The principal clinical facilities of the School of Medicine are Emory University Hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory University Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital, and Wesley Woods Hospital. Through these and other affiliated hospitals, the school offers residency training in anesthesiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, family practice, medicine, gynecology/obstetrics, internal medicine, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, preventive medicine, psychiatry, radiology, rehabilitation medicine, surgery, and urology and in all divisions or subspecialties of these disciplines.
A 528-bed adult, tertiary care facility, Emory University Hospital (EUH) is staffed exclusively by School of Medicine faculty. It includes a fifteen-plus-bed psychiatric facility, a fifty-six-bed rehabilitation center, and a nine-bed clinical research center supported by the National Institutes of Health. More than twenty-four thousand inpatients and eighty thousand outpatients receive care there. Its emergency room handles more than thirty thousand visits. Long known for cardiology, cardiac surgery, oncology, neuroscience, and organ transplantation, EUH was named in a top hospital in eleven of sixteen specialties ranked by U.S. News & World Report in its 2009-1010 publication of "America's Best Hospitals." Members of the Atlanta community have consistently named EUH the Consumer's Choice Award winner.
A 438-bed community-based, tertiary care center in Atlanta's midtown, Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM), formerly known as Emory Crawford Long Hospital) is staffed by both School of Medicine faculty and community physicians. Medical services include fifty-six intensive care beds, a level-III neonatal intensive care unit, and hyperbaric oxygen units. The hospital's case-mix index (a measure of the complexity of illnesses treated) is higher than that of most community hospitals. Women's services include prenatal and postnatal education, bone density testing, mammography, and maternity services with a specialization in high-risk obstetrics. EUHM's twenty-story medical office and current hospital facility opened in 2002, and a new building for radiation and medical oncology patients opened in 2003.
Grady Hospital is the school's principal clinical teaching base for undergraduate medical students and residents training. A shuttle bus that runs between Grady, Emory University Hospital Midtown, and the Emory campus every hour provides transportation for medical trainees. Grady is among the largest hospitals in the Southeast. Operated by a nonprofit board to care for indigent patients of both DeKalb and Fulton counties, the Grady Health System includes eight ambulatory community health centers, a regional perinatal center for high-risk mothers and babies, a diabetes center, a teen center, the Georgia Poison Center, the Rape Crisis Center, a regional burn center, a sickle cell center, a comprehensive treatment program for HIV/AIDS, a level-I trauma center, a long-term care facility, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding. Grady's relationship with Emory spans more than ninety years, from 1915 when the Atlanta Medical College became the Emory School of Medicine. Today, more than six hundred Emory physicians and 375 residents staff Grady in collaboration with Morehouse School of Medicine faculty and residents.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) is one of the leading pediatric health care systems in the country. With beds in three hospitals: Children's at Egleston, Children's at Scottish Rite, and Children's at Hughes Spalding-Children's offers access to more than 1,400 pediatric physicians in more than thirty pediatric specialties and sixteen satellite locations around metro Atlanta. Children's is ranked as one of the top ten children's hospitals nationwide by Child magazine and is among U.S. News & World Report's top pediatric hospitals. Children's has also been named as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by Fortune magazine. With more than half a million patient visits annually, Children's is recognized for excellence in cancer, cardiac, neonatal, and orthopaedic care. Children's at Egleston and Children's at Hughes Spalding serve as the two pediatric teaching sites for the School of Medicine.
Not far from Emory, the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) is located at 1670 Clairmont Road in Decatur, Georgia. The Atlanta VAMC is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, education, and research. It has more than 270 authorized inpatient beds, a 120-bed Nursing Home Care Unit, and a Psychiatric Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (PRRTP), and it is a tertiary care facility classified as a Complexity Level 1A facility. It is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services complete with state-of-the-art technology, education, and research. Comprehensive health care is provided through emergency medicine, primary care, tertiary care, and long-term care in the areas of medicine, surgery, mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care. The Atlanta VAMC is part of the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7), which includes facilities in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina.
