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August 2016

  •  Rebecca Aslakson, MD, PhD, received a 1-year, $100,000 Johns Hopkins University Discovery Award for her project, “UNITED in Faith, Health, and Strength: Pioneering Faith-Centered, Community-Based Advance Care Planning within African American Churches.” The proposal was selected from more than 160 submitted by faculty. The over-arching goal of the project is to reduce disparities in advanced illness, palliative, and end-of-life care experienced within African American communities. Her co-PI is Janice Bowie, PhD, MPH, from the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

  • Sean Barnes, MD, was awarded the 2016 Critical Care Small Projects Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his proposal, "Impact of a Targeted Educational Program for Delirium Screening and Prevention in Critically Ill Children."

  • Christy Gray, MD, was awarded a 1-year diversity supplement through the parent R01 grant of Dr. Roger Johns. This award supports the training of individuals from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in biomedical research.

  • Yun Guan, PhD, is co-investigator on a recently funded, 4-year NIH R01 grant titled "CRCNS: Towards Pain Control: Synergizing Computational and Biological Approaches." The PI is Sridevi V. Sarma in the Johns Hopkins Institute for Computational Medicine, Department of Biomedical Engineering.

  • Lakshmi Santhanam, PhD, is a PI on a recently funded tri-PI Hopkins Discovery grant titled "Defining the Primitive Olfactory-like Chemosensory Signaling in Airway Smooth Muscle." The Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards provide grant awards to cross-divisional teams composed of faculty and/or non-faculty members from at least two schools or affiliates of the university, with the goal of fostering synergistic interactions. The other two PIs on the grant are Steven An and Jennifer Pluznick.

  • Laurie Antonik, MD, MBA, will assume a leadership position with the ACCM scheduling team.

  • Sean Barnes, MD, was invited to join the Doximity Panelist Program. The Physician Panel impacts all aspects of the Doximity business, including product development, beta-testing features, and relationship building between medical and industry contacts.

  • Yun Guan, PhD, gave an invited talk at the 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Spine Intervention Society (SIS) in New Orleans, LA, on July 28. The presentation was titled "Spinal Cord Stimulation: Update on Mechanisms of Action."

  • Sapna Kudchadkar, MD, presented Grand Rounds in July at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The title of her talk was "PICU Up!: Promoting a Culture of Mobility for Critically Ill Children."

  • Lynette Mark, MD, and the JHM Airway Program had two projects selected by the Applied Masters of Science in Engineering Management program for the inaugural Patient Safety Collaborative. The two projects are “Continuous Waveform Capnography for Airway Management and CPR in non-OR locations” and “DART Cart Improvements.” The projects will receive three students each.

  • Jamie Murphy, MD, was awarded the 2016 Excellence in Service and Professionalism Award at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

  • Vinciya Pandian, PhD, ACNP, received the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative Annual Recognition for her work in organizing the 3rd International Tracheostomy Symposium.

  • Vinciya Pandian, PhD, ACNP, coordinated a health expo at the Southern Asian Community in Silver Spring, which drew approximately 200 attendees.

  • Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, published an article in the Harvard Business Review titled "The next wave of hospital innovation to make patients safer." Coauthors were Amir Ghaferi, Christopher Myers, and Kathleen Sutcliffe.

  • Sara Sateri, MD, an Anesthesiology physician at Bayview Medical Center, was chosen for the Clinical Collaboration and Teamwork award by the Clinical Excellence Awards Selection Committee.

  • M-Irfan Suleman, MD, was course director for the Ultrasound Guided Chronic Pain & Regional Anesthesia Workshop on August 5 at the APPNA 39th Annual Convention, National Harbor, Washington, D.C.

  • Kayode Williams, MD, has been appointed the Departmental leadership role of Vice Chair for System Integration, which will encompass a number of inpatient and outpatient sites at JHH, Bayview, Howard County General Hospital, pain services at Kennedy Krieger, and acute and chronic pain care at Sibley Memorial Hospital. 


July 2016

  • Mark Bicket, MD, was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Blaustein Fund for a project titled "How Are Prescription Opioids Used by Adult Patients Following Discharge from the Hospital?"

  • Charlie Brown, MD, received a Clinician Scientist Career Development Award from the School of Medicine for his application titled "Prevention and Cognitive Consequences of Postoperative Delirium."

  • Yun Guan, PhD, received a 5-year R01 grant from the NIH for his proposal titled "Mrgs, A New Target for the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain."

