Chief, Division of Child Neurology - University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Chief of Child Neurology
Leadership, Neurology - General, Neurology - Neonatal, Neurology - Pediatric, Neurology - Pediatric Epilepsy, Neurology - Research, Pediatrics - Neurology
Lexington, Kentucky

The Department of Neurology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (UK HealthCare) is seeking an experienced and board certified child neurologist to serve as the Chief of the Division of Child Neurology. Qualified candidates will have the clinical expertise and an academic track record necessary to qualify for the rank of Professor within the UK College of Medicine. Ideal candidates will have administrative experience with a demonstrable track record of success and a commitment to building a collaborative program. The chief will take on a strategically important leadership role at one of the fastest growing academic medical centers in the country. Over the past 10 years, UK HealthCare has experienced exponential growth in patient volume, clinical infrastructure, and faculty size. The Division of Child Neurology inpatient care is provided at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH), located on the campus of the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital which has the only level 1 pediatric (and adult) trauma center and a tertiary referral center, having a catchment population of more than 8 million people.


Chief, Division of Child Neurology
Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics

Chair, Department of Neurology
Co-Director, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute
Ruth L. Works Professor 

Dean, College of Medicine


Division of Child Neurology

Dr. Robert J. Baumann, the current Chief of the Division of Child Neurology within the Department of Neurology, has spent the past 30 years establishing a robust program that is poised for rapid growth as he transitions into an Emeritus role. The UK Division of Child Neurology is currently comprised of 6 child neurologists who provide specialized care at the KCH, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI), and 13 satellite locations as part of the Pediatric Outreach Clinic Network in the Appalachian counties of Eastern Kentucky. The division has an ACGME accredited child neurology residency program. Kentucky Children’s Hospital has a dedicated 3-bed epilepsy monitoring unit and 9 portable EEG units. The Kentucky region is estimated to include more than 90,000 people with epilepsy, the highest prevalence of such cases in the U.S. Due to the significant number of patients affected, childhood epilepsy represents a strategic opportunity for growth within the institution. The incoming Chief of the Division of Child Neurology will have the opportunity to oversee the strategic expansion of its clinical and research programs, while providing mentorship to junior faculty.


Department Overview

UK Neurology, led by Dr. Larry Goldstein, boasts some of the leading clinical and research centers in the country for cerebrovascular disease, epilepsy, and Alzheimer’s disease, including a Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, Level 4 NAEC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and NIA-designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) that has become an international referral center and research powerhouse. The Department of Neurology offers ACGME-accredited adult and child neurology residency programs and three post-residency neurology fellowships. The nationally recognized UK Department of Neurology is comprised of a team of more than 30 neurologists and other providers dedicated to patient care, research, and education, and is actively expanding. The UK Department of Neurology is a principal component the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute with inpatient services provided at the UK Chandler Hospital, one of the fast growing academic medical centers in the country. Additionally, The UK Comprehensive Stroke Center and Norton Healthcare joined with area hospitals to help develop the first community-based stroke program in the region.



UK Healthcare & College of Medicine

UK Healthcare is a fully integrated health system that includes the UK Colleges of Medicine, Health Sciences, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health, allowing for ease of access and collaborations among peers – UK owns all of the hospitals within the UK HealthCare system. New COM leadership is in place with a new Dean, Robert DiPaola, MD and CMO, Phillip Chang, MD. UK COM leadership has identified the neurosciences as 1 of 4 strategic pillars of growth, which supports further expansion and growth. In 2011, UK opened a $532 million, 1.2 million sq. ft. expansion pavilion in its Albert B. Chandler Hospital, which will help to serve a 25,000 square mile area with a catchment population of 8 million people. Additional UK Healthcare System facilities:

  • Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH): KCH is the only facility in Central and Eastern Kentucky dedicated to the expert medical and surgical care of infants, children, and adolescents. KCH admits approximately 5,000 patients per year and houses the state’s only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma & Tertiary Referral Center and Level 4 NAEC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. It has 66 NICU beds, currently expanding to an 80-single family bed unit, and 12 PICU beds.
  • UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital: Two patient floors with a total of 128 beds (48 intensive care and 80 acute care beds in all private rooms) were the first to open: Floor 6 for neuroscience services and Floor 7 for trauma and acute care surgery patients. The hospital also houses the state’s only adult Level 1 Trauma & Tertiary Referral Center and Level 4 NAEC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.
  •  Shriner’s Children’s Hospital: Located in Lexington, is relocating to the UK medical campus. Shriner’s Hospital will bring a wealth of Cerebral Palsy and Muscular Dystrophy patients, increasing opportunities for collaborative care, while approximately 75% of Shriner’s patient base has child neurology needs. Additionally, all of Shriner’s orthopedists will become UK faculty.
  • Good Samaritan: 302 beds, more than 600 clinical and ancillary staff, and a medical staff of more than 600 physicians, 50,000sq ft medical office space, and the 2nd-largest orthopedic and joint replacement program in KY.
  • Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital: After inpatient care, patients are referred to the Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital for neurological rehabilitation therapy as appropriate.



For fiscal year 2016, UK COM reached $129.2 million in grants and contracts, including $66 million in NIH funding. Coupled with the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science’s recent Clinical and Translational Science Award from the NIH, UK is part of a select national biomedical research consortium and is on the way to becoming a top 20 research institution.

 The UK Child Neurologists provide specialized care at 13 satellite locations as part of the
Pediatric Outreach Clinic Network in the Appalachian counties of Eastern Kentucky.

Lexington, Kentucky

UK is located in Lexington, KY, and with a population of about 310,000 people, it is the second-largest city in the state and 61st in the country. Based in the heart of the Kentucky bluegrass region, Lexington is home to numerous horse and stock farms that all lend to its apt “Horse Capital of the World” nickname. While horseracing is a billion-dollar industry, Lexington has also emerged as one of the leading American cities in economic growth due to a concerted effort to diversify the area's economy toward more manufacturing and high-technology ventures. More than 100 major companies have headquarters or facilities located in Lexington, including Toyota, Xerox, Lexmark International, Lockheed-Martin and IBM, all Fortune 500 companies. Lexington ranks 6th on “America’s Best Value Cities,” and 10th and 13th in education and literacy, respectively.

How to apply

In an effort to identify the most qualified potential candidates, UK HealthCare has retained the services of Academic Med Physician Recruiters. For further information about the Chief, Division of Child Neurology leadership opportunity or to submit your CV, please visit: and contact Soto Nikolopoulos, the Executive Search Consultant overseeing the recruitment for this opportunity (