Dr. Charles Nemeroff,
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Dr.
Reynaldo Martorell, Chairman, Department of International Health,
Rollins School of Public Health, are among two of 65 leading health
sciences experts elected this year to the prestigious Institute of Medicine.
One of the National Academies and based in Washington, DC, the IOM seeks
to inform and advise government, corporations, and the public on health
and science policy.
and Martorell will devote volunteer time to IOM committees studying
current issues, including protection of human subjects in research,
microbial threats to health, and societal and individual problems of
the uninsured. Dr. Nemeroff's research has concentrated on the biological
basis of major neuropsychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia and
anxiety disorders. "This is a great honor," says Dr. Nemeroff. "I am
grateful to my peers around the country for electing me to this elite
group of scientists and physicians."
Emory has 11
of 1,358 IOM members nationwide. In addition to Drs. Nemeroff and Martorell,
they include Drs. James Curran (Dean, Rollins School
of Public Health), William Foege (RSPH), Michael
Johns (Executive Vice President, Woodruff Health Sciences Center),
Arthur Kellermann (Emergency Medicine), Luella
Klein (Ob/Gyn), Jeffrey Koplan (Vice President,
WHSC), Mark Rosenberg (RSPH), Marla Salmon
(Dean, School of Nursing), and Asa Yancey
recognition of our faculty's reputation nationally, the IOM recently
asked Dr. Ruth Parker, an internist at Grady Hospital
and Associate Professor of Medicine, to serve as an expert on its Committee
on Health Literacy. She will help examine the root problems that underlie
health illiteracy, which prevents many people from identifying and receiving
appropriate health care when they need it. "The world of medicine and
health care is increasingly complex," she says. "Health literacy really
is about all the gaps that exist between what we as providers assume
patients can do and what they really can do."
Dr. Louis Elsas,
founding Director of the Division of Medical Genetics, retired from
Emory on November 1. Never one to be idle, he will take on the challenge
of directing the new Center for Medical Genetics at the University of
Atlantan (born at Emory Hospital), Dr. Elsas came to Emory from Yale
in 1970 with an NIH grant to establish the Division of Medical Genetics
in the Department of Pediatrics. He is known for developing new treatments
for infants born with genetic metabolic disorders such as maple syrup
urine disease and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and for his role in starting
Georgia's Newborn Screening Program, which has tested more than 2 million
newborns within their first two weeks of life for a number of treatable
genetic disorders. Dr. Elsas founded the course "Human and Molecular
Genetics," which became a national model, and helped define medical
genetics as a specialty recognized by the American Medical Association.
All of us in the SOM wish Dr. Elsas a happy, productive "retirement."
The White Coat Ceremony
for the Class of 2006 was a memorable day for the more than 600 students
and guests who participated in the October event. After the ceremony
began with a musical prelude by the Teresa Texeria Trio, I welcomed
everyone and introduced our students. Dr. Jonas Shulman,
Executive Associate Dean, offered a light-hearted look at the medical
school experience with assurances that faculty and staff are here to
support students. Keynote speaker Dr. John Stone, Professor
of Medicine, Emeritus, read several passages from his book, On Doctoring,
reminding students what the white coat symbolizes to the medical community,
specifically physicians. Associate Dean William Eley, Associate
Dean Robert Lee, and Assistant Dean Ira Schwartz helped
the students into their white coats, and Dr. Jefferson Pendergrast
Jr., M72, representing the Medical Alumni Association, handed
out copies of Dr. Stone's book. Afterward, the Medical Alumni Association
and the Office of Medical Education and Student Affairs sponsored a
reception on the plaza.
for Health in Aging recently honored students in medicine, nursing,
and public health for their winning essays about their experiences with
older adults, many of whom were at Wesley Woods Center. M2 students
Arun Mohan ("Conversations and Generations") and Carmen
Traywick ("Introduction to the Geriatrics Program") were recognized
during the first annual award ceremony at Wesley Woods. The student
essay competition helps call attention to the health needs and well-being
of elderly adults. Each student received $500 to support activities
related to geriatrics and aging. Congratulations, Arun and Carmen!