  • Yun Guan, PhD, received a 3-year grant from the Neurosurgery Pain Research Institute, Johns Hopkins University, for his project titled "Developing Novel Neuromodulation Technology for Pain-specific Treatment."

  • Ray Koehler, PhD, and Hari Tandri, MD (Cardiology), were awarded an NIH R21 Multi-PI grant titled "Use of Transnasal Air Flow to Cool and Protect the Brain After Pediatric Cardiac Arrest," with which they will examine the efficacy of evaporative cooling during postnatal development of the nasal turbinates in an animal model of asphyxic cardiac arrest.

  • Sapna Kudchadkar, MD, received a Clinician Scientist Career Development Award from the School of Medicine for her application titled "Alterations in Temporal Sleep-Wake Patterns of Critically Ill Children."

  • Thorsten Leucker, a Cardiology Fellow in the JHU Department of Medicine, received the Silverman Award to support his research in the labs of Drs. Dan Berkowitz and Lew Romer.

  • Liza Aniccoche, RN, in Weinberg 3 Prep/PACU achieved both her CPAN and CAPA certifications.

  • Promise Ariyo, MD, presented at the World Health Organization in Switzerland as part of a taskforce for writing the surgical site infection prevention guidelines.

  • Jacqueline Baker, BSN, RN, CEN, passed her Certified Emergency Nurse exam.

  • Lauren Baker, CRNA, MS, and Mary Scott-Herring, CRNA, MS, DNP(c), presented a regional CRNA preceptor workshop on May 21, 2016. It was not only the first for Johns Hopkins but the first advanced practice nurse preceptor workshop in this region. Over a third of CRNAs from Hopkins and Hopkins Bayview attended. Denise Tola, Nanciann Kean, Marie DeFrancesco-Loukas, Saheel Patel and Maribeth Massie also contributed their time and effort to the event.​

  • Sebastian Barreto, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow working with Drs. Lakshmi Santhanam and Dan Berkowitz, was awarded a Johns Hopkins University Provost's Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship. The fellowship is given to young under-represented minority scientists who have shown promise in nurturing and creating a diverse Hopkins. He will be working on a project to elucidate the role of opsins in vascular function.

  • Michael Erdek, MD, as part of a group of Johns Hopkins physicians and researchers, spoke in a session to members of the U.S. House and Senate to advocate for increased funding to the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute for pancreatic cancer research.

  • Lee Goeddel, Erin Michos, Mary Beth Brady, and Laeben Lester presented a poster titled "The Utility of Echocardiography in the Diagnosis and Management of a Patient with a Giant Right Coronary Artery Aneurysm with Coronary Cameral Fistula" at the American Society of Echocardiography Scientific Sessions in Seattle, WA.

  • Yun Guan, PhD, spoke at the Plenary Session of the Joint Meeting of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) and Neural Interfaces Conference (NIC) on "Neuromodulation at the Cellular Level," and at the XIII National Congress of the Spanish Pain Society in Pamplona, Spain, on "Conventional SCS and High-Frequency SCS: Preclinical Studies to Compare Efficacy and Mechanism for Pain Inhibition."

  • Asad Latif, MD, MPH, was appointed Director of the Division of Critical Care Medicine of the Department of Anesthesiology at Bayview Medical Center.

  • Work from Dolores Njoku, MD, and her lab titled “IL-33 modulates IL-10 and Treg responses in a mouse model of drug hapten, immune-mediated hepatitis” was upgraded to an oral presentation on Monday, August 22, in the Autoimmunity 1 session at the International Congress of Immunology in Melbourne, Australia. G'day Dr. Njoku.

  • CA-2 residents Sinead Nyhan and Stephen Freiberg, and CA-3 residents Hee-Won Lee and Sussan Sankova, received resident teaching awards based on medical student nominations. The awards are given to residents who exemplify excellence in teaching and come with a $200 honorarium.

  • Rebecca Riggs, MD, Renee Willett, MD, and Erik Su, MD, will be teaching at the Society of Critical Care Medicine Fundamental and Advanced Pediatric Critical Care Ultrasound Course in Chicago, July 16–18.

  • Lakshmi Santhanam, PhD, will be giving a talk at the Gordon Research Conference in Spain next week. The focus of the conference is transglutaminases, and the title of her talk is "TG2: Separating the Cross Linking-Dependent and Independent Activities in Vascular Disease."

  • Erik Su, MD, was elected to the editorial board of the journal Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

  • Robert Stevens, MD, was elected North American Representative to the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

  • Jed Wolpaw, MD, M.Ed., has been appointed Associate Residency Director for ACCM's training program.