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Jun. 10,  2011

Emory Emergency Medicine Faculty Honored By Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

News Article ImageDr. Debra Houry, MD, MPH

ATLANTA – Two Emory University emergency medicine physicians were honored by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine during its 22nd annual meeting in Boston on June 4, 2011.

Dr. Debra Houry, MD, MPH, was inducted as the president of the 6,500-member organization that seeks to improve patient care by advancing research and education in emergency medicine.

“Being installed as president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine is a tremendous personal and professional honor,” says Houry. “I am looking forward to enhancing membership recruitment and retention through improved membership services, including members-only materials on our new Web site, developing new committees of relevance to our members, such as a resident and student advisory committee, increasing the use of social media to reach members, and working with the program committee to add additional tracks of interest.” 

Dr. Houry is vice-chair for research and associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and in the Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Rollins School of Public Health. She is currently the Director for the Center for Injury Control, Rollins School of Public Health and teaches several courses on violence and injury prevention at Emory. Her primary research interests are in the prevention of violence against women, mental health issues related to violence, and emergency care. She has been the Principal Investigator on several federally funded grants and is the PI on the Injury Control Research Center grant. Dr. Houry has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on injury prevention and violence.

Also during the annual meetings, Dr. Kate Heilpern, MD, was honored with the 2011 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine award for the Advancement of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Kate Heilpern, MD

Dr. Heilpern is chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine in the Emory University School of Medicine. She is a past-president of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and serves as a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians Academic Leader Program. Regionally, she serves on the State of Georgia Pandemic Influenza Planning Task Force and the board of the Georgia College of Emergency Physicians. Heilpern’s research focus is the study of the interface between emergency medicine and infectious diseases. She also currently serves on the Institute of Medicine Board on the Health of Select Populations.

Formed in 1989, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine is dedicated to the improvement of care of the acutely ill and injured patient by improving research and education. SAEM represents excellence and leadership in academic emergency medicine and its values include idealism and quality in all endeavors, nurturing and camaraderie and diversity among members, as well as creative and symbiotic interactions with other organizations.



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