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Balducci Named First Associate Dean for Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Campus in Phoenix

Balducci Named First Associate Dean for Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Campus in Phoenix

James Balducci, M.D., has been named the first associate dean for the Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s campus in Phoenix, effective May 1.

The new campus, announced this past year, will begin accepting 42 third- and fourth-year medical students from Creighton School of Medicine’s main campus in Omaha, Neb., beginning in 2012. This will allow Creighton to expand its entering medical class from 126 to 152 students, beginning in fall 2010.

As associate dean, Balducci will be responsible for overseeing academic and research activities for the Phoenix campus. He will also serve as a professor of obstetrics/gynecology with the Creighton School of Medicine.

“Dr. Balducci brings the perfect mix of administrative, academic, research and clinical skills to help grow this innovative partnership between a Catholic medical center in the western United States and a Jesuit, Catholic university in the Midwest,” said Rowen Zetterman, M.D., Creighton dean of medicine. “This venture will allow students in Arizona and the western United States to have, for the first time, regional access to a Catholic-based medical education for two full years of clinical training. I anticipate that many of these students will ultimately increase the supply of physicians in the region while helping to address the needs of the medically underserved.”

Balducci joined St. Joseph’s Medical Center in 2003, serving as department chair of obstetrics/gynecology since 2005. He headed the medical center’s division of maternal and fetal medicine, 2003-05, and during that time established a statewide perinatal program for the medical center. He is also a clinical professor with the University of Arizona, Phoenix.

He earned his medical degree from New York University in 1985 and a master’s degree in business administration from Penn State University in 2003. Prior to joining St. Joseph’s medical staff, Balducci had been affiliated with several institutions, including Penn State Medical Center, University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, and Cornell University Medical College in New York City. He previously served as director of graduate medical education in obstetrics/gynecology at multiple institutions.