Dean of the Medical Faculty
Chief Executive Officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine
Paul B. Rothman is the Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D. Dean of the Medical Faculty, vice president for medicine of The Johns Hopkins University, and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. He is the 14th dean of the School of Medicine and the second CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
As dean/CEO, Rothman oversees both the Johns Hopkins Health System and the School of Medicine. A rheumatologist and molecular immunologist, he came to Hopkins in July 2012 after having served as dean of the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa and leader of its clinical practice plan since 2008. Previously, he served as head of internal medicine at the University of Iowa, beginning in 2004, and prior to that as vice chairman for research and founding director of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he joined the faculty in 1986.
A 1980 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rothman earned his medical degree from Yale University in 1984. He then trained at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University prior to joining its medical school faculty.
Rothman's research focused on immune system molecules known as cytokines. Specifically, he investigated the role these molecules play in the normal development of blood cells, as well as the abnormal development of these blood cell that leads to leukemia. He also studied the role of cytokines in immune system responses to asthma and allergies. His work was consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health.
His honors include a James S. McDonnell Foundation Career Development Award, a Pfizer Scholars Award, a Pew Scholar Award, a Leukemia Society of America Scholar Award and the Pharmacia Allergy Research Foundation International Award in 1997. Dr. Rothman is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He was elected to the Council of Association of American Physicians, as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and as a member of the American Clinical and Climatological Association.