|Mos Def as Vivien Thomas
On two recent Sundays, portions of an upcoming HBO feature starring
Alan Rickman as surgeon Alfred Blalock and Mos Def as surgical technician
Vivien Thomas were filmed here. Clad in vintage attire, hundreds of
actors, including about two dozen employees who spent a day as unpaid
extras, stood by as scenes were filmed at the Broadway entrance and
in Hurd Hall. Much of the filming for Something the Lord Made
took place at Spring Grove, the old psychiatric facility in Sykesville,
Md. Real-life Hopkins heart surgeons who studied under Blalock had the
opportunity to review the script and help hone an accurate portrayal
of Blalock, Thomas and medical practice of the era. The cable networks
film is expected to air in May. Currently in discussion: a benefit premiere
A Tragic Loss
The entire Johns Hopkins Medicine family mourns the untimely death
of James and Lidia Wenz, who were killed in an accident on I-83 on Jan.
20. Jim Wenz, 40, was chairman of Bayviews Department of Orthopaedic
Surgery. A brilliant surgeon who specialized in joint reconstruction,
he was sought out by patients from all over the world for the innovative
technique he developed in minimally invasive hip replacement surgery.
A Hopkins product through and through, he graduated from the School
of Medicine in 1991 and did all of his training here. Lidia Wenz also
completed her psychiatry residency at Hopkins. A specialist in pediatric
psychiatry, she was on the faculty until 2001, when she left to spend
full-time with her children.
Architecture firms Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership and Perkins &
Will have been selected to design two new clinical buildings that will
rise on Orleans Street, where the Jefferson Street, Broadway Garage
and Maryland Laundry buildings now stand. Executive architect ZGF will
tackle the Childrens and Maternal Hospital, while P&W will
take on the Cardiovascular Critical Care Tower.