Two new administrative appointments will enhance the integration of medical education, research and clinical practice at Augusta University.
Dr. Julian J. Nussbaum, professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and co-director of the university’s James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute, has been named CEO for Augusta University Medical Associates and Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs at Augusta University Health System.
Dr. Peter F. Buckley, dean of the Medical College of Georgia, will assume the role of Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs and Integration at Augusta University.
Nussbaum and Buckley will retain their responsibilities as chair and dean, respectively.
“Drs. Nussbaum and Buckley will be instrumental to our efforts to advance the Medical College of Georgia, the state’s only public medical school,” said Brooks A. Keel, president of Augusta University and CEO of Augusta University Health. “I welcome the opportunity to work with two veteran leaders to enhance our clinical capabilities and capitalize on the relationship between medical education, research and clinical care in the delivery of world-class health care.”
In his role as EVP, Nussbaum will report to Keel as chief executive for the health system. As CEO for the practice group, he will report to Buckley and work collaboratively with Augusta University Medical Associates chief operating officer Amanda Hopkins-Tirrell to provide operational and strategic leadership to the Augusta University health professions practice group.
Nussbaum completed his residency at MCG in 1980 and later returned in 2001 as professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology. In 2008, he helped to launch the James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute, where clinical and research faculty work together to address vision services issues.
He will continue in his role as associate dean for ambulatory care services and as a member of the board of trustees for Augusta University Medical Associates.
In his new role, Buckley will lead efforts to better coordinate patient care, across locations and providers, as well as the integration of medical education and translational research. In addition, he will facilitate greater alignment and integration across the health system.
Buckley will continue in his role as chair of the board of trustees for Augusta University Medical Associates and as a member of the boards of directors for Augusta University Medical Center and Augusta University Health.