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UT Health Division Chief, Pediatric and Adolescent Neurology - Pediatrics, McGovern Medical School in Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas

Division Chief, Pediatric and Adolescent Neurology - Pediatrics, McGovern Medical School

Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Requisition #: 2000022L

Division Chief, Pediatric and Adolescent Neurology

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, Houston

The Department of Pediatrics, McGovern Medical School, Houston, Texas, is seeking a Chief for the Division of Child and Adolescent Neurology. The McGovern Medical School is a component of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and is situated in the Texas Medical Center. The Division has a nationally recognized pediatric epilepsy program with a National Association of Epilepsy Centers Level IV designation, and works closely with the adult epilepsy program in the Department of Neurology. In addition, the Division has the only established MEG training fellowship for epileptologists in the country. The Division of Child and Adolescent Neurology currently has 12 faculty who contribute to the local, regional and national reputation for scholarship, teaching and clinical excellence. Current faculty are recognized for their teaching of medical students, residents and fellows in multiple specialties (pediatrics, psychiatry, child and adult neurology). Our ACGME accredited Child Neurology Residency program recruits three candidates each year into a five- year program, including two years of general pediatric and three years of neurology (child) training. Our division is recognized for the wide variety of fellowship training programs (one or two years) that are available in epilepsy, epilepsy monitoring, neurophysiology (EEG, EMG) magneto-encephalopathy (MEG) neuromuscular disorders, movement disorders, neurometabolic disorders (including mitochondrial disorders), cerebrovascular disorders and neuroimmunology (including multiple sclerosis and immune encephalopathies). These fellowship programs are often co-directed by adult neurology faculty in collaboration with faculty in the Division of Child and Adolescent Neurology.

Divisional faculty have diverse interests and expertise within general child neurology and multiple subspecialty areas, including.

  • Epilepsy (management of complex epileptic states, prolonged EEG monitoring, role of genetics, surgical management).

  • Magnetoencephalography (pre-surgical functional localization, studies of connectivity)

  • Neuromuscular Disorders (neurophysiology, nerve and muscle biopsies, genetic disorders and treatment)

  • Movement Disorders and Cerebral Palsy (neurotransmitter and genetic conditions, spasticity management and dorsal rhizotomy)

  • Neurometabolic Disorders (mitochondrial disorders, neurodegenerative disorders)

  • Neurocutaneous Disorders (tuberous sclerosis complex and neurofibromatosis)

  • Dysautonomia (diagnosis with physiological tilt table test, comprehensive medical management)

  • Neurodevelopment (autism spectrum disorders, language disorders

The Division has established institutionally supported Centers of Excellence in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, Leigh Syndrome, Neurodegenerative Conditions and Dysautonomia. The Center for the Treatment of Pediatric Neurodegenerative Diseases has a robust clinical research program.

Being situated in the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston enables faculty in the Division to establish successful and productive collaborations with faculty in these TMC medical institutions. In particular there are pediatric neurology faculty at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center that enhance our residency training program (childhood cancer) and translational research (Neurofibromatosis Clinic). In addition to clinical and research collaborations with faculty in the Department of Pediatrics (e.g. medical genetics, pulmonology, cardiology) there are collaborative opportunities with faculty in our Division of Child Development (Children’s Learning Institute).

Position Overview

Reporting to the Chair of Pediatrics, the Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Neurology will oversee administrative, academic and clinical activities of the Division. The Chief is responsible for the growth and advancement of clinical, research, and teaching excellence, academic and clinical planning, development and resource management, and for the implementation of inpatient systems of care. The Chief will foster and recruit faculty and trainees, strengthen collaborative departmental and hospital partner relationships, enhance outreach activities and engage community physicians. The Chief will lead the division to the next level in clinical care, research and training as part of a developing Pediatric Neuroscience program with the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Candidates should be Board Certified with excellent general clinical neurology skills and leadership skills to continue the development of this nationally-ranked pediatric neurology program. Subspecialty skills and training in all areas are desirable but not required. Demonstrated excellence in teaching and scholarship are essential. She/he will have the in-depth knowledge and ability to effectively lead physicians, researchers, and educators, while also growing the scholarly activity of the division. Integrity, intellect, the ability to work effectively with stakeholders, as well as a vision of how medicine will thrive clinically, scientifically, and financially in an age of healthcare reform will be essential to this role.


  • M.D. or equivalent medical degree, with Board Certification in Pediatric Neurology.

  • Qualify for a faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.

  • Recognized leader in Pediatric Neurology who is regarded as an expert clinician with proven achievement in developing outstanding programs and a passion for delivering patient care of unsurpassed quality.

  • Experience as a successful manager with a track record of effective, cooperative leadership, faculty development, and strategic vision gained within an academic environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team, providing effective communication and an interest in furthering the research, scholarly and academic missions of the group.

  • Demonstrated success in the recruitment and development of faculty and trainees. One who leverages a national reputation to attract the highest level of talent.

  • A record of research contributions, either in clinical, educational, or translational science.

  • Possesses strong personal and professional ethical values, impeccable integrity, energy, flexibility, and a positive attitude.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

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