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Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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Monday, June 11, 2007
Harvard names acting medical school dean
Harvard has named an acting dean for the medical school in a move that means a permanent appointment will not be made before the current dean leaves.
Dr. Barbara J. McNeil (left), chair of health care policy and professor of radiology, will assume the interim position after retiring dean Dr. Joseph B. Martin steps down June 30. A 1966 graduate of Harvard Medical School, McNeil has been a member of the faculty since 1983.
In a statement from Harvard last week, incoming President Drew Gilpin Faust said it did not seem feasible for a permanent dean to be appointed or to start as dean by July 1.
"We have made good progress in the search for a new dean and identified some very promising candidates," Faust said in the statement.
The Globe reported on May 24 that nationally known cardiologist Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and leading Harvard diabetes researcher Dr. Jeffrey Flier were among the finalists, according to several Harvard doctors and officials with knowledge of the search.