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In memoriam

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.

Jean Brumley 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.

In the 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.

George 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.

Like many 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."

Gifted CEO to retire

 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.

"John Henry's 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."

I also 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.

New chair in Neurology

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 research.

"Dr. DeLong 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."

Prior to 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.

A brand new day at Winship

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.

Researchers 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 helped create.

See these 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.

Top investigators

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!

Cr�me de la cr�me

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 professional schools.
  • 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 animals.
  • 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

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