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Media Contact: Holly Korschun 30 April 2007    
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Dr. Wright Caughman Named Emory VP for Clinical and Academic Integration
S. Wright Caughman, MD, has been named vice president for clinical and academic integration in Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center, effective April 1. In his new role Dr. Caughman will be responsible for coordinating, implementing and managing the Center's Vision 2012 strategic plan for transforming health and healing.

Dr. Caughman will direct four core strategies of the Vision 2012 plan: implementing the Emory Clifton Corridor and Emory Midtown master facility plans; developing and promoting key multidisciplinary centers of excellence; promoting a high-performance, patient-focused service culture; and insuring maximal integration of the translational research, educational and training missions within the fabric of the Health Science Center's clinical programs.

He also will continue as director of The Emory Clinic and as executive associate dean for clinical affairs, positions he has held for the past three years.

As vice president for clinical and academic integration, Dr. Caughman will provide strategic leadership in consolidating expertise and accelerating collaboration among the multiple components of the Health Sciences Center, including all Emory Healthcare sites and all affiliate sites, such as the VA Medical Center, Grady Memorial Hospital and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He will explore new opportunities and initiatives to achieve maximum integration in education, research and patient-centered care, including the development of integrated outpatient and inpatient healthcare, clinical research and clinical educational facilities across the Emory campuses.

Dr. Caughman also will direct implementation of the strategic plans for the centers of excellence in the Health Sciences Center, which initially will include the Comprehensive Center for Neuroscience, the Heart and Vascular Center, the Emory Transplant Center, the Winship Cancer Institute and the Emory Center for Respiratory Health. He also will work closely with the leaders of the Emory Predictive Health Initiative, as well as other interdisciplinary centers and programs, to ensure synergy across the Health Sciences Center.

"Wright Caughman is a proven leader with the vision and courage to succeed at the challenging task of implementing our strategic plan across the Health Sciences Center," says CEO Michael M.E. Johns, MD. "Dr. Caughman's commitment to our vision of transforming health and healing, his broad knowledge of the health sciences at Emory, and the respect he has earned from his colleagues make him the ideal candidate to carry out this mission."

"We have a tremendous opportunity to transform the health sciences at Emory as we work to integrate our multiple clinical, research and educational programs and facilities, develop our patient-focused centers of excellence, and continue to promote the highest standard of performance in all our endeavors," says Dr. Caughman. "I am gratified and excited to be involved in helping lead this vision."

Dr. Caughman joined the dermatology faculty at Emory in 1990 after serving as medical officer and principal investigator in the dermatology branch of the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. In addition to teaching and working as a staff physician at The Emory Clinic, Grady Memorial Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, he was director of research in Emory's Department of Dermatology for four years before becoming department chair.

He has been a member of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, of the Winship Cancer Institute faculty, and has served as director of the Emory Skin Diseases Research Center. Dr. Caughman lead a successful research program in cutaneous biology for many years and was one of two co-chairs of the School of Medicine research strategic plans in 1997 and 2003. He was named chair of the Department of Dermatology in 1997.

After receiving his undergraduate degree at Davidson College and his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Caughman completed his residency (and served as chief resident) in dermatology at Harvard Medical School. He was a high school English teacher for several years before pursuing his medical degree.

Dr. Caughman recently stepped down from his positions as chair and section head of dermatology. Robert A. Swerlick, MD, vice chair of dermatology, began serving as interim chair of dermatology on April 1, 2007. Dr. Swerlick came to Emory from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1988 and also serves as chief of dermatology at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

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