2016 Researcher Appreciation Day

In recognition of Researcher Appreciation Day, the Emory Medicine Recognitions Committee requested nominations for researchers across the School of Medicine who are making a difference in their field. More than 50 Emory researchers were nominated by their colleagues for their groundbreaking research, development of new technologies, and the continued pursuit of innovative ideas–all of which are helping to improve the quality of life for patients in our community and across the world.

Find out more about this year’s Department of Medicine honorees below, and please join us in congratulating these outstanding researchers.

Paula Frew

Paula Frew, PhD, MA, MPH

Paula Frew, PhD, MA, MPH (Division of Infectious Diseases)

Dr. Frew is a national leader on methods for trial recruitment from diverse communities. She is performing cutting-edge research on vaccine refusal.




Vasileios D. Gkogkas

Vasileios D. Gkogkas, MD, PhD, FACC

Vasileios D. Gkogkas, MD, PhD, FACC (Division of Cardiology)

Dr. Gkogkas advances the field of vascular reparative therapy by spearheading novel translational research projects.




Jordan Kempker, MD, MSc

Jordan Kempker, MD, MSc

Jordan Kempker, MD, MSc (Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine)

Dr. Kempker has developed national collaborations and is using big data sets to study disparities in critical care and sepsis.




Sam Lim, MD, MPH

Sam Lim, MD, MPH

Sam Lim, MD, MPH (Division of Rheumatology)

Dr. Lim has created a lupus registry for the entire state of Georgia and leads a number of impactful lupus research trials aimed at understanding the epidemiology and outcomes of lupus, particularly as it impacts African Americans with lower socioeconomic status.



Minh Ly Nguyen

Minh Ly Nguyen, MD

Minh Ly Nguyen, MD (Division of Infectious Diseases)

Dr. Nguyen established the first HIV cancer registry in Georgia. She studies the epidemiology of HIV treatment outcomes and HIV-associated malignancies and co-morbidities.



Christopher O'Donnell, MD

Christopher O’Donnell, MD

Christopher O’Donnell, MD (Division of Hospital Medicine)

Dr. O’Donnell is an academic hospitalist who is developing a much-needed improvement in hospital discharge processes. This work will have a tremendous impact on health care delivery.




Camille Vaughan

Camille Vaughan, MD, MS

Camille Vaughan, MD, MS (Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics)

Dr. Vaughan’s research is accelerating the implementation of tools to support appropriate prescribing practices for older adults who are seen in the emergency department. Her work is being disseminated across the Emory health system (including at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and Grady Memorial Hospital) and now nationally. Her leadership in the Department of Medicine Research Community has improved  collaborations across the department. (Video: Emory EQUiPPED)



David Weiss, PhD

David Weiss, PhD

David Weiss, PhD (Division of Infectious Diseases)

Dr. Weiss is a rising star who has become a leader in innate host defenses against bacterial infection. He has published extensively on antibiotic resistance and has demonstrated that a sub-population of resistant bacteria can prolong infection. He is the founder and director of the Emory Antibiotic Resistance Center.


Neale Weitzmann

Neale Weitzmann, PhD

Neale Weitzmann, PhD (Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Lipids)

Dr. Weitzmann’s research is focused on the impact of immune dysfunction and immunosuppressive agents on skeletal remodeling. His work will make a real difference for HIV patients.



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