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MCG dean resigns; no reason given

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Medical College of Georgia officials announced Monday that after more than four years of service Dr. Douglas Miller has resigned as dean of the School of Medicine and senior vice president for health affairs for MCG.

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Dr. Douglas Miller remains a tenured professor.
Dr. Douglas Miller remains a tenured professor.

"Together with the faculty, Dr. Miller has led MCG's School of Medicine to a truly impressive set of achievements," MCG President Dr. Ricardo Azziz said in a statement.

During 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," the statement said. "We are grateful for Dr. Miller's exemplary professionalism, leadership and service, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors."

The reason for Miller's departure wasn't mentioned in the statement, which quotes him as saying: "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. These are exciting times for MCG, and I look forward to this institution's continuing progress."

Miller will begin a sabbatical leave and will remain a tenured Regents' Professor in the School of Medicine, the statement said, noting that he would continue caring for his patients.

Miller's salary was $565,455, according to MCG records obtained by The Augusta Chronicle in April.

Dr. Peter Buckley, the senior associate dean for leadership development and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior in the School of Medicine, has been named interim dean.

Buckley arrived at MCG in 2000 from Case Western Reserve University, where he was vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and medical director for the state psychiatric services in Cleveland.

"I am humbled to be offered the chance to play this role for an institution that has been so important to me," Buckley said in MCG's statement. "This is a tremendous responsibility, and I know that I will need the support and expertise of all our faculty and staff."

Buckley also addressed Miller's departure.

"As a friend and grateful mentee, I wish Doug every success in the next stage of an impressive career," he said. "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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Shaky Main
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Shaky Main 08/16/10 - 06:00 pm
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Interesting how MCG had 3

Interesting how MCG had 3 Senior Vice Presidents under Dr. Rahn and in short order Dr. Azziz has gotten rid of two of them: the Senior VP for Academic Affairs / Provost is "retiring" and now the Senior VP for Health Affairs / School of Medicine Dean is going on "sabbatical." The Senior VP for Finance and Admin better get his resume updated.

dvdbiggs
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dvdbiggs 08/16/10 - 06:30 pm
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I agree with Shaky

I agree with Shaky Main.....What gives with Dr. Azziz?

pikeka
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pikeka 08/16/10 - 06:42 pm
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Not to mention he is

Not to mention he is currently hiring for a "chief of staff." That person will be his pick of choice, and who the Sr. VP's will go through. Clearly Azziz is getting 'his' house in order. Like Coach Parcells' said, "if they want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries."

Chillen
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Chillen 08/16/10 - 07:28 pm
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So, is his position going to

So, is his position going to be replaced at the satellite campus in Augusta or at the main campus in Athens?

aimee8811
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aimee8811 08/16/10 - 07:31 pm
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I say kudos to Dr. Azziz for

I say kudos to Dr. Azziz for pulling back the curtain and realizing that Wizard of MCG School of Medicine was nothing more than a man. Doug Miller was instrumental in the removal of Dr. Kapil Bhalla as the Director of the MCG Cancer Center. Why did he want him removed? Probably because Dr. Bhalla wanted the Cancer Center to move forward and Doug Miller didn't want Dr. Bhalla to get the credit.

When Dr. Bhalla left, he took millions in grant funding with him. WHen that grant funding left, that meant that State Funds needed to be used to support the Cancer Center. Additionally, Doug Miller did NOT appoint a Cancer Researcher as the Interim Director although the Associate Center Director for Research, Dr. John Cowell, was more than capable. No, instead he appointed a Vascular Biologist that could only spend half a day doing the job.

Regardless, I say that karma is once again proving to be a wonderful thing.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/16/10 - 08:38 pm
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Tons of MCG's best are

Tons of MCG's best are jumping ship. Dermatology is being decimated. The Department of Surgery doesn't even have a GI surgeon on staff any more, which is really great news for all those whose colonoscopy exams show polyps. Unbelievable that a major medical center doesn't have a GI surgeon on staff.

It's just really happy days over there. Shades of Obamacare already.

disssman
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disssman 08/16/10 - 08:23 pm
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Sounds like they have been

Sounds like they have been watching the RCBOE to see what they should do to get new hires. Are we sure the super didn't fake going to Texas?

socialmeg
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socialmeg 08/16/10 - 08:57 pm
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MCG is not the place it used

MCG is not the place it used to be. It used to be a place where people enjoyed working and took care of each other. It has become a place where people stab one another in the back. Don Snell ruined the place and then escaped to another state. I agree with dissman that it sounds a LOT like our RCBOE.

DanK
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DanK 08/16/10 - 11:38 pm
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Dean of Medicine. Director of

Dean of Medicine. Director of the Cancer Research Institute. CEO of MCG Health Inc (the hospital). Provost, CEO of the Physician's Practice Group. VP for Research Development is leaving too. Who is next? Who is left?

The university is in disarray administratively. Faculty and staff are mostly keeping quiet, because MCG is going through its accreditation review. Department managers are struggling day to day, trying to figure out how to avoid meltdown. There is still a lot of anger over those huge raises administrators gave themselves, while at the same time some faculty who got promoted received no raises at all and everyone was taking furloughs.

It's hard to tell how much of the turnover is from Dr Azziz pushing people out, wanting to hire his own team. Some of it at least. Also some people probably just think it is a good time to get out of dodge.

