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The interim is gone from Dr. Peter Buckley's title. He was approved Thursday as the new dean of Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University during a joint meeting by teleconference of two boards that oversee the university's clinical system and physicians, MCG Health System and MCG Health Inc. Buckley, 48, who was chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behaviors prior to his appointment in August as interim dean of the former School of Medicine, has been with the university since 2000.
The interim is gone from Dr. Peter Buckley's title. He was approved Thursday as the new dean of Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University during a joint meeting by teleconference of two boards that oversee the university's clinical system and physicians, MCG Health System and MCG Health Inc. Buckley, 48, who was chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behaviors prior to his appointment in August as interim dean of the former School of Medicine, has been with the university since 2000.

Dr. Peter F. Buckley, whose grandfather was dean of a medical school, had the interim tag removed from his title when he was approved Thursday as the new dean of Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University. His appointment was approved during a joint meeting by teleconference of two boards that oversee the university's clinical system, MCG Health Inc. and MCG Health System.

Buckley has been interim dean since August, when Dr. D. Douglas Miller resigned after serving as dean of the medical school since 2006. Buckley had previously been chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior and senior associate dean for leadership.

"This is a privilege for me and an honor," Buckley said.

The position had been originally slated for a national search, but Buckley's work as the interim would have put him at "the top of the ranks even if there had been a search," GHSU President Ricardo Azziz said. Instead, the university formed a committee, chaired by College of Nursing Dean Lucy Marion, to hear input from colleagues and faculty about Buckley, "and it was through the committee's recommendation that we are now moving forward," Azziz said.

The dean is "an extraordinarily important position" at the university, not only because it heads up the sixth-largest medical school in the country by class size, but also because its faculty play a key role in clinical services and research, Azziz said.

"This position requires somebody who knows how to build bridges, knows how to be collaborative, and has the respect of and respects his fellow deans in other schools," he said. "We believe that Dr. Peter Buckley, through his experience as a chair here, his experience as an associate dean and finally his experience as interim dean for the last sixth months, demonstrates these qualities of collaboration, partnership, alignment and loyalty to the institution."

While Buckley said it was too early to discuss specific programs, he will continue efforts he is already making to reach out to the community and build up relationships, particularly with alumni. Recruiting will also be a key focus, and the university has identified 30 or so positions within the school that need to be recruited immediately, Azziz said.

Having a permanent dean in place will help, Buckley said.

"Inevitably as you're recruiting, people want to know that there is an institutional team in place," he said, adding that developing faculty and leadership will also be key.

He will also continue working to develop strategies for clinical growth and to involve physicians with key initiatives in quality and in information technology, Azziz said.

"(There are) lots of things on his plate so we don't expect him to take even a moment's breath before he proceeds on," he said.

Buckley said he was "fortunate that Dr. Azziz turned to me and obviously over the passage of time he felt I would work well as a colleague with him. I'm excited by his leadership and feel privileged to join that more permanently."

As he becomes dean today, the native of Dublin, Ireland, is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who was dean of the Royal College of Surgeons there.

"It's a wonderful privilege," Buckley said.

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Sweet son
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Sweet son 02/24/11 - 05:44 pm
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"He was approved today as the

"He was approved today as the new dean of Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University."

When you try to say it, it is awkward. What an assinine title! Dean of the School of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia is correct. I suppose that those who are in the other four schools should feel slighted. The way it sounds is that they are not even medical. Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Nursing and Graduate Studies. Millions of dollars will be spent on signs but the general population will still call the school and the hospital MCG!!!! Dr. Axxix should be paying more attention to making the school better and not giving it a face lift.

Oh, what is Buckley's salary?

billyga
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billyga 02/24/11 - 06:09 pm
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Congratulations! As with many

Congratulations! As with many others, I'm Looking forward to the Excitement and Excellence that you will bring to MCG!
Way To Go!
Billy G

floridasun
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floridasun 02/24/11 - 06:35 pm
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Wow. Sweet Son, why so

Wow. Sweet Son, why so bitter? Congratulations Dr Buckley!

MD2013
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MD2013 02/24/11 - 07:52 pm
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Who cares what his salary is?

Who cares what his salary is? His salary will be in line with what other Dean's of medical schools are paid around the country. Our name is fine as well. Get over it.

Oregon Health Science University is one of the top medical schools in the country, so we're not the only one with that type of a name.

HistoryRepeatsItself
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HistoryRepeatsItself 02/24/11 - 08:04 pm
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Not a very impressive

Not a very impressive appointment. Anyone with any knowledge of the inner workings of a medical university knows that the most competitive, sensitive relationship is between the dean of medicine and the president, especially if the president is over the teaching hospital (thereby all faculty are under his control - both in the clinical & the academic setting).....it always turns out to be a tremendous power struggle between the two of them. Azziz is making sure that his "empire" and "complete control" is protected! You would think if Dr. Hollywood is sincere about advancing MCG to its fullest potential, that he would appoint a nationally renowned, expert, blah, blah, blah....but no, that would be too much competition for him...so go with the appointment of a "non-threatening" nice guy....so he can keep him, along with everyone else, under his dictatorship, rule by fear, intimidation control....when will the powers that be open their eyes & ears and see what's really going on??!!

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DanK 02/24/11 - 08:43 pm
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This was reported in AC and

This was reported in AC and other news media long before it was revealed on campus. Just a continuation of the same old same old at MCG - uh - GHSU. The administration STILL can't figure out that they need to COMMUNICATE with the faculty and staff of the university. Email boxes are overflowing with meaningless, stupid trivia about quality enhancement and the 800 strategic goals and the endless reminders to attend this forum or read that blog, all proclaiming how great they will one day be. Yet, an appointment as important as the dean of the school of medicine is announced in the local news media before it is even mentioned on campus. Just goes to show the priorities and effectiveness of the administration, which appears to be more interested in window dressing -- painting pretty pictures of change for the public and state officials, rather than actual substantive progress.

PART_TIME_PUNDIT
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PART_TIME_PUNDIT 02/24/11 - 08:52 pm
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I tend to agree with

I tend to agree with HistoryRepeatsItself. Indeed the process for this appointment appears to have been less inclusive and transparent than for other medical school deans in MCG history. Under previous MCG presidencies, there has always been a national search for the medical school dean. The Chronicle has covered the most recent of these searches. If President Azziz intends for Georgia Health Sciences University to be a statewide and nationally ranked institution, it would have been prudent to follow a process that included professors from all MCG campuses. However, I do understand the need for MCG to rise above dated customs that prevent the CEO of such a large organization to make rapid decisions that he has decided are best for all.

The important thing is that the faculty are satisfied with their input into the process, although it is not essential that they agree.

I know we all wish Dean Buckley the very best in his new position.

PositiveThinker
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PositiveThinker 02/24/11 - 09:22 pm
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Way to go Dr. Buckley! We

Way to go Dr. Buckley! We are all rooting for you and excited to see what the future will bring. Congratulations!

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