Emory Woodruff Health Sciences Center
Update   .
June 4, 2010
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  Dear Woodruff Health Sciences Center Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD  

I am writing to let you know that in three months, effective September 1, 2010, I will assume new and different responsibilities to serve the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and Emory University. This impending change brings with it, of course, many emotions. I feel great pride at the work we have accomplished together in the past three years. I feel a sense of anticipation about the work I will continue personally as a researcher in health care delivery. And I feel satisfaction knowing that one of the nation's great academic health sciences centers will be in very capable hands as it continues to serve Atlanta, the nation, and the world.

In my new role, I will be pursuing my long-standing interests in studying and understanding the many factors that affect health care quality, cost, access, and personalized delivery. There are unprecedented opportunities at this time in our nation's history to study methods to improve the way health care is financed and delivered, considering the recipient populations. There also has never been a more demanding need to improve health care delivery for our nation, and I am excited about the opportunities at Emory to help investigate the problems and develop the solutions in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary way.

It has been a privilege for me to serve as CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center. As you know, the Woodruff Health Sciences Center has established the primary goal of being the 21st century model for an academic health sciences and services center. I believe we have made great strides in recent years toward that goal, and I am proud of the work and accomplishments of each member of our community in education, research, and clinical care. We have an extraordinary academic health center, and it is because of you that we achieve so much each and every day.

Please see the Emory press release for more information on transition plans. I am delighted that Dr. Wright Caughman will serve as interim Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center. I look forward to working with Wright in this regard and assisting him in our leadership transition.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.


Fred Sanfilippo

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