Houston Methodist: Chair, Department of Neurology

Houston Methodist seeks your help in identifying outstanding candidates for the position of Chair, Department of Neurology. We seek nominations of individuals who have the knowledge, vision and leadership ability to serve as the Chair of a distinguished and vital academic clinical department.

Houston Methodist has identified neurosciences as a key pillar in the future of the health system and is committed to becoming a top-10 department of neurology, nationally. To achieve this vision, a significant resource commitment including a generous academic package will be made available to the successful Chair candidate.

Houston Methodist, a 2,000+ bed hospital system, comprises eight hospitals: Houston Methodist Hospital (HMH), the flagship academic hospital in the Texas Medical Center (TMC), six community hospitals, and one long-term acute care hospital in the Greater Houston metropolitan area. The system includes freestanding emergency care centers and outpatient facilities, and an extensive network of primary care doctors and specialists.

The academic programs at Houston Methodist are coordinated by the Houston Methodist Academic Institute (HMAI), advised by a council of chairs of the academic clinical and research departments. Houston Methodist’s primary academic affiliate in Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. Other affiliations include Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and several local (University of Houston, University of St. Thomas) and international (Swansea University, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Politecnico di Torino, Xiangya School of Medicine, Chinese Academy of Sciences) institutions.

The Chair reports to the CEO of Houston Methodist. The Chair leads the academic department of Neurology at HMH with responsibility for advancement of clinical, education, and research missions. The Chair also has administrative and fiduciary responsibility for the operations of the department and the faculty practice. Education (UME, GME, CME) and Research programs are conducted as components of the HMAI. The Chair serves as the Chief of the Neurology service at HMH, with responsibility for development of neurology clinical programs and operations, quality initiatives, and medical staff chief duties including oversight of clinical performance and professional matters of all neurologists.

The Chair of the HMH Department of Neurology has academic oversight of neurologists practicing at the HM System hospitals outside of the TMC, providing faculty appointments as indicated and assisting CEO’s and medical staff leadership as needed with specialty neurologist recruitment and clinical program issues. The Chair can have significant involvement with the regional hospitals, as all of the System hospitals are staffed by employed neurologists and there is a System integration strategy under development. Alternatively, this can continue to be under the direct supervision of the Vice Chair for Clinical Services.

The mission of the Department of Neurology is to translate advances in basic scientific research into meaningful therapies for diseases of the nervous system, while at the same time providing a rich environment of learning opportunities for practicing health care professionals and the medical practitioners of tomorrow. We are actively engaged in research on the biochemical, pharmacological, physiological and molecular basis of neurological diseases like stroke, dementia, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and neuromuscular diseases. The candidate will be charged with building a robust portfolio of clinical and scientific research programs and will receive substantial investment resources with which to do this.

Qualified candidates will have earned an MD degree (or equivalent), be eligible for appointment as a full professor, and be a respected clinical neurologist and nationally recognized physician-investigator who fosters a highly collaborative environment. Candidates must have or be able to obtain an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the state of Texas. Compensation arrangements are competitive and commensurate with experience and achievement.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To nominate a candidate, please email their CV to aabu@houstonmethodist.org (attention Dr. H. Dirk Sostman, Chair of Search Committee for Department of Neurology). Additional information below.


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