Monica Farley, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases was recently named the first holder of the Jonas A. Shulman Professorship in Infectious Diseases. The professorship was created to honor the legacy of Jonas A. “Jack” Shulman, MD, former chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine, and his contributions to Emory University School of Medicine and Emory University Hospital Midtown.
Farley, an internationally recognized researcher and epidemiologist, was honored for her extensive service to Emory University, the School of Medicine, and the Division of Infectious Diseases. She is the recipient of many awards for her service and achievements including the Department of Medicine’s Nanette K. Wenger Distinguished Service Award; the Infectious Diseases division’s Paul B. Beeson Faculty Recognition Award; and the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation’s (SSCI) Founder’s Medal. She was also elected to the Emory University President’s Advisory Committee (PAC) in 2014.
Farley is a past-president of the American Federation for Medical Research, the secretary/treasurer for the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation, and a past member of the FDA Advisory committee on Vaccines and Related Biological Products. She serves as the principal investigator for the Georgia Emerging Infections Program (EIP), a CDC-funded surveillance network of epidemiologic and clinical research groups focused on invasive bacterial pathogens, influenza and foodborne diseases.
“Professorships are one of the best ways an institution has to publicly endorse and honor the achievements of a faculty member,” said Vikas P. Sukhatme, dean of the Emory University School of medicine. “By naming someone to a professorship, we are telling the world we believe he or she – his or her work – is at the highest level.”
Jack Shulman, MD, became the director of Infectious Diseases in 1971. He served as the assistant dean in Emory’s School of Medicine in 1975, the associate dean of students in the School of Medicine in 1991, and eventually the executive associate dean of medical education and student affairs. Under his leadership, Shulman led an effort to re-design the medical school curriculum that solidified Emory’s reputation as a national leader in medical education. His dedication to his medical students, residents, and fellows still serves as the model that faculty members in the School of Medicine strive to follow.