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New endowed chairs

n academic chair is the most prestigious of named academic positions. These chairs recognize extraordinary achievements and leadership and help the medical school recruit and retain top-level clinicians, teachers, and researchers. The following new chairs recognize achievement in cardiovascular health, hemophilia care, and transplantation research.
     The Linton and June Bishop Chairs in Medicine, which support research and treatment in heart disease, are named in honor of Emory cardiologist Linton Bishop, 47M, and his wife. Bishop has spent more than 50 of his 80 years in service to Emory, having led the Carlyle Fraser Heart Center at Emory Crawford Long Hospital and served on the University’s Board of Trustees. He still works regularly at Emory Crawford Long, reading electrocardiograms. June Bishop, a long-time hospital auxiliary member, has helped raise millions of dollars in support of the hospital programs.
     Bishop’s long-standing relationship with Genuine Parts is making these chairs possible. He has served as physician to the company’s top executives, including its first CEO Carlyle Fraser and second CEO Wilton Looney. In thanks, Looney and his wife, Martha, have honored Bishop for his good care.
     The first two Linton and June Bishop Chairs are Angel Leon and Randolph Patterson. Leon, a leader in electrophysiology, is chief of cardiology at Emory Crawford Long, where he has built a busy heart rhythm management center that enrolls more patients in heart resynchronization trials than anywhere else in the country. Patterson, director of cardiovascular imaging at the Emory Heart Center and medical director of nuclear cardiology and PET, has developed a successful nuclear cardiac imaging program at Emory Crawford Long that is a national model.     


       The Carlos and Marguerite Mason Chair in Surgery for Liver Transplantation at Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta was created through an award of $2 million from the Mason Trust. Thomas Heffron, who directs adult liver transplantation at Emory University Hospital and is program director of pediatric and living-related liver transplantation at Children’s, is the first holder of the chair.
     Heffron and liver transplant teams at Emory and Children’s performed Georgia’s first living-related liver transplant, in which part of a living donor’s liver was given to a patient recipient. They also performed Georgia’s first split-liver transplant in 1997, in which a single cadaver donor organ was used for two different organ recipients. These procedures have increased the number of organs available for children in need of liver transplants, meaning shorter waiting periods for recipients and lower mortality.
     Hemophilia of Georgia, Inc., has awarded gifts totaling $2.25 million to create two endowed faculty positions: the Hemophilia of Georgia, Inc., Research Chair in Hemostasis and the Hemophilia of Georgia, Inc., Professorship in Hemostasis. These positions, which focus on hemophilia and other related inherited bleeding disorders, will be located in Emory’s Department of Pediatrics and Children’s hemophilia program of the AFLAC Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service.
     The first research chair holder is John “Pete” Lollar, a physician/scientist who has devoted his career at Emory to hemophilia treatment. For more than 20 years, Lollar has been involved in ground-breaking research and contributions to the structure and function of factor VIII. Among his many achievements is the construction of a new recombinant porcine factor VIII molecule for use in patients who develop inhibitors to factor VIII. He cofounded Octagen Corporation, a pharmaceutical start-up, to continue development of this new product. Currently the product, which has 13 registered patents, is in phase 2 clinical trials.

The Mansour Professorship for Thoracic Surgery

The Mansour Professorship for Thoracic Surgery was established by Emory cardiothoracic surgeon Kamal Mansour. During a residency and subsequent 36-year career at Emory, Mansour perfected and taught thoracic surgery techniques to reconstruct the esophagus, trachea, and chest wall following surgery for cancer and other diseases or injuries. His gift arises from his gratitude to Emory for encouraging his life’s work—to train physicians not only in the United States but also in his home country of Egypt.

