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Rev. James Duffy, S.J., M.D., Joins SLU


I am excited to announce the arrival of the Rev. James Duffy, S.J., M.D., as the newest member of my staff. Uniquely qualified as both a Jesuit priest and general internist, Fr. Dr. Duffy will serve in the newly created role of associate dean of clinical curriculum and as medical director of the Clinical Skills Center.    

Fr. Dr. Duffy brings to the position a true understanding of the Jesuit principle Cura Personalis  or care for the entire person, which is a driving tenet of how we teach medical students and care for patients. He will work closely with Dr. Chad Miller, senior associate dean of undergraduate medical education, and others, focusing on the clinical curriculum of the third and fourth years of medical school and the clinical skills taught to SLU medical school students.

As medical director of the Clinical Skills Center, Fr. Dr. Duffy will oversee the standardized patient program, develop exams for observed clinical skills, and create innovative ways to assess medical students in a simulated clinical learning environment. Fr. Dr. Duffy will help us thoughtfully address curricular issues raised by the LCME and he will play a critical role in making changes that I’m confident will contribute to lifting our probationary status with the LCME. 

He comes to our School of Medicine from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he served for the last seven years as associate dean for clinical education and as clinical advising dean.  He brings a wealth of experience in medical education, LCME accreditation, medical ethics and promotion of the Jesuit healthcare mission.  

In the way of further background, Fr. Dr. Duffy was born and raised in Philipsburg, New Jersey.  He received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and his medical degree in 1992 from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He then served in the United States Navy for four years as an Undersea Medical Officer in Sardegna, Italy, caring for U.S. Navy SEALS, divers and submarine personnel in the Mediterranean.  

After leaving the Navy, Fr. Dr. Duffy officially became a Jesuit in 1996, when he entered the Society of Jesus in Syracuse, New York.  He then completed his internal medicine residency at Georgetown University in 2000.  Fr. Dr. Duffy earned his Master’s in Health Care Ethics at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, in 2003 and his Master of Divinity at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California, in 2006.  

Fr. Dr. Duffy is fluent in Spanish and spent many years treating Spanish-speaking patients in Washington D.C., as well as celebrating Mass in Spanish. 

Later this fall, Fr. Dr. Duffy will begin seeing patients in the general internal medicine clinic at the Doctor’s Office Building and Casa de Salud. Please join me in welcoming Fr. Dr. Duffy to SLU School of Medicine.  

Kevin E. Behrns, M.D.
Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
1402 S. Grand Blvd M268
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: 314-977-9801