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Emory Pioneer Achieves Milestone for Cardiac Robotic Surgery

doug_murphyEmory Saint Joseph’s Hospital cardiothoracic surgeon Douglas Murphy, MD has achieved a world record after completing his 2,000th robotically assisted mitral valve surgery. Murphy is a pioneer in the field of robotics, performing the state’s first robotic heart surgery at Emory Saint Joseph’s in 2002.

“Dr. Murphy is one of the world’s most experienced and innovative robotic heart surgeons,” says Robert Guyton, Distinguished Charles Ross Hatcher, Jr., Professor of Surgery and Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine. “This outstanding career achievement is a reminder of all he has done to advance the field of robotics and give thousands of heart patients less invasive treatment options.”

Robotically-assisted heart surgery is a type of minimally invasive heart surgery performed by a cardiac surgeon using a specially-designed computer to control surgical instruments on thin robotic arms.

Prior to this groundbreaking achievement, Murphy was an early advocate of minimally invasive cardiac surgery. He successfully led one of the first U.S. cardiac surgery teams as the principal investigator in clinical trials using the Intuitive da Vinci® Surgical System for atrial septal defect repair and coronary bypasses prior to FDA approval. Because of his achievements, Emory Saint Joseph’s was named the exclusive cardiac southeastern training center for the daVinci system in 2004.

Since that time, Murphy has trained surgical teams around the world in the LEAR technique (Lateral Endoscopic Approach using Robotics). The technique, developed by Murphy’s team, allows open heart surgery to be performed through five small holes in the right chest. Murphy has published many scientific papers on the use and success of robotic cardiac surgery. One of the most experienced and innovative robotic heart surgeons in the world, Murphy remains active in performing, researching and teaching robotic heart surgery.

Murphy, an associate professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine, currently serves in two roles at Emory Saint Joseph’s: as the chief of cardiothoracic surgery, a position he has held since 1995; and since 2010 as the director of robotics.

“Patients appreciate the less invasive aspect of the LEAR technique with its fast recovery. The driving force for LEAR surgeons, however, has been the ability to perform state-of-the-art cardiac procedures with very low complication rates,” says Murphy.

Read the full Emory News Source article here.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital “Run for Mercy 5k”

logoThe Emory Saint Joseph’s “Run for Mercy 5k” is a family-friendly and Peachtree Qualifier event held in the City of Dunwoody beginning and ending at the Perimeter Place shopping center. As Atlanta’s first hospital sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital has a wonderful heritage of providing compassionate, clinically excellent health care. Emory Saint Joseph’s is a leader among all Georgia hospitals and is part of the Emory Healthcare system. To continue that mission, this race will benefit Mercy Care, an organization that provides health care services to the poor and marginalized, and will assist in building their next clinic in the Chamblee community to better assist that population.

We encourage community members of all athletic levels to participate—from professional runners to families who want to get out and go on a walk together and benefit a great cause—all are welcome! The “Run for Mercy 5k” will take place on Sunday, June 12 at 8:00 a.m. Learn more about the Run for Mercy 5K.

Register Now

  • We will have two race lengths, a 5k and a 1k, so please select the length you would like to participate in when you register.
  • Early registration for 5k $30 (price increases to $35 on 6/6)
  • Early registration for 1Kk $30 (price increases to $35 on 6/6)
  • Ghost Runner (I will not be participating in the race, but wish to register.) $30 (price increases to $35 on 6/6)
  • No DAY OF Registration.
  • Registration closes on June 10.
  • No pets. Strollers welcome.

Click here to register now!

Learn more about Mercy Care in the video below.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Opens Orthopaedics & Spine Pavilion

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital recently opened their new Orthopaedics & Spine Pavilion providing surgical patients with a comprehensive, seamless care experience in one convenient location. The brand new, 20,000-square-foot facility was designed around the patient and family experience, and had input from hospital staff, physicians and former patients and their family members, known as patient and family advisors (PFAs).

“We wanted to make sure the patient gets the best possible experience from the time they walk in the door until they leave,” says Paul Jeffords, MD, chief of orthopaedic surgery at Emory Saint Joseph’s.

According to Dr. Jeffords, another important component of the experience at the Orthopaedics & Spine Pavilion is taking care of a patient’s family. “The family is an integral part of a patient’s recovery, and we try to ease their anxiety,” he says.

