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Chair, Department of Neurology Orange, CA

The University of California, Irvine (UCI), School of Medicine invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Neurology. The Chair of Neurology reports to the Dean of the School of Medicine and is responsible for the effective management of all administrative and operational processes of the department, providing not only comprehensive, interactive clinical services, but also supporting the teaching, educational, and research missions of the department, school, and University. This is a unique opportunity to join a top ranked university and thriving academic and clinical department, both of which are renowned for their cutting-edge research, innovative educational opportunities, and delivery of impactful clinical services to a diverse community and region. The new Chair will build on the success of prior leadership, leveraging the talents of a diverse faculty, staff, and students, to chart continued success and increased national and international reputation of the department’s important academic and clinical endeavors.

The Department of Neurology is committed to advancing clinical care, education, and research to help patients with diverse neurological conditions. The department’s 40 full-time teaching faculty members are highly-experienced clinicians and researchers who are devoted to training the next generation of neurologists.

With world-class specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, and critical care, UC Irvine has established multidisciplinary programs in stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, and neuro-oncology. The department also participates in leading-edge bench to bedside research including: devising methods to predict and improve functional recovery after stroke; mapping white matter tracts in epilepsy, seeking ways to promote healthy brain aging and novel treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; understanding the pathophysiology of multiple sclerosis; delineating novel molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration; developing new treatments for brain malignancies and developing stem cell therapies for neurological disorders. The next Chair will foster a stronger linkage with the broader UCI Neuroscience community including The UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND), the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (CNLM) and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC).

UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), and combines the strengths of a major research institution with the dynamism and ambition of an emergent campus. UCI is among the most diverse and fastest growing campuses in the country and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, and innovation. As the only University-based care provider in Orange County, UCI Health is a multifaceted organization dedicated to the discovery of new medical frontiers, the teaching of future healers, and the delivery of the finest evidence-based care. With a recent $200 million transformational gift from the Samueli family, UCI is now home to the newly formed Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, which includes the School of Medicine, the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, the future School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the future School of Population Health. The UCI School of Medicine is ranked one of the top 50 U.S. medical schools for research by U.S. News & World Report and consists of 20 clinical and six basic science departments. The establishment of this interdisciplinary college is a critical step toward building an expanded health sciences campus.

UCI seeks a Chair who will maintain and enhance the success of the department while driving innovation in the field more broadly. Continuing alignment with an institutional commitment to diversity and educational opportunity, the new Chair will also act as a conduit between and contributor to a variety of other successful departments, centers, and institutes at UCI. The Chair will strategically leverage the reach and accomplishments of UCI Health, ensuring the department and the institution continue to rise in intellectual impact and effective and efficient delivery of clinical care across a quickly growing, diverse geographic region in Southern California – and beyond.

Qualified candidates will have earned an MD or MD/PhD (or equivalent) and be board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), be eligible for appointment as an associate or full professor, and be eligible for (or currently hold) a medical license in the state of California.

Complete applications include a CV, cover letter, and a separate diversity statement that describes past activities that promote diversity and inclusion and plans for future contributions. For further information about UCI’s commitment to inclusive excellence, please visit:

David Bellshaw is leading this search with Courtney Wilk-Mandel.

UCI is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. A recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity, UCI is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, supports work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is dedicated to broadening participation in higher education.

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