Emory Report
September 7, 2004
Volume 57, Number 03


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September 7, 2004
Stoll takes on expanded pediatrics roles at Children's Healthcare

BY ron sauder

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 this position.”

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 research.

“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.”