Chair, Department of Neurology - Tulane University

Chair, Department of Neurology - Tulane University School of Medicine
Leadership, Leadership - Department Chair
New Orleans, LA

Tulane University School of Medicine

The Tulane University School of Medicine invites applications and nominations for an experienced physician leader to serve as the next Chair, Department of Neurology. The incoming Chair will also serve in the distinguished leadership capacity as the Associate Director for the Tulane Center of Clinical Neurosciences, working alongside Dr. Aaron Dumont, the Chair of Neurosurgery & Director of the TCCN, to further develop Tulane into a world class destination for neuroscience patient care, education, and discovery.

Qualified applicants must possess an MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent and must be eligible for medical licensure in the state of Louisiana. Additional qualifications include ABPN board certification in neurology, a track record of clinical excellence and academic accomplishment necessary to qualify at the rank of Professor. Fellowship training and NIH funding aren’t required to qualify.

The ideal candidate will be a nationally recognized clinician leader or clinician scientist that is excited about the opportunity to build a nationally ranked department in New Orleans, LA.

Position Specifics

Tulane University Campus

Tulane University
Located in historical New Orleans, LA, Tulane University was founded in 1834, and is one of the most highly regarded and selective independent research universities in the United States. Tulane’s schools and college offer degrees in the liberal arts, science and engineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine, and public health and tropical medicine.

The university is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a select group of the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada with “preeminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research.” Tulane is also ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a university with “very high research activity.” The Tulane University Health Sciences Campus in downtown New Orleans includes the School of Medicine and School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, while the Tulane National Primate Research Center is located in Covington, LA. Tulane also has 40 major academic programs operating in 20 countries.

Tulane University School of Medicine

School of Medicine
One of the nation's most recognized centers for medical education, Tulane University School of Medicine is a vibrant center for education, research and public service. Tulane University School of Medicine is the second-oldest medical school in the Deep South and the 15th oldest medical school in the United States. Tulane School of Medicine is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

Tulane School of Medicine recruit top faculty, researchers and students from around the world, and pushes the boundaries of medicine with groundbreaking medical research and surgical advances. From invention of the binocular microscope to robotic surgeries, Tulane School of Medicine remains at the forefront of modern medical innovation. Tulane School of Medicine is equipping the next generation of medical professionals with the tools to succeed in a rapidly changing world and shape the future of health care. Today, the medical school is but one part of the Tulane University Health Sciences Center, which includes the:

• School of Medicine
• Tulane University Hospital and Clinic
• School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
• University Health Service
• Tulane Regional Primate Research Center
• the U.S.-Japan Biomedical Research Laboratories
• Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research

Dr. Aaron Dumont

Tulane Center for Clinical Neurosciences
The Tulane Center for Clinical Neurosciences located in Tulane Medical Center is comprised of a comprehensive care team including the area's finest neurologists, neurosurgeons and psychiatrists.

The Center brings together Tulane neurologists, stroke experts, and neurosurgeons in one comprehensive clinic. It allows for faster consults between physicians who specialize in different neuroscience disciplines, and provides an improved continuity of care for neuro patients. The Center offers the expertise and capabilities to effectively diagnose and treat the complete range of neurological conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, epilepsy, headache and migraine, tumors, chronic pain, and more. Our program is physician-led and -guided, a benefit that ensures a patient-centric focus and collaboration among team members and referring colleagues. This in turn can lead to faster diagnosis and access to care. The expertise of our staff is supported by advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies. Access to clinical trials may provide patients new treatment and medical management options.

Clinical Programs
• Cerebrovascular Disorders & Stroke Program
• Brain Tumor Program
• Spine Disorders Program
• Pediatric Neurosurgery Program
• Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery Program
• Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program
• Telestroke Program

Tulane Brain

Neurology Department
The Tulane Department of Neurology has a strong academic foundation and prides itself on providing excellent education to both students and residents. It is recognized for being patient friendly, well trained clinical neurologists who provide special expertise on the complexities of neurological disease. We try our best to promote excellence in patient care. We have established a well-deserved reputation for excellence in neurological education both from the standpoint of medical students and neurology resident training. We are ranked 18th in medical schools in the United States for success in training academic neurologists among our medical students. Our research involves many different areas in the neurological realm, including stroke, dementia, and epilepsy. 

The Tulane Stroke Research Program participates in National Institutes of Health-funded, industry-sponsored, and investigator initiated clinical trials of acute stroke therapies and modifiable predictors of stroke outcome. The neurology department is currently comprised of 16 faculty: 14 physicians, 2 NP.

Comprehensive Stroke Program
The Tulane Stroke Program is certified by the Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the first in Louisiana to earn AHA/ASA Target Stroke Elite Plus status for our efficient evaluation and treatments of stroke. This means we have proven to a national accreditation body that we consistently meet and/or surpass national standardized guidelines for the care of stroke patients.

