University of Iowa Health Care: Director of the Division of Cerebrovascular Disease, and Head of the Comprehensive Stroke Center

The Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine seeks candidates for the position of Director of the Division of Cerebrovascular Disease, and Head of the Comprehensive Stroke Center. 

The Department of Neurology is home to over 45 primary faculty members who are distinguished leaders in teaching, research, and clinical care.  The Division of Cerebrovascular Disease includes eight stroke trained neurologists, two stroke fellows, and 4.5 APPs that provide clinical services for stroke patients. The Division has an active Neurointerventional Surgery (NIS) program with two neurologists trained in NIS and neurocritical care, and two NIS fellows. In 2018, 1298 stroke patients were treated as inpatients.  Of those, 306 received TPA (either prior to transfer or after admission) and 178 underwent thrombectomies. As the only university affiliated hospital in a state of 3 million people, there is exceptional potential for growth in clinical services and academic research. This includes unusually rich opportunities in rural health, telestroke, epidemiology, primary care, NIS, genetics, neuroimaging, neurosonology and poststroke rehab.  There is already an extensive clinical trials and research portfolio, including NINDS StrokeNet and Clinical Trials Methodology Course grants. There are strong collaborative relationships with colleagues in Radiology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science and Emergency Medicine within the Medical School and with the Colleges of Public Health and Engineering.

The Dean, Vice President for Medical Affairs and hospital CEO have committed generous support to recruit a dynamic stroke neurologist with an active research program in vascular neurology who is a skilled clinician and a strong leader. The successful candidate will strive to maintain a clinical stroke service that is unequalled in the delivery of high quality, patient centered stroke care, will expand our clinical reach, and ensure that stroke care is integrated with NIS and neurocritical care. The Director represents the Stroke Division in interactions with practitioners throughout the state.  Responsibilities also include faculty evaluation, recruitment and promotions, running of educational, clinical and research programs; fiscal planning and management; and short term and long term strategic planning. 

Candidates should have strong administrative leadership experience in academic medicine and capacity to foster an environment in which excellence in teaching, research and scholarship can flourish, as well as experience and interest in developing and leading cerebrovascular clinical programs.  The successful candidate will also have a record of excellent interpersonal skills, enjoy interactions with students, staff, and faculty, and have a commitment to working effectively with diverse faculty, staff, and students. They must have an MD degree or equivalent, an outstanding record of accomplishments in teaching, research, and service, be eligible for licensure in Iowa, and be board certified in vascular neurology.

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine is one of the top biomedical research institutions in the nation.  The Department of Neurology is third oldest neurology department in the nation, and will celebrate its centennial in 2019.  It is perennially ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best and is one of the top 20 programs in training academic neurologists.  The Iowa City VA Hospital is across the street and joint appointments may be available.

UI Health Care features:

  • A 711-bed hospital ranked among the best in the United States
  • The new UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital – a 134-bed, 14-level facility that is the hub of a statewide system of pediatric care
  • An integrated health care system with opportunities for physician leadership of clinical service lines
  • The Carver College of Medicine, Iowa’s only allopathic medical school
  • The Iowa Neuroscience Institute for basic and translational research funded by a $45 million gift from the Roy J. Carver Trust

The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, a vibrant community located in the rolling hills of southeastern Iowa and nationally known for its quality of life, outstanding schools, affordable housing, and abundance of cultural, sports, and recreational opportunities. 

The search committee will accept nominations and applications until the position is filled. Nominations should include curriculum vitae.  To apply for this position visit our website and search for Requisition # 73557 at:                 

For more information:
George Richerson, MD, PhD
Attn: Lori Posey
Department of Neurology
The University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
Iowa City, IA 52242-1101

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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