Duke Health Seeks Chief of the Division of Pediatric Transplant Cellular Therapy

Duke Health
Durham, North Carolina
Sep 09, 2022
Position Type
The Department of Pediatrics in the Duke University School of Medicine is seeking a physician at the Associate Professor or Professor level to serve as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Transplant and Cellular Therapy. Proven leadership and excellence in clinical care, education, research, and administrative experience are required. Candidates must have a Doctorate of Medicine (or equivalent) and be board-certified in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Candidates must also have or be eligible for a North Carolina medical license.

Priorities for the Division Chief of Pediatric Transplant and Cellular Therapy include developing innovative patient programs, mentoring trainees--including medical students, residents and fellows--and enhancing research programs. The division currently includes 5 faculty, 5 advanced practices providers and is an internationally-renowned transplant program. Established in 1990, we have performed more than 2,200 transplants in children and young adults with over 100 unique diagnoses for patients from all over the world. Our patients receive cutting-edge treatment for a variety of severe and life-threatening illnesses, including cancer, blood disorders, immune deficiencies, hemoglobinopathies and certain inherited metabolic diseases. We have fully dedicated inpatient and outpatient programs which provide the highest quality of care to our patients. Our inpatient unit is one of the largest in the country and is specifically designed to provide the best possible environment of care for immunocompromised patients. In recent years, our focus has expanded with the unique needs of pediatric and young adult stem cell transplant, cellular therapy, gene therapy and high risk oncology patients in mind.

Our faculty and staff is comprised of board-certified transplant and immunotherapy experts, hematology-oncology and transplant and cellular therapy fellows, advanced practice nurses, nurse and non-nurse clinical/research coordinators, social workers, inpatient and outpatient registered nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, nutritionists, physical therapists, child life specialists, translators and family support program professionals. Our team also works closely with the full complement of Duke pediatric specialists to provide specialized care for patients who have additional medical problems or experience complications after transplantation.

Faculty in the Division of Transplant and Cellular Therapy are also dedicated to educating and training the next generation of multidisciplinary clinicians and research investigators to advance the field. Pediatric Transplant and Cellular Therapy fellowships are offered to individuals who have completed their fellowships in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Immunology, Adult Oncology or Adult Hematology and who desire additional exposure and training in clinical and research aspects of pediatric blood and marrow transplantation and cellular therapies. Dukes PTCT, formerly known as the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation (PBMT) program, is one of the largest and most distinguished in the country and has been training fellows for almost 20 years. The one year fellowship at the PGY-VII or PGY-VIII level is predominantly focused on developing skills in all areas of transplant and cell therapy. In addition to traditional hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), our division has significant clinical and research experience in a range of cell therapies including mesenchymal stem cell (MSC), CAR-T and gene therapy. The program curriculum is individualized for each fellow.

The Division of Transplant and Cellular Therapy offers a rich and creative research environment involving collaborations with experts in multiple disciplines at the national and international levels, including the Pediatric Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Network (PTCTN), Childrens Oncology Group (COG), Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI), Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN), among other organizations. As a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the Leukodystrophy Care Network, we are dedicated to conducting ongoing research to improve patient outcomes.

The division is supported by the Duke Stem Cell Transplant Laboratory (FACT and CAP accredited and CLIA certified), the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank (an FDA licensed, FACT and CAP accredited public cord blood bank), and the Robertson GMP Cell Manufacturing Laboratory (FDA registered and FACT accredited). The division collaborates with the Marcus Center for Cellular Cures which conducts discovery, IND enabling, laboratory-based, and translational research in the fields of transplantation and cellular therapies and provides multiple opportunities for fellows to be exposed to and gain skills in all aspects of transplant and cellular therapies research.

The Duke Department of Pediatrics has a long history of excellence in patient care, graduate and undergraduate medical education, and clinical, laboratory and health services research.
  • Duke Childrens Hospital is ranked among the nations finest in the 2021-22 U.S. News & World Report's Best Children's Hospitals, ranking in nine specialties.
  • The Department currently trains 82 residents and 60 subspecialty fellows .
  • The Department of Pediatrics ranked second nationally on the 2021 list of NIH funding for pediatric clinical science departments.
  • Duke University and Duke University Medical Center offer extraordinary opportunities to medical students, residents, fellows and faculty. Our top ranked School of Medicine shares a beautiful campus with nationally ranked programs in Nursing, Business, Law, Divinity, Environment, Informatics, Biomedical Engineering, and many others.

Preferred candidates for Division Chief will possess the following qualities:
  • Transparent and inclusionary management style;
  • Commitment to valuing and promoting diversity;
  • Implementation of innovative patient care programs;
  • Excellent mentoring skills;
  • Commitment to research;
  • Business skills, including financial budgeting and resource management;
  • Experience with strategic program growth

The greater Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, has a population of more than two million residents that offers diverse opportunity. From urban loft living to suburban and rural family homes with acreage - there are options for every lifestyle. The Research Triangle Park (RTP) lies in the midst of the area, a globally prominent research and development center conceived around the main academic centers - Duke University, University of North Carolina, and North Carolina State University. This trio of leading universities, combined with the RTP, has helped create a region that is culturally diverse, economically resilient, and nationally recognized as a wonderful place to live. To learn more about the Duke and Greater Triangle communities, visit https://www.discoverdurham.com/

With a deep commitment to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, Duke University will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working, learning and care environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

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