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AWARDS/HONORS, Jan. 2005-Dec.2005

  • For the 15th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of American hospitals places The Johns Hopkins Hospital No. 1 in the nation.  In 2005, the hospital ranked in the top four in 16 of the 17 specialty rankings, including ear, nose and throat, gynecology, kidney disease, rheumatology, urology, ophthalmology, geriatrics, neurology/neurosurgery, cancer, digestive disorders, heart/heart surgery, hormonal disorders, pediatrics, psychiatry, respiratory disorders and orthopedics.

  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is ranked one of the top two medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

  • For the 13th straight year, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine ranks as the top recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research dollars.

  • For 10 straight years, Hopkins Hospital receives the Consumer Choice Award for the Baltimore region from the National Research Corporation.  Hopkins also ranks No. 1 among consumers in the Bethesda and Hagerstown regions.  It is one of only a few hospitals nationwide to earn top-choice status in a multi-region market.

  • Wilmer Eye Institute is named best overall ophthalmology program in the country by Ophthalmology Times for 10 straight years.

  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital receives a Hospital of Choice Award as among the nation’s “most customer friendly hospitals” from the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers (AAHP).

  • The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center receives a “Bold 100” award from CIO magazine, recognizing its high level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology.

  • NIH awards more than $12 million to heart specialists at the Johns Hopkins Heart Institute to study how stem cell therapies can be used to treat hearts damaged by heart attack or heart failure.

  • The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) awards full accreditation to the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions for all research involving the protection of human subjects.  Hopkins is the only medical institution in Maryland and one of only a few in the nation to gain this recognition.

  • Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, which provides internal medicine, pediatrics, family practice and Ob/Gyn care to children and adults at 15 sites statewide, wins the Cheers Award from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) for its “superlative standard of excellence” in preventing medication errors and adverse drug events.

  • The federal Department of Homeland Security awards a $15 million grant to Johns Hopkins to lead a 21-institution consortium that will investigate how the nation can best prepare for and respond to large-scale disasters or terror incidents.  The Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) will lead the new Center for the Study of High Consequence Event Preparedness and Response.

  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital is one of 12 teaching hospitals nationwide to receive an Achieving Competence Today (ACT) grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to test if a multi-disciplinary group of medical residents, graduate nursing students and administrative fellows can work more closely with senior hospital management to improve care.

  • Solomon Snyder, the first University Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry and founding director of the Department of Neuroscience, is awarded the National Medical of Science, the nation’s highest scientific honor, for his pioneering work in brain sciences research.

  • Peter Devreotes, professor and director of cell biology and director of  the School of Medicine’s Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, is elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

  • Gabor Kelen, professor and director of the Department of Emergency Medicine and director of the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) is elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • The Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and its physicians nearly sweep the 2005 “Minnie” awards given by Eastman Kodak’s, the leading online, commercially sponsored community for radiology professionals. More than 34,000 members vote for 205 award nominees and gave Minnies to Hopkins in five of seven categories: best radiology training program; best radiologic technologist training program; most influential radiology researcher, awarded to Richard Wahl, professor of radiology and radiological science, director of nuclear medicine, and vice chair, technology and new business development; most effective radiologic technologist educator, given to Bob Gayler, associate professor of radiology and radiological science; and most effective radiology administrator/manager, awarded to Peg Cooper, diagnostic manager of radiology.

  • “Something the Lord Made,” an HBO film about the pioneering partnership between Hopkins heart surgeon Alfred Blalock and laboratory technician Vivien Thomas, receives the University of Georgia’s George Foster Peabody Award for broadcasting excellence in both news and entertainment.

  • Change, a biweekly publication for Hopkins Medicine faculty and staff, receives the grand gold medal for internal audience periodicals from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

  • John Bartlett, an internationally renowned authority on AIDS and other infectious diseases and professor and chief of the division of infectious diseases, receives the prestigious 2005 Maxwell Finland Award for scientific achievement from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

  • Stephen B. Baylin, professor of medicine and oncology, chief of the cancer biology division and associate director for research at the Kimmel Cancer Center, receives the 2005 Simon M. Shubitz Cancer Prize and Lectureship for excellence in cancer research.

  • Bruce S. Bochner, professor of medicine and director of the division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, as well as Cosner Scholar in translational research, is elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

  • The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America gives its Doctor of the Year award to Gregory B. Bulkley, Mark M. Ravitch Professor of Surgery and director of surgical research at Hopkins.

  • Peter Burger, professor of pathology, oncology and neurosurgery, receives the Pioneer Award for Pediatric Neurosurgery from the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation.

  • Ben Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery, receives the William E. Simon Foundation Prize in Philanthropic Leadership. He is honored for his Carson Scholars Fund, which encourages high achievement in science, math and technology. The Maryland Historical Society also names Carson its Marylander of the Year.

  • Janice Clements, professor and director of comparative medicine and vice dean for faculty affairs, is installed as the first Mary Wallace Stanton Professor for Faculty Affairs.

  • Donald S. Coffey, Catherine Iola and J. Smith Michael Distinguished Professor of Urology, receives the St. Paul Medal, the highest award given by the British Association of Urological Surgeons.

