Sadly, Emory physician George
Brumley, his wife Jean, and 10 other family members died last
month in a plane crash in Kenya. This loss has been very hard for the
SOM. Dr. Brumley joined the faculty in 1981 as the Frances Winship Walters
Professor of Pediatrics and as the Chair of Pediatrics, which he led
until 1995. Additionally, he served as Interim Dean from 1983 to 1984
and as Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs from 1995 to 1996.
enjoyed her involvement in the Emory community, which honored her with
the Emory Women's Club Achievement Award in 1990. Lois Brumley
Morrell, one of the Brumley's children who died in the plane
crash, was a former neonatal nurse at Emory Crawford Long Hospital and
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and received her master's degree from
the School of Nursing in 1993. Her husband, Richard Morrell,
recently completed his psychology predoctoral internship at Grady Memorial
Hospital and would have received his doctorate from Emory this month.
course of his own career, Dr. Brumley held a number of leadership positions
at Emory and at Grady, turned a small pediatrics department into a large,
thriving one, expanded the faculty, and made the pediatrics residency
training program one of the most sought-after in the country. In addition
to his own research to aid low birth-weight infants, Dr. Brumley strengthened
the department's research programs by establishing the Emory-Egleston
Children's Research Center, which consequently boosted the hospital's
reputation as one of the nation's top pediatric facilities.
and Jean Brumley were devoted to their community, quietly supporting
the arts, education, health care, and their church. At the time of his
death, Dr. Brumley was Chair of Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves
Dreams), a nonprofit initiative to encourage low-income students to
attend college. The Brumleys also founded the Whitefoord Community Project,
an inner-city education and health program for children and families.
It is most fitting that Dr. Brumley received the Thomas Jefferson Award,
Emory's highest award for service, in 1995.
of us, Dr. Barbara Stoll, Interim Chair of Pediatrics,
will remember him with great respect and affection as "a very special
man of quiet humility who lived and taught the responsibility to give
back to the community."
John Henry Sr.,
FACHE, our excellent CEO of Emory Hospitals and Wesley Woods
Center, will retire August 31. He then will become CEO Emeritus and
serve as special adviser to Dr. Michael Johns, CEO
of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, from 2003 to 2004.
career at Emory has been an extraordinary saga of leadership, loyalty,
and vision," says Dr. Johns. "He has loved and nurtured Emory Hospital,
Emory Crawford Long Hospital, and Wesley Woods Center as if they were
family. A gifted administrator, John leaves behind a legacy of health-giving
programs and magnificent structures."
commend Mr. Henry for his ability to put the patient first and his commitment
to the Crawford Long community physicians who work alongside SOM faculty
to provide health care to all Atlantans. He has held increasingly responsible
administrative positions in Emory's hospitals since 1963. He served
as Crawford Long's Senior Administrative Officer from 1984 to 1995,
when he oversaw the integration of Emory and Crawford Long hospitals
and became CEO of Emory Hospitals (he was given leadership of Wesley
Woods Center and Geriatric Hospital fairly recently). From 2002 to 2003,
he served as Chair of the 190 hospital-member Georgia Hospital Association.
Most recently, Mr. Henry received the Atlanta Business Chronicle's
"Lifetime Achievement Award" for his successful leadership of Emory
Hospitals, including Crawford Long's redevelopment project.
I'm pleased to announce
that Dr. Allan Levey, renowned for his research on
the degenerative brain disorders leading to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's
diseases, is the new Chair of the Department of Neurology, in which
he has served as a faculty member since 1991. He succeeds Dr.
Mahlon DeLong, William Timmie Professor, who will focus on
developing the SOM Neuroscience Center. This Center will take the lead
in eradicating nervous system diseases through innovative and translational
has done a fantastic job in creating one of the best neurology departments
in the country," says Dr. Levey. "Because the brain is so complex, we
need to continue to capitalize and expand on our opportunities and strengths
across the Emory campus, as well as our ties to collaborators around
the world, to provide the best care and expertise for our patients."
his new appointment, Dr. Levey served as Professor and Vice Chair of
Academic Affairs Research for the department. He also directed our Alzheimer's
Disease Center, Neurodegenerative Disease Center, and MD/PhD program.
Dr. Levey will build on the accomplishments of Dr. DeLong, who took
a small department and developed it into one of the top-ranked departments
in the United States, offering treatment and research options sought
by patients from around the world.