Neurology Training Programs
The Neurology Department has a rich history of excellence in neurological medical education. The department offers the following training programs:

  • Neurology Residency Program - ACGME accredited, 4-year Neurology Residency training program. The program accepts 4 residents per year. Comprehensive neurological training is offered in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including a VA Hospital. Residency Director – Jessica Kraker, MD
  • Junior Clerkship - Clerkship Director - Kristina Lafaye, MD
  • Vascular Neurology (Stroke) Fellowship - ACGME accredited, 1-year vascular neurology fellowship program. The fellowship program focuses on the development of the future leaders in stroke care providing broad exposure to the clinical and pathophysiological aspect of cerebrovascular disease and the application of this knowledge to therapeutic advances. Interested applicants should send their applicant information via ERAS. Tulane's Stroke Team has the highest sustained rate of treatment with the clot-busting drug (tPA) in the state of Louisiana. Tulane's Stroke Program is actively involved in NIH-sponsored, industry-sponsored (including CLOTBUST-ER), and investigator-initiated clinical trials, offering the most promising adjunctive therapies to improve stroke outcomes. The stroke service is a standalone busy service that cares for patients in the hospital staffed by one attending, and one to two neurology residents.  Fellowship Director – John Frieberg, MD
Tulane University Medical Center

Neurosurgery Department
Neurosurgery at Tulane has enjoyed a rich heritage having been led by outstanding individuals including Dean Echols, Raeburn Llewllyn, Donald Richardson and subsequently by Miguel Melgar and Roger Smith. Having recently assumed the leadership role of our Department, I am extremely excited about our future and we will be building upon our heritage and relentlessly pursuing our vision forward by standing on “the shoulders of giants”.

We have a steadfast commitment to providing the highest quality of care for every patient that we assume the privilege to serve. We are proud to have expertise across all subspecialty areas including cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery, spine surgery, neuro-oncologic surgery, stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, peripheral nerve surgery and pediatric neurosurgery. We are committed to innovation and offering our patients the latest and most exciting treatment options. We uniquely have two neurosurgeons dual-trained in both open microsurgery and minimally invasive endovascular neurosurgery for treatment of vascular disorders of the brain and spine. We have experience in treating more than 1000 patients with brain aneurysms with these techniques including use of the Pipeline embolization device (concerning which we proctor other surgeons across the country). Additionally, our physicians have been leaders in national and international clinical trials and research for brain aneurysms and stroke. We also have fellowship-trained neurosurgeons to offer the latest treatment options (including minimally invasive techniques) for other neurosurgical conditions including brain and spine tumors as well as all other conditions of the spine.
We have initiated a patient safety and quality improvement program to ensure that our care exceeds national standards, and most importantly, meets or exceeds the expectations of each of our patients. Part of our mission in clinical care also centers on improving the care of patients in our larger geographic community and we have committed to expanding our telemedicine network for citizens of Louisiana, Mississippi and beyond. Our physicians have repeatedly been recognized with honors such as inclusion in "Best Doctors in America", "America's Top Surgeons", and "Patient's Choice Awards" from consumer's health sites such as Health Grades.

Our Tulane-Ochsner Neurosurgery Residency Program is thriving and is placed of utmost importance in our strategic plan. We are absolutely committed to the training of our residents and are interested in training the future leaders of academic neurosurgery. We believe that we have a unique blend of talented faculty with expertise across all subspecialty areas, an individualized plan for each resident’s academic development leveraging our departmental and institutional strengths and resources, coupled with an innovative and thoughtful formal curriculum for resident education. I sincerely believe that this is an exciting time to be a resident in our program.

Our research program is expanding and we are focused upon clinical and translational research that will improve the care of our patients both now and in the future. Our research portfolio includes an NIH-funded program to investigate the role of inflammation and oxidative stress in brain aneurysm formation, progression and rupture with the ultimate goal of developing minimally invasive or non-invasive therapies to treat brain aneurysms and ameliorate the devastation inflicted by aneurysm rupture. We also have robust programs investigating endovascular technology and device development, diverse clinical trials in stroke and spinal disorders, and outcomes research in neurosurgical conditions.

Neurosurgery Residency Program
The Tulane Neurosurgery residency program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and currently accepts one resident every year. However, now is a very exciting time for the Tulane University/Ochsner Clinic Foundation program as we have experienced a great deal of growth over the past three years. The opportunity to provide care to patients with diverse neurological diseases in New Orleans and Southern Louisiana has attracted many new, highly-trained faculty. These faculty bring with them expertise in the fields of cerebrovascular disease, complex spinal conditions, and skull base conditions. Furthermore, we are in the process of applying for expansion in the number of residents as the number of surgeries being performed at both training sites has blossomed.

Tulane Brain Institute
The Tulane Brain Institute, founded in 2016, builds upon the over 30 years of success of the Tulane Neuroscience Program. The University-wide Brain Institute was created as a transdisciplinary entity to coordinate and oversee neuroscience-related endeavors at Tulane and brings together faculty from across the University including from the Main Campus, the Health Sciences Campus, and the Tulane National Primate Research Center. The three pillars of the Tulane Brain Institute are research, education and training, and community outreach and engagement. Our vision is to create a new era of discovery, learning, and public influence in the brain sciences at Tulane.

