Remembering Dr. Alanna Stone

The Emory University School of Medicine community honors the life and memory of alumna and faculty member Alanna Carolyn McKelvey Stone, MD, MPH. Dr. Stone was a rising star in the Emory Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics and a renowned global health scholar.

After earning her masters of public health and medical degree at Emory, Dr. Stone completed an internship and residency at University of California - San Francisco’s prestigious primary care internal medicine program, followed by a one-year general medicine clinician-educator fellowship.

In August of 2015, she returned to Atlanta, joining the Emory faculty as an assistant professor of medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital. School of Medicine leaders remember Dr. Stone as a medical student with extraordinary promise who grew to be a beloved and respected colleague.

“Alanna’s commitment to medical education and clinical excellence made a lasting impact on her patients, colleagues, and students,” said David S. Stephens, MD, interim dean of the Emory University School of Medicine. “Her service to the Emory community and her steadfast commitment to improving global health are an example to us all.”

Dr. Stone had served as Associate Medical Director for Resident Education in the Primary Care Center at Grady, where she personally enriched the clinic experiences for each of our residents. Shortly before her passing, she was named associate program director of the residency program. In this role, she hoped to expand opportunities in global health and medical education for faculty and residents.

“Alanna will be remembered by her colleagues for her passion for medical education and for Grady,” said Jeffrey Lennox, MD, Vice Chair of Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital. “We were lucky to get her back from California, and it is a great tragedy that we never had a chance to see how much she could accomplish. She will be sorely missed.”

To continue her legacy, Dr. Stone’s family has partnered with Emory University to establish the Alanna McKelvey Stone Memorial Fund for Medical Education. The goals of the fund are to continue the work Dr. Stone had started, including support for research opportunities for residents in global health, and development opportunities in medical education for residents and promising young faculty such as herself. 

In Remembrance of Alanna Stone

"34 years is not a long time to live. Some might say it’s only half a life. But although she was only 34 when she died, no one could say Alanna Carolyn McKelvey Stone lived half a life. She saw, did, and accomplished more in her short life than most people would in a hundred years." - Jeanne Dolak, Alanna's mother

“Alanna’s commitment to medical education and clinical excellence made a lasting impact on her patients, colleagues, and students. Her service to the Emory community and her steadfast commitment to improving global health are an example to us all.” - David S. Stephens, MD, interim Dean of the Emory University School of Medicine. 

“Alanna will be remembered by her colleagues for her passion for medical education and for Grady... We were lucky to get her back from California, and it is a great tragedy that we never had a chance to see how much she could accomplish. She will be sorely missed.” - Jeffrey Lennox, MD, Vice Chair of Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital. 

"I would say that Alanna was one of the most amazing students I have ever had the honor to work with. She was extremely passionate and committed to social justice and making a difference. I got to know her well during her MPH and also during her 'Discovery Phase' of medical school (2010-2011 academic year), when she was part of a group of students working on HIV research. Her mentor was David Malebranche, and we developed a session that would take place about once a month on Monday afternoons, bringing the group of students together. Later on, I worked with her to help her get to UCSF for her residency and then was extremely excited when she decided to return to Emory as a faculty member. As a junior faculty, she worked with me on developing a global health curriculum for the medicine residents in the Global Health Distinctions Track, which we first implemented exactly a year ago (summer of 2016). She was on an upward trajectory, and the void she leaves behind is simply enormous. We will miss her deeply." - Carlos del Rio, MD, Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

"Dr. Stone applied to our division following UC San Francisco medicine residency. Leaders remembered Alanna as an Emory medical student who showed extraordinary promise-- 'You absolutely MUST hire her.' She absolutely was an incredibly passionate, professional, driven, and intelligent faculty member. We will miss her so very much." - Ted Johnson, MD, General Medicine and Geriatrics Division Director

“We all continue to grieve the loss of Alanna Stone. From her first day as a faculty member to her very last, she went above and beyond to educate and nurture our residents in every stage of their training. Her enthusiasm, warmth, and dedication to her patients, trainees, and colleagues inspired each of us to be our very best, every day.” - Karen Law, MD, J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program Director

Make a Gift in Memory of Alanna Stone

Click here to give a gift in honor of Alanna Stone.

In honor of Alanna’s commitment to medical education and her desire to leave a lasting legacy as a clinician educator, the family requests memorial gifts be made to Emory University School of Medicine to increase funding for an endowed program established in her memory. The fund will support two of Alanna's passions: scholarship in global health and the furthering of resident and faculty development in clinical medicine and teaching. 

One of Alanna’s most formative experiences was her field work in Uganda as part of her master’s in public health training at Emory. She carried on this work through her support of our residency program's Global Health Distinctions Program, in which a group of residents are selected to rotate in both domestic and international underserved locations to gain experience practicing medicine in resource-limited environments from a culturally sensitive perspective. Funds from the Alanna McKelvey Stone Memorial will be immediately available to grow resident scholarship and research in the Global Health program, to provide similar life-changing experiences for new residents and another opportunity to share Alanna’s story. 

Additional funds will be used to support resident and faculty development in teaching and medical education. Our hope is for enough funds to be committed and raised over the next three years to establish Emory’s first ever Clinician-Educator Fellowship in General Internal Medicine, named for Alanna. The fellowship will prepare fellows for faculty careers in academic general medicine. The establishment of this fund will not only benefit future residents at Emory and the School of Medicine faculty in perpetuity, it will also help to cement Alanna’s legacy as a physician, educator, and friend.

If you would like to make an online gift, click here. You can also mail a check to Gift Records at Office of Gift Records, Emory University, 1762 Clifton Road, Suite 1400, MS: 0970-001-8AA, Atlanta, GA 30322-4001. Please contact Heather Kersey, Associate Director of Development for Emory School of Medicine, at 404-727-9595 or heather.kersey@emory.edu with questions or to discuss making a multi-year pledge to our effort.

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