Dr. Peter F. Buckley, Dean of the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, received the Lamartine Hardman Cup for 2013 during the Medical Association of Georgia’s 159th House of Delegates meeting Oct. 19.
The award is presented to a physician who has solved an outstanding problem in public health or made a discovery in surgery or medicine or a contribution to the science of medicine.
In its nomination, the Richmond County Medical Society said that Buckley deserved the award “based on his outstanding accomplishments with regard to health care systems transformation and leadership in Georgia, as well as in recognition of his scientific accomplishments as an internationally renowned clinical researcher. [He] is an effective, compassionate, and inspiring physician leader.”
After becoming Chairman of the MCG Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior in 2000, Buckley negotiated a new contract with the public mental health system in Georgia – and he revitalized the MCG department’s clinical services, including the quality of care, residency training, and community outreach. In 2006, Buckley helped conduct a statewide audit of Georgia’s public mental health hospitals after they came under scrutiny following allegations of negligent care – an effort that effected policy changes that improved inpatient psychiatric care across the state.
The society stressed that, “[under Dr. Buckley’s leadership]…the school has undergone unprecedented expansion, opening four new regional campuses in the past five years and increasing [its] medical class size to 230 medical students to now become the 10th largest medical school in the country.”
Additionally, Buckley continues to oversee an “impressive” research program that “focuses on the neurobiology and treatment of schizophrenia, including current studies on the genetics of schizophrenia, the psychopharmacology of relapse in schizophrenia, and cognitive retraining in schizophrenia,” the society said.
Buckley lives in Augusta with his wife, Leonie.
The award was named for Dr. Lamartine Hardman, who was Georgia’s governor from 1927-1931 as well as a successful physician, entrepreneur and farmer from Jackson County.
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