Jordan Search Consultants is a St. Louis-based healthcare, executive, and higher education search firm serving clients nationwide. Our executive search specialists and healthcare recruitment experts have almost a century of combined experience in the industry. We partner with client organizations throughout the U.S. to fill the following positions:

  • Physicians
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Healthcare Executives
  • Physician Leaders
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Higher Education Faculty and University Leadership
  • Advanced Practitioners

Jordan Search Consultants provides the best recruitment services to both clients and candidates by building dynamic and effective teams in a variety of settings. We achieve this through:

  • Integrity, professionalism, and persistence
  • A streamlined, strategic approach to recruitment
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About You

Is your organization seeking access to top talent?
Does your organization want to enhance retention rates?
Is maximizing recruitment effectiveness a priority?
Do you seek candidates who fit your organization’s unique corporate culture?

Is your organization a:

  • Integrated Health System/Hospital?
  • Medical Group?
  • Academic Institution?
  • IPA, ACO, HMO, Health Plan?
  • Nonprofit (Hospice, FQHC, Community Health Center)?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in the right place. When you partner with Jordan Search Consultants, our expert consultants become a part of your recruitment team. And, our ability to customize recruitment solutions to fit your evolving staffing needs provides you with a distinct competitive advantage.


A Few Recent Placement Successes

Healthcare Providers

University of Colorado
Internal Medicine Physician
Denver, CO

Rainbow Hospice
Lead Palliative Medicine Physician
Mount Prospect, IL

Marin General Hospital
Physician Assistant – Surgical
San Francisco Bay Area, CA

SIU School of Medicine
Family Medicine Physician
Springfield, IL


Rainbow Hospice
Associate Medical Director
Mount Prospect, IL

SIU School of Medicine
Chair Department of Psychiatry
Director of Neuro-oncology
Chief of Orthopedics
Springfield, IL

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Recent Posts

Gender Inequality in the Healthcare Industry

A recent article from Modern Healthcare shed light on the ongoing gender pay gap in healthcare. The disparity is prevalent regardless of ranking in the chain of command; women CEOs of hospitals earn 22% less than their male counterparts, and male nurses on average earn $5,000 more annually than female nurses (even though they comprise just 5% of the nurse workforce).

Furthermore, a recent article from CNN Money states that among all physicians, females earn an average of 74 cents to every dollar a man makes, according to a new report from Doximity, a social network for healthcare professionals.

As a healthcare recruitment firm, we found these statistics disheartening. Equal opportunity is something we take very seriously at Jordan Search Consultants in our own workforce and in the services we provide to our clients. Not only do these wage gaps put women at a disadvantage in their long-term earnings potential, but also the ability to pay off large loans that tend to accompany any schooling related to their field.

Why Are Women Earning Less Than Men?

An April 2017 article from US News & World Report states that conscious and unconscious stereotypes drive these pay disparities. For example, an experiment done in 2012 showed that when given two resumes, one named John and one named Jennifer, science professors hiring a lab manager offered John $4,000 more than they would have offered Jennifer. Research also shows that women tend to fall out of contention for top hospital spots between five years and 15 years post-graduation because that’s when they start thinking about families or have to care for parents.

Working Toward a Solution

The income disparity as well as the far fewer numbers of women in C-Suite executive positions speak to biases brought to hospital cultures. It’s a prime example of why it’s so important to consider your organization’s culture throughout your hiring processes. As your organization prepares for recruitment, we encourage you to assess your company culture and ensure that these implicit biases are addressed. If you’re unsure where to begin, consider this white paper we’ve put together to help organizations define their culture to attract and retain top talent. In addition, we are always happy to help in your assessment. Email to learn more.

Quality Hospice Physicians Are in High Demand

Quality Hospice Physicians Wanted

At Jordan Search Consultants, we’ve seen a major increase in hospice physician searches in recent years. This trend comes as no surprise considering only one in 10 people who need hospice and palliative care receives it, according to the World Health Organization and Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance. Studies also find between 8,000 and 10,000 physician specialists are needed to meet the hospice demands nationwide, but only about 4,500 are specializing in the field.

Despite the fact that the number of hospital-based programs nearly tripled between 2000 and 2010, and most large hospitals now have palliative care teams, according to the Center to Advance Palliative Care, Americans living in certain geographic regions (for example, where small hospitals are the norm) have limited access to this comfort-centered approach to serious illness.

