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Caring and Healing

From the Emory Eye Center’s efforts to supply recycled glasses to patients across metro Atlanta to the Emory Global Health Institute’s work to combat infant mortality around the world to pioneering medical research aimed at preventing the next influenza pandemic, Emory is dedicated to improving and saving lives.

Whether a future doctor, a nurse in training, or bound for work in allied or public health, Emory students in the health professions have access to the brightest minds, top-ranked programs, and a wide range of practice settings to gain real-world experience.

Emory physicians provide the majority of care at Grady Memorial Hospital, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

As one of the nation’s leading academic health centers, Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center transforms health and healing through education, discovery, prevention, and care. Its physicians, nurses, public health experts, faculty, postdocs, and graduate students engage in teaching and research that informs and benefits patient care.

Emory sports medicine provides team physicians and trainers for the Atlanta Hawks, Braves, Falcons, and Dream, as well as local universities and more than 20 metro-Atlanta high school athletics programs.

Multidisciplinary pursuits with partners throughout the campus, at peer institutions, and at centers around the globe lead to discoveries that can dramatically alter the course of human health. Leading-edge equipment, shared resources, institutional support, and a collaborative spirit provide opportunity and inspire innovation.

Emory Healthcare stands as Georgia’s most comprehensive health care system, serving all basic health care needs while also treating the most challenging, rare, and complex conditions. The system’s total economic impact within the state was $6.53 billion in 2018.

The Emory Healthcare Veterans Program combines interdisciplinary teams to treat the invisible wounds of war, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, sexual trauma, anxiety, and depression related to military service.

Our schools of medicine, nursing, and public health are part of an academic health center in which learning is interprofessional and steeped in the values of the liberal arts. Students and clinicians master the finer arts of compassion, listening, and empathy in a variety of outpatient and inpatient settings in Emory Healthcare, as well as in Emory’s affiliated hospitals and health systems, which include Grady Memorial Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Emory’s faculty and staff in health sciences work 24/7 toward a healthier world through research, education, and care. Making and keeping people healthy, both locally and globally, is both our vocation and passion.

Care of the First Order

Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital are ranked number 1 and number 2, respectively, in both Atlanta and Georgia by U.S. News and World Report.

As the state’s most comprehensive provider of clinical services, Emory has a profound impact in Atlanta and across Georgia, with Emory Healthcare’s 11 hospitals, outpatient locations in 25 counties, and regional affiliate hospitals throughout the state—and our reach continues to grow.

In 2017, Emory University Hospital opened a new $400 million, 450,000-square-foot hospital tower to accommodate an expansion of services and expert care for cancer and transplant patients. And the state-of-the-art Emory Proton Therapy Center in Midtown Atlanta is the first facility of its kind in Georgia, offering the world's most advanced radiation technologies.

Our health sciences researchers—often in teams collaborating across disciplines—received $685.8 million in external research awards in 2018, including $29.2 million from the Wounded Warrior Project to care for veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, depression, and anxiety; $25 million from The Goizueta Foundation to the Goizueta Alzheimer's Disease Research Center to develop a Clinical Trials Unit and support the Neuroinflammation Discovery Unit; $25 million from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network; $23.7 million from The James M. Cox Foundation and Cox Enterprises for a Mild Cognitive Impairment Empowerment Program designed to help the 20 percent of Americans over age 65 with early declines in memory; and $15 million from The Marcus Foundation to establish the Marcus Stroke Network, which will help reduce stroke disability and death rates in the southeastern U.S.

Emory continues to be a national leader in searching for solutions to medicine’s most pressing challenges, with 21,188 participants enrolled in 2,005 clinical trials of investigational drugs, devices, and procedures—more trials than any other institution in the state. The Hope Clinic, part of the Emory Vaccine Center, conducts clinical trials for promising vaccines and is part of the country’s premier network for vaccine and prevention trials for infectious diseases, including globally emerging diseases such as Ebola, Zika, and Chikungunya. Emory, which provides medical direction for Grady Health System’s AIDS treatment center, is also a primary site in the nation’s NIH-funded AIDS Clinical Trials Networks and has had a national NIH-designated Center for AIDS Research since 1998.

