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Chief Perfusionist

Job Description

Job ID: 1221440
Employment Status: Full-Time
More Information:

Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center is the largest hospital in Missouri and is ranked as one of the nation's top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Barnes-Jewish Hospital's staff is composed of full-time academic faculty and community physicians of Washington University School of Medicine, supported by a house staff of residents, interns, fellows and other medical professionals. Recognizing its excellence in nursing care, Barnes-Jewish Hospital was the first adult hospital in Missouri to be certified as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

At Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Perfusionists find the kind of fast-paced environment that will test their professional judgment and critical thinking skills, and encourage tremendous growth. It's an exhilarating place to build a career. Here, you'll work with world-renowned surgeons and anesthesiologists assist on unique and complex procedures, work with the latest technologies and treatments and play a vital role in developing new procedures and treatment protocols. In fact, people from all over the nation and the world come to Barnes-Jewish for our surgical specialties.


Role Purpose

Provide leadership in the planning, organizing, staffing, directing, controlling and evaluating of perfusion services at BJH as well as all responsibilities of a staff perfusionist providing cardiopulmonary and mechanical circulatory support for patients with emphasis on complex procedures including support for heart failure and non-cardiac procedures and level 1 trauma support. Manages perfusion services at busy 24/7 level 1 trauma Hospital with over 1600 perfusion cases annually with the Chief directly overseeing 100+ cases annually.


  • Manages BJH perfusionists including but not limited to: hires, trains, assigns work, manages & evaluates performance, conducts professional development plans. Ensures that the productivity and actions of the BJH perfusionists meet/support the overall operational goals of the department as established by department leadership.
  • Maintains optimal communication, close cooperation and consultation with attending physicians in the extracorporeal perfusion process.
  • Oversight of program including the heart-lung machine and extracorporeal units used during open heart surgical procedures and documentation of activities on the perfusion record.
  • Ensures quality of care of the perfusion process by implementing, communicating, and/or developing philosophies of standards of care, enforcing adherence to organizational, departmental and outside regulatory requirements and monitoring and/or measuring financial, operational and clinical outcomes against standards.
  • Directs and ensures the delivery of safe, appropriate patient care through effective leadership skills. Oversees the design, implementation and participation of the education and training programs for cardiopulmonary bypass and extracorporeal support specialists, physicians and critical support personnel. Directs education of perfusion students through clinical affiliations (accredited perfusion education programs).
  • Leads the development of departmental staffing, revenue and/or expense budgets and having direct responsibility for adhering to those goals. This includes responding to changes in the business which may affect the ability to achieve the budget goals.
  • Manages training and support of staff in use of variety of heart failure and ventricular support devices transplants (heart, lung, liver) as well as, handling high dose chemo therapeutic cases, aortic dissections and aneurysms and the support for clinical trials and investigational devices.
  • BJC has determined this is a safety-sensitive position. The ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner is an essential function of this job.

  • Minimum Requirements



  • Bachelor's Degree


  • <2 years

    Supervisor Experience

  • < 2 years

    Licenses & Certifications

  • Cert Clinical Perfusionist
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Licensed Perfusionist


    Preferred Requirements and Additional Job Information



  • Master's Degree


  • 2-5 years

    Supervisor Experience

  • 2-5 years

  • Benefits Statement

    Note: not all benefits apply to all openings

    -  Comprehensive medical, dental, life insurance, and disability plan options
    -  Pension Plan*/403(b) Plan
    -  401(k) plan
    -  Tuition Assistance
    -  Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
    -  On-Site Fitness Center (depending on location)
    -  Paid Time Off Program for vacation, holiday and sick time

    *Pension does not apply to Memorial Hospital, Memorial Hospital East, Alton Memorial or Parkland Health Center

    Legal Statement

    The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


    Equal Opportunity Employer