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DAVID STEPHENS, the Stephen W. Schwarzmann Distinguished Professor of Medicine and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the medical school, has been named the school’s new executive associate dean for research.
The appointment follows a national search to fill the position vacated by Robert Rich, who left to become dean of the medical school at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
“Dr. Stephens’ scientific accomplishments, including his own research discoveries and international leadership in infectious diseases, are numerous and distinguished,” said Thomas Lawley, dean of the medical school, when announcing the appointment. “In addition, he has many years of experience in patient care and health administration, including collaborations with local and regional institutions and mentoring and training numerous junior faculty members in research. Dr. Stephens has a sound knowledge of the requirements for success in an academic health care setting and a clear understanding of the clinical, educational, and research arenas in which our faculty and students contribute.”
Along with his faculty appointments in the Department of Medicine, Stephens is also a professor of microbiology and immunology and a professor of epidemiology in the Rollins School of Public Health.
He serves as principal investigator for the NIH-sponsored Southeastern Regional Center of Excellence for Emerging Infections and Biodefense housed at Emory, the CDC-supported Southeastern Center for Emerging Biological Threats, and the Exploratory Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Vaccinology at the Emory Vaccine Center.
Stephens’ immediate focus will be on the medical school’s strategic plan for research and the increasing opportunities and challenges for collaborative and interdisciplinary research within Emory, Atlanta, and in the region.


Pathologist KENNETH BERNSTEIN, SOM, is co-recipient of the 2005 Novartis Award in hypertension research from the American Heart Association (AHA). The award recognizes Bernstein’s research on the connection between kidney function and hypertension and its impact on cardiovascular health.
     This marks the second year in a row that the Novartis Award has been won by an Emory School of Medicine faculty member and the only time in the award’s 40-year history that an institution has received it two years in a row. Last year’s co-recipient was David Harrison, director of the Division of Cardiology.

MICHAEL DAVIS, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, SOM, has been selected to receive the 2006 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association. Davis’ research focuses on alleviating anxiety-related disorders.

Emergency physician SHERYL HERON was named the 2005 Woman in Medicine by the Council on Concerns of Women Physicians of the National Medical Association. The award is given each year to a woman who demonstrates exemplary service in medicine. Heron also chairs the association’s section on emergency medicine.

Epidemiologist DAVID KLEINBAUM, RSPH, was awarded the 2005 Association of Schools of Public Health/Pfizer Award for Teaching Excellence. He was chosen from a field of
19 nominees for the award, which included
a $10,000 cash prize. The award honors teaching excellence in graduate public
health faculty.

Emory medical student ARUN MOHAN received a 2005 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Mohan, a 26-year-old joint MD/MBA candidate, is Emory’s first recipient of a Soros Fellowship. The awards were established in 1997 in support of graduate education for immigrants and children of immigrants.

Emory University geneticist and developmental pediatrician JEANNIE J. VISOOTSAK received an Achievement Award from the American Association for Klinefelter Syndrome Information and Support honoring her dedication to research and commitment to increase the awareness of Klinefelter syndrome, the most common sex chromosomal condition in humans.

Otolaryngologist MICHAEL M. JOHNS III, SOM, director of the Emory Voice Center, received a Dennis W. Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Award. The award will help Johns further his research on the efficacy of treatments for age-related vocal difficulties. The awards, funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies, provide two-year grants totaling $200,000, including an institutional match, to assist young faculty in sustaining a career in research and education in the geriatrics aspects of their medical specialties.

MICHELLE KEGLER, behavioral sciences and health education, RSPH, received the 2005 Early Career Award from the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of the American Public Health Association. Kegler’s research focuses on community-based health promotion, including tobacco control, cancer prevention, environmental health promotion, and program evaluation.

DONG SHIN, director of the Cancer Chemoprevention Program, Winship Cancer Institute, was appointed associate director of academic development for Winship.
     In this position, Shin will develop and implement a formal system of mentorship for faculty members within hematology and oncology. The new initiative aims to provide faculty with a formal career development program.

Health literacy expert RUTH PARKER, Division of General Medicine, SOM, received the 2005 Alvarez Award from the American Medical Writers Association. Given annually, the award recognizes excellence in communicating health care developments and concepts to the public.

Infectious disease specialist KEITH KLUGMAN, who holds joint appointments in the schools of medicine and public health, has been appointed chair of the International Committee of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) for a three-year term.

Emory gastroenterologist STAN RIEPE received the Master Endoscopist Award from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. This award recognizes physicians who spend the majority of their time in patient care and are recognized regionally or nationally for their expertise and contributions to the practice of gastrointestinal endoscopy.

LANCE WALLER, RSPH, has received the
Abdel El-Shaarawi Young Researcher Award from the International Environmetrics Society, which recognizes excellence in environmental statistics research
by an investigator under age 40.

Gastroenterologist SHANTHI SITARAMAN received the 2005 Elseiver Research Initiative Award from the American Gastroenterology Association. The association awards the $25,000 annual gift to support new initiatives in research.

KATHRYN YOUNT, RSPH, along with former MPH student Michele Sinunu and Humphrey Fellow Nadia El-Afifi, received the Nobuo Maeda International Research Award from the American Public Health Association for substantial contributions to international research and policy.


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