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Two School of Medicine faculty members have been awarded five separate RO1 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). ELLIOTT CHAIKOF in the Department of Surgery and SAM SPECK in microbiology and immunology were each awarded five RO1s in fiscal year 2004-2005. Such a high number of separate federal research grants in one year is an amazing accomplishment, says Frank Stout, Emory’s vice president for research administration. “Most faculty are happy to have five RO1s in their entire career.”


WILLIAM CASARELLA, professor and former chair of the Department of Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine (SOM), received the 2005 Gold Medal from the American Roentgen Ray Society, the nation’s oldest radiology society. The Gold Medal is the society’s highest honor, given to reflect a lifetime of achievement in the field.

Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health, WILLIAM FOEGE, Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH), has received the most prestigious award given by the National Academy of Sciences, its Public Welfare Medal. Established in 1914, the medal is presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good. The academy chose Foege for his dedication to eradicating global disease and his leadership in redefining the scope of public health policy in the United States. Foege also received additional recognition this spring as the recipient of the Thomas Francis Jr. Medal in Global Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Geneticist PENG JIN has received a Beckman Young Investigator award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation of California. This award helps provide research support to the most promising young
faculty members in the early stages of their academic careers in the chemical and life

SUNIL KRIPALANI, assistant director for research in the hospitalist program at Grady Memorial Hospital, received the Society of Hospital Medicine’s 2005 Young Investigator Award. The society is a national group of physicians whose primary focus is the care of hospitalized patients. The award recognizes Kripalani for his outstanding achievements and promise as a young researcher in
hospital medicine.

Emory urologist MUTA ISSA has been awarded the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The award recognizes Americans of diverse origins for their outstanding personal and professional contributions to the United States. The Ellis Island Medals of Honor are sanctioned by Congress, and recipients’ names are listed in the Congressional Record.
     Issa pioneered radiofrequency thermal therapy for disorders of the prostate and was the first urologist in the United Stated to perform the procedure in 1994.

RICHARD LEVINSON, professor and executive associate dean, RSPH, received the 2005 Thomas Jefferson Award presented annually by the student body to an administrator or faculty member for significant service in the areas of teaching, scholarship, university advancement, community service, and work with students.

ELIZABETH HALLORAN, RSPH, has been appointed to a four-year term on the National Institutes of Health’s study section on biostatistical methods and research design.

BHAGIRATH MAJMUDAR, professor of pathology and associate professor of gynecology/obstetrics, received the Evangeline Papageorge Distinguished Teaching Award for 2005. The award, which was established in 1993 by the Emory Medical Alumni Association to recognize excellence in medical education, is one of the most prestigious awards presented by the medical school.

Nursing professor LYNDA NAURIGHT has been elected president of the Georgia Nurses Foundation, an nonprofit, philanthropic organization related to the Georgia Nurses Association.

Nursing professor KATHY PARKER has been appointed to the Institute of Medicine Committee on Sleep Medicine and Research, an influential advisory body in the burgeoning field of sleep studies. She is the only nurse to serve on the 15-member, multidisciplinary committee.


Health literacy expert RUTH PARKER Ruth Parker has been appointed to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Non-Prescription Drug Advisory Committee. The committee is responsible for providing recommendations on whether current prescription drugs should be sold as over-the-counter drugs without a prescription. She will serve on the 12-member committee for three years.

Radiology professor KAY VYDARENY received the Gold Medal of the American College of Radiology for her lifetime of leadership in the field of diagnostic radiology. Vydareny is past president of the Association of University Radiologists, the American College of Radiology, the American Association of Women Radiologists, and the American Roentgen Ray Society.

Emory nursing student REBECCA WHEELER has been elected president of the 45,000-member National Student Nurses Association (NSNA), out-polling two other candidates to become the group’s first female president in five years. As one of her first official duties as president, she represented the NSNA at the annual meeting of the International College of Nurses in Taipei, Taiwan in May.

Emergency medicine physician TAMMIE QUEST has earned board certification in hospice and palliative care medicine from the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Quest is only the third full-time, practicing emergency physician in the country to achieve board certification in this area, and she is the only physician at Grady Memorial Hospital to do so.

Emergency medicine professor DONALD STEIN Donald Stein has been appointed to serve on the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council for a four-year term. The 17-member advisory
council serves the National Institute of
Child Health and Human Development, a branch of the National Institutes of Health. Stein is the first Emory faculty member within the past two decades to be appointed to this council.

Pathologist SHARON WEISS, vice chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has been nominated by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson as a Georgia Local Legend for her contributions to the health of the state’s citizens. The honor is bestowed on women physicians who are recognized by their congressional representatives for demonstrating “commitment, originality, innovation, or creativity” in their specialties.



Former assistant professor of medicine TAMI FISK, 39, died of melanoma on March 4, in Colorado. Fisk held a faculty appointment in the Division of Infectious Diseases and practiced at the Travel Well Clinic at Emory Crawford Long Hospital. She was known for her work in global health, spending time teaching mid-level health practitioners and village health workers in China before accepting a fellowship in infectious diseases at Emory. One of her last projects was traveling to Thailand as a visiting scientist in collaboration with that country’s Ministry of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

THOMAS FULMER, 79, former chief of psychiatry at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, died February 27 of complications of Parkinson’s disease. A veteran of World War II, Fulmer was a pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans.

ROBERT GUNN, 65, professor and chair of the Physiology Department at Emory University School of Medicine, died on June 26 of lymphoma. Gunn came to Emory in 1981 and served as chair for more than 23 years. He directed the MD/PhD program for 13 years and the Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching until his death. Gunn was an internationally recognized authority on the molecular mechanisms of ion transport across cell membranes. He received the Kenneth Cole Award for his work on anion transport across red blood cells and just days before his death was awarded the 2006 Distinguished Service Award by the Biophysical Society.

EUGENE STEAD, 96, died at his home on June 12. Stead received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Emory University and returned to become a medical professor and the youngest chair of the Department of Medicine in 1942. He was named dean of the School of Medicine in 1946 but left after one year to become a professor of medicine and chair of the Department of Medicine at Duke University, a position he held for 20 years. Stead is considered a founder of the physician assistant (PA) profession, starting the first formal PA education program at Duke in 1965. By coincidence, National PA Day is celebrated each year on his birthday, October 6.



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