Emory Report
December 8, 2008
Volume 61, Number 14



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December 8, 2008

Dennis W. Choi has been appointed to serve as vice president for academic health affairs. He will continue as director of the Comprehensive Neurosciences Center in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and as executive director of the Neuroscience, Human Nature and Society Initiative within the University’s strategic plan. Choi joined Emory in July 2007 and is a professor in the Department of Neurology.

June Connor
has been named associate chief operating officer and associate chief nursing officer for Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital. Connor has served Emory for more than 30 years in numerous capacities, including staff nurse, director of nursing for cardiology services, and as a nursing instructor. Since 2002, Connor has served as assistant administrator of cardiac services for Emory Hospitals.

Walter Curran Jr. has been awarded the inaugural Lawrence W. Davis Chair of Radiation Oncology in Emory School of Medicine. Curran is chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology and medical director of the Emory Winship Cancer Institute.

Jilleen Hoffman has joined Emory Facial Center as lead aesthetician. Hoffman brings more than 20 years of experience, including 15 years as the manager of a plastic surgeon’s skin care center in New York City, five years as a member of New York University Medical Center’s aesthetic surgery division and as a spa director for Hilton Hotels.

Omer Kucuk, who conducted the first clinical trials to show the benefits of soy and lycopene supplements in prostate cancer treatment, has joined Emory ‘s Winship Cancer Institute as professor of hematology and medical oncology. Kucuk comes to Emory Winship from the Karmanos Cancer Center at Wayne State University.

Laurie Patton, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Religion, has been appointed as the inaugural director of the new Center for Faculty Development and Excellence. A culmination of University-wide efforts to support faculty development and foster intellectual community, the Center will launch its full slate of activities in January 2009.

Michael A. Watson has been named president and CEO of Wesley Woods. A longtime fundraising and campaign executive, Watson has 35 years of experience in both higher education and corporate sectors with organizations including BellSouth Corporation and Auburn University.