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Azziz Named President of MCG, Georgia’s Health Sciences University

Azziz Named President of MCG, Georgia’s Health Sciences University

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has named Dr. Ricardo Azziz, a physician/scientist/executive with more than 20 years of leadership in biomedical research, medical education and health care, as the eighth president of the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), Georgia’s health sciences university.

Azziz holds the endowed Helping Hand of Los Angeles Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology and has served as professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the Center for Androgen-Related Research and Discovery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) in Los Angeles since 2002. At the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he has served as professor and vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and professor of medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine since 2002, deputy director of the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and assistant dean for clinical and translational sciences since 2008.

Before coming to Los Angeles, Azziz taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1987 to 2002, where he served in a variety of faculty positions in the departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medicine.

As a clinician, Azziz maintains a nationally recognized practice in the care of women suffering from reproductive endocrinologic disorders, in particular, androgen excess. He is a fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and has been recognized annually by America’s Top Doctors since 2001. Azziz’ research into androgen-excess disorders in women has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the past 20 years. The author of six textbooks, more than 150 book chapters and reviews, over 200 peer-reviewed articles and 250-plus abstracts, he received the President’s Achievement Award for Clinical Investigation from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation in 2000, among other awards and honors.

A native of Uruguay, Azziz earned a bachelor of science degree in biology/pre-med, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez. His medical degree is from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey. Following an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., Azziz completed a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. He also holds master’s degrees in public health and business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Posted by Jason Steele on March 03, 2010
Published in: On Campus, Presidents

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