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Pain Research-Intensive Faculty

Charlotte, NC, United States
Job ID: 98912
Job Family: Faculty/Physicians
Status: Full Time
Job Type: Regular
Department Name: 55811085032753-Internal Medicine Administration


Wake Forest University School of Medicine, the academic core of the 5th largest non-profit healthcare system in the United States, is seeking a distinguished Pain Research-Intensive Faculty member to join our cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary teams of faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine who are working to ensure evidence-based innovations are effectively implemented into clinical settings. 

In an era where healthcare is evolving at an unprecedented pace, Wake Forest University School of Medicine stands at the forefront of innovation, collaboration, and patient-centered impact. With an unwavering commitment to improving health, elevating hope, and advancing healing, we are shaping the future of healthcare through bolstering our commitment to being a next-generation academic Learning Health System (aLHS). With an increasingly diverse patient population, we are seeking to bridge the gap quicker between scientific discoveries and their practical applications in real-world healthcare settings.

Our institution thrives on collaboration, recognizing that solving complex healthcare challenges demands a collective effort. As part of a vibrant academic and clinical environment, we encourage multidisciplinary partnerships that span departments, centers, and institutes, magnifying the impact of patient-centered care that keeps patients safe, promotes healing, and includes, informs, and inspires patients. 

Anchored by our culture commitments, we are searching for an ideal candidate with the following qualifications:

  • A Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a relevant field.
  • A strong track record of clinical pain research, including securing extramural funding that is commensurate with rank.
  • Dedication to teaching, mentoring, and fostering a collaborative research environment.
  • Proven ability to thrive in a diverse and inclusive academic medical setting.

Key Responsibilities:

Innovative Research: Conduct cutting-edge clinical studies aimed at translating discovery to practice, including comparative effectiveness research, clinical outcomes research, health services, and dissemination and implementation research. Publish research findings in high-impact journals to advance the field.

Extramural Funded Research: Lead and collaborate on clinical pain research projects, with a focus on securing extramural funding from federal agencies, foundations, and industry partners. Develop and submit grant proposals to support ongoing research efforts.

Teaching and Mentorship: Share your expertise by teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, and fellows. Help cultivate the next generation of pain researchers and clinicians.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Collaborate with faculty members from diverse disciplines to tackle complex pain-related issues. Contribute to a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration within the institution.

The Department of Internal Medicine includes 333 faculty based in Winston-Salem and more than 125 faculty in Charlotte and is comprised of 12 sections (11 clinical and 1 research) that direct clinical programs. The Department also oversees the efforts of 74 non-faculty physicians and 157 advanced practice providers. The Department ranked 30th in NIH funding among internal medicine departments nationally. Extramural funding totaled $88.0 million in 2022, including $55.2 million in NIH funding; this total represented 47% of all NIH funding in the Wake Forest University School of Medicine (WFUSM). In addition, Department faculty lead: (i) 5 NIH center awards; (ii) 3 NIH training grants; and (iii) 7 WFUSM Research Centers of Excellence.

Wake Forest University School of Medicine (WFUSM) serves as the academic core of Advocate Health and is among the top 50 research institutions in the United States. Advocate Health (AH) is a large, integrated healthcare delivery system that serves nearly 6 million patients annually and is the fifth largest nonprofit health system in the nation. The health organization is comprised of more than 1,000 care sites and 67 hospitals across 6 states spanning the Southeastern and Midwestern portions of the United States. The expertise, size, and scope of our highly integrated enterprise, research excellence, a robust informatics data infrastructure, clinically integrated implementation science efforts, and a firm commitment to the promotion of health equity, renders the WFUSM a rich environment for breakthroughs in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and improvements in quality of life.