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Duluth's Davis to step down

Gary Davis, Ph.D.

After seven years as regional campus dean for the Medical School’s Duluth campus, Gary Davis, Ph.D., will be stepping down from his leadership role.

During Davis’ tenure, the Medical School’s Duluth campus was restructured into three departments from five, 17 faculty and administrative positions were filled, research funding doubled, and philanthropic support reached a record high.

“I have been fortunate to lead an amazing team on the Duluth campus, and I am proud of what we have accomplished together,” Davis says. “At the same time, I have been honored to work with extremely supportive leaders in the Twin Cities who have provided great support for our program and who understand the vital role we play for the state.”

Former Medical School Dean Aaron Friedman, M.D., credits Davis with advancing the core goals of the Duluth campus: supporting rural medicine and Native American communities. “The results of his efforts can be seen in the makeup of the faculty: nearly half are women and 15 percent are Native American,” Friedman says. “In addition, 44 percent of Duluth [medical] graduates go on to practice family medicine, and half of those provide care to communities with populations of less than 20,000.”

Davis, who plans to remain on the faculty in the Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences, will continue as regional campus dean through July 1, 2014. A search for his replacement is under way

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