Catching Up

Deans Award, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. James J. Finnerty earned his medical degree from New York Medical College in 1955 and entered the medical profession through his internship and residency at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. He became the chief of obstetrics/gynecology and deputy hospital commander at the United States Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.D r. Finnerty then went on to enjoy a successful medical career in private practice, as an attending physician, and as the chief attending obstetrics/gynecology at the House of Good Samaritan Hospital in Watertown, N.Y.

Dr. Finnerty returned to the classroom, first at the University of Virginia, and then at the Albany Medical Center, where he still teaches. He was presented with the Outstanding Teaching Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching by the Mulholland Society, University School of Medicine in 1992. Dr.Finnerty was also honored with the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Excellence in Teaching Award from the APGO Medical Education Foundation in 1994, 2002 and 2004.

Throughout his career, Dr. Finnerty maintained a focus on all members of society through his research, writing and presentations.