Contributions to the Local Community

Community Service

Douglas Ander, MD   Executive Vice President, Ahavath Achim Synagogue
Physician volunteer, South Georgia Farm Workers Project 
Sierra Beck, MD

Volunteer Physician, Open Door Clinic

James (Pat) Capes, MD

Volunteer Physician, Hands of Hope Clinic 

Dana Christian, NP

Volunteer Leader, Camp Hope

Nicole Franks, MD

Board of Directors, Girls on the Run- Atlanta council
Group Run Lead, Black Girls Run Atlanta
Outreach Ministry, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Atlanta Alumnae Chapter

Brenda Friedman, MD

Volunteer, You Lucky Dog Rescue – fostered 4 dogs, conducted home visits for potential adopters, and serving as dog handler at adoption events

Christiane French, PA

Volunteer Medical Provider, South Georgia Farm Workers Project

Leon Haley, Jr, MD

Treasurer, Chair-Elect; Board of Directors, Leadership Atlanta
Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Camp Twin Lakes
Treasurer, Board of Directors, Essential Hospitals Institute
National Advisory Board, Agency for Healthcare, Quality and Research
Board of Directors, Grady Foundation
Board of Advisors, Griffith Leadership Center, School of Public Health at the University of Michigan
Board of Advisors, Atlanta Children’s Shelter

Abigail Hankin-Wei, MD

Faculty Advisor, South Georgia Farmworker Health Project -- Valdosta, GA - served as faculty advisor for PA students providing no-cost care to area farmworkers and residents.

Jeremy Hess, MD, MPH

Medical Advisor, Co-founder, Atlanta Asylum Network, an organization that provides evaluations for torture survivors petitioning for political asylum in the US.  In this role I supervise the activities of physicians volunteering for the Network, conduct evaluations myself, and train new physicians when the enlist.

Debra Houry, MD, MPH

Providing leadership, working with city of Atlanta on an application for National Safety Council "Safe Community" designation

Alexander Isakov, MD,
MPHJohn Lloyd, MD
Arthur Yancey, MD, MPH
Melissa White, MD

Emory’s Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine provides medical oversight for 911 medical communications centers, fire based emergency medical first responders and 911 Advanced Life Support ambulances who serve the citizens of the City of Atlanta and Fulton County.  Section faculty also provide medical oversight for emergency medical first responder Fire-Rescue Services who serve the citizens of:

  • City of Sandy Springs (population 82,674) – led by Alexander Isakov, MD                 
  • City of Johns Creek (population 59,431) – led by Melissa White, MD               
  • City of College Park (pop 19,969)  - led by Arthur Yancey, MD
Ziad Kazzi, MD

Vice-President, Atlanta Chapter of the Worldwide American University of Beirut Alumni Association

Matthew Keadey, MD President Elect, Georgia College of Emergency Physicians (GCEP)
Executive Committee Member, Georgia College of Emergency Physicians (GCEP)
Editor, Epic- the Georgia College of Emergency Physicians (GCEP) publication
Board of Directors, Echo Ridge Recreation Club
Boys Scouts Cubmaster, Pack 577 (manage 200 kids and 50 volunteers)
Ursala Kelly, NP

Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Mount Desert Nursing Association

Julio Lairet, MD

Flight Surgeon and Lt Col, 116th Medical Group of the Georgia Air National Guard

Brian McNally, MD

Recipient, Region III Distinguished Service Award, an annual award given by the Region III council which represents emergency medical services for a combined 8 counties of the metropolitan Atlanta area. Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award have demonstrated outstanding contribution to the development, implementation, and delivery of emergency medical services in the State of Georgia; leadership and personal commitment to the achievement of excellence in EMS programs; and have contributed to an improved public awareness and support of EMS

Brooks Moore, MD

Medical Director, Peachtree Road Race.  The main medical tents were staffed by Grady EMS, Atlanta Fire, and the Grady Emergency Management team.

Bijal Shah, MD

Volunteer Physician, The Open Door Clinic

Philip Shayne, MD

Volunteer Coordinator, Peachtree Road Race.  Staffed the Peachtree Road Race medical tents with Emory residents and faculty. Volunteer Physician, The Open Door Clinic 

Jeffrey Siegelman, MD

Member, The Temple, religious congregation
Member, Virginia Highlands - Morningside Parents Association

Lekshmi Vaidyanathan, MD

Medical Director, Georgia Publix Marathon.  The 2014 marathon was staff by many volunteers, including attendings: Dr.  Hany Atallah, Dr. Ibtihal Alattas, Dr. Melissa White and Dr. Arthur Yancey, and residents: Dr. Sarah Wolf, Dr. Rahul Balusu and Dr. Bre Bailey. Many of our APPs, nurses, ER techs, Medical students (Emory, Morehouse and PCOM) and paramedics/ EMTs also provided assistance in this event.

