Temple names dean to lead medical school

Posted: September 04, 2002

Surgeon John M. Daly, a graduate of Temple University's School of Medicine, was named the school's new dean yesterday.

Daly has been chairman of the department of surgery at Weill Medical College at Cornell University in New York City and surgeon-in-chief at the New York Presbyterian Hospital at Cornell since 1993. His specialty is surgical oncology.

Daly will take over Nov. 1 for Richard Kozera, the acting dean of the medical school since January, when former dean Leon Malmud stepped down to resume teaching.

Daly, 54, will oversee 960 medical and graduate students and 380 faculty members at the medical school. Some of his first duties will be leading the architectural planning of a new building at the medical school, which already has three, and hiring clinical and basic science faculty.

Construction of the building at Broad and Ontario Streets, which will house all the classrooms, the library, and some research facilities, is scheduled to begin late next year.

Daly said he also wants to increase research at the school.

"I hope to bring Temple back to the first tier of medical centers throughout the U.S.," Daly said in an interview yesterday.

"As a surgeon, you have to be decisive about situations that occur," he said. "The ability to make decisions will be extremely important in the dean's role affecting faculty and students."

Daly, the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, also serves in various editorial capacities for several medical journals.

A 1973 graduate of Temple's medical school, Daly grew up in Mount Airy and received his bachelor's degree from La Salle University. He and his wife have six children and are still searching for a place to live in Philadelphia.

Contact Aparna Surendran at 215-854-2795 or asurendran@phillynews.com.

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