The roots of our division began the World War II era with the recruitment of Paul Bruce Beeson to Grady Memorial Hospital by Dr. Eugene Stead. Dr. Beeson, who later became Chair of Medicine at Emory and then at Yale University, founded the Infectious Diseases Program at Emory in 1942. Dr. Charles A. LeMaistre initiated the Infectious Diseases clinical program at Emory University in 1954. Since Drs. Beeson and LeMaistre, Emory’s Division of Infectious Diseases has had six distinguished and honored Chiefs of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Farley, who currently serves as the Interim Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, was appointed in 2013 when Dr. Stephens, the division director from 1992 to 2013, was appointed Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Emory University.
During the past decade under the leadership of Dr. Stephens and now Dr. Farley, the Emory Division of Infectious Diseases continues grow and thrive as a strong academic division. There are currently fifty-six faculty members in the Emory ID Division who, between Grady Memorial Hospital, the Ponce de Leon Clinic, the Atlanta VA, Emory University Hospital, Emory Midtown, the Hope Clinic and the Emory Vaccine Center have garnered in excess of $30 million in research funding per year (leading among Divisions in the Department of Medicine). Emory Infectious Diseases of today has entered the 21th Century leading advances in clinical Infectious Diseases and HIV care, Research in pathogenesis, virology and immunology, Epidemiology, Diagnostics, and Vaccine development.
The formal subspecialty training program in Infectious Diseases started in the late 1960s with Charles Hamilton, MD, and Dororthy Karandanias, MD as the first trainees. To date, 126 physicians have completed Infectious Diseases fellowship training in the program. Over the past decade, 83% of the fellows completing the Emory ID fellowship training program have pursued careers in academic medicine or public health. More than 40% of these trainees have been women and 14% are members of an underrepresented minority group.