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Section Chief, Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Rehabilitation in Chicago, IL at Shirley Ryan Abilitylab

Date Posted: 9/13/2018

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Section Chief
Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Rehabilitation

Position Description Overview

Under the direction of the Brain Innovation Center Clinical Chair, the Section Chief–Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders leads the medical practice of attending physicians, as well as the clinical contingent of the interdisciplinary team. This individual also functions as a Shirley Ryan Abilitylab (SRALab) attending physician on the medical staff.

The Section Chief–Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders is accountable for meeting established Section standards for quality of care, patient care practice and leading or co-leading research initiatives. The Section Chief also shares responsibility with a designated operations leader for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating Section success, using metrics and key performance indicators (e.g., safety, outcome, operating, regulatory and financial).  

Section Chief–Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders consistently demonstrates alignment with the SRALab Mission and Vision and is responsible for professionally representing SRALab work in Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Rehabilitation, nationally and internationally, and for recruiting and retaining experts to join him/her in the Section to achieve better outcomes for patients who present with impairments from various movement disorders and other degenerative central nervous system diseases.

Key Responsibilities in Conjunction with Clinical Chair

    1. Establishes practice standards, and with others, oversees quality of interdisciplinary clinical care, including appropriate development and implementation of clinical protocols, performance standards and policies across the system of care
    2. Ensures evidenced-based scientific approach to patient care delivery; embraces and pursues scientific process, and is actively involved in Parkinson’s and movement disorder clinical research
    3. Is lead or co-lead investigator for research within Section ; successful at obtaining intra- and extra-mural funding (includes influencing and overseeing growth of federal funding), as well as publishing scientific articles
    4. Oversees/is responsible for clinical quality, appropriateness and effectiveness of therapeutic plan involving all team members, patient safety, outcomes and patient satisfaction; ensures an effective, safe care environment
    5. Implements strategy and service development consistent with patient, referrer, managed-care/payor expectations
    6. Serves as practicing attending physician in compliance with by-laws, policies and procedures for overseeing patient care. Clinical service includes outpatient care, consultation services, and inpatient care primarily focused on patients with Parkinson’s and movement disorders.
    7. Actively participates in assigned medical staff committees, chairing when appropriate
    8. Participates in medical education activities for residents and fellows, including teaching medical students and residents, Grand Rounds, continuing education and in-service training
    9. Participates in Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders program planning and marketing activities; develops and maintains contact with referral sources, managed-care organizations and other key contacts including department of Neurology, Section of Movement Disorders within Northwestern Medicine.
    10. Shares responsibility with designated operations leader for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating Section success, using metrics and key performance indicators (e.g., safety, outcome, operating, regulatory and financial
    11. Maintains strong relationships with academic institutions and professional organizations; fosters an energetic teaching/learning environment within Section of Movement Disorder 
    12. Collaborates with leaders and staff in other Abilitylab programs toward the achievement of overall Abilitylab goals

Reporting Relationships

Reports to the Clinical Chair, Brain Innovation Center

Supervises attending physicians within Section of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders

Personal and Interpersonal Characteristics

  1.  Outstanding interpersonal skills, including proven ability to communicate effectively with patients, families, referring parties, SRALab staff, managed-care organizations and payors, SRALab scientists and other internal and external stakeholders
  2. Fully embraces scientific basis of medical practice; facile with scientific concepts and research method 


  1. Licensed to practice medicine in the State of Illinois
  2. Successful completion of a residency program with Board Certification in physical medicine and rehabilitation or other appropriate specialty
  3. Faculty appointment of Associate Professor or higher at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, required unless otherwise agreed to by Chief Medical Officer
  4. At least five years’ experience in program leadership role with significant focus on care of Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder patients
  5. Quantitative skills necessary to initiate and review clinical and business analyses
  6. Experience with and knowledge of fundraising; demonstrated experience in donor cultivation activities 

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