Aug. 2 marks first anniversary of Ebola care at Emory

Emory medical workers roll an Ebola patient into Emory University Hospital. Photo Credit: John Spink, Atlanta Journal-Constitution. JSpink@AJC.com

Sunday, August 2 marks the one-year anniversary of the arrival of Dr. Kent Brantly–the first Ebola virus disease (EVD) patient to be treated in the United States–at Emory University Hospital. Emory’s decision to treat the first EVD patients and the preparedness and protocols that led to their safe and successful treatment are described in Ebola Virus Disease: Experience and Decision Making for the First Patients outside of Africa in PLOS Medicine. Lead author is David S. Stephens, MD, vice president for research in Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) and professor and chair of the Emory University Department of Medicine.

David S. Stephens, MD

David S. Stephens, MD

“Countries throughout the world will continue to be affected by future communicable disease threats and outbreaks,” said Stephens. “The many challenges and the strategic and tactical lessons learned by Emory physicians, nurses, faculty, staff, and administrators in treating patients with Ebola virus disease provide us an opportunity to share information that may help others to prepare, prevent, and treat difficult emerging diseases. Our experience with Ebola virus disease as an academic health center demonstrates the importance of preparation, communications and detailed implementation.” Find out more about Ebola at Emory

 

Related Links
Ebola Virus Disease: Experience and Decision Making for the First Patients outside of Africa
Ebola Timeline: An Extraordinary Year
Emory Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
David S. Stephens’ faculty biography
Emory University Department of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine

About the Author

Emory Department of Medicine
Emory Department of Medicine

The Emory University Department of Medicine, within the Emory University School of Medicine, is steeped in a rich tradition of excellence. Through the work of its nine divisions and numerous centers and institutes, the department has pioneered discoveries in medicine, education, scientific and clinical investigation, and clinical care. Emory University School of Medicine’s medical school, residency, transitional-year, and fellowship programs offer students the latest knowledge in treatment practices, scientific theories, research, and patient care.

The Emory University Department of Medicine is a component of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University, which includes the Emory schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare.

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