Requisition ID: P01441409
Employment Type: Full-Time
Location: Health Sciences Campus
The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.
Children's 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 division's 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:
Children's 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 CHLA's 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 children's 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 completed a Child Neurology Residency, and must be board-certified in Neurology with special qualification on Child Neurology. Candidates should have clinical as well as research experience in a pediatric setting and qualify for appointment as Associate Professor or Full Professor.
There is a very competitive package available for this position; salary is comprised of administrative and academic support from CHLA, CHLA Medical Group and the Keck School of Medicine of USC. A generous benefits package, including tuition remission for qualified dependents, is provided by USC. Relocation and housing assistance is also available.
Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA):
We create hope and build healthier futures.
Mission Statement, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Children's Hospital Los Angeles was founded in 1901, through a remarkable effort led by an organization called King's Daughters, a group of women who identified the need for a pediatric hospital for the nascent city of Los Angeles. CHLA has evolved to become one of the world's top centers for pediatric care, and has achieved many firsts in pediatric medicine along the way. The Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases pioneered treatments that are now used as the standard of care for acute leukemia, the most common childhood cancer. CHLA was also the site of the first pediatric heart surgery performed on the West Coast, and the Children's Brain Center developed a magnetic resonance-compatible incubator, which made CHLA the first in the world to perform functional magnetic resonance imaging on the tiniest babies. CHLA researchers have successfully improved the survival rate of children with neuroblastoma from 15% to 55%; developed an innovative laser/chemotherapy treatment for retinoblastoma that is considered one of the most significant therapeutic advances in a quarter-century; and performed the world's first transfer of a healthy gene into the umbilical cord blood cells of a newborn with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease. The Saban Research Institute at CHLA was also home to the world's first gene therapy clinical trial for children infected with HIV-1, and to the pioneering work in epigenetics by Peter Jones.
For the third straight year, Children's Hospital Los Angeles was ranked among the top five children's hospitals in the country and named to the elite Honor Roll of the nation's "best" children's hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. CHLA is:The only freestanding Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in Los Angeles County approved by the County Department of Health Services and accredited by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.
One of only 13 children's hospitals to be designated a "Top Hospital" for 2013 by The Leapfrog Group.
Designated as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center – an honor held by only five percent of hospitals nationwide.
Granted the Beacon Award for Excellence in Pediatric Intensive Care Units from the American Association of Critical Care Nursing.
The most recognized and favored hospital in Los Angeles County among families with children, according to a 2010 independent study.
A provider of more than $125 million annually in community benefits to the children and families of Los Angeles.
In addition to pioneering new and minimally invasive techniques, CHLA serves as a major regional referral center for children who require life-saving acute care. The medical staff at CHLA includes 528 physicians, 94% of whom are board-certified in their specialty or specialties. CHLA is organized into five departments: Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine; Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Pediatrics; Radiology; and Surgery. In addition to its main campus in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles, CHLA operates outreach regional clinics in Arcadia, Valencia, Torrance, Santa Monica and other locations in the greater Los Angeles area. CHLA cares for the largest and most diverse pediatric patient population of any leading pediatric research hospital in North America, delivering care through approximately 319,000 annual outpatient visits and 13,800 inpatient visits, as well as 70,000 emergency department visits. More than 16,000 surgeries are performed at CHLA every year, including complex procedures not performed at any other hospital in Southern California. CHLA's programs for patients with cancer and congenital heart disease are among the largest in the country. To learn more about Children's Hospital Los Angeles, please visit www.chla.org.
The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles:
Children's Hospital Los Angeles is a national leader in pediatric research, with an overarching goal to improve the health and well-being of children through basic, clinical and translational studies that combine operations in the lab, in the clinic and in the community. Among its distinguished faculty, more than 150 are principal investigators in peer-reviewed and extramurally funded research studies. Many are on advisory boards for scientific journals and funding agencies. Research at CHLA is operated through The Saban Research Institute, which is among the largest and most productive pediatric research centers in the Western U.S. With $26.5 million in NIH grant awards and a total of $77.4 million in research funding, the Institute supports a team of more than 450 researchers and physicians who collaborate to combat cancer, brain disorders, obesity, and diabetes, and other conditions. During the last 15 years, the CHLA has been among the top ten recipients of NIH research funding among freestanding children's hospitals.
