Faculty and Staff Highlights

Julio R. Lairet, DO, FACEP, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director, Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service, has been appointed to serve as State Air Surgeon of the Georgia Air National Guard. As the Georgia State Air Surgeon (SAS), Professor Lairet will serve as the senior Air National Guard (ANG) medical officer in the State of Georgia as well as consultant to the TAG for all medical issues. (More information here.) 

Leon Haley, MD, MHSA, CPE, Professor of Emergency Medicine, has been chosen Secretary and Chair-Elect for 2015-2016 for the Essential Hospitals Institute. Dr. Haley will assume the role of Chair for the 2016-2017 year.
Essential Hospitals Institute, first established in 1988 as the National Public Health and Hospital Institute, is the private, nonprofit research arm of America’s Essential Hospitals. The Institute researches and promotes best practices in health care, especially for vulnerable populations and underserved communities. They use data analysis and lessons learned to help members of America’s Essential Hospitals and the larger industry improve quality and efficiency. The Institute, which also educates and trains senior administrators and clinical leaders, comprises a Research Center and the Transformation Center, a catalyst for innovative change to improve quality and safety.

Alex Isakov, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, represented the National Association of EMS Physicians at a physician’s roundtable exploring bystander response to disaster hosted by the National Security Council Staff at The White House.

Dr. Debra Houry of the Centers for Disease Control discusses the "dramatic rise" of heroin use in the United States in this CBS News interview. 

Emory Emergency Medical Services is named EMS of the year for Atlanta metro area emergency services. The Medical Director for Emory EMS is Dr. Lekshmi Vaidyanathan. Awards were presented at this year's Georgia Region III Emergency Medical Services banquet. 

Alex Isakov, executive director of Emory’s Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR), and associate professor and director of the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, was named Medical Director of the Year. 


Emory Department of Emergency Medicine enjoys a clean sweep in the Primary Care category for the Emory resident HOPE Awards (House Staff Organization Professional Excellence Award).   The winners represent the top 1% of the 1,200 residents at Emory as selected by their peers for exemplifying professionalism.   The 2015 winners are Lauren Hudak (overall Winner with highest number of votes), Katherine Nugent and Pearl Arnovitz.

Dr. Laren Hudak: Member Highlight in the May-June 2015 SAEM Newletter

Dr. Sheryl Heron honored as the Emory School of Medicine Outstanding Woman in Medicine 2015

Dr. Isakov and the Grady EMS Biosafety Transport Team for Ebola patient, Dr. Brantley

The Grady EMS Biosafety Transport Team is the winner of the 2015 Health-Care Heroes Allied Health Professional award. Emory EM's Dr. Isakov is the team medical director.

Dr. Heron receives Healthcare Heros Award

Dr. Wright: Emory-Georgia Tech team wins NFL Head Health Challenge II for iDETECT brain injury detection

Dr. Gillespie:  Robin Williams' death sparks posts about depression

From lab to lens: Emergency Medicine Professor, Dr. Donald Stein's photography show benefits Doctors Without Borders

Dr. Wright: Emory-Georgia Tech team wins NFL Head Health Challenge II for iDETECT brain injury detection

NFL, Under Armour, GE announce Head Health Challenge II winners

Dr. Hany Atallah, Chief of Service of Grady ECC, to present at the 13th annual What’s Right in Health Care® conference.

Dr. Bryan McNally accepted the NAEMSP “Friends of EMS” Award on behalf of the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) in recognition of CARES' role in advocating for NAEMSP 's mission nationally through influencing or implementing public policy.

Dr. Daria Gillespie:  Robin Williams' death sparks posts about depression

Dr. Daria Gillespie:  Answering Questions about Ebola

Two Ebola Victims to Be Treated at Atlanta Hospital. 

Dr. Alex Isakov's EMS team involved in the transport of the patient

Dr. Deb Houry:  Emory on Coursera: Understanding Violence

Dr. Darria Gillespie:  Answering Questions about Ebola

Dr. Darria Gillespie:  Robin Williams' death sparks posts about depression

Dr. Hany Atallah: Protocol for evaluating potential Ebola caases at Grady

Two Ebola Victims to Be Treated at Atlanta Hospital. Dr. Alex Isakov's EMS team involved in the transport of the patient

Dr. Darria Gillespie:  Ebola patient in Atlanta: Answering your questions

Dr. Arthur Yancey and Grady EMS team recognized at Region II EMS Awards. Dr. Julio Lairet recognized at Georgia EMS Awards Banquet.

