The Dean’s Office leads the administrative efforts of the Augusta University / University of Georgia Medical Partnership by supporting the teaching, research, and service missions of the college.
Led by the Dean Michelle Nuss, M.D., the office coordinates with members of the Medical Partnership Senior Leadership Team to communicate with faculty, students, and staff. The campus dean of the Medical Partnership, reports to AU Medical College of Georgia Dean Dr. David C. Hess with accountability to Dr. Jack Hu, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Michelle Nuss, MD is the AU/UGA Medical Partnership’s Campus Dean. She is also serving as the Associate Dean for GME and Designated Institutional Official for the AU/UGA Medical Partnership campus in Athens, GA. Nuss is an Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and is an Adjunct Clinical Faculty in the Department of Psychology, in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Nuss attended undergraduate school at Purdue University receiving a BS in Pharmacy and practiced pharmacy in Cleveland, Ohio before attending medical school at West Virginia University (WVU). She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at WVU where she also served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. Dr. Nuss has taught medical students and residents for nearly 20 years and has served as Program Director for the Internal Medicine and Med/Psych programs at WVU as well as the Vice President of Medical Affairs at WVU Hospital prior to being recruited to Athens, GA. She has been the recipient of numerous teaching and leadership awards throughout her career.
Since moving to Athens in 2010, Dr. Nuss has been teaching medical students and Internal Medicine residents at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership. In her current role, she is responsible for the oversight and leadership of the campus which currently educates 40 students per year – a total of 160 medical students across the 4 years of curriculum. Dr. Nuss still enjoys seeing patients alongside residents and students here in Athens.
In her role as Associate Dean for GME, Dr. Nuss has been instrumental in developing Graduate Medical Education (residency) programs at new teaching hospitals across the state of Georgia. She has extensive knowledge of the complexities of the Medicare GME payment system for new teaching hospitals, GME budget preparation, developing the necessary GME infrastructure, and working closely with the C-Suites, Hospital boards and medical staff of new teaching hospitals. She is currently overseeing the statewide GME expansion project for the Board of Regents. At the project completion there will be 10 new teaching hospitals and an additional 570 new resident positions across the state.