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MEDIA CONTACT: Joann Rodgers
May 8, 2006
Jeff Ventura Joins Communications Staff at Johns Hopkins Medicine
Jeff Ventura, who holds masters degrees in communications management and journalism, has joined the staff at Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Division of Media Relations and Public Affairs as an assistant director. Most recently, Ventura, who has ten years experience in marketing, public relations and news reporting, was a daily newspaper reporter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Ventura’s responsibilities at Hopkins include coverage of emergency medicine, gynecology/obstetrics, reproductive endocrinology, geriatrics and urban health. He will also oversee media interest in ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, endocrinology, diabetes, general internal medicine, anesthesiology/critical care, rheumatology, hematology and allergies/asthma.
“Johns Hopkins Medicine is committed to informing the media and the public about the work of physician-scientists and their contributions to human health,” says Joann Rodgers, Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs for JHM. “Jeff’s experience and abilities will make him a strong ally of reporters and faculty interested in the public understanding of science and medicine.”
As a reporter, Ventura covered the World Trade Center disaster in New York City, where he attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, but also hurricanes Katrina and Rita for the newspaper of record in Louisiana’s state capital.
He has also held various marketing and public relations positions, most recently as the public affairs manager of Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Additionally, he worked in Boston for Edelman Worldwide, and for Bell Atlantic (now Verizon). His graduate research included a masters thesis at Simmons College (Boston), which examined how communication failures contributed to preventable airline disasters, and a literary journalism project at Columbia University which aimed to explore the emotional toll of Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of autism) on the extended families of those diagnosed with the condition.
Ventura is living in Baltimore.