• 2018 Doctors' Day

    In recognition of Doctors' Day, the Emory School of Medicine Recognitions Committee sent out a call for nominations for doctors across the School of Medicine who go above and beyond. Over 100 Emory faculty members were nominated by their peers and colleagues for their dedication to improving the health and well-being of our patients and community through the care they provide, the research they conduct, and their efforts to teach and inspire learners.

     

    The committee reviewed each nomination and selected those who exemplify the outstanding faculty of the Emory School of Medicine. The quotes below were taken from the nomination materials.

     

    Please join us in congratulating these featured faculty members!

  • Featured Faculty

    Shelly Abramowicz

    Department of Surgery|The Emory Clinic

    "First Recipient of the Elaine A. Stuebner Scholars Award (ACOMS)"

     

    "As well as being very knowledgeable and accomplished in her field, she continues to strive for higher excellence"
     

    "Outstanding Teacher"


    "Passion for quality"

     

    "Working with her is not only very educational
    but also brings great pleasure"

    Stephanie Addison-Holt

    Department of Pediatrics|Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

    "One of a small number of adolescent medicine physicians in Georgia. She is providing outstanding care to our teens"

     

    "She has become a regional resource, lecturing at events such as: Transition of Care from Pediatrics to Adult Medicine, Adolescent Mental Health, and Adolescent Contraceptive Health to name a few"

     

    "She is actively engaged in teaching residents and students about the best way to approach our teens given the pressures that many of them face"

    Bhavin Adhyaru

    Department of Medicine|Grady Memorial Hospital

    "Goes above and beyond to fill service duties for direct care inpatient medicine teams"

     

    "He covered the entire medicine service by himself on Thanksgiving Day, allowing interns and residents to spend time with their families. Any internal medicine team he's a part of feels like a family with outstanding camaraderie"

     

    "Dr. Adhyaru is a compassionate attending who shines with incandescent brilliance with his bedside manner and thoughtfulness for both patients and team-members"

    Reem Ahmed

    Department of Medicine|Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

    "Excellent patient-centered approach with very kind and positive attitude"

     

    "Collaborates well with others, and understands key aspects to transition care out of the hospital"

     

    "Engages patients, family members, and gains trust"

    Ashley Aiken

    Department of Radiology & Imaging Sciences|Emory University Hospital Midtown

    "Co-led establishment of unique patient consultation services by head and neck sub-specialty radiologists and patients in ENT clinic"

     

    "Developed and published NI-RADS lexicon for standardized imaging interpretation of head and neck cancer studies"

     

    "Facilitated implementation of interdisciplinary head and neck cancer patient care clinic at EUHM"

    Anika Backster

    Department of Emergency Medicine|Grady Memorial Hospital

    "Dr. Backster consistently pushes our vision towards equity, diversity, and inclusion through her creation of the EM Department's annual newsletter that highlights our work in diversity, equity, and inclusion in education, scholarship, and community service"

     

    "She has been recognized for her efforts within the SOM and nationally as a newly elected Board Member for the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine"

     

    "Dr. Backster leads the resident research curriculum in emergency medicine and is a member of the Emergency Neurosciences division of Emergency Medicine. She is highly respected as an excellent clinician, educator, and scientist"

    Martina Badell

    Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics|Emory University Hospital Midtown

    “Incredibly kind to all of her patients"

     

    "Previous winner of the Hidden Gem award"

     

    "Excellence in working with expertise and constant strive to improve her care"
     
    "Integrity in her work at all times, providing honest feedback and kindness to her colleagues"

    Jonathan Beitler

    Department of Radiation Oncology|Emory University Hospital Midtown

    "Accessible"


    "Incredible patient advocate"


    "Authentic"

    Elizabeth Burgess

    Department of Medicine|Atlanta VA Medical Center

    “Provides excellent diabetes care and teaching at the VA"

     

    "Coordinates a monthly Endocrinology Case Conference for VA staff"

     

    "All of the patients seek her out, they can't stop saying that she is the best"

     

    "The type of physician you want to share a practice with"

    Andres Camacho-Gonzalez

    Department of Pediatrics|Emory Children's Center and Ponce Youth and Family Center at Grady Memorial Hospital

    "Dr. Camacho-Gonzalez is personally committed to the care of his patients, volunteering to have complicated disclosure discussions with prospective patients. He is universally available to assist any faculty member with the care of patients"

     

    "He has continued to remain involved in and committed to research endeavors, both by serving as a revered mentor and by continuing to assist in day-to-day operations to ensure the success of on-going projects"

