Medical Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery

Children's Minnesota Department of Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul is seeking an experienced Pediatric Otolaryngologist to be the Medical Director of our nationally recognized clinical and academic program.

The Medical Director of Children’s ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery will lead an established team of physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, audiologists, fellows, residents, medical students, and clinic staff to continue growing and developing our nationally recognized, comprehensive, and successful clinical service line.

Children’s ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery is the busiest pediatric otolaryngology program in our 5-state region with 21,319 clinic visits and 4,600 surgeries in 2018. We are the regional referral center for complex pediatric otolaryngology.

Our program provides care to the entire Children’s Minnesota system, the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, and Hennepin County Medical Center. This expansive footprint allows for strong and diverse clinical volumes, fellowship and residency education, and academic collaboration with the University of Minnesota.

Our program has some of the most experienced and talented pediatric otolaryngologists in the country. We provide the full range of pediatric otolaryngology and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery services, including advanced head and neck and anterior skull base surgery, endoscopic and open airway surgery, cleft and craniofacial anomalies, prenatal care for cleft and congenital anomalies, cochlear implantation and complex otology, facial trauma, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, facial reanimation, microtia, and vascular anomalies. We are supported by excellent and collegial services including pediatric anesthesia, advanced diagnostic imaging, interventional radiology, critical care, and the full range of pediatric medical and surgical specialists. We also spearhead and participate in many interdisciplinary teams.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience as a practicing pediatric otolaryngologist with experience in tertiary care and some exposure to pediatric facial plastic surgery

  • Must be Board Certified in Otolaryngology and have completed an accredited Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship.

  • Ability to obtain and hold a State of Minnesota Medical License and DEA Certificate

  • Leadership experience and familiarity with quality improvement work, safety initiatives, systems-based practice, patient-centered care.


  • Full-time employment (1.o FTE)

  • 0.4 FTE devoted to administrative duties

  • 0.6 FTE devoted to clinical activity, divided equally between the most active centers of clinical activity (currently Children’s Minnesota Minneapolis and Children’s Minnesota St. Paul)

  • Initial 5-year commitment

  • Promote, support, and help develop the academic and clinical interests of all members of the department

Job Description

Medical Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery

Children’s Minnesota is one of the ten largest children’s health care organizations in the U.S. with 428 staffed beds at its two hospital campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul offering pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties. We are a full service, tertiary, acute care system offering a full spectrum of pediatric services. With over 14,000 admissions, 90,000 emergency department visits, 18,000 surgeries, and greater than 200,000 outpatient visits each year we offer an exciting and state of the art place to work.

The position is full-time with administrative (0.4 FTE) and clinical (0.6 FTE) responsibilities.


  • Provide input and approve clinical and personnel policies that impact services at our clinical sites (Children’s Minnesota, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s [U of MN], and Hennepin County Medical Center [HCMC])

  • Serve as the medical staff liaison to Children's leadership and other medical and surgical services and specialties

  • Provide management and oversight of all professional Department personnel as required by Children’s Minnesota employment policies

  • Provide support and oversight to our internal directors

    • Director of the Pediatric ENT Fellowship

    • Medical Director of Audiology

    • Director of Research

    • Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinics who is currently responsible for managing the Cleft, Comprehensive Craniofacial, Plagiocephaly, Velocardiofacial, Oculoauriculovertebral, and Microtia Clinics

    • Director of the Aerodigestive Program

  • Provide support for other interdisciplinary programs in which our department participates and currently include Vascular Anomalies Clinic, Thyroid and Parathyroid, Head and Neck Tumor Board, University of Minnesota Cleft Team, and Fetal Medicine (Children’s, U of MN, HCMC)

  • Review and approve education and training materials

  • Monitor the care and service provided across all systems

  • Provide input regarding needed ancillary services, equipment and supplies

  • Serve as an expert resource for questions, case reviews, and education

  • Serve as the liaison to the University of Minnesota department of Otolaryngology to manage our contract to provide care to Masonic Children's Hospital as well as advanced microvascular and facial reconstruction services provided at Children’s Minnesota

  • Serve as the liaison to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) to manage our contract to provide emergency coverage for complex pediatric ENT Additional Expectations

Clinical Practice Responsibilities

  • Provide patient care services on both Minneapolis and St. Paul Campuses in roughly equal measure

  • Provide on-call coverage for our group in proportion to total FTE

Quality and Safety Practices

  • Evaluate current safety and quality metrics for accuracy and validity

  • Develop, maintain, and evaluate new practices, techniques, and protocols intended to enhance quality or safety

  • Report quality initiatives at Board Quality and Quality Performance Committee meetings

  • Attend Safety Action Team meetings at least one hour per month when required

  • Participate in review of medical events and safety learning reports relevant to the Department

Mission Driven Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight and leadership of teaching and research within the Department

  • Understand, promote, and execute patient and family-centered care initiatives

  • Partner with an administrative colleague in a dyad model for financial and administrative management of the Department’s services

  • Monitor and support the clinical skills and involvement of the Department’s professional staff

  • Develop, expand, and evolve the skills of the Department’s professional staff to meet current and future needs

Physician Related Responsibilities

  • Ensure adequate service coverage provided by the Department’s clinicians

  • Organize and moderate quarterly professional staff meetings

  • Ensure compliance with Children’s standards of behavior and Professional Staff expectations

  • Directly supports the recruitment, hiring, and supervision of clinicians

  • Resolve complaints from families and staff

  • Participate in philanthropic meetings for the Department

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are consistently ranked among the most desirable places to live in the United States. With extensive park systems, reasonable housing prices, world class arts and culture, and a diverse and dynamic job market, the Minnesota lifestyle has much to offer its citizens throughout all four seasons of the year. A Fortune 500 CEO once said, “It is difficult to recruit people to Minnesota. But once they are here it is almost impossible to get them to move anywhere else.”

For consideration, please submit your cover letter and CV to Ryan Berreth at