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Welcome from the Dean

Christian Larsen, MD, DPhil

Christian Larsen, MD, DPhil

This is an exciting time and place to study medicine, with special opportunities to learn compassionate care and to advance discovery in ways that can benefit patients for years to come. 

In addition to the MD, Emory's medical school offers a variety of outstanding degree programs, including a doctor of physical therapy (DPT); master's degrees in anesthesiology, genetic counseling, and physician assistant (PA); and a bachelor's in medical imaging. We also have almost 1,200 trainees in 94 graduate medical education programs. In all our programs, our goal is to train members of health care teams dedicated to providing the best and safest care possible. To do so, our learners often work side by side with students from various programs in the medical school, Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH).

Emory ranks among the nation's top 20 medical schools in NIH research funding, and our programs in neuroscience, transplantation, infectious disease, vaccine research, cancer, heart disease, genetics, and other areas make this a vibrant research hub. New initiatives in health services research promise to improve how we prevent and treat illness in the future and to enhance the value of care provided.

We strive to immerse our learners in the research process. Our MD and DPT programs include time dedicated to research projects. Our MD curriculum includes a minimum five-month discovery phase, which many students elect to extend. Some MD students also enter our MD/PhD program to prepare for a research career. MD/PhD students may also enroll in a joint program with the Georgia Institute of Technology, with which the medical school shares a top-ranked biomedical engineering department. Others enroll in an MD/MSCR program to earn a master's in clinical research. For students committed to public health, our MD, DPT, and PA programs share joint degree programs with the RSPH to prepare leaders in epidemiology, international health, health policy, and other fields. 

Our medical school is also a vibrant hub for patient care. Our physician faculty are responsible for more than 4 million patient service visits annually in Emory's own or affiliated hospitals. These physicians are part of Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. Emory physicians also provide a major portion of the city's indigent care. Our students and residents train at the publicly owned Grady Memorial Hospital and at a number of other facilities, including Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Wesley Woods Hospital (geriatric care), and Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Just as important as programs and facilities to learning the art of medicine is our focus on mentor relationships. We have more than 2,200 faculty members, and we emphasize meaningful trainee-faculty relationships in our curricula and residencies—we believe that these relationships are the foundation of teaching medicine. We expect our learners to grow not just in knowledge but also in compassion, curiosity, and commitment during their time here and to use these traits wisely in serving their profession and community.

We invite you to explore the many opportunities that we offer here in medical education, biomedical research, and clinical care. Please let us know if we can assist you in any way.


Christian Larsen, MD, DPhil
Emory University School of Medicine