Director, Center for Sleep and Circadian Rhythms

Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist (AHWFB) are seeking a national leader to direct and build an emerging Center for Sleep & Circadian Rhythms. This is a unique opportunity to join a thriving and rapidly growing medical school and academic health system in a beautiful, vibrant, diverse and affordable community.

Our goal is to establish an internationally recognized sleep and circadian clinical and translational research center that will be competitive for large center (P50) grants and clinical trials and will be a destination site for clinical treatment of sleep disorders, through the provision of outstanding care to the large number of patients who suffer from sleep disorders. We have most of the needed components to develop a world class center for sleep and circadian rhythms research at AHWFB and the larger Atrium Health System, with internationally recognized experts in sleep and circadian biology and a large clinical sleep medicine practice. The singular missing piece is an academic leader to promote sleep research initiatives.

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist’s full-fledged sleep center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. It has eight adult and two pediatric sleep beds, and we have plans to expand the pediatric sleep beds. The fellowship also provides an opportunity to participate in a research project with the sleep faculty. In Charlotte, Atrium Health offers the largest comprehensive sleep center in the Carolinas, with 14 sleep testing locations and 25 board certified sleep specialists seeing over 20,000 patient visits annually across the region.

With the proposed growth of Neuroscience, Alzheimer’s disease, Aging, and Psychiatry at Wake Forest School of Medicine, a hire of this magnitude will be transformative for sleep research, and more broadly for the research community overall.

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Health ( is a nationally recognized academic health system in Winston-Salem, NC, with an integrated enterprise serving 24 counties in NC and Virginia. It comprises a regional clinical system with more than 300 locations, 2,100 physicians and 1,535 acute care beds; Wake Forest School of Medicine; and Wake Forest Innovations, which promotes the commercialization of research discoveries.

This is a time of tremendous growth for Wake Forest. In 2020, Wake Forest Baptist Health and Atrium Health officially joined together as a single enterprise. As part of this new enterprise, Atrium Health announced $3.4 billion in planned investments in our health system and the communities we serve, including the construction of a second full campus of the School of Medicine in Charlotte. The growth of the medical school will expand existing academic research capabilities and opportunities for population health and clinical trials across a large, diverse market.

Advocate Health

Advocate Health is the fifth-largest nonprofit integrated health system in the United States – created from the combination of Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health in December 2022. Providing care under the names Advocate Health Care in Illinois, Atrium Health in the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama, and Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, Advocate Health is a national leader in clinical innovation, health outcomes, consumer experience and value-based care, with Wake Forest University School of Medicine serving as the academic core of the enterprise. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Advocate Health serves nearly 6 million patients and is engaged in hundreds of clinical trials and research studies. It is nationally recognized for its expertise in cardiology, neurosciences, oncology, pediatrics and rehabilitation, as well as organ transplants, burn treatments and specialized musculoskeletal programs. Advocate Health employs nearly 150,000 team members across 67 hospitals and over 1,000 care locations, and offers one of the nation’s largest graduate medical education programs with over 2,000 residents and fellows across more than 200 programs. Committed to equitable care for all, Advocate Health provides nearly $5 billion in annual community benefits.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Located in Forsyth County (population ≈376,000) in the Piedmont Triad region of NC, Winston-Salem is the state’s fifth largest city, featuring a moderate climate with all four seasons and housing costs ≈32% below the national average. Residents enjoy a vibrant restaurant scene, a wide variety of indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities, strong public/private schools, enthusiastic support for the arts, and close proximity to the Appalachian Mountains and Atlantic Coast beaches.

A comprehensive position description is available upon request.

Wake Forest School of Medicine, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and Advocate Health are Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employers with a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. 

Interested candidates may contact Lindsay Teague, Director, Talent Acquisition, at or 404-824-6504.