Doctors and staff
began seeing patients in the sparkling new Winship Cancer Institute
(WCI) Building in July. Its floors, named for the special work conducted
there, house Radiation Oncology and other imaging services, (tunnel
level/Compassion); the Bone Marrow Transplantation Clinic, the Hematology/Leukemia
Clinic, pharmacy, clinical laboratory, and the Ambulatory Infusion Center
(plaza level/Caring); the Breast Imaging Center, the Financial Counseling
Center, the Comfortable Caf�, and a boutique with wigs and other cosmetic
items (level 1/Courage); Medical and Surgical Oncology with procedure
rooms (level 2/Hope); clinical trial space (level 3/Imagination); administrative
offices (level 4/Translation); and a conference center (level 5/Discovery).
Each of the top three floors has state-of-the-art laboratory space.
at WCI will put that new space to good use with a US Department of Defense
(DoD) grant to fund a new prostate cancer research consortium of 13
universities in eight states. Drs. Jonathan Simons,
WCI Director, and Leland Chung, Director of the Molecular
Urology and Therapeutics Program, lead the consortium, which will identify
new therapeutic targets and concepts for effective treatment of advanced
prostate cancer. The $10 million DoD grant is the largest, federally
funded, three-year award for this type of research in history. It also
represents a new model in federal agency funding that removes barriers
and brings together the best US scientists to eradicate prostate cancer.
Participants will communicate through web-based videoconferencing, online,
real-time video streaming, and data-sharing technologies that WCI researchers
grand new facilities at the WCI Building dedication festivities. Events
begin with a reception and tour from 6:00 to 8:30 pm on Monday, September
22, prior to an International Scientific Symposium and poster session
on September 23. The dedication ceremony takes place on Wednesday, September
24, from 2:00 to 2:30 pm. Tours and a reception follow.
I'm happy to announce the
2004 recipients of the Dean's Clinical Investigator Awards. They are
Drs. Jack Arbiser (Dermatology), Marc Moss
(Medicine), Dominique Musselman (Psychiatry), Andrew
Neish (Pathology), Charles Parkos (Pathology),
David Rye (Neurology), and Zachary Stowe
(Psychiatry). The three-year awards are $30,000 per year for junior
faculty and $50,000 per year for senior faculty, with the award funding
split between the Dean's Office and the nominating department. These
awards allow faculty with clinical responsibilities to spend sufficient
research time on funded research projects. The SOM's Research Advisory
Committee, chaired by Dr. Robert Rich, Executive Associate
Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives, oversees the selection
process and has awarded 30 scientists with more than $4.7 million in
funding since the program's inception in 1999. Congratulations to all!
Here are some of the many faculty accolades that have crossed my desk:
- With a grant from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Drs.
Alfred Brann (Pediatrics) and Luella Klein (Obstetrics
and Gynecology) have initiated the Interpregnancy Care Project to
reduce the number of low birth-weight, premature infants in Georgia.
The project provides primary and specialized care, including social
care, to high-risk women between the birth of their last child at
Grady Memorial Hospital and their next pregnancy.
- Dr. Willis Hurst (Medicine/Cardiology), received
one of five Crystal Apple Awards for teaching. The awards recognize
teachers throughout the university for outstanding efforts to educate
and mentor students. Dr. Hurst's award represents teaching in Emory's
- Neuro-ophthalmologist Dr. Nancy Newman, LeoDelle
Jolley Chair of Ophthalmology, will receive the American Neurological
Association's Distinguished Teacher Award this fall at the association's
annual meeting in San Francisco.
- Dr. Jennifer Pullium (Pathology), Veterinarian
in the Division of Animal Resources, was presented the 2003 Foster
Award by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine for achieving
the highest score on the annual specialty certifying examination.
Her colleague, Dr. Noel Lehner, recently was recognized
at the annual meeting of the American Association for Laboratory Animal
Science with the Garvey Award for meritorious achievements in animal
resources administration, education, and humane care and use of laboratory
- Dr. Kenneth Walker (Medicine) is the recipient
of the Marion V. Creekmore Award, which honors an Emory faculty or
staff member for commitment to internationalization. Dr. Walker was
recognized for his work as co-director of the Atlanta-Tbilisi Healthcare
Partnership, which provides medical expertise, manpower, and supplies
to the newly independent nation of Georgia.
Thomas J. Lawley, MD