2015 Celebration of Faculty Excellence
Alex Isakov, MD – Associate Professor of Emergency medicine, received the Cr. Zeb L. Burrell Jr., MD. Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions toward the enhancement of pre-hospital emergency medical care in the state of Georgia. In addition, under Dr. Isakov’ s medical direction, the Grady EMS Biosafety Transport Team is the winner of the 2015 Health Care Heroes Allied Health Professional award for the day they transported the first American diagnosed with Ebola to Emory University Hospital.
Julio Lairet, DO, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, was appointed to serve as the State Air Surgeon of the Georgia Air National Guard. In that capacity, Dr. Lairet will serve as the Senior Air National Guard medical officer in the State of Georgia as well as consultant to the Brigadier General for all medical issues.
Michelle Lall, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine received the Momentum Award from the Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM). The Momentum Award recognizes extraordinary efforts that further the mission and values of AWAEM, which are to promote the recruitment, retention, advancement and leadership of women in academic emergency medicine. From her efforts, Dr. Lall was elected treasurer of the organization.
David Wright, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emory-Georgia Tech team wins NFL Head Health Challenge II for iDETECT brain injury detection. The Atlanta-based team was awarded for development of iDETECT (integrated Display Enhanced TEsting for Cognitive Impairment and mTBI), a rapidly deployable, easily administered, comprehensive system designed to improve neurologic assessment following mild traumatic brain injury, such as concussion sustained in athletic events and military conflict. Tamara Espinoza, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine is principal investigator. The DETECT project was the brainchild of David Wright, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Emergency Neurosciences at Emory University School of Medicine and Michelle LaPlaca, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University.
Bijal Shah, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, loves serving as a Society Advisor in the School of Medicine, and her enthusiasm makes her a model for the program. In addition to that commitment, Dr. Shah is the founding Chair of the Clinical Competence Committee (CCC) within the Department of Emergency Medicine. This is an enormous task in a program that must individually assess 62 residents semi-annually which requires dedication and a significant time commitment. Dr. Shah’s leadership, coordination and efficient management of the CCC have become a model for the other residency programs at Emory University School of Medicine. Furthermore, Dr. Shah has also resumed leadership as the Principal Investigator for the Grady based FOCUS grant that provides free screening HIV exams with linkage to care at Grady for over 100,000 patients annually.
Faculty Recognized for Promotion
Dr. Tammie Quest, Professor
Dr. Tammie E. Quest is the Director of the Emory Palliative Care Center for Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center. She is Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the Emory University School of Medicine and board certified in Emergency Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is a nationally recognized expert in palliative care in the emergency setting and is the Director of the NCI sponsored Education in Palliative and End of Life Care –Emergency Medicine (EPEC-EM) Project.
Dr. Hany Atallah, Associate Professor
Dr. Atallah joined the Emory University School of Medicine faculty in 2003.
He received his MD at New York Medical College and completed his emergency medicine residency at Jacobi/Montefiore Emergency Medicine Residency Program of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Atallah is the recipient of Georgia College of Emergency Physicians Medical Director of the Year for 2014, Georgia Association of Physician Assistants Physician of the Year for 2013. He has also won several teaching awards for residents and medical students and was a Finalist for the prestigious Franz Edelman Award for Excellence in Operations Research.
Dr. Atallah is a member of American College of Emergency Physicians, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Georgia College of Emergency Physicians, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the American Association for Physician Leadership. His/her research interests include ED operational research, patient flow, and core measures.
Dr. Jason Liebzeit, Associate Professor
Dr. Liebzeit joined the Emory University School of Medicine faculty in 2006. He received his MD at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed his emergency medicine residency at Northwestern University/McGaw Center for Graduate Medical Education, earning Honors in Education.
Dr. Liebzeit is the recipient of the Young Educator of the Year Award (given by Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine) as well as the Emory Emergency Medicine Resident Advocate Award.
Dr. Liebzeit is a member of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. His research interests include the creation and evaluation of novel curricula for undergraduate medical education, particularly in the role of the final year of medical school.
Dr. Edward Stettner, Associate Professor
Dr. Stettner joined the Emory University School of Medicine faculty in 2003. He received his MD at Jefferson Medical College and completed his emergency medicine residency at Temple University School of Medicine.
Dr. Stettner is the recipient of the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine Resident Advocate award in 2008 and 2009.
Dr. Stettner is a member of the American College of Emergency Medicine, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine. His research interests include educational research and critical care.
Dr. Joshua Wallenstein, Associate Professor
Dr. Wallenstein joined the Emory University School of Medicine faculty in 2004. He received his MD at Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his emergency medicine residency at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Dr. Wallenstein is the recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Award and the CDEM Young Educator Award.
Dr. Wallenstein is a member of Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine, and the American College of Emergency Medicine. His research interests include Use of OSCE and other methods to assess clinical reasoning skills in undergraduate and graduate medical education. Dr. Wallenstein's area of focus is student assessment in undergraduate medical education. He serves on the executive committee of the Emory School of Medicine's curriculum committee and chairs the subcommittee on student assessment. Within the SOM he also serves on the admissions committee, as a small group advisor in the Lister Society, and co-directs the 4th year Emergency Medicine clerkship. Dr. Wallenstein previously served on the executive committee of Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM) and for 6 years served on the program committee of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM).