- Mark Shaver, M.B.A.
- Frederick L. Brancati, M.D., M.H.S., F.A.C.P.
- Bruce Leff, M.D., F.A.C.P., A.G.S.F.
- Jonathan Zenilman M.D., FACP, FIDSA
- Annastasiah Mudiwa Mhaka, Ph.D.
- Nancy Riess, M.B.A.
- Awais Akbar, M.B.A.
- Sarah Feldman
- Ashley Fennig
- Brianna Kelliher
As the senior director of Business Development and Strategic Alliances, Mark Shaver leads the newly created unit within Johns Hopkins Medicine—charged with leading the exploration, expansion, development, and management of business opportunities with corporate and strategic partners. In this role, Mr. Shaver works in partnership with a wide range of Johns Hopkins faculty and senior leadership across the Johns Hopkins medical enterprise.
Previously, Mr. Shaver served as head of strategic alliances and was a member of the executive committee for Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI), responsible for cultivating and leading key partnerships and business development activities. During his tenure with JHI, Mr. Shaver served as the group managing director for the Global Services Department. In this executive leadership role, Mr. Shaver managed a 35-member international team and was responsible for overseeing 30 client relationships that generated $38 million of revenue annually.
Prior to that, Mr. Shaver served JHI as a managing director, responsible for securing and overseeing key health care affiliations and partnerships in Japan, Mexico, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago, which have produced over $80 million in revenues for Johns Hopkins during his 10-plus years of service.
Mr. Shaver holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Towson State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland’s R.H. Smith School of Business.
Executive Medical Director
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology;
Joint Appointment in Nursing, Johns Hopkins University
Director, Division of General Internal Medicine
Dr. Brancati is an internationally recognized expert on the epidemiology and prevention of type 2 diabetes and related conditions. He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers and is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He has won teaching and mentoring awards from medical students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at Hopkins. He is a board-certified internist with an active staff appointment at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
As executive medical director, Dr. Brancati represents the faculty perspective and serves as a link to the JHM faculty base. He also provides oversight and direction related to academic elements of business development and manages any potential conflict of interest and conflict of commitment issues of the faculty.
Dr. Brancati received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1981 and his M.D. from Columbia University in 1985. After residency training at the University of Pittsburgh, he came to Johns Hopkins in 1989 for a post-doctoral fellowship in the Division of General Internal Medicine and earned a master's degree in Clinical Epidemiology from the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He joined the Department of Medicine faculty in 1992 and was named director of the General Internal Medicine Division in 2004.
Associate Medical Director
Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Joint Appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management
Director, Center on Aging and Health Program in Geriatric Health Services Research
Dr. Leff is an internationally recognized leader and researcher in the development, evaluation, and dissemination of novel models of care for older adults, including the Hospital at Home, Guided Care, geriatric service line models (www.med-ic.org), and medical house call practices (http://www.iahnow.com/). In addition, his research interests extend to issues related to multi-morbidity, performance measurement, and case-mix issues. He has a strong interest in health policy issues and is a Health and Aging Policy Fellow of the American Political Science Association. Dr. Leff is an award-winning teacher and mentor and is also involved in directing the basic Medicine Clerkship in the School of Medicine. He currently serves as President of the American Academy of Home Care Physicians as well as a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Physicians.
As the associate medical director, Dr. Leff will represent faculty, clinical staff, and researchers at Johns Hopkins and sever as a liaison with the business development team. In this capacity he will serve as an advisor to the team for any academic issues and considerations in the ongoing development of projects and products.
Dr. Leff received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and his M.D. from New York University in 1987. After residency and fellowship training at Johns Hopkins, he served as a medical officer in the US army in Seoul, Korea, before joining the faculty in the Department of Medicine in 1994.
Associate Medical Director
Jonathan Zenilman, MD is Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He also serves as associate medical director of the Johns Hopkins Wound Center, and has joint appointments at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Population and Family Health Sciences and the Department of Epidemiology.
Dr. Zenilman is known internationally for his work in infectious disease epidemiology. Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins in 1989, he was a medical epidemiologist at the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) where he conceived, developed, and implemented the National Gonococcal Isolate Surveillance Program (GISP). GISP operated continuously since 1987, and has been responsible for identifying multiple types of resistant strains before they became large clinical problems.
In Baltimore, his activities have included directing the Baltimore City Health Department Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) program and developing the multi School Johns Hopkins Center for STI Prevention and Training. He was one of the first to apply GIS technology to public health, and his syphilis mapping project was highlighted in Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point”. In addition to being a productive researcher and clinician, he has been active in health policy, has served as a was a Senior Medical Advisor for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (DHHS) 1995-1997, and has has testified before Congress and the Maryland legislature on infectious diseases related issues.
