History of the Medical College of Georgia


2001-2009

President Rahn envisioned continual growth for the Medical College of Georgia in the twenty-first century. Since 2001, MCG recruited over 150 faculty members, including three Deans and two Vice-Presidents. The university also planned to enhance research, education, and clinical services at MCG. To obtain these goals, the university developed a 10-year physical master plan that consolidated all aspects of the campus into a village. The new campus was to have more green spaces and buildings, and less surface parking spaces. The Master Plan contained two major building projects, the Wellness Center and Phase II of the Interdisciplinary Research Buildings. The Wellness Center opened in January 2003, and it offered physical fitness facilities to faculty, staff, students, and families. Phase II of the Interdisciplinary Research Buildings, and the construction company projected a March 2004 completion date. The Interdisciplinary Research Buildings doubled research space, and allowed the institution to employ more researchers. The master plan also included increasing research on the MCG campus, which led to university officials creating five new research centers: genomic medicine, disaster/operational medicine, immunology, neuroscience, and vision science.

Research - MCG Today
Research - MCG Today
Interdisciplinary Research Building
Interdisciplinary Research Building
Research - MCG Today
Research - MCG Today

Daniel Rahn (1950-)
President, 2001-2009

Daniel RahnDr. Daniel Rahn earned his medical degree from Yale University in 1976. He spent seven years in private practice before returning to Yale as the Clinical Director of the University's Lyme Disease Program. He joined the faculty of MCG in 1991 as the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Vice Dean for Clinical Activities for the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine. Dr. Rahn has held many roles at MCG including Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Chief of the section of General Internal Medicine, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, and Chief Medical Officer, MCG Health, Inc.

On March 6, 2001, the Board of Regents appointed Dr. Rahn as the seventh president of the Medical College of Georgia. Since taking office, he spearheaded a blueprint for future growth and development of MCG that includes 30 strategic initiatives. The plan includes increasing research and opening the Cancer Center for Excellence. Dr. Rahn is a national expert on Lyme disease, and the Castle Connolly Guide selected him as one of "Americas Top Doctors" for the last three years. He is a chairman of the Health Strategies Council, which assesses the health needs of Georgians and makes recommendations to the Governor.

Library

Library An ever-evolving structure, the library faculty and staff are investigating ways to create a more inviting learning environment and user-friendly, adaptable learning spaces. These changes reflect a national trend in producing learning environments based heavily on input from library patrons, specifically input from the 2002 LibQUAL+ survey. LibQUAL+ is a research and development project of the Association of Research Libraries in collaboration with Texas A&M University. The library has 11 faculty members and 19 paraprofessionals.