Chief, Pediatric Dentistry, Nemours/A.I. duPont

Chief, Pediatric Dentistry
Dentistry - Pediatric, Pedodontics, Pediatrics - Dentistry, Leadership
Wilmington, Delaware

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Chief of Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Stephen Dunn
Wilmington, DE
Job Post


Pediatric Dentistry
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is seeking a board certified/board eligible pediatric dentist with demonstrated leadership skills to serve as the Chief of Pediatric Dentistry. The incoming Chief will oversee the Division’s clinical and research enterprise amidst an exciting time of growth and change, marked by our transition into the brand-new, state-of-the art, $272 million and 450,000 square foot hospital expansion project which opened in October 2014.

The incoming Chief of Pediatric Dentistry at Nemours will lead all aspects of the comprehensive pediatric dental program of choice for a major region of the nation, participate as a respected dental colleague within a large multi-disciplinary medical team and establish a world class pediatric dentistry residency program. Working in concert with the unique attributes of our pediatric dentistry program will result in a lasting and large scale impact on the future of pediatric dentistry.

Integrated/multi-disciplinary medical and dental care
While there are many pediatric programs in the nation with similarly impressive standings, a distinguishing aspect of Nemours/AIDHC is the system wide prevalence of multi-disciplinary health care teams, including clinicians, dentists, clinical extenders, and skilled technicians. Pediatric dentists at Nemours/AIDHC participate as integral members of the medical team with regard to the integrated management of complex medical, developmental, behavioral, and restorative needs of patients requiring a wide range of medical care.

Pediatric Dental Home
Nemours/AIDHC is a long term supporter of the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) concept of a dental home for all infants, children, adolescents, and persons with special health care needs (aka Pediatric Dental Home). Strong clinical evidence exists for the efficacy of early professional dental care complemented with caries-risk assessment, anticipatory guidance, and periodic supervision. Nemours/AIDHC leadership agrees that the founding of a Dental Home may follow the medical home model as a cost effective and higher quality health care alternative to emergency care cases.

Multi-Disciplinary health care
Many pediatric programs dissuade parents from pursuing regular, non-emergent dental care for their children due to a disconcerting location or an outdated sprawl of disjointed facilities. In contrast, the Nemours/AIDHC is a cutting edge, family accommodating facility beneficially located on the exquisite 300 acre grounds of the Nemours Mansion and Gardens located within a short drive of safe, affordable, family centered communities.

Those receiving medical and/or dental care at Nemours/AIDHC benefit from the ability to schedule multiple provider examinations during the course of a single visit. The Nemours/AIDHC Dental Care Center provides conventional dental care in children with a wide range of medical complexities via large, teaching friendly operatories consisting of 6 chairs in the aggregate. Approximately 5,000 dental patient visits occur each year at Nemours/AIDHC, a number which is expected to grow dramatically in the near future. An experienced Sedation Team from the Department of Anesthesiology provides consistent and high quality care for outpatients in our Dental Care Center, and as needed in our surgical suite.

Treating complex medical conditions
In parallel with the massive clinical base amassed by Nemours/AIDHC since its founding in the mid-20th Century, Nemours/AIDHC has become an international referral center for children with complex health issues including oncological and blood disorders, organ failure (heart, kidney, and liver transplant), neurodevelopmental disorders, and various genetic disorders including skeletal dysplasia. While adequate dental care is important to all children, the timely and effective provision of superior dental care is very important to children with medically complex conditions. Thus, each patient at Nemours/AIDHC is treated as needed by a multi-disciplinary medical/dental healthcare team that collaborates with regular frequency regarding individualized medical and dental treatment plans.

Pediatric Dentistry Residency
The conflux of several important factors urge the leadership at Nemours/AIDHC to contemplate the creation of a pediatric dentistry residency. The first consideration is based on the chronic nationwide shortage of available pediatric dentistry residence slots. The second consideration is in lieu of the exacerbating effect of a drastically limited number of pediatric dentistry residency programs within the 35 million person population surrounding Delaware. The third consideration is the Nemours/AIDHC demonstrated track record of success as a pediatric teaching facility, which is a dependable predictor of success.

Support for establishing a Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program is extensive as evidenced by the Garrett B. Lyons, Sr., DDS Pediatric Dental Program, designed to establish a specialized pediatric residency in Dentistry with particular emphasis on children with special needs.

