Allen L. Dollar, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine, is the newest Emory faculty member in the Division of Cardiology at Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. Dollar began practicing at Grady Hospital in July after spending 11 years at Cardiology of Georgia, PC. Dr. Dollar is now responsible for teaching medical residents and supervising Emory cardiology fellows at Grady in the clinical care of patients on the wards, in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, and in the echocardiography laboratory. Dr. Dollar says he decided to come to Emory because of his desire to teach. ''I knew that at some point in my career I wanted to teach,'' says Dr. Dollar. ''I knew I wanted to be an active part of teaching young doctors who are just starting their careers. This has been a burden on my heart that I've always wanted to fulfill.''
Since coming to Grady, Dr. Dollar says his experience has exceeded his expectations. ''There's a sense of family among the faculty, and everyone truly cares about one another and loves teaching. I realize that people are here because caring for patients is their mission.''
When Dr. Dollar isn't caring for patients or repairing hearts at Grady Hospital, he travels annually overseas providing short-term medical care to developing countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, and Sri Lanka.
Dr. Dollar's love for missionary work extends to his family life as well. Besides their three biological daughters, Dr. Dollar and his wife of 25 years, Shelly, are the adoptive parents of four international children from China, Mexico and El Salvador. They also have three foster children, one of whom is from Ethiopia. He came to live with the Dollars after heart surgery. Some of the children even travel with Dr. Dollar during his missionary journeys.
''It's never boring,'' says Dr. Dollar of his 10 children. He makes it a point to have dinner and attend church with his family on a regular basis. ''We are truly blessed. It sounds overwhelming, but it's chaotic in a fun way. But none of this would be possible without my wife, Shelly. She has the biggest heart of anyone I've ever known.''
Dr. Dollar is a graduate of Georgetown University. He received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He served as senior staff fellow in cardiac pathology at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Dollar completed a cardiology fellowship at the Washington Hospital Center in 1992.
Dr. Dollar is the recipient of the 2004 Atlanta Business Chronicle Health Care Hero award for community outreach. That same year, he received the WXIA TV 11 Alive Community Service Award in recognition of volunteer service in the Atlanta community.
Dr. Dollar is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society and currently serves as director of cardiac care for primates at Zoo Atlanta.