The shortage will become even more serious as baby boomers reach end of life. By 2029, the number of Americans 65 or older will ascend to more than 71 million, up from about 41 million in 2011 (a 73 percent increase). More so than generations prior, baby boomers are living longer but are in worse health, resulting in a compounding need for hospice care. 

Addressing the Shortage

In addition to the aging population, the shortage also likely stems from a limited interest in the field due to the nature of the work. “I do think it’s a calling to do this kind of work; you have to have a lot of compassion, communication skills, and excellent skills to keep [patients] comfortable,” said Dr. Jennifer Davis, medical director for Hospice of Davidson County in North Carolina.

Finding a solution to this dire need will require raising awareness and developing palliative-care skills among professionals, and medical and nursing students, according to Harvard Magazine. Recommended strategies include:

  • Training leaders through programs like Harvard Medical School’s Center for Palliative Care, co-founded by Block and J. Andrew Billings about 15 years ago to expand palliative-care education nationally and internationally.
  • Ensuring that everyclinician who sees seriously ill patients learns basic palliative-care skills, such as effective doctor-patient communication and pain management, while referring the more complex cases to specialists.
  • Reminding physicians that palliative care aims to ease symptoms and suffering throughout a serious illness, not just at life’s end, and complements the care patients are already receiving. It’s not about dashing hopes.

While there is certainly reason for concern, it is important to remember that hospice and palliative care are still relatively new medical specialties; the fields weren’t officially recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties until 2006. If your organization is in need of palliative care specialists, remain hopeful. Jordan Search Consultants’ customized recruitment solutions, extensive physician database, and passive and active search strategies ensure access to top candidates across the nation. Contact us to start your search.


Interview Advice from an Executive Search Consultant

Interview Advice for New Physicians

After over a decade of conducting executive searches for healthcare and higher education institutions across the nation, when it comes to interviews, we’ve seen it all. We’ve sat on the employer’s side of the table throughout every stage of the hiring process, from question development to candidate evaluation, and we have acquired a keen understanding of what makes—or breaks—an interview. On the other side, we have also coached hundreds of candidates and learned the most common questions or concerns they have going into the interview. To answer them, we asked our Executive Search Consultant, Adam Rockey, for help.

Q. What is the best way to answer the “tell me about yourself” question?
A.  It’s so easy to fall into the “I” trap when answering this question, but most candidates don’t realize this is a great opportunity to show humility and put the focus on “we” instead. Rather than simply listing the things you have accomplished or skills you have learned, talk about the key people that helped you along the way. When you acknowledge that your team and mentors were a critical component to your successes, it shows the interviewer that you are a team player and that you will be more likely to be a mentor to future generations. This is especially important in today’s workplace environments that put so much emphasis on culture and collaboration. Hiring organizations are seeking leaders who know how to build trusting relationships, demonstrate empathy, and are willing to humble themselves for the sake of their team.

Q. How much should you reveal about your flaws or weaknesses in an interview?
A. When an interviewer asks you what your greatest weakness is, the worst thing you can do is to not have an answer. Knowing your own limitations is a big part of being able to learn and grow as a leader. If you can’t identify an area that could be improved upon, it tells the interviewer that you aren’t self-aware or may be lacking in emotional intelligence. While there is no one right way to answer this question, here are three angles to consider:

  1. Reference an attribute that isn’t necessarily essential in the position for which you are interviewing.
  2. Focus on an area that you are already actively working on improving and let the interviewer know how you are doing so.
  3. Mention one of your strengths and discuss how it could be construed as a weakness if not in the right context.

Q. What is the one common trait every interviewer is looking for?
A. No matter what line of work you are in, humility is key. Your resume is there to showcase your skillsets and accomplishments, so use your interview time to shed light on your personality and compassion. For example, when asking candidates about transitions they made throughout their careers, we often ask how the decision to leave their team made them feel and how their team felt about it. The answer tells us a lot about their leadership style.

Q. What is your favorite unexpected question to ask?
A. I love to ask candidates about the last book they read. Their answer not only gives you a sense of their personal interests, but can oftentimes show how serious they are about self-improvement. If you’re interviewing for a leadership position and the interviewer asks this question, your best bet is to site a leadership development book. Employers really favor candidates that have a student mentality no matter how far they are into their career.

Q. What is the one thing to keep in mind during any interview?
A. Interviewers are rarely trying to trick the interviewee. When we develop the questions, our goal is to give you as many opportunities to sell yourself as possible. Don’t be nervous; just be honest. A good interviewer will ask thoughtful questions that lead you down a path that gives them the information they need.

