Chief, Division of Addiction Sciences

  • Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
  • Huntington, WV

This position has been filled.

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is seeking a Chief for its Division of Addiction Sciences. Learn more or apply within!Marshall University is a coeducational public research university in Huntington, WV, founded in 1837, and named after John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The University is composed of academic units that include the Colleges of Arts and Media; Business; Education and Professional Development; Information Technology and Engineering; Liberal Arts; Health Professions and Science, as well as the Honors College; University College, the Graduate College; the School of Pharmacy and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Marshall’s offerings include more than 100 degree programs leading to associate, bachelor’s, master’s, first professional and doctoral degrees. In addition, the university provides certificate programs in a number of fields. The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine seeks an established, board-certified physician to serve as Chief of the Division of Addiction Sciences within the Department of Family and Community Health.

Position Overview

The Division Chief is responsible for overseeing the further development of the Division of Addiction Sciences using a comprehensive approach that encompasses the education, research and clinical arms of the School of Medicine. Accordingly, this individual will direct the continuing growth of the recently established division through the oversight of multidisciplinary teams for clinical treatment, promotion and support of prevention-educational endeavors, organizing research initiatives, seeking and acquiring grants, and encouragement of publications and presentations in prestigious venues nationally.

Drug Crisis Profile-West Virginia

The drug crisis has reached an all-time high in Huntington, as well as in the state and region. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, West Virginia has the highest age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths involving opioids. In 2017, there were 833 drug overdose deaths involving opioids in West Virginia—a rate of 49.6 deaths per 100,000 persons. This is the double the rate in 2010 and threefold higher than the national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 persons. Other states with the highest rates of death due to drug overdose in 2017 were West Virginia (57.8 per 100,000), Ohio (46.3 per 100,000), Pennsylvania (44.3 per 100,000), the District of Columbia (44.0 per 100,000), and Kentucky (37.2 per 100,000), according to the CDC.


  • A Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree or equivalent.
  • Eligibility for West Virginia licensure as a medical doctor.
  • Academic rank of full professor (preferred) or qualifications to fulfill the Marshall University criteria for a senior-level faculty appointment.
  • Board-certified, ideally represent a background and training in internal medicine, family medicine and/or psychiatry and behavioral medicine.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience, including administrative experience and skills.
  • Nationally-recognized expert in addiction medicine.
  • Well established record of extramural grant support in addiction or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated success in the development of clinical programs for treatment of Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD).
  • Demonstrated history of related publication record and research activity and successful program of funded research.
  • Current or history of grant support.
  • Ability to guide and coordinate inpatient and outpatient services.
  • Ability to work across specialties.
  • Experience working with social support programs and health departments.


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