A time of change

Fred Sanfilippo

Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD

You may have read recently about changes that are under way within the leadership of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC). Passage of the national health reform act makes this an opportune time to advance health care innovation, and I am stepping down as CEO of WHSC effective September 1 to dedicate my efforts to coordinating and expanding Emory’s studies on health care cost, quality, and access. I am excited to pursue my longstanding interests in improving the delivery of personalized health care and look forward to continuing to be a part of the dynamic energy of the WHSC as a member of the School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health faculties.

Together over the past three years, we have achieved important strides toward our goal of becoming a model health sciences and services center. We have centralized our comprehensive research programs under the leadership of Vice President for Research David Stephens. New comprehensive centers in areas such as comprehensive informatics, critical care, aging, and palliative care—led by new leaders recruited to Emory as well as emerging leaders from within our own ranks—have significantly enhanced our ability to deliver high-quality, cutting-edge care to the people who depend on us. Our cancer center has become the only NCI-designated center in Georgia, thanks to the extraordinary work of its excellent faculty and staff. The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has dramatically expanded its teaching and research programs under our new dean, Linda McCauley. And our long-time partnerships with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia Tech, and Grady have expanded to new levels of collaboration.

Of course, these represent just a very few of the many accomplishments that leaders throughout the WHSC have achieved over the past few years, and I know that this extraordinary momentum will continue under the leadership of Wright Caughman, who will assume the interim CEO’s role in September. A gifted clinician, a highly respected leader, and a 20-year Emory veteran, he will help to lead the WHSC to even greater achievements.

It has been a privilege to serve as CEO of the WHSC and to work alongside a profoundly talented and dedicated group of people. Please know that, even in this time of transition, one thing will remain constant: our commitment to transforming health and healing … together.

Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

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