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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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