Meet Our Team

  • Kathy Jordan
    Kathy Jordan
    Founder and CEO
  • Regina Levison
    Regina Levison
    Vice President of Client Development
  • Kristin Koppen
    Kristin Koppen
    Vice President of Executive Search
  • Sheila Bixler
    Sheila Bixler
    Vice President of Client Services
Jordan Search Consultants provides superior professionalism and diplomacy in tackling difficult executive and physician searches. Knowing that you have experts working on your behalf in such a dynamic industry is very reassuring.
Les Jebson, Administrator, Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
We are able to attract good people who in turn do good work that gets recognized. Jordan Search Consultants has been essential to this, and I believe we have a relationship that is built on more than business. JSC knows who we are and, because of that, we trust their judgement.
Kevin Dorsey, MD, Dean and Provost (2001-2015), Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
Our mission is to build quality teams that have an impact on the communities they serve for our client organizations. We do this by providing professional, responsive and collaborative service to ensure the best possible recruitment outcomes.
Kathy Jordan, President, Jordan Search Consultants
After talking with several leading recruitment firms about growing our medical group by 50%, Jordan Search Consultants was the only one to truly listen, understand our unique needs, and develop an effective solution. Together, we were able to not only recruit 24 providers within 6 months, but also to significantly reduce our recruiting costs. Their ability to adjust staffing, specialty focus, and monthly pricing allowed us the flexibility we needed to meet our ever-changing needs. Having a reliable recruiting partner has allowed our health system to reach strategic goals far ahead of schedule.
William Kohut, Former Provider Recruitment Director, Southwest Washington Medical Center, Vancouver, WA
After trying unsuccessfully with three other recruiting firms for several years to fill a specific practice position, Jordan Search Consultants was recommended to us. From the outset, it was clear that we had found a recruiter who could perform. Almost immediately we had not one, but two highly-qualified, viable candidates. JSC’s ability to represent us professionally and clearly define our opportunity to prospective candidates was a critical factor in the successful recruitment. I recommend Jordan Search Consultants to any organization looking for a reliable recruitment partner to assist them in maintaining a competitive edge.
Bradley Houser, Administrator, St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute, Tarpon Springs, FL
I’ve worked with Regina Levison and Jordan Search Consultants first in a hospital setting and then in my current IPA position. We needed physician recruitment assistance that would be affordable for our group practices and they developed a cost-effective candidate sourcing solution that serves our member groups well. The candidates they find are very qualified and motivated to consider the opportunities our groups have to offer. Jordan Search Consultants really embraces a pay-it-forward attitude. They win when you win. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Scott Kronlund, MD Chief Medical Officer, Northwest Physicians Network IPA, Tacoma, WA
Our experience with Jordan Search Consultants has been very positive with A+ results. We have very specific, specialized positions and we needed to partner with a firm that not only understood the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry but also our unique business model. JSC has surpassed our expectations and met the challenge to identify quality candidates that matched our specified criteria. Meeting our strategic goals is critical and they operated with a sense of urgency and persistence while at the same time consulting with us regarding industry trends and expectations. If you are looking for an executive search firm to assist with your critical searches and represent you in a professional manner, I highly recommend Jordan Search Consultants.
Vice President, Human Resources, Leading National Healthcare/Pharmaceutical Organization
The candidate sourcing concept was new to our group and generated great candidates. The search consultant from Jordan Search who managed our project was readily available and we received monthly updates on the status of the search. Candidate sourcing has been very helpful since none of our physicians or staff have the time to do this the way it should be done.
Irene Heinemeier, FACMPE, Chief Operating Officer, Urology Nevada, Reno, NV
Ms. Levison was qualified by the court as an expert physician and executive recruiter without objection. She established an instant rapport with the jury. Her testimony was convincing and virtually unchallenged.
Eugene Lee, Law Offices of Eugene Lee, Los Angeles, CA
Matt Jordan was honest and easy to work with; I would definitely consider a candidate from Jordan Search Consultants’ Career Placement Solutions in the future.
Tom Leeds, Director, Medical Staff Recruiting, Mercy, Toledo, Ohio

Events & Speaking

August 14-15, 2017
Chicago, IL
2017 VAHHS Annual Meeting
September 20-22, 2017
Jay Peak Resort, VT
Medical Group Management Association 2017 Annual Conference
October 8-11, 2017
Anaheim, CA
2017 AAMC National Conference
November 3-7, 2017
Boston, MA

