Kathy Griendling, Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), has been named to the R. Wayne Alexander, MD, Professorship in Cardiology.
The title of endowed chair and distinguished professor is among the highest honors that Emory bestows on a member of its faculty. It is reserved for those who have achieved outstanding distinction and scholarship in research, teaching and service to the academy, as well as to the external community. Conferral of the title also signifies that a faculty member has made substantial contributions to the University’s mission and strategic goals.
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Dan Dressler, Associate Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine), received the 2014 Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Society of Hospital Medicine. The SHM Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes outstanding teaching in hospital medicine. Nominees are judged on criteria such as dedication to the discipline of teaching, leadership in the advancement of innovative educational curricula and mentorship.
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Dr. Jonathan Kaufman was named director of the Ambulatory Infusion Centers at EUH Midtown, Emory John’s Creek Hospital, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, and Winship Cancer Institute.
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Thomas Pearson, MD, DPhil, executive director of the Emory Transplant Center, has been elected as incoming associate councillor of the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network and United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) Region 3.
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Dean Emeritus Thomas Lawley, Department of Dermatology, was named recipient of the Charles R. Hatcher, Jr., Award for Excellence in Public Health for 2013.
The Charles R. Hatcher Jr., MD Award was created to honor faculty members of the Health Sciences Center who, through their lifetime of work, exemplify excellence in public health. Dr. Hatcher was the first recipient of this award. Additional information on the award can be found on the Rollins School of Public Health site.
Dr. Stacy Higgins, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine was awarded the 2014 American College of Physicians W. Lester Henry Award for Diversity and Access to Care.
The award is given to an ACP member with outstanding accomplishments in advancing diversity in clinical medicine or research, and/or access to care in relation to diverse populations. Activities must pertain predominantly to work in the United States. “Diverse populations” are understood to include: 1) economically or socially disadvantaged patient populations, for example, minorities, immigrant groups, or the homeless; and 2) groups underrepresented in the healthcare workforce. Established in 2008 in the award was named in honor of Dr. W. Lester Henry, the first African-American Regent and Master of the College in 2012.
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Dr. Tammie Quest is the recipient of the Roxann Arnold Endowed Professorship in Palliative Care Medicine. The endowed professorship, from an anonymous donor and named in honor of the director of EUHM patient financial services, singled out Dr. Quest as “one of the most charismatic, dedicated and involved leaders in the field of palliative medicine; someone who inspires confidence in patients and families; and a visionary leader.”
Dr. Quest’s contributions are broad and deep, reaching all corners of Emory, touching thousands of patients and families, and she’s made lasting contributions nationally to palliative and end-of-life care.
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It gives me great pleasure to announce that Dr. Kerry Ressler, Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Affiliate Scientist in the Division of Neuroscience at Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is the recipient of the 2014 Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award. Dr. Ressler’s research focuses on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of fear learning and extinction of fear in mouse models and in humans with fear-related disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias and panic disorder.
Dr. Ressler earned his MD/PhD from Harvard and came to Emory in 1997 for his residency training in psychiatry. He joined the faculty immediately thereafter and quickly rose through the ranks to full professor. Dr. Ressler has been the principal or co-principal investigator on more than 15 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as multiple foundation grants, including the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. He has published over 165 research articles, reviews and book chapters, representing a vibrant research program that has advanced our understanding of fear learning and extinction.
In addition to his successful research program, Dr. Ressler currently serves as co-director of the Grady Trauma Project and is an active member of numerous institutional committees, study sections, advisory boards, and five editorial boards. Moreover, he is a highly regarded mentor and teacher, having trained more than 12 graduate students and 12 postdoctoral fellows and served on 30 thesis committees. He was the 2012 recipient of the Emory Postdoctoral Fellow Outstanding Mentor Award.
Dr. Ressler has received many international honors, including the 2011 inaugural Eva King Killiam Award for Outstanding Translational Research from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the 2011 Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the 2011 Emil Kraepelin Guest Professorship at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry, Munich, Germany. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2013. We are pleased to add to these accolades the School of Medicine’s highest award for research accomplishments.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Ressler for his accomplishments and his contributions to our academic community.