Academic Division Director and Clinical Section Chief, Neurology

MED Medicine Department

Competition No.  -    A104451747
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Academic Division Director and Clinical Section Chief, Neurology

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, in partnership with Alberta Health Services, is inviting applications for the Academic Division Director of Neurology in the Department of Medicine, and Clinical Section Head in the Department of Neurosciences. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, the Faculty has been internationally recognized among the world’s top 50 medical schools, and as one of Canada’s premier health-education institutions. The University is currently home to more than 38,000 students with more than 15,000 faculty and staff.

The Division of Neurology at the University of Alberta is focused on ensuring excellence in clinical practice, research and teaching.

A world-class Stroke service, with an advanced imaging research program, and unique telehealth-based care delivery for geographically distant centers, flourishes alongside one of North America’s larger programs for clinical trials focused on Stroke. The University of Alberta Hospital is home to Canada’s first mobile Stroke Unit. A strong research program exists for Multiple Sclerosis which has the highest world-wide incidence in Alberta.  Both research and comprehensive clinical services for Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and related conditions have a home in the Movement Disorders program.  The Center for Prions and Protein Folding Disorders investigates CNS prion diseases and Alzheimer’s disease. The Division’s research programs in CNS infectious and inflammatory diseases, as well as Epilepsy, Neuromuscular disease and ALS also have gained international recognition. The academic division has close ties to the University of Alberta Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute (NMHI), a discovery and translational research collaborative.

The educational program in Neurology spans all levels of medical education from first year medical student through comprehensive fellowship programs. The Division has a highly-ranked, active residency training program. In the delivery of clinical care and education, the Division is ably supported by a group of community-based neurologists.

The Division Director and Section Head is responsible for all recruitment, research, education, and clinical services of Neurology at the University of Alberta in the Edmonton Zone. The succesful candidate is expected to be a leader who will further develop the Division to remain among the top Neurology groups worldwide and advance the clinical, research and educational mandate within the Department of Medicine.

The Alberta Health Services Clinical Section Head for Neurology is responsible for the delivery of all Neurology services in the Edmonton Zone. This includes four major urban teaching and four smaller community hospitals.  The University Hospital furthermore, is the major referral center for Northern Alberta and the Northern regions of adjoining provinces and territories.  The Neurology Section Head is responsible for developing, maintaining and implementing service plans to meet current and future demands for Neurological care in the Edmonton Zone and its referral regions.

The Department is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader who will be supportive of all elements in the Division. The successful candidate will be an active advocate for the Division, and will be collegial and consultative in his or her leadership to drive educational innovation, maximize research output within the Division and lead strategic growth initiatives. 

The successful candidate will be an MD (or equivalent) with relevant clinical qualifications in Neurology recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or equivalent certification body.  Candidate must be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) as clinical service is required as part of this appointment. The successful candidate will be offered a contingent tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor within the Department, which is in accordance with the University of Alberta Faculty Agreement, and offers a comprehensive benefits package.

The successful candidate will be recognized internationally through scholarly accomplishment in research and teaching. Individuals must have administrative experience in an academic setting.

Interested candidates are asked to submit online a letter of intent and curriculum vitae outlining their education, academic progression, research interests, and other relevant information, along with three letters of reference. Submissions should be made online.


Dr Narmin Kassam

Chair, Department of Medicine

Applications will begin being reviewed on September 30, 2023; however, the competition will remain open until the position is filled.

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Details about the University of Alberta, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and the Department of Medicine can be found on the Faculty’s Home Page at

Details about Alberta Health Services can be found at 

The University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services hire on the basis of merit.  We are committed to the principle of equity in employment.  We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

As part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program requirements, the university must conduct recruitment efforts to hire Canadians and permanent residents before offering a job to a temporary foreign worker. To ensure we remain in compliance with these regulations, please include the appropriate statement in your application "I am a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident" or "I am not a Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident".

    How to Apply

    Apply Online

    Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.