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October 17, 2003


Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Honors Emory University Pediatrician Daniel B. Caplan at Annual Sixty-Five Roses Ball

The Georgia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will honor Daniel B. Caplan, MD, professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and director of the Emory Cystic Fibrosis Center, at its 2003 Sixty-Five Roses Ball. The 18th annual ball, which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, will take place Saturday, November 1, 2003 at the Swissotel in Buckhead, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Dr. Caplan is being honored for his career-long devotion to the thousands of cystic fibrosis patients he has treated over the past three decades as well as his ongoing research to improve treatment. Dr. Caplan also has been a tireless advocate for patients within the state government and through his work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

According to Debbie Day, executive director of the Georgia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Dr. Caplan has always taken a personal interest in his patients by routinely acknowledging the positive milestones in their lives as well as the difficulties they face. He also strongly encourages patients to become involved in their own health care.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease that affects the digestive, pulmonary and reproductive systems. While there is no cure, there has been much progress in the treatment of the disease. Whereas 25 years ago, CF children rarely lived to adulthood, today many people live into their 50s and 60s. Dr. Caplan has been primarily responsible for the creation of a new CF comprehensive care center at Emory, which not only treats CF children of all ages as outpatients, but also has a 10-bed inpatient facility specially designed to meet the needs of adolescents and young adults. The freestanding Emory Cystic Fibrosis Center, located on the Emory campus, is the first and largest cooperative care center in the country dedicated to the treatment of cystic fibrosis.

Dr. Caplan graduated from Brandeis University and earned his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in 1962. He was an intern and resident at Boston City Hospital and Boston Floating Hospital, and a fellow in pediatric gastroenterology at Yale University School of Medicine. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at the U.S. Army Hospital at Ft. McPherson, Georgia. He joined the Emory University School of Medicine faculty in 1968 as Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center and the Therapeutic Nutrition Center, Director of the Division of Pediatric Gasteroenterology in Emory School of Medicine and Chief of Gastroenterology at Egleston Children’s Hospital.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Gastroenterology and the American College of Nutrition. He has served in many positions within the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is currently a member of the Board of Directors and chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for the Georgia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He continues to serve as camp pediatrician at the Cystic Fibrosis Camp of Georgia and Camp Barney Medintz. He also serves on the board of the Community Advanced Practice Nurses, which provides health care to homeless women and children. Dr. Caplan has three grown children and two grandchildren.

For more information about the Sixty-Five Roses Ball, please contact DeeDee Eubanks at 404-325-6973 or email

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