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Head of the Division of Neurology

The Department of Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital
Ottawa, Canada
Closing date
Sep 23, 2022
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Head, Division of Neurology

The Department of Medicine of the University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Hospital is looking for a visionary leader with excellence in academic and clinical leadership to be its next Head of the Division of Neurology.

The position of Division Head is a five-year term appointment with the possibility of reappointment for an additional five-year term.  Extension of the appointment for a second term is based on achieving the goals and objectives as defined by the Chair/Head of the Department of Medicine and being recommended by a Review Committee.


The successful candidate will lead a group of 35 neurologists. The Division is renowned for delivery of outstanding neurology care and recognized internationally for its programs, including stroke, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, neuromuscular disease, neuro-ophthalmology, epilepsy, neuro-inflammation, and headache.  Members of the Division have a wide range of clinical and basic science research skills. Their work includes cutting edge clinical trials, translational research, and epidemiology.  In addition to modern out-patient clinical units, Neurology core facilities include 45 inpatient ward beds which are devoted to general neurology, neuro-intensive acute monitoring, and inpatient EEG monitoring.

The Division Head is accountable to the Chair/Head of the Department of Medicine in fulfilling the mission, vision and goals of the Department, the Hospital, and the Faculty, in particular as they relate to the Division. The Division Head holds a joint appointment as the Division Head for academics (university) and Division Head for clinical services (hospital).

The Division head is part of the leadership team of the Department of Medicine.  As such, the Division Head will work with department, hospital, and faculty leadership.  This role will require an average of one to two days per week for administrative activities and approximately three to four days per week for clinical, academic and/or research activities.  The Division Head will collaborate with the Department Chair/Head to set annual goals and objectives.


The ideal candidate will be a nationally/ internationally respected leader and scholar, with advanced interpersonal skills, who has demonstrated academic and clinical excellence. The individual will establish an overarching vision and strategic direction for the Division.  The vision for Neurology must advance innovative care models, strengthen capacity in research, and include a strong commitment to build on the current academic successes, including post graduate education.

The successful candidate must hold an MD degree; be a member of, or be eligible to be a member of, the Canadian Medical Protective Association; have, or be eligible for certification in Neurology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and have, or be eligible for, licensure in Ontario

The University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital are bilingual institutions and therefore in the case of potentially successful candidates of equal ability, a bilingual (French/English) candidate would be preferred.

Job Benefits

The income for this position is derived from a variety of sources including but not limited to clinical billings (fee-for-service), salary support (AFP) as well as honorariums/stipends.  Health and welfare benefits including extended health, dental and disability insurance as well as life insurance are offered to full-time physicians.

The Ottawa Hospital is a 1150 bed tertiary-care hospital serving Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec at four inpatient sites (Civic, General, Heart Institute, and the Rehabilitation Centre) and one ambulatory centre (Riverside).  There are approximately 50,000 inpatient admissions, 160,000 emergency visits and over one million outpatient visits annually.

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) is TOH’s research arm. It ranks fourth out of more than 600 Canadian hospitals for competitive, peer-reviewed grants from the prestigious Canadian Institutes of Health Research. OHRI houses over 2,200 researchers, publishing more than 2,000 studies yearly, with hundreds being high impact publications (top 10% or citations) and places 5th overall in Canada for research funding.

The Department of Medicine is a research-intensive Department. Members currently hold 28 University Research Chairs. The Department receives approximately $60 million per year in external research funding and members publish approximately 1200 peer-reviewed publications annually.

The Faculty of Medicine is a nationally recognized leader, ranked among Canada’s top-tier medical faculties. The Faculty ranks 3rd in Canada for research intensity in Medicine/Science (Maclean’s) and 4th in Canada for citations (2022 THE rankings). The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (English-French) university in the world and the first and largest bilingual medical school in Canada. The Faculty of Medicine has a long history of conducting the highest quality basic and clinical research, in close partnership with affiliated hospitals and research institutes. The Web of Science recently published a list of the most highly cited researchers in the world, where seven out of eight researchers identified from the uOttawa are from the Faculty of Medicine. Together, these remarkable achievements are a strong testament to the competitiveness and excellence of our Faculty.

The City of Ottawa provides a thriving multicultural and bilingual environment. Ottawa boasts numerous cultural activities as well as readily accessible sporting and natural resources, making it an ideal family and healthy living environment.


The Department of Medicine is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in our work environment. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous persons, visible minorities members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. We encourage qualified applicants from all groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity to apply. Upon request, accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the recruitment process.

Please note Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Employment Type


Approximate Start Date

January 2023

Job Location

1053 Carling Ave, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Salary Range


Posting Date

May 11, 2022

Closing Date

September 18, 2022


Application Process

Please forward a 1-2 page letter outlining your vision for the Division or Neurology, 3 references (who will not be contacted without permission) and a CV to Dr Greg Knoll, Chair/Head Department of Medicine The Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa at


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