The Directors

Pearce Korb M.D. is the founding designer of the course and curriculum.  He earned a B.A. in Business Administration at the University of Florida.  He attended and graduated Medical School here at Emory University School of Medicine and continued with his medical and neurological training in residency as well as a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology (CNP).  He served as a Clinical Instructor faculty here as well as the Assistant Fellowship Director for CNP.  Soon after the initiation of the course he was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Colorado in Denver.  Among his interests include education, health policy, health economics and operations management.


Dr. Jaffar Khan is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Neurology.  He competed his neurology residency and chief residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and then completed a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at Emory University.  Dr. Khan is board certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and holds subspecialty board certifications in Vascular Neurology, Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Clinical Neurophysiology.  His career is dedicated to medical education.  He is a hands-on teacher who for 15 years supervised medical students, residents and fellows during their rotations on the inpatient and outpatient services at the Grady Healthcare System, EUH and the Emory Clinic.  After joining Emory in 1997, he established leadership roles in post-graduate medical education and ultimately became director of the neurology residency and CNP fellowship programs. Soon after he was appointed to Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Neurology and has sole responsibility for the direction of neurology education across a continuum of learner-levels at Emory University.  In addition to directing post-graduate neurology education, Dr. Khan is the current Director of the Neurology Clinical Clerkship, Director of the M2 Neuroscience I Module, Co-Director of the M1 Neural Function Course, and the Co-Director of the M2 Neuroscience II Module.


Gregory Esper, MD, MBA  is currently Associate Professor and Vice Chairman of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Neurology at Emory University and he is also Director of General Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases.  He was appointed Director of New Care Models in 2012 for Emory Healthcare, and his position is focused on catalyzing the development and testing of new care models that will improve quality outcomes, decrease cost of care, and coordinate patients’ care across the continuum.  He earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt University, completed neurology residency at Washington University St. Louis Barnes Jewish Hospital and finished clinical neurophysiology fellowship and a clinical research fellowship in Electrical Impedance Myography at Harvard University’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  He has since earned his MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.  He is a member of both the medical honor fraternity Alpha Omega Alpha and the business honor fraternity Beta Gamma Sigma. Dr. Esper serves the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) as Vice Chair of the Medical Economics and Management and as a member of the Practice Management and Technology subcommittee. He also served as the Chair of the Navigating Health Reform Task Force for the AAN. Dr. Esper publishes and lectures nationally on such topics as healthcare reform, health information technology implementation, practice management, and healthcare leadership.


Dr. Fred Sanfilippo MD, PhD currently serves as the Director of the Healthcare Innovation Program (HIP) here at Emory.  Additionally he has appointments with the School of Medicine as a Professor in Pathology and Lab Medicine, the division of Health Policy and Management in the Rollins School of Public Health and division of Business Administration at the Goizueta Business School.  His triple threat experience makes him another ideal mentor for the course and its students.


Maura George, MD is a co-director for the course.  She attended medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago and completed her training in Internal Medicine here at Emory.  Currently she is an assistant professor with the Department of Medicine primarily treating patients and educating trainees at Grady Memorial Hospital.  She is considered a resident expert in Health Policy and more specifically the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Her interest in health policy, access to care and social determinants of health make her a great asset to the course.


Jason Liebzeit MD is a co-director for this course.  He went to medical school Case Western and did his training in Emergency Medicine at McGaw in Chicago.  He is assistant professor of emergency medicine here at Emory and he currently is in charge of the innovative Medical School Capstone course.  This is a month long course designed to help medical students transition into “real-world” medicine.  His interests include how healthcare policy affects urgent and emergent care.



Joshua Wallenstein M.D. is a co-director for this course.  He attended Robert Wood Johnson – Rutgers medical school and did his post-graduate training at Emory University and at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.  He is currently assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and practices in the emergency departments at Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown.  Dr. Wallenstein is heavily involved in medical student education at Emory, serving as Emergency Medicine clerkship director and a small group mentor/society advisor.  He is a member of the Executive Curriculum Committee and chairs the subcommittee on student assessment.  His area of educational expertise is novel methods of teaching and evaluating medical decision-making and clinical reasoning skills. His interest in education and experience in the front lines of medicine make him a great director for the course.