I will step down as dean this year, after 16 years in office, following eight years here at Emory as dermatology chair. During this time, I have watched—and have been proud to be part of—the transformation of a very good school into an outstanding one, great in accomplishments, great in heart.
I have had opportunities most deans could only dream of. Research buildings rose in rapid succession during the largest construction boom since the medical school joined Emory University in 1915. We were able simultaneously to design a new curriculum and new medical education building. Clinical and research partnerships have strengthened and allowed the school to grow and serve in unprecedented ways. In everything we did, we have had the support and vision of university and Woodruff Health Sciences Center leaders and of the Woodruff family of foundations and other generous donors.