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Stroke Medical Director, The Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Northwell Health

Northwell Health
Manhasset, New York
Closing date
Aug 6, 2022

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Full Time
Position Type
Chair/Chief/Medical Director
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Position Mission

The Neurology Service Line at Northwell Health is seeking a full-time Stroke Medical Director to join the faculty at our Comprehensive Stroke Center at North Shore University Hospital. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a high acuity environment managed and supported by a very experienced team. This candidate is responsible for the stroke program across the Health System. You will report to the Department Chair, to direct, identify, implement & monitor the standardization of best practices.

As a leader, you will be a contributing member of the hospital leadership team. You will manage the Stroke Program Team and lead Neurology Service Line Performance Improvement initiatives as well as lead the System Enterprise Stroke Initiative. The newly appointed Medical Director will act as a liaison between hospital administration & the stroke team.


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As an innovator and an influencer, you will identify opportunities to improve patient satisfaction, quality of care and the delivery of quality services. Achievement of all System goals for publicly reported quality measures related to the stroke program is paramount. Participation in hospital-wide improvement processes is imperative in partnership with service-line leadership to expand, develop, implement, and promote the best care for the patients we seek to serve.

As an educator, you will collaborate with medical school leadership on the design and implementation of educational curriculums and train the next generation of physicians at The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. The program fully supports a stroke fellowship program fully integrated with Neurology’s Telestroke and Interventional Program.

The Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Northwell Health

Our Approach

Northwell Health strives to address the diverse injury needs of the communities we serve by providing a continuum of high-quality services and resources. You will join a Health System-wide team of hundreds of knowledgeable surgeons on staff at our many hospital locations. Our renowned physicians are board-certified specialists in their areas of clinical focus, and many have teaching appointments through the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Our surgeons are part of an expansive team of physicians, nurses and other health professionals dedicated to providing the best care for the patients we seek to serve.

Our Vision

The Neurology Service Line now supports 16 stroke centers throughout the health system: 2 Joint Commission and New York State Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center (North Shore University Hospital & Lenox Hill Hospital), 1 Joint Commission and New York State Primary Stroke Center (Northern Westchester Hospital); and 14 Department of Health designated Primary Stroke Centers (Staten Island University Hospital North, Staten Island University Hospital South, Phelps Memorial Hospital, Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center, LIJ Valley Stream, LIJ Forest Hills, Glen Cove Hospital, Syosset Hospital, Plainview Hospital, Huntington Hospital, Peconic Bay Medical Center, Mather Hospital and South Shore Hospital. South Shore Hospital received to Joint Commission Thrombectomy accreditation as of May 2021.

Northwell stroke centers treated 15% of all strokes in NYS. Northwell emergency departments treated 15% of NYS patients with IV thrombolytic and 10% with Thrombectomy in 2020.

Neurology’s vision is to continue to advance efforts to become Thrombectomy Capable designations as well as Joint Commission Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designations or primary stroke centers.

Focus on the Whole Patient

As the largest health care system in the New York metropolitan area—and the 13th largest in the nation—patients benefit from Northwell Health’s entire continuum of care. Due to our extensive breadth and depth of clinical services, including 74 neurologists with different specialties, we are equipped to care for the most complex patients and meet 100% of their clinical, social, and emotional needs.

Comprehensive Depth and Breadth of Services

From quaternary hospitals nationally recognized for their care, to convenient doctors’ offices within the community, the Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery is able to provide exceptional, patient-centered care for every neurological and neurosurgical condition. Our multidisciplinary team includes neurosurgeons, neurologists, neurointensivists, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners who work together to coordinate your treatment.

Nationally-Recognized Research Institute with State-of-the-Art Laboratories

The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research are composed of more than 1,500 clinicians, scientists and staff who work in laboratories and clinical research programs in collaboration with clinicians and patients throughout the many facilities of Northwell Health. Every year, more than 15,000 patients and volunteers participate in over 2,000 research studies.  Our state-of-the-art laboratories provide the infrastructure needed to conduct groundbreaking, disease-oriented research. It also houses the largest genotyping facility in the state of New York. The Feinstein Institute ranks in the top 6th percentile of all National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants awarded to research centers. The Feinstein Institute has produced more than 200 patents in 80 distinct technologies and has generated a dozen successful biotech start-ups.

A Medical School Seeking to Redefine Medical Education

Established in 2008, The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell was founded by two equal partners: Hofstra University and Northwell Health. The School of Medicine is built upon the strong clinical and graduate medical education programs of Northwell, as well as the robust research and academic programs of both Hofstra and Northwell’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Currently, the Zucker School of Medicine ranks among top medical schools nationwide for primary care (2018 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools). The institution comprises more than 2,400 faculty members across 25 academic departments, and enrolls a diverse community of approximately 400 students.

Unwavering Commitment to Innovation

At Northwell Health, we like to say, we see health care differently. That’s because we are driven by innovation; a commitment that is as unique as it is organic. It is as likely to be found in our environmental services department as it is on our patient floors or in our research labs. It is a way of thinking, acting and believing that, when it comes to health care, we can find a better way. Our goal has always been to be better today than we were yesterday; better tomorrow than we are today. It is a singular focus. It is the Northwell Way. The following pages offer a summary of the role we are seeking to fill. We hope you will be among the chosen to give the best of their energy and skill to dreaming the impossible and making it possible.

Candidate Qualifications

The successful candidate will ideally possess the following qualifications and experience:

Education and Experience

  • MD or DO degree from an accredited College of Medicine Board Certified in Neurology and cerebro-vascular disease Must be licensed as a physician in the State of New York Proven leadership experience with a minimum of 5 years of experience Nationally recognized Stroke Expert and Researcher


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to establish credibility quickly, build rapport, and easily interact with clinical and administrative leadership, as well as physicians and staff throughout Northwell Health. Proven ability to cultivate strong relationships with various stakeholders and create an environment that fosters collaboration and trust. Exceptional presentation skills and a high degree of poise when interacting with internal and external senior leaders. Expertise in the latest evidence-based clinical guidelines and technological advances. Genuine enthusiasm for working in an environment of constant change and growth. Desire to train the next generation of physicians.

Personal Characteristics

  • Strategic and critical thinker. Integrity and accountability. Visionary and innovative. Decisive and results-oriented. Credibility and presence.

Responsibilities and First-Year Aspirations

The newly appointed Stroke Medical Director will be expected to achieve the following goals in the first twelve months of their tenure:

  • Earn the trust and confidence of the regional players and hospital leaders, administrators at each ambulatory location, physicians and staff throughout Northwell Health.
  • Ensure high quality patient care through development and standardization of care processes and protocols, educational seminars, metrics, outcome measures and process improvement initiatives.
  • Develop interdisciplinary collaborations with the Feinstein Institute and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to expand and enhance research programs, with an emphasis on expanding access to clinical trials.
  • Participate in research projects (basic/clinical/applied), and advise fellows and house staff.

Please send your CV and interest to:

Souhel Najjar, MD

For additional information, please contact:

Office of Physician Recruitment

600 Community Drive, Ste. 302

Manhasset, NY 11030

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