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Dr. Rachel Patzer

New Study Finds Disparities in Referral for Transplant Between Profit and Non-Profit Dialysis Centers, and New Grant Funds Examination of Variation Found in Pre-waitlisting Steps for Kidney Transplant

September 2019

Rachel Patzer, PhD, MPH, director of the Emory Health Services Research Center, was senior author of a study that found that whether or not a kidney dialysis center is for-profit may influence the timeline for receiving a transplant. In addition, she and Stephan Pastan, MD, received an NIDDK R01 to examine the variation found in pre-waitlisting steps for kidney transplant.

Study of Kidney Dialysis Profit Status >>

Drs. Patzer and Pastan Receive R01 to Improve Quality and Access to Early Steps in Kidney Transplantation >>

Dr. Theresa Gillespie

Theresa Gillespie, Vinita Singh, and Colleagues Publish Study on Patients with Cancer Pain Facing Barriers to Medical Marijuana

September 2019

Theresa W. Gillespie, PhD, MA, BSN, professor in the Emory departments of surgery and hematology and oncology; Vinita Singh, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology; and colleagues surveyed patients who were registered for medical marijuana and reported concerns over access to cannabis in states with restrictive laws. The study was published in the Journal of Oncology Practice.

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Dr. Muralidhar Padala

Muralidhar Padala Selected for 2019 Innovation for Impact Award

August 2019

Muralidhar Padala, PhD, associate professor of surgery in the division of cardiothoracic surgery, is the inaugural recipient of the Emory School of Medicine Innovation for Impact Award for 2019. This award was established to recognize faculty inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs whose contributions resulted in a significant impact on human health or have the potential to be paradigm-shifting.


Dr. Kendra Grubb in the OR.

Kendra Grubb and Structural Heart Center Associates Perform Live Cases for TVT 2019

August 2019

The Emory Structural Heart and Valve Center was one of only six stateside centers to perform live case demonstrations for the 12th Annual TVT (transcatheter valve therapy) Structural Heart Summit in Chicago. The physician team for the procedures included Kendra Grubb, MD, surgical director of the Structural Heart and Valve Center; Vasilis Babaliaros, MD, and Adam B. Greenbaum, MD, co-directors of the center; and Robert J. Lederman, MD, senior investigator for the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institutes of Health.


Ada Lee Correll and Dr. Sheryl Gabram

Sheryl Gabram-Mendola Receives Inaugural Appointment to Academic Chair

July 2019

Nationally recognized expert in the surgical treatment of breast cancer and management of patients at high risk for breast cancer, Sheryl Gabram-Mendola, MD, MBA, has been named the Ada Lee Correll Chair in Surgery (Dr. Gabram-Mendola, right, is pictured with Ada Lee Correll). This academic chair is the most recent installment in Ada Lee Correll's extensive history as a fundraiser and donor to various Atlanta-based and national entities.