Regional dominance
The Nemours/AIDHC, located in Wilmington, Delaware is one of the nation’s premier pediatric health care systems, providing world-class clinical care in 4 states: Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. We are the only provider of comprehensive pediatric health care in Delaware. In the latest rankings of U.S. News & World Report, Nemours/AIDHC was ranked in all 10 specialties including: oncology, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, neurology & neurosurgery, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

Nemours Foundation
The Nemours Foundation, a non-profit organization, was established in 1936 as the dying wish of industrialist, philanthropist Alfred I. duPont. At the time of his passing, Mr. duPont left behind a $40 million estate and last will with specific instructions that his estate would be used to provide health care services to children. His estate began to deliver on this vision in 1940 when the Alfred I. duPont Institute, a pediatric orthopedic hospital in Wilmington, Delaware, opened its doors.

The Nemours Foundation is the primary beneficiary of the Alfred I. duPont Testamentary Trust, which has a current value of roughly $5.5 billion. Mr. duPont’s will stipulated that the trust make an annual disbursement to the Nemours Foundation of an amount equal to 3% of the trust’s value. Since its inception the duPont Trust has provided more than $2 billion to support The Nemours Foundation.

Today, Nemours has grown to become one of the nation’s largest integrated pediatric health systems in the country; providing hospital- and clinic-based specialty care, primary care, prevention and health information services, and research and medical education programs aimed at improving the lives of children and families throughout the Delaware Valley and in Florida. Nemours/AIDHC is under the fiduciary management of The Nemours Foundation. The Foundation operates the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware; the Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando’s Medical City; and Nemours Children’s Clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania & New Jersey. The foundation also sponsors the KidsHealth website, which provides information about the health, behavior, and development of children from birth to adulthood. The site has different content sections for children, teenagers and parents; approximately 850,000 people visit the link every weekday.

Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
As one of the nation’s premier pediatric health care systems, Nemours provides world-class clinical care in four states: Delaware, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Located in Wilmington, Delaware, the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children offers intensive and acute inpatient and outpatient services covering more than 30 pediatric specialties. Ranked among the nation’s best in pediatric specialty care by U.S. News & World Report, this world-renowned teaching hospital has served children from 42 states and 14 nations. Extending the world-class care of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital, Nemours duPont Pediatrics provides expert care for even more children across the Delaware Valley through community-based physician services and collaborative partnerships with health and hospital systems.

To keep pace with the changing health care environment and build a healthier future for our children, Nemours has embarked on a multi-phase expansion to create a children’s hospital like no other in the region. Upon completion in October 2014, the hospital will include private patient rooms, a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a new expanded Emergency Department.

Nemours, one of the nation’s leading pediatric health systems, has been recognized again by U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) for being among the best children’s health systems in the nation in the 2015-16 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals. In the latest rankings, Nemours duPont Hospital was ranked in 8 specialties including: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

  • Ranked one of the Top Children’s Hospitals in the US by Leapfrog in 2012 – The Leapfrog Top Hospital designation, which is the most competitive national hospital quality award in the country, recognizes hospitals that deliver the highest quality care by preventing medical errors, reducing mortality for high-risk procedures like heart bypass surgery, and reducing hospital readmissions for patients being treated for conditions like pneumonia and heart attack.
  • Delaware’s only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center

Nemours Hospital Rankings
Pediatric Patient Care

  • Named one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is ranked in 8 surveyed specialties including: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.
  • 164 Nemours physicians are ranked among the Best Doctors in America® for 2014-2015 by Best Doctors®, Inc.
  • Our family-centered care ranks in the top 20 percent in key patient satisfaction areas
  • Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children nursing program granted Magnet status 2012, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), in recognition for its professional nursing excellence.

Quality & Safety

  • Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children was awarded the Elite Distinction as one of 12 Leapfrog Group’s Top Children’s Hospitals in the country in 2012, recognizing exceptional quality and patient safety.
  • Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando earned the distinction of being named one of only nine “Top Children’s Hospitals” in 2014 by the Leapfrog Group.
  • Excellent quality and safety outcomes, including hospital readmissions for asthma, patient survival rates and surgical infection prevention

Health Information & Technology

  • Advanced Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology that works seamlessly across multiple locations
  • Among the “Most Wired” hospitals and health systems in the U.S. Hospitals and Health Networks magazine, 2013
  • HIMSS Davies Organizational Award of Excellence from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
  • Nemours Center for Children’s Health Media, creator of — the No. 1 most-visited website devoted to children’s health

Associate Satisfaction

  • Our Delaware locations were named among America’s 150 Top Workplaces by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, through a national survey of Nemours Associates.

Hospital Growth
In October 2014, a 450,000 square foot expansion of the Nemours/AIDHC will open to patient care. The $256 million project emphasizes patient and family centered details including 220-square-foot, single-patient rooms with an eye on comfort, including distinct areas for patient, family, and caregivers. Each room contains separate TVs for patients and family; a convertible bed for sleepovers; and plenty of amenities, such as a kitchen table, reading light, and a speaker pillow with nurse call technology for parents. In-room staff workspaces are supported by patient care boards and patient documentation computers.

