By Maria Saporta
Morehouse School of Medicine has named Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice as dean and executive vice president effective June 1.
In her new role, Dr. Montgomery Rice will oversee the school’s “academic enterprise and guide the continued advancement of the school’s patient care, research, community health, and education and training programs,” according to a news release.
Montgomery Rice currently is director of the Center for Women’s Health Research and professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Meharry Medical College in Nashville.
She is a nationally-renowned reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist.
“Dr. Montgomery Rice is a dynamic leader with an impressive ensemble of skills and experiences that are requisite in advancing the school during this period of unprecedented change in the healthcare industry and academic medicine,” said John E. Maupin Jr., president of the Morehouse School of Medicine, in a statement.
Before her appointment at Meharry, Dr. Montgomery Rice was director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
Currently, she serves on the FDA’s Advisory Panel for Reproductive and Urological Drugs. She also is the recipient of the 2011 American Medical Women’s Association’s Elizabeth Blackwell Award, one of the highest honors for contributions to women’s health.
Dr. Montgomery Rice is a Georgia native who received her bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Georgia Tech and her medical degree from Harvard University’s Medical School. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University’s School of Medicine.
“I am pleased to be back in Georgia and to be a part of advancing the vision of this great community – focused academic health center,” Dr. Montgomery Rice said in the release. “This is an exciting time to be at Morehouse School of Medicine as we embrace the tools of modern medicine: integration, collaboration, and translation to transform the healthcare environment and seek solutions for the issues that plague the health of vulnerable communities of our society.”
She then went on to say that the “Morehouse School of Medicine is on a mission, and I am looking forward to being on that journey, effectively engaging communities, educating the leaders of tomorrow, and developing the science that will change the world.”