Michael M.E. Johns, MD, executive vice president for Health Affairs at Emory University, CEO of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and chairman of Emory Healthcare, is the 2006 recipient of the Charles R. Hatcher Jr., MD Award. The award, presented to Dr. Johns on May 16, honors faculty members of the Health Sciences Center who, through their lifetime of work, exemplify excellence in public health.
The Charles R. Hatcher, Jr., MD award was established in 1996 by the Rollins School of Public Health to honor Dr. Hatcher, then vice president for health affairs and director of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, for his long service to and support of public health. Dr. Hatcher was the first recipient of the award. Previous recipients include W. Dallas Hall, Glen F. Maberly, Luella Klein, Annette Frauman, William H. Foege, and Arthur L. Kellermann.
Lucky Jain, MD, MBA, executive vice chairman and professor of pediatrics and physiology at Emory, nominated Dr. Johns for the Hatcher Award. In his nomination letter, Dr. Jain praised Dr. Johns for his tireless work in leading a comprehensive strategy to position the Woodruff Health Sciences Center as one of the nation's preeminent academic health centers in education, research, and patient care. He notes that each of the health professional schools Dr. Johns oversees has recruited and retained world-class faculty and introduced significant innovations in their curricula.
"In addition to his demonstrated success in leading complex administrative and academic organizations to new levels of excellence and service, Dr. Johns is widely renowned as a catalyst of new thinking in many areas of health policy and health professions education," Dr. Jain writes. "We at Emory University are fortunate to be under the leadership of a visionary like Dr. Johns."
Dr. Johns came to Emory in 1996. Since his arrival, he has led the most extensive facilities improvement plan in Emory history, Highlights include new buildings and facilities for biomedical research, a new nursing school building, a new vaccine center, a new comprehensive cancer center, a new pediatrics center, and the complete reconfiguration and rebuilding of Emory's mid-town Crawford Long Hospital campus. In addition, ground has been broken on a new medical education building and plans are underway for construction of a second building for the Rollins School of Public Health.
At Emory, Dr. Johns initiated the Woodruff Leadership Academy in 2003. The academy is designed to cultivate leadership talent among faculty and administrators, and has become a model for executive training at other institutions. Nationally, Dr. Johns has been a significant contributor to many of the leading organizations and policy groups in health care, including the Institute of Medicine, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Commonwealth Fund Task Force on Academic Health Centers, and the Association of Academic Health Centers. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has served on numerous other academic, editorial, philanthropic, and private-sector boards throughout his career. Dr. Johns is internationally recognized for his work as a cancer surgeon of head and neck tumors and his studies of treatment outcomes.
Dr. Johns received his medical degree from the University of Michigan, where he also completed his internship and residency.