    Dimitri Cassimatis

    Department of Medicine|Emory University Hospital Midtown

    “He is extraordinarily dedicated to his patients and always goes above and beyond to give them the best care"

     

    "He always puts patient care first"

    Amy Chen

    Department of Otolaryngology|Emory University Hospital Midtown

    "Passion for diversity"

     

    "Dedicated to residents and fellow teachers"

    Doyt Conn

    Department of Medicine|Grady Memorial Hospital

    "He cares deeply for Grady patients"

     

    "Dr. Conn is an incredible teacher to Rheumatology Fellows and residents"

    Anthony Cooley

    Department of Pediatrics|Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

    "Patients and families love Dr. Cooley. He has great bedside manner and always takes the time to explain medical management, especially for patients with complex medical needs"
     

    "He has become a local and national leader in physician wellness, and has organized several CME events to train colleagues in yoga, meditation, and other wellness activities"

     

    "Dr. Cooley had trained himself in quality improvement methodology, and has led several division-wide QI projects, serving as a role model for more junior members of the team, and choosing initiatives that improve patient outcomes"

    Alia Dadabhai

    Department of Medicine|Atlanta VA Medical Center

    "Dr. Dadabhai is passionate about the care of very challenging liver disease patients"

     

    "She is dedicated to the improvement of the Liver Program at the VA, and goes above and beyond to do this"

     

    "She consistently works extra hours to ensure her patients are taken care of "

    Keith Delman

    Department of Surgery|Emory University Hospital

    “Puts patients and families first"

     

    "Never says no"


    "Advocates for trainees at all levels"

    Carla Ellis

    Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine|Emory University Hospital

    “Dedicated to patient care from the moment the specimen leaves the OR to the day the patient is discussed at tumor board"


    "Very thorough Pathologist, details never go undetected"

    "Excellent and dedicated teacher and mentor for the trainees"

    David Eskreis

    Department of Medicine|Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

    "Patient satisfaction scores are near perfect"


    "Dr. Eskreis supports and works well with staff and APPs"

    "Dr. Eskreis is thorough and efficient"

    Micah Fisher

    Department of Medicine|Emory University Hospital

    "Built a nationally recognized referral program that evaluates and manages complex patients with pulmonary hypertension"

     

    "Spearheaded the multi-professional Critical Care Summit teaching conference, which he still co-directs with leaders from all disciplines"

     

    "Conducts cutting edge patient-oriented research that directly impacts the care his patients receive"

    Meg Fleming

    Department of Radiology & Imaging Sciences|Winship Cancer Institute

    "Conscientious of patient interactions and delivery of difficult news"

     

    "Provides critical feedback for transitioning from trainee to attending"

     

    "Humble and seeks knowledge transfers against traditional heirarchy of learning"

    Michael Gambello

    Department of Human Genetics|The Emory Clinic

    "Built a very strong clinical service with excellent recruitment"

     

    "Built an outstanding relationship with CHOA"

     

    "Runs a strong laboratory research program"

    Hans Grossniklaus

    Department of Ophthalmology|The Emory Clinic

    "In addition to taking excellent care of his patients he also looks out for the well- being of his colleagues and all Eye Center employees"

     

    "Dr. Grossniklaus is one of very few ophthalmologists who can examine patients in the clinic, treat tumors in the OR, and make the definitive diagnosis in the pathology lab. He travels frequently for invited lectures as his expertise is unmatched"

    Divya Gupta

    Department of Medicine|Emory University Hospital

    "A pleasure to work with and always looking to bring innovation to patient care"

     

    "Cares deeply for her patients going above and beyond the call of duty"

    Shannon Hamrick

    Department of Pediatrics|Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

    "A neonatologist staffing Egleston’s Surgical Intensive Care Nursery, Dr. Hamrick provides highly specialized care to some of the smallest, most vulnerable, and medically fragile children"

     

    "Dr. Hamrick is known by parents and colleagues as a skilled, caring, sensitive, and compassionate physician"

    C. Matthew Hawkins

    Department of Radiology & Imaging Sciences|Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

    "Visionary professional whose scholarship mirrors his clinical practice in striving for more effective and optimized health care delivery"

     

    "Built a culture of inter-disciplinary patient and family centered care in delivery of IR services at Children's"

    Tracey Henry

    Department of Medicine|Grady Memorial Hospital

    "Dr. Henry has led a successful HRSA funded Quality Improvement Initiative that increased depression screening from 20% to 80% in 9 months in the Grady PCC"

     

    "She is an awesome leader and advocate for her patients both on the local and federal level through her policy work with national organizations"

