News Release: Emory Healthcare , School of Medicine

Nov. 17,  2011

Emory's Deborah Houry Named to Atlanta Business Chronicle's "40 Under 40" List

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ATLANTA – Emory University Emergency Medicine physician Dr. Deborah Houry, MD, MPH, has been named a recipient of this year’s Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 Under 40” award. 

Dr. Houry was awarded for her work and research into ways in which to prevent violence-related injury, while working to get women out of violent relationships.

“I work in the ER at Grady and we see a lot of patients come in with injuries from violence that could have been prevented,” says Houry. “I will treat a patient, but I also look at how the whole community can prevent these injuries from happening ever again.” 

“This honor is very befitting of Dr. Houry, as well as her entire team,” says Dr. Katherine Heilpern, MD, chair of the Emory University Department of Emergency Medicine. “The outstanding work Dr. Houry does through the Center for Injury Control is a tremendous resource for Atlanta as the Center takes a broad and long view on injury in our communities – working hard to avoid injuries and accidents before they even happen. Specifically, Dr. Houry’s research focuses on women who are not only victims of abuse and end up in our emergency rooms, but her work provides a path for women to avoid becoming a victim of intimate partner violence.”

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 the director for the Center for Injury Control and PI on the CDC Injury Control Research Center grant (1 of 11 nationally). Houry has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on injury prevention and violence, and has been the recipient of several national awards, including the Jay Drotman Award, given annually by the American Public Health Association for the most outstanding young public health professional in the country and the first Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Researcher Award from the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma.

She serves as Treasurer for the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research and is the President of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.


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