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June 6, 2002


James R. Roberson, M.D., Named New Chairman of Emory's Department of Orthopaedics

James R. Roberson, M.D., professor of orthopaedics at Emory University School of Medicine, has been appointed chairman of Emory's Department of Orthopaedics. Dr. Roberson was chosen to lead the department following a national search. Already well acquainted with the orthopaedics department, Dr. Roberson has held the position of associate chairman since 1990.

"We are pleased Dr. Roberson accepted this new position as chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics," says Thomas J. Lawley, M.D., dean of Emory University School of Medicine. "His commitment and dedication to the School of Medicine have been exemplary and his leadership skills, outstanding. Dr. Roberson is well-respected by his peers and is a superb teacher."

A native of Llano, Texas, Dr. Roberson received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in Waco and his medical degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. An internship in general surgery and residency in orthopaedic surgery were completed at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, followed by a fellowship in adult reconstruction at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

In 1982, Dr. Roberson joined the faculty at Emory. He has held a number of appointments since then, including chief of orthopaedic surgery at Emory University Hospital (EUH) and associate medical director of EUH. Dr. Roberson remains active in these positions today.

"I look forward to my new responsibilities as chair of the Emory Department of Orthopaedics," says Dr. Roberson. "Already very strong, the orthopaedics department has a cadre of excellent physicians and surgeons all dedicated to research, education and patient care. This department is poised to take the next step up, in terms of national prominence, and I hope I can help in that endeavor."

Dr. Roberson is board certified in orthopaedic surgery, specializing in adult reconstruction. His focus is management of arthritic hips and knees and joint replacement. Dr. Roberson has authored numerous publications and has given many lectures and presentations across the country. He has been honored repeatedly as his department's faculty member of the year.

Dr. Roberson is an active member of many professional organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, The Society of Arthritic Hip and Knee Surgery and the Atlanta and Georgia Orthopaedic Societies. He has served as president of the Atlanta Orthopaedic Society and the Society of Arthritic Joint Surgery.

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