Congratulations, ‘Top Doctors’

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July 23, 2021

Congratulations, ‘Top Doctors’

By now, I hope you’ve heard the exciting news that Emory physicians again lead Atlanta magazine’s “Top Doctors” issue. Our stellar physicians represent nearly half of the doctors recognized in the magazine’s highly competitive annual rankings. This year, 490 physicians representing Emory Healthcare, Emory Healthcare Network, Emory medical staff, and faculty of Emory University School of Medicine made the list – more than any other health system in Atlanta.

Now more than ever, the honor is especially deserved. Despite a global pandemic, our doctors, across many specialties and areas of expertise, have continued to provide dedicated service and compassionate care to our patients and their families throughout the past year. Our physician team consistently leads this annual listing, as well as other rankings and awards, because their expertise, innovation, and compassion have earned them the respect and gratitude of their peers and the people they serve.

I’m so proud of our doctors, and of course the outstanding health care teams they represent, not only for this recognition, but most importantly for the world-class and compassionate care they provide day in and day out to our patients and their families.

Please direct questions and comments to

Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, FACR
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Emory University
Executive Director, Woodruff Health Sciences Center
CEO and Chairman of the Board, Emory Healthcare

Emory Healthy Kitchen Collaborative

A second cohort of Emory employees has completed the Emory Healthy Kitchen Collaborative (EHKC) program and clinical trial. The participants learned to navigate diet fads, read nutrition labels, make soups and salad dressings from scratch, meditate and practice yoga, plant a home garden, improve sleep habits, and set lifestyle change goals.

EHKC is an outgrowth of Emory Lifestyle Medicine & Wellness, which was established in 2017 by Sharon Bergquist, a practicing primary care physician, as a center to promote making self-care preventative solutions the foundation of health care. The first iteration of EHKC launched in 2019 as a yearlong program, kicked off with a 10-week, in-person intervention course, which included five immersive Saturday sessions. Sessions combined lectures and hands-on activities.

Spurred by the success of the pilot, Bergquist and her team launched a second—virtual—EHKC program in 2020. Pre-recorded lectures were mixed with live virtual classes for small group discussions and hands-on skill building. Mike Bacha, executive chef at Emory University Hospital (pictured above), led all the culinary demonstrations, and Daniel Parson, who runs the Oxford College Farm, helped provide participants with starter kits for their own home gardens.

For the second EHKC class, the instructional portion is complete but the journey continues. Participants will be provided ongoing support and resources to continue their self-care learning journey, and they will be followed for the remainder of the year to evaluate changes in their behavior, skills, and knowledge.

As the data is being gathered, the research team will dive into analyzing the results and comparing the efficacy of the virtual program with the in-person one and other comprehensive lifestyle programs. If you are interested in participating in the next Healthy Kitchen Collaborative, fill out this survey.— Krystyna “Tina” Rastorguieva 20MPH

In Brief
CDC global health veteran to lead Emory Global Health Institute

Rebecca Martin has been named vice president for global health and director of the Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI). A longtime leader at the CDC, Martin most recently served as the director of its Center for Global Health. Martin succeeds Jeffrey Koplan, who founded EGHI in 2006 and directed the CDC from 1998–2002 and will remain with the institute as principal investigator of several grants and as senior strategic advisor for CHAMPS, the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance network. Read more.

Emory named largest metro Atlanta employer for third consecutive year

Emory University has been recognized as the largest employer in metro Atlanta for the third consecutive year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Emory overtook Delta Air Lines as the largest employer in metro Atlanta in 2019, the first time Delta lost its No. 1 position since the publication began the annual list in 1990. The publication reports Emory has 32,594 full-time employees in the metro Atlanta region as of Dec. 31, 2020. Altogether, Emory directly and indirectly supports more than 92,000 jobs statewide. Read more.

Early career scientists seek resilience through NIH-designed program

Early career scientists at Emory and Georgia Tech had a stressful year, even after pandemic-related restrictions on laboratory research eased. Over the last several months, graduate students and postdocs have been participating in a virtual pilot program aimed at mental health and wellness concerns. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the program lasted from January to May and consisted of six webinars, each followed by a small group discussion. Topics were tailored for scientists and included emotional intelligence, cognitive distortions and imposter fears, and developing better relationships with mentors. Read more.

Morningside Center Awards

The Morningside Center for Innovative and Affordable Medicine Research will make awards across three areas: preclinical work critical to supporting clinical trials, biomarker development for repurposed drug studies, and clinical trials ready for implementation. Six awards were given during this inaugural round to teams led by the following investigators: Andrew Hendrick (ophthalmology), Gregory Lesinski (hematology and medical oncology), Lauren McCullough (RSPH), Renee Read (pharmacology and chemical biology), Nicole Schmitt (otolaryngology), and Edmund Waller (hematology and medical oncology).

1,000 heart transplants and counting

Emory Healthcare recently became the first health care system in Georgia to perform 1,000 heart transplants. The milestone surgery was performed at EUH on a 50-year-old man from Douglasville, Georgia. In 2008, Emory University Hospital celebrated its 500th heart transplant, completing the first 500 transplants over a 23-year period since the program began in 1985. Read more.

Faculty entrepreneurs recognized

Emory’s Office of Technology Transfer recognized faculty entrepreneurs at its 15th annual Celebration of Technology and Innovation. Awards were given for Innovator of the Year (Mehul Suthar, Jens Wrammert, John Roback, and Rafi Ahmed), Deal of the Year (William Agnew and Mark Emerick), Start-up of the Year (H. Trent Spencer), and Significant Event of the Year (Aligos Therapeutics Inc.). Read more.

Roberta Kaplow, clinical nurse specialist in the Acute Respiratory Intensive Care Unit at EUH, has been named a 2020 National Magnet Nurse of the Year by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Read more.

Carlos del Rio, executive associate dean for Emory at Grady, was selected by Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of their “Great Immigrants, Great Americans” campaign. Read more.

Roger Rochat, RSPH global health and epidemiology professor, received the Society of Family Planning Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kathryn Yount, RSHP global health professor, was recognized as an influential researcher in the field of women’s empowerment research in a report published by Women’s Studies International Forum. Read more.

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