Claudia R. Adkison, J.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Adkison recently retired from her administrative position as Executive Associate Dean and COO in Emory University’s School of Medicine after 15 years of service and more than 20 years as a medical school faculty member. Now in a consulting capacity, she focuses her work for Emory on large, complex, multi-level, and effort-intensive projects, such as the creation of selected major international initiatives and the review and revision of University faculty policies. She also consults for academic medical centers and for federal agencies in the U.S. and internationally in a broad array of areas including, for example, medical school administration and organization, policies and procedures, strategic planning, research, and education; conflict of interest, effort reporting, human subject and animal research regulations and policies, research misconduct, and other research compliance issues; faculty development initiatives and coaching; Chair school for training new department chairs; dispute resolution; and more.

Dr. Adkison received her Ph.D. degree from Tulane University and completed postdoctoral fellowship training in cell biophysics at Baylor College of Medicine. She was a faculty member in Emory School of Medicine for many years, carrying out her duties as a professor, educator, and scientist in Emory Medical School’s Department of Cell Biology. She chaired the University Senate and University Research Committee, served on the medical school admissions, curriculum, and many other committees, received several class and school-wide teaching awards, and conducted research in the area of cardiac cell biology.

Toward the end of her traditional Professorship, while working full-time, she also acquired a law degree (at night) that led her to leave Emory for a few years to practice intellectual property law as a biotech patent attorney with numerous medical school and biotech clients; as a copyright litigator; and also as a health care lawyer, all in the international law firm Kilpatrick Stockton (now Kilpatrick Townsend). She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Bar, and continues to be active in national professional and academic societies.

Dr. Adkison rejoined Emory’s School of Medicine as Executive Associate Dean / Administration and Faculty Affairs in 1995. She functioned both as Chief Operating Officer and the faculty dean in the medical school. Reporting to the Dean, she had day-to-day oversight responsibility for administration of the medical school’s business, including all HR; faculty affairs (appointments, promotions, development, and problems); legal and many regulatory matters for the medical school; all academic policies of the school, including conflict of interest and academic misconduct; IT; environmental health and safety; library; fundraising; and special projects and problems with the medical school chairs, university administrators, and various school and university administrative units. She worked every day with the Dean on implementing his directives and plans, with the practice plan and hospital administrative officers on implementing vision and solving problems, and on a wide variety of special projects for the Dean involving both academic and clinical areas.

At the national level, Dr. Adkison is active in a number of organizations, especially the Association of American Medical Colleges. She continues to participate in the AAMC official groups on business affairs, principal business officers, faculty affairs, and others. She is a founder of the AAMC Forum on Conflict of Interest (FOCI), the first national organization that works on policy and education in conflict of interest, and was its first national chair. She is regularly called to advise, consult, and speak on conflict of interest matters around the country and to work with federal agencies and others on international academic projects.

Contact Claudia R. Adkison, J.D., Ph.D.: claudiaadkison(at)