Welcome from the Directors

Welcome to our website and thank you for your interest in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Emory University!

MD/PhD Directors

Welcome to our website and thank you for your interest in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Emory University! We are dedicated to training exceptional students from a variety of disciplines who will become the next leaders in academic medicine and biomedical research. The Emory MD/PhD Program combines the advantages of rigorous preparation in clinical medicine with outstanding opportunities in interdisciplinary graduate research. The purpose of such a training program is to optimally train physician-scientists for careers as leaders in both academic medicine and research in a way that will address current and future biomedical needs.

The Emory University School of Medicine has been training physician-scientists for a long time. The program was established in 1957, and has held continuous NIH support in the form of a Medical Scientist Training Program institutional training (MSTP) grant since 1987.  Answering the call of the world’s growing and changing needs, the program has grown over time, and continues to expand under the current leadership of Dr. Charles Parkos, a pathologist and leader in the research field of mucosal immunology.  Emory is a highly collegial and fertile training environment that boasts international recognition in clinical medicine combined with a huge expansion in first-rate biomedical research across all disciplines. 

Emory provides outstanding opportunities for integration of clinical training and biomedical research.  Several unique assets include the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a highly rated School of Public Health, and a joint department of biomedical engineering with Georgia Tech – all located on a central campus at Emory with diverse clinical facilities on the Clifton Road corridor. The Emory MSTP currently has over 400 training faculty who embrace the training of physician-scientists in diverse approaches, with concurrent exposure to fundamental clinical issues relevant to the pathobiology of human disease. We at Emory emphasize a mix of basic science, translational medicine, medical humanities, public health and engineering related issues, combining solid clinical exposure with training in scientific investigation to address disease-related issues. Emory trainees come from diverse backgrounds and locations, and move on to world-renown residency and postdoctoral programs to further their training as academic physicians.

We invite you to explore our program thoroughly through information on this site and by asking informed questions of our students and staff.  We believe that the Emory MD/PhD program offers a diverse training environment, bright, enthusiastic and supportive students, and a large group of talented faculty that span many disciplines and are committed to student development. Thank you for your interest, and please feel free to contact us at any time.

Sincerely,

Charles Parkos, MD, PhD, Director

Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD, Co-Director

Anita Corbett, PhD, Co-Director

Mary Horton, MPH, MA, Co-Director