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Mar. 15,  2010

Rollins School of Public Health Names New Chair of Epidemiology

News Article ImagePrior to being named chair of epidemiology, Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD, served as a professor of medicine (cardiology), Emory University School of Medicine, and director of the Emory Program in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research and Epidemiology (EPICORE). She will retain an appointment in the School of Medicine.

Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. Vaccarino's appointment was effective March 1.

Prior to being named chair of epidemiology, Vaccarino served as a professor of medicine (cardiology), Emory University School of Medicine, and director of the Emory Program in Cardiovascular Outcomes Research and Epidemiology (EPICORE). She will retain an appointment in the School of Medicine.

"Dr. Vaccarino's success in collaborative research, particularly in cardiovascular disease, is of tremendous value to the Emory community," says James W. Curran, MD, MPH, dean of the Rollins School of Public Health. "Her work in cardiovascular epidemiology has influenced national, international and university committees and panels. She is also a wonderful teacher and mentor.

"I am certain that Dr. Vaccarino will help forge new partnerships for Rollins," continues Curran, "and aid our continued growth in mentorship and teaching as well as grant development."

A leading cardiovascular epidemiologist, Vaccarino is nationally and internationally recognized for her work on social, behavioral and psychological determinants of cardiovascular disease. She is past and current principal investigator of numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored grants examining the interplay between behavioral, biological, psychological and genetic risk factors for heart disease.

"I am looking forward to this amazing opportunity to bring a spirit of collaboration to the epidemiology department and a multidisciplinary approach to predicting, controlling and preventing disease," says Vaccarino. "I am especially excited about attracting and retaining distinguished faculty committed to excellence in teaching and research, and recruiting the brightest students to take full advantage of strong cooperatives that provide them with incredible practical experiences through research projects, work study, and innovative teaching and mentoring programs."

A recipient of an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association, Vaccarino has published more than 200 research publications, including landmark studies on sex and race disparities in cardiovascular disease.

Vaccarino is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, member of the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, elected member of the American Epidemiological Society, and a member of the Working Group for Coronary Pathophysiology and Microcirculation of the European Society of Cardiology. She also serves as associate editor of Circulation Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes and Psychosomatic Medicine.

Vaccarino received a medical degree from the University of Milan in Italy and a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Yale University. In 1995 she was appointed assistant professor at the Yale University School of Medicine. She joined Emory in 2000 and became professor of medicine in 2006. Between 2005 and 2008 she was also the medical director of the Emory Heart Center Information Services, where she oversaw the Emory Cardiac Database, one of the nation's largest computerized cardiovascular databases.

To learn more about the Rollins School of Public Health, visit www.sph.emory.edu.

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