**Message forwarded on behalf of Dr. James W. Curran, Dean of Public Health, Rollins School of Public Health**
I am deeply saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Bill McClellan last Thursday, March 9. He battled a chronic disease for the past few years which progressed rapidly during the past few months.
Following his medical studies at University of Alabama – Birmingham (UAB), Bill trained in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and renal medicine at the University of California – San Francisco. He also held an MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health.
Bill was a key member of the Emory faculty from 1976 until his passing, beginning as a clinical assistant professor of medicine and becoming a full professor from 2005 until the present. He has long had appointments in the School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology at RSPH, where he had his primary appointment.
Bill’s long research career focused on racial and other disparities in health outcomes related to end-stage renal disease, hypertension, and the quality of care for these patients. He combined strong expertise in clinical medicine, epidemiology, and health services research, and this was reflected in more than 200 publications and services to national advisory groups.
All of us knew Bill as an outstanding teacher and mentor for many years in the epidemiology of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases and aging. He was the ultimate physician and clinical epidemiologist. His countless trainees, mentees, patients, and colleagues will miss him greatly.
Ms. Jacquelyn Berry from the Department of Epidemiology can provide information about the memorial service and how to express condolences as soon as it becomes available. She can be reached at 404-727-8095 or firstname.lastname@example.org.