Nary Named Director of Health Services

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

Thomas Nary, MD, who has overseen the University's clinical health services since 1993, has been named director of Boston College Health Services. Nary officially began his duties on Jan. 1, succeeding Arnold Mazur, MD, who had held the position since 1975 [click here to read an interview with Mazur].

As director, Nary will oversee operation of the University's infirmary, outpatient clinic, sports medicine and health education programs. He will supervise a staff which includes four full-time and eight part-time physicians, three nurse practitioners, 17 full-time nurses and a variety of part-time consultants in areas such as orthopedics, gynecology and occupational therapy.

"I have had varied experiences in the medical field, in both rural and urban settings," said Nary, who joined the University as a staff physician in 1989. "I feel this will help in serving the needs of our students, who themselves represent a variety of backgrounds. At a time when many universities are closing infirmaries, Boston College will continue to offer 24-hour non-critical care and a range of other important health services."

Nary's appointment is part of an administrative restructuring in the department, according to Vice President for Student Affairs Kevin Duffy. Mazur has become a primary care physician at the University, while Associate Director for Nursing and Administration Nancy Baker will assume additional responsibilities. A newly created position, assistant director for administration, will be filled during the spring, Duffy said.

"Tom will bring the same enthusiasm and sense of customer service which has typified the University Health Services department during Arnold Mazur's directorship," Duffy said. "He is highly respected and well-liked by the staff, and has proven to be an effective team leader.

"This is really a win-win situation for Boston College," Duffy added. "We get an exceptional director in Tom replacing an exceptional director in Arnold. Furthermore, we get to keep Arnold here, doing what he really likes to do best: serving the students."

Among the departmental priorities Nary identified will be expanding access for graduate students and integrating technology into more of its operations. He also said the department will work over the next few years to become an accredited outpatient health facility.

"The fabric of American medicine is changing and no one knows exactly what to expect," Nary said. "To remain viable, college and university health services must be accredited so they can join a national health plan. We will identify and pursue the steps necessary to achieve accreditation."

Nary received a bachelor's degree from Trinity College and a medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. He is a partner of Harvard Street Internal Medicine of Brookline, an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, and an attending physician at St. Elizabeth's Hospital and Hahnemann Hospital in Boston, where he has served as president of the medical staff. Nary was also medical director of the Watertown Health Center from 1981-87.

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