Executive Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Planning, Florida International University
James Patrick O’Leary was born in New York City and matriculated at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina where he graduated as Salutatorian of his class and was selected for the Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. His medical school and residency years were spent at the University of Florida where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Honor Society. He then served on the faculty at the University of Florida and in 1977 received the Hippocratic Award as the Outstanding Teacher in the college of medicine. Later, while serving as Chief of the Surgical Service at the Nashville Veterans Administration Medical Center and Professor of Surgery at Vanderbilt University, Dr. O’Leary received the Shovel Award as the Outstanding Teacher at the institution. In 1984, he was appointed as the Seeger Chair in Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and as Clinical Professor at the University of Texas, Southwestern. In 1989, Dr. O’Leary accepted the position as the Isidore Cohn, Jr. Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Louisiana State University’s Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Subsequently, he served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs from 2001-2006 and in 2002 and 2003 as Interim Dean of the medical school. Following in the tradition of his two previous academic appointments, Dr. O’Leary received the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award from the Aesculapian Society in 1990 and 1995.
In addition to having authored over 200 peer reviewed scientific publications; Dr. O’Leary has been the editor of four editions of the Physiologic Basis of Surgery Textbook dealing with the basic sciences as they are applied to surgery. As an authority in the field of surgical gastroenterology, Dr. O’Leary is an accomplished and sought after lecturer. In addition to his academic positions Dr. O’Leary has been active in a number of regional and national professional organizations. He has held several positions with the National Board of Medical Examiners, including Chairman of the Clinical Chairmen’s Committee. He has served as President of the New Orleans Surgical Society (NOSS), American Society of Bariatric Surgery (now the American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery), the Southeastern Surgical Congress (SESC), the Association of Program Directors in Surgery (APDS), and the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). In the ACS he has served on multiple committees including but not limited to the seven SESAP Committees, as the Director of SESAP X Audio Companion, as a Governor of the College, and then Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors. Dr. O’Leary has served on numerous committees for the ACS. He has served as Vice-Chair of the Advisory Council for General Surgery and as the First Vice-President of the ACS from 2005-2006.
Dr. O’Leary retired from the LSU Health Sciences Center in July of 2007, but was continued as Emeritus Professor and Emeritus Chairman of the Department of Surgery. He has embarked on a new endeavor at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) in Miami, Florida as the Executive Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Planning effective July 1, 2007. Dr. O’Leary’s responsibilities included the development of relationships with various clinical sites and the establishment of a curriculum for the clinical exposure of students to patients. In the spring of 2013, the LCME awarded full accreditation to the HWCOM and in late April of that year the college graduated its inaugural class.