Peter F. Buckley, M.D.
Interim CEO, VCU Health System
Interim Senior Vice President, VCU Health Sciences
Dean, VCU School of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System
Dr. Peter F. Buckley became the Dean of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine in 2017. A psychiatrist and expert in schizophrenia, Dr. Buckley is also a Professor of Psychiatry. Since January, 2020, Dr. Buckley also serves in the interim leadership roles as Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, VCU, and CEO, VCU Health System.
Prior to coming to VCU, Dr. Buckley served as Dean of the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) at Augusta University (AU) from 2010 to 2017. He also served for two years (2014-2016) as Interim Chief Executive Officer of AU Medical Center and AU Medical Associates and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs. In 2016, he was appointed as Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Integration. Dr. Buckley joined MCG in 2000 as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Health Behavior. From 2007 to 2010, he also served as Associate Dean and then as Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Development in the medical school.
Additionally, as an active researcher, Dr. Buckley predominantly focuses on the neurobiology and treatment of schizophrenia, including current studies on the genetics of schizophrenia and on the psychopharmacology of schizophrenia. He has published over 500 original articles, book chapters, and abstracts and is senior author of a postgraduate textbook of psychiatry. Dr. Buckley has also authored or edited 19 books on schizophrenia and related topics and has served as a reviewer for over 60 journals.
As a nationally recognized leader, Dr. Buckley serves as a member of the board of directors for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and is Chair of the Administrative Board of the Council of Deans of the AAMC. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Dr. Buckley is also a board member of the Richmond Academy of Medicine, the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, is a past chair of the board of directors for Clinical Research Pathways and serves as a member of the Data Safety & Monitoring Board of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Buckley is a member of the Board of Trustees, Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). He has served on the Maintenance of Certification committee for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, as a reviewer for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and as a reviewer/panel participant for the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).