The building itself is broken into clusters of eight rooms in a neighborhood configuration on each unit, supported by individual team stations and separate medication and storage rooms. All floors include public and staff traffic thoroughfares to control noise and improve infection control.

The hospital expansion will include a new 4-bed epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) replete with present day technologies and expertise to support a robust inpatient epilepsy program. Another hallmark of the project is an expanded emergency department that nearly doubles the size of the existing hospital’s capacity. The zoned emergency department will house 44 care rooms, including 24 acute exam rooms, nine observation rooms, nine fast-track rooms, and two trauma rooms. Like the inpatient rooms, ED exam rooms feature distinct patient, family, and caregiver zones, with sliding glass doors to provide both privacy and clear sight lines for staff. Neonatal care and cardiac care are the only two areas that will stay in their current space. All other units will move to new rooms.

Nemours Orlando
In October 2013, Nemours celebrated the opening of the Delaware hospital’s sister-facility, the 650,000 square feet Nemours Children’s Hospital, located on the Lake Nona medical campus in Orlando, Florida. The opening of the new, $380 million hospital in Orlando made Nemours the only pediatric health system in the nation with two freestanding children’s hospitals.

Department of Pediatrics
The Department of Pediatrics for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del, is the academic home for Pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College.

Internationally recognized for excellence in patient care, education and discovery, we offer the next generation of health care professionals the opportunity to advance their training at the bedside, as well as in the classroom, the laboratory and the community — alongside some of the finest pediatric practitioners in the country.

Our world-renowned Department of Pediatrics offers excellent care and leadership across all of our divisions, including our newest medical services: Transition of Care and Palliative Care.

Location – Wilmington, DE
Over 100 million people live and work within a 350 mile radius of Wilmington. A conservative estimate for the pediatric catchment population including Delaware, Philadelphia and south New Jersey is estimated at 5 million people. Wilmington is often referred to as the “corporate capital of the world”, due to the fact that over 50% of all Fortune 500 companies call Wilmington their corporate home.

  • Proximity to Philadelphia – Transportation links and geographic proximity give Wilmington some of the characteristics of a satellite city to Philadelphia, but Wilmington’s long history as Delaware’s principal city, its urban core, and its independent value as a business destination makes it more properly considered a small but independent city in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
  • Beaches – Delaware’s nationally top rated beaches are within a 2 hour drive. Dewey and Rehoboth Beach has been recognized as two of the nation’s cleanest beaches by the Natural Resources Defense council. Bethany Beach was named one of the top 10 Best Beaches for Families by Family Vacation Critic and is known as one of the “Best Secret Beaches” by Travel + Leisure Magazine.
  • Business Economy – Wilmington is home to one Fortune 500 company, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. In addition, the city is the corporate domicile of more than 50% of the publicly traded companies in the United States, and over 60% of the Fortune 500. Much of Wilmington’s economy is based on its status as the most populous and readily accessible city in Delaware, a state that made itself attractive to corporations with business-friendly financial laws and a longstanding reputation for a fair and effective judicial system. Wilmington has become a national financial center for the credit card industry, largely due to regulations enacted by former Governor Pierre S. du Pont, IV in 1981.
    • Credit Card Industry – Many major credit card issuers, including Bank of America (formerly MBNA Corporation), Chase Card Services (part of JPMorgan Chase & Co., formerly Bank One/First USA), and Barclays Bank of Delaware (formerly Juniper Bank), are headquartered in Wilmington.
    • Banking Industry – The Dutch banking giant ING Groep N.V. headquartered its U.S. internet banking unit, ING Direct (now Capital One 360), in Wilmington. The United Kingdom’s HSBC has their American operations headquartered in Wilmington. Wilmington Trust is headquartered in Wilmington at Rodney Square. Barclays and Capital One 360 have very large and prominent locations located along the waterfront of the Christina River.
    • Insurance Industry – Wilmington’s other notable industries include insurance (American Life Insurance Company [ALICO], Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Delaware), retail banking (including the Delaware headquarters of: Wilmington Trust, PNC Bank, Wachovia Bank, JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, Citizens Bank, Wilmington Savings Fund Society, and Artisans’ Bank), and legal services.

How to apply

In an overall effort to identify the most qualified potential candidates, Nemours has retained the services of Academic Med Physician Recruiters. If you have interest or questions regarding this position please contact Austin Taylor, the Search Consultant overseeing the recruitment for this opportunity (214.396.5024). You may also submit your CV to Mr. Taylor via email (; he is fully equipped to answer any questions that you may have.