Duke University Seeks Division Chief of Movement Disorders

Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Aug 04, 2017
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Department of Neurology seeks Division Chief in Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders

Merritt Hawkins’ Department of Academics has partnered with Duke University School of Medicine and its Department of Neurology for this key recruitment. This is a rare opportunity for an outside hire to come in and lead the Division of Movement Disorders within the Department of Neurology. The school has an incredibly rich academic environment with robust clinical and surgical programs in movement disorders.

This new Division Chief would be one who, not only ascribes to the same values and vision as defined by the department but also aspires to align this vision with those outside their department, including all the specialists, scientists, and staff that partner in a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. This will further the goals to develop a regional, national, and international presence in the care and science of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

  • Background in clinical-based research, with a proven record of excellence
  • Visionary to support and grow current translational and basic science research
  • Values that align with our department, which is built on generosity, learning, and excellence
  • Ability to develop a business plan and have a broad understanding of all clinical based programs that can be expanded within the division

Duke University Hospital is consistently ranked near the top in the nation by US News and World Report. Furthermore, the School of Medicine is especially noted for its groundbreaking biomedical research, bringing in nearly $700 million in NIH-sponsored projects in 2016, putting it in the top 10 in NIH funding. The Duke Clinical Research Institute is the oldest and largest academic organization of its kind and is known for conducting groundbreaking multinational clinical trials, managing major national patient registries, and performing landmark outcomes research.


  • National Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence
  • Movement Disorder’s Fellowship
  • Parkinson’s Rehab Clinic offers patients access to a multi-disciplinary rehab evaluation
  • Offer both conventional surgical procedures like DBS, as well as optional experimental treatments such as gene therapies, growth factor treatment, stem cells, etc.
  • Established basic science laboratories in basal ganglia physiology in the Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Participate in a variety of clinical trials focused on improving the management and treatment of Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and dystonia. The Department currently has over 80 active clinical trials.
  • Top 5 location in the nation for DBS
  • Current research and funding in dystonia, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s Disease
  • Generous start-up package
  • Top 10 NIH funding
  • #1 Biomedical engineering department in the nation
  • The Duke Clinical Research Institute is the world's largest academic clinical research organization.

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