Director, Center for Remote Patient and Participant Monitoring

Wake Forest University School of Medicine (WFUSM) and Atrium Health are seeking a dynamic national leader with outstanding credentials in clinical and translational research to direct a new research center designed to focus on promotion of effective, efficient, and equitable use of remote digital engagement technologies among our patients and research participants.  The Director will lead an expansion of current remote monitoring research, clinical capabilities and discovery research leading to extramural funding.  Such expansion may involve use of new remote/mobile technologies and patient/participant engagement tools, development of advanced data pipelines and analytical methods such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, and enhancement of translation of new discoveries and techniques to improve clinical care.

The WFUSM has a long established and ongoing tradition of excellence in basic and clinical research involving remote patient and participant monitoring, including more than $20 million in annual extramural research support, with recent success in securing over $30 million in additional COVID-related funding. Remote monitoring activities range from home serology testing during the COVID pandemic, to the use of devices to monitor physical movement and activity, arrhythmia, glucose, and sleep, among others.  Augmenting these activities is the strong affiliation with the Center for Healthcare Innovation and Department of Biomedical Engineering, both centrally located on the medical school campus.  

Moreover, the recent combination of Wake Forest Baptist Health and Atrium Health has ushered in a phase of unprecedented growth and evolution that will involve the recruitment of over 40 new research-intensive faculty, which includes a strong commitment to growth in the emerging field of remote patient and participant monitoring and will further bolster our commitment to the Academic Learning Health System.  This recruitment activity, coupled with an evolving integrated healthcare system currently caring for more than seven million patients available to support a broad-based program of clinical, translational and population research is an ideal footprint for accelerating research growth and innovation.  The Director of this new center will be expected to build on these existing strengths and capitalize on opportunities created by new discovery to provide a path toward measuring the impact of remote digital engagement technologies within the integrated healthcare system.  The use of digital technology to improve health inequities will be considered an important area of focus and a determinant in the consideration of candidates

Investigators, holding an MD or PhD, with a current rank of Associate or Full Professor, who have national/international academic stature, a strong track record of extramural funding, a research portfolio that includes digital and mobile health applications, and demonstrated leadership and management skills necessary to design, build and run a large program of clinical and translational research will be considered.  The Director will be expected to work with institutional and Enterprise leaders to identify and recruit an Associate Director with complementary research expertise and, together with the Associate Director, recruit a team of research-intensive faculty to fulfill the goals of the center.   

The successful candidate will have opportunities for primary and secondary academic appointments in a diverse set of highly successful clinical, basic science, and population health departments, depending on their background and expertise.  Academically, the Director will report to the chair of the academic department where the primary appointment is held, with center activities reporting to Dr. Ebony Boulware, Dean of Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and Vice Chief Academic Officer and Chief Science Officer of Atrium Health.

The 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 currently 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.


Culture Commitments

We create a space where all Belong
We Work as One to make great things happen
We earn Trust in all we do
We Innovate to better the now and create the future
We drive for Excellence – always

To be considered for the position please submit an application packet to Thavone Khounthikoumane at including: 

  1. A complete curriculum vitae
  2. Statement of Interest
  3. Research Statement