This includes keeping families informed during each phase of surgical care with a specialized tracking board in the waiting area. Families are able to follow the progress of their patient from surgery through recovery, in one location.

With the consolidation of inpatient and outpatient orthopaedics and spine services in one location on Emory Saint Joseph’s campus, the facility also includes six state-of-the-art operating suites complete with teleconferencing capabilities.

The multidisciplinary team at the Orthopaedics & Spine Pavilion is composed of orthopaedic and spine doctors, nurses and physical therapists, who care for patients going home the same day of surgery, and also those requiring a longer hospital stay.

Tour the new Orthopaedics & Spine Pavilion by watching the video below! For more information, click here.


Emory Expansion Update: Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital Campus Announces New Practice Locations!

Emory on the Move

To provide a better patient care experience and align demand with available capacity, many Emory Clinic and Emory Healthcare practices are relocating to redesigned clinical space and/or new locations. The new spaces will be more inviting for patients and more accommodating to the needs of our physicians as well. As of October 6, 2014, the providers below will be seeing patients at the new corresponding locations:

Emory Clinic Gastroenterology

875 Johnson Ferry Road
Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30342

5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30342

Tanvi Dhere, MD
Julia Massaad, MD
Sonali Sakaria, MD
Kavya Sebastian, MD
Nikrad Shahnavaz, MD

If you have any questions, please call 404-778-3184.

Emory at Saint Joseph’s Pulmonary Medicine (formerly Emory Atlanta Pulmonary Group

5667 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Suite 350
Atlanta, GA 30342

5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30342

Juan Carlos Armstrong, MD, FCCP
Juan C. Cadavid, MD
Joyce Crook, NPC
Eliana Gonzalez, MD
Paul Scheinberg, MD
Leslie Watters, MD, FCCP

If you have any questions, please call 404-252-7200.

Emory Clinic Anticoagulation Management Services

875 Johnson Ferry Road
Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30342

Emory Heart & Vascular Center
5671 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Suite 300B
Atlanta, GA 30342

If you have any questions, please call 404-778-4451.

Emory Clinic Internal Medicine

875 Johnson Ferry Road
Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30342

5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30342

Dipak Vashi, MD
Sanjay Khant, MD
Shabnam Shah, MD
Christine Stoltz, MD
Kimberly Shumate, MD
Meekyung Kim, MD
Paul Baird, MD
Jennifer Morgan, MD, MPH
Cheryl Buck-Patterson, MD

If you have any questions, please call 404-778-6100.

Emory Clinic Geriatrics

1821 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

5673 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30342

Thomas Price, MD, CMD (Will see patients once a week at Wesley Woods for routine visits.)
Khurram Khan, MD
Sara Sambandham, MD (effective November 1)
Karen Kress, NP
Scott Akins, NP (effective October 1)

If you have any questions, please call 404-728-6363.

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Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is Third in the World to Receive Fifth Magnet® Designation!

Emory Saint Joseph's Magnet Designated HospitalCongratulations to our team at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, who just received its fifth Magnet® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center! Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is one of only three hospitals – and the only community hospital — in the world to receive five consecutive designations.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital became the third hospital in the world to receive Magnet designation when it received its first designation in 1995. And, every four years since, the hospital has successfully achieved re-designation. While every designation is special in its own way, we like to think that our nurses live Magnet every day with every encounter. So, what does Magnet mean to you, our patients? Magnet designation means that:

  • We’re all in this together. Our nurses work in a collaborative environment and benefit from each other’s knowledge and breadth of experience.
  • Our nurses are the cream of the crop! Magnet facilities regularly attract and retain top nursing talent.
  • You can feel confident that you’re in good hands. The Magnet Recognition Program establishes standards of excellence which health care organizations like ours must attain and maintain.

We’re particularly proud that Emory Healthcare is the only health system in Georgia to have two hospitals designated as Magnet facilities – Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Emory University Hospital, which wasrecognized for the first time in January. Currently, there are fewer than 400 Magnet-designated facilities around the globe, and six of those are in the state of Georgia. We couldn’t be prouder of the hard work that our team has put in for years to get to this point!

We’d also like to thank all of our Emory Saint Joseph’s amazing nurses and nursing leaders for their perseverance and dedication on our road to Magnet designation. If you have an Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital nurse you’d like to give a special shout out to, let us know in the comments below!

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