He became Chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at Johns Hopkins Bayview in 2003. Under his leadership, the Bayview Division has increased from 1.5 to 9 faculty members, and developed major clinical and research programs in STIs, hospital epidemiology, antibiotic stewardship and skin and soft tissue infections. Bayview has also become a center for Phase1 through Phase 3 clinical trials for new antimicrobials and wound care products.
Dr. Zenilman has >290 publications and is can active teacher, and has mentored > 40 fellows and residents during his career. He received his BA from Cornell University in chemistry his MD from SUNY-Downstate in Brooklyn NY, and trained at SUNY-Kings County Hospital in Internal Medicine and did his infectious diseases fellowship at Emory Unversity in Atlanta. He is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
As assistant director of Business Development and Strategic Alliances, Dr. Mhaka works closely with the key faculty and leadership in identifying and developing external partnerships that maximize the benefit and impact for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In her role, Dr. Mhaka explores opportunities both within JHM and externally, and manages and implements those partnerships with the business community.
Dr. Mhaka most recently worked at Booz & Company, developing market entry strategy, business unit diversification, portfolio prioritization and financing strategies for Pharma and Biotech companies. Previously, she was with Acidophil, LLC, as an entrepreneurial manager, helping to build new biotechnology companies, successfully co-launching two initiatives that address underserved needs in cardiovascular disease and environmental sustainability.
While pursuing her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular medicine here at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Mhaka led the synthetic chemistry effort in a biologically-oriented group to discover new therapeutics for treatment of cancer and generated a chemical entity currently in Phase I/II clinical trials. Dr. Mhaka received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.
Originally from Zimbabwe, Dr. Mhaka witnessed first-hand the ravages of disease as loved ones succumbed to preventable illnesses. She came to a very early and acute understanding of the urgency of disease prevention and cure. Dr. Mhaka remains focused on developing solutions to some of the most fundamental health challenges that face our world today.
Nancy brings valuable experience in marketing, technology and product development to Johns Hopkins Medicine. She has a proven ability to analyze the marketplace, build insights and understand trends, and transform concepts into tangible results.
Most recently, Nancy Riess served as a strategic consultant to the Johns Hopkins University senior leadership team to develop business cases and executive presentations, and develop and implement new initiatives.
Previously she served as a vice president for Interactive Technologies, a strategic marketing and technology solutions firm. In this capacity, Nancy led key engagements with large corporations and several educational institutions, including JHU.
As the Director of New Business at 180s Performance Apparel, Nancy successfully launched its private label business, partnering with high profile brands including Gap, Banana Republic, Land's End, and Joseph A Bank, among others. As part of the business development effort, Nancy initiated strategic relationships with the brands, defined the product opportunity and facilitated operational implementation. Separately, her team was awarded a $40 million apparel contract for the U.S. Marine Corps.
Nancy earned her M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business and holds a B.S. from M.I.T. in Materials Engineering.
Awais Akbar's role as project manager includes developing business strategies and relationships, while assisting faculty and other key leaders throughout the Johns Hopkins medical enterprise.
Mr. Akbar has been with Johns Hopkins Medicine since 2008, managing projects in the Middle East and North Africa, where he oversaw the creation and implementation of a clinical operation at a molecular imaging center in Abu Dhabi. Mr. Akbar holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and information systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and an M.B.A. from Loyola University’s Sellinger School of Business and Management in Baltimore. He also serves on the Sellinger graduate alumni board of directors.
Sarah Feldman started her career with Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI) in 2008, where she served as a member of the Guest Services team, helping to coordinate care for the international patient community, later joining the Business Development team as a project analyst. Her current role includes coordinating logistics and office management, as well as project research and analysis. Ms. Feldman, who is fluent in Spanish, holds a bachelor's degree from Goucher College.
Ashley Fennig brings additional financial expertise to the Business Development team in her role as project analyst. Her talents support a number of key areas for the team, including business logistics and planning and coordination, along with financial and analytic support. Ms. Fennig most recently worked at IBM, serving as senior financial consultant. Her role there focused on the complex support of the U.S. Postal Service, specifically related to network operations, finance and strategic planning as well as forecasting activities. Ms. Fennig holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from James Madison University.
Brianna (Bri) Kelliher’s role as administrative coordinator includes a wide range of organizational, financial and research related functions – including executive meeting planning, coordination for visiting VIPs, financial reporting and market research—for the Business Development and Strategic Alliances team.
She transitioned from her role as an intern during the year to a full-time position in July 2012. Ms. Kelliher is a native of Bridgewater, Massachusetts and received her B.B.A. with a concentration in International Business from Loyola University of Maryland. In addition to her studies at Loyola, she has spent time studying business and government at Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand and traveling throughout Southeast Asia.