Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist

The University of Utah School of Medicine
Utah, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 02, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Department of Pediatrics

University of Utah School of Medicine


This is an incredible opportunity to join a collegial academic environment and work in a children’s hospital ranked as one of the best in the US. The Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, has an immediate opening for a Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist.  The physician will join a multidisciplinary team of pediatric neuro-oncology professionals that includes two pediatric neuro-oncologists who manage care of pediatric neuro-oncology patients at Primary Children’s Hospital (PCH) in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Service Line outpatient and inpatient units. The Pediatric Neuro-Oncology team works closely with colleagues and investigators in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Pediatric BMT, Pediatric and Adult Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurology, Radiation Oncology, the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and the Department of Pediatrics. Pediatric Neuro-Oncology sees approximately 100 newly diagnosed pediatric brain tumor patients annually.  This position will have the opportunity to implement early phase and investigator initiated clinical trials, as well as collaborations with the immunotherapy and cell therapy programs, while also providing clinical patient care services. In addition to clinical service, there is an expectation for academic work, including education, investigation, administration as well as advocacy. 

The Division is made up of 17 pediatric oncologists, including 3 pediatric BMT attendings, and 3 PhD investigators who focus in one of 5 areas – Oncology, Hematology, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Population Sciences and Cancer Control, or Pediatric Cancer Genetics. The program sees over 220 newly diagnosed children annually between the ages of 0 and 21 years of age. It was the top enrolling COG institution last year and is an active member of other national consortiums including PBMTC, TACL, POETIC, NANT, PNOC, and the Sunshine Network. The division houses the only pediatric BMT service in the Intermountain West, performs over 35 transplants annually, and has an active CAR T cell program. The Oncology section is made up of 13 physicians with varying levels of clinical, research, and programmatic leadership responsibility in the areas of leukemia/lymphoma, neurooncology, blastomas, and sarcomas. The inpatient unit has 33 private patient rooms where all Hem/Onc patients are admitted. Inpatients are overseen by 3 Hem/Onc services – an inpatient attending/resident/fellow H/O service, a chemotherapy attending/advanced practitioner service, and a BMT service with advanced practitioner support. All medical, pathology, radiologic and surgical subspecialties are represented in the children’s hospital. Opportunities to collaborate and/or lead clinical, translational and basic laboratory research projects/programs are available in the Department of Pediatrics and the Huntsman Cancer Institute, a NCI designated comprehensive cancer center connected to PCH. There are ongoing projects in value-based care, supportive oncology/palliative care, clinical trials, cancer genetics, laboratory research, outcomes, late effects and AYA programs.

HCI is the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West and is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), supporting and fostering a vibrant cancer research enterprise in a highly collegial environment. HCI has an outstanding history of academic achievement and impact, a collaborative environment, and a commitment to excellence in patient care, research, teaching, and service. Our integrated health system and HCI’s participation in the ORIEN network of leading cancer centers provide outstanding opportunities for multidisciplinary collaborations in basic and translational laboratory-based cancer research, epidemiology and cancer biostatistics, as well as population-based studies of childhood cancers and outcomes. HCI has exceptional physical resources and recently completed a major expansion that includes a new 220,000 sq. ft. research building. In addition, the University of Utah and HCI are home to superb shared resources, such as the Utah Population Database with more than 16 million records linking genealogies, health records, and vital statistics. HCI and U of U Health provide access to state-of-the-art equipment and services through exceptional core facilities (see, including genomics/metabolomics/proteomics, a GMP-certified cell therapy and regenerative medicine facility, and a comprehensive biospecimen repository, which serve to enhance both discovery and translational science.

Qualified candidates must be Board Eligible/Board Certified in Pediatrics and in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, and must have focused training in pediatric oncology, including neuro-oncology. The selected candidate will receive a faculty appointment in the Department of Pediatrics on the Clinical or Tenure Track at the academic level commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Interested individuals can apply at Cover letter and curriculum vitae are required.  For additional information about the position, please contact: Richard S. Lemons, M.D., Ph.D., at

The University of Utah/Department of Pediatrics offers a competitive salary and an unmatched benefits program, including non-contributory retirement contributions of 20.2% of annual salary that vest immediately. The Department ranks within the top 15 Pediatric Departments in NIH funding and has a premier research enterprise providing infrastructure, faculty mentoring and grant writing support designed to help faculty succeed in translational or basic research.  The University of Utah has a robust biotechnology and venture commercialization program.

Salt Lake City offers an incredible quality of life with a growing economy, rich cultural scene with ballet, theatre, symphony, opera and museums, outstanding restaurants, and a moderate cost of living. The city is a well-known ski destination and a gateway to the state’s renowned landscapes. In addition to its 14 ski resorts, Utah boasts five scenic national parks (with five more within a day’s drive), a variety of golf courses allowing for year-round play, hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails, a picturesque Lake Powell, and numerous other outdoor activities.

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patient focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission. 


The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.


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