Research investigators and clinician-scientists throughout CHLA continue to make fundamental discoveries and advances that are improving the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and overall management of diseases in children, adolescents, and young adults. Research advancement and recruitment at The Saban Research Institute is focused on the developmental origins of health and disease, and is organized into three overlapping themes and priority areas: the Institute for the Developing Mind; Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Therapies; and Metabolism, Immunity, Inflammation, and Infection. In 2010, CHLA was awarded $7 million as a partner in the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute, a collaboration of health-care institutions focused on accelerating the translation of science into solutions for better health. This initiative is part of a $56.8 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the NIH to support and promote scientific discoveries and their application in real-life settings to health and health care, focusing on health issues of people living in densely populated urban environments.
The Saban Research Institute is committed to training the next generation of leaders in pediatric academic medicine, supporting a broad and diverse training community through intramural funding opportunities, and presents a weekly research seminar series, career development workshops and social events. With more than 150 active post-doctoral fellows representing 25 countries, The Saban Research Institute has a dynamic and collaborative environment that offers basic, clinical and translational research projects across seven scientific priority areas. For more information about The Saban Research Institute, please visit www.chla.org/research.
The University of Southern California and the Keck School of Medicine of USC:
CHLA is one of the country's premier pediatric teaching hospitals and has been affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of USC since 1932. CHLA staff physicians are faculty members at the Keck School of Medicine and together they train medical students, residents, and fellows. For the past 14 years, 96% of the residents graduating from the Children's Hospital Residency Program passed the American Board of Pediatrics exam on the first attempt, far exceeding the national average. The Department of Pediatrics has the distinction of having the largest number of faculty of any department at USC.
CHLA gains significant advantages through its partnership with USC, which is a long-time member of the Association of American Universities and the oldest private research university in the Western United States. USC has steadily enhanced its academic excellence and reputation over the past two decades; it recently ranked 23rd among public and private universities in the nation, according to the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings. USC is home to the David and Dana Dornsife College of Letters, Art and Sciences, as well as 17 professional schools, including the prestigious Viterbi School of Engineering and the Annenberg School for Communication. The University Park Campus (UPC), located in the heart of Los Angeles' Downtown Arts and Education Corridor, is home to the College and many of the professional schools. The Health Sciences campus, northeast of downtown Los Angeles, is home to the Keck School of Medicine, the School of Pharmacy, three major teaching hospitals, and teaching programs in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy.
Under the leadership of President C. L. Max Nikias, USC is aspiring to become one of the world's top research universities. As a central component to achieving this ambition, USC is developing a comprehensive, integrated academic medical enterprise centered on the 78-acre USC Health Sciences Campus, located three miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. In addition to CHLA, the USC Medical Enterprise comprises the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the Keck Medical Center of USC, the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital, the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center (LAC+USC), the CHLA Medical Group, and Doctors of USC – a 500-member physician practice group that operates in Los Angeles County.
The Department of Neurology at USC provides comprehensive outpatient and inpatient services for the full spectrum of neurologic conditions. In addition to providing skilled patient care, the department's physicians also conduct medical research and mentor future generations of medical professionals as faculty at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
The Department of Neurology at USC has a strong reputation in clinical neurophysiology and conduct active research programs in epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, movement disorders, intraoperative monitoring, coma, multiple sclerosis and stroke.
Their telemetry unit at Keck Hospital of USC is part of a comprehensive program that evaluates candidates for surgery for intractable epilepsy, electrophysiology, neuropsychology, language localization and therapeutic protocols with anti-epileptic drugs.
Research at USC is operated at the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute (ZNI) at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC. The ZNI is an integral part of a broader USC neuroscience initiative promoting collaboration between researchers from diverse disciplines. Scientists at the Institute reach across boundaries to embrace methods and techniques from other fields of study, identifying new approaches to examine nervous system function so we may all better understand the underlying causes of neurological and psychiatric disorders. At the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC, investigators are exploring the normal mechanisms that build, maintain and repair our body systems, to develop knowledge-based approaches for regenerative medicine.
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group:
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group is the largest freestanding academic pediatric multi-specialty medical group practice in the United States. It is one of the two approved faculty practice plans at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Its affiliation with USC dates back to 1932. CHLAMG has a separate elected board (comprised of physician members of the group). CHLAMG has more than 568 members across all of the subspecialties of medicine, surgery, pathology, radiology, and anesthesiology; 351 of them are full-time faculty at USC.
Please direct inquiries, nominations, and applications, including resume and a letter of interest in confidence to:
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