Emory Department of Medicine appoints new vice chairs of Strategic Initiatives and Clinical Affairs

David S. Stephens, chair of medicine, recently announced the appointments of Angel Leon, MD, and James Spivey, MD, to the roles of Vice Chair of Clinical Strategic Initiatives and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, respectively, for the Department of Medicine.

Angel Leon, MD

Angel Leon, MD

As Vice Chair of Clinical Strategic Initiatives, Dr. Leon will work closely with the departmental, School of Medicine, and Emory Healthcare leadership teams to design and execute clinical strategic initiatives across the department. Dr. Leon is the Chief of Cardiology Service at Emory University Hospital Midtown, a Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, and holds the Linton and June Bishop Chair in Medicine. His professional interests involve the treatment of heart rhythm disorders, including ablation of atrial fibrillation, supraventricular and ventricular tachycardia, ICD implantation for sudden cardiac death prevention, and cardiac resynchronization for the treatment of congestive heart failure. He is actively involved in the clinical application and research of catheter ablation and pacemaker/ICD implantation, and he has been a leader in institutional cardiology clinical initiatives.

James Spivey, MD

James Spivey, MD

As Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Dr. Spivey will engage with mentoring, peer review, and performance assessment of all physicians and practitioners in the department; collaborate with the Vice Chair of Quality on patient safety and process improvement initiatives; and partner with physician leaders to help direct the organization’s agenda for clinical quality, safety, and cost of clinical care. Dr. Spivey is a Professor of Medicine and Surgery, the Medical Director of Liver Transplantation, and the Director of Hepatology at Emory University School of Medicine. In his time at Emory, Dr. Spivey has worked to build an outstanding hepatology and liver transplant program that serves the southeastern United States.

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