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Atlantic Union College Board Appoints New Interim President

On November 11, 2012, the Atlantic Union College (AUC) Board of Trustees appointed Duane M. Cady, M.D. as interim president. Cady is a general surgeon of more than 30 years in upstate New York, an immediate past chair of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees, and a graduate of Atlantic Union College in Lancaster, Massachusetts, and Loma Linda University in California. He is also an elder in the Syracuse Seventh-day Adventist Church.


Earlier this year, AUC applied to the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education for the purpose of reestablishing degree-granting authority at the college after it was informed in 2010 by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) that its accreditation would be discontinued for financial reasons. The college is now in the final phase of the application and has asked Cady, currently a board of trustees member, to assume the position of interim president. In this role, Cady will work wi th board chair, Donald G. King, president of the Atlantic Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, to carry forward the mission of the institution.


Below is the full biography of Duane M. Cady, M.D.



Duane M. Cady, MD

Immediate Past Chair, Board of Trustees

American Medical Association


Duane M. Cady, MD, a general surgeon of more than 30 years in upstate New York, was re-elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees in June 2003. He became chair in June 2005 and serves on the board s executive committee. Dr. Cady is also a past president of the AMA Foundation.

Dr. Cady s AMA responsibilities have included membership on the Council on Medical Service (CMS), chair of the CMS Committee on Medical Payments and Review, as well as the CMS Committee on Health Care Access. He has helped develop AMA positions on issues concerning physician reimbursement and employment, Medicare and Medicaid programs, health insurance coverage, and managed care.

Dr. Cady has served as medical staff president, chair of the department of surgery and member of the board of trustees at St. Joseph s Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and a member of both the American Society of General Surgeons and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He has also served on the board of trustees of Atlantic Union College, his alma mater, and on the board of the VistaCare Hospice Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides financial aid and assistance to hospice patients. Dr. Cady is past president and chairman of the board of trustees of the Medical Society of the State of New York and past president of Onondaga County Medical Society. He was appointed by Gov. George Pataki as chair of the New York State Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Council and was a member of the governor s Task Force on Hospital Reimbursement Reform and the New York State Public Health Council s pain management task force. He also founded and was Chair/President for 10 years  of Patient's Choice, a 30,000 member Health Maintenance Organization in Syracuse.

A frequent spokesperson for the physician community in New York, he is a member of the executive committee of Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company, which insures 39,000 physicians and 370 hospitals throughout New York, New Jersey and Ohio.

Dr. Cady received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Atlantic Union College in Lancaster, Mass., and a medical degree at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, Calif. He served an internship and surgery residency at State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

Dr. Cady is a former captain of the U.S. Army Medical Corps and served as an Army surgeon in Vietnam. He chaired the  Parkview Seventh-day Adventist Junior Academy school board for 10 years with 100 students in Syracuse and was on the New York Conference K-12 board for 8 years. Dr. Cady is an Elder in the Syracuse Seventh-day Adventist church where he has served for many years.

He enjoys golf, hunting and fishing. He and wife Joyce have been married for 50 years and have five children.