  • John Conte, associate professor of cardiac surgery, receives the Cuore a Cuore (“Heart to Heart”) Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

  • Edward Cornwell, chief of adult trauma, wins the Greater Baltimore Urban League’s Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award.  Cornwell also is named to the Junior Achievement of Central Maryland’s Hall of Fame for his antiviolence work with the Police Athletic League and inner-city youth.

  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science awards the distinction of fellow to Hal Dietz, professor of pediatrics, for identifying the genetic basis of Marfan syndrome; and George Rose, professor of pathology, for contributons to the field of protein conformation and folding.

  • The Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awards a $2.1 million grant to Chris Durso, associate professor of geriatric medicine, to increase the number of practitioners who will lead aging education or research in academic medical centers.

  • The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine chooses Andrew Feinberg, King Fahd Professor of Medicine and director of the Center for Epigenetics in Common Human Disease, and Jeffrey Rothstein, professor of neurology and director of the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research, to join 13 other nationally known scientists in evaluating and selecting stem cell research projects to be funded by the Institute.

  • Paul Flint is named the first Charles W. Cummings, M.D., Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

  • John A. Flynn, D. William Schlott Professor of Medicine, is appointed editor in chief of the primary care journal Advanced Studies in Medicine. Flynn and Steve Sisson, associate professor of medicine, also are recipients of the 2005 National Awards for Scholarship in Medical Education.

  • The American Federation for Aging (AFAR) gives its highest honor, the 2005 Irving Wright Award of Distinction, to Linda Fried, professor of medicine and epidemiology and director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology.

  • The American Urological Association gives its Yamaguchi Award for Best Paper in Pediatrics to John P. Gearhart, professor of pediatric urology and pediatrics; Ranjiv Mathews, associate professor of urology; and Paul Sponseller, Lee H. Riley, Jr., M.D., professor of orthopaedic surgery. Gearhart also is appointed North American editor of the Journal of Pediatric Urology, a new international publication.

  • Christopher Gibbons, associate director of the Urban Health Institute, is elected president of the International Society of Urban Health.

  • The National Association of Health Services Executives gives its Senior Healthcare Executive of the Year award to Ken Grant, vice president of general services for Hopkins Hospital and vice president of supply chain management for the Hopkins Health System.

  • The American College of Physicians (ACP) gives its highest honor to David Hellmann, vice dean of the School of Medicine for the Bayview campus and chairman of the Department of Medicine there, naming him a Master of the College. ACP’s Maryland chapter also gives Hellmann its Theodore E. Woodward Award for Medical Education and Research.

  • Hendree Jones, associate professor of psychiatry, wins the American Psychological Association’s 2005 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology.

  • Dawn Mitzner LaPorte, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, is inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

  • Stephen Leach, chief of surgical oncology, receives a one-year, $100,000 pancreatic cancer research grant from the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

  • Arnall Patz, director emeritus of the Wilmer Eye Institute, receives the Leslie Dana Gold Medal for the Prevention of Blindness from the St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Patz also receives Maryland’s Associated Jewish Community’s Lester S. Levy Humanitarian Award.

  • The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation gives its 2005 Scientist Award to Deborah Persaud, assistant professor of pediatrics and an infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. The award includes a $700,000 research grant.

  • Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is inducted into the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Maryland Business Hall of Fame.  Peterson also is re-elected vice chair of the Maryland Hospital Association’s board of directors.

  • The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic gives the 2005 G.J. Mendel Honorary Medal of Merit in Biological Sciences to Paula Pitha-Rowe, professor of oncology and molecular biology and genetics.

  • Neil R. Powe, professor of medicine and director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, is elected to membership in the Association of American Physicians.

  • Richard S. Ross, dean emeritus of the School of Medicine and a renowned cardiologist, is given The Johns Hopkins University President’s Medal for his “extraordinary contributions to higher education, patient care and public health.”

  • Joseph Schwartz, clinical director of psychiatry at Howard County General Hospital, is elected the 57th president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society.

  • The Linus Pauling Institute Prize for Health Research is given to Paul Talalay, the John Jacob Abel Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacology and director of the Laboratory for Molecular Pharmacology in the School of Medicine. Talalay is a pioneer in the study of how dietary constituents in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables help protect against cancer.

  • Barbara Starfield, University Distinguished Service Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, receives the John G. Walsh Award for Lifetime Contributions to Family Medicine from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

  • Patrick Walsh, professor of urology, is appointed honorary president of Peking University’s Urological Training College and has a conference room dedicated in his honor at Yonsei University and Medical Center and Severance Hospital in Korea.

  • Chiming Wei, associate professor and director of the cardiothoracic-renal molecular research program in the Department of Surgery, is elected president of the American Academy of Nanomedicine.

  • Tao Zheng, assistant professor of medicine, receives the 2005 American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology/Sanofi Aventis Women Physicians in Allergy Junior Faculty Development Award.

  • The William H. Welch Medical Library receives a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services to develop, test and evaluate effective ways of introducing minority high school students to biomedical information careers.

  • The Andrew Family Charitable Foundation awards $150,000 to the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine to fund an initiative aimed at reducing the incidence of illnesses and injuries in health care workers and patients.

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