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The Fifth Chancellor

CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, will take on a new role at Emory in September 2007, that of chancellor of the university. The chancellor serves as an adviser to the university president and trustees and takes on responsibility for task and project leadership.
     In the new position, Johns will continue to support implementation of the university’s strategic plan, whose development he co-chaired over an 18-month period with Provost Earl Lewis. Additionally, he will guide the development and implementation of programs for leadership development, mentoring, and succession planning. Off-campus he will represent the university on matters such as health care policy and partnership building, especially between Emory and Georgia Tech.
     The position of chancellor previously was held by former provost and interim president Billy E. Frye from 1997 to 2001. Johns will become the fifth chancellor of the university.
     “Mike embodies an untiring passion
for excellence and a remarkable dedication to improvement of all of Emory,” says President James Wagner. “Simply put, Mike Johns raises the game of everyone around him.”


Neurologist MARC CHIMOWITZ, SOM, received the Albert E. Levy Scientific Research Award, which recognizes outstanding scientific research contributions of Emory faculty members. Each year, one junior faculty member and one senior faculty member are selected by the University Research Committee for recognition of a recent research accomplishment and receipt of monetary awards from the Levy Endowment Fund, established in honor of the late physician and his family. Chimowitz led a National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported, multicenter clinical trail comparing the effectiveness and safety of warfarin versus aspirin for preventing stroke in patients with intracranial arterial stenosis, published in both the New England Journal of Medicine and Circulation.

SOM, a nationally recognized expert in the emerging research field of glycomics, is the new chair of Biochemistry. He comes to Emory from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, where he was director and founder of the Oklahoma Center for Medical Glycobiology. The NIH has identified glycomics, which is the identification and study of all the carbohydrate molecules produced by an organism, as a major new research focus, and Cummings has played a key role in the Multi-institutional Consortium for Functional Glycomics. Cummings’s research focuses on glycoconjugates, the carbohydrate molecules and their associated proteins that permit
cells to communicate with and adhere to each other.

MICHAEL DAVIS, SOM, Yerkes, received the 2006 American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, for his contributions to the field of behavioral neuroscience, specifically the neurobiology of fear and its inhibition.

JOHN DELGAUDIO, SOM, received the Golden Head Mirror Award from the American Rhinologic Society in September. The award, which has been presented 94 times worldwide since its inception 58 years ago, is for meritorious teaching and service in rhinology.

KAREN DUNCAN and SANDRA MARYMAN, SOM, received recognition for dedication and length of service from the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) in Virginia in August. These community medicine physicians came to the DeKalb Grady Health Center more than 20 years ago as NHSC Scholars, and in addition to serving the
community there, they have been active
in teaching and service at Emory. Duncan
is a member of the SOM admissions committee.

NICOLE FRANKS, SOM, received one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Up and Comer Awards Honoring the top 40 under 40.”

MICHAEL JOHNS, CEO, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, received the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Michigan Medical Center.

ARTHUR KELLERMANN, SOM, SPH, is one of seven Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellows for 2006–2007. Administered by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the fellowship program is designed to develop the talents of outstanding mid-career health professionals in academic medicine and community settings by providing them with an understanding of the health policy process.

NEIL SHULMAN, SOM, received the 2006 Walter C. Alvarez Award from the American Medical Writers Association for excellence in communicating health care developments and concepts to the public. The association promotes excellence in the writing, editing, and production of printed and electronic communications to professional, regulatory, and public audiences.


WILLIAM FOEGE, SPH, is the recipient of the 2007 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Award for Humanitarian Contributions to the Health of Humankind, presented by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Board of Directors. The award honors those individuals whose outstanding humanitarian efforts and achievements have improved the health of humanity.

JENNIFER GOOCH, SOM, is one of 56 researchers chosen to receive the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the nation’s highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent research careers. The awards, chosen from nine federal departments and agencies, gives researchers five years of funding to further their research in support of critical government missions.

SANJAY GUPTA, SOM, prepared a segment for CNN that documented the plight of New Orleans’ Charity Hospital after Hurricane Katrina, for which the network captured an Emmy in September.


CHRIS LARSEN and THOMAS PEARSON, SOM, received the Roche Award from the Transplantation Society for excellence in translational science. The award recognizes individuals for outstanding contributions in transplantation and for making a major international impact in this field.

DAVID MALEBRANCHE, SOM, has been named to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, which provides recommendations to the President and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding HIV/AIDS programs and policies. One of seven new members on the council, Malebranche conducts research exploring the social, structural, and cultural factors influencing sexual risk-taking and HIV testing practices among black men.

RUTH O'REGAN,SOM, was the medical honoree at the 2006 Komen Atlanta Pink Tie Ball for her groundbreaking work in breast cancer research, treatment, and support.

New Health Sciences Communications leadership

JEFF MOLTER is the new associate vice president for Health Sciences Communications, responsible for overseeing publications, media relations, and special events programming for the Woodruff Health Sciences Center. Previously, he has served as director of the Duke University Medical Center and Health System News Office and director of science news for the Journal of the American Medical Association. Molter began his career as a newspaper reporter in Indiana. SARAH GOODWIN joins the office as assistant vice president and director of media relations for health sciences communications. She has served Emory in the past as media relations director of health sciences communications and as assistant director of the Emory University communications office. She returns to Emory most recently from the American Cancer Society, where she directed organizational communications for 7,000 employees nationwide.

THOMAS LAWLEY, dean, SOM, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Rollins, Inc., a premier North American consumer and commercial services company, chaired by R. Randall Rollins.

SOM, received the Flame of Life Award from the National Safety Council in November, the first time in 35 years the prize has been awarded. Assistant professor of emergency medicine, Martinez was honored for his former leadership of the Air Bag and Seat Belt Safety Campaign, launched in 1996 and known for its national Click it or Ticket mobilizations. The campaign ushered in a new era of air bag, car seat, and seat belt safety, in which an estimated 20,000 lives were saved.

JOSIAH ORINA, SOM, is one of nine medical students chosen to participate in the 2006 Minority Medical Student Award Program of the American Society of Hematology. Awardees participate in a summer research experience and receive up to $13,000 in research support and related travel expenses.

DAVE ROBERTS, SOM, a primary care internist at The Emory Clinic and Charles F. Evans Professor of Medicine, has been appointed to the Georgia Physician Partnership by Governor Sonny Perdue. The partnership will offer the perspectives of health care providers to the Georgia Department of Community Health on development and implementation of state health care programs such as Georgia Medicaid, PeachCare for Kids, the State Health Benefit Plan, and the Certificate of Need Program. PETER MEEHAN, clinical associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, also is a new appointee to the partnership.


WALTER ORENSTEIN, SOM, SPH, director of the Emory Program for Vaccine Policy and Development, is a new member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the highest honors conferred in medicine and health. His election brings Emory’s total IOM membership to 21. Orenstein joined Emory in 2004 and holds a primary appointment in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine as well as faculty appointments in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of International Health in the Rollins School of Public Health. He previously held leadership roles at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was a consultant to the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization. In October, he also received a Townsend Harris Medal presented to six distinguished alumni of the City College of New York.

RAYMOND SCHINAZI, SOM, received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Bath in England, where he earned his undergraduate degree as well as a PhD in 1976.

SETH YELLIN, SOM, director of the Emory Facial Center and chief of Facial Plastic Surgery for Emory Healthcare, is on the Consumers’ Research Council of America’s Guide to America’s Top Surgeons. The council provides information about professional services to ensure that consumers are informed of the most qualified people in the professions.


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