A Powerful Connection

The world we’re living in is becoming more and more fractured, but medicine has an incredible power to heal and connect.

Vikas P. Sukhatme

Vikas P. Sukhatme, MD, SCD, Dean, Emory School of Medicine, and Chief Academic Officer, Emory Healthcare

When I was 1, my family moved from India to Italy. My father had been appointed director of statistics at the Food and Agriculture Organization there, a branch of the United Nations. My mother was trained as a Montessori teacher.

Rome was a great place to grow up— I often served as tour guide for visiting family and friends who wanted to see the Colosseum or throw a coin in Trevi Fountain.

I learned from everyone and anyone: traditional Italian grandmothers, our small community of fellow Indians, and my Notre Dame International School classmates from around the world. . . Asia, the Middle East, the US.

I was inculcated at a young age to consider different points of view, cultural perspectives, and religious beliefs.

To read more about my goals and vision for the Emory School of Medicine, see my Q&A.

In this as in every issue of Emory Medicine magazine, we showcase ways our faculty, researchers, and medical teams are making others' lives better.

Inside you will find compelling patient and clinician stories from the Grady Burn Center, Winship Cancer Institute's new clinical trials unit, the Emory Cystic Fibrosis Care Center, and the Emory Sleep Center.

We must remember that our work is always in the service of humanity.