Professor and Medical Director, Addiction Sciences

Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine

  • Location: Huntington, WV

A new addiction sciences professor and medical director is needed at Marshall University.Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is a state-supported, community-based medical school established in 1977. The faculty and administration are committed to providing high-quality medical education and residency training, with an emphasis on primary care, at a relatively modest cost with both self-reliance and community support. Specializing in rural health issues, Marshall emphasizes the recruitment of students from rural West Virginia and places graduates in clinical practice in rural areas. Clinical and basic research are focused on health issues related to rural populations, including obesity-related health disparities and addiction.  The school’s faculty practice plan, Marshall Health, employs approximately 1,150 individuals including physicians, residents, clinical, administrative and research staff; has upwards of 25 clinic locations and three multi-disciplinary facilities.

Position Overview

The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine seeks an established, board-certified physician to serve as Professor and Medical Director of Addiction Sciences. The Professor and Medical Director of Addiction Sciences is responsible for overseeing the establishment of a division and/or department in the area of addiction medicine using a comprehensive approach that encompasses the education, research and clinical arms of the School of Medicine. Accordingly, the Professor and Medical Director of Addiction Sciences will develop and oversee multidisciplinary teams for clinical treatment, promote and support prevention-educational endeavors, organize research initiatives, seek and acquire grants and encourage publications and presentations in prestigious venues nationally.

The drug crisis has reached an all-time high in our city, state, and region. According to the CDC, West Virginia topped the list of states with the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in 2014. West Virginia’s drug overdose death rate increased from 20.3 per 100,000 people in the 2007-2009 time frame to 35.5 in 2014 alone, a 75% increase. In the midst of this tragedy, the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has been proactive in establishing partnerships with local recovery programs health department. The School also provides health care to participants in the Cabell-Huntington Adult Drug Court, offers support groups and social services to afflicted patients, and trains its medical students in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) techniques. However, Marshall’s efforts coupled with local recovery, counseling and prevention partnerships among the nonprofit, law enforcement, and medical communities, have not been enough. This became abundantly more evident on Aug. 16, 2016, when Cabell County EMS responded to 26 overdoses in just one afternoon.

Qualifications

  • A Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree or equivalent.
  • Board certified and eligible for West Virginia licensure as a medical doctor.
  • A history of scholarly activity sufficient to fulfill the criteria for faculty appointment at Marshall University.
  • A track record of leadership in the field of addiction medicine.