Date: April 10, 2024

ATLANTA (April 10, 2024) – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has named Kristy Murray, DVM, PhD, the new Chief Research Officer, effective April 1, 2024. Dr. Murray will also serve as Executive Vice Chair for Research for the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. In these roles, Dr. Murray will lead the Children’s and Emory pediatric research enterprise and play an important role in the integration of clinical, research and teaching endeavors for both institutions. She will also play a critical role in facilitating research for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Technology Center at Georgia Tech (PTC) and Morehouse School of Medicine.

“Dr. Murray is an experienced leader, researcher and teacher and brings a deep expertise in research administration and passion for helping kids,” said Lucky Jain, MD, MBA, Pediatrician-in-Chief at Children’s and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Emory. “After an extensive nationwide search, I am so grateful she has chosen to lead our Atlanta team of more than 500 pediatric researchers from a wide array of specialties and disciplines to improve health outcomes for children.”

Dr. Murray comes to Children’s and Emory from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital where she was Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics, Director of the William T. Schearer Center for Human Biology, Assistant Dean for Faculty and Academic Development for the School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology and Microbiology. She has published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on infectious diseases.

Dr. Murray earned a PhD in Preventive Medicine and Community Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB); a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at Texas A&M University; and two Bachelor of Science degrees—one in Veterinary Science and the other in Biomedical Science—from Texas A&M University.

About Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

As the only freestanding pediatric healthcare system in Georgia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the trusted leader in caring for kids. The not-for-profit organization’s mission is to make kids better today and healthier tomorrow through more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs, top healthcare professionals, and leading research and technology. Children’s is one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country, managing more than one million patient visits annually at three hospitals, Marcus Autism Center, the Center for Advanced Pediatrics, urgent care centers and neighborhood locations. Consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has impacted the lives of kids in Georgia, across the United States and around the world for more than 100 years thanks to generous support from the community.

About Emory University School of Medicine

Emory University School of Medicine is a leading institution with the highest standards in education, biomedical research and patient care, with a commitment to recruiting and developing a diverse group of students and innovative leaders. Emory School of Medicine has more than 3,400 full- and part-time faculty, 592 medical students, 497 allied health students in five programs, 1,388 residents and fellows in 115 accredited programs, and 92 MD/PhD students. Medical school faculty received $588.4 million in external research funding in fiscal year 2022. The school is best known for its research and treatment in infectious disease, brain health, heart disease, cancer, transplantation, orthopaedics, pediatrics, renal disease, ophthalmology and geriatrics.