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March 22, 2018

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Dr. Kahlifa at Gala Yousuf Khalifa, MD, at the 8th Annual White Coat Grady Gala on March 17, 2018. ©2018 JGPhotography

Dr. Yousuf Khalifa Honored at White Coat Grady Gala

Emory Eye Center physician Yousuf Khalifa, MD, was one of the honorees recognized at the 8th Annual White Coat Grady Gala on March 17, 2018. He received the Rising Star Award.

The Gala is a time to honor physicians who have helped make Grady Hospital one of the leading public academic health systems in the U.S.

Dr. Khalifa joined Emory Eye Center in August 2014. He serves as chief of ophthalmology at Grady, where he has been instrumental in improving the clinic area for patient care and expanding education programs for ophthalmology residents.

“Dr. Khalifa is an outstanding clinician,” says Allen Beck, MD, interim chairman and director of the Emory Eye Center. “When you combine that with the ability to organize, administer, and solve big problems – that’s him in a nutshell.”

Dr. Khalifa is known among other physicians at Grady as a visionary who is always looking to improve and provide better care for those in need. He also is known as an excellent teacher for ophthalmology residents and fellows.

“His lack of willingness to compromise on anything for his patients has really spread throughout Grady,” says Hany Atallah, MD, chief of emergency medicine for Grady Health System. “Since Dr. Khalifa’s arrival, patients really haven’t had to go anywhere else to get the care that they need. When services that patients needed weren’t offered at Grady, he worked to create those services.”

The Grady Eye Clinic underwent renovations during 2017 that focused on finding ways for doctors to treat more patients while increasing the department’s efficiency (the clinic sees approximately 20,000 patients per year). A portion of the funds raised through the Gala will enhance those efforts by being used to purchase special cameras and other ophthalmology equipment.

“There’s no reason we can’t do anything at Grady that any patient needs,” Dr. Atallah adds. “Dr. Khalifa serves by example and is a leader among leaders at the hospital.”




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