June 2, 2011

Emory health care heroes shine

Healthcare Heroes award winners Thomas Lawley and Ursula Kelly.

Two Emory Healthcare employees won top honors and three were finalists in the Atlanta Business Chronicle's annual Healthcare Heroes Awards, recognizing the contributions of top medical professionals in the Atlanta health care community.

Thomas J. Lawley won in the Physician category for his role in guiding Emory to a top 20 research ranking among U.S. medical schools and his work as an advocate for Grady Memorial Hospital when it recently faced possible closure.

Lawley is dean of the School of Medicine.

Ursula Kelly took the top prize in the Allied Health category for her work at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center with female veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and sexual trauma.

Kelly is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing.

Finalists were:

Linda Cendales, assistant professor of surgery in the School of Medicine, nominated in the Healthcare Innovations category for successfully performing the state's and one of the nation's first hand transplants.

Katherine L. Heilpern, professor and chair of the department of emergency medicine, nominated in the Physician category for her contributions to emergency and trauma care and for her leadership among five hospitals in metro Atlanta which receive 250,000 patient visits per year.

Curtis Lewis, assistant professor of radiology in the School of Medicine, nominated in the Physician category for his management and training of physicians and residents in his role as chief of staff and senior vice president of medical affairs at Grady.

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