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Director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine (SOM)
Richmond, Virginia
Closing date
Feb 3, 2022

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine (SOM) seeks a physician leader to serve as Director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NSICU) .

The NSICU is a robust multidisciplinary program providing the highest level of evidence-based care, offering state-of-the-art treatment for patients with neurological and neurosurgical disorders requiring critical care management in an academically rich environment. The 28 bed NSICU is the largest neurocritical care unit in the state of Virginia. Patients in the NSICU are co-managed by board certified NSICU attending-physicians and the attending physicians and residents of the admitting services, the Departments of Neurology, and Neurosurgery. The NSICU is a multidisciplinary unit with faculty from the Departments of Neurology, Internal Medicine, and Anesthesiology. Recruitment of the NSICU Director represents a key step in a significant ongoing institutional investment in clinical neurosciences with a particular focus on inpatient services bridging the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery.

The Director of the NSICU will report to the Chairs of the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery in her/his role as Director, and to the relevant Department Chair as a faculty member. The Director will maintain an active clinical practice while leading the NSICU and will oversee budgeting, staffing, recruitment, and planning. They will maintain a close collaborative relationship with Health System leadership and colleagues from many departments throughout the Health System involved in the care of critically ill patients with neurological and neurosurgical diagnoses. 

The Director will lead the development and implementation of educational and research programs in collaboration with neuroscience focused departments and will be responsible for leading growth in VCU’s clinical trial and clinical and translational neurocritical care portfolio including working closely with the PIs responsible for leading VCU’s participation in StrokeNet and SIREN.


The NSICU Director must be a strategic thinker with strong leadership and interpersonal skills, and the ability to listen and respond to a broad range of perspectives.

Additionally, they must have: 

  • An MD/DO, with residency training at an accredited institution in a specialty that participates in either the ACGME or UCNS neurocritical care accreditation programs.
  • Eligibility for licensure in Virginia and board certification or board eligible in Neurology, Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, or Emergency Medicine.
  • Fellowship training and board certification (ABPN, UCNS, or CAST) in Neurocritical Care is preferred.
  • A history of successful leadership experience is preferred (clinical program, quality and process improvement, research, education etc.).
  • Understanding of, and appreciation for, the three missions of research, education, and clinical care as it applies Neurocritical Care in the context of academic medicine.
  • A history of scientific achievement and scholarly productivity is preferred.
  • A strategic orientation that looks to collect, analyze, and act on relevant data to make thoughtful decisions for immediate action and long-term plans in clinical operations and quality initiatives.
  • Strong leadership ability and interpersonal skills, including the ability to engage colleagues within the health system more broadly.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

To Apply

Virginia Commonwealth University has engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of the Director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. The search is being led by Sarah Gaines, Associate Partner, and Marisea Rivera, Senior Associate. Inquiries, expressions of interest, and nominations may be sent to

Applicants are requested to submit a resume, cover letter, and statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence. You can read more about commitments at VCU Health here, and guidelines for writing a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion here.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability. Read VCU's notice of non-discrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action

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