Wright Caughman, MD

Wright Caughman, MD

Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Emory University
CEO, Woodruff Health Sciences Center

S. Wright Caughman, MD, is Emory University Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and CEO of Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC). The Woodruff Health Sciences Center includes the Emory University School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Winship Cancer Institute, and Emory Healthcare, the WHSC's system of clinical facilities.

Dr. Caughman previously served as WHSC’s vice president for clinical and academic integration, a role in which he was responsible for coordinating, implementing and managing the center's strategic plan for transforming health and healing. He was also director of The Emory Clinic and executive associate dean for clinical affairs in Emory University School of Medicine. He is former chair of the dermatology department in Emory's School of Medicine.

Dr. Caughman joined the dermatology faculty at Emory in 1990 after serving as medical officer and principal investigator in the dermatology branch of the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. In addition to teaching and working as a staff physician at The Emory Clinic, Grady Memorial Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, he was director of research in Emory's Department of Dermatology for four years before becoming department chair.

He has been a member of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, of the Winship Cancer Institute faculty, and has served as director of the Emory Skin Diseases Research Center. Dr. Caughman led a successful research program in cutaneous biology for many years and was one of two co-chairs of the School of Medicine research strategic plans in 1997 and 2003. He was named chair of the Department of Dermatology in 1997.

After receiving his undergraduate degree at Davidson College and his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Caughman completed his residency (and served as chief resident) in dermatology at Harvard Medical School. He was a high school English teacher for several years before pursuing his medical degree.