     

    "Dr. Henry is an excellent resource and teacher to the medical students and residents she mentors. They are both energized and inspired by her leadership"

    Stacy Higgins

    Department of Medicine|Grady Memorial Hospital

    "On-going dedication and excellence in medical student and internal medicine resident education"

     

    "Excellent role model to students, residents, and colleagues"

     

    "Committed to service"

    John Horton

    Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics|Emory University Hospital Midtown

    "He works harder than most people I know to ensure excellent care for women’s health from an administrative and personal level"

     

    "Dr. Horton provides excellent patient care"

     

    "As Division Director, he is an advocate for his colleagues"

    Adriana Ioachimescu

    Department of Neurosurgery|Emory University Hospital

    "Excellent clinician"

     

    "Outstanding educator and researcher"

    "Co-Director of a world-class Pituitary Center"

    Sol Jacobs

    Department of Medicine|Emory University Hospital Midtown

    "Dr. Jacobs takes pride in providing outstanding endocrine care for all of his patients"

     

    "He does an outstanding job of communicating with all of his colleagues, staff and patients"

     

    "Dr. Jacobs is the doctor that doctors and their families want to see"

    Nieraj Jain

    Department of Ophthalmology|The Emory Clinic

    "Goes above and beyond for his patients"

     

    "Innovative, constantly challenging those around him to be their best selves"

     

    "Committed to teaching, spends time even on his busiest days to teach learners at all levels"

    Marie Johanson

    Department of Rehabilitation Medicine|Emory University Hospital

    "Dean’s teaching award and selected as interim director of the School of Physical Therapy"

    Prem Kandiah

    Department of Neurology|Emory University Hospital

    "Available 24/7 to help with patient care - even if he's out of the country"

     

    "One of the smartest people I know"

    Jordan Kempker

    Department of Medicine|Grady Memorial Hospital

    "Excellent rapport with and sincere empathy for families of critically ill patients"

     

    "Exceptional bedside teaching in the ICU"

     

    "Invested in trainees' education and learning"

    Michael Khoury

    Department of Neurology|Emory Brain Health Center

    "Always available to help colleagues"

    "Compassionate and caring with his patients"
     

    "Always friendly with all of our staff"

    Robert Klafter

    Department of Hematology & Medical Oncology|Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

    "Dr. Klafter is a team player"


    "Goes above and beyond for his patients and colleagues"

     

    "Compassionate"

    Lee Kneer

    Department of Orthopaedics|The Emory Clinic

    "He consistently has some of the highest patient satisfaction scores of anyone in TEC"

     

    "He has received great compliments for his work in the first season with the Atlanta Braves"

     

    "He is the ultimate team player and a great role model"

    Iris Krishna

    Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics|Emory University Hospital Midtown

    “Amazing with patients"

     

    "Organized additional training for the MFM fellows"

    "Works in the very busy Emory Perinatal Center"

    Aaron Lay

    Department of Urology|Grady Memorial Hospital

    "Established robotic program at Grady"

     

    "Great invested teacher for residents"

    John Lewis

    Department of Emergency Medicine|Emory University Hospital Midtown

    "John is a tireless patient advocate and noted by the residents as one of the best of the new attendings to work with"


    "Dr. Lewis is without question a rising star and a pleasure to have at EUHM"

     

    "It is John's goal to ensure that every patient receives the right care at the right time and at the right place"

    Kimberly Manning

    Department of Medicine|Grady Memorial Hospital

    "Passionate and compassionate educator. National ACGME Teaching award recipient this year"

     

    "Amazing communicator. Carefully chooses meaningful language in every situation"

     

    "Innovator"

    Julia Massaad

    Department of Medicine|The Emory Clinic

    "Dr. Massaad is a team player"

     

    "She goes above and beyond for her patients"

     

    "Dr. Massaad cares"

    Jane Meisel

    Department of Hematology & Medical Oncology|Winship Cancer Institute

    "Dedication to her patients is unlike any other physician I have seen"

     

    "Runs cutting edge clinical trials for her patients"

     

    "Teaches fellows, medical residents, and medical students on a daily basis"

    Sarah Milla

    Department of Radiology & Imaging Sciences|Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

    "Nationally accomplished"
     

    "Locally exceptional radiologist"

     

    "Always kind and helpful to clinicians"

    Abeer Moanna

    Department of Medicine|Atlanta VA Medical Center

    "She goes above and beyond for our HIV clinic patients in providing them with the best care possible"


    "As section chief of the AVAMC ID section, she is supportive of all of her staff in personal and professional domains"


