MICHAEL JOHNS, 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.
RICHARD CUMMINGS, 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
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.
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
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
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,
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.
RICARDO MARTINEZ, 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.
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
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
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.