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  April 28, 2016  


Allen Beck  
Allen Beck  

Allen Beck, William and Clara Redmond Professor of Ophthalmology, has been named interim chair of ophthalmology and interim director of the Emory Eye Center. His clinical focus is pediatric and adult glaucoma and surgical treatment of cataract.

Allen Beck  
Gari Clifford  

Gari Clifford (biomedical informatics), associate professor of biomedical informatics and biomedical engineering, is the new interim chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics (BMI). Thanks to Dan Brat (pathology) for his service as interim chair of BMI, who returns full-time to his home department and continues his work at the Winship Cancer Institute in diagnostic neuropathology and brain tumor research.

Allen Beck  
Ira Horowitz  

Ira Horowitz, John D. Thompson Professor and Chair of Gynecology and Obstetrics, has been appointed executive associate dean (EAD) of faculty affairs and professional development. Thanks to Kate Heilpern, Ada Lee and Pete Correll Professor and chair of Emergency Medicine, who served previously in this role and is returning her focus to emergency medicine and other system goals and strategic initiatives.

Allen Beck  
Sagar Lonial  

Sagar Lonial (hem/onc) has been named chair of hematology and medical oncology. Lonial currently serves as Winship's chief medical officer and as professor of hematology and medical oncology. Thanks to Amy Langston (hem/onc), medical director and section chief for the bone marrow and stem cell transplant program at Winship, for her service as interim chair.


N. Volkan Adsay (pathology), has been named president of the U.S.-Canadian Academy of Pathology, the largest organization for academic anatomic pathologists in North America.

Christopher Flowers (hem/onc) and Manuel Yepes (neurology) were elected as 2016 members of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Robert Guyton (surgery), Distinguished Charles Ross Hatcher, Jr., Professor of Surgery and director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program at the SOM, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the American College of Cardiology.

Carlos del Rio (infectious diseases) has been selected to receive the 2016 Ohtli Award, one of the highest awards given by the Government of Mexico.

Lena Ting (biomedical engineering) was inducted as a fellow into the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers at the National Academy of Science, for accomplishments in neuromechanics of muscle coordination for locomotion and balance.

Kudos to Emergency Medicine

The Department of Emergency Medicine will receive the 2016 Outstanding Department Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine. This national, inaugural award honors an academic department that demonstrates a commitment to mentorship, leadership development, and equity for women.

"I am very proud of the contributions of our department to the conversations about diversity and inclusion, and this award honors a piece of those contributions," says department chair Kate Heilpern.



Alzheimer's Art Exhibit, Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, SOM lobby. Ongoing.

Bridging the Sciences: Zika Virus, May 1-3, Emory Conference Center. More info.

Faculty Development Lecture: "Managing Inter-personal Conflict in Academic Medicine," by Nadine Kaslow. May 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m., SOM 190P.

Dean's Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award, May 12, 5:30 p.m., SOM auditorium 110. Richard Compans, professor of microbiology and immunology, speaks on "Emergence and Control of Influenza Viruses." Reception to follow.

Third Annual Advancing Health Care Quality Research at Emory, May 18, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. SOM Auditorium 110 and lobby. Registration required by May 10.


Moving inter-professional education from classroom to care site

One of the most exciting shifts in the changing landscape of health care is the development of teams of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, financial and care coordinators, and others that are organized to meet the needs of our patients.

Dean Christian Larsen  

This profound shift is far from mature. We haven't begun to realize its potential. This shouldn't come as a surprise, given that most of us weren't trained in an environment that intentionally taught inter-professional care.

At Emory we are determined to change that. In addition to the current 562 medical students we are educating and training, we also have 524 other health profession learners (physician assistants, anesthesiologist assistants, genetic counselors, physical therapists, and radiologic technologists) and 1,238 residents and fellows. Our colleagues in the nursing school educate and train 562 nurses, nurse practitioners, and doctors of nursing practice, among others. Together we have provided inter-professional team training in classroom simulation settings.

(Clockwise, from upper left: Cynthia Payne (EHC), Anne Boisclair-Fahey (EHC), Carolyn Clevenger (SON), Maha Lund (PA), Bill Eley (SOM), and Ted Johnson (SOM).  

