Vol. 5, No. 1 (Spring 2002)
From the Director
Since September 11, faculty from across the Woodruff Health Sciences Center have stepped up to provide the brainpower and skills necessary to defend and inform a worried nation. As part of that effort, the new Center for Public Health Preparedness at the Rollins School of Public Health will capitalize on Emory's leadership in the research and treatment of infectious diseases.
For Emory Hospitals, the September 11 terrorist attacks begged the question, "What if...?"
Survival sometimes requires shedding cumbersome tools. But implementing an innovative agenda in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center will not be easy and requires restructuring organizations and processes and redeploying resources and people, says Mike Johns, executive vice president for health affairs. Still, Emory has done it before and can do it again.
Class 'A' space
The newly opened Whitehead Biomedical Research Building brings together faculty with different ideas and backgrounds into research space that most agree is as good as it gets. But is it enough?
News items include milestones in diabetes research, a clinic for Latinos, AIDS vaccine trials at the Hope Clinic, a camera with an indispensable view, martial arts for balance, a tobacco funds oversight group, eye-opening rotations, the new Clinical Trials Office, efforts to improve the odds in the "stroke belt," and teens, sex, and the Internet.
Emory recently scored some perfect matches: Jeff Koplan, immediate past director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the Woodruff Health Sciences Center's new vice president for academic health affairs, and 95% of the medical school's graduating class paired with their top choices for residencies.
On point: Very private matters
It has always been Emory Healthcare's policy to maintain patient confidentiality, but now we must comply with additional rules, says Privacy Officer Anne Adams. The new rules will burden both patients and providers.