The Atlanta VAMC has had an active affiliation with the Emory University School of Medicine for more than fifty years as one of six Emory University affiliated hospitals. On an annual basis, more than four hundred residents and 160 medical students rotated through the Atlanta VA. The majority of the Atlanta VA physicians also have faculty appointments at Emory University.
The Atlanta VAMC has a highly active, major research program in affiliation with Emory University, and it is one of the largest in the nation. The program is fortunate to include one of the thirteen national VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Centers; a major VA HIV Research Program; a Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center; a highly active collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in various areas including infectious disease and Emerging Infections; and programs that comprise activities related to medical and clinical problems, rehabilitation medical engineering, and health services research. Currently there are more than 410 active projects conducted by more than 120 principal investigators, four of whom are prestigious VA Senior Career Scientists, with a total grant funding of more than $29 million from VA and non-VA sources. Projects include studies on the genetics of cancer and diabetes, development of new anti-HIV and anti-hepatitis agents, low vision devices and aids, growth factor interactions in lung development, and bone and mineral endocrinology.
Offering in-patient surgical procedures, the 120-bed Emory University Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital is the only university-affiliated facility of its kind in the state of Georgia. It offers refined diagnostic and advanced surgical treatment procedures for athletes, active adults, senior citizens and weekend warriors, including hip and knee replacements, spine surgery for back pain relief, corrective joint and bone repair, herniated discs and bone spurs, hand and wrist surgical procedures, and overall bone restoration. The 120-bed Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital is located in Tucker, Georgia.
Founded by the United Methodist Church and Emory University, Wesley Woods Center serves more than thirty-four thousand older adults and chronically ill individuals each year and provides personal care management and assessment services for older patients and their families. Wesley Woods Hospital, an integral part of Wesley Woods Center, is a ninety-four-bed geriatric specialty facility, one of the few geriatric hospitals in the country. In addition to the hospital and a twenty-five-bed inpatient hospice service, Wesley Woods is well known for its inpatient, outpatient, and day hospitalization programs in depression, sleep disorders, rehabilitation, and Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's diseases. There is also a 250-bed facility and a 201-unit resident retirement facility with one floor of eight units dedicated to personal care.
The primary port of access to adult patient care in Emory Healthcare and the largest, most comprehensive group practice in Georgia, the nonprofit Emory Clinic at 1525 Clifton Road, down the street from the new Medical Education Building, has nine hundred Emory faculty physicians. Clinic facilities include primary care, Emory's programs in preventive medicine and wellness, and the Winship Cancer Institute. Clinic physicians also practice in a number of health care centers throughout the metro-Atlanta area: Decatur, Dunwoody, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Medical Affiliates at Sugarloaf, Emory Medical Genetics, Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center, and the Emory Clinics at Perimeter, Smyrna, South DeKalb, and Wesley Woods.
The Center for Ethics for Emory University is committed to strengthening the ethical knowledge of the University, teaching both students and faculty to translate ethical thought into practice and fostering lives of moral meaning and ethical engagement. The center partners with clinical faculty from the School of Medicine in teaching future physicians the knowledge, skills, and moral attentiveness to enable them to carefully consider the ethical challenges that are a regular part of the practice of medicine. The ethics sessions are held in five departmental clerkships, both in the classroom and on site, and covers core competencies in ethics, system ethics, medical error, and malpractice and its litigation.
The Center for Cell and Molecular Signaling is a multidisciplinary and interdepartmental research unit and a division of the EUSOM Department of Physiology. Its research mission is to investigate cellular signaling or cellular signal transduction, which is the process by which cells recognize external events and respond to the events with appropriate changes within the cell.
The Center for Rehabilitation Medicine houses the Emory campus component of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory's rehabilitation research activities, and the comprehensive rehabilitation patient services of Emory University Hospital. In addition to having fifty-six licensed beds, programs and activities at the center help inpatients and outpatients work toward achieving independence and optimal function following disabling disease or injury. Teams of physicians, clinical psychologists, nurses, therapists, and a number of other rehabilitation specialists use established techniques as well as the results of recent research in the diagnosis and management of patients with physical and cognitive disabilities.
