The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center encompasses those components of Emory University responsible for patient care, education of health professionals, research affecting health and illness, and policies for prevention and treatment of disease. The center's namesake, the legendary leader of The Coca-Cola Company, was a man whose vision and generosity left a lasting imprint on Emory and the city of Atlanta.
Emory School of Medicine is renowned as a premier research institution. The school received $142.8 million in research funding in 1998-1999, ranking 21st among American medical schools for federal research expenditures. Among Emory’s extensive research facilities are the newly renovated Woodruff Memorial Research Building, the state-of-the-art Rollins Research Center, the Winship Cancer Institute, the Biomedical/Dental Building, and a new vaccine research center. Emory’s newest research building, the Whitehead Research Building, is scheduled for completion in 2001 and will be among the largest buildings on campus.
Emory medicine is well known for its pioneering treatment and research in specialty areas, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, renal diseases, ophthalmology, and geriatrics. As clinicians in Emory’s seven owned or affiliated teaching hospitals, faculty members are responsible for 2,975 hospital beds and more than 2 million patient encounters annually. Emory Healthcare, the clinical arm of Emory’s health sciences center, is the most comprehensive health care system in metropolitan Atlanta, including 14 primary and multispecialty health care centers as well as affiliations with 48 communities comprising a network of 68 hospitals.
The school's faculty received $228.4 million in federal research awards in 2002, including funds received by medical faculty at Yerkes National Primate Research Center. Based on research expenditures for 2001, the Association of American Medical Colleges ranked Emory 17th in its profile survey of US medical schools. Based on NIH awards, several departments ranked in the top 10 in their specialty in the nation: microbiology and immunology (3), rehabilitation medicine (4), dermatology (6), and neurology (6). Faculty include 1,446 members in basic science and clinical departments and 1,459 volunteer members. Faculty clinicians in Emory's own and affiliated teaching hospitals and in its outpatient services are responsible for more than 2.1 million patient visits annually. The school has 4,935 medical school alumni and 7,487 residency alumni, comprising more than one-third of all physicians in Georgia. In addition to the school's regular education programs, 4,850 physicians and other health care professionals came to Emory last year to participate in one of the nation's largest and most successful continuing medical education programs.
For more information, or to contact Emory University, see their website at: whsc.emory.edu
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