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Media Contact: Tia McCollors 01 March 2005    
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Emory Department of Pediatrics Receives $2.85 Million Gift to Recruit National Leaders
A $2,850,000 gift from the Marcus Foundation will allow the Emory University Department of Pediatrics to recruit six national leaders in pediatrics. The gift will help grow the clinical and research efforts for the department.

The infusion of expertise and new ideas, combined with a new state of the art Emory Children's Center, is expected to position the pediatrics department for national leadership in patient care and scientific discovery. The grant is specifically to be used for the areas of pediatric pulmonology, pediatric nephrology, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric infectious diseases, pediatric gastroenterology, and neonatal-perinatal medicine.

"I am very grateful to Mr. Marcus and The Marcus Foundation for their generous gift and for the trust they have placed in us," says Barbara Stoll, MD, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and holder of the Dr. George W. Brumley Jr. Chair in Pediatrics. "To build a world class Department of Pediatrics we need nationally recognized programs in key areas of pediatrics. This gift will help bring new talent to Emory to expand programs and to enhance the wonderful and committed faculty already in our Department of Pediatrics."

Bernie Marcus, founder of the Marcus Foundation, adds, "No child in this world should suffer. In order to ensure the health of future generations, we have to expand our research efforts, and it must begin today. It is my sincere hope this grant will enable the smartest researchers, the most caring physicians, and the most effective programs to come together under one roof in the Emory Department of Pediatrics."

The host of specialty services offered through the Emory Children's Center make it the largest pediatric multidisciplinary group practice in Georgia. The Marcus gift will help the Department of Pediatrics reach its goal of national preeminence, Dr. Stoll says.

"This is wonderful timing for our Department of Pediatrics," adds Thomas J. Lawley, MD, dean of the School of Medicine. "This past fall we celebrated the opening of our new research and clinical care facility, the Emory Children's Center. A gift of this magnitude will help us make the most of the opportunities represented by this marvelous new space. We are grateful to the Marcus Foundation for its vision and generosity in helping us meet the needs of so many children."

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