There's not a lot of trust in Dr Azziz yet. He has been bragging about the 25% budget cuts he made before coming here, and now he is going around asking everyone how they would make 20% cuts now. MCG has suffered cuts for several years. MCG people want to hear him talk about how he is going to INCREASE funding, SAVE jobs, IMPROVE programs, REBUILD the university -- not how he's going to tear it down even more by making more cuts.

It is a bad time for MCG at this moment. Uncertainty. Low morale. Angry people. Untrusted administrators. Hope the mass exodus does not tear the university apart.

gijoe7898
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gijoe7898 08/17/10 - 12:18 am
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$565,000? and how much are

$565,000? and how much are the 3 Sr VP's paid? geez. I understand they have an important job, but duh. Funny how Dems can lament about private corp CEO pay, but remain hypocritically silent on higher education salaries. Yes, as a sports fan, I am alarmed at million dollar coach pay too.

iam4him
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iam4him 08/17/10 - 05:14 am
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At Fiat_lux, we do have a GI

At Fiat_lux, we do have a GI surgeon on board and more than one. Additionally, we have 4 gastroenterologist on board who do the endoscopies. MCG is the place to be in terms of cutting edge care in the CSRA. Don't post what think is the truth when you dont know the facts. In difficult times the MCG family pulls together.

fish2
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fish2 08/17/10 - 07:52 am
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iam4him I hope the family

iam4him I hope the family pulls together before the loosing the GI fellow ship in January and that a fact.

ClaraBell
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ClaraBell 08/17/10 - 08:00 am
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There is a rumor that Danny

There is a rumor that Danny Sniff and others from UGA were spotted on the MCG campus yesterday with clipboards and cameras. Could that make some sense of this?

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Riverman1 08/17/10 - 08:36 am
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It's pretty obvious what's

It's pretty obvious what's going on. It's a good thing Dan Rahn left and found a new job before matters became transparent. Dr. Azziz, good luck with straightening out the mess you inherited.

noway
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noway 08/17/10 - 10:57 am
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GIJoe7898 said "Funny how

GIJoe7898 said "Funny how Dems can lament about private corp CEO pay, but remain hypocritically silent on higher education salaries." REALLY? I don't think anyone agrees that a VP at a medical school should be paid that amount of money. First, it's not "higher education", it's a medical school. Medical doctors should be paid more, but not that much for being a VP. Why are you calling out the democrats? Is it ok to you that business executives are raking in millions while the company and it's stock is going under? do you not understand the concept?

biomednerd
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biomednerd 08/18/10 - 08:50 am
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@Fiat_lux, I had excellent

@Fiat_lux, I had excellent care from GI specialty surgeons at MCG earlier this year, they are still here.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/17/10 - 12:31 pm
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Dr Azziz wants people that he

Dr Azziz wants people that he picks to work for him. That's not unusual.

Roycliff
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Roycliff 08/17/10 - 03:57 pm
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Miller was on his way out

Miller was on his way out before Azziz arrived. Though it seemed to miss the Augusta media, Miller applied for the Chancellors job at University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis. He was one of two finalists. The interim chancellor got the job, Miller did not.

Roycliff
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Roycliff 08/17/10 - 04:12 pm
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"sabbatical" is

"sabbatical" is academic-speak for "I have no clue what I am going to do about another job"

comet2u
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comet2u 08/17/10 - 08:17 pm
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"No reason given" - Wow, so

"No reason given" - Wow, so much for "transparency"

@ socialmeg and DanK - right on!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/17/10 - 09:28 pm
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@iam4him: Mellinger was the

@iam4him: Mellinger was the main GI surgery guy and unfortunately he's gone. The one who remains is near retirement age. If the docs doing flex sigs and colonoscopies feel they need to mention other GI surgeons in town instead of just referring MCG patients to MCG surgeons, you might want to ask yourself why, especially when they know MCG patients would be stuck with a huge deductible plus 50% of all the costs.

Roycliff
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Roycliff 08/17/10 - 09:41 pm
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I heard from good sources

I heard from good sources that Miller also applied for the dean job in Charleston. At least he doesn't want too move far. Where was the Chronicle? Did they not know? So he applied to UT, MUSC and was told to "resign" at MCG. Where was the local media? No reason? That always means you were fired, at least at Burger King.

iam4him
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iam4him 08/18/10 - 07:13 am
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@Fiat_lux. Once again you are

@Fiat_lux. Once again you are not stating facts. You are more than misinformed and about 10 percent correct.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/18/10 - 12:46 pm
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Well, iam, some significant

Well, iam, some significant changes and hiring must have occurred within the past three months that I missed hearing about. And if I'm misinformed then faculty members in the departments mentioned don't know what they're talking about either, because that's where my info is coming from. But, since you're so well informed, you should cite your sources.

If these surgeons command so much respect, why do PPG members and their family members overwhelmingly use community GI physicians/surgeons like Cheape and LaHatte, among others? I mean, what's up with that?

It's because the MCG and PPG insurance will pay for them at the same level it pays for MCGHI care, while MCGHI employees get nailed for half of everything if they use anyone outside HI, even in an emergency situation.

iam4him
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iam4him 08/18/10 - 09:22 pm
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Fiat_Lux, how about I work

Fiat_Lux, how about I work with them daily and I work for PPG. Your insurance comment is true. As for the care provided and available in terms of GI services, who PPG members and their families use, and the nature of the referrals, just not the truth. So consider me informed.

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