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Pediatrics on the move

The Department of Pediatrics has well-deserved tidings to celebrate. Not only does the department have new quarters (see "Construction Update" in this issue), it has a new Chair--our own internationally recognized faculty member and pediatrician, Dr. Barbara Stoll, also the first holder of the Dr. George W. Brumley Jr. Chair in Pediatrics. Additionally, Dr. Stoll serves as President and CEO of the Emory Children's Center and Medical Director for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, a newly combined post that cements the already strong relationship between Emory and Children's. I'm delighted that she has accepted the great responsibility of carrying Emory and Egleston pediatrics forward at a time of extraordinary opportunity for both institutions.

Dr. Stoll has been a member of the SOM faculty since 1986 and has served as Interim Chair for the past year. Her research interests have focused on neonatal infections, immune development of the fetus and newborn, child survival, and the use of epidemiological studies in neonatal-perinatal medicine. Board-certified in pediatrics and neonatology, she has served as a consultant to the CDC on a variety of projects and has worked with WHO to develop a global agenda for treating sick newborns and preventing neonatal morbidity and mortality in developing countries.

A new chair for Radiology

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Sanjay Saini as William Timmie Patterson Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology. He also holds a joint appointment in Goizueta Business School. A specialist in gastrointestinal radiology and liver imaging, Dr. Saini's early clinical research focused on developing novel contrast agents to improve imaging of liver malignancies, and he plans to continue to practice clinical radiology in abdominal imaging. He brings a formidable record of achievement in research and organizational leadership to Emory. Both his scientific expertise and his strong foundation in business development and management will help propel the department to the next level of achievement. Dr. Saini succeeds Dr. William Casarella as Chair (see "Life Transitions" in this issue).

Dr. Saini comes to Emory from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). At Harvard, he served on the faculty for 23 years, most recently as Professor of Radiology. At MGH, he was the Director of Computed Tomography and Vice Chair of Radiology for Health Systems Affairs. Dr. Saini also directed Partners Radiology, a collaborative organization encompassing five acute care systems, including MGH, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and three community hospitals.

M1 class gets into the groove

A warm welcome to our M1 class of 113 medical students. "We are very happy to enroll such an accomplished, humane class. Their years at Emory will be spent with a truly remarkable group of classmates," reports Dr. Bill Eley, recently promoted to Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs. This year's class includes 16 from Emory, eight from Georgia Tech, four from the University of Georgia, 10 from Harvard, five from Vanderbilt, four from Duke, four from the University of Virginia, and one or two from other leading schools such as Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and Columbia. We have 62 males and 51 females, with most students from the United States and one each from England, Canada, Zimbabwe, and Jamaica. The class has a cumulative grade point average of 3.73 and an average MCAT score of 33. Seven students already have graduate degrees.

Inside Trauma/Surgical Critical Care at Grady

We have a valuable resource at Grady not available just anywhere: the Department of Surgery's Division of Trauma/Surgical Critical Care, directed by Dr. Grace Rozycki for the last 10 years. This division, which includes Grady Hospital's Trauma Center and Surgical Intensive Care Unit, annually treats about 3,500 adults and children, most of whom have sustained blunt injury from motor vehicle crashes, gunshot or stab wounds, or other injuries requiring specialized treatment and rehabilitation. (The Burn Unit, directed by Dr. Walter Ingram, treats an additional 360 patients a year.)

"The expertise of our group is second to none in the country," says Dr. Rozycki. "However, we desperately need a Statewide Trauma Network so that we can provide that same level of care to all Georgia citizens."

Grady has one of only four Level I trauma centers in the state. The division has eight faculty who are board-certified in both surgical critical care and surgery.

Construction update

Several departments on campus have new or renovated quarters. Faculty, staff, and animals have moved into the new $27 million Neuroscience Research Facility at Yerkes, and the final touches are being put in place for a dedication on Thursday, October 28, at 3:00 pm. SOM faculty, staff, and students are invited. The building has five stories and includes 31 researcher offices, 51 graduate student workstations, eight research labs, and 39 behavioral labs. A cyclotron, a particle accelerator for PET imaging, will be completed this fall.

The $43 million, 153,000-square-foot Emory Pediatrics Building opened to patients in late September. Located behind Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, this facility has new clinical space, advanced research labs, and an integrated, invigorated department. The Emory Children's Center, the Sibley Heart Center, and the AFLAC Cancer Center now share one roof. The 2.4-acre site on which the old, maze-like cluster of buildings the department once occupied has been sold to Children's, which will begin a hospital expansion soon.