The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience was launched in fall 1999 with support from the National Science Foundation, the Georgia Research Alliance, and eight participating institutions. Georgia State University serves as the lead institute for this center, which includes Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse School of Medicine, and the four schools of the Atlanta University Center.
The CBN provides more than one hundred faculty, twenty-one postdocs, and forty-eight graduate students with the resources to foster innovative research in behavioral neuroscience, with a specific focus on the neurobiology of social behavior.
Through the center, Emory faculty and students from health sciences have the opportunity to work with faculty from other parts of the University, as well as develop collaborative projects with colleagues at the other participating institutions. Center faculty working in these co-laboratories use diverse model systems from invertebrates to humans to investigate fear, aggression, affiliation, and reproductive behaviors. New research foci in reward and reinforcement, memory and cognition, and sex differences have expanded the potential for collaborations among center investigators. Technology core laboratories develop the molecular, cellular, systems, behavioral, and imaging tools essential for investigating how the brain influences complex social behavior and, in turn, how social experience influences brain function.
The Center for Health in Aging (CHA) was established in July 2009 to develop interdisciplinary research, training, and educational programs in aging and geriatrics within Emory University and the community. The mission of the center is to use these programs in order to help people age in healthy, affordable, ethical, and enjoyable ways. The center reflects Emory's growing commitment to the importance and effectiveness of interdisciplinary collaborations in the field of aging. During the next several years, the center will create a University-wide interdisciplinary structure for collaborative research, health professional training, and public education. Partnerships between the University and community agencies focused on aging will also be developed. Research findings and educational information will be disseminated broadly through newsletters, a website, presentations, and other publications for health professionals, policy makers, and the public.
In 2009, based upon recommendations from the Charter Committee for the Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC), the Center for Health in Aging Interim Director Ted Johnson, MD, MPH proposed the bold mission of eliminating by the year 2020 the need for long-term nursing home admission as a routine destination for older adults as they age in Georgia. The CHA’s initial efforts have been directed towards: 1) developing infrastructure, including supporting grants; 2) initiating collaborative partnerships within the Emory community and across the metropolitan Atlanta area; and 3) targeting investigator recruitment.
The CHA strives to embody the notation that collaborative, meaningful partnerships, coupled with strong community outreach and sound science, create an ideal scenario for addressing societal problems associated with aging and for promoting healthy aging in place. The CHA’s initiatives and programming may broadly be described as community outreach and social networking, clinician/provider education and training, and elder mistreatment prevention.
At the Center for Neurogenerative Disease, research cuts across traditional academic departments and scientific disciplines to focus on mechanisms of neurodegeneration, neuroprotection, and brain repair. Neurodegeneration is a common theme of many nervous system diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, ALS, head trauma, epilepsy, and stroke. These disorders are devastating and expensive, with annual costs currently exceeding several hundred billion dollars in the United States alone, and current treatments are inadequate. Adding to the urgency of the problem is the fact that the incidence of these age-related disorders is increasing rapidly as population demographics change. Emory's large and outstanding faculty perform cutting edge neurodegenerative disease research, from genetic and environmental factors that cause disease, to development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, to clinical testing of new treatments.
The Centers for Surgical Anatomy and Technique ("the centers") is composed of the Thalia and Michael Carlos Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique and the Alfred A. Davis Research Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique. The centers' mission is to advance the discovery, knowledge, and understanding of surgical anatomy, while emphasizing the critical role that surgical anatomy plays in modern surgery. At the core of the centers' philosophy is its insistence that the study of gross human anatomy as it is classically taught remains a key component of the curricula for the teaching and training of surgical students and residents. The centers also strive to refresh the anatomicosurgical knowledge base within existing communities of practicing physicians throughout the world. Many of the goals of the centers are accomplished through conducting detailed research and compiling resulting reports, which are ultimately published as papers or books. The centers also offer elective courses for medical students and "hands on" opportunities for practicing and developing surgical skills and techniques.
