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    Morehouse School of Medicine Physician Named Marshall Memorial Fellow

    Atlanta - Morehouse School of Medicine's (MSM) Ayanna Buckner, M.D., M.P.H., has been selected by The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) as a Marshall Memorial Fellow.

    Contact: Cherie A. Richardson / 404-752-1917 /

    Ayanna Buckner

    Atlanta - Morehouse School of Medicine's (MSM) Ayanna Buckner, M.D., M.P.H., has been selected by The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) as a Marshall Memorial Fellow. Buckner, who is the associate director of the Public Health and General Preventive Medicine Residency Program and assistant professor and clinical director in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, is one of 54 emerging American leaders representing 18 states and the District of Columbia who have been awarded this prestigious international fellowship for 2010.

    Buckner formerly served as director of the Regional Coordinating Center for Hurricane Response at MSM. In this role, she led the center's efforts to assist in rebuilding public health infrastructure in the Gulf Region after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and to address health disparities associated with the storms. Buckner is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University and the New Orleans native is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine.

    "Dr. Buckner continues to demonstrate leadership in her roles as a public health advocate and a member of the medical community," said MSM President Dr. John E. Maupin Jr. "She is deserving of this prestigious honor and is a great example of someone living out the core mission of our institution. "

    During the 24-day traveling program, fellows will develop extensive knowledge of political, economic, and social institutions and issues facing the United States and Europe.

    "Having just celebrated the tenth anniversary of the expansion of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship program to include American fellows, we are pleased to begin another ten years with such a strong class of new Fellows," said Craig Kennedy, GMF's president. "We are excited to see that our reach has extended into new states, which will benefit from their residents' participation in this program."

    The MMF program educates the emerging American and European leaders on the importance of the transatlantic relationship and encourages them to collaborate on a range of international and domestic policy challenges. Fellows are selected through competitive nationwide and regional processes and come from politics, government, media, business, and the non-profit sector. American fellows spend 24 days traveling to five cities across Europe, learning about the institutions and people that drive Europe's cities, regions, countries, and multilateral systems through meetings with local counterparts.

    The program began in 1982, when the inaugural group of German Fellows visited the United States. Now entering its 28th year, the program currently includes fellows from 22 European countries and the United States. GMF and its partner institutions have been instrumental in developing and maintaining a vital network on both sides of the Atlantic committed to cooperation and knowledge expansion.

    GMF works with partner organizations across the United States to identify and select the American Marshall Memorial Fellows. Partner organizations assisting in the 2010 selection process include the Cleveland Foundation, the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, the Citizens League of Minnesota, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, the International Affairs Council of North Carolina, the Institute for Public Policy Studies at the University of Denver, the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, and the Southern California Leadership Network. National partners include the American Council of Young Political Leaders, the Council of State Governments, and the National League of Cities.

    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981 Morehouse School of Medicine became an independently chartered institution and the first minority medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care. For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at

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