SUSAN GRANT, is the new chief nursing officer (CNO) at Emory Healthcare. Previously she served as senior associate administrator for patient care services and CNO at the University of Washington Medical Center, where she also handled inpatient operations of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.
Grant has certification as a nurse administrator advanced. Her 20+-year career includes tenure in nursing and nursing administration at Kershaw County Hospital in South Carolina, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She is experienced in long-term rehabilitation care, cancer/oncology, and coronary care. Currently a Robert Wood Johnson executive nurse fellow at the University of California, San Francisco Center for the Health Professions, she previously was a Johnson & Johnson executive fellow with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Grant follows ALICE VAUTIER, who recently retired as associate administrator for patient services and chief CNO at Emory Healthcare after more than 11 years.
Vautier found her life’s calling early. She was just a preteen when she watched nurses care for her mother following a stroke, but that original interest led to a 45-year career in nursing. One of Vautier’s first challenges when she joined Emory in 1995 was to merge three nursing and pharmacy departments at Emory’s acute care hospitals. The successful merger came about with her strategy to standardize patient care, policies, and procedures to make the new department function seamlessly as one system—no small undertaking.
In 2003, she tackled average length of stays in hospitals, using a manufacturing model to increase efficiency. Longer length of stays results in higher costs and rate of complications. In the first year of a new strategy, Vautier’s team saved 30,000 patient days. The next year, the effort yielded 50,000 days saved.
Patients were always at the forefront of all Vautier’s efforts. As she recently told a reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, nurses need to remember that “we save people’s lives every day.”
CLAUDIA ADKISON, executive associate dean/administration & faculty affairs, SOM, is a founding member and the first national chair of FOCI-Academe (Focus on Conflict of Interest in Academia). FOCI is a national organization that shares information and strategies on conflict of interest issues among its members who are administrators, research deans, and vice presidents from more than 70 medical schools in the United States. FOCI is affiliated with the AAMC. Adkison also was recently named to the steering committee of the AAMC Group on Business Affairs.
Neurologist MAHLON DELONG, SOM, is the first recipient of the annual Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award. Among the most prestigious and celebratory honors bestowed by the SOM, the award and lecture come with a substantial financial award. Faculty recipients are judged on the significance and impact of their scholarly work, the academic ideals embodied by their careers, and their ability to deliver an exemplary lecture with broad appeal.
Health educator KAREN GLANZ, RSPH, has been appointed to the Task Force on Community Preventive Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
OLIVER DEIGNI, SOM, is one of only 10 medical students in the county to receive a 2006 Minority Scholars Award from the American Medical Association Foundation. The award, which comes with a $10,000 scholarship, recognizes excellent medical students who show outstanding promise for a future career in medicine. Deigni, who is from Cote d’Ivoire, is an active volunteer in his church, participating in programs such as Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels. He has traveled to Haiti as part of a medical mission, and this summer he completed an internship in Tanzania, where he worked on early infant diagnosis and treatment of HIV and counseled youths on reproductive health and family planning.
Hematologist, oncologist, and professor of medicine JAMES ECKMAN, SOM, Winship Cancer Institute, was publicly honored in the Senate Chambers of the Georgia General Assembly with a special resolution on March 30 for his dedication, leadership, and contributions to sickle cell care by establishing a sickle cell program at Grady Hospital and Emory School of Medicine.
CEO MICHAEL JOHNS, a resident in physical medicine and rehabilitation, SOM, received the American Medical Association Foundation’s 2006 Leadership Award, which provides medical students, residents/fellows, young physicians, and international medical graduate physicians special training to develop skills as future leaders in organized medicine. Lal’s recent accomplishments include serving as a medical expert for development of the amuputee center for civilians, police, and military in Baghdad, Iraq. She also has organized and volunteered for surgical and medical mission trips to Peru and Haiti.
Geneticist PENG JIN, SOM, and neuroscientist ASTRID PRINZ, SOM, are among 116 young scientists and economists to be selected as 2006 Sloan Fellows, representing national faculty who show the most outstanding promise of making fundamental contributions to new knowledge.
