Jeffrey L Lennox, MD

Professor of Medicine

Emory University School of Medicine

Biography

As the medical director of the Infectious Disease Program at the Ponce de Leon Center, it is Dr. Lennox's responsibility to establish medical treatment standards for the physicians and other care providers in the program. The six clinics in the program include over 150 employees from the Grady Health System and the Emory University School of Medicine. The program provides comprehensive care to approximately 4,000 HIV-infected patients per year. The IDP serves as a training site for Medical students and residents from Emory University, Pharmacy residents from Mercer University and Nursing students from Emory. Dr. Lennox is also a member of the physician committee that sets treatment guidelines for the State AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). These two programs have a combined budget of approximately 30 million dollars per year.

Through his leadership, the program has gained national recognition as one of the premier sites for HIV care in the United States. During Dr. Lennox's tenure, the IDP has received the 2001 Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares award for medical care for the indigent. In 2000, the IDP was a finalist for the National Association of Public Hospitals Health System Innovation Award. More recently, in 2002 the IDP was recognized as one of the premier HIV care clinics in the United States, according to the HIV Ambulatory Care Clinical Benchmarking study performed by the University Health System Consortium. The IDP was one of three clinics designated as outstanding after a systematic study of the quality of care provided by 32 university clinics nationwide.

Emory Medical Students

Each year Dr. Lennox teaches in the Microbiology course given to second year students. He also gives scheduled didactic lectures to the students who are rounding on the internal medicine services at Grady Memorial Hospital, the VA Medical Center, and Emory University Hospital. Topics of these lectures typically include pathogenesis of HIV infection, antiretroviral therapy, opportunistic infections, endocarditis and infections of the central nervous system. 

Emory Graduate Programs

For the Emory Infectious Disease training program, Dr. Lennox has been responsible for the weekly Case of the Week Conference since 1996. This conference is a CME program in which the fellows do formal case presentations and analysis of the literature. Dr. Lennox assists them with case selection, analysis and provide written feedback regarding their performance. He also teaches on rounds at Grady Memorial Hospital on either the ID consult service or on the Special Immunology Service 3-4 months per year. During each month of rounding he performs bedside teaching and give didactic lectures to an average of four Medical house staff. On the consult service we have about 80 new consults per month, and on the SIS service we have about 70 admissions per month. During a typical month, he is directly teaching the house staff an average of 120 hours. Since joining the Emory faculty in late 1994 he has taught on rounds for over 5400 hours. In addition, he also gives scheduled didactic lectures to the house staff at each of the four teaching hospitals. Typical subjects include outpatient management of HIV infection, systemic fungal infections, peritonitis, and others. 

Research

Dr. Lennox is investigating the transmission of HIV infection through a project identifying what factors determine the presence and amount of HIV in vaginal secretions, and a second project studying the immunogenicity and safety of HIV-1 vaccines. He is also testing new pharmaceutical and immunologic therapies for acute and chronic HIV infection.

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