Chair - Department of Neurosurgery

West Virginia University



West Virginia University is seeking an exceptional leader for the Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center (HSC) in Morgantown, WV. Applicants must have a vision for the future of medical education, the discovery of knowledge, and high performing patient centered care. The position requires an individual with strong interpersonal and leadership skills, a dedication to collaboration, clinical expertise, demonstrated scholarship, at least two years of administrative experience, and a commitment to service, teaching, and research.


The Department of Neurosurgery is part of the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, an institutional Signature Program under the direction of Dr. Ali Rezai. The institute includes neurosurgery, neurology, behavioral medicine and psychiatry, and all neuroscience research throughout WVU. The new Institute will be significantly growing and developing the clinical, research, and innovation framework and collaborations. These entities are united to develop new solutions for West Virginians and those across the world with neurological and psychiatric conditions that range from Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s; autism to stroke; and paralysis to chronic pain, addictions, and traumatic brain injury. This Signature Program promotes operational efficiency across an integrated statewide organization, expands the spectrum of care for patients, and improves the health of the state’s population. The strategic thrust of the Signature Program includes the deployment of an array of new initiatives and technology, such as neuromodulation, robotics, brain-computer interface, virtual reality, and brain health through worldwide public and private partners.

The neurosurgery department has an active, accredited residency training program and 12 full-time faculty with expertise in cranial, neurovascular, pediatrics, spine, epilepsy, functional, neuro-oncology and skull based subspecialties. The volume of neurovascular procedures is among the highest in the country. West Virginia University Neurosurgery faculty members staff three regional hospitals in addition to West Virginia University Hospital (WVUH) which serves as the academic hub. WVUH is a 645-bed teaching hospital, a nationally-recognized Level One Trauma Center, and is well-equipped with spacious operating rooms, a Gamma Knife, and state-of-the-art neuroradiology equipment and programs. The Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute and Erma Byrd Biomedical Research Building are located on campus and contain newly designed laboratory space. In addition, the Center for Disease Control’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is located within the academic complex.

The mission of the WVU School of Medicine (SOM) is to improve the health of West Virginians through the education of health professionals, basic/clinical scientific research, research in rural healthcare delivery, and the provision of direct and supportive healthcare. The School is supported in this mission by our state’s flagship academic medical center that provides tertiary and quaternary care through a multispecialty practice plan and our campus hospitals. WVU Hospitals has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top performer in the state, and our medical campus includes Ruby Memorial Hospital, WVU Children’s Hospital, WVU Cancer Institute, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, and Chestnut Ridge Center psychiatric facility. WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals was ranked the sixth top academic medical center out of more than 200 participating organizations and received Vizient’s 2016 Quality Leadership Award for superior performance. WVU Medicine, our integrated health system, includes a multispecialty practice plan and ten hospitals. Over two hundred new faculty members have been hired over the last 18 months, and plans for increasing inpatient beds and ambulatory facilities are in place.

WVU is a comprehensive land grant university enrolling 30,000 students in 113 degree programs and is classified “R1” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Research University (Highest Research Activity). The HSC includes the Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Dentistry, and Public Health, each with their own educational and research programs. The campus includes a number of new or recently updated research facilities, including a NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Institute to drive biomedical research across the state of West Virginia. The medical campus also boasts a state of the art simulation and clinical training center.

With a metro area population of over 115,000, Morgantown is consistently rated as one of the best small cities in the U.S., with affordable housing, excellent schools, a picturesque countryside, many outdoor recreational activities, and close proximity to major cities, such as Pittsburgh, PA, and Washington, DC. It also boasts a thriving economy which prompted Peter Alexander of NBC News to recently state that Morgantown is “an oasis of opportunity” and is full of “can-do Mountaineer spirit.”



Applicants must hold a MD, MD/PhD or DO degree and be eligible for Associate or Full Professorship at West Virginia University in a clinical or tenure track (preferably at the rank of Professor), have completed an accredited ACGME residency program and be currently certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. The position requires an individual with strong interpersonal and leadership skills, a dedication to collaboration, clinical expertise, demonstrated scholarship, at least two years of administrative experience, and a commitment to service, teaching, and research.


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Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three references. Applications will be processed until the position is filled. For additional information, contact Search Committee Chair, Dr. Marc Haut,

WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

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