Emory Report
May 7, 2007
Volume 59, Number 30

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May 7, 2007
Wright Caughman named VP for clinical and academic integration

By holly korschun

Wright Caughman has been named vice president for clinical and academic integration in Emory Woodruff Health Sciences Center. He also will continue as director of The Emory Clinic and as executive associate dean for clinical affairs, positions he has held for the past three years.

In his new role Caughman will be responsible for managing Woodruff Health Sciences Center’s Vision 2012 strategic plan for transforming health and healing. He will direct four core strategies of the plan: implementing the Emory Clifton Corridor and Emory Midtown master facility plans; developing and promoting key multidisciplinary centers of excellence; promoting a high-performance, patient-focused service culture; and ensuring maximal integration of the translational research, educational and training missions within the fabric of the Health Science Center’s clinical programs.

Caughman also will direct implementation of the strategic plans for the centers of excellence in the Health Sciences Center, which initially will include the Comprehensive Center for Neuroscience, the Heart and Vascular Center, the Emory Transplant Center, the Winship Cancer Institute and the Emory Center for Respiratory Health. He also will work closely with the leaders of the Emory Predictive Health Initiative, as well as other interdisciplinary centers and programs.

“Wright Caughman is a proven leader with the vision and courage to succeed at the challenging task of implementing our strategic plan across the Health Sciences Center,” said Michael M.E. Johns, executive vice president, health affairs and CEO, Woodruff Health Sciences Center. “Dr. Caughman’s commitment to our vision of transforming health and healing, his broad knowledge of the health sciences at Emory, and the respect he has earned from his colleagues make him the ideal candidate to carry out this mission.”

Caughman joined the dermatology faculty at Emory in 1990 after serving as medical officer and principal investigator in the dermatology branch of the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. In addition to teaching and working as a staff physician at The Emory Clinic, Grady Memorial Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, he was director of research in Emory’s Department of Dermatology for four years before becoming department chair.