Chair, Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics

  • UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Dallas, TX

This position has been filled.

UT Southwestern Medical Center seeks an academic neurologist to serve as Chair, Department of Neurology & Neurotherapeutics. Apply within!The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern) is seeking a distinguished academic neurologist to serve as the next Chair of the Department of Neurology & Neurotherapeutics. We seek an M.D. candidate with outstanding academic experience who is prepared to use substantial resources to recruit and build a department of international prominence.

The growth and development of the department will be supported by the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute, a multi-disciplinary, campus-wide program dedicated to the translation of basic research to effectively diagnose, treat and prevent brain diseases. The institute is backed by a $1B fundraising campaign. The Department of Neurology & Neurotherapeutics will play a critical role in this effort to link basic and clinical neuroscience.

UT Southwestern’s Department of Neurology boasts a large faculty (~75) organized into clinical divisions spanning all sub-specialties, a long-standing residency program with 42 residents, and a strong leadership team supporting the management of the clinical enterprise.  The organization is seeking a creative and dynamic leader, who will be empowered to build substantive clinical and translational research programs.

UT Southwestern has a proud history of supporting basic and translational research that has changed the world, counting among its faculty 6 Nobel laureates, 23 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 19 members of the National Academy of Medicine, and 14 Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators.  The UTSW Medical Center is ranked in the top 35 nationally in NIH funding.


Education and Experience

  • D. or equivalent degree with ABPN certification is required.
  • Eligibility for medical licensure in Texas.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience including administrative experience and skills.
  • Qualifications to fulfill the UT Southwestern criteria for a senior level faculty appointment.
  • A nationally distinguished record as an academician, clinician, leader, and educator.
  • Proven background in faculty recruitment, mentoring, and development.

Desired Candidate Attributes

Program Builder

Skilled at building relationships with referring physicians and other departments; capable of recruiting division chiefs and key faculty with excellent judgment and “great taste”; combines business knowledge with clinical excellence and market awareness.


Can cultivate, motivate, and promote both clinicians and physician-investigators, putting their achievement ahead of one’s own career, because the Department’s success is the Chair’s success.


Keeps an open mind on issues, welcomes and encourages diverse opinions, and makes timely and principled decisions.


Possesses a track-record of outstanding scholarly achievement and experience in all three missions of research, education, and patient care.


Sees critical values in collaboration among different fields in medicine, and between basic science and clinical disciplines.


Ability to build and lead teams, and to develop strong ties and connections with external constituencies and individuals. Provides vision and direction, is non-threatening, but takes unpopular stands as necessary; employs a results-oriented approach; faces difficult situations with courage and tenacity; encourages direct and tough debate; leads with the highest level of integrity.

Financial Management

Experienced in balancing the complex needs of the academic mission, research, and clinical productivity with fiscal responsibility.  Skilled in overseeing profitable off-site ventures.  Demonstrated success in managing a large clinical practice within a centralized physician practice structure.

Political Savvy

Maneuvers through complex political situations effectively and quietly plans his/her approach accordingly; able to work with both private and faculty physicians, understanding the circumstances of each, yet working to attain common goals.

Excellent Communication Skills

Attentive listener, excellent interpersonal communication skills and presentation skills for both clinical and non-clinical audiences, in group settings or one-on-one.


A commitment to exemplary teaching, graduate education, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

UT Southwestern is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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