View from atop the crane
Here's the latest construction
scoop from Charlie Andrews, Associate Vice President
for WHSC Space Planning:
- The Emory Autism Resource Center, a new 16,000-square-foot, $3.4
million building, has opened on the Emory-Clairmont Campus. It continues
to be the only resource in Georgia that provides comprehensive services
for children, adults, and their families.
- The new parking deck at Yerkes should be completed in early 2003,
when construction on the as-yet unnamed neuroscience building will
commence. Design planning for the 92,000-square-foot building, which
will cost roughly $27 million, is in its final stage. The building
will contain laboratory space, a rodent vivarium, housing for nonhuman
primates, and an imaging area.
- Construction of the Winship Cancer Institute (WCI) Building continues
and is scheduled to be completed in July 2003. Crews also are renovating
the WCI vivarium on the third floor of Clinic B. This project should
be completed when the new building opens.
- Crews prepared the site for the Emory Faculty and Education Building
at Grady this summer. They began construction late in September and
are scheduled to complete the building in a year. The Emory Medical
Care Foundation and the SOM are funding this $15 million building.
- The Department of Orthopaedics will move all of its outpatient
services from The Emory Clinic and the Emory Sports and Spine Center
into Executive Park on North Druid Hills Road. Renovations on a 95,000-square-foot
leased building should be completed in early 2004. The building will
help the department consolidate its space, now spread over two buildings,
and add about 15,000 square feet of clinic space, 18,000 square feet
of outpatient surgery space, and new physical therapy space. The estimated
project cost is $12 million.
Dr. Jonathan Flacker,
Chief of Geriatrics at Grady Hospital, has helped launch the
Aging Atlanta partnership. The Atlanta Regional Commission leads this
partnership of 26 organizations, including representatives from the
Rollins School of Public Health, the Grady Geriatrics Center, the Fulton
County Department of Family and Children Services, United Way of Metropolitan
Atlanta, and Reaching Out to Senior Adults. The Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation provided a Community Partnerships for Older Adults start-up
project grant, one of 13 such grants awarded nationwide, and a chance
to apply for future funding.
Dr. Flacker, "The idea behind the partnership is to work with the community
to improve quality of life for seniors." Its goal is to improve Atlanta's
long-term care delivery systems and increase the region's understanding
of the impact of an aging society. The partnership's pilot project in
south Fulton County will help address barriers to services, such as
prescription drugs and mental health services. It will track clients
to better serve seniors living in the community and create a resource
database accessible at libraries, pharmacies, senior centers, and other
Dr. Leon Haley,
Assistant Professor and Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief of Service of
Emergency Medicine with the Grady Health System, and Dr. Sheryl
Heron, Assistant Professor and Assistant Residency Director,
Emergency Medicine, have been selected by the editors of Georgia
Trend as two up-and-coming young Georgians. The magazine annually
recognizes young leaders under age 40 from business, government, education,
academia, medicine, the arts, the nonprofit sector, and law. Drs. Haley
and Heron are featured in the October issue.
who was a medical photographer at Emory for 42 years, died on October
2 at age 85. His ties to Emory began in World War II, after he was wounded
in Sicily and was sent to Ashford General Hospital at the Greenbrier
in West Virginia. After his recovery, Dr. Daniel Elkin,
an Emory surgeon who served as Ashford Chief of Staff during the war,
learned that photography was Joe's hobby. Consequently, Dr. Elkin asked
Joe to set up a medical photography department at Ashford, and offered
him the same position at Emory after the war ended. Many of us have
fond memories of Joe's years here. We certainly will miss him.
a physician who also is a book author or editor? This party is for you.
Join other writer/editors on December 5, 7 to 10 pm, in the WHSCAB Auditorium.
Host Neil Shulman, Associate Professor of Medicine,
who recently co-authored Your Body, Your Health, is sure to
provide an entertaining evening, complete with a reception, food, drink,
and book signings. He'll also honor leading campus authors, including
Dr. Willis Hurst, Candler Professor Emeritus, Department
of Medicine (Cardiology), and editor-in-chief of the internationally
renowned The Heart. For more information, contact Erin
D'Aoust at email@example.com.
Thomas J. Lawley, MD