Dr. Barbara Stoll, an internationally recognized pediatrician who specializes in issues of neonatal infectious disease and child survival, has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the Emory University School of Medicine and the medical director of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.
Dr. Stoll's appointment to the newly combined posts will further cement a strong leadership connection between the two institutions, which have enjoyed a long historical association at their adjacent Clifton Road campuses. Many of the doctors at Children's at Egleston are Emory pediatrics department faculty members.
Beginning in September, Emory Children's Center physicians are scheduled to move from modular buildings located behind Children's at Egleston into a nearby, newly constructed $42 million Emory Pediatrics Building. Children's at Egleston will then launch a hospital expansion project on the 2.4 acres of land that will be vacated by Emory when the new pediatrics center opens.
"We are delighted that Barbara Stoll has accepted the great responsibility of carrying Emory and Children's at Egleston pediatrics forward at a time of such extraordinary opportunity for both institutions," said Thomas J. Lawley, MD, dean of the Emory University School of Medicine. "It was very gratifying to discover after a year-long search that we had the best candidate for this premier job in American healthcare right here on our own faculty."
Added James E. Tally, PhD, president and CEO of Children's: "We look forward to Dr. Stoll's leadership in this new role. She has dedicated her life to the service of children and their families and brings an extensive and ideal breadth of experience to this position."
Dr. Stoll has been a faculty member at Emory since 1986. She has served as interim chair of the pediatrics department for the past year, following the departure of former chairman Dr. Devn Cornish. Dr. Stoll has also been named to serve as president and CEO of the Emory Children's Center, the largest pediatric multispecialty group practice in Georgia, and as president of the Emory Egleston Children's Research Center. All the appointments were effective August 18.
"This is a new day for pediatrics at Emory," said Dr. Stoll. "Our new building is a wonderful metaphor for a fresh and invigorated department. There are challenges ahead, but for the first time in the history of the Department of Pediatrics, we have beautiful new space -- consisting of both a wonderful pediatric clinic and state-of-the-art, 21st century laboratories for scientific research. We have a solid base to build on, in our wonderful faculty, and have space and money for needed expansion. In addition, we have a strong partnership with a very successful children's hospital system. We have all the pieces in place to make a new day for pediatrics."
Along with her appointment as chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Stoll will be named the first holder of the new Dr. George W. Brumley, Jr. Chair in Pediatrics, on the strength of a $2 million gift and pledge from the Zeist Foundation of Atlanta. Dr. Brumley, who served as Chair of Pediatrics from 1981 to 1995, died along with 11 family members in a tragic plane crash during a family trip to Kenya in 2003.
"George Brumley was the man who hired me and one of my mentors. There is a certain poignancy every time I think about holding a chair that bears his name," said Dr. Stoll. "Dr. Brumley was a true academic leader. He left big shoes to fill, and I am humbled and honored to serve as the George Brumley Chair. I only hope that he is smiling from above."
Michael M.E. Johns, executive vice president for health affairs at Emory and CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, hailed the appointment of Dr. Stoll. "Dr. Stoll has demonstrated her leadership qualities during the past year while serving in an interim capacity," he said.