For Immediate Release: Oct. 31, 2011
Contact: Juliette Merchant
Phone: (404) 778-1503
Sheryl Gabram, MD, MBA, FACS, a renowned breast surgical oncologist and professor of surgery at Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute and School of Medicine, adds another distinguished title to her professional honors: Surgeon-in-Chief at Grady Memorial Hospital.
"We are thrilled that Dr. Gabram has accepted this important role," says Christian Larsen, MD, PhD, chairman of the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. "She brings a wealth of diverse training experiences, a track record of commitment to underserved inner city populations, and vitality to this appointment."
Since joining Emory's faculty in 2005, Gabram has led numerous initiatives focused on decreasing disparities for breast cancer, established a high profile breast surgical oncology fellowship, and directed the highly successful Avon Comprehensive Breast Center at Grady – a program that has secured more than $10 million in funding from the Avon Foundation.
In 2009 Gabram was appointed as Deputy Director of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence (GCCE) at Grady and was instrumental in the Center's earning the coveted accreditation by the American Cancer Society Commission on Cancer in 2010.
Board certified by the American Board of Surgery, Gabram earned her medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and completed her residency at the Washington Hospital Center, where she was inspired to pursue training in trauma and critical care. After completing a fellowship at Hartford Hospital, Gabram served as assistant director of trauma at the University of Connecticut for eight years. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from that institution. Prior to coming to Emory, Gabram was professor of surgery and vice chairman of education and program director of the general surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.
Named one of America's Top Doctors for nine consecutive years and one of America's Top Cancer Doctors for seven consecutive years, Gabram has authored more than 75 peer reviewed journal publications and has received the Arthur G. Michel, MD, Award for Excellence in Breast Care from the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization.
"Over the past two decades" says Gabram, "I have witnessed the transformation of Grady Surgery, which has resulted in a nationally recognized trauma, burn, critical care and emergency surgery program with accompanying training fellowships. It is an honor to be selected to lead a program with such a strong foundation. My intent is to build on our strengths while developing and expanding the programs in vascular, cardiac, minimally invasive, oncologic and plastic surgery in the years to come. I look forward to working with this team of superb surgeons to fulfill the surgical missions of both Grady and Emory."
Gabram succeeds David Feliciano, MD, FACS, professor of surgery at Emory School of Medicine, who has served as surgeon-in-chief at Grady Memorial Hospital since 1994. A master surgeon and luminary in the fields of vascular and abdominal trauma and surgical critical care, Feliciano's teaching impact is unrivaled. He co-edited the 1st edition of Shock in 1987, which became an essential textbook in the field and currently is in its 6th edition; co-edited the 1st edition of Acute Care Surgery: Principles and Practice in 2007; and is on the editorial boards of such high profile journals as The American Surgeon.
About Grady Health System
Grady Health System is one of the largest public health systems in the United States. Grady consists of the 953-bed Grady Memorial Hospital, six neighborhood health centers, Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, which is operated as a Children's affiliate.
With its nationally acclaimed Emergency Department and Burn Center, Grady has the only level I trauma center in the region and serves as the 911 ambulance provider for the city of Atlanta. The state's only Poison Center is housed at Grady as well.
The Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center, Grady Diabetes Center, Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence, Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, and the Avon Breast Health Center are also notable components of the health system. Additionally, Grady's Ponce de Leon Center was named one of the top three HIV/AIDS outpatient clinics in the country.
Other key services include Grady's Regional Perinatal Center and its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Primary Care Center, dedicated 60 Plus services for older adults, Teen Services, and the Rape Crisis Center. Nationally ranked in one specialty, Grady was named one of Atlanta's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
About the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University
The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service.
Grady Memorial Hospital has been ranked 10th in Atlanta in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/hospitals.