David Wright, MD

Co-Chair, Georgia Concussion Coalition (GCC) that drafted the Georgia Return to Play Act that was enacted through Congress and signed as a state bill by the Governor Deal in May, 2013. The GCC is a diverse group of volunteers/stake holders from the community whose primary goal is to increase the safety for Georgia's young athletes and provide a resource for education on concussion. 
Donated music production for local school fundraisers

Arthur Yancey, II, MD, MPH

Group leader, Incident Command System Medical Branch for the July 4, Peachtree Road Race planned, organized and coordinated by The Atlanta Police Department
National Association of EMS Physicians Representative, EMS Stakeholders Meeting on Surge, August 20-21, 2013, sponsored by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, held at CDC, in Atlanta
Public Safety Committee member, First Congregational Church, Atlanta

Educational Service

Douglas Ander, MD

Student Advisor, Morehouse School of Medicine, Masters of Public Health
Advisor, Emory and Morehouse emergency medicine interest groups and multiple students
Program Leader, High School student Introduction to Medicine programs for Winship Cancer Institute and Lovett High School
Participant, Emory Emergency Medicine High School partnership program at Henry W. Grady High School and Alonzo Krebs High School

Tamara Espinoza, MD

Lead Facilitator, Emory Emergency Medicine High School partnership program at Henry W. Grady High School and Alonzo Crim Open Campus High School, coordinating the High School Health Sciences Academy collaboration between Emory University and Grady and Crim Open Campus high schools. This program's mission is to engage teens in discussion on alcohol use and teen dating and violence and other high risk activities, and provide an opportunity for exploration and mentorship for high school students interested in careers in health sciences.
Advisory Board Member, H.W. Grady High School, reviewing key initiatives for the Grady High School Health Sciences Career Academy

Abigail Hankin-Wei, MD Faculty Advisor, South Georgia Farmworker Health Project -- Valdosta, GA. Served as faculty advisor for PA students providing no-cost care to area farmworkers and residents.
Lisa Mack, MD

CPR/BLS training for the community, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Participant, Community Health Fair, Morvant, Trinidad.
Participant, Community Helpers Day, Heritage Hills Early Learning Center, Conyers, GA

Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH

Coordinator and Volunteer Physician, Global Health Mission- Cornwall Regional Hospital, Jamaica West Indies. This global medical mission is structured to:

  1. Expose the EM resident to underprivileged, underserved Caribbean population
  2. Engage residents to EM practice in an international setting with regards to health care policies, the role of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and the role of the EM physician in managing A&E.
  3. Provide EM residents the opportunity to see and treat tropical disease states that they may not encounter in their current practice setting.
  4. Establish lecture opportunities for EM residents rotating in A&E at CRH on topics of importance to A & E faculty, house staff, nurses and administrators.

ESA Members:

Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH
Alexander Isakov, MD 
Lauren Hudak, MD 
Shakiyla Smith, MPH

Emory Safety Alliance (ESA), a volunteer group that serves the community by centralizing Emory's efforts on Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention. The overall purpose of the Emory Safety Alliance (ESA) is to create and sustain a group that embodies the idea of a “culture of safety” in alignment with Emory University’s Strategic Plan.  The ESA maintains Emory's Safe Communities America designation, and serves as a means for documenting data sources, programming, and initiatives related to safety promotion and injury reduction to ensure centralized collaboration

Scholarly/Research Contributions

Alexander Isakov, MD, MPH

Provided leadership in the development of a web-based interactive risk stratification tool (SORT, Strategy for Off-Site Rapid Triage) adopted by the CDC, HHS and Microsoft during the 2009 Influenza Pandemic, which remains available for future community pandemic mitigation.
Provided leadership in the development and maintenance of a Bio-Safety Transport Program, in collaboration with Grady EMS, which supports Emory University, the CDC, and citizens travelling through Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for the transport of individuals who pose a serious communicable disease risk.
Provided leadership in the development of a national educational program aimed at EMS fellows in collaboration with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, EMS educators, state medical directors, and state officials to prepare future EMS medical directors to examine their regulatory environment; to educate EMS professionals and to evaluate prehospital provider competency.

Brian McNally, MD Led in the creation of the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES), which collects standardized, confidential out of hospital cardiac arrest survival data, and shares it with the local EMS providers and communities, providing the opportunity to evaluate, benchmark and improve survival rate from sudden cardiac death.  Adopted by more than 40 community-specific participants in 26 states and 8 statewide registries representing a cachment area of more than 65 million people, 100 EMS agencies and over 400 hospitals.
Michael Ross, MD

American College of Cardiology, National Cardiovascular Data Registry; ACTION Registry – Get With the Guidelines - Steering Committee, Member. This is the largest quality registry for acute myocardial infarction patients in the U.S.
Founding member and co-chair of Mission Lifeline Atlanta, a coalition of 16 ST segment Elevation acute Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) receiving hospitals and 30 EMS agencies in a 9 county region surrounding Atlanta. This regionalizes care of heart attack patients.