Winship Cancer Institute is Georgia's only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, with the largest phase 1 unit in the state for cancer clinical trials and more than 450 researchers.
In the area of technology transfer, Emory has 1,600+ active technologies, 1,200+ pending patent applications, 350 active licenses, and 90+ startups.

Our medical, nursing, and public health students have access to a wide array of expertise on campus that includes the Winship Cancer Institute and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, as well as affiliates such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Research Alliance, and partner universities, including Georgia Institute of Technology and Morehouse School of Medicine.

More than one half of the residency training positions in the state are provided by Emory's School of Medicine.
25 percent of the physicians currently practicing in Georgia trained at Emory.
Emory is located next door to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the two collaborate in research, teaching, and care. For example, Emory University Hospital's serious communicable diseases unit, where the first U.S. Ebola patients were treated, was built in cooperation with the CDC.

In addition to more than 550 medical students, Emory offers continuing medical education classes that were attended by more than 9,867 physicians and other health care professionals last year. The medical school provides more than half of the residency training positions in the state, providing a critical recruiting base for Georgia’s physician workforce. A quarter of the physicians currently practicing in Georgia trained at Emory.

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing ranks fourth among the nation's best graduate nursing schools in U.S. News & World Report and is number three in the nation with regard to NIH research funding. The Rollins School of Public Health—ranked sixth nationwide for NIH funding—is fifth in the U.S. News & World Report rankings and a global leader in such areas as epidemiology, nutrition, and cancer prevention, working around the world with such partners as CARE, The Carter Center, and the Task Force for Global Health.

Individually, these school and department rankings are truly impressive achievements. Taken as a whole, they paint a picture of Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) as one of the top-tier research institutions in the United States. Only six other academic health centers in the country have top 20–ranked schools of medicine, nursing, and public health. Add Yerkes to the equation—with the largest research funding base of the seven National Primate Research Centers in the U.S.—and it's no wonder that WHSC is at the forefront of innovation and discovery.

Students in the health sciences provide thousands of hours of community service annually, with nursing and physician assistant students serving migrant workers in south Georgia each summer, nursing students learning from immersion experiences in six countries, and medical and nursing students staffing local clinics for indigent and underserved patients.

The Emory Vaccine Center

The Emory Vaccine Center is one of the largest academic vaccine centers in the world, with scientists working on vaccines for many diseases, including:

  • Ebola
  • AIDS
  • Malaria
  • Hepatitis C
  • Influenza
  • Tuberculosis

Within the Woodruff Health Sciences Center are numerous multidisciplinary programs that contribute to the advance of scientific knowledge and medical breakthroughs, such as the Emory Antibiotic Resistance Center, Emory Vaccine Center, Emory Brain Health Center, and Emory Transplant Center, where researchers developed a new class of drugs to aid in kidney transplants. Notable collaborative work has included establishing world-class Ebola treatment standards, bringing together labs across the university to study Alzheimer’s disease, and developing robots for use in rehabilitation with a team from Georgia Tech.

Millipub Club honors Emory faculty who have published one or more papers that garnered more than 1,000 citations, a threshold indicating high-impact scholarship. Among the 38 2018 inductees was Vikas Sukhatme, dean of Emory School of Medicine.

Researchers at Emory helped develop angioplasty, stents, and off-pump heart surgery as well as nonsurgical valve replacements that are saving more lives each year. More than 90 percent of U.S. HIV/AIDS patients on therapy take one or more drugs invented at Emory. Deep-brain stimulation for Parkinson’s was pioneered here, with this technology now used in treatment-resistant depression and epilepsy. Immunotherapy drugs based on our basic research discoveries are now being used in some of the most innovative treatments for cancer patients. From our multidisciplinary research centers to our impactful partnerships to our prominent position in the health care innovation marketplace, Emory is leading the charge in medical research.