Dr. Michael Ross:  Young people miss signs of stroke

Dr. Michelle LaPlaca, Georgia Tech and Dr. David Wright, Emory:   Atlanta Magazine 2013 Groundbreakers

Dr. Michael Ross:Why eliminating 'hospital purgatories' would save billion of dollars (PBS Newshour)

Dr. Patty Schiff:  named by Dean Larsen to the Emory School of Medicine Alumni Board. Dr. Schiff has been a volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory since 2008 and has served on the board of the Emory Alumni since 2009. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Schiff attended the University of Rhode Island and received a BS in Nutrition. Following her undergraduate education, Patty obtained a Masters of Medical Science from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia in 1981.  Her thesis involved the study of inborn errors of metabolism. Graduation was followed by several years of research at the Clinical Research Center at Emory.  She graduated from Emory School of Medicine in 1988 and completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine at Emory in 1991.

Dr. Schiff currently holds a position as a medical consultant for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. Since 2000, Patty has also worked as a ship physician for Lindblad Expeditions with National Geographic.  Shipboard work has taken her to such remote locations as Antarctica, the Arctic, and Baja California. Dr. Schiff is a model volunteer faculty member, donating many hours of her time to teach Emory medical students and residents. 

Dr. Arthur Kellermann:  Lessons from Boston

Dr. Alex Isakov:  Emory reaches out with prayers in wake of Boston tradegy 

Dr. Don Stein:   The Healing Hormone

Dr. Brooks Moore:  Georgia Marathon officials to public: "We are Prepared"

Shakiyla Smith:  2013 Emory Award of Distinction recipient.  Congratulations!

Dr. Leon Haley:  A Grady Memorial Black History Maker

Emory EM well represented at the 2013 National Association of EMS Physicians annual conference (Bonita Springs, FL)

Dr. Michael Ross and Dr. Arthur Kellermann quoted in Washington Post: Observation units may ease burdens of ER care, but benefits to patients come at a price

Dr. Kyle Brown and Dr. Sean Lowe represented Emory EM at the 16th Annual Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Mid-Atlantic Meeting (Georgetown University). Dr. Brown and Dr. Lowe presented local as well as national data on heart failure admissions managed in observation, an increasingly important policy issue for hospitals.

Dr. Menelaos Demestihas quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek:  How to avoid getting the flu at work

Dr. Deb Houry:  College Rankings: a Guide to Nowhere

Dr. Deb Houry:  Co-convenes University Course:  "Violence: A Multidisciplinary Inquiry

Dr. Michael Ross quoted in WSJ: Health Matters: A New Stroke Strategy

Dr. Deb Houry:  Mary Lynn Morgan Lecture "Violence Against Women: Implications for Healthcare and Society"

Dr. Leon Haley, Jr.:  Appointed to the National Advisory Council (NAC) for Healthcare Research and Quality

Dr. Michael Ross:  Filling a Gap Between ERs and Inpatient Rooms

Dr. Deb Houry & Dr. Sheryl Heron:  Why health reform is key for minorities

Dr. Deb Houry:  Domestic Violence: A Month of Awareness but a Daily Occurrence

Dr. Deb Houry:  Leadership Atlanta Class of 2013

Dr. Katherine Heilpern:  Named to the Emory Healthcare Board of Directors

EM Staff - Brenda Bruce, Robin McAdams & Shakiyla Smith:  Participate in Emory's Learning and Organizational Development Graduation

Dr. Deb Houry's Op-Ed:  Emergency Rooms are on Life Support

Dr. Tammie Quest:  Named the Roxann Arnold Professor in Palliative Medicine

Shakiyla Smith:  Emory School of Medicine August Staff Member Spotlight

Christine Gisness, EM Nurse Practitioner: Inducted into the Academy of Emergency Nursing (AEN)

Dr. Alyssa Bryant:  Receives IPEC funding for Interprofessional Team Training program

Dr. Douglas Ander: Receives Republic of Georgia grant to establish simulation based medical programs

Dr. Tammie Quest:  PI in $250,000 palliative care grant to study impact of chaplain support

Dr Nicole Franks:  Named Chief Quality Officer at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Dr. Kiera von Besser:  Appointed by Governor Deal to the Board of Community Health.  The Board of Community Health establishes the general policy to be followed by the Department of Community Health (DCH).  DCH champions access to affordable, quality health care in our communities, responsible health planning and use of health care resources, and healthy behaviors and improved health outcomes.  As of July 1, 2009, DCH is responsible for Public Health, healthcare finance & management, and health planning & regulation.  DCH is also designated as the single state agency for Medicaid.

