Wake Forest University SOM: Chair of Neurology

Wake Forest School of Medicine is seeking a national leader as our new Chair of the Department of Neurology. This position reports to Dr. Julie Freischlag, Chief Executive Officer of Wake Forest Baptist Health and Dean, Wake Forest School of Medicine.

This is a unique opportunity to lead a thriving academic and clinical department at a top-ranked medical school and build on the success of prior leadership, leveraging the talents of a diverse group of faculty, staff, residents, fellows, and students. The Chair will continue the success of the department’s clinical, educational and research endeavors as the medical school and health system enter into a period of unprecedented growth and opportunities.

Highlights of our department include:

  • Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
  • ALS Clinic certified as a Center of Excellence
  • Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • Multiple Sclerosis Center designated as a Comprehensive Center of Care
  • Nationally recognized Headache Program and Brain Tumor Center of Excellence
  • Movement Disorder Center
  • State-of-the-art 24-bed Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit
  • Nationally recognized residencies (adult and pediatric) and fellowships (epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, neurocritical care, neuromuscular, sleep medicine, vascular)

About Wake Forest
Wake Forest School of Medicine is the education and research component of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, a fully integrated academic medical center anchored by an 885-bed tertiary care hospital honored as one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Great Hospitals in America, community hospitals, affiliated partners and the 160-bed Brenner Children’s Hospital.

Wake Forest Baptist is a major research and innovation center, making important contributions to biomedical and health science research nationally and internationally. Wake Forest Innovations commercializes technology, products and services arising from the discoveries and scientific assets of the Medical Center and Wake Forest University.

In April 2019 Wake Forest Baptist Health signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a partnership with Atrium Health, a non-profit 42-hospital health system that was previously known as Carolinas HealthCare System. This partnership will create a system with nearly $13 billion in annual revenue, almost 50 hospitals and about 1,300 additional care locations.  Included in this partnership are plans for Wake Forest School of Medicine to open a second campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, attracting top faculty to create new models of care, and plans for a new research and population health center in Winston-Salem, among other initiatives.

Located in Forsyth County (population ≈376,000) in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, Winston-Salem is the state’s fifth largest city, featuring a moderate climate with all four seasons and a cost of living 31% below the national average. Residents enjoy vibrant arts and restaurant scenes, a wide variety of indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities, strong public/private schools, and close proximity to the Appalachian Mountains and Atlantic Coast beaches.


Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employers with a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff.

A comprehensive position description is available upon request.

Interested candidates may contact: 
Michael Ginsberg
Talent Acquisition Consultant
Wake Forest Baptist Health

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