GREAT TEACHERS LECTURE SERIES: Emory's VP for Health Affairs to offer his view of 'Road Signs at a Crossroads in Health Care'

April 16, 1997

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Michael M. E. Johns, M.D., will attempt to cut through some of the fog swirling around the current and future delivery of modern health care by discerning "Road Signs at a Crossroads in Health Care," Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Emory University's Cannon Chapel, 515 Kilgo Circle, Atlanta.

The lecture is part of the Emory University Great Teachers Lecture Series. Call 404/727-6216.

Those bewildered by the changes occurring in America's health care system will find Dr. Johns' perspective provocative and refreshing. His insight comes not only from his role as the new head of Emory UniversityÍs Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, but from a distinguished career as a world renowned head and neck cancer surgeon, as a former dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine -- under whose leadership Johns Hopkins became the leader in discovery research, and as a leading spokesman for a health care system based on truly managing care, not just managing costs.

As a recent portrait of him in the Washington Post pointed out, Dr. Johns' compelling vision derives from his recognition that our humanity remains the foundation of health and healing, and therefore of all "doctoring."

Dr. Johns will suggest that the best paths to the future of health care are still being blazed -- and that we must ensure they accommodate both the creative inefficiencies of discovery and the clinical efficacy of deliberate, caring medical practice.

Dr. Johns came to Emory University from Johns Hopkins in July 1996 to become executive vice president for Health Affairs, director of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Emory Healthcare (formerly Emory University System of Health Care). From 1990 until his move to Atlanta, Dr. Johns was dean of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and vice president for Medical Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University.

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