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Heros of Health Care

Emory Healthcare and Woodruff Health Sciences Center swept the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2007 Health-care Heroes Awards.
     JEFFREY SALOMONE, chief of general surgery and surgical infectious disease at Grady, won the Physician Hero award. In his 11 years at Grady, he’s been involved in high-profile trauma events, including the 1996 Olympic Park bombing, the Buckhead day-trader shootings, the 2005 Atlanta courthouse shootings, and the Bluffton University bus crash. He sees between 150 and 200 injured police officers a year in his voluntary role as police surgeon.
     LYNN SIBLEY, director of the Center for Research on Maternal and Newborn Survival at the School of Nursing, was named the allied health professional hero. A certified nurse midwife with a PhD in anthropology, she has created an initiative to reduce mother and infant mortality rates during childbirth in developing countries.
     OTIS BRAWLEY, an Emory oncologist who directs the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady, won the military hero distinction. An inactive reservist in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he was called into active duty in March 2006 and dispatched to St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana. He served for two months as senior medical director of an urgent care center that saw an average of 160 patients a day, seven days a week, in an area still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
     SUSAN ALLEN, a global health professor in the Rollins School of Public Health, won the Community Outreach Hero award. Her research in Rwanda and Zambia in couples where one spouse is HIV-positive and the other is negative has led to testing and counseling programs that have dramatically decreased HIV transmission.
     Other Emory finalists in the annual competition were OWEN SAMUELS, director of neurointensive care at Emory Hospital, psychiatrist LEONARD HOWELL, a CORE scientist and research professor at Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and AMY DUNN, assistant professor of pediatrics.


Albert BlackwelderALBERT BLACKWELDER has been appointed COO for Wesley Woods Center. Formerly COO of Emory Crawford Long Hospital, he will continue to serve as interim COO at the midtown hospital until a successor is named.

Emory Eye Center researcher JEFFREY BOATHRIGHT is a newly elected trustee of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology section of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Wright CaughmanWRIGHT CAUGHMAN, SOM, is the new vice president for clinical and academic integration in the WHSC, where he will coordinate, implement, and manage four core strategies of the Vision 2012 strategic plan: implementing Emory Clifton Corridor and Emory Midtown master facility plans, developing key multidisciplinary centers of excellence, promoting a patient-focused service culture, and insuring maximal integration of translational research, education, and training missions in clinical programs. He also will continue to direct The Emory Clinic and serve as executive associate dean for clinical affairs.
JEANNE CHARLES, rehabilitation medicine, will receive the 2007 Gayle G. Arnold Award for Best Scientific Paper from the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Development Medicine for her publication on hand-arm intensive bimanual training in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

Emory University presented CARLOS DEL RIO, SOM, with the Marion V. Creekmore Award for Internationalization, awarded annually to a faculty member who excels in the advancement of the university’s commitment to global health education, research, and training.

WILLIAM FOEGE, SPH, received the Lautenberg Award from the University of New Jersey Medical and Dental School for outstanding contributions in public health. He also received the Stephen Smith Award for Lifetime Achievement in Public Health from the New York Academy of Medicine.

ROBERT HATCHER, SOM, received the 2007 Kenneth J. Ryan Physician Leadership Award from Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, given annually to a doctor who exemplifies leadership in reproductive health.

LISA TEDESCO, SPH, vice provost for academic affairs/graduate studies and dean of Emory’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, received the 2007 Distinguished Service Award from the American Dental Education Association.

ARTHUR YANCEY, SOM, received the 2007 Jeff Clawson Leadership Award from the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch for a significant contribution to the profession.


Distinguished cancer scholars
The Georgia Cancer Coalition (GCC) has named 13 scientists as 2007 distinguished cancer scholars, including five scientists at Emory. Each of the scholars will receive between $50,000 and $150,000 annually for five years to support their research. The Emory awardees are SUSAN BAUER-WU, SON, who studies psychobehavioral interventions such as meditation, music, and writing to address cancer patients’ symptoms and treatments; GEORGIA ZHOU CHEN, WCI, a hematologist and oncologist who studies lymph node metastasis; JING CHEN, WCI, who researches the cause, development, and effects of leukemia and melanoma; EDWARD MOCARSKI, Woodruff Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, who investigates the biologic properties of cytomegalovirus; and HAROLD SAAVEDRA, a radiation oncologist, who is studying how breast cancer initiates and develops. Since its inception in 2001, the GCC has named 91 distinguished scholars, with 36 from Emory.

CHRIS LARSEN, SOM, Carlos and Marguerite Mason Professor of Surgery, was awarded the 2007 Thomas E. Starzl Prize in Surgery and Immunology by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

WALTER ORENSTEIN, SOM, received the 2007 Dr. Charles Merieux Award for Achievement in Vaccinology and Immunology from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

LARRY PICKERING, SOM, was awarded the 2007 Pediatric Infectious Disease Society’s Distinguished Physician Award for his contributions and accomplishments in pediatric infectious diseases. A clinical faculty member in pediatrics, he also is senior adviser to the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases of the CDC.

Celebrating great teachers
The recipients of the SOM 2007 teaching awards are WHIT SEWELL (pathology), LISA BERNSTEIN(medicine), GORDON CHURCHWARD (microbiology), MICHAEL HART (medicine), TAMMIE QUEST (emergency medicine), JANE GILMORE (neurology), DAVID PALLAS (biochemistry), FERNANDO HOLGUIN (medicine), LISA FLOWERS (OB/GYN), and MICHAEL JOHNS III (otolaryngology). KARL SAXE (cell biology and anatomy) received the Special Teaching Award before leaving to pursue a career at the American Cancer Society. The 2007 Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award was given jointly to RAFI AHMED, director of the Emory Vaccine Center, and HARRIET ROBINSON, a researcher at the Vaccine Center, for exemplary scientific accomplishments in immunology and vaccine development.

KATHERINE HEILPERN, SOM, acting chair of Emergency Medicine, has been named president-elect of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

ARTHUR KELLERMANN, SOM, SPH, received the 2007 John G. Wiegenstein Leadership Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians.

ALLAN KIRK is the new scientific director
of the Emory Transplant Center and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. A surgical scientist and expert on transplant immunology, he has served as chief of the transplantation branch at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases since 2001 and is founding director of the NIH Intramural Organ Transplant Program.

FADLO KHURI, SOM, WCI, is the first physician scientist from Emory’s hematology and oncology section to be elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation.

ATHENA KOURTIS, SOM, a senior fellow at the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, received the 2007 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award from the Federal Executive Board for her work on perinatal and pediatric HIV/AIDS. The award is the board’s highest honor awarded to a scientist working in the federal sector.

Leadership for clinical trials
The SOM’s Clinical Trials Office has appointed two administrators, ROBIN GINN and DAVID MCLEAN, to oversee operations, improve efficiency, and make more clinical trials available. Ginn, as executive director, has worked in health care for 27 years, including at Vanderbilt, where she was executive director of research informatics and regulatory affairs. McLean, associate executive director, is an Atlanta attorney with 17 years of corporate health care experience. The appointments are part of an ongoing initiative to invest in research infrastructure and quality improvement in the School of Medicine.

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