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GSO/HNS ICD-10 Education for Otolaryngology

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

March 23, 2015, Sonesta Hotel, Duluth, Ga. For more information, visit The Georgia Society of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery 


GSO/HNS Coding & Reimbursement Course

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

March 22, 2015, Sonesta Hotel, Duluth, Ga. For more information, visit The Georgia Society of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery 


GNS Coding & Reimbursement Course

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

March 21, 2015, Sonesta Hotel, Duluth, Ga. For more information, visit Georgia Neurosurgical Society


GNS ICD-10 Education for Neurosurgery

Friday, March 20th, 2015

March 20, 2015, Sonesta Hotel, Duluth, Ga. For more information, visit Georgia Neurosurgical Society


March 2015 Trauma Commission Meeting

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

March 19, 2015, Macon, Ga. For more information, visit Georgia Trauma Commission


MAA Board Meeting

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

March 19, 2015, Atlanta. For more information, visit Medical Association of Atlanta


Emory University President James Wagner Announces Michael J. Mandl as the New President and CEO of Emory Healthcare

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Michael J. MandlEmory University President James Wagner has announced the appointment of Michael J. Mandl to the position of president and CEO of Emory Healthcare.

Mandl has served Emory University as executive vice president for business and administration since joining Emory in 2003. In this capacity, he has served on the Emory Healthcare Board of Directors, and was appointed chair in September 2014. He is also a member of the Board of the Emory Saint Joseph’s Joint Operating Company.

“Mike Mandl is a proven leader with extraordinary intellect, integrity, executive capacity, and great heart,” says Wagner. “He is the right leader at the right time for Emory Healthcare. As one of this nation’s premier academic medical centers, Emory Healthcare is uniquely positioned to help lead the way through our country’s rapidly evolving health care landscape. Mike deeply believes that value in the new world of health care will come via strong physician engagement and leadership going forward.”

“Emory Healthcare is very strong and well positioned to meet the challenges of the market going forward,” says Douglas Ivester, chair of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Board and a member of the Emory University Board of Trustees. “We have enjoyed the strong leadership of John Fox for the past 16 years, and Emory is indeed fortunate to have an exceptionally thoughtful and talented leader like Mike Mandl to assume the CEO position and know him to be fully committed to the mission and people of Emory Healthcare. Mike has an unwavering commitment to our patents and to Emory’s research and education missions.”

In his new role as president and CEO of Emory Healthcare, Mandl will serve one of the Southeast’s largest and most comprehensive health care systems. Emory Healthcare is composed of Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Emory Rehabilitation Hospital in Partnership with Select Medical, Emory Clinic, Emory Specialty Associates and the Emory Healthcare Network.

“It is an incredible privilege to serve Emory University in this role,” says Mandl. “I have worked in partnership with Emory’s senior leaders and trustees over the years exploring opportunities for positioning Emory Healthcare for continued success. I look forward to working closely with the leadership team at Emory Healthcare. I am grateful to have a seasoned, committed, passionate team of colleagues, advisors, and health care experts.”

Emory and WellStar Health System recently announced formal discussions regarding potentially combining Emory Healthcare and WellStar into a new, independent 501(c)(3) health care entity. Mandl, in close partnership with Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center leadership, has led those discussions on behalf of Emory since their inception and will continue to do so.

“Mike’s vision, creativity, and strong ability to work in partnership with others will serve our university and Emory Healthcare’s physicians, nurses, staff, and most importantly, patients, very well,” says John Morgan, chair of Emory University’s Board of Trustees. “Mike brings a strong work ethic, unique sense of commitment, and a common sense approach to this important position.”

In addition to his role as an executive vice president overseeing the business areas of Emory, Mandl is also the board chair for Emory Innovations, Inc., which was created for innovative new enterprises including the Drug Innovation Venture (DRIVE), and of EmTech, Inc., an enterprise established in partnership with Georgia Tech. Since joining Emory, Mandl has also built strong ties throughout Metro Atlanta. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board for the Midtown Alliance and has served the metro community through nonprofit board appointments, including the Metro YMCA and The Fernbank Museum.

Prior to Emory, Mandl served as a vice president at Duke Univversity and was a member of the senior leadership team, working closely with both university and health system executives and the board of trustees. He held other leadership positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Duke and, earlier in his career, worked at KPMG and Glaxo Pharmaceuticals. Mandl graduated with distinction from George Washington University. He earned a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duke University and held fellowships for doctoral work at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and the University of Michigan Business School.


Dr. William S. Jacobs Addresses Abuse, Overdose and Need for Detox at Addiction Conference

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

William S. JacobsAt the 7th Annual Mississippi Addiction Conference “The Basics and Beyond,” leaders in addiction treatment met in Jackson, Mississippi to listen to keynote speeches and updates in best clinical practices. Among the speakers was William S. Jacobs, Jr., M.D., who addressed the role that pain medications have had in today’s opiate overdose and addiction epidemic and new evidence-based treatment options.

