Spine Neurosurgeon, New Jersey Neuroscience Institute

Spinal Neurosurgeon
Neurosurgery - Spine
Edinson, New Jersey

The New Jersey Neuroscience Institute (“NJNI”) at JFK Medical Center is seeking a Neurosurgeon with strong interest in treating a high volume of minimally invasive spine cases to join our rapidly growing neurosurgery program. Qualified candidates must be U.S. board eligible/certified in neurosurgery, and eligible for obtaining a medical license in the state of New Jersey. Spine fellowship training while ideal is not required, but is necessary for candidates interested in treating complex non-trauma spine cases.

The Neurosurgery Team at the NJNI includes:

Asif Bashir, MD, FAANS, FACS

Attending Neurosurgeon

Stephen M. Bloomfield, MD

Attending Neurosurgeon

Thomas C. Steineke, MD, PhD

Director, Neurosurgery

Gregory Przybylski, MD

Director, Neurosurgery

Position Specifics

The position at NJNI will include a full faculty appointment within the Department of Neurosciences at the Seton Hall University School of Health & Medical Sciences. The incoming neurosurgeon will benefit from a collaborative and supportive team of 41 physicians and scientists within the multidisciplinary Neuroscience Institute. Administrative support and an existing academic infrastructure provide the necessary resources for the incoming neurosurgeon to flourish in an intimate community hospital environment.

Candidates exclusively interested in a building a large clinical practice will be maximally supported with blocked OR time, commensurate number of trained clinical extenders, and a competitive financial compensation package. Candidates with a mix of clinical and traditionally academic interests will be equally supported with a custom balance of teaching opportunities and/or research initiatives including an impressive basic science program and array of research labs located on site. The position and geographic location is ideal for the neurosurgeon interested in developing novel therapies and spinal instrumentation.

Neurosurgery at JFK Medical Center
Ideally located within one of the largest U.S. catchment populations, the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medial Center has been rated as the best hospital in New Jersey for the treatment of stroke and complex neurological disorders. JFK Medical Center is a US News & World Report “Best Hospital” located in Edison, NJ; less than a 45 minute drive to Manhattan and 30 minute drive to Newark Liberty International Airport.

The Neurosurgery program is directed by Dr. Thomas Steineke, MD, PhD who leads three other neurosurgeons emphasizing adult and pediatric CNS tumor, vascular and functional programs. Neurosurgeons are supported on a 1 for 1 basis by suitably trained clinical extenders who perform all intake assessments and take first call during weekdays. Neurology residents take first call during the night and weekends in order to provide effective support to the neurosurgeons who rotate call on a 1 in 4 basis. Neurosurgeons are not burdened with the presence of a trauma service.

Spine Neurosurgery at JFK Medical Center
The incoming neurosurgeon will benefit from a large back-log of spine cases pending treatment. A strong referral base is well-established and will provide a continued high volume of spine cases into the future. Clinical proclivity is essential as is the ability to suitably interact with referring local physicians. Up to 80% of cases treated will be minimally invasive spine. The remaining 20% of cases can be custom suited to one’s training and interests. Junior candidates will be provided with an ample variety of cases as to prepare for board examinations.

In summary, the neurosurgery faculty opportunity at the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute will include:

  • Protected time for research pursuits
  • Teaching opportunities with an ACGME accredited Neurology Residency Program and fellowship programs
  • Clinical establishment with the leading provider of neurological services in a catchment population of 4 million
  • Aggressive financial compensation package which will include a guaranteed base salary, bonus opportunity, retirement package, CME sponsorship, etc.
  • Full academic faculty appointment with the Seton Hall University School of Health & Medicine (all academic ranks are welcomed to apply)
  • Ideal Suburban Location that provides a charming and affordable lifestyle with immediate access to the amenities of NYC and Philadelphia. Midtown Manhattan is less than 45 minutes away via train
  • School Systems that have been ranked #1 in the country

