As an assistant professor of medicine, McHugh will teach courses in pharmacology, neurosciences and statistics. He also is representing the School of Medicine on the Faculty Senate’s Library Committee. Before coming to Quinnipiac, McHugh was an assistant scientist and visiting assistant professor of neurosciences in the Psychology Department at Indiana University.
“I am thrilled to partner with the other founding faculty to deliver instructional experiences that will inform, equip and inspire our graduates to both set and embody a new tone of patient-centered care in America,” McHugh said.
A native of Paisley, Scotland, he earned a doctorate and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology at the University of Aberdeen. McHugh’s research interests include the rapidly expanding field of endogenous cannabinoid and related lipid pharmacology.
“I am delighted to have Doug as a member of the School of Medicine’s faculty,” said Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine. “His teaching expertise ranges from psychology and neuroscience to pharmacology and statistics, and as such he will contribute at multiple levels to our educational program.”
McHugh is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, British Pharmacological Society, International Cannabinoid Research Society, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and Sigma Xi.
The Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2013, pending preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.
The medical school, which will train primary care physicians, is aiming to become a national model of interprofessional health professions education and improve the way health care is delivered. Medical students at Quinnipiac will be part of a learning environment where they will interact with students from Quinnipiac’sSchool of Health Sciences and School of Nursing to learn to become effective members of a primary health care team.
The medical school has named St. Vincent’s Medical Center of Bridgeport as its primary clinical partner. It also has affiliations with MidState Medical Center in Meriden and Middlesex Hospital in Middletown.