Renowned Infertility Specialist and Researcher Named New Dean and Executive Vice President of Morehouse School of Medicine

Mar 16, 2011, 16:25 ET from Morehouse School of Medicine

ATLANTA, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Morehouse School of Medicine announced that Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice has been named Dean and Executive Vice President, effective June 1, 2011. A renowned reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist, Dr. Montgomery Rice will oversee the academic enterprise and guide the continued advancement of the school's patient care, research, community health, and education and training programs.

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In his announcement Morehouse School of Medicine President John E. Maupin, Jr. stated, "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."

Dr. Montgomery Rice is currently the Director of the Center for Women's Health Research and Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, at Meharry Medical College, Nashville TN. She has held several leadership roles at Meharry, most notably, Dean of the School of Medicine and Senior Vice President of Health Affairs. Under her leadership, Meharry experienced many significant achievements; most notably, an increase in the medical class size, a robust increase in annual research funding and national prominence, and the expansion of the Veterans Administration affiliation by establishing the first outpatient clinic for veterans care on a historically black college campus. Also, Dr. Montgomery Rice is credited with founding the Center for Women's Health Research, one of the nation's first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color. In addition, she spearheaded the research partnership with the University of Zambia, which focuses on the development of a vaginal microbicide for the prevention of HIV.

Prior to her appointment at Meharry, Dr. Montgomery Rice was Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her other leadership positions at the University of Kansas School of Medicine included Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Director, Clinical Trials Division, Clinical Research Institute.

Dr. Montgomery Rice currently serves on the FDA Advisory Panel for Reproductive and Urological Drugs.  She is the recipient of the 2011 American Medical Women's Association Elizabeth Blackwell Award, one of the highest honors for contributions to women's health.

A Georgia native, Dr. Montgomery Rice received her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology and her medical degree from Harvard University Medical School. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine and her fellowship in reproductive endocrinologist and infertility at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She also completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Montgomery Rice stated that she is honored to be a part of Morehouse School of Medicine's legacy of leadership and believes that the school is uniquely poised to make its greatest contributions to a healthier Georgia and the nation.

"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. 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. 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."  

About Morehouse School of Medicine

Morehouse School of Medicine is one the nation's most widely recognized community-based medical schools, established to recruit and train minority and other students from disadvantaged backgrounds as physicians, biomedical scientists and public health practitioners.  The institution's mission places special emphasis on primary care training; development of model community-based health services and the conduct of research and translation of discovery to benefit vulnerable populations and ultimately eliminate health inequities.

The School offers doctoral programs in medicine and biomedical research; and master of science degree programs in public health and clinical investigation. It also sponsors graduate training (residency) programs in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, public health and preventive medicine, and general surgery.

Morehouse School of Medicine annually ranks as one of the top U.S. medical schools in the percentage of graduates practicing primary care specialties.  The School ranks # 1 in the first-ever study of all U.S. medical schools in the area of social mission.  Such recognition underscores the vital role that MSM plays in the nation's health care system.

Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also a member of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, the world's oldest and largest association of historically black colleges and universities.  For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at

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