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MARTINSBURG, WV -

K. Joy Buck now is a professor at the West Virginia University School of Nursing.

Buck's promotion is among a number of faculty promotions at the West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Eastern Division.

The promotions, which are merit-based and have requirements in teaching, community service, school service, scholarship and research, became effective July 1.

Buck, who is a registered nurse with a Ph.D., teaches graduate-level nursing students and is the principal investigator for Bridges to Healthy Transitions, research projects that focus on the care and quality of life of under-served and medically complex populations.

She earned her master's of science in nursing in community-based chronic care from George Mason University in 1997. She finished her Ph.D. in research and policy history at the University of Virginia in 2005.

In 2007, Buck completed a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania.

Both her pre- and post-doctoral research training were funded by the National Institutes of Health. Since joining the WVU faculty, Buck has obtained funding from NIH and other sources for Bridges to Healthy Transitions.

Also winning a promotion is Jonathan M. Kline, who now is associate professor for the WVU School of Pharmacy. Kline graduated from Ohio Northern University with a doctor of pharmacy degree in 2006 and completed a residency in pharmacy practice at WVU Hospitals, Morgantown, in 2007.

He is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist and a certified diabetes educator and anticoagulation provider. In 2013, he completed the prestigious Academic Leadership Fellows Program by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

He has been employed by WVU since 2007 and works at Harpers Ferry Family Medicine, providing counsel to physicians and patients on medications, and at Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson, where he consults on patients.

He also teaches WVU School of Pharmacy students rotating through the Eastern Panhandle as well as WVU School of Medicine students and residents with the WVU Rural Family Medicine Program.

He has received several awards including Hospital Preceptor of the Year and Teacher of the Year.

Dr. William Lewis has been promoted to associate professor for the WVU School of Medicine. He graduated from WVU School of Medicine and completed his family medicine residency at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg in 2002.

He also completed a rural family medicine fellowship at Harpers Ferry in 2006. He is board-certified in family medicine and is the clinical director for Harpers Ferry Family Medicine, where he also sees patients.

He also volunteers as a sideline physician for the Washington High football team, interprets ImPACT concussion tests for local high schools, and is a medical volunteer each fall at Freedom's Run, West Virginia's biggest running event. He is an active member of the medical staff at Jefferson Medical Center and takes part on many WVU committees.

The WVU Health Sciences Center Eastern Division is located in Martinsburg. It is a regional campus for WVU that has been home to health sciences graduate students since 2005.