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Gary Bouloux preparing for surgery

Gary Bouloux to lead multi-center study of metal hypersensitivity following TMJR

February 2021

Gary F. Bouloux, DDS, MD, MDSc, interim chief of the Emory Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, has been awarded an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation Research Support Grant to study the development of metal hypersensitivity following temporomandibular total joint replacement (TMJR). The grant received the Stephen B. Milam Award for earning the highest score from the OMS Foundation Committee.


Toncred Styblo and Chris Dente

Toncred Styblo and Chris Dente honored with Emory awards

January 2021

Toncred Styblo, MD, who has dedicated herself to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer at Emory since 1988, has been recognized by the Center for Women at Emory with its Unsung Heroine Award. Christopher Dente, MD, chief of the general surgery service of Emory at Grady, is the recipient of the Emory at Grady Innovation Award. Dr. Dente's research focuses on the creation and use of biomarker and clinical data warehouse-based decision support tools for trauma surgery and critical care.

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Douglas Murphy and Michael Halkos

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital receives highest recognition from AHA and The Mitral Foundation for mitral valve repair excellence

January 2021

The American Heart Association (AHA) and The Mitral Foundation have designated Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital as a Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center, a recognition awarded to hospitals that have shown excellence in clinical outcomes and performance in mitral valve repairs. Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital is the first hospital in the southeast to receive the designation.

"This is a tribute to the teamwork of the cardiac surgical service at Emory Saint Joseph's hospital. Nurses, perfusionists, anesthesia team members, surgeons and clinical staff make results like these possible," says Douglas Murphy, MD, medical director of surgical robotics at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital. Dr. Murphy has performed thousands of mitral valve repairs over the years.

"This is a well-deserved recognition from The Mitral Foundation and the American Heart Association. We have developed highly specialized teams to provide the best care possible to patients with mitral valve disease," says Michael Halkos, MD, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Emory Healthcare, which operates one of the largest cardiothoracic surgery programs in the country and the largest in Georgia.


George Skardasis, MD

Remembering George Skardasis

December 2020

We are saddened to report that Emory vascular surgeon George M. Skardasis, MD, passed away on January 4, 2021, from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. Dr. Skardasis opened the first vascular laboratory in the Atlanta metro area at Crawford Long Hospital, now Emory University Hospital Midtown, and served as its medical director for 40 years. He was also chief of the section of vascular surgery at the hospital until 2010, mentoring many residents and fellows along the way. He continued to perform procedures and treat patients at Emory Hospital Midtown until the age of 84.


Bradley Leshnower, Milad Sharifpour, and Kim Baio

Bradley Leshnower, Milad Sharifpour, and Kim Baio recognized by NIH for progress of COVID-19 therapeutics trial

October 2020

Cardiothoracic surgeon Bradley Leshnower, MD, and anesthesiologist Milad Sharifpour, MD, MS, are participating in the international ACTIV-3: Therapeutics for Inpatients with COVID-19 (TICO) Phase 3 clinical trial as the Emory site's principal investigator and co-investigator, respectively. Kim Baio, RN, MSN, manages the trial's patient enrollment, clinical coordinator oversight, allocation of resources, regulatory and compliance adherence, and day-to-day operations. The team recently received a letter from Janet Woodcock, MD, director of therapeutics for Operation Warp Speed, and Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the NIH, congratulating them on their performance in the trial.


Steve Roser and Gary Bouloux

OMFS: Steven Roser and Gary Bouloux transitions

September 2020

After leading the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for 16 years and growing and enhancing the program in the process, Steven Roser, DMD, MD, will transition to the role of program director of the OMFS residency, effective October 1, 2020. Gary Bouloux, DDS, MD, MDSc, will serve as interim chief of the division, and will be appointed to chief of OMFS at Emory University Hospital Midtown.


Randi Smith, MD

Randi Smith and colleagues receive Synergy Award

August 2020

Randi Smith, MD, MPH, Dabney Evans, PhD, MPH, and Amy Zeidan, MD, have received a 2020 Synergy Research Award to investigate the impact of the pandemic on the incidence, injury type, and severity of trauma encountered at Grady Memorial Hospital, with a special interest in intimate partner violence.