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Dr Richard Mc Cann, Ph.D, appointed assistant dean of faculty affairs and professional development, Mercer University School of Medicine (Macon Campus)

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Dr. Jean R. Sumner, Dean of Mercer University School of Medicine, is pleased to announce that Dr. Richard McCann has accepted the position of Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.  "Working with Dr. Marie Dent, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, Dr. McCann will continue providing guidance and professional development opportunities for faculty, said Dr. Sumner.  "Dr. McCann is a proven leader, scientist, and outstanding teacher who embodies a commitment to students, colleagues, and the mission of Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM)."

Dr. McCann, a native of Brunswick, Georgia, graduated from Glynn Academy and earned his B.S. in Biochemistry and Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Georgia.  Dr. McCann was an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Biological Chemistry.  Prior to joining Mercer in 2008, Dr. McCann was an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington.  Dr. McCann currently serves MUSM as an Associate Professor of Biochemistry.

Dr. McCann has combined a research program on cell adhesion and teaching throughout his career.  He advised three Ph.D. students and one M.D./Ph.D. student at the University of Kentucky.  He also taught Cell Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry in the Master of Science in Biotechnology Program at Johns Hopkins and in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program at Kentucky.  At MUSM, Dr. McCann has served as a tutor in the first-year medical curriculum, and from 2011-2015 was Phase Coordinator for the Cellular Basis of Medicine in the Biomedical Problems Curriculum.  He is currently the Block 1 Co-Chair for the MUSM Macon Campus in the revised Patient Based Learning (PBL) Curriculum.  Dr. McCann is the founding Director of MUSM’s Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences and for the next three years will be chair of the Cell Structure and Survival Review Panel for the American Heart Association (National Research Programs).  Mercer University School of Medicine and Mercer’s entire collegial community are fortunate to have Dr. McCann as an outstanding educator and colleague.

Visit Dr. Mc Cann's web page here.