Wake Forest School of Medicine is seeking a national leader as our new Chair of the Department of Epidemiology & Prevention. In collaboration with departmental faculty and division and medical school leadership, the Chair will serve as the key leader responsible for the quality and growth of departmental academic and research programs as the medical school enters a period of unprecedented growth opportunities.
Wake Forest’s Department of Epidemiology & Prevention is part of our Division of Public Health Sciences which also includes the departments of Biostatistics and Data Sciences, Implementation Science, and Social Sciences and Health Policy. Established in 1989, the division consistently ranks in the top 10 for National Institutes of Health funding among national academic medical center peer groups. In the past decade alone, the division has helped generate nearly $500 million of Wake Forest Baptist’s research funding while playing a vital role in some of the nation’s most significant research studies and health care discoveries, and has earned a national reputation for successfully designing and leading clinical trials and serving as a coordinating center for large, multisite studies.
About Wake Forest
Wake Forest School of Medicine is the education and research component of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, a fully integrated academic medical center anchored by an 885-bed tertiary care hospital honored as one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Great Hospitals in America, community hospitals, affiliated partners and the 160-bed Brenner Children’s Hospital.
Wake Forest Baptist is a major research and innovation center, making important contributions to biomedical and health science research nationally and internationally. Wake Forest Innovations commercializes technology, products and services arising from the discoveries and scientific assets of the Medical Center and Wake Forest University.
This is a time of tremendous growth for our medical school and health system. In October, 2020, Wake Forest Baptist Health and Atrium Health officially joined together as a single enterprise. The new Atrium Health enterprise will bring clinical expertise together with the research, innovation and the educational capabilities of these renowned institutions to revolutionize the ways people become and stay healthy, changing lives for the better for the more than 7 million people across the region who now have access to care from the combined organization. The enterprise will have over 70,000 teammates working together to provide personalized care for each of the 15 million patient interactions it has each year, fulfilling its mission to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all.
As part of this new enterprise, Atrium Health has announced $3.4 billion in planned investments in our health system and the communities we serve, including plans to develop a new Population Health Center in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest Baptist Health and Wake Forest School of Medicine will become the academic core of Atrium Health, building a second campus of the school of medicine in Charlotte, North Carolina. The growth of the school of medicine will expand existing academic research capabilities and opportunities for clinical trials across a large, diverse market with some of the nation’s leading medical experts.
Located in Forsyth County (population ≈376,000) in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, Winston-Salem is the state’s fifth largest city, featuring a moderate climate with all four seasons and housing costs ≈30% below the national average. Residents enjoy a vibrant restaurant scene, a wide variety of indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities, strong public/private schools, enthusiastic support for the arts, and close proximity to the Appalachian Mountains and Atlantic Coast beaches.
Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employers with a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff.
A comprehensive position description is available upon request.