$5 million gift to address fundamental needs

Sally West

Sally West

New York philanthropist Margaretta Taylor recently gave $5 million to the medical school to support primary care, student scholarships, and faculty recruitment.

One-fifth of the gift will create an endowment, the Margaretta Taylor Clinician Fund in Primary Care, to support a primary care doctor. Emory internist Sally West has been named the first Taylor Clinician.

The remaining $4 million will be used to name the lobby of the James B. Williams Medical Education Building, help support priorities such as student scholarships, recruitment of clinicians, and retention packages for faculty.

The Williams building was named last year for Emory trustee emeritus James Williams 55C, retired chairman of SunTrust Banks, for his 35 years of service to the university.

Taylor decided to invest in the medical school because of its “great achievements and unlimited potential” in education, patient care, and research, she says. 


Behind the scenes

Fred Sanfilippo will step down September 1 as Emory executive vice president for health affairs, CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC), and chairman of the Emory Healthcare board. Sanfilippo joined Emory in 2007 from Ohio State University, where he was Medical Center CEO and executive dean for health sciences.

Wright Caughman, director of The Emory Clinic, will serve as interim head of WHSC, while cardiologist Douglas Morris, director of the Emory Heart & Vascular Center, will serve as interim head of the clinic.


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