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Institutional Awards and Honors 2007 - July 2008
- Victor McKusick (1921–2008), widely regarded as the “father of genetic medicine,” wins the prestigious Japan Prize in Medical Genetics and Genomics for his seminal contributions to this evolving field. McKusick’s six decades at Johns Hopkins constitute the longest uninterrupted service of a faculty member in the School of Medicine’s 115-year history.
- Pediatric neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson receives the nation’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in a White House ceremony. This follows by three weeks his acceptance of an endowed professorship in his name and that of Evelyn Spiro, who along with her husband, Donald, were the principal donors. Earlier in the year, Carson received the 2008 Ford’s Theater Lincoln Medal, also at a White House ceremony.
- Internist and epidemiologist Lisa Cooper wins a “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for her landmark studies on racial and ethnic disparities in medical care and research. The unrestricted, five-year, $500,000 award will allow Cooper to continue her work on health care disparities.
- Critical care specialist Peter Pronovost receives a prestigious a “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for his nationally recognized work in patient safety research. The five-year, $500,000 award will allow Pronovost to build upon his previous successes, most notably a statewide project in Michigan intensive care units that reduced catheter-related bloodstream infections through greater adherence to hand hygiene and other straightforward steps. Pronovost is also named by Time magazine as one of the world’s “most influential people” of 2008.
- Three school of medicine researchers are elected to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine: Frederick “Skip” Burkle, a research associate in emergency medicine and director of the Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance; Aravinda Chakravarti, director of the Center for Complex Disease Genomics, and Andrew Feinberg, King Fahd Professor of Medicine, Molecular Biology and Genetics and Oncology and director of the Center for Epigenetics.
- Carol Greider, the Daniel Nathans Professor and director of molecular biology and genetics in the Johns Hopkins Institute of Basic Biomedical Sciences, wins the 2007 Louis Gross Horwitz Prize for her pioneering research on telomeres, the structures capping the ends of chromosomes.
- Neuroscientist Solomon Snyder’s work in identifying how proteins on cell surfaces enable cells to communicate with each other wins him a share of the $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research
- Cardiologist and Physician in Chief Myron “Mike” Weisfeldt receives the 2008 Diversity Award from the Association of Professors of Medicine for his efforts to increase diversity among residents and fellows and in the professional ranks. Weisfeldt is the William Osler Professor of Medicine and director of the Department of Medicine at Hopkins.
- Readers of Medical Imaging magazine rank the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science and Elliot Fishman as the nation’s best in their field. Fishman, a professor of radiology and oncology and director of diagnostic imaging and body CT, pioneered 3-D medical imaging. He and the Radiology Department also receive “Aunt Minnie” awards from AuntMinnie.com, the leading Web site for radiology professionals, as the most effective radiology educator and the best radiology technologist training program in the nation.
- Internist and epidemiologist Neil Powe receives the Distinguished Educator Award from the National Association of Clinical Research Training. Powe is co-director of the Division of Internal Medicine and director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research. He has trained hundreds of clinical researchers and medical students in the past two decades.
- Patrick Walsh, who served 30 years as the director of the Johns Hopkins Brady Urological Institute, is honored by the Saudi Arabia-based King Faisal Foundation for his pioneering prostate cancer research. Walsh also is named “Physician of the Year” by the company that publishes the well-known medical directory, America’s Top Doctors. Walsh is chosen from over 600,000 physicians nationwide
- Duojia Pan, a professor of molecular biology and genetics, is named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator for his studies of how organs know to grow to a specific size and shape. Pan is the 12th faculty member named a Hughes investigator.
- Gregg Semenza, a professor of pediatrics, is elected to the National Academy of Sciences for his preeminence in research on the molecular mechanisms of oxygen regulation. He is the 21st current member of the faculty to be so honored.
- Four researchers become fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Jef Boeke, director of the High Throughput Biology Center at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences; Thomas C. Quinn, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health; Theresa Shapiro, Wellcome Professor and director of clinical pharmacology; and David Valle, director of Hopkins’ McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine.
- Makerere University-Johns Hopkins University Core Laboratory in Kampala, Uganda, is named 2008 Medical Laboratory of the Year by Medical Laboratory Observer magazine for its work on behalf of HIV/ AIDS patients. The 45-employee lab performs 16,000 tests a month.
- Three Hopkins Medicine women gain recognition from the Daily Record in its list of Maryland’s Top 100 Women: Elizabeth Hunt, assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and director of the Johns Hopkins Simulation Center; Redonda Miller, associate professor of medicine and assistant dean for student affairs; and Stephanie Reel, the university’s chief information officer and vice president for information services for Johns Hopkins Medicine.
- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) gives one of its rare annual awards for fair and equal employment practices to The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation.
- Emergency medicine physician Edbert Hsu receives the American Medical Association Foundation’s 2008 Leadership Award for his expertise in disaster medicine and preparedness programs.
- John Gearheart, known internationally for his surgical skill in pediatric urology, is made an honorary member of the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Scotland. Gearheart is professor of pediatrics and director of pediatric urology at the Children’s Center.
- Johns Hopkins Social Work celebrates its centennial anniversary. Among the first hospitals to recognize the need for social workers, Hopkins formally established a model program in 1907 that sent medical students into the community to understand how living conditions affect their patients’ health.
- University trustee David Rubenstein, managing director of the Carlyle Group and a long-time patron of the institution, donates $5 million toward a new outpatient facility exclusively devoted to children and adolescent health care, the David M. Rubenstein Child Health Building.
- The Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery, located at Hopkins Bayview, earns a Center of Excellence designation from the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. It is one of 195 such centers in the nation, only four of which, including Hopkins Bayview, are in Maryland. More than 1,400 patients have been treated at the center since it was created by Thomas Magnuson, associate professor of surgery, in 1997.