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Media Contact: Sarah Goodwin 23 July 2007    
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Emory Selects Fred Sanfilippo as New Leader for Health Sciences Center
Emory University has named Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD, a distinguished physician-scientist who currently leads the health sciences at the Ohio State University, to head its own healthcare enterprise.

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Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD
Dr. Sanfilippo, an expert in transplant immunology who has published more than 250 scientific papers, will succeed Michael M.E. Johns, MD, as executive vice president for health affairs, CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and chairman of the board of Emory Healthcare.

Dr. Sanfilippo currently is serving as senior vice president and executive dean for health sciences at Ohio State, and as CEO of the Ohio State University Medical Center. He was selected by Emory after an extensive national search.

"We could not be more pleased to find a leader with the breadth and depth of experience possessed by Fred Sanfilippo," says Emory President James W. Wagner. "He has long been recognized for his expertise in biomedical science, and he has achieved recognition as well for his ability to lead transformations of complex academic organizations to higher levels of excellence. It is this rare combination of scientific and organizational talent that makes Fred such an ideal fit for the Emory health sciences at this dynamic juncture in our history."

The appointment is effective October 1, at which time Dr. Johns will assume the position of Chancellor of Emory University.

"It is exciting to join Emory at a time when the range of opportunities facing the University is second to none in biomedical science as well as health care delivery and workforce development," says Dr. Sanfilippo. "I am especially pleased to succeed Mike Johns, one of our country's senior statesmen in academic medicine, as head of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center. Emory is at the cusp of even greater distinction after more than a decade of rapid growth in research, education and clinical programs."

Dr. Sanfilippo also notes that he is particularly excited about Emory's focus on predictive health and global health. "Right from my start at Ohio State we set forth a vision to develop personalized health care. Emory is one of the few institutions that is at the leading edge in creating this future of medicine. The Emory Predictive Health Initiative is a great university-wide priority that extends as a collaborative partnership with Georgia Tech and other institutions. I'm really looking forward to help accelerate these and other key strategic priorities." Dr. Sanfilippo earned his MD and PhD in immunology from Duke University, where he joined the medical faculty in 1979 and spent 14 years. At Duke he was professor of pathology, immunology and experimental surgery. In 1993, he moved to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as Baxley Professor of Pathology, pathologist-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and chair of the Department of Pathology in the School of Medicine, . He was named to his current position at Ohio State as senior vice president in 2000, and as executive dean for health sciences in 2004. He served as dean of the OSU College of Medicine and Public Health from 2000 to 2006.

"Fred Sanfilippo will be a driving force as he continues the momentum of the health sciences at Emory and keeps us on the rapidly rising trajectory we have enj oyed for the past decade," s ays Dr. Johns, who has served as the head of Emory health sciences since 1996. "I am glad to be able to pass the baton to such a capable l ea der and w atch in the coming years as Fred moves Emory's Wood ruff Health Sciences Center toward an extraordinary future. There is no doubt that all of the strengths that he brings to Emory will serve it well."

About Dr. Fred Sanfilippo

As senior vice president for health sciences and CEO at OSU, Dr. Sanfilippo oversees a program with an annual budget of $1.6 billion and 2,500 faculty, 12,000 staff and 3,500 students. The OSU health system includes six hospitals, a primary care network and affiliated corporations; OSU Physicians faculty practice plans; eight health sciences academic units; and 16 centers. As dean of the OSU College of Medicine, he oversaw new appointments for 200 faculty, 17 department chairs and 10 center directors, and directed the development of 11 new interdisciplinary centers.

Dr. Sanfilippo's research and national leadership accomplishments are numerous. He has served as president of the American Society of Transplantation, president of the American Society of Investigative Pathology, and is a member of the board of directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers. He has served on the editorial boards of 13 journals and has been principal or co-principal of eight inventions; a principal investigator of more than $40 million in research grants; and an invited speaker at 120 institutions, symposia, and meetings. He was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in 2004. Dr. Sanfilippo is married with two children; his wife Janet oversees special projects at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State, his daughter Lisa is a research assistant at Columbia University, and his son Joseph is an entering freshman at the University of Pennsylvania.

About the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University

Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) is an academic health sciences center of more than 16,000 employees committed to providing the best patient care possible, educating health professionals and leaders, discovering new ways to prevent and treat disease and serving the community, both locally and globally. Many of the WHSC facilities are located on or near Emory's main campus, 631 acres along the Clifton Corridor in a suburban area 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta. With $2.1 billion in operating expenses, the WHSC's annual economic impact on metro Atlanta is estimated at $4.6 billion. WHSC attracted $331 million in sponsored research funds in 2006. Work of the WHSC is leveraged by partnerships with state and local organizations, including neighbor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Georgia Research Alliance, Georgia Cancer Coalition, the American Cancer Society, CARE, the Arthritis Foundation, and others.

WHSC includes Emory Healthcare, Emory University School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, Winship Cancer Institute and Yerkes National Primate Research Center. Emory Healthcare, the clinical arm of the center, is the largest, most comprehensive health care system in Georgia. Its physicians and affiliate hospitals are responsible for 4.4 million patient visits a year. Emory Healthcare includes Emory University Hospital, Emory Crawford Long Hospital, Wesley Woods Center, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, The Emory Clinic, Emory Children's Center, the jointly owned Emory-Adventist Hospital, and EHCA, a limited liability company created in collaboration with the Hospital Corporation of America.

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