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University of Maryland School of Medicine Appoints New Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Education and Research

Monday, July 02, 2012

George T. Fantry, M.D.
 George T. Fantry, M.D

George T. Fantry, M.D., to Oversee Major Restructuring of the Office of Student Research

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has appointed George T. Fantry, M.D., as assistant dean for Student Affairs, Education and Research in the Offices of Student Affairs and Student Research. In his new role, Dr. Fantry will oversee a comprehensive restructuring of the Office of Student Research, which will allow the School of Medicine to remain responsive to an increasing demand for student research education and training.

The Office of Student Research works to identify and place students into highly successful and productive research programs within the School of Medicine and at other institutions nationally and internationally. In addition to Dr. Fantry’s appointment, two new directors have been named, creating a student research leadership team that will further enhance the research education and productivity of medical students and students seeking dual degrees.

  • Donald “Rick” Matteson, Ph.D, associate professor of Physiology, has been appointed Director of Student Research Education and Dual Degree Programs.
  • Gregory Carey, Ph.D, assistant professor of Microbiology and Immunology, has been appointed Director of Student Summer Research and Community Outreach.

"Our outstanding leadership team forms the nucleus of a unique and comprehensive program that will provide exceptional resources and research opportunities for all students," says Dean Reece, who also is vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor at the School of Medicine. "In addition, community outreach programs will provide excellent opportunities for college undergraduates and high school students to stimulate and foster interest in careers in medicine and other allied health fields."

Over the past few years, more than 75% of the freshman class has sought individual assistance in the Office of Student Research in pursuit of research placement and funding. For the past three years, more than 80 medical students participated in summer research projects, clinical fellowships or research fellowships, and these students successfully competed for total grant awards in excess of $500,000. Students have received national and international research experience through the National Institutes of Health, the Doris Duke Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

“The assistance provided to our students is unique among U.S. medical schools in providing the necessary development, mentoring, and nurturing of student research interests,” says Dr. Fantry, who is also an associate professor of medicine.“We also do an outstanding job of matching our students with faculty and funding opportunities.”

Dr. Fantry is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and earned his medical degree from the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center School of Medicine in 1984.He completed both his internship and his residency in the Department of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, where he served as chief medical resident.Following his residency, Dr. Fantry completed fellowship training in the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Dr. Fantry joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine in 1990, rising to his current rank of associate professor in 1997.He has had many significant teaching and clinical responsibilities.Dr. Fantry currently serves as Course Director for Pathophysiology and Therapeutics I & II and the Second Summer Education Program and co-course director for Functional Systems and Foundations of Disease.Dr. Fantry has served as the fellowship program director and clinical director for the Gastroenterology Division and was instrumental in the development of the Digestive Health Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center.Dr. Fantry is the recipient of many teaching awards, including his induction into the Pass and Susel Academy of Educational Excellence.In 2012, he was inducted as a faculty member into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Fantry will continue to work as a member of the Office of Student Affairs, where he counsels and mentors medical students, and writes medical student performance evaluations. At the same time, Dr. Fantry will continue to provide excellent patient care as a member of the Division of Gastroenterology, where he directs a multidisciplinary Heartburn and Dyspepsia Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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