Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D. to Head Morehouse School of Medicine

Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) President John E. Maupin Jr., D.D.S. has announced his planned retirement, closing a celebrated tenure and an over 30-year accomplished career in academic medicine, healthcare administration and public health.

Effective July 1, 2014, after the end of the upcoming academic year, Maupin will be succeeded by Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D., a Harvard-educated obstetrician and gynecologist, who was named as executive vice president and dean in 2011.

With this announcement, Montgomery Rice becomes the nation’s first African-American woman to lead a free-standing medical school as chief executive officer.

A native of Macon, Ga., Montgomery Rice, served in numerous leadership positions at some of the nation’s most prestigious academic and health institutions. Montgomery Rice received an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology, a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and completed her training in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University Medical School and reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit.

A renowned infertility expert and nationally-recognized clinical scientist, Montgomery Rice also served on numerous professional and scientific advisory panels, national industry boards and authored more than 50 medical research articles.

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