Eye Center Physician Newman Appointed Leodelle Jolley Chair of Ophthalmology
Emory Eye Center
physician and neuro-ophthalmologist Nancy J. Newman has been appointed
the LeoDelle Jolley Chair of Ophthalmology, effective Feb. 14. In a
special ceremony on Friday, May 17, she was formally honored with that
appointment by Emory University School of Medicine Dean Thomas M. Lawley.
The LeoDelle Jolley Chair
was created after Mrs. Jolley's death in fall 2001. In 1993, she made
plans in her estate for a significant gift to the Emory Eye Center.
She was a patient of Emory Eye Center Director Thomas M. Aaberg Sr.,
MD, and had an abiding interest in ophthalmology. Additionally, her
son, Fleming Jolley of Sea Island, Ga., is a distinguished alumnus of
the Emory University School of Medicine and aformer faculty member of
the Department of Neurosurgery. After her death last year, conversations
with her son lead to the formation of the endowed chair at the Emory
Eye Center. Mrs. Jolley's grandson, Lex Jolley of Atlanta, read a letter
of congratulations from his father, Fleming, who could not be at the
The appointment reflects
Dr. Newman's "excellence in scholarship, teaching and professional service,"
according to Thomas M. Aaberg Sr., MD, chairman of the Department of
Ophthalmology at Emory University and director of the Emory Eye Center.
In his remarks to the assembled
group of physicians and Emory Eye Center staff members, Dean Lawley
said, "Dr. Newman is one of the priceless treasures at the Emory School
of Medicine. She is a compassionate and brilliant clinician and researcher.
- But she is also a teacher, and a teacher without peer. She was named
Teacher of the Year by the Emory Medical School First Year Class in
1992, and again by the Eye Center residents in 1994."
A graduate of Princeton University
and the Courtauld Institute, University of London, Dr. Newman received
her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She was an intern, resident,
and chief resident in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and
a clinical neuro-ophthalmology fellow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Dr. Newman joined the Emory
University School of Medicine faculty in1989. She quickly distinguished
herself by being named an associate professor in 1993. She has a joint
appointment as associate professor of neurology. She also has served
as an instructor in Neurosurgery at Emory and has been Lecturer in Ophthalmology
at Harvard Medical School since 1991.
Since joining the faculty
at Emory University, Dr. Newman has pursued and continued a productive
scholarly program. She is currently principal investigator on two major
clinical trials. She has been principal author or co-author on 82 articles
in print and has been the principal author revising the prestigious
Walsh and Hoyt's Clinical Neuroophthalmology, 5th Edition, Williams
and Wilkins (1998).
Dr. Newman is a resident
of Atlanta (30307).