Carla Haack Honored as SOM Hidden Gem

October 2019

The Emory Medicine Recognitions Committee instituted the Hidden Gem award to recognize faculty whose contributions to Emory and beyond often go unnoticed or unrecognized. The honorees are nominated by their departments.

The following quotes were provided by John Sweeney, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery, in his nomination letter for general and GI surgeon Carla Haack, MD.

"Dr. Haack's clinical, educational and research contributions since joining our faculty have been in the area of general and acute care surgery. Her main focus has been building a general surgery practice at the Emory University Hospital (EUH) campus, and serving as one of the founding surgeons to roll out the acute and critical care surgery service (ACCS) at EUH.

"ACCS provides immediate surgical intervention to patients in the EUH Emergency Department (ED), when they would otherwise have to be triaged until a surgeon already in the operating room (OR) or outpatient clinic setting could get to them. This service has dramatically improved patient experiences in the ED with their immediate surgical needs. ACCS also helps the EUH ED flow and bed turnover, ensuring that we can expeditiously care for patients coming to the ED and offer reduced wait times.

"Without Dr. Haack's 'can do' style, tenacity, and easy-going personality, this service would not have been as successful as it has over the last five years. Dr. Haack has consistently and graciously distinguished herself as the 'go to' general surgeon at EUH. Her presence gives many physicians and staff at EUH the peace of mind that comes with knowing that she will provide patients with excellent surgical care and thoughtful and deliberate communication, and that she will have valuable input on the next steps for patients."