Russ Price, PhD, professor of medicine and physiology and associate vice chair for research in the Emory University Department of Medicine, recently announced his retirement from Emory. Dr. Price has accepted an appointment as associate dean for research and graduate studies at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He will also serve as a professor in ECU’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Price was one of ECU’s very first PhD graduates.
Dr. Price has been an invaluable contributor to the Emory community for the past 26 years, serving as a highly respected investigator, educator, and leader. He joined the Emory University Division of Renal Medicine as an assistant professor in 1991. Over the years, he rose through the ranks to professor with tenure in the departments of medicine and physiology. Since 2012, he has served as associate vice chair for research in the Department of Medicine.
Having authored more than 100 publications and book chapters, Dr. Price is a recognized leader in his field. His research is directed toward explaining the mechanisms that cause muscle atrophy in chronic conditions such as end-stage kidney disease and diabetes. He serves on NIH study sections and editorial boards for the Journal of Biological Chemistry and American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology. He previously served on the editorial boards of Kidney International and the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. In addition, Dr. Price is the secretary of the International Society of Renal Nutrition and Metabolism.
Dr. Price is known by his colleagues as a caring and thoughtful collaborator, always willing to review other people’s grants and share his expertise. “He regularly offers insightful comments at renal research seminars,” said Jeff Sands, MD, director of the Emory Division of Renal Medicine. “These insights have been especially helpful to more junior members of the division. He also played a vital role in writing the past two successful renewals of the division’s T32 training grant.”
Dr. Price’s departure is a significant loss for Emory, but this is a great opportunity for him to assume a major leadership position at his alma mater. “While we are very sorry to see him go, we also celebrate this as an important personal achievement and wish him well on this new chapter of his career,” said Bob Taylor, MD, PhD, interim chair of the department.
Department of Medicine leadership would like to thank Dr. Price for his years of dedicated service and wish him a happy farewell. He will be deeply missed. View photos from Dr. Price’s reception
A search for Dr. Price’s replacement is already underway. More details will be provided as they become available.