Tulane Brain Institute

Research at the Tulane Brain Institute is centered on the creation of neuroscience research groups or communities developed around four key research themes that are based on current and emerging research strengths of our faculty. Each research group, made up of faculty, postdocs, and students from the undergraduate to PhD levels, is supported by the Brain Institute through investment in programmatic initiatives and physical infrastructure. Our vision is to create hubs of research excellence in the brain sciences at Tulane along our research themes. New facilities for the Brain Institute are currently being built at the state-of-the-art Donna and Paul Flower Hall for Research and Innovation on the Tulane's Main Campus and at the newly renovated J. Bennett Johnston Building on the Health Sciences Campus.J Bennett Johnston Building

Education and training at the Tulane Brain Institute is coordinated by the interdisciplinary Tulane Neuroscience Program. The Tulane Neuroscience Program consists of a nationally recognized undergraduate major in Neuroscience as well as large and successful Neuroscience graduate programs at the Master's and PhD levels. Brain Institute faculty from across all campuses of the University are activity engaged in the training of our students. Undergraduates work along side Master's and PhD students in faculty labs at the School of Medicine, on the Main Campus and at the Tulane National Primate Center. The Brain Institute is committed to the integration of education and training with research at all levels.

Community outreach and engagement includes large and active programs involving Brain Institute faculty, postdocs, and Neuroscience Program students. Activities include Brain Awareness Week outreach programs in the community, participation in GIST –Girls in STEM at Tulane, and the Tulane Science Scholars Program. The student-run Tulane University Neuroscience Association, or TUNA, engages the community in a variety of outreach activities throughout the academic year. The Brain Institute proudly supports the Tulane Stroke Survivors Support Group.

Our vision is to create a new era of discovery, learning, and public influence in the brain sciences at Tulane.

James Zadina

Research Themes
Research at the Tulane Brain Institute is centered around research themes built on identified strengths that are advanced by transdisciplinary teams made up of Brain Institute faculty, postdocs, and students from across the University. Themes are supported through investment in infrastructure and programmatic initiatives with the goal of developing physical and intellectual clusters of research excellence.

Memory & Cognition
Brain Institute scientists are exploring brain mechanisms that support memory and cognition. Researchers are examining how memories are made and stored in the brain and how these processes change during normal and pathological aging. Ongoing research into neural processes underlying typical and atypical cognitive development and function has implications for understanding autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and schizophrenia.

Neurodegenerative Disease, Neural Injury, & Repair
Brain Institute scientists are conducting research on neurodegenerative disease and neural injury resulting from trauma or stroke. Researchers are examining mechanisms underlying age-related dementias including Alzheimer's disease. Experiments are underway testing the use of adult stem cells as potential avenues for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis. The work of Tulane neuroscientists is leading to new discoveries regarding risk factors and treatments of stroke.

Hormone-Brain Interactions
Brain Institute scientists are exploring the impact of hormones on the brain. Research investigating stress and the effects of stress hormones on the brain has implications for understanding depression, anxiety disorders, and posttraumatic stress. The study of how hormones such as estrogens and androgens impact the brain across the lifespan may lead to the understanding of mechanisms by which males and females have different biological vulnerabilities to brain disorders.

Brain-Body Health
Brain Institute scientists are exploring the role of the brain in health and disease. Scientists are examining how the nervous system is involved in the regulation of the body's glucose levels and related implications for treating diabetes. Researchers are investigating the role for the brain in the development and treatment of hypertension and obesity. Tulane neuroscientists have developed a new drug to treat pain that may be a safer, non-addictive alternative to current pain medications.

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Location - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans is one of the world's most fascinating cities – it's home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. Come down and experience New Orleans, one of America's most culturally and historically-rich destinations.

New Orleans is also home to some of the most unique neighborhoods in the country. From the historic French Quarter to the beautiful homes uptown, there are no shortage of amazing neighborhoods to explore in the city.

With some of the most noteworthy and recognized restaurants in the nation, NOLA is a foodie’s paradise. From legendary and long-established Commander’s Palace to new, award-winning Israeli restaurant Shaya, there is never a shortage of incredible restaurants to enjoy around town.

Take in a view of the Mississippi River while eating beignets from Café du Monde, listen to incredible music in the French Quarter, visit an alligator hatchery or take a haunted history tour. At Tulane, one thing is for sure – you will never have a shortage of incredible things to do!

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How to apply

Tulane University has retained the services of Academic Med to assist with this strategically important search. The search will be led by Gentry Zacheis, Managing Principal for the firm.  Interested applicants should submit a CV and cover letter to Gentry Zacheis, Principal of Academic Med at

Following the discussion with Mr. Zacheis applicants should formally submit CV and a Cover Letter via:

Tulane University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane University will not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.