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Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), in partnership with University of Southern California (USC) and the Keck School of Medicine of USC, seeks to recruit a Division Chief for Pediatric Neurology. The Chief will provide overall leadership to the division, overseeing strategic planning, recruitment and program development, and ensuring the integration of training and research programs with clinical services throughout the hospital. The Chief will lead the divisions support of the Department of Pediatrics academic goals in research, education and faculty development and will also serve as a Vice Chair for Pediatric Neurology within the Department of Neurology at USC.
We seek a truly visionary leader who will take the leading role in the development of a Neurosciences Center seeking to unify programs across CHLA and USC. Successful outcomes will include but not be limited to cutting-edge clinical, research and academic programs that serve a diverse patient population of more than 2. 5 million children. Center development efforts will be bolstered by a highly competitive academic program development package and the staffing financial support necessary to add 15 faculty members to the Division over the initial 3 5 years. Additionally, an Endowed Chair will be provided to the new Chief to support the continuance of their scientific endeavors.
The Division of Neurology:
The Division of Neurology at CHLA is a nationally ranked subspecialty in Pediatrics by the U. S. News & World Report. Neurology has expanded over the past five years by increasing the number of faculty and doubling the patient volume, as well as markedly expanding EEG capacity for both routine and long-term VEEG studies. Currently there are 12 Neurology Faculty in the Division and five Neurology Residents (six residents approved for 2017). The Division is actively engaged in the teaching of residents and medical students. Neurology faculty currently provide services in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, and recently began providing services in the community setting through the CHLA satellite offices in Arcadia, Valencia, Santa Monica and the South Bay.
The Division of Neurology provides both inpatient and outpatient EEG monitoring for Neurology patients, and a 4-bed EMU has just opened for both intracranial and scalp EEG long term monitoring for epilepsy surgery patients. The current goal is to expand the EMU to 8 beds. There is a multidisciplinary neuromuscular clinic (MDA) twice a month, collaborating with Pulmonary and Cardiology, and a multidisciplinary neuroimmunology clinic in planning stages. Additionally, several of the faculty are involved in research studies and clinical trials.
We have developed other resources that align with neurology such as the Institute for the Developing Mind (IDM). The IDM has been established to fulfill the need for expanding research efforts, developing new research technologies, and education of a new generation of interdisciplinary clinicians and scientists all working to discover new diagnostics, identify risk factors, and develop innovative biomedical, behavioral and educational treatment strategies for childhood brain disorders.
Candidate Desired Traits and Characteristics:
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles desires to recruit a nationally known clinician-scientist with strong leadership skills to become the Division Chief for Pediatric Neurology. The Chief will be responsible for the research, clinical programs, education, and service missions of CHLA, and for staff and budgetary affairs as they relate to the Division. They will provide the overall direction for research, recruitment, new program development, and ensure compliance with all governmental and CHLA policies. Research efforts should be self-supporting and based upon extramural funding with commensurate support for recruitment and development. The Chief will work to establish their own research program and that of the Division to maximize the potential for interdisciplinary research programs, and the strategic recruitment to support the research direction. Given the scope of responsibility for this position, the Director must lead by the power of reputation, ideas, and motivation, and will serve as a role model to colleagues and to staff. They should have strong interpersonal skills, be able to effectively communicate a vision, and have demonstrated leadership capabilities in previous academic appointments
The Division Chief must be a persuasive advocate for the Department of Pediatrics of USC and CHLA, able to articulate goals, inspire progress, and respond nimbly to change. Working with CHLA and CHLA Foundation leadership, the Chief will be an active partner in the fundraising campaign to support and endow programs.
The successful candidate must share and demonstrate a personal commitment to CHLAs values of respect, excellence, service, knowledge, and teamwork, which are also values shared by the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Candidates should be at the Associate Professor or Professor level.
Career path leading to this position:
Candidates should have strong research, clinical, and leadership/management experience in a research-oriented childrens hospital or academic pediatric department affiliated with a university medical school, with a minimum of 10 years of progressive medical and research experience and an increasing scope of responsibility including faculty and trainee mentoring and program development. They should have a track record of research accomplishment, ideally with NIH funding.
Candidates must have an MD or MD/PhD degree, have comple