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Richard Goodman, MD, JD, MPH

Program Director

Preventive Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Richard A. Goodman is Director of Emory University’s Preventive Medicine Residency Program, and also serves as Professor (Acting) of Medicine in Emory’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, and Professor (Adjunct) in Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.  From 1978 – 2015, he worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in leadership and staff positions.  Following completion of his internal medicine residency in 1978, Dr. Goodman joined CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service Program.  Other staff and leadership positions were Senior Medical Advisor, DHHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health and CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Editor-in-Chief of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series; Associate Director of CDC’s Epidemiology Program Office; and founding Co-Director of CDC’s Public Health Law Program. Dr. Goodman received his medical degree and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine and earned a law degree at Emory University. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Geriatric Medicine.  A Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service during 1978 – 2006, Dr. Goodman held the grade of Medical Director (CAPTAIN: O6).

In addition to preventive medicine, his other areas of concentration are on managing the national challenges of multiple chronic conditions, particularly among the expanding population of older adults, and on strengthening uses of the public health system for maintaining functional autonomy among the older adult population. Dr. Goodman serves as Associate Editor of CDC’s peer review journal Preventing Chronic Disease, and has lead- or co-authored over 140 papers, chapters, and other publications on topics in applied epidemiology, including surveillance and investigation of acute infectious disease outbreaks, and of chronic disease and injury prevention and control.  He served as the lead editor of the DHHS Strategic Framework on Multiple Chronic Conditions, the founding Editor-in-Chief of the CDC text “Law in Public Health Practice,” and major contributing author to the CDC text “Field Epidemiology.”


Matthew McKenna, MD, MPH

Division Director

Division of Preventive Medicine

Dr. Matthew T. McKenna is Director of Emory University’s Division of Preventive Medicine, and a Professor in Emory’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. He has extensive experience in public health and preventive medicine. From 1989 – 2000, he worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and before joining the Emory faculty he was the Medical Director for the Fulton County (the county where the city of Atlanta is located) Department of Health and Wellness from 2010 to 2015. Dr. McKenna is a graduate of the Emory University School of Medicine, and he completed his residency in Family Medicine and a post-doctoral fellowship in epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. McKenna joined CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service Program in 1989 and completed the CDC residency in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health in 1992. He subsequently assumed positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career working in a wide range of areas such as Cancer Control, Tuberculosis, HIV and his last position at CDC was as the Director of the Office on Smoking and Health. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine. A Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service during 1989 – 2000, Dr. McKenna held the grade of Medical Director (CAPTAIN: O6).

Though most of his prevention work has involved the demographic and social determinants of health, Dr. McKenna continued to practice primary care throughout his career with a focus on persons infected with HIV. In his current position, he also continues to provide medical services to patients in the Emory Family Medicine clinic, and he is committed to engaging a full spectrum of health care providers in the learning and practice of health care prevention and population health. He also continues to serve on the editorial and advisory boards for a variety of public health journals and publications, and works hard to promote bicycles as a primary mode of transportation whenever possible.

Mary Davis, MPH

Program Coordinator II

Preventive Medicine Residency Program

Mary joined the Department as the Program Coordinator for the Preventive Medicine Residency Program in June 2017. Following a career in private industry, Mary came to Emory in 2011, where she was able to apply her skills in business in support of administrative needs in the Division of Neuroradiology within the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences.  With a strong interest in disease prevention and health promotion, in 2016 Mary earned Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Prevention Science at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.  This educational experience provided her with a foundation of competencies in core preventive areas, such as public health policy and approaches to assessing individual and community health needs. In addition to her interests in public health, Mary enjoys her continued work with the LifeLink Foundation (Donate Life) as an advocate in promoting participation in organ donation and transplantation.