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Welcome Back to Saint Louis University James Duffy, S.J., M.D.

The Saint Louis University School of Medicine is excited to welcome back James Duffy, S.J., M.D.

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James Duffy, S.J., M.D.

James Duffy, S.J., M.D. has returned to Saint Louis University School of Medicine and to his position as associate dean of clinical curriculum. He will oversee the clerkship curriculum and the post-clerkship curriculum. At SLU, he will work closely with students, the Office of Curricular Affairs, and the Office of Student Affairs to provide an outstanding educational experience to prepare our students for internship and residency.

Duffy studied biochemistry at the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, and medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. While at Georgetown, Duffy was a U.S. Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) student, and so after receiving his commission in the Medical Corps, he was sent to Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego to complete his internship in internal medicine.

After completing his internship, Duffy was sent to Groton, Connecticut, and Pensacola, Florida, to complete his training in undersea medicine before being sent as an undersea medical officer to the USS Simon Lake (AS-33) homeported in La Maddalena, Sardenga, Italy from 1993-1996. Following his completion of service, he returned to the United States and entered the Society of Jesus in 1996. His first assignment as a Jesuit was to complete his medical residency in internal medicine at Georgetown from 1998-2000.

Duffy completed his philosophical studies at Loyola University Chicago 2000-2003 with an M.A. in Medical Ethics and his theological studies at Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University-Berkeley Campus in 2003-2006 with an M.Div. He simultaneously practiced medicine in inner-city clinics in Chicago and Berkeley, California. Duffy was first assigned to Georgetown University School of Medicine and served as chaplain, ethicist at the Pellegrino Center for Bioethics, and eventually as the associate dean of clinical education from 2006-2016. Duffy joined the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2017 in a similar role until 2022, when he was asked to serve as the local superior of the Scranton Jesuit Community.