    "She is dedicated to promoting and supporting our clinic as a place of research and growth for both patients and clinical providers"

    Vanessa Moll

    Department of Anesthesiology|Emory University Hospital Midtown

    "Medical Director of Cardiothoracic ICU at EUHM"

    "Recent designation as Director for Quality and Standards of ECCC"

    Hassan Monfared

    Department of Rehabilitation Medicine|The Emory Clinic

    "He loves to teach residents. He has won teacher of the year awards"
     
    "He is the PM&R residency program director and has made notable improvements"
     
    "Excellent physician"

    David Murphy

    Department of Medicine|Emory University Hospital Midtown

    "His national expertise in healthcare quality and patient safety is recognized locally by his service as the Patient Safety Officer for Emory Healthcare"

     

    "Serves on national committees for the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Thoracic Society"

     

    "David directs the medical intensive care unit (ICU) at Midtown Hospital, where he coordinates educational, research and clinical activities among myriad learners and inter-professional providers"

    Janice Newsome

    Department of Radiology & Imaging Sciences|Emory University Hospital Midtown

    "Embodies the definition of patient and family centered care"

     

    "Has led the transformation and growth of IR services at EUHM to a true team sport"

    Gina Northington

    Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics|Emory University Hospital

    "Featured in the book Against All Odds: Celebrating Black Women in Medicine"

     

    "As Director of the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Division, oversaw a doubling of our faculty and hospitals covered in the last year"

     

    "Continues to represent Emory as a nationally recognized authority (and sought after speaker) on pelvic floor disorders"

    Modele Ogunniyi

    Department of Medicine|Grady Memorial Hospital

    "Very caring and concerned about not only her patients but co-workers as well"
     

    "Compassionate provider: takes the time to ensure patients understand their disease process and medications"

     

    "Excellent leader! The definition of leading by example. Also always encouraging our group of APPs to work to our fullest extent"

    Melody Palmore

    Department of Medicine|Grady Ponce de Leon Center

    "Literally and figuratively holds patients' hands throughout extremely difficult conversations"

     

    "Understands the essential practice of treating the "whole patient" - taking into account social determinants of health, emotional and socio-economic factors"

     

    "Trains her residents to do all of the above-treating a health-disparate, extremely vulnerable patient population of women with HIV with compassion, empathy and clinical expertise"

    W. Clyde Partin

    Department of Medicine|The Emory Clinic

    "Dr. Partin is truly invested in his patients. For example, he follows his patients when they are in the hospital, visits with them, and calls them at home if he is concerned about them"

     

    "He takes a very indivdiualized approach to patient care and is willing to think outside the box to provide care that is beneficial to each patient even if it isn't the standard approach to care"

     

    "Dr. Partin's leadership with the Emory Special Diagnostic Services is notable and fits a major need within the healthcare system"

    Gaurav Patel

    Department of Anesthesiology|Emory University Hospital

    "Great clinician. Caring. Always a patient advocate in the OR. Will always stand up for what is right and safe for the patient"

     

    "Strong anesthesiologist - one of the strongest in the department. Takes on the toughest cases"

     

    "Very strong advocate for our anesthetists. Will go above and beyond"

    Huiping Pei

    Department of Medicine|Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

    "Diligent approach to patient care, very detail-oriented"

     

    "Collaborates well with others"

    Andrew Pendley

    Department of Emergency Medicine|Emory University Hospital

    "Not only does he give his all at work, he is also active within his community and volunteers to mentor high school students in low income areas"

     

    "Andy has excellent self awareness and is a high level communicator amongst staff and with patients"

     

    "He has dramatically improved the operations and culture within the ED at EUH, working with nursing, physicians and APPs"

    John David Prologo

    Department of Radiology & Imaging Sciences|Emory Johns Creek Hospital

    "Collaborative energetic colleague - everyone wants to work with Dr. Prologo"

     

    "Pioneered unique service line in ablation techniques to effectively treat phantom limb pain"

    Ravi Rajani

    Department of Surgery|Grady Memorial Hospital

    "Phenomenal fellow, resident, and medical student educator"
     
    "Built vascular program at Grady into a clinical and academic enterprise"

    Jeff Rakofsky

    Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences|The Emory Clinic

    "Highly sought after for patient consultations"
     
    "A great guy"
     
    "Expert in psychopharmacology"

    Sheila Rauch

    Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences|The Emory Clinic

    "Dr. Rauch has vision and always sees to the heart of things. She can read a paper or hear of a clinical issue and instantly know the right thing to do and say, and how to explain this to a trainee"
     
    "Wonderful and involved mentor, supportive and committed to training and career development"
     
    "Superb clinician who is developing psychotherapeutic techniques that are making the lives of veterans with PTSD incredibly better"

    Owen Samuels

    Department of Neurology|Emory University Hospital

    "Excellent leadership and mentorship"
     
    "Superb patient care"

    Rosanna Sanchez

    Department of Human Genetics|The Emory Clinic

    "Makes incredible contributions to our research"
     
    "Is part of our research study, our participants love her!"
     
