Arthur Kellermann, MD, MPH, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, has been honored with the 2007 John G. Wiegenstein Leadership Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
Established in 1975, the award is presented to a current or past national ACEP leader for outstanding contributions to the organization and to the profession. The award's namesake, Dr. John G. Wiegenstein, was a founding member and first president of ACEP, served for five years as the college's first delegate to the American Medical Association, and is a past president of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
The ACEP is the oldest and largest emergency medicine organization in the country and represents more than 22,000 members.
Currently, Dr. Kellermann is serving as Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow for 2006-2007 in Washington, DC. He is one of seven health professionals with a wide range of academic and community-based experience to take part in the fellowship program this year.
Dr. Kellermann was recently named the School of Medicine's Associate Dean for Public Policy, effective after his sabbatical ends in August. He will continue as Chair of Emergency Medicine until a new chair is appointed after a national search.
In addition to founding and leading the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory and teaching future doctors, Dr. Kellermann established the Emory Center for Injury Control at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health, and directed it for 12 years. Officially designated a "Collaborating Center" for injury control and emergency health services by the World Health Association, the center is dedicated to reducing the health and economic impact of injuries in Atlanta, and worldwide.
Dr. Kellermann practices emergency medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta's only Level I Trauma Center. His research focuses on injury prevention, emergency cardiac care and health care for the uninsured.
Dr. Kellermann was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies in 1999. He co-chaired the IOM's Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance for three years. He recently completed service on the IOM's Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health System and was a co-author of the committee's recent three-report series.