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Chief, Division of Epilepsy – University of Minnesota Medical School

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Epilepsy Division Chief and Medical Director of Epilepsy

The University of Minnesota Medical School (UMN) Department of Neurology invites applications and nominations for an experienced Neurologist with expertise in Epilepsy to lead and serve as the next Chief of the Division of Epilepsy at UMN. The position will include full academic appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor, and the potential for appointment as an Endowed Research Chair in Epilepsy. As the next Chief of Epilepsy at UMN, you will lead a dynamic and growing division that is dedicated to advancing the understanding and treatment of epilepsy and associated disorders. The division comprises a diverse group of faculty members engaged in cutting-edge research, innovative clinical care, and comprehensive education and training programs.

The successful applicant will serve as the Medical Director of Epilepsy across the UMN health system and will help to build upon the great history of excellence that includes MINCEP Epilepsy Care. MINCEP® Epilepsy Care is a Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. MINCEP® was the first comprehensive epilepsy center in the United States and has served as a model for epilepsy centers throughout the world since 1964.

The University of Minnesota offers access to some of the most cutting-edge research infrastructure and expertise for Epilepsy research and discovery. A few key highlights include:

  • Center for Magnetic Resonance Research
  • Neuromodulation Research Center
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Udall Center of Excellence
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Epilepsy Neurosurgery
  • MINCEP Epilepsy Clinic

Highly qualified candidates who are committed to excellence in patient care, possess strong clinical skills and have an interest in clinical investigation and education are encouraged to apply.

Position Details

  • Leadership Role
    • Chief, Division of Epilepsy
  • Academic Rank
    • Open Rank
  • Endowed Research Chair in Epilepsy
    • Available for qualified applicants
  • Primary Department
    • Neurology
  • Employer
    • University of Minnesota Medical School
    • Full-time appointment with competitive salary structure and best in-industry benefits through the UMN and the M Health Physicians Group
  • Location
    • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Required Qualifications

  • Licensed Physician (MD, DO, MBBS, or equivalent)
  • Board Certified in Neurology
  • Board Certified in Epilepsy and/or Clinical Neurophysiology (EEG Track)
  • Licensed or ability to obtain Minnesota Board of Medical Practice Licensure
  • Ability to obtain and/or maintain DEA certification for the State of Minnesota
  • Meet threshold criteria/qualifications for Credentialing and Privileges.
  • Excellent teaching and interpersonal skills
  • Eligible for Academic Appointment at the rank of Associate Professor and/or Full Professor

Ideal Attributes

  • Growth-oriented leader with a focus on recruiting new key faculty to the Division
  • Supervision and leadership for the Division of Epilepsy’s clinical, research and teaching programs
  • Supervision and training of medical students, residents, and fellows
  • Opportunity to collaborate with innovative neuroscience physicians, biomedical engineers, and pharmacology researchers on clinical trial research and other academic activities

MINCEP Division of Epilepsy

MINCEP® Epilepsy Care represents the integration of services with University of Minnesota Health to provide specialized inpatient and outpatient epilepsy care directed toward men and women, children, teens and pregnant women. Our team will work to create a comprehensive treatment plan for you, no matter your age or epilepsy diagnosis. We use a systematic approach that recognizes epilepsy must be treated continuously over many years, which can lead to a dramatic improvement in quality of life.

Our University researchers are focusing on human seizures, epilepsies and disorders of consciousness, with emphases in pathophysiology (particularly using brain imaging techniques), diagnosis (particularly using brain imaging and clinical electrophysiological techniques), and therapy (particularly with antiepileptic drugs, epilepsy surgery, and chronic neural electrical stimulation) to improve patient care.

UMN Department of Neurology

Translating cutting edge research to world-class patient care is the highest priority for the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota. Providing the most advanced therapies for neurological disorders is the goal of the Department of Neurology. To reach this goal the Department has fostered the development of a wide range of subspecialty clinical services implementing advanced therapies based on ground-breaking research in areas such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ataxia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular and sleep disorders, stroke, headache, pain management, and neurocritical care.

Education & Training

The academic mission of the Department is to provide a basic understanding of the causes of neurological disorders and through this understanding to develop effective new therapies. We aim to recruit the best, brightest and most motivated applicants in order to train the neurologists and neuroscientists of the future. Our residents receive outstanding training in all subspecialty areas by dedicated faculty members who view residency education as a critical element in the Department’s academic mission. The academic faculty are distributed among four public teaching hospitals: the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (UMMC); Hennepin Healthcare; the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Hospital (VAMC); and Regions Medical Center. Diverse patient populations constitute a major strength of our clinical, research and training programs. Across the public teaching hospitals, the Department cares for more than 1,000 neurology inpatients per year, provides 2,000 inpatient consultations, and accounts for 10,000 outpatient visits.


Research is a critical element in the fight against neurological disease; it paves the way for the development and implementation of new therapies and provides opportunities to expand our academic mission. Understanding the root cause of neurological disorders is a hallmark of the neurology research enterprise. Our physicians pioneer new surgical therapies for Parkinson’s disease and dystonia and the application of deep brain stimulation for movement and psychiatric disorders, and multidisciplinary studies in diseases of muscle and nerve with a world-class Center for Magnetic Resonance Imaging illustrate the critical role played by research in the delivery of clinical care. There are numerous opportunities for faculty members, fellows and residents to develop clinical and basic research skills in virtually any area of interest.

Patient Care

Patient care has been the highest priority of the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota since its founding in 1946. The department has fostered the development of a wide range of subspecialty services provided by expert clinicians; these include Alzheimer’s disease, ataxia, epilepsy, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, neurobehavioral and neuromuscular disorders, stroke, disorders of sleep, pain management, and neurocritical care. We have interdisciplinary programs across all major subspecialties through collaborations with colleagues in the Departments of Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Radiology/Neuroradiology, ENT, Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience, and a new program in vestibular and balance disorders is being developed. We also collaborate with colleagues in the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR), the Institute of Human Genetics, the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health (School of Public Health), and the Brain Sciences Center and Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.

University of Minnesota Medical School

Founded in 1888, the University of Minnesota Medical School educates students and graduate physicians, provides patient care, and performs biomedical and clinical research.

We offer medical, graduate and undergraduate degree programs, as well as continuing professional development. Our Medical School is one of the largest in the country, with two campuses based in the Twin Cities and Duluth, Minnesota. The Twin Cities campus is an interdisciplinary research center. Our Duluth campus educates 130 first and second-year medical students committed to practicing in rural or American Indian communities.

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

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