Tuesday, August 17, 2010

MCG: Dr. Miller resigns as medical school dean; Dr. Buckley named interim dean

After more than four years of accomplished service, Dr. Douglas Miller has resigned as Dean of the School of Medicine and Senior Vice President for Health Affairs for the Medical College of Georgia.
“Together with the faculty, Dr. Miller has led MCG’s School of Medicine to a truly impressive set of achievements,” said MCG President, Dr. Ricardo Azziz.  During Dr. Miller’s tenure, MCG’s medical school has expanded across the state and is now the largest class in MCG’s history and the ninth-largest medical school enrollment in the nation.  In addition to MCG’s new clinical campuses in Savannah and Albany, the MCG/UGA Medical Partnership recently opened the four-year Athens campus.  The medical school’s faculty have been primarily responsible for bringing MCG’s research funding to nearly $100 million annually.  All of these milestones were reached in a time of budget challenges and restructuring.

“We are grateful for Dr. Miller’s exemplary professionalism, leadership and service, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Dr. Azziz.  “I am thankful for my time at MCG, and I am honored to have been able to work with such fine faculty, staff and students during my service as Dean,” said Dr. Miller. "These are exciting times for MCG, and I look forward to this institution’s continuing progress.”

Dr. Miller will begin a period of sabbatical leave. He will remain a tenured Regents’ Professor in the School of Medicine, and as one of Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors in Cardiovascular Disease, Dr. Miller plans to continue caring for his patients during his sabbatical. Dr. Peter Buckley, Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Development and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior in the School of Medicine, has been named interim dean. “I appreciate Dr. Buckley's willingness to lead our School of Medicine in these challenging times,” stated Dr. Azziz. 

Dr. Buckley came to MCG in 2000 from Case Western Reserve University where he was Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Medical Director for the state psychiatric services in Cleveland. He earned a medical degree from Ireland’s University College Dublin School of Medicine. He completed internships at St. Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin and a psychiatry residency and research fellowship at St. John of God Psychiatric Services in Dublin. An internationally renowned and federally-funded clinical investigator, Dr. Buckley is also a 2008 fellow of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

“I am humbled to be offered the chance to play this role for an institution that has been so important to me," said Dr. Buckley.  "This is a tremendous responsibility, and I know that I will need the support and expertise of all our faculty and staff.  Fortunately, I have complete confidence that we have the talent and judgment on our team."

Dr. Buckley also expressed appreciation for Dr. Miller's leadership and broad institutional accomplishments. "As a friend and grateful mentee, I wish Doug every success in the next stage of an impressive career. I am excited by the work now ahead of us under Dr. Azziz's new leadership and - like so many others at MCG - I am fully committed to our institution and our community."

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