Fred Sanfillippo, PhD’75, MD’76

Atlanta, Ga.

Fred Sanfilippo is director of the Emory-Georgia Tech Healthcare Innovation Program, a network that accelerates innovation in healthcare research, education, and service across the universities and health systems in Atlanta and the Southeast. He is professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory School of Medicine, and Health Policy & Management, Rollins School of Public Health.  He also serves as trustee and medical director of the Marcus Foundation.

From 2007-2010 Fred was Emory University executive vice president for Health Affairs; CEO, Woodruff Health Sciences Center; and board chair of Emory Healthcare. Previously he was Ohio State University executive dean and senior VP for Health Sciences; CEO of OSU Medical Center; and dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health.  From 1993 - 2000, he was the Baxley Professor and Chairman of Pathology and Pathologist-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins, and research director of the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center. 

A member of the Duke faculty from 1979-1993, Fred was professor of Pathology, Surgery, and Immunology.  He did his pathology residency training at Duke Hospital and received his MD and PhD in immunology as an NIH Medical Scientist Training Program Fellow at Duke University School of Medicine, where he served as class and student body president.  He received BS and MS degrees in physics from Penn. He has mentored numerous graduate students and fellows, published over 275 articles, received three patents, and been awarded over $30 million in sponsored research.  He has been an invited speaker at over 200 meetings, a consultant to over 80 university, government and corporate institutions, board chair of five non-profits, and president of seven academic and professional organizations.

Fred’s wife Janet ,BA’72, MBA’80, is associate dean of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.  While at Duke she was associate dean of the Fuqua Business School after serving as director of School of Medicine Alumni Affairs.  They have two children: Lisa, a nurse at NYU, and Joseph, a healthcare consultant for Huron in Chicago.