Chair of the Department of Neurology


Indiana University School of Medicine


Indianapolis, Indiana

Principal Investigator

Senem Guler


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Please include (1) a letter of interest addressing leadership, administrative, and education goals and experiences and (2) a curriculum vitae. The priority review deadline is Monday, September 23, 2019.


Indiana University School of Medicine is announcing the search for a Chair of the Department of Neurology. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a visionary leader to advance a strong academic department to the next level of excellence.

IU School of Medicine is the largest medical school in the country with more than 20,000 living alumni and 3,000 learners. Its diverse faculty is made up of 2,700 full-time members and 3,200 volunteer faculty who are responsible for training medical, graduate and postgraduate students. IU School of Medicine is the only allopathic medical school in Indiana. In addition to the flagship campus in Indianapolis, the school has eight campuses in communities that range from urban hubs like Gary to rural communities such as Terre Haute, allowing learners to experience medicine in all settings.

The IU School of Medicine Department of Neurology has 226 faculty appointees with 78 of these being primary appointments on the Indianapolis campus, making it one of the largest adult and pediatric neurology groups in the United States. Its training programs are unmatched with an award-winning medical clerkship, an exceptional residency program in both adult and pediatric neurology, and strong fellowship training programs. The Department of Neurology generates the largest number of neurologists in the United States, is rated as one of the top three clerkships within the school, and receives excellent marks from residents and fellows as one of the highest quality programs.

IU School of Medicine is in an exciting research growth phase, having increased NIH funding by 50 percent over the last five years, and aggressively invests in research. Due to explosive growth, the Department of Neurology is 21st in NIH ranking, with research studies on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy, movement disorders, neuropsychology, pediatric neurology and stroke. It is home to the nation’s most comprehensive multisite Longitudinal Early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease Study (LEADS) and the clinical core of the federally funded Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center. The research environment is further enriched by its proximity to the interdepartmental and interdisciplinary Stark Neurosciences Research Institute and the Indiana University Genetics Biobank, which houses other large scale federally funded programs such as the Model Organism Development and Evaluation for Late-Onset AD (MODEL-AD) consortium and the National Centralized Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease (NCRAD). Together these bring in more than $30 million in external funding per year. Investigators within the Department of Neurology and the Stark Neuroscience Research Institute also lead innovative investigations in a wide array of clinical trials and preclinical therapeutic development. As a result, Department of Neurology faculty have an extensive record of successful partnership with other academic medical centers within and outside of the United States and the pharmaceutical industry.

The Department of Neurology is located in a state-of-the-art neuroscience hub, where patients have access to multi-disciplinary care that includes teams from neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, radiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and other specialties. The clinical space is connected to the 138,000-square-foot IU Neurosciences Research Building, housing the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute and facilitating collaboration between physicians and scientists.

IU School of Medicine is closely aligned with the health system partner IU Health, which has twice earned a place on the US News and World Report Honor Roll. The shared vision of both institutions is to lead the transformation of healthcare through quality innovation and education and make Indiana one of the nation’s healthiest states. IU Health is among the top ten largest single-state nonprofit health systems in the United States operating 16 hospitals statewide (a mix of urban, suburban and rural facilities). This partnership enables the seamless integration of research findings into patient care. The school also partners with Eskenazi Health, Indianapolis’ safety net hospital, and the Roudebush VA Medical Center. With eight primary practice locations and approximately 90,000 unique patient encounters per year, the clinical mission is robust and continues to experience explosive growth in both general neurology and sub specialty neurology care.


The successful candidate for this position must be board-certified in neurology, with outstanding academic credentials, a track record of successful federally funded research, and a demonstrated ability and clear vision to lead a prominent multifaceted clinical, research, and educational enterprise. This position is ideal for a collaborative and transformational leader who can build on existing strengths in the Department of Neurology.

The chair will also serve as co-director of the new Neuroscience Institute, an umbrella entity designed to facilitate collaboration among neuroscience disciplines at IU School of Medicine and IU Health.