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UnityPoint Health Pediatric Surgeon - Blank Children's Hospital - Des Moines in Des Moines, Iowa

Blank Children’s Hospital and UnityPoint Health (Des Moines) are seeking an American or Canadian Board Certified or Board Eligible Pediatric Surgeon to join two other Pediatric Surgeons in a robust pediatric surgery practice. Blank Children’s Hospital provides pediatric medical and surgical subspecialty care to the residents of central Iowa, a population of more than 1 million. UnityPoint Health is the nation’s fifth largest non-denominational health system and delivers patient-centered coordinated care to eight major regions in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Blank Children’s Hospital shares a campus with Iowa Methodist Medical Center but maintains a distinct identity with its storied history, community outreach, and modern facility boasting 100% private rooms. The hospital has a 44-bed Level IIIB NICU, a 12-bed PICU, a 43-bed medical/surgical ward, and a flex ward with 10 ICU-equipped beds. There is a dedicated pediatric emergency department with 12 regular beds, 6 fast-track beds, and a resuscitation room. The Pediatric Surgery Clinic houses staff offices, examination rooms, a large procedure room, and a private family waiting area.

  • Surgical support for a full-service tertiary care pediatric hospital and complementary clinics, with a full range of pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties.

  • Large case volume representing the complete spectrum of pediatric surgical disease including neonatal index cases, solid tumors, and congenital and acquired diseases of the head, neck, thorax, and abdomen.

  • State-of-the-art surgical suites housed within Iowa Methodist Medical Center, with pediatric-appropriate open, laparoscopic, and thoracoscopic instrumentation and an active robotic program.

  • A Pediatric Surgery Center that separates pediatric from adult patients and provides proactive Child Life Services to every patient for every procedure. Child Life Services are an integral part of inpatient care and are available as needed in the Emergency Department and specialty clinics.

  • Level 2 Pediatric Trauma Care Program managed by the Adult Trauma Service in conjunction with the Level 1 Adult Trauma Care Program at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. All call coverage provided by the adult trauma surgeons, with the pediatric surgeons available for consult only as needed.

  • ACGME-approved General Surgery Residency program at Iowa Methodist Medical Center, with mid-level surgery residents rotating through the Pediatric Surgery Service year-round and providing first-call coverage. The hospital also hosts rotating medical students from the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. An academic appointment and research opportunities are available if desired.

  • MD or DO

  • Unrestricted Iowa Medical License

  • American or Canadian Board Eligible or Board Certified in Pediatric Surgery

Salary and Benefits:

  • Generous salary

  • 30 days paid time off

  • $5,000 annual CME allowance

  • Health, dental, life, disability, and occurrence-based malpractice insurance (full tail coverage after 3 years)

  • Fully funded Retirement Plan: 401(k) Plan and 457(b) Plan

  • Signing bonus

  • Relocation Allowance


  • Des Moines, the capital city of Iowa, is a family oriented, inclusive community with a population of more than 600,000.

  • The cosmopolitan nature and cultural diversity of Des Moines is evident in the fact that more than 100 different languages are spoken in households whose children attend the Des Moines Public Schools.

  • Iowa ranked #1 as the best state to live in America (U.S. News, 2018).

  • Des Moines ranks #4 as the best metropolitan area to live (U.S. News, 2018), #5 as the most affordable place to live (U.S. News, 2021), and #2 as the safest place to live (U.S News, 2021).

  • The city offers excellent regional accessibility, located at a crossroads in the interstate highway system and home to an international airport.

  • Blank Children’s Hospital can be reached within a 20-minute commute from anywhere in the greater metro area.

  • Des Moines offers a vibrant downtown with a nationally recognized Farmer’s Market and award-winning arts and entertainment opportunities.

  • The city is an active outdoor-centric community with 800 miles of connected recreational trails.

  • Des Moines offers quality public and private education systems from primary school through graduate professional programs.

  • Iowa has one of the highest high school graduation rate in the nation. Iowa students consistently score in the top 10% on college entrance exams.

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Requisition ID: 2021-98018

Street: 1212 Pleasant st

Name: 3020 UnityPoint Health Des Moines

FLSA Status: Exempt

Scheduled Hours/Shift: Flexible

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