Serving those in need is part of the DNA of Emory’s faculty, staff, and students who work with underserved patients and populations both close to home and far away. Emory last year spent $558.8 million in community benefits to improve the health care of Georgians, including $98 million in charity care, while researchers worked to find new ways to prevent and treat disease and to make care more accessible and affordable.

Emory spent 558.8 million dollars in community benefits in fiscal year 2018 to improve the health care of Georgians.
Since DeKalb Medical Center, now Emory Decatur Hospital, became part of Emory, Emory has invested 44 million dollars this year alone, updating the facilities, programs, and technology to better address community needs.

In our teaching, research, and practice of health care, Emory’s mission is built upon excellence, caring, and integrity, yielding results that improve health outcomes in Georgia and across the world.

Read On

As the immersive stories reveal, the Emory difference in health care is its unique combination of innovation and empathy.

Working Side by Side: Community Benefits Report

In 2018, Emory provided $98 million in charity care to patients in its hospitals and clinics. Charity care is defined as indigent care for patients with no health insurance, not even Medicare or Medicaid, and no resources of their own. To demonstrate what charity care means on a human level, the Community Benefits Report tells the story of patients whose lives were touched by health care teams working together to help them survive their illness and move forward with their lives.

Read More: Caring for the Indigent
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AIDS in Atlanta

The city that is home to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the largest clinics for HIV/AIDS patient care in the country, and top-funded HIV research programs, is also an epicenter of the HIV epidemic in the U.S. From improving the process of testing to getting newly diagnosed patients into treatment sooner and then tracking patients’ reliability in taking their medicine more closely, Emory doctors are determined to turn the tide on the city’s high rates of infection.

Read More: Caring for Those with HIV/AIDS
Carlos del Rio, chair of the Rollins Hubert Department of Global Health and co-director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research

The Flu Is Coming: Are We Ready for the Next Pandemic?

The next flu pandemic is a question of when, not if. Emory has leveraged its expertise in this area to conduct research, validate clinical practice and technology, translate discoveries into training and education programs for health care providers, and ultimately improve patient care outcomes and worker safety in the event of a pandemic flu or other infectious disease outbreak.

Read More: Caring about the Next Pandemic
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Sara’s Journey

In 2016, medical student Justine Broecker joined the Emory Haiti Alliance and was volunteering with her father, Bruce, a pediatric urologist and Emory adjunct faculty member. A local Haitian doctor made them aware of an infant he had encountered with a rare birth defect—bladder exstrophy—a bladder on the outside of the abdomen. Through a partnership with Childspring International and the persistence of Justine Broecker, the young girl came to Emory for a successful surgery. “It was all a little surreal,” says Broecker. “When we first encountered her in Haiti, I didn’t think any of this would be possible.”

Read More: Caring for a Special Young Girl
Sara and her mother with medical student Justine Broecker.

Restoring Vision and Hope to Refugees

As Dr. Soroosh Behshad of the Emory Eye Center followed stories about the hardship of Syrian refuges, particularly children, he wanted to help even though he has no connection to the country. He began collaborating with the Syrian American Medical Society to set up ophthalmological care for Syrian refugees living in camps in Jordan. Now working with his colleague Natalie Weil, a pediatric ophthalmologist, the two not only treat patients but also were instrumental in bringing three of the four remaining ophthalmologists in Syria out of the war zone for further education and training.

Read More: Caring for the Sight of Those a World Away
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Emory Healthcare and DeKalb Medical Celebrate New Partnerships

On September 1, 2018, DeKalb Medical officially became part of the Emory Healthcare system. The partnership between Emory and DeKalb Medical brings together the best of both worlds—the discovery and innovation of an academic medical center together with a high-quality, deeply rooted community health system. In the words of Jonathan S. Lewin, president and CEO of Emory Healthcare, “We know that both DeKalb Medical and Emory patients will benefit from this partnership through extended services, more physicians, and additional locations to receive care.”

Read More: Caring to Build a Stronger Health Care Network
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