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jonas shulman  

To celebrate his professional achievements and his remarkable legacy in medical education, several alumni and former colleagues have established an endowed scholarship honoring Dr. Jonas A. (Jack) Shulman. He served Emory School of Medicine for 45 years in teaching and leadership roles including director of the Division of Infectious Diseases and executive associate dean of medical education and student affairs. The Dr. Jonas A. (Jack) Shulman Medical Scholarship will support deserving students with strong financial need and will continue Emory’s ability to train outstanding and compassionate physicians.

debra owens  

Several generations of Debra Owens’ family have suffered from normal-tension glaucoma, a form of the disease that is particularly insidious because the pressure inside the eye registers as normal and the diagnosis can be missed. The Owens Discovery Fund will support the Emory Eye Center’s research team, one of few in the world that can define complex genetics associated with glaucoma. "My hope is that my family’s gift will help place the Emory Eye Center—with top clinicians like Dr. Anastasios Costarides and the research possibilities offered by Dr. Eldon Geisert—at the forefront in developing innovative new treatments for this stealthy, persistent disease that affects millions of people," she says.

When Emily Shapiro, a 49-year-old mother of four from Marietta, Ga., sought medical care for a facial cyst, a scan discovered an unrelated, urgent problem: an unruptured brain aneurysm. Her family was so impressed by the skill of Emory neurosurgeon Dr. Daniel Barrow that they made a donation to the Department of Neurosurgery, which he chairs. "We were blown away by the care that my wife had at Emory," said Louis Shapiro. "From walking in the door, to the nurses and surgical staff, it was incredible."

Because of the wide range of symptoms, Parkinson’s disease patients often need to see a variety of specialists. The Dan and Merrie Boone Foundation has made a $3 million commitment to expand Emory’s multidisciplinary Parkinson’s clinic to serve more patients and help shape the national model for Parkinson’s care. In recognition of this generous endowment from Dan Boone and his late wife, Merrie, the clinic will be named the Merrie Boone Comprehensive Care Clinic for Parkinson’s Disease. "Integrated assessment can reveal opportunities to improve treatment plans for individual patients," Boone says. Clinic patients see nine different specialists over the course of two days, and a nurse practitioner manages the program and follows up with patients.

To learn how you can make a major gift to the health sciences at Emory, call 404.712.4483. To make a gift online, please visit emory.edu/give.

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