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    Morehouse School of Medicine Announces New Leadership Positions

    Atlanta - Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is pleased to announce the appointment of George Rust, M.D., MPH, FAAFP, FACPM as director of the National Center for Primary Care (NCPC).

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    Atlanta - Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is pleased to announce the appointment of George Rust, M.D., MPH, FAAFP, FACPM as director of the National Center for Primary Care (NCPC). Rust, who was instrumental in the development of the NCPC from 1997-2002, served from 2002-2004 as deputy director under the leadership of Dr. David Satcher. Since 2004, Rust has served as acting chair of the Department of Family Medicine and founding director of the MSM Faculty Development Program and led the NCPC as interim director.

    Rust played a key role as lead researcher in the recently released Georgia Health Disparities report, part of the Georgia Department of Community Health's "Georgia Health Equity Initiative." The document provided data and scorecards on minority health outcomes and inequalities for each county throughout the state. He also co-chairs the Georgia Minority Health Advisory Council, which released the report.

    "Dr. George Rust has dedicated his career as a family practice physician to improving healthcare access, quality, and outcomes for low-income and uninsured segments of the population," said MSM Dean and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Eve J. Higginbotham.

    Rust is a graduate of Loyola University School of Medicine, and completed family medicine residency training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He then worked for six years as medical director of the West Orange Farm worker's Health Association in Apopka, Fla.

    He has spent the last 17 years teaching, doctoring, researching, and developing programs at the MSM. He is board-certified in both Family Practice and Preventive Medicine.

    Over the past two decades, Rust has built bridges between the academic arena and the front lines of primary care by developing training programs and research partnerships between MSM and networks of community and migrant health centers. He recently received a national leadership award from the Disease Management Association of America (DMAA) for his work in supporting Georgia's Medicaid disease management program, which was also named DMAA's "best public-sector disease management program" in the nation. Rust is the author of more than 50 articles and monographs related to primary care and underserved populations.

    Ngozi Anachebe, PharmD, MD, FACOG
    Dr. Ngozi Anachebe has been named assistant dean for MSM Student Affairs. Anachebe came to MSM as a medical student in 1994. Prior to that, she earned her PharmD cum laude from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy and an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Atlanta Metropolitan College in 1989.

    Anachebe joined the MSM faculty in 2002 as a clinical instructor and became an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2004. She was also medical clerkship director in that department for several years. Since July 2007, she has served as interim assistant dean for Student Affairs.

    Anachebe has received numerous honors and awards for her teaching skill and service to students.

    Roland Matthews, MD
    Dr. Roland Matthews has been appointed director of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Health System. Matthews is chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MSM and is a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist, with subspecialty certification in gynecologic oncology. Recruited from the State University, Downstate Medical Center to expand the gynecologic oncology division at MSM, he has served as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2002. Currently, Matthews holds appointments at Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory Crawford Long Hospital, and South Fulton Medical Center.

    Matthews' area of special interest in Gynecologic Oncology is preinvasive cervical disease. He was granted a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Clinician and Scientist Award in 2004. He is currently working to understand protein biomarkers of cervical cancer risk and studying the gene prohibitin and its functional significance as a tumor suppressor in women with gynecologic cancers. He is vice president of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (CORE) board, an independent non-profit organization working to improve cancer care in Georgia by strengthening clinical cancer research throughout the state.

    Prior to joining the MSM faculty, Matthews served as the director of the Division of Medical Education at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, where he was responsible for training residents, as well as Gynecologic Oncology fellows. He received the Mannix Award for Excellence in Medical Education by The New York State Medical Association.

    Matthews serves on several boards of directors and committees throughout Georgia and the nation - principally focused on women's health, cancer and increasing health care access for underserved communities. His appointments include: chairperson of the Cancer Registry Sub-Committee at Grady Health System; member of the Grady Steering Committee; member of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence; and member of the Academic Policy Council at MSM.

    Matthews received his AB Degree in Biology from Columbia College, Columbia University and his Medical Degree, with distinction, in research, from Stonybrook School of Medicine at the State University of New York. He completed his residency and fellowship training in Gynecologic Oncology at Kings County Hospital Center, SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn and was an American Cancer Society Clinical Fellow in Oncology. Throughout his career, Matthews' research, education and clinical activities have focused on reducing disparities in underserved communities.

    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, recruits and trains minority and other students as physicians, biomedical scientists and public health professionals committed to improving the health and well-being of communities. MSM is a member of the largest consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the world - the Atlanta University Center (AUC). For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at