White Papers


How to Define Your Organization’s Culture to Attract and Retain Top Talent
Recruiting and Retaining Multigenerational Healthcare Professionals
The Physician Leader: What Physicians and Organizations Need to Know in the Era of Population Health



Kathy Jordan
Founder and CEO

Kathy Jordan is the founder and president of Jordan Search Consultants, a search firm providing innovative healthcare, executive, and higher education recruitment solutions to clients throughout the nation. With almost three decades of professional recruiting experience, Kathy has a thorough understanding of the changing dynamics in the healthcare and higher education industries and has gained a national reputation for her unique recruitment and retention initiatives. Her ability to quickly assess an organization’s corporate culture and the professional and personal goals of each candidate produces bottom-line benefits for clients. By partnering with hospitals, medical groups, academic institutions, and healthcare organizations to develop recruitment models designed to meet their goals, Kathy has effectively helped clients reduce time-to-hire, increase retention rates, and reduce recruitment costs.

Kathy received her Bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing from Lindenwood University in St. Louis, MO. She has completed multiple hours towards a graduate degree in professional counseling and is an active member of the Medical Group Management Association, American College of Medical Practice Executives, the National Association of Physician Recruiters, and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council. As a member of the National Association of Physician Recruiters, Kathy has served on the Ethics Committee, further demonstrating her passion for maintaining the integrity of the staffing industry. When she is not absorbed in solving client recruitment challenges, as a life-long St. Louis resident, Kathy loves enjoying the amenities of the city. She also enjoys traveling, gardening, spending time with family and friends, volunteering, and mentoring young women in personal and business growth and development.



Regina Levison
Vice President of Client Development

Regina Levison was the founder and president of Levison Search Associates, a California-based physician and healthcare executive search firm, for more than three decades; her firm merged with Jordan Search Consultants in 2014. Regina harnesses her in-depth knowledge and experience to develop recruitment solutions that improve revenue, quality, and retention for healthcare organizations nationwide. Frequently interviewed by the media as an established thought leader in physician recruitment, Regina has been asked to speak about healthcare staffing nationally.

With expertise in forensic job search, job search assessment, compensation, benefits, and recruitment incentives, Regina is one of few recognized Expert Witnesses in the provider recruitment industry; she regularly provides her opinion in the areas of wrongful termination, spousal support, unfair business practices, slander, loss of privileges, and more.

Regina graduated from California State University in Sacramento, CA, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Before founding Levison Search Associates, she held various leadership positions at search firms in San Francisco. In 1995, Regina co-founded the Society of Professionals in Healthcare, an organization that merged four healthcare professional associations dedicated to education and professional growth for executives and physicians committed to positioning their organizations for the future. She is an active member of the American Association of Integrated Healthcare Delivery, The IPA Association of America, the Medical Group Management Association, rural health associations, advanced practitioner and technologist associations, and professional groups for recruitment and staffing.

When she is not devising solutions to client recruitment challenges, Regina enjoys spending time with her husband, traveling, history, movies, and an exceptional glass of wine.



Kristin Koppen
Vice President of Executive Search

For almost four decades, Kristin Koppen has been at the forefront of the recruiting industry. After an almost two-decade career in Human Resources at two major Fortune 100 companies, Kristin founded her own recruiting firm, The Koppen Group, in 1993. In 2012, after 20 years as President of The Koppen Group, she joined forces with Jordan Search Consultants. As the Director of Executive Search at Jordan Search Consultants, Kristin combines her extensive background in working with corporate and higher education clients with the ability to implement broad-based and customized executive search and recruitment strategies to meet client needs.

Kristin received Bachelor’s degrees in both French and History from William Woods College in Fulton, MO, and is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She enjoys keeping abreast of the ever-changing higher education recruitment landscape and spending time with family and friends.



Sheila Bixler
Vice President of Client Services

As the Vice President of Client Services at Jordan Search Consultants, Sheila Bixler manages search assignments, analyzes recruitment needs, and develops strategies that reduce time-to-fill and enhance retention rates for clients. Sheila’s nearly two decades of healthcare industry experience has been the impetus for several new search service lines and innovative sourcing strategies to better serve clients. In fact, Sheila designs Jordan Search Consultants’ candidate sourcing services for the company’s physician, physical therapist, pharmacist, and advanced practitioner search offerings. Clients benefit from Sheila’s tenacity and her ability to uncover both active and passive candidates to effectively fill staffing needs. She is adept at customizing recruitment solutions to best meet client goals.

Sheila received a Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. When she is not directing search efforts, Sheila enjoys spending time with her husband and children, biking, swimming, and reading.