The Emory Vaccine Center represents one of the largest academic vaccine centers in the world and is renowned for its expertise in cellular immunity and immune memory. The goal of the Emory Vaccine Research Center is to create new technologies to prevent AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, influenza, and respiratory illnesses. Scientists at the center are pioneering scientific initiatives and are poised to move promising preclinical discoveries to the next level, making a positive impact on world health.
Recently, the center has joined with the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) to launch the Joint ICGEB-Emory Vaccine Center in New Delhi, India. The center will be dedicated to vaccine research focused on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, hepatitis C, dengue virus, malaria, and other infectious diseases that disproportionately affect the developing world. India has 2.5 million people living with HIV, and tuberculosis remains the largest single cause of death in India, with 1.7 million new cases annually. For additional information go to www.vaccines.emory.edu/mission/mission.shtml.
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The Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute is an inter-institutional magnet that concentrates basic, translational, and clinical investigators, community clinicians, professional societies, and industry collaborators in dynamic clinical and translational research projects. Emory has engaged two of its close academic partners in metropolitan Atlanta-Morehouse School of Medicine and Georgia Institute of Technology-to form the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute (ACTSI). This partnership, a strategic multi-institutional alliance, offers compelling, unique, and synergistic advantages. Emory is a national leader in health care and biomedical research as well as outstanding training and education in clinical and translational research; Georgia Tech is a national leader in biomedical engineering and the application of innovative systems engineering to health care solutions; Morehouse School of Medicine is a leading black institution that addresses health disparities through successful community engagement programs and serves as a pipeline for training minority investigators. These institutions extend their current partnerships in health care, education, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary research to synergize the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Strategic translational initiatives of the ACTSI are highlighted by the work of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, the Neurosciences Center, Winship Cancer Center, Vaccine and Immunology Center, as well as Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine. Building on this strategic trans-institutional effort, an innovative pediatric clinical and translational research home with full engagement with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), a dynamic community and population studies program involving Kaiser Permanente of Georgia (KPGA), a community engagement, clinical, and translational research program at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Atlanta and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are key partners in the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
The Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute is a new and innovative model of health care that focuses on maintaining health rather than treating disease. The institute aims to change the future of healthcare by creating a model of health using new tools of bioscience to identify and measure risks and deviations from health, to develop common processes that promote health maintenance. Where there is a potential problem, predictive health aims to intervene at the very earliest indication, based on an individual's personal profile, and restore normal function.
One of the cross-cutting initiatives in Emory's new strategic plan, the Predictive Health Institue includes not only medicine, public health and nursing, but alsonanthropology, ethics, behavior, health policy, law, business and religion.
The Winship Cancer Institute is a matrix academic institute that enhances and supports multidisciplinary efforts at Emory University to improve the care of patients with cancer and contribute new knowledge to solving the problem of cancer. It was created by the Board of Trustees in December 2000 and contains the sections of hematology, bone marrow transplant, and medical oncology.
The Winship Cancer Institute emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to cancer education, control, epidemiology, therapy, and basic research in tumor biology. The center undertakes clinical and basic research in biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, cell biology, and chemotherapy. It maintains shared facilities of specialized technologies and provides a focus for interaction of Emory scientists involved in cancer research. The institute offers opportunities for students to participate in elective studies during summer months and provides educational programs for both students and faculty. Winship has experienced remarkable growth, including a 159 percent increase in funding from the National Cancer Institute during five years. Its state-of-the-art building, dubbed a "Discovery Accelerator" when it opened in 2003, combines patient care and research under one roof. Winship is a key participant in the Georgia Cancer Coalition, a statewide public/private partnership working to bring the latest advances in cancer care to all Georgians. Winship is also a collaborative partner in the George Center for Health Equality, a coalition of hospitals and universities dedicated to training minorities in health-related areas and counteracting disparities in care.