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The Emory cardiac surgery team

Emory Cardiac Surgery Achieves Elite Distinction

November 2019

The cardiac surgery program at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital achieved top performance compared with benchmarks in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and mitral valve repair and replacement (MVRR) in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery Database.


Dr. Carla Haack

Carla Haack Honored as SOM Hidden Gem

October 2019

The Emory Medicine Recognitions Committee instituted the Hidden Gem award to recognize faculty whose contributions to Emory and beyond often go unnoticed or unrecognized. The honorees are nominated by their departments. In his nomination letter, Dr. John Sweeney wrote, "Dr. Haack has consistently and graciously distinguished herself as the 'go to' general surgeon at Emory University Hospital."


Dr. Keith Delman

ACGME Selects Keith Delman for Courage to Teach Award

October 2019

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has honored Keith Delman, MD, associate chair of faculty and clinical affairs and program director of the general surgery residency program, with the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award. This award is given to those program directors who find innovative ways to teach residents and provide quality health care while remaining connected to the initial impulse to care for others.


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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