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Archive for April, 2012

Emory Oncologists Peter Rossi and Shannon Kahn to Join Saint Joseph’s Radiation Oncology Team

Monday, April 30th, 2012

As Saint Joseph’s Hospital moves forward in its new partnership with Emory Healthcare, new developments in the oncology department will allow Saint Joseph’s to collaborate with the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University to provide cancer care through Georgia’s only NCI-Designated Cancer Center.

Beginning June 1, radiation oncology services at Saint Joseph’s Hospital will be provided by Emory’s Department of Radiation Oncology under the medical direction of Peter Rossi, MD. Dr. Rossi will be joined by Shannon Kahn, MD, and the two radiation oncologists will be fully devoted to the radiation oncology patients at Saint Joseph’s. They will become part of Saint Joseph’s existing team of community physicians who provide oncology care to Saint Joseph’s patients.

Dr. Rossi is board certified in radiation oncology and is an assistant professor of radiation oncology at Emory University. He has been on the Emory faculty for five years and is considered an expert in the care of patients with many forms of cancer, including prostate cancer and gynecological cancer. He has significant experience in Gamma Knife® radiosurgery from his prior work at Wake Forest University.

Dr. Kahn is board certified in radiation oncology and returns to Emory after working in a private practice setting in the Atlanta area. She has a strong interest in breast, thoracic and hematologic malignancies.

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Stuart Knechtle, MD, Will Lead Heart, Kidney and Liver Transplant Teams at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has named Stuart Knechtle, MD, as Chief of Transplant Services. He adds this to his roles as Surgical Director of the Liver Transplant Program and the Carlos and Marguerite Mason Chair for Liver Transplant Surgery at Children’s. As Chief of Transplant Services, he will collaborate with other physician leaders to develop and implement strategic initiatives for the program. He will continue to enhance research and build Children’s programming, outreach and education efforts.

Knechtle also serves as Clinical Director at the Emory Transplant Center, Director of Liver Transplantation at the Emory Clinic, Chief of the Division of Transplantation and Professor of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine.

He has designed and led a variety of clinical trials and is considered a leader in the field of liver and kidney transplantation. As a researcher, Knechtle has operated a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research lab for 20 years and continues research focused on the immunologic mechanisms of transplant rejection and immunologic tolerance. Prior to joining Children’s and Emory, he led a team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that performed the state’s first living donor liver transplant and Wisconsin’s first combined liver and pancreas transplant.

Knechtle is a member of several professional and scientific organizations, including the American Surgical Association and the American Society of Transplantation. He has contributed to more than 300 research articles, publications, and abstracts in the areas of transplantation and transplant immunology.

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Morehouse Hosts Fourth White House Conference on HIV/AIDS

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Morehouse School of Medicine, in partnership with The White House Office of Public Engagement & Office of National AIDS Policy, recently hosted the fourth White House Conference on HIV/AIDS at Morehouse School of Medicine’s Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care.

The White House Conference on HIV/AIDS offers advocates, community leaders and members of the public an opportunity to engage with the Obama Administration on issues related to the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the LGBT community, with a specific focus on the National HIV/AIDS strategy.

“Morehouse School of Medicine is honored to host an event with such direct impact for our communities,” said Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D., Dean and Executive Vice President, Morehouse School of Medicine, just prior to the conference.  “HIV/AIDS is one of our important areas of research and an issue that not only affects the LGBT community, but the minority community as well. We are excited to be part of this national conversation and share our knowledge and research regarding HIV/AIDS health disparities.”

Dr. Montgomery Rice welcomed the 300 conference attendees, along with Grant Colfax, MD, Director, White House Office of National Aids Policy. The group received detailed updates from senior officials from The White House, key agencies and departments, and had the opportunity to connec with federal government resources through workshop sessions. Additionally, attendees provided feedback through the “Open Space” process.

Expert panelists discussed how to: overcome disparities among different populations; improve health outcomes through science, policy and practice; and frame the data. Highlights included the following speakers:

• Kevin Fenton, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

• Allison Nichols, Chief, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

• David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine, 16th Surgeon General of the United States, 10th Assistant Secretary for Health, former Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

• David Malebranche, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

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Brain Tumor Group for Children Honors Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, executive director of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, is the recipient of the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children’s “Visionary Award” for 2012. Curran was chosen for the award for his work at Winship on brain tumor research and for his role in helping to bring a proton beam therapy treatment center to Atlanta, scheduled to open in 2015.

The Foundation presented the honor to Curran on April 28 at a special event at the home of nationally-syndicated consumer expert Clark Howard, who hosted a fundraiser for the brain tumor group.

Curran, a radiation oncologist, has spent years studying how to best identify better treatment options for brain tumor patients and how to reduce the side-effects of radiation so critically needed for treatment. Proton beam radiation therapy is the most precise radiation therapy available and is likely to minimize damage to nearby, non-cancerous tissue. This is especially important when treating children. Because their bodies are still growing, their organs are more vulnerable to lasting damage from radiation than those of adults.

Currently, the closest proton beam therapy treatment center is in Jacksonville; only 11 are in operation in the United States. Having a facility in Atlanta will minimize the stress and costs to Atlanta families whose children suffer from brain tumors, said Mary Moore, executive director of the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children (BTFC).

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WellStar Health System Selects Kem M. Mullins

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

WellStar Health System has announced Kem M. Mullins as senior vice president and WellStar Cobb Hospital president. As president of WellStar Cobb Hospital, Mullins will be responsible for day-to-day operations and strategic planning for the hospital.

Mullins brings more than 16 years of hospital administration experience including serving as chief operating officer for Atlanta Medical Center and Tenet Healthcare’s Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark. He also was associate administrator at University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tenn., and Williamson Memorial Hospital, in Williamson, W.Va.

Most recently, he served as chief executive officer for Tenet Healthcare Corporation’s Saint Francis Hospital – Bartlett, a 156-bed medical/surgical hospital in Memphis, Tenn. There, he achieved 5-Star patient satisfaction scores for four years running, improved physician satisfaction, lowered infections rates and improved financial performance at the hospital.

Mullins has a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., and a master’s degree in finance from Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky.

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New Piedmont Newnan Hospital Holds Ribbon Cutting; Slated to Open in May

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on March 24 for the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital. An estimated 3,000 members of the community attended the event, which included a sneak preview tour of the hospital, set to officially open in May.

The new 136-bed hospital features a sleek design with nearly 60,000 square feet of exterior glass.  Research shows patients heal faster when surrounded by an abundance of natural light.

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Human Immunity to Tuberculosis Conference

Friday, April 13th, 2012

April 13-14, 2012, Atlanta. For more information, visit Tuberculosis International Conference

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