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Emory-produced COVID-19 Community & Healthcare Facility Checklists for low resource settings now available

August 2020

A partnership of Emory residents, medical students, and the leadership of the Emory Global Perioperative Health Group has produced a COVID-19 Community & Healthcare Facility Checklists manual. The electronic document is available for free download, and is intended to serve as a needs assessment and organizational tool for low resource communities and healthcare facilities, though it is suitable for use by any entity.

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Doug Murray

Remembering Doug Murray, MD

July 2020

Sadly, the Department of Surgery must report that we have lost a beloved colleague, friend, and mentor with the passing of Douglas R. Murray, MD. By the time he retired in 2006, Dr. Murray's impassioned commitment to teaching, training, and patient care had left an indelible effect on hundreds of residents, fellows, and faculty.

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Juan Sarmiento

Juan Sarmiento performs 1000th Whipple procedure

July 2020

Shortly after joining Emory Surgery in May 2003, Juan M. Sarmiento, MD, performed his first Emory-based Whipple procedure at Emory University Hospital. Fast forward 17 years to July 23, 2020, and he achieved the major milestone of performing his 1000th Whipple at Emory, an amazing accomplishment by any estimation.

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Kirsten Baecher, Michael Turgeon, Jessica Keilson

Kirsten Baecher, Michael Turgeon, and Jessica Keilson named Elkin Fellows

July 2020

General surgery residents Kirsten Baecher, MD, Jessica Keilson, MD, and Michael Turgeon, MD, are the 2020 recipients of the Nell W. and William Simpson Elkin Fellowship. Each award comes with an endowment of up to $35,000 to help cover salary, laboratory costs, and other expenses related to recipients' research proposals, such as travel to conferences and meetings.

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Randi Smith, MD

Randi Smith invited to join ACS COT Working Group on the Social Determinants of Health

June 2020

Randi Smith, MD, MPH, has been invited to participate in the newly formed Working Group on the Social Determinants of Health of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. This multidisciplinary group will consist of health care providers, community members, and public health specialists who have knowledge, expertise, and experience in examining the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age, and the impact of these forces on chronic diseases, including trauma, and how they intersect with inequity and health care disparities.

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Thank an Emory Health Hero

Join us in showing our gratitude

From working to develop new therapeutics and vaccines, to taking care of patients in our hospitals — Emory School of Medicine faculty and staff are leading the way in the fight against COVID-19. Use this link to share a note of thanks or read messages to those who are working to keep us healthy and safe. Your note can be short or long, addressed to someone specific, or a more general tribute.


Tim Buchman and Rachel Patzer

Timothy Buchman and Rachel Patzer involved in COVID-19 research

June 2020

Timothy Buchman, MD, PhD, is participating in a study that hopes to harness the power of artificial intelligence to predict poor outcomes for ICU patients with the disease, and Rachel Patzer, PhD, is co-leading a project that is using the symptom checker app launched at Emory to create a nationwide cohort of 60,000 people who reported COVID-19 symptoms for several purposes.

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