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April 3, 2013

Dr. Leah Bush to step down as Chair of Legal Medicine Department

Leah Bush, M.D., has announced that she will step down from her position as Virginia’s Chief Medical Examiner as well as from the responsibilities of the chair of the Legal Medicine Department in the VCU School of Medicine.

In an announcement to the medical school’s faculty, Dean of Medicine Jerry Strauss III, M.D., Ph.D., commended Bush for her work as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s CME, a position she has held since 2008, during which she also served as Chair of Legal Medicine. Prior to her appointment as CME, Bush served for more than 18 years as Deputy Chief ME in the Tidewater District.

“I know that she felt it was her duty to speak on behalf of victims of crime,” Strauss said. “It was a responsibility that she carried with skill, energy and compassion. I am profoundly grateful that she also felt it her duty to support our educational programs. Perhaps that commitment had its start in her own medical training.” Bush earned her medical degree from the VCU School of Medicine in 1984 and stayed on the MCV Campus to complete residency training in pathology and legal medicine. She also earned a master’s degree in biology from the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences.

Her tenure as chair and chief will end immediately, as she has pressing family responsibilities that require her attention. Bush will transition to the role of an Assistant Chief Medical Examiner for the Central District Office until her planned retirement in 2014. William Gormley, M.D., Ph.D., will take over as Acting Chief Medical Examiner while the Virginia Department of Health recruits Bush’s successor.

“I am grateful that Dr. Bush has agreed to stay on with the medical school in an adjunct faculty position and has offered her consultation and support to our school in her new role as Assistant Chief ME,” Strauss said. “Please join me in thanking her for her service to our school and to the Commonwealth and in wishing her well.”