August 2016 Newsletter

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Smith to Join Gyn/Ob as Vice Chair of Research

Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics is pleased to announce the appointment of Alicia K. Smith, PhD, to the position of Vice Chair of Research.

Smith joins the department following eight years in Emory’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. Her research interests include the genetic and epigenetic correlates of human behavior and psychopathology, particularly related to the role of prenatal and early life exposures on the development of stress-related disorders throughout the lifespan.

“I am thrilled to welcome Alicia Smith to our department,” said Ira R. Horowitz, MD, SM, John D. Thompson Professor and Chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. “After an extensive national search, we found the best fit for our department within our institution. Her research in epigenetics and stress in women complements the translational research currently undertaken in several of our divisions. I look forward to working with Alicia in her new leadership role.”

As the Vice Chair of Research, Smith will continue her own work while also leading efforts to expand the department’s research portfolio. She will direct and mentor faculty and trainees in their research endeavors.

Smith received her PhD in molecular genetics at Wake Forest University and completed two postdoctoral fellowships, one in genetic epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and one in psychiatric genetics in Emory’s Department of Human Genetics.

Smith has published widely; her work includes more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles, seven review articles, and three book chapters. She is a member of the Genetics and Molecular Biology Program in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at the Winship Cancer Institute, a member of the Children’s Center for Neurosciences Research at the Emory+Children’s Pediatric Research Center, and a member of HERCULES: Exposome Research Center at Rollins School of Public Health.

Welcome to Heather Hipp!

The department is happy to announce that Heather Hipp, MD, has joined our faculty. She will be an assistant professor in the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility division and will see patients at the Emory Reproductive Center. Dr. Hipp is a familiar face in the department, having completed her residency and fellowship with us. Learn more about her: 5 Questions with Dr. Heather Hipp.

Welcome to Robert Kelley!

We are pleased to welcome Robert Kelley, DO, MBA, to our faculty, as an assistant professor in the Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery division. He will see patients at the Emory Women's Center on Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital campus and at Emory University campus. Meet our newest faculty member: 5 Questions with Dr. Robert Kelley.

Stafford Journeys to Ethiopia

Jade Stafford, MD, participated in Emory's Global Health Residency Scholars Program, an international elective that offers senior residents a four-week rotation in Ethiopia. "The chance to participate in the Global Health Residency Scholars program (GHRSP) was a unique and unforgettable opportunity,” she says. Read more of Dr. Stafford's reflections on her experience.

Staff Spotlight: Denver Hunt

“No one enjoys having surgery, so I feel that it’s my role to make this process as easy as possible. It’s important for us to be patient and encouraging,” said Denver Hunt, the patient care coordinator at the Emory Women’s Center on the Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital campus. Learn more about Denver.

Upcoming Events

Grand Rounds
Presented by M. Carolina Gongora Nieto, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine
Wednesday, September 7, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown


Emory Reproductive Center - Fertility and IVF Seminar
Saturday, September 10, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown
To register, please call 404-778-7777


Grand Rounds
Presented by Vivian von Gruenigen, MD, Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Summa Foundation Endowed Chair in Women's Health, Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals, System Medical Director for Women's Health, Summa Health System
Wednesday, September 14, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown


Grand Rounds
Presented by Claire Roberts, Senior Research Fellow, Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, The University of Adelaide
Wednesday, September 21, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown


Grand Rounds
Presented by Heather Hipp, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine
Wednesday, September 28, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Glenn Auditorium, Emory University Hospital Midtown

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