The impact of the immune system on chronic disease

ornelia Weyand sees a paradigm shift in modern medicine. “Traditionally, medicine has been organized around organ systems,” says the first David C. Lowance Chair in Human Immunology. “But it’s become increasingly clear that diseases in many different organs share common principles of how tissue functions fail. Medical specialties of the future will center on such common biologic pathways.”
     The new Kathleen B. and Mason I. Lowance Center for Human Immunology at Emory takes such a multidisciplinary approach by integrating immunology research with other medical disciplines. The center, which opened in May 2004, seeks to improve treatment of autoimmune diseases and researches the ways the immune system influences development of chronic disease. Specifically, the center will study the ways that aging affects immune system function and the role of inflammation in the development of heart disease and other immune-related disease.
     Weyand and her husband and collaborator, Jorg Goronzy, the Mason I. Lowance Chair in Human Immunology, moved from the Mayo Clinic to Emory to lead the effort in October 2003. As scientists who have contributed to the basic understanding of giant cell arteritis and rheumatoid arthritis, they are looking beyond the traditional diseases considered to be related to the immune system.
     “The immune system causes disease when it fails to protect us against cancer and infections and, equally important, by driving inflammation, which we are beginning to realize is pivotal not only in rheumatologic and allergic diseases but in other chronic diseases as well,” says Goronzy.
     The Lowance Center is funded with a $12 million endowment begun in 1979 to honor Mason I. Lowance, 27M, an allergist and internist whose patients included such luminaries as former Emory President Goodrich White and Atlanta mayors William Hartsfield and Ivan Allen Jr. Since the 50 years during which Lowance practiced, when relatively little was known about the immune system, scientists have learned that immune disorders may result in allergies, transplant rejection, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other diseases. Weyand and Goronzy are bringing all of these immune-related diseases under the microscope at the Lowance Center.

he 150th anniversary gala celebration marked a special night in May for Emory School of Medicine. Held on the tented grounds of the future site of the new medical education building and co-chaired by Ada Lee and Pete Correll, the party brought together alumni, friends, faculty, and staff to celebrate the past and preview the future of medicine at Emory. Dean Tom Lawley presented details of the school’s first permanent home on campus, followed by a video presentation outlining the building’s potential impact on the community’s health. John Stone, Emory’s own poet laureate, shared a commemorative poem written for the occasion.
      To date, $28 million in commitments has been raised for the medical education complex toward a $55 million goal. The gala alone raised $300,000 for the effort.
     Members of the 150 Society (which includes those who have given at least $150,000 to the medical school) are leading Emory’s building drive. Current members of the 150 Society include: Margaret and Herbert L. Dupont, Peggy and Charles F. Evans, Anne Hendrick Gaston and J. Harper Gaston, the family of Billy R. Jones, Christine and Tom Lawley, the Rich Foundation, John Skandalakis, UPS, and Rebecca K. and Sidney H. Yarbrough III. In addition, UPS and the Yarbroughs served as presenting sponsors of the gala.
     The celebration also attracted many sponsors who contributed to its success. The platinum sponsors included Avon Products, Inc., Bombadier Flexjet, the Coca-Cola Company, Emory Radiation Oncology, Georgia Pacific, Mr. and Mrs. Parker H. Petit, the Whiting/Turner Contracting Company, and the Woodruff Health Sciences Center. Gold sponsors were: Atlanta Web Printers, Inc., ChoicePoint, the School of Medicine Class of 1955, Ada Lee and Pete Correll in memory of Paul Seavey, Cousins Properties, Delta Connection, Emory Healthcare, Emory School of Medicine, Fidelity Bank, Genoa Companies, Inc., Genuine Parts, Metroderm Surgery PC/Dr. and Mrs. D.J. Papadopoulos, Sartain Lanier Family Foundation, Persimmon Creek Vineyards, Walter and Doris Sanderson, and Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP in memory of Sidney Howell Fleming.
     Fund-raising will continue throughout the coming year. To join these sponsors in helping forge Emory School of Medicine’s future, contact Phil Hills, vice president for development,, or Maggi McKay, senior associate vice president for development,, 404-727-5711.

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