The state's largest and most comprehensive physician group practice is getting new leadership, effective September 1.
Dr. Wright Caughman, a dermatologist, has been named director of The Emory Clinic and executive associate dean for clinical affairs/Emory Clinic within the Emory University School of Medicine. The joint position is half-time, which means Dr. Caughman will continue to serve as Alicia Leizman Stonecipher Chair of Emory's Department of Dermatology and chief of the clinic's Section of Dermatology when he assumes the director's role this fall.
The Emory Clinic is the nonprofit group practice of 787 Emory School of Medicine faculty members. As director, Dr. Caughman will be responsible for its clinical leadership and medical oversight, as well as management and administration of the Clinic's affairs, subject to the control of the Board of Directors. He will report to John Fox, president and CEO of Emory Healthcare, for clinical operations issues, and to School of Medicine Dean Thomas J. Lawley for faculty and clinical department strategic development efforts.
Dr. Caughman's nomination was approved this week by vote of the clinic's members. It was then ratified by The Emory Clinic Board of Directors. He will succeed Dr. Rein Saral, an oncologist, who will serve as senior associate director of the Winship Cancer Institute and associate medical director of the Emory Hospitals.
During the same meeting, the Board approved the appointment of Dr. Ira Horowitz, a gynecologic oncologist, to a new part-time position as associate director of The Emory Clinic. He will continue to serve as Willaford Ransom Leach Professor and vice chair in Emory's Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, director of the Gynecologic Oncology Division, associate chief of the Section of Gynecology and Obstetrics in The Emory Clinic, and a member of the Winship Cancer Institute.
In this new position, Dr. Horowitz will support Dr. Caughman in the overall strategic planning and operations management for the Clinic; serve in various liaison duties related to the Clinic's interactions with Emory Hospitals and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; and work extensively with Clinic and Section Administrative management on various initiatives.
"It's a great day for The Emory Clinic and for all of us," says Michael M.E. Johns, MD, Emory's executive vice president for health affairs and CEO of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.
He describes Dr. Caughman as "the perfect leader for The Emory Clinic at this critical time in its history, as it faces new challenges and new opportunities. Wright has excellent leadership skills, and his long and deep involvement in issues affecting the clinic, medical school, and university has given him an extraordinary feel for how patient care strengthens and is strengthened by the broad reach of a health sciences center and a major research university. In addition to the many roles he has played in clinic operations over the past years, he was a key player in the creation of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center research strategic plan and in the selection of our new University President."
"As Emory Healthcare continues to become highly integrated, the position of director of The Emory Clinic is more critical than ever," says John Fox, president and CEO of Emory Healthcare. "We are fortunate to have found a new Director with the broadest possible understanding and experience of how The Emory Clinic really works - and with how the clinical mission interfaces with the research, teaching, and service missions of the medical school."