The Departments of Human Genetics and Ophthalmology are expanding into newly renovated quarters. The 45 Human Genetics faculty and staff on Ridgewood Drive have begun moving into the former home of the Emory Spine/Sports Medicine Center on North Decatur Road. It will house the Division of Medical Genetics' outpatient clinics and the Genetics Laboratory with three labs that provide cytogenetic, biochemical, and molecular diagnostics. All clinical staff should be moved in later this month.

The Comprehensive Ophthalmology service has completed a 4,300-square-foot expansion on the first floor of Clinic Building B. The new suite includes vision care and low-vision rehabilitation clinics and a new state-of-the-art optical shop. Previously, these services were housed on the fifth floor, where the Comprehensive and Specialty Contact Lens sections remain.

Emory sponsors a genomic revolution

SOM and other Emory faculty are sharing the spotlight in "The Genomic Revolution" at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Created by The American Museum of Natural History in New York, the exhibition examines genetic and genomic technology and the social, cultural, legal, and medical impact of the Human Genome Project.

Emory is the main sponsor for the event, which includes evening lectures and discussion groups. Lectures are at 7:00 pm and include Dr. Arri Eisen, Director of the Emory College Program in Science and Society, "Who Are You? Genes and Identity," on October 19; Dr. Michael Johns, Executive VP for Health Affairs, "The Genomic Opportunity: Transforming Health and Healing," on October 26; and Dr. Jonathan Simons, Director, Winship Cancer Institute, "Genomic Healing for Cancer," on November 30. Lectures are free, but tickets are required.

On November 9, Dr. Paul Fernhoff, Associate Professor of Human Genetics, and Ms. Kathy Kinlaw, Associate Director, Emory Center for Ethics, will lead a discussion group on"Babies by Design/The Ethics of Genetic Enhancement" beginning at 7:30 pm. Discussion group tickets are $15 and include dessert and coffee. Participants may also view the exhibit at 6:30 pm.

For discussion group and lecture ticket reservations, call 404-929-6400.

Life transitions

Several colleagues are making major changes in their lives. Dr. William Casarella has stepped down as Chair of the Department of Radiology. He will continue as Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, focusing on Emory's clinical services at Grady Hospital, and as a faculty member in Radiology. Dr. Robert Rich has left his post as Executive Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives to become the new Vice President and Dean of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Susan Rich, Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Education, will soon join him to serve as Associate Dean for the Life Sciences at UAB. Dr. Sylvia Wrobel has retired as Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Communications. Luckily, you still will see her with notebook in hand as a part-time writer and editorial consultant. (Mr. Ron Sauder is her successor.) Dr. Nigel Harris, Dean and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine, has left Atlanta to become Vice Chancellor at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Best wishes to these wonderful friends on their new endeavors!

Award of a lifetime

The CDC has honored Dr. Walter Orenstein, Director, Emory Program for Vaccine Policy and Development and Associate Director, Vaccine Center, with the Charles Shepard Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award.

This award honors Dr. Orenstein for his 26-year career at the CDC, where he successfully led efforts to combat and markedly reduce the occurrence of once common childhood diseases, including Hib meningitis, rubella, varicella, polio, and invasive pneumococcal disease. Dr. Charles Shepard, for whom the award is named, was an internationally renowned microbiologist.

Student accolades

Arun Mohan is the first medical student to become a member of the American Medical Association Foundation's board of directors. An M4 student, Arun is pursuing a dual MD/MBA degree.

M3 student Chris Klebanoff has received a Continued Fellowship for Medical Studies from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Chris spent two years between his second and third years of medical school conducting research at the NIH.

Esther Han, an M3 student, won third place and $250 from Baylor College of Medicine's Department of Surgery for her poem, "Bitter Blocker." Her poem was chosen from 419 original poems submitted by undergraduate medical students.

Grant proposals due November 1

The Emory Medical Care Foundation is accepting applications for research grants up to $25,000. Offered three times a year, the awards are available to SOM faculty who spend at least 50% of their time at Grady. For guidelines, visit www.med.emory.edu/research/INFORMATION/emcf.html.

Thomas J. Lawley, MD
Dean, Emory School of Medicine








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