July 29, 2011

Acclaim: Collop, Curran, Essien and Sperling are leaders in their field

Nancy A. Collop

James W. Curran

Joyce D. Essien

Lawrence Sperling

Nancy A. Collop has become the 26th president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Collop is director of the Emory Sleep Center and professor of medicine and neurology at the School of Medicine. A sleep specialist, Collop is also a recognized expert in sleep-related breathing disorders. The professional society that she will lead represents more than 9,000 physicians, scientists and allied-health professionals in the field of sleep medicine.

James W. Curran has been named to the Georgia Board of Public Health by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Curran is dean of the Rollins School of Public Health and professor of epidemiology, among other appointments.

The Georgia Board of Public Health is an advisory arm to the state commissioner of public health.

Joyce D. Essien is serving on the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice.

Essien is director of the Center for Public Health Practice at Rollins School of Public Health.

Essien’s board issued an IOM report on Healthy People 2020 goals, which urges all levels of U.S. government to adopt a structured approach to consider the health effects of any major legislation or regulation.

Lawrence Sperling served on a panel of 22 health experts selected by U.S. News & World Report to help develop the rankings of the publication’s first-ever Best Diets.

Sperling is the medical director of the Emory Heartwise Risk Reduction Program and professor of medicine at Emory School of Medicine.

Sperling, who is a cardiologist at Emory’s Heart & Vascular Center, helped evaluate some of the country’s most popular diets in the recently released rankings.

Related: Emory cardiologist weighs in on U.S. News diet ranking

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