Now we are laying the foundation to move that training into real settings, at Emory Healthcare and with other health system partners.

As a critical next step, a leadership team from the medical and nursing schools and Emory Healthcare—Bill Eley, Carolyn Clevenger, Maha Lund, Ted Johnson, Deena Gilland, and Anne Bosiclair-Fahey—have devised a new priority system to expand and strengthen opportunities for advanced practice providers (APPs) in preceptorships within Emory Healthcare with a particular focus on primary care. Cynthia Payne, our new coordinator for APP placement, will help us ensure that we prioritize opportunities for our own Emory students and employees. "This work represents two schools and multiple educational programs, collaborating closely to provide outstanding educational venues for our students, while simultaneously achieving Emory Healthcare's mission to develop advanced practitioners who can help meet the primary care needs of our community," says Bill Eley, SOM executive associate dean for education.

Rankings on the rise


The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research has ranked the SOM 17th in NIH funding for FY 2015.

This ranking is a marker of the quality and importance of research led by our faculty.

In the latest US News rankings of "Best Medical Schools," the SOM moved up in the primary care ranking from 42nd to 29th and maintained its ranking of 23rd among research-oriented schools. The school's physical therapy program moved up in rank from 7th to 5th. Its physician assistant program was not ranked this year and remains 3rd. The joint Emory-Georgia Tech biomedical engineering PhD program ranked 2nd for the 10th consecutive year.

This is well-deserved recognition of our outstanding programs.

Match Day


Opening their envelopes in unison at noon on Friday, March 18, 125 graduating medical students of the Class of 2016 discovered where they will begin their careers as doctors. Emory's SOM students were among more than 18,000 U.S. medical students who applied for residency positions at U.S. teaching hospitals through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Some of the most popular specialties chosen by Emory graduates were internal medicine, general surgery, radiology, pediatrics, emergency medicine, and obstetrics/gynecology. The students will receive their residency training at prestigious institutions throughout the U.S., such as Yale, Brown, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Cornell, Duke, Penn, Vanderbilt, Columbia, NYU, University of Chicago, UCSF, UCLA, Mayo Clinic, and Washington University, among many others. Thirty-eight graduating students will spend all or part of their residencies in Georgia, 36 will begin their internship year in Georgia, 35 will begin their internship year at Emory, and 28 will remain at Emory for their entire residency training. Prior to the NRMP match, four Emory graduates had matched into military residency, two had gained matches in urology, and five had matched in ophthalmology.

Awards of Distinction


Recently announced recipients of the university's 2016 Award of Distinction include two SOM honorees: Sonia Bell, left (infectious disease), senior administrator for the Serious Communicable Disease Program, whose efforts allowed Emory to successfully care for four Ebola patients and to maintain the safety of the health care personnel. She also worked on the Emory Ebola website, brought in more than $30 million in grant funding, and coordinated training programs; and Katherine Egan (anesthesiology), certified clinical research coordinator, who promoted research in her department through several innovative strategies, including writing the "Introduction to Clinical Research at Emory Anesthesiology Guide." Over the past two years, the number of anesthesiology faculty engaged in clinical research has quadrupled and the number of IRB-approved protocols has doubled.

Sepsis Redefined


Craig Coopersmith, left, (surgery) and Greg Martin (pulmonary) were part of a task force of international experts in critical care medicine that recently redefined the terms "sepsis" and "septic shock" to facilitate earlier recognition and more timely management of these conditions. The results were presented at the 45th Critical Care Congress of the Society of Critical Care Medicine to coincide with publication in JAMA.

New School of Medicine Commencement Site


Check out the latest on the SOM's 2016 commencement website and on social media (#EM2016).

Hidden gem video series launches


The Emory SOM faculty recognition committee, based on input from department chairs, selected 16 "Hidden Gems" to be honored at the Celebration of Faculty Excellence gala in October. We have begun a video series profiling these faculty gems. The first video profile is of Charles Moore (otolaryngology) who shares why his hometown was called Nedrow, how his parents encouraged his dream of being a doctor, and why he sometimes goes grocery shopping with patients.

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