Dr Sheryl Heron: 2012 recipient of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) National Teaching Award.  This is one of the most coveted awards in academic emergency medicine -- awarded annually to only 10 emergency physicians among scores of nominees -- recognizing mid career faculty members who are devoted teachers, role models, mentors and 'curriculum creators'. It's also important to put this in context, recognizing that ACEP has more than 26,000 members, so this award represents and honors those performing at the highest level of achievement.  Our heartiest congratulations for a job so well done, and for representing Emory so well!

Dr. Deb Houry:  Selected as a member of the 2013 class of Leadership Atlanta

Dr. Pat Capes:  Member of the Woodruff Leadership Academy Class of 2012

Dr. Art KellermannEmergency Departments, Medicaid Costs, and Access to Primary Care - Understanding the Link

Dr. Nicki Pesik, EM Volunteer Faculty, has been selected  to be the Branch Chief of the Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch in the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ).

Dr Jeffrey Linzer, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, honored with the Dr. Zeb L. Burrell, Jr. Distinguished Service Award for Emergency Medical Service. Dr Burrell is considered the father of EMS in Georgia.  The award is presented to an individual or organization, “…for outstanding contribution to the development and/or enhancement of the delivery of pre-hospital emergency medical care. Named in honor of Dr. Zeb Burrell, Jr. of Elberton/Athens, the recipient should typify the high ideals, irreproachable character, and extreme unselfish dedication to EMS which is so typical of Dr. Burrell and which makes him one of Georgia’s most outstanding EMS pioneers and leaders.” Only 2 other physicians have won this award since it was first presented in 1992.

Dr. Sheryl HeronInaugural Chair of SAEM Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM)

Dr. Patricia Baines's video on managing patients who have been a victim of sexual assault: "How to complete adult sexual assault exam" is featured as the video of the month on AccessEmergencyMedicine website.

Dr. Katherine Heilpern: President-Elect, Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine (AACEM)

Dr. Deb Houry Emory University Senate President Elect and Faculty Council Chair Elect

ABC News ariticle about Parkinson's disease authored by EM Resident, Murtaza Akhter.

Dr. Michael Ross:  Making Atlanta the Best Place in America to Have a Heart Attack

Emory EM residents get behind-the-scenes media exposure.

Dr. Douglas Ander selected by the medical students of Morehouse School of Medicine to receive the 2012 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society - Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award. This award is given annually to a clinician who generously and effectively donates time, skill and experience to teach clinical skills to our medical students of the Morehouse School of Medicine. Congratulations, Dr Ander!

Dr. Deb Houry instrumental in earning Emory's Safe Community designation.

Dr. Art Kellermann quoted in an opinion article on the Trayvon Martin case “Trayvon Martin case also about guns"

Dr. Alex Isakov quoted on CNN.com - Study: Chopper trauma transport improves survival chances

Dr. Alex Isakov quoted on CNN.com - Epinephrine may save the heart, but not the brain, says study

Dr. Tamara Espinoza, EM Fellow:   Grady Health Foundation’s Next Generation Healer honoree.

Dr. Tamara Espinoza and other honorees share a military connection.

Dr. Ziad Kazzi:  Recognized in February 2012 by The American Academy of Emergency Medicine Resident and Student Association for his contributions as an editor of the 2nd edition of the AAEM Resident and Student Association Toxicology Handbook. The book consists of 79 chapters written by more than 100 authors from the United States and several other countries.  Emory’s mark on the book is visible with Brent Morgan as an associate editor and 24 additional authors that include Emory faculty, fellows, current and past residents.  En route to Emory are 570 copies of the book that will be distributed to every Emory medical student

Dr. Pat Capes elected as one of only two specialty physcicians from Emory University to serve on the Emory Midtown Hospital Local Clinically Integrated Network (LCIN) Board, the group responsible for directing the institution’s quality and efficiency efforts.

EM staff, Louis Burton and Sonia Zuña Parra, receive Emory Award for Relational Mentoring.

Dr. Matt KeadeyGeorgia Physician Magazine Fall 2011

Dr. Deb Houry Named New President of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

Dr. Deb Houry Named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40

Dr. Sheryl Heron receives  Champion for Change Award

Dr. Katherine Heilpern receives 2011 Health-Care Hero Award

Dr. David Wright: Emergency Medicine Expert

Dr. Deb Houry and Dr. Katherine Heillpern  honored by Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

Dr. Arthur Yancy Named EMS Medical Director of the Year

Dr. Arthur Kellermann: Making a Difference

Dr. David Wright:  Health-Care Innovations Her

Emory heart attack patient thanks care teams for their expertise and compassion