Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU): Chief of the Movement Disorders Division and Director of the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center (PMDC)

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine (SOM) seeks a physician leader to serve as Chief of the Movement Disorders Division, Director of the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center (PMDC) and the Bemiss Distinguished Chair in the Department of Neurology.

This is a full-time faculty position in the Department of Neurology, with rank commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Director is expected to provide leadership for all aspects of the Division and PMDC and to lead the collaborative relationship with the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Hospital’s Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC). This is an opportunity to lead a strong clinical and research program to the next level of excellence, accomplishment, and national recognition.

The Movement Disorders Division and PMDC at VCU have earned a national and international reputation in clinical care, research, and education. VCU and the broader community see continued opportunity to build on existing excellence, including the recent establishment of a fellowship program in the division, and the opportunity to leverage a strong national and international reputation, potential collaborative partners through the university, and a highly engaged and supportive local community.

The position includes clinical, teaching, research, and service leadership. The combination of the Center Directorship, Movement Disorders Chief, and affiliation with the PADRECC provides an opportunity to develop a transformational movement disorders program with national recognition.

This role requires a leader with vision and excellent communication skills, who is eager to engage with patients, faculty, staff, and colleagues throughout the division, department, university, and community. Demonstrated leadership across the missions of the Department (clinical, teaching, and research) is ideal. This includes the ability to develop faculty, promote a collegial atmosphere, and grow the Center in prominence, including with the engagement of the local philanthropic community.

The Chief of the Division and Director of the Center must have strong leadership and interpersonal skills, the ability to provide vision and direction, and experience in administrative functions in an academic context. They must be able to hear and engage different constituencies, and value the opportunities available through collaboration within PMDC and the Movement Disorders Division, as well as throughout the university and community. Additionally, they must have:

  • An MD/DO, with residency training at an accredited institution.
  • Experience as a movement disorders clinician with a record of distinguished research.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
  • Fellowship training in Movement Disorders is preferred.
  • A successful track record of extramural funding is preferred.
  • The successful candidate must meet the requirements for appointment as a professor at the VCU SOM. Eligibility for licensure in Virginia and board certification or board eligible in Neurology are required.

The Department of Neurology and VCU Health
Located in Richmond, Virginia, VCU is one of the top urban public research universities in the country, and part of a culturally diverse city with world-class cultural offerings and picturesque historic neighborhoods.

The VCU School of Medicine attributes much of its success over the last decade to the tightly knit, integrated system in which the leadership of the medical school, the practice plan, the managed care plan, and the health system have enjoyed close strategic and collaborative relationships. The over $3.3 billion integrated VCU Health System offers virtually every form of contemporary medical service. In 2018, VCU Health had over 39,400 admissions, 24,900 inpatient and outpatient surgeries, and 779,000 outpatient visits, providing a breadth of experience for research and for education of residents and medical students.

The Department of Neurology has a dedicated team of clinical and academic neurologists and is comprised of more than 50 adult and child neurology faculty, and provides a high level of expertise for the full breadth of neurological conditions affecting adults and children.


Virginia Commonwealth University has engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of the Division Chief and Center Director. Inquiries, expressions of interest, and nominations may be sent to the Opus Partners consultants leading the search, Jay Scott, Associate Partner (, Sarah Gaines, Senior Associate (, or Jeff Stafford, Senior Associate (  Candidates are invited to email Jay, Sarah, or Jeff to learn more about this role or to express interest.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, Affirmative Action University providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.

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