Another year of record research funding

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September 17, 2021

Another year of record research funding

For the second consecutive year, Emory has set a record for research funding, receiving $894.7 million in fiscal year 2021. This represents a 7.6 percent increase over last year’s high of $831.2 million (which was also a record).

The units of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) were significant drivers of this phenomenal growth, making up $847 million (nearly 95 percent) of the university’s total funding. This represents an increase of 8 percent over 2020 awards to WHSC. The Emory School of Medicine (SOM) secured $607 million, the Rollins School of Public Health $127 million, Yerkes National Primate Research Center $88 million, and the Nell Hodgson School of Nursing (SON) $20 million, with other initiatives rounding out the total.

Individually, these research awards are truly impressive achievements, and taken as a whole, they paint a picture of Emory’s WHSC as one of the top-tier research institutions in the United States. While the numbers are stellar, what makes me most proud is truly immeasurable: the positive impact on human health that they represent. The more our research enterprise grows and thrives, the more we can do to improve lives and provide hope to the people we serve through discovery and innovation.

Our many research and discovery accomplishments result from the dedication of all our faculty, research teams, students, and staff. I’m grateful to all of you for the herculean effort you put into making this level of achievement possible. Congratulations to all!

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

Georgia Jackson (left) and Lucero A. Rodriguez (right)

Hospital DEI initiatives

Emory University Hospital, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, and Emory Wesley Woods Hospital have made diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) an integral part of their FY21 and FY22 annual operating plans, first by identifying strong leaders to head their DEI efforts. Georgia Jackson serves as the director, workforce development and patient-family centered care, leading the focus on DEI strategies, health equity, and community engagement. As the director of employee and patient experience, Lucero A. Rodriguez has operational oversight of first-touch areas such as guest services, interpreters, and patient experience.

To date, the hospitals’ DEI efforts include forming an oversight steering committee to align senior executive leadership support, conducting a series of 24 focus groups for staff to share their experiences, engaging BCT Partners to lead focus group facilitator education classes, and developing an EUH/EWWH/EUOSH DEI advisory committee to ensure goals are congruent with the FY22 annual operating plan.

Emory Healthcare names first DEI officer

Emory Healthcare has named Ildemaro González as its first chief diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) officer. In this position, González will have oversight of the health care system’s DEI strategies and will work closely with the leadership teams to embed DEI perspectives into Emory Healthcare’s initiatives, processes, and projects.

González joins Emory Healthcare from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, where he served as vice president, chief inclusion and diversity officer. In this role, he led the development and implementation of Dana-Farber’s $50 million diversity, equity, and inclusion commitment and overall strategy to impact the institute's research, clinical care, people, and community priorities. Read more.

In Brief
SON rises in rankings

The SON Bachelor of Science program ranked No. 4 in the nation, according to US News & World Report. The SON now has three top-10 ranked programs. The master's program ranked No. 2 and the doctor of nursing practice program ranked No. 8 in March, along with various other MSN specialties including administration/management, family, adult/gero acute care, adult/gero primary care, and mental health. Read more.

Magnet recognition

Emory’s Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital achieved Magnet recognition for second time, reflecting excellence in patient care and service. This credential is the highest national honor for professional nursing practice. Only 562 US health care organizations out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition. Read more.

Facilitators needed for inter-professional training program

Each year, WHSC students participate in the Interprofessional Team Training program (ITTP). The ITTP is organized in collaboration with several professional programs in the WHSC and requires students to participate in facilitator-mediated interprofessional team activity. We need facilitators for the students’ small group discussions. With our large incoming classes this fall, we are seeking approximately 100 facilitators to participate in the ITTP activity on October 29, 12:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m. All faculty ranks, adjunct faculty, and staff are welcome. Please register here by September 24 to participate as a facilitator.

SOM launches Global Health and Equity Office

The SOM has opened a new Global Health and Equity Office (GLOBE). Led by Parminder Suchdev, professor of pediatrics and global health and associate director of the Emory Global Health Institute, GLOBE aims to improve the health of people who are medically underserved through faculty, staff, and trainee involvement in sustainable and equitable global health education, research, and clinical care partnerships. An effective global health strategy will not only benefit patients abroad, but can improve patient care locally, provide opportunities for high-impact research, and increase non-traditional sources of grant funding. Read more.

Health Connect South conference

Health Connect South is hosting its annual conference—virtually—on September 23. Jonathan S. Lewin will be part of a keynote lunch panel, “Hospital Leadership: Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of Health Care.” See the full agenda here. Faculty, clinicians, staff, and students can register for a complimentary ticket here.

Medical oncology interim director

Bradley Carthon has been named interim director for the division of medical oncology in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology. Carthon also serves as section chief of hematology and oncology for Winship at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Seven members of the SON faculty have been selected for induction as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. The inductees are Lexi Dunn Amore, Hope Bussenius, Nicole Carlson, Fayron Epps, Roberta Kaplow, Rose Murphree, and Jessica Wells.

Kalisha Bonds-Johnson is the newest recipient of the American Nurse Association Minority Fellowship program. The fellowship provides mentoring, academic support, additional educational offerings in mental health and substance use disorders among ethnic and racial and indigenous populations, dissertation support, coaching in research design, and data analysis.


September 23: 2021 Bill Foege Global Health Awards / A Virtual Event. Carlos del Rio, executive associate dean for Emory at Grady, professor of medicine, is among the award winners, along with Anthony Fauci and frontline health care workers.

October 2: Winship Win the Fight 5K. 8:30, virtually or in person. Registration and more information.

October 2: Metro Atlanta Heart Walk. In person and virtual. The Battery, 800 Battery Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30339. Parking will be free at the event. Get more information or register here.

October 6: Is Social Media Worth My Time? Using Social Media Professionally. Presented by Carlos del Rio, executive associate dean for Emory at Grady, professor of medicine; Gina Lundberg, clinical director Emory Women's Heart Center, associate professor of medicine; and Kimberly Manning, professor of medicine. Register

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