When you think of the Department
of Medicine, what comes to mind? The SOM's largest department, with
more than 350 faculty? A Division of Cardiology that is one of the 10
best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report? A training
program that has graduated more than 2,000 resident physicians? The
department is all this and more. "We are proud of our long tradition
of healing, scientific and clinical investigation, and academic excellence,"
says Dr. Wayne Alexander, appointed department chair
in October 1999. Since then, the Department of Medicine has implemented
many changes. Here are some highlights.
- Research funding increased by 93% to $30 million between FY98 and
- The internal medicine housestaff training program was reorganized
under the leadership of Drs. Joyce Doyle and Carlos
- Clinical space at Crawford Long Hospital was reorganized for the
move into the new Medical Office Tower. Clinical space on the Emory
campus was renovated to accommodate integrated practice and cross-training
- Four new division directors were appointed. They are Drs.
David Harrison in cardiology, Vincent Yang
in gastroenterology, Jeff Sands in nephrology, and
Jesse Roman in pulmonary diseases, critical care
medicine, and allergy.
- Dr. Kenneth Brigham, formerly Chief of the Division
of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt, is the new
director of the Center for Pulmonary Transplantation Biology. The
center is part of the McKelvey Center for Lung Transplantation and
the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care Medicine, and Allergy.
- Dr. David Harrison is the first person to hold
the Bernard Marcus Chair in Vascular Medicine, created with a generous
contribution from the Marcus Foundation of Atlanta. These funds also
supported formation of the Marcus Center for Vascular Research.
- Dr. Curt Hagedorn directs the new Center for Hepatology
in the Division of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases.
- The department's new organizational structure includes
Dr. David Stephens as Executive Vice Chair, Dr. Douglas
Morris as Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Dr. Kenneth
Brigham as Vice Chair for Research, and Mr. Michael
Aycock as Executive Administrator.
- Dr. Tom Ziegler heads the new Center for Nutrition
in the Department of Medicine.
The NIH has again ranked the
SOM 23rd in the nation for overall research awards. Even though we ranked
23rd last year as well, I think it is a credit to our faculty that we
increased our NIH funding by 10.5%, from $110.5 million in FY00 to $122.1
million in FY01. Several departments ranked in the top 10 in their specialty
in the United States for FY01: microbiology and immunology (3), rehabilitation
medicine (4), neurology (5), and dermatology (6). The SOM now has 32
faculty members with annual federal grant totals of more than $1 million
a year, 11 with more than $2 million a year, and one with more than
$3.5 million a year.
moved from 22nd to 20th among research-oriented medical schools in the
U.S. News & World Report 2003 edition of "America's Best Graduate
Schools" guide. The SOM also jumped from 41st to 25th among primary
care-oriented medical schools. The news magazine rated our Physician
Assistant Program fourth and Physical Therapy third in the nation in
2000, the last year these programs were surveyed. Emory was the only
medical school in Georgia to be ranked in the 2003 guide.
more great news for our patients at Grady Hospital. The NIH has awarded
the SOM with a three-year, $4.2 million, renewable grant to establish
a General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) at Grady. As a result, Emory
and Morehouse physician-scientists there will tackle the intractable
health problems found at large urban hospitals, such as fighting kidney
disease caused by sickle cell anemia, looking for new ways to treat
victims of traumatic injury, and studying new vaccines for HIV/AIDS.
Located in Grady's Unit 8A, the Center has six inpatient beds, one outpatient
bed, and five infusion bays where patients can receive intravenous medications.
New techniques developed in the GCRC will be applied to care throughout
Center deepens the decades-long partnership between Emory and Grady.
"It's very unusual to find a GCRC in a non-university-owned hospital,"
explains Dr. Juha Kokko, Associate Dean for Clinical
Research. "Grady will benefit because the GCRC represents an additional
source of revenue for the hospital. Patients will benefit because it
will improve their quality of care, both in the Center and throughout
the hospital. Emory and Morehouse students will benefit as they learn
to conduct clinical research. It's a win-win situation for everyone."
Dr. Lawrence Phillips, Professor of Medicine, serves
as Program Director for the new GCRC.
I am pleased to announce
the recipients of the fourth annual Dean's Clinical Investigators Awards
for 2003. These clinical researchers were chosen because they exemplify
creative endeavor and scientific excellence. The following are second-time
awardees, who will receive a renewal of their initial three-year award.
They are Dr. Kenneth Bernstein, Professor of Pathology
and Laboratory Medicine; Dr. Mark Feinberg, Professor
of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology; Dr. Peter Jensen,
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Dr. Christian
Larsen, Professor of Surgery; Dr. Asma Nusrat,
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; and Dr.
Thomas Pearson, Professor of Surgery. Dr. Andrew Taylor,
Professor of Radiology, will receive a first-time award.
Read on for a brief
building update from Charlie Andrews, Associate Vice
President for WHSC Space Planning. Construction of the Autism Resource
Center, a new 16,000-square-foot building on the Emory Clairmont Campus,
is scheduled to open in August 2002. The construction crew will top
out the 260,000-square-foot Winship Cancer Institute Building this month
and complete it in July 2003. Construction begins in June on the new
Emory Faculty and Education Building at Grady. The new 75,000-square-foot
building will house about 150 offices for faculty and staff and one
floor of education space, including classrooms, a 100-seat auditorium,
standardized patient education space, and student amenities. Located
on the corner of Armstrong Street and Jesse Hill, Jr. Drive (formerly
Butler Street), it is scheduled to open in late 2003. Renovation of
the original Hornbostel buildings of the Anatomy/Physiology complex
should begin in late fall.
contribute to their respective fields in many ways, and I enjoy sharing
your news with colleagues so we can all take pride in what you have
accomplished. Here are some of the latest appointments and honors:
- Dr. Jonathan Flacker, Assistant Professor of Medicine
and Medical Director of the Grady Geriatrics Center, has received
a Silver Star Award from Senior Connections, which provides a variety
of services for elderly residents in DeKalb County.
- Dr. Sheryl Heron, Assistant Professor of Emergency
Medicine at Grady Hospital, was appointed by Governor Roy Barnes to
the Georgia Commission of Family Violence.
- Dr. Rod Hester has rejoined the Department of
Surgery as chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery, the position
held by the late Dr. John Bostwick. An SOM faculty member from 1980
to 1993, Dr. Hester founded the Paces Plastic Surgery and Recovery
Center in Atlanta.
- Dr. Arthur Kellermann, Professor and Chair of
Emergency Medicine, is serving as a special adviser to Lt. Governor
Mark Taylor on the development of a statewide trauma network.
- Dr. Charles Nemeroff, Chair of the Department
of Psychiatry, was named 2002 Psychiatrist of the Year by the Georgia
Psychiatric Physicians Association. He has received the C. Charles
Burlingame Award for 2002 from The Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital's
Mental Health Network in Connecticut. He also has been selected as
Editor-in-Chief of Neuropsychopharmacology.
- Dr. Peter Sebel has been appointed Vice Chair
of the Department of Anesthesiology.
- Dr. Carol Webb, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
and Behavioral Sciences, was named by Governor Barnes to the State
of Georgia Board of Examiners of Psychologists.
- Dr. Nanette Wenger, Chief of Cardiology at Grady
Hospital, was honored with the Distinguished Fellow Award of the Society
of Geriatric Cardiology.
- Dr. Thomas Ziegler, Associate Professor of Medicine,
received the 2002 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of
Food Service and Human Nutrition at Michigan State.
Thomas J. Lawley, MD