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(Boston) — Dr. David R. McBride, currently a staff/attending physician in the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency, and a formerly a physician at Northeastern University’s Health and Counseling Service, has been appointed director of Boston University’s Student Health Services (SHS), announced Peter Fiedler, vice president for Administrative Services.
Effective September 1, Dr. McBride, 37, will succeed Dr. J. W. Taylor, who has headed BU’s Student Health Services since 1979.
“Dr. McBride’s recent and extensive medical experience with students within a large urban university was a crucial attribute that significantly contributed to his selection,” said Fiedler. “Combined with his leadership capabilities and management skills, he brings the ideal range of expertise needed to effectively serve our population. We are deeply indebted to Dr. Taylor for his many years of outstanding service and patient care.”
Dr. McBride, a Pittsburgh native, graduated cum laude from Ohio’s Miami University and earned his M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, followed by a residency in family medicine at York (Penn.) Hospital.
He served as a staff physician, then medical director of the Lynn (Mass.) Community Health Center (LCHC), directing the medical care of approximately 100,000 patient visits per year. During his tenure at the LCHC, Dr. McBride led the creation of an urgent-care service and a Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) certification, in addition to serving as the chief quality officer.
In 2000, he joined Northeastern University’s Health Service to provide full-time patient care as well as serving as liaison to the Athletic Training Department. During his five years at NU, Dr. McBride conducted a research study into nutrition knowledge and eating disorder behavior in women athletes, providing the clinical intervention of nutrition counseling.
At the Malden Family Health Center since 2005, Dr. McBride provides care and supervises patient care by Tufts Family Medicine residents, which includes outpatient primary care and inpatient care at Malden’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He has also been very active in curriculum development.
“David’s community and family medicine background, which brought him into contact with acute and complex medical conditions, as well as his supervisory experience managing a busy clinic and health care providers, forms a solid grounding for the management of a health services unit serving a large and diverse student community,” said Dr. Larry Culpepper, chief of Family Medicine and professor and chairman of Family Medicine at BU’s School of Medicine.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to help in combining the excellent resources of the BU Student Health Services with BU School of Medicine, one of the country’s strongest academic Family Medicine departments in the country,” said Dr. McBride. “I believe in the importance of health maintenance and primary care during the important years of a student’s university education. College health providers lend assistance and influence during this crucial developmental stage in the lives of young men and women, and I’m glad to be joining such a dedicated group.
“I plan to develop the visibility of the fine services of SHS and to work toward greater integration within the university community that was called for in a recent issue of ‘The Daily Free Press.’ Student Health Services will continue its growth trend toward becoming a premier center of excellence on the BU campus.”
BU’s Student Health Services, visited by an average of 1,200 patients per week during the academic year, employs four full-and four part-time physicians, six psychiatrists and five psychologists, and 20 full- and part-time nurses. During the school year, the center is open for medical and Behavioral Health patient visits from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and care and advice are available 24 hours.