Charlotte, NC, United States
Job ID: 35858
Job Family: Physicians
Status: Full Time
Shift Details: Regular
Department Name: 55541005040306-Vaccine Trials
Location: CMC LCH - Admin - 1000 Blythe Blvd
Atrium Health Levine Children’s is looking for a full – time Medical Director for Vaccine Clinical Research to join their team.
The STRIVE Vaccine Research program at AH LCH was established during Fall of 2020. Originally started to enable COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials for our community, STRIVE has grown to encompass vaccines to protect against multiple pathogens across the lifespan, as well as work in multiple locations and with varied populations. In addition, a full time dedicated team has been added, including 2 research APPs, a vaccine research manager, research nurses, research coordinators, research associates, phlebotomists, and an interpreter. We have 2 stand-alone vaccine research clinics that have labs, pharmacy, clinical exam rooms and offices for staff are fully dedicated to pediatrics and primarily our vaccine program. This program has brought in substantial funding, including 2 large NIH awards, and resulted in participation as study group authorship for 1 New England Journal paper to date. There are currently contracts with 3 major vaccine manufacturers and over 380 individuals on active arms of clinical trials.
This individual will be expected to work closely with the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics at Levine Children’s Hospital to enhance and further develop the vaccine research program. S/he will lead the operations of the program in conjunction with the Pediatric Research Director and the Vaccine Research Manager, under the oversight of the Vice Chair for Research. The program will grow with a significant emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion, with representation in both the research team and investigators, as well as the populations included in trials. S/he will serve as PI on studies, as well as assist in the identification and professional development of additional investigators and sites. S/he will work with sponsors to enhance the visibility of the program and grow the research portfolio to include both industry and federally sponsored trials.
The new Medical Director for Vaccine Clinical Research will work with colleagues at the Center for Vaccines at the Extremes of Aging in Winston Salem to assist in further establishing a formal “component” of the Center in Charlotte. Cross campus collaborations will be fostered. Opportunities for learners to become involved in research will be encouraged over time.
Research activity in the STRIVE program will grow to encompass reducing vaccine hesitancy, increasing confidence in vaccines and vaccine science, along with research that increases vaccine uptake. The Medical Director will serve as a key leader in developing these programs.
The Medical Director will work closely with the Vice Chair for Research to ensure the financial viability of the program, and to develop directions for future growth. S/he will serve as a mentor to new investigators, as well as assist members of the research team in professional development. S/he will work to identify new funding opportunities and participate and/or lead new investigator-initiated grant development activity. Scholarly activity is anticipated, in the form of papers, presentations, and educational offerings.
Activities and effort will be divided as below:
• 80% research and research administration/20% clinical or education (or other leadership activity, to be negotiated)
Examples of the 20% clinical/education/other time could include:
o 20% Administrative effort for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leadership
o 20% clinical time (General Academic Pediatrics, primary care, or resident supervision) (
o 10% on consult service, 10% clinic time (depending on specialty)
o 10% effort for education Incentives for clinical and administrative time will be subject to incentives for those portions of time allocation, per current incentive plan. Due to the current compensation structure individual research time on specific vaccine trials will be considered as research administrative effort, for the purposes of incentive calculation.
• Pediatric physician with significant experience with Vaccine Clinical Trials
• Family medicine or internal medicine physician could be considered, depending on experience and interest, and ability to work with young children
• Previous experience with developing research and/or clinical programs in complex systems, multidisciplinary collaboration, and operationalizing vaccine trials in multiple settings will be preferred.
• Experience working within the community to expand engagement in order to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in research and/or clinical care is preferred.
About the community:
The Charlotte, North Carolina region is composed of 16 counties, including four counties in South Carolina, with the city of Charlotte serving as the hub. Located in the heart of the Southeast, Charlotte lies within the southern Piedmont of North Carolina, along the state’s border with South Carolina. Charlotte is the largest and most accessible city between Washington, D.C., and Dallas, Texas. Due to its mid-Atlantic location, getting to Charlotte is easy from anywhere in the country or the world, hence its nickname "the International Gateway to the South."
When you join Atrium Health, you will be welcomed into an inclusive culture that celebrates and respects the contributions a diverse team can make together. Practice where your voice is valued, your passion for advancing medicine is rewarded, and you get the resources and support you need to thrive personally and professionally. In our nationally-renowned integrated health system, you can work alongside the most advanced minds in medicine to improve medicine, elevate hope and advance healing—for all.