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May 28, 2002

Emory Eye Center physician Newman appointed Leodelle Jolly Chair of Ophthalmology

Emory Eye Center physician and neuro-ophthalmologist Nancy J. Newman was appointed the LeoDelle Jolley Chair of Ophthalmology, effective Feb. 14. In a special ceremony on Friday, May 17, she was formally honored with that appointment by Emory University School of Medicine Dean Thomas M. Lawley.

The LeoDelle Jolley Chair was created after Mrs. Jolley's death in fall 2001. In 1993, she made plans in her estate for a significant gift to the Emory Eye Center. She was a patient of Emory Eye Center Director Thomas M. Aaberg Sr., MD, and had an abiding interest in ophthalmology. Additionally, her son, Fleming Jolley of Sea Island, Ga., is a distinguished alumnus of the Emory University School of Medicine and a former faculty member of the Department of Neurosurgery. After her death last year, conversations with her son lead to the formation of the endowed chair at the Emory Eye Center. Mrs. Jolley's grandson, Lex Jolley of Atlanta, read a letter of congratulations from his father, Fleming, who could not be at the ceremony.

The appointment reflects Dr. Newman's "excellence in scholarship, teaching and professional service," according to Thomas M. Aaberg Sr., MD, chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Emory University and director of the Emory Eye Center. In his remarks to the assembled group of physicians and Emory Eye Center staff members, Dean Lawley said, "Dr. Newman is one of the priceless treasures at the Emory School of Medicine. She is a compassionate and brilliant clinician and researcher. But she is also a teacher, and a teacher without peer. She was named Teacher of the Year by the Emory Medical School First Year Class in 1992, and again by the Eye Center residents in 1994."

A graduate of Princeton University and the Courtauld Institute, University of London, Dr. Newman received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She was an intern, resident, and chief resident in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and a clinical neuro-ophthalmology fellow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Dr. Newman joined the Emory University School of Medicine faculty in 1989. She quickly distinguished herself by being named an associate professor in 1993. She has a joint appointment as associate professor of neurology. She also has served as an instructor in Neurosurgery at Emory and has been Lecturer in Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School since 1991. Since joining the faculty at Emory University, Dr. Newman has pursued and continued a productive scholarly program. She is currently principal investigator on two major clinical trials. She has been principal author or co-author on 82 articles in print and has been the principal author revising the prestigious Walsh and Hoyt's Clinical Neuroophthalmology, 5th Edition, Williams and Wilkins (1998).

Media Contact: Joy H. Bell, jbell@emory.edu, 404-778-3711

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