Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD

/, Steering Committee/Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD

Dr. Fred Sanfilippo is director of the Emory-Georgia Tech Healthcare Innovation Program, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, Emory School of Medicine and professor of health policy and management, Rollins School of Public Health, and medical director of The Marcus Foundation. From 2007-2010, he served as Emory University executive vice president for health affairs, Woodruff Health Sciences Center CEO, and Emory Healthcare board chair. He led the creation of new centers for critical care, palliative care, pediatrics and informatics and strengthened the alignment of Emory Healthcare with the schools of medicine and nursing, as well as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Grady Health System. 

Dr. Sanfilippo served as senior vice president for health sciences at Ohio State University (OSU), OSU Medical Center CEO, executive dean for health sciences, and dean, OSU College of Medicine and Public Health from 2000-2007. He led the strategic planning and integration of the 33 independent faculty practice plans with the OSU Medical Center, and the creation of the Center for Personal Health Care, serving as its first director, the Center for Integrative Health, and the Department of Biomedical Informatics, all of which were among the first in the country. He also was board chair of Managed Health Care Systems, Inc., and created Your Plan for Health (YP4H), a self-insured personalized health plan for all OSU faculty and staff.

From 1993-2000, Dr. Sanfilippo was the Baxley Professor and director of pathology at Johns Hopkins University and pathologist-in-chief at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He led the formation of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center, serving as its first Director of Research, and the Johns Hopkins Medical Labs, also serving as its first director. From 1979-1993 he was on the Duke University faculty, rising to professor of pathology, surgery and immunology. He directed the Duke-VAMC Immunogenetics-Transplantation Lab, the Duke Immunopathology Lab and the Renal and Transplant Pathology service. 

Dr. Sanfilippo received B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from the University of Pennsylvania, and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in immunology from Duke, and did his residency training at Duke in anatomic and clinical pathology. His research in transplantation and immunopathology yielded over 250 publications, three patents and more than $30 million in grants. From 1985-1987 he led the creation of the national Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients for UNOS and HRSA, which encompasses donor, recipient and clinical follow-up data on all organs transplanted in the U.S. and is used to determine organ allocation and measure outcomes and quality of transplant programs. As an educator, he mentored 33 graduate students and fellows, served on 13 editorial boards and as a member or director of 14 training grants, directed or co-directed eight courses and sponsored the creation of two novel multidisciplinary graduate Ph.D. programs at Hopkins and OSU. He now directs the graduate course in health services research at Emory and serves as a national advisor for the AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium. 

Dr. Sanfilippo has been an invited speaker at over 200 meetings, a consultant/advisor to over 80 universities, government agencies and corporations, and has received awards from numerous organizations including the American Cancer Society, Arnold Gold Foundation, AAMC and AAAS. He has served as board chair for five non-profits and president of seven academic and professional organizations including the American Society of Investigative Pathology and the American Society of Transplantation.