Chair, Department of Neurology

University of Mississippi Medical Center

  • Location: Jackson, MS

Grant Cooper, an executive search firm, is seeking a Chair for the Department of Neurology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

The Department of Neurology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center is known for offering a broad range of patient care services, providing quality undergraduate and graduate medical education, and conducting basic, clinical and translational research – all in a collegial environment. The department offers unique opportunities for training and research in neuroscience ICU care, tele-stroke with rural hospitals, neuroimaging studies of brain aging and dementia, and clinical trials of new therapies in stroke, epilepsy and neuro-oncology.

Students, residents and fellows experience a variety of training sites as they encounter acute and highly specialized neurological problems in a diverse population. They benefit from state-of-the-art hospital facilities and participate in the highest level of care offered to patients with epilepsy and other seizure disorders.

The department’s faculty includes board-certified experts in stroke/vascular neurology, sleep disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, epilepsy, movement disorders, geriatric neurology, neuro-critical care, neurophysiology, and neuro-oncology and more. Over the past several years, the department has doubled the size of its faculty, and added new certified training programs in neuro-critical care, neuromuscular medicine, and epilepsy.

UMMC’s electro-diagnostic facilities are extensive, the stroke center is certified by the Joint Commission, and the department boasts superb neuroradiology support. The department’s work is supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Health Resources and Services Administration, nonprofit foundations, industry and private philanthropy.

Position Overview

The Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) provides leadership and has overall responsibility for the Neurology services of the Medical Center, as well as the teaching and research programs. The Chair also serves as one of four Co-Chairs of the Neuro Institute along with the Chairs of Neurosurgery, Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences, and Psychiatry and Human Behavior. Principal accountabilities include:

Patient Care: Develop goals and objectives to help the department enhance and grow excellent clinical programs. As the leader of the department, work collaboratively with colleagues to set high standards for the delivery of excellent clinical care at all levels and for the provision of excellence in customer service.

Education: Enhance teaching programs for students, residents and fellows. Ensure that all efforts are focused on recruiting and supporting a diverse group of students and trainees, emphasizing the need to attract under-represented minorities to the field of medicine. Ensure quality education to result in an excellent pass rate on boards.

Scholarly Activities: The historic strength of research and scholarly activities within UMMC provides a solid foundation upon which to continue building a research and scholarship agenda. The chair will build on those platforms and initiate new endeavors.

Reporting Relationships: The Chair of Neurology reports to LouAnn Woodward, MD, the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine. Additionally, the position will have a close working relationship with the Vice Dean of Medical Education, the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, and the Chief Executive Officer of the University Hospitals and Health System.


  • MD, or equivalent degree, from an accredited institution. Management education or training a plus.
  • Board certified in Neurology. Eligible for permanent, unrestricted medical licensure in Mississippi.
  • All academic work must qualify for appointment as Professor at University of Mississippi Medical Center.
  • Strong commitment to patient care, reflecting a service-oriented philosophy with hospital administration and with colleagues in other specialties.
  • Evidence of promoting and supporting teaching and scholarly activities.
  • A reputation for building a clinically strong program.
  • Demonstrated success as a leader in a Department or Division of Neurology of an interdisciplinary institute, or of an academic entity of comparable size and scope.
  • Successful track record of recruitment and development of faculty, trainees, and students.
  • A distinguished record of scholarly activity, teaching, and clinical care with national and international stature.
  • Abilities and interests in assuming broader leadership responsibilities within the Medical Center.