact Person A/Prof Leeanne Grigg
Contact Number 0393427589
Closing Date 30/10/2020
Position Description
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