“It is hard to believe that much of the current opiate addiction epidemic has come about by overprescribing and by flooding our cities with narcotic medications,” said Dr. Jacobs, Chief of Addiction Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University (GRU) and Medical Director at the Bluff Plantation in Augusta, Georgia.

As a GRU Chief and triple board certified expert in addiction medicine, anesthesiology and pain medicine, Dr. Jacobs shared best practices for evaluating and treating pain, detoxifying those addicted and monitoring patients to prevent abuse or addiction.

“Once a person is abusing their medications, mixing them with other drugs or alcohol, not taking them as prescribed, a complete evaluation by an expert in addiction medicine is needed. Many times patients know that they have developed a problem but other times they only know that the medications are not working well or at all,” added Dr. Jacobs.




The Biological Benefits of Massage Therapy

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

In a continuation of clinical trials related to the biological benefits of massage therapy, Emory researchers are currently studying how massage may help reduce fatigue in breast cancer patients.

Previous research conducted by Mark Hyman Rapaport, MD, Reunette W. Harris professor and chair of Emory’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has already shown that massage therapy can boost the immune system and decrease anxiety for people who do not have cancer.

“We decided to look at massage therapy for cancer fatigue because cancer-related fatigue is one of the most prevalent and debilitating symptoms experienced by people with cancer,” explains Rapaport, principle investigator for this study and a member of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. “Many studies investigating massage for patients with cancer have been focused on depression, anxiety or pain.”

The Emory cancer fatigue study is a collaboration between the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory. Mylin Torres, MD, associate professor in Emory’s Department of Radiation Oncology, serves as a co-investigator. Torres specializes in the treatment of breast cancer as a physician-scientist with Winship’s Glenn Family Breast Center. She sees her patients at Winship Cancer Institute on the Emory campus.

“We already know that frequent massage can enhance the immune system and reduce anxiety, and it has been reported that massage therapy can stimulate energy, and reduce symptoms such as nausea and pain,” says Torres. “We believe that there are many positive effects to be gained by therapeutic massage and we hope to prove that, among other biological advantages, massage may diminish the incapacitation that cancer-related fatigue can cause for our patients.”

Participants in the study are post-surgery breast cancer patients, between the ages of 18 and 65, who have been treated with standard chemotherapy, chemoprevention and/or radiation, and are suffering with cancer-related fatigue. The study patients are between six months and four years post treatment. Researchers plan to enroll a total of 72 patients over the course of the study.

During six weeks of treatments, participants are assigned to one of three study groups: six weeks of a once-a-week Swedish massage, six weeks of once- a-week light touch massage or a six-week wait period, followed by six weeks of either light touch or Swedish massage. Certified massage therapists from the Atlanta School of Massage perform the massages.

Over the course of the treatment visits, information needed to assess the effect of the study will be gathered through a variety of measures. Vital signs, such as pulse and blood pressure are taken at each visit, and at three of the six study visits a small amount of blood is utilized to check for levels of immune markers. The study staff asks questions about such things as life stressors, medical health and the use of medicine and other substances. Participants also fill out a questionnaire on fatigue and quality of life.

Investigators will analyze and compile the data from the information received from the assessments to make a final evaluation of the success of this treatment.

The researchers say that over 50 percent of patients with cancer have used a complementary and alternative medicine approach for symptom management and to improve quality of life. Scientific studies like this are needed to identify alternative treatments that work for these patients.

The study is funded by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

You can find out more information about this study by contacting Sherry Edwards at or (404) 778-2497.


‘What I’ve Learned From You: The Lessons of Life Taught to a Doctor by His Patients” Coming to Bookstores Soon

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Scott A. Kelly, M.D. Dr. Scott A. Kelly is releasing his first bookWhat I’ve Learned From You: The Lessons of Life Taught to a Doctor by His Patients on April 30, 2015 at the Barnes & Noble in Buckhead.

“‘What I’ve Learned From You’ can teach us all to learn from one another,” said Bernie Siegel M.D., who wrote the foreword for the book. Dr. Siegel is the New York Times best-selling author of “Love, Medicine, and Miracles” and “The Art of Healing.”

The book’s stories are based on real patients that made an impact on Dr. Kelly’s life. They explore human relationships and give an intimate view into the window of the human condition.

“I feel strongly that these stories need to be told, because without sharing them they, like all of us, will perish,” Dr. Kelly explained. “And I believe they deserve to live.”

“What I’ve Learned From You” takes the reader on a journey from an inner-city trauma center to the bedside of a dying cancer patient. It tells the story of human experience: love, pain, healing, sickness, birth, death and all the things in between. It brings compassion and empathy back to the art of medicine.

The book will be available online at, Barnes & Noble and book stores throughout the nation.

What I've Learned from YouABOUT THE AUTHOR

Scott A. Kelly, M.D., is a practicing physician and writer. He received his BA in psychology from Emory University and his medical doctorate from Medical College of Georgia. He completed his medical residency at Emory University. Dr. Kelly is the founder of the Art Heals Media Foundation, which donates art to hospitals to help lift the spirits of patients. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Atlanta, Georgia.



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