New Jersey Neuroscience Institute
The New Jersey Neuroscience Institute (“NJNI”) at JFK Medical Center has been consistently recognized as one of the best hospitals in the New York Metro Area for the neurological and neurosurgical care by U.S. News & World Report. NJNI is a clinical leader in stroke, brain tumors, neurocritical care, endovascular surgical neuroradiology, sleep medicine and neurophysiology offering extensive clinical care programs, research, and education in neurology and neurosurgery. NJNI’s multidisciplinary approach serves the varying medical, surgical and rehabilitation needs of patients with neurological diseases and injuries. The NJNI physician’s team includes 41 multi-disciplinary faculty members comprised of neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuro-pathologists, neuro-psychologists, neuroscience researchers, and allied health professionals who are dedicated to a program of care that meets the specific needs of each individual patient. The medical team has active research being performed and has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers in the last year. The New Jersey Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center is currently conducting a range of research projects, including clinical trials. These trials include multiple trials in stroke, epilepsy, brain tumors, movement disorders, and other ongoing studies. Basic research is conducted in molecular gene expression in stroke, gene therapy, ocular-motor physiology, pupillomotor physiology, and vestibular physiology.

In 2011, NJNI continued the expansion of its neuroscience specialties by creating a neurocritical care unit, expanding the endovascular capabilities with a new biplane angiography unit, and continuing research in brain tumor treatment.

Seton Hall University – Academic Affiliation
The School of Graduate Medical Education at Seton Hall University provides residency and fellowship training to physicians throughout the northern half of New Jersey. A large array of medical and surgical specialties are covered in these training programs with the participation of many hospitals. The New Jersey Neuroscience Institute is a department within the University and provides residency training in Neurology. JFK Medical Center is an affiliate of the University for the purposes of this training, providing the administrative offices and the clinical setting for faculty and residents.

JFK Medical Center
JFK Medical Center, a 441-bed institution contains a 32-bed neuroscience unit, which includes a five-bed video-EEG unit and an eight-bed stroke unit. There is also a five-bed pediatric special care unit. A neurocritical care unit serves neurologic and neurosurgical patients. The medical center also provides Gamma Knife, IMRT, interventional neuroradiology, extensive MRI capabilities, functional MRI, MR spectroscopy, diffusion and perfusion imaging, and SPECT imaging. The affiliated JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute has a 30-bed Brain Trauma Unit and 70 general rehabilitation beds, many of which serve neurologic patients. There is also a 20-bed unit for patients with Huntington’s disease at the JFK Hartwyck Nursing, Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center at Cedar Brook. Neurology also treat patients in JFK Medical Center’s Emergency Medicine Department, where they conduct extensive clinical trials for stroke patients. The ED renovation project completed in the summer of 2014, and it includes an integrated CT scanner.

Equipment & Technology:

  • 24-hour ambulatory EEG
  • Polysomnography with a special pediatric room
  • Brain SPECT
  • Computerized ENG
  • CT, CT perfusion and CT angiography
  • Conscious sedation
  • PET/CT
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)
  • MRI, MRA, MRV and MR Perfusion
  • Pediatric EMG
  • Posturography
  • Rotary chair testing
  • Stereotactic surgery
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Transcranial Doppler
  • Video EEG

Location Specifics
JFK Medical Center is located in Central New Jersey, with immediate access to both New York City and Philadelphia from major highways and through public transportation. Middlesex County, where the medical center is located, is one of the fastest-growing suburban areas in the country. Excellent local and county school systems and numerous job opportunities make the Edison area a desirable place in which to live, work and raise a family.

  • Ideal and affordable suburban lifestyle with immediate access to New York City and Philadelphia
  • Midtown Manhattan is a 35 minute train ride from JFK Medical Center
  • Nationally Ranked School Systems - Edison’s school system is ranked highly in the state, according to New Jersey Magazine. The nearby Princeton and Millburn/Short Hills school systems are consistently ranked as the top public high schools in the nation.
  • “America’s 10 Best Places to Grow Up” – Ranked by US News & World Report
  • “Most Livable Small City” – Ranked 28th in the US by CNN Money Magazine
  • “Best Places to Live” – Ranked 2nd in New Jersey by Money Magazine
  • Edison is the namesake town for the world famous inventor, Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison was known as the “Wizard of Menlo Park”, where his main lab for inventions was located

How to apply

The New Jersey Neuroscience Institute has retained the services of Academic Med to oversee this strategically important search for neurosurgical faculty. Please submit confidential inquiries and interest to Gentry Zacheis, Executive Search Consultant overseeing the recruitment for this opportunity (214.396.5124). You can also submit your CV to Mr. Zacheis via email (Gentry@academic-med.com).