OHSU Appoints New School of Medicine Associate Dean

01/30/09  Portland, Ore.

New Dean to Direct Undergraduate Medical Education in Oregon

Oregon Health & Science University today announced the appointment of Tana A. Grady-Weliky, M.D., to the post of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education in the OHSU School of Medicine.  Dr. Grady-Weliky, who began her work at OHSU this week, will play a key role in ensuring the education of the next generation of health care providers for the state of Oregon. In addition to her role as associate dean, Dr. Grady-Weliky will also have an appointment as professor in the OHSU Department of Psychiatry.

Just prior to her arrival at OHSU, Dr. Grady-Weliky served as President of the Association of Women Psychiatrists, and Vice-Chair of the Council on Medical Education and Life-Long Learning of the American Psychiatric Association. She served as Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry from 2002 to 2005.  She also served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at the same institution from 1998 to 2002. She was Associate Dean for Medical Education from 1996 to 1998 at the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Grady-Weliky also received her medical degree at Duke.

“Dr. Grady-Weliky joins the OHSU School of Medicine at a pivotal time – not only for our own institution, but for medical education and health care in general,” said Mark Richardson, M.D, M.B.A, Dean of the OHSU School of Medicine. “Dr. Grady-Weliky brings the necessary expertise, experience and creativity to address the challenges and opportunities in our future. I am confident she will ensure the continued excellence and innovation of our educational environment.” 

Among Dr. Grady-Weliky’s priorities will be the ongoing and increasing shortage of health care providers across Oregon, especially in rural areas. She will also review OHSU’s current medical school curriculum in order to continuously improve the learning experience of OHSU students and to ensure that OHSU attracts the most promising future physicians for the state.  Additional priorities will include finding ways to reduce medical student debt and creating additional partnerships across Oregon in order to best train and retain physicians within the state.