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Dean's Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award

The Dean's Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award is among the most prestigious and celebratory honors that the School of Medicine can bestow on a faculty member.  It carries not only the honor and title but also a substantial financial award for the faculty member. The occasion is meant to be one in which faculty from throughout the School come together to honor the recipient and express appreciation for his or her contributions.

Faculty are nominated by their peers, and judged by a School of Medicine selection committee that makes a final recommendation to the Dean. Nominees are judged on the significance and impact of the scholarly work, the academic ideals embodied by their careers, and their ability to deliver an exemplary lecture with broad appeal.

Nominations for the 2015 Dean's Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award are now being accepted. Nominations must be submitted by November 14th to 

Note that awardee titles are accurate as of the date of award receipt.



Kerry Ressler, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Kerry Ressler, Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Affiliate Scientist in the Division of Neuroscience at Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is the recipient of the 2014 Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award.  Dr. Ressler’s research focuses on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of fear learning and extinction of fear in mouse models and in humans with fear-related disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias and panic disorders.

In addition to his successful research program, Dr. Ressler currently serves as co-director of the Grady Trauma Project and is an active member of numerous institutional committees, study sections, advisory boards, and five editorial boards.  Moreover, he is a highly regarded mentor and teacher, having trained more than 12 graduate students and 12 postdoctoral fellows and served on 30 thesis committees.  He was the 2012 recipient of the Emory Postdoctoral Fellow Outstanding Mentor Award.


Donald G. Stein, Ph.D.
Asa G. Candler Professor of Emergency Medicine and Distinguished Professor


Max D. Cooper, M.D. 
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 
Eminent Scholar, Georgia Research Alliance 
Member, Emory Vaccine Center 


Steven Warren, Ph.D.
William P. Timmie Professor and Chair
Department of Human Genetics


Kathy Griendling, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chair for Research and Faculty Development
Department of Medicine


Christian P. Larsen, M.D., D.Phil.
Joseph Brown Whitehead Professor
Chairman, Department of Surgery


Raymond Schinazi, Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Chemistry
Director of the Laboratory of Biomedical Pharmacology


Rafi Ahmed, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Director of Emory Vaccine Center

Harriet Robinson, Ph.D.
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Chief Division of Microbiology and Immunology


Mahlon DeLong, M.D.
Professor of Neurology
Former Chair, Department of Neurology