Jeffrey Koplan, outgoing director of the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), will become Emorys new vice president
for academic health affairs at the Woodruff Health Sciences Center
(WHSC), effective April 22.
The announcement was made last week by Michael Johns, executive
vice president for health affairs and WHSC director.
As the chief academic and research officer on Johns senior
leadership team, Koplan will work with Johns to plan, direct and
advance the WHSCs research and academic strategies across
the schools of medicine, nursing and public health, the Yerkes Primate
Research Center, and Emory Healthcares network of clinics,
hospitals and community health centers.
Dr. Koplans decision to join our leadership team is
a perfect match at the perfect time, Johns said. Jeff
is an extraordinary leader, both statesman and scientist, who leads
the premier health agency in the world with distinction, and who
thinks and acts with a global perspective. He personifies the interdisciplinary
spirit that we seek at Emory, and he has become the nations
leading spokesperson for the integration of public health into medicine
and nursing and for broadening the way health professionals approach
As with my tenure at the CDC, I particularly enjoy being
at an institution that strives for excellence and making an international
contribution to health, Koplan said. As vice president
for academic health affairs, I look forward to enhancing the symbiosis
between the schools and research programs of the WHSC and to strengthening
its partnerships with the CDC, American Cancer Society, Georgia
Research Alliance, the Georgia Institute of Technology and other
key research organizations and institutions.
As CDC director from 1998 until the end of last month, Koplan led
the agency responsible for promoting health and quality of life
by preventing and controlling disease, injury and disability. CDCs
11 centers, institutes and program offices work closely with local,
state and federal health agencies and private sector partners to
protect the publics health and promote healthy lifestyles.
Koplans new position is not his first foray into the private
sector. He joined the Prudential Center for Health Care Research
in 1994 as executive vice president and director, and served as
president from 199598. Koplan served as a clinical professor
in Emorys School of Medicine for 12 years and has had an appointment
in the Rollins School of Public Health since its founding in 1990.
He also holds academic appointments at Morehouse Medical School
and both the schools of medicine and public health at Harvard, and
he has been a visiting lecturer at many other universities and health
At Emory, Koplan is the successor to David Blake, who in 1997,
soon after Johns arrived to head the WHSC, took what was then a
new position as vice president for academic health affairs. Blake
resigned in January to focus on his consulting practice.
Koplans wife, Carol, is an adjunct assistant professor in
the School of Public Health, and their daughter, Kate, is a third-year
medical student at Emory. The Koplans son, Adam, is a graduate
student in theater directing in Seattle.