Radiation oncologist PETER JOHNSTONE, SOM, has been inducted as a fellow in the American College of Radiology. He serves as director of the Cancer Survivorship Program at Winship Cancer Institute and is a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar.
Dean THOMAS LAWLEY, SOM, received the 2006 Stephen Rothman Memorial Award from the Society for Investigative Dermatology, the society’s highest honor, presented annually for distinguished service to the specialty of investigative dermatology. Award recipients are selected based on their scientific achievement, commitment to teaching and to recruiting the next generation of scientists, and impact on the course and image of dermatology.
Emory Healthcare Infection Control Director BETSY HACKMAN was one of a select group invited to join a World Health Organization panel in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss a rapid response strategy in the event of global influenza pandemic.
DAVID KLEINBAUM, RSPH, will receive the Abraham Lilienfeld Award for excellence in teaching epidemiology from the American Public Health Association at its annual meeting in November.
Psychiatrist WILLIAM MCDONALD, SOM, director and J.B. Fuqua Professor in the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression, has been named chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry.
WALTER ORENSTEIN, associate director of the Emory Vaccine Center, received an honorary doctor of science degree from Wake Forest in May. That same month, he also delivered the Stanley A. Plotkin Lecture in Vaccinology at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.
SHYAM RELE, SOM, was selected as one of the most promising early-career scientists by the American Chemical Society to represent the United States in a workshop held in India. Its focus was on advances in organic chemistry and chemical biology. One of only nine representatives from the United States and at 32, the youngest, Rele presented research on glycodendrimeric heparinoids.
RICHARD SALTMAN, RSPH, is the newly named chair of the International Advisory Committee of the Israel National Health Policy Institute, which includes members from France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
MICHAEL WINDLE, RSPH, is the new chair of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. He joins Emory from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he held a joint appointment in pediatrics and health promotion and directed the Center for Advancement of Youth Health and the Comprehensive Youth Violence Center.
BILL WOODS, director of pediatric hematology/oncology, SOM, is president of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle honored several health sciences faculty and divisions in its 2006 Health Care Heroes awards, which recognize excellence in the field of medicine. Internist and renal medicine specialist ROBERT FRANCH, SOM, won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Pathologist CHRIS HILLYER, SOM, received the Community Outreach Award. And primary care nurse MAUREEN KELLEY, (right) SON, received the Health Care Hero Award for Allied Health Professional. Yerkes Director STUART ZOLA and liver transplant surgeon THOMAS HEFFRON also were finalists in the annual competition.
Nursing firsts: New appointments at the School of Nursing are strengthening its research and education programs.
KENNETH HEPBURN, the school’s first Associate Dean for Research, is leading a burgeoning research program. In addition to recruiting new faculty and developing current research faculty, he will work with the Center for Research on Symptoms, Symptom Interactions, and Health Outcomes, one of nine exploratory nursing research centers funded by the National Institutes of Health. Previously, Hepburn held a similar role at the University of Minnesota, where he developed a research program in nursing. His own research areas include studies on caregivers for family members with dementia, geriatric team care, education and evaluation issues, and change of practice behavior.
SUE DONALDSON is the first Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Science with a primary appointment in the SON and a secondary appointment in physiology at Emory School of Medicine. A member of the Institute of Medicine, she previously served as dean of nursing and on the nursing and medical faculty at Johns Hopkins. At Emory, she will advance interdisciplinary training and research opportunities for nurses in the basic sciences, and she will lead a new initiative to advance nursing as an interdisciplinary and collaborative science interfaced with the health sciences, basic sciences, and biomedical engineering.
MARSHA LEWIS, a veteran teacher of 24 years, joined the School of Nursing in August as the first Associate Dean for Education. Previously, she served as director of graduate programs at the University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing Twin Cities campus. She also has served on the Board of Commissioners for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and its Accreditation Review Committee. Lewis’s current research focuses on interventions for family caregivers of patients with dementia, including development of a prototype for an Internet version of the Savvy Caregiver Program.