Open Rank, Tenured/Tenure-track Faculty Positions Focused on Health Equity


The Wake Forest University School of Medicine is expanding our multidisciplinary cohort of health equity researchers who will address health disparities and promote health equity in their research. We are recruiting multiple talented faculty who will establish a sustainable culture of health equity research aimed at ensuring equitable health outcomes across diverse patients and populations in our catchment area, which includes the Winston-Salem-Greensboro-Highpoint and Charlotte metro areas. Priority disease areas include Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular, diabetes, and infectious diseases. However, other areas contributing to health inequity are not excluded from consideration. We are looking to recruit investigators focused on the following:
  • Behavioral health in disease risk prediction and reduction; substance use; mental health; smoking cessation; discrimination, racism, and anti-racism; social isolation; health disparities; maternal/infant mortality; population health; social justice and equity; population science; and/or health behavior change.
  • Data science, training EHRs, AI/machine learning, measurement/patient reported outcomes, mixed methods research, network analysis, complex systems science & simulation.
  • Health economics with social and economic vulnerability with predictive modeling and social determinants of health across disease processes, systemic health inequity, and care disparities.
  • Population health including pandemics/preparedness, vaccine prioritization, and/or vaccine hesitancy.
  • Community-engaged research which may include working with existing or new partnerships to change programs, policies and practices.

Committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all, the Wake Forest University School of Medicine is seeking faculty with the following qualifications:

  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively across disciplines.
  • Active research portfolio in areas that address health equity commensurate with rank.
  • Evidence of obtaining and sustaining extramural research funding, especially for applicants at the level of Associate or Full Professor. Assistant professors with experience and strong potential for extramural funding may also be competitive.
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Terminal degree (e.g., PhD, MD, JD, DrPH, etc.).

Ideal candidates for appointment as research-intensive faculty (tenure track) will be established or emerging leaders with a demonstrated record of making innovative advances impacting health equity. Faculty will conduct research at 70-100% of their total effort and will be appointed in a department relevant to their expertise. WFUSM has two campuses; faculty may have primary space in Winston-Salem or Charlotte, NC. Faculty may join one or more of our nationally-recognized centers, including the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, which aims to increase health equity through: extensive community outreach and education, workforce development, and translational research in areas of health disparities. Other centers include the Office of Cancer Health Equity, Center for Healthcare Innovation, Center for Biomedical Informatics, Center for Addiction Research, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and Center for Vaccines at the Extremes of Aging,.

We seek to build a programmatic line of health equity research that expands and enhances the work of our current investigators. We will consider hiring individual applicants or teams of researchers who will enhance our academic learning health system. WFUSM has robust and established areas of research excellence and looks to connect these roles through cross-cutting health equity efforts. While this announcement focuses on the research approaches to health equity, the institution has developed and continues to build educational and clinical systems with programs to support the research, clinical care, teaching mission of our academic community.

Interested candidates may submit their CV and statement of interest to The statement of interest should highlight a) your commitment to health equity research, b) how your research to date promotes health equity, c) why you (or your team) are interested in joining the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and d) experience you have collaborating with communities, community-based organizations, researchers, and/or clinical partners.

The Wake Forest University School of Medicine (WFUSM) is a U.S. News and World Report top 50 ranked medical school, integrated with a world class health system, Atrium Health. Our Enterprise serves over 7 million patients in seven states across the Southeastern United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Atrium Health brings together four regional health systems that operate 40 hospitals and more than 1400 care locations. Our academic core, WFUSM, has over $300M in annual, extramural funding that drives a cutting-edge Academic Learning Health System by integrating innovative research with excellent patient care across our enterprise. Our highly integrated academic and clinical environment is deeply committed to improve health, elevate hope, and advance healing – for all. WFUSM is home to nationally and internationally recognized research in Alzheimer’s Disease, Aging and Mobility, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes and Obesity, Cancer, Neurosciences, and Regenerative Medicine. Research excellence, coupled with 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 prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and improvements in quality of life. We are in a phase of unprecedented growth and evolution along with the recruitment of over 40 new research-intensive faculty to bolster our commitment to growing our Academic Learning Health System. Our team cannot wait for you to join us here at Wake Forest School of Medicine!

For more information about this search or to submit a Statement of Interest and a CV, please contact Thavone Khounthikoumane at