Opportunity Details

Department of Neurosurgery

Commensurate w/Experience

Director of the Skull Base Tumor Program - Associate Professor / Professor, Investigator (on the tenure track) or Clinician Track

The Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM), the Brain Tumor Center, and the Alvin J. Siteman Comprehensive Cancer Center invite applications for new a faculty position. Primary appointment will be in the Department of Neurological Surgery on the Investigator (tenure track) or Clinician track at the Associate Professor or Professor level. The candidate will have the opportunity to lead and expand an established, high-volume skull base practice with an emphasis on both open and minimally invasive approaches, including stereotactic radiosurgery. The faculty member would also be expected to lead a robust, innovative, and collaborative research program focused on one or more of the following: fundamental science on brain tumors, translational science, clinical trials, clinical outcomes, or surgical anatomy. The successful applicant will build on WUSM’s existing excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of skull base tumors to develop a world-class, destination skull base program. The position would also include a prominent role in our recently established Advanced Surgical Neuro-Oncology Fellowship as well as in resident and medical student education.

Over the last decade, WUSM has markedly expanded its brain tumor program and currently has over 30 clinicians from neurosurgery, otolaryngology, neurology, medical and pediatric oncology, radiation oncology, endocrinology, radiology, and pathology focusing on the care of brain tumor patients. The Brain Tumor Center has new, well-resourced infrastructure including 3 Nurse Navigators, one of which is dedicated to patients with skull base tumors (Benign Tumor Nurse Navigator), and an expanded Brain Tumor Bank, which is being leveraged for clinical trials, translational research, clinical outcomes research, and basic discovery. The Brain Tumor Center has at least 10 NIH-funded investigators from neurosurgery, neurology, medical and pediatric oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, and pathology who investigate various aspects of brain tumor pathophysiology and therapeutics. In FY20, this brain tumor investigator group had over $7 million in NIH funding and was leading more than 20 active brain tumor clinical trials. The newly established Brain Tumor Center at Siteman Cancer Center is the epicenter for the clinical care of patients with benign and malignant brain tumors, while also serving as a focal point for the most innovative and cutting-edge research for brain tumors across the medical center.

WUSM is a global leader in a wide range of frontier research areas across all of its basic science and clinical departments. Specifically, WUSM has deep research strengths in the rapidly evolving areas of genomics, cancer biology, neuroscience, and immunology and is also leading the way in imaging research, with a wealth of opportunities for collaboration both within the School of Medicine and across the campus.

Candidates are expected to have an established track record of clinical and academic excellence in skull base surgery. We are interested in candidates who are committed to our goals towards diversity and inclusion.


Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a vision statement (1-2 pages). In addition, candidates should provide a statement on diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past and current contributions as well as their vision and plans for the future in these areas.  Application materials should be submitted in PDF format, addressed to Dr. Albert H. Kim and sent to: gblow@wustl.edu. In addition, applicants will be asked to enter the names and contact information for three references who will provide letters of recommendation on their behalf. 

Application screening will begin March 15, 2022. 

Questions should be emailed with the subject header “Skull Base Director Search” to gblow@wustl.edu.

Gretchen Blow



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