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September 7, 2004
takes on expanded pediatrics roles at Children's Healthcare
Barbara Stoll, an internationally recognized pediatrician
who specializes in issues of neonatal infectious disease and child
survival, has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics in
the School of Medicine and medical director of Children’s Healthcare
of Atlanta (CHOA) at Egleston.
Stoll’s appointment to the newly combined posts will further cement a strong
leadership connection between the two institutions, which have enjoyed a long
historical association at their adjacent Clifton Road campuses. Many CHOA doctors
are Emory pediatrics department faculty members.
Beginning in September, Emory Children’s Center physicians are scheduled
to move from modular buildings located behind CHOA into Emory’s newly constructed
$42 million Pediatrics Building nearby. CHOA then will expand onto the 2.4 acres
of land vacated by Emory when the pediatrics center opens.
“We are delighted that Barbara Stoll has accepted the great responsibility
of carrying Emory and Children’s at Egleston pediatrics forward at a time
of such extraordinary opportunity for both institutions,” said medical
school Dean Thomas Lawley. “It was very gratifying to discover after a
year-long search that we had the best candidate for this premier job in American
healthcare right here on our own faculty.”
Added James Tally, president and CEO of CHOA: “We look forward to Dr. Stoll’s
leadership in this new role. She has dedicated her life to the service of children
and their families and brings an extensive and ideal breadth of experience to
Stoll has been a faculty member at Emory since 1986. She has served as interim
chair of the pediatrics department for the past year, following the departure
of former chair Devn Cornish. Stoll also has been named to serve as president
and CEO of the Emory Children’s Center, the largest pediatric
multispecialty group practice in Georgia, and as president of the Emory Egleston
Children’s Research Center. All her appointments were
effective Aug. 18.
“This is a new day for pediatrics at Emory,” Stoll said. “Our
new building is a wonderful metaphor for a fresh and invigorated department.
There are challenges ahead, but for the first time in the history of the Department
of Pediatrics, we have beautiful new space—consisting of both a wonderful
pediatric clinic and state-of-the-art, 21st century laboratories for scientific
“We have a solid base to build on in our wonderful faculty, and space and
money for needed expansion,” she continued. “In addition, we have
a strong partnership with a very successful children’s hospital system.
We have all the pieces in place to make a new day for pediatrics.”
Along with her appointment as pediatrics department chair, Stoll will be named
the first holder of the new Dr. George W. Brumley Jr. Chair in Pediatrics, on
the strength of a $2 million gift and pledge from the Zeist Foundation of Atlanta.
Brumley, who served as chair of pediatrics from 1981–95, died last year
along with 11 family members in a plane crash in Kenya.
“George Brumley was the man who hired me and one of my mentors,” Stoll
said. “There is a certain poignancy every time I think about holding a
chair that bears his name. Dr. Brumley was a true academic leader. He left big
shoes to fill, and I am humbled and honored to serve as the George Brumley Chair.
I only hope he is smiling from above.”