    "Is totally professional, but also very approachable"

    Juan Sarmiento

    Department of Surgery|Emory University Hospital

    "World leader in liver pancreas surgery"
     
    "Technically gifted teacher, does things few people can do"
     
    "Created system for extending care after discharge with dramatic reduction in unnecessary readmissions"

    Hassan Shabbir

    Department of Medicine|Emory Johns Creek Hospital

    "Great physician with a wide range of knowledge"
     
    "Eager to improve quality of care wherever he practices"
     

    "Very humble and easy to work with"

    Megha Shah

    Department of Family & Preventive Medicine|Emory Clinic Dunwoody Family Medicine

    "Demonstrates value in teaching and clinical care: Dr. Shah is one of the Department’s highest rated faculty members by multiple groups: student learners, family medicine residents, and patients"
     
    "Resiliency in the face of challenge: Dr. Shah managed through adversity in a highly professional manner and delivered on all essential promises"

    Arvinpal Singh

    Department of Surgery|The Emory Clinic

    "High impact care on patient wellness"
     
    "Leading effort to bring healthy weight goals for patients"
     
    "Mentor to several young doctors in wellness careers"

    Jahnavi Srinivasan

    Department of Surgery|Emory University Hospital

    "Global humanitarian"
     
    "Treats every patient as a VIP"
     
    "Technically gifted teacher for next generation"

    Alaina Steck

    Department of Emergency Medicine|Grady Memorial Hospital

    "Dr. Steck received federal SAMHSA funding to open a Medication Assisted Opioid Treatment clinic at Grady. The clinic opened in August 2017 and Dr. Steck serves as the Medical Director of the clinic"
     
    "Dr. Steck is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Medical Toxicology and Addiction Medicine; a rare feat in emergency medicine. She actively practices all 3 of these Medical Specialties"

    Quratulain Syed

    Department of Medicine|Grady Memorial Hospital

    "She is passionate about providing high quality care to her patients"
     
    "Very knowledgeable in her specialty"
     
    "She has developed expertise in chronic disease management for complex older adults"

    Vin Tangpricha

    Department of Medicine|Atlanta VA Medical Center

    "Compassionate, accommodating, and has great bedside manner"
     
    "Recognized for his outstanding care for the under-served community of transgender and gender non-conforming people"
     
    "His willingness to go to bat for his patients with physicians from other specialties is impressive"

    Duc Q. "Bobby" Tran

    Department of Hematology & Medical Oncology|Winship Cancer Institute

    "Dr. Tran cares deeply about his patients - he always goes the extra mile for them and is available to them day or night"
     
    "He is incredibly thoughtful in his recommendations and his wisdom is most appreciated with complex patients"

    Alvaro Velasquez

    Department of Medicine|Emory University Hospital Midtown

    "Dr. Velasquez is very knowledgeable and is able to explain complicated medical situations in a way that is helpful and supportive to his patients and that makes them feel understood"
     
    "Compassionate, accessible, available, and kind are words to describe Dr. Velasquez's manner with patients and families"

    Jose Villalon-Gomez

    Department of Family & Preventive Medicine|Emory University Hospital Midtown

    "Has expert interpersonal skills: Has demonstrated an ability to handle a variety of complex situations with staff, faculty, and trainees with maintaining professionalism and candor yet remaining fully empathetic, caring, and approachable"
     
    "Expertise in patient care in a variety of settings: He has shown his worth in a variety of patient care settings across family medicine and has demonstrated value to patients and staff"

    Craig Villari

    Department of Otolaryngology|Emory University Hospital Midtown

    "Extremely caring and thorough physician"
     
    "Adored by patients"

    Keith Wood

    Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences|Grady Memorial Hospital

    "Dr. Wood goes above and beyond to help his patients enhance their psychological well-being"
     
    "He is an excellent service provider and is a role model for all clinicians"
     
    "Dr. Wood deeply cares about under-served populations and advocates for them to improve their mental health"
  • Congratulations to all of the doctors who were nominated

    by their colleagues!

     

    Click here to view a complete list of nominees.