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New BSPH Dean

Michael Klag, a professor of medicine and vice dean at the School of Medicine, will become the new dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health. The 52-year-old physician said he’s always “felt at home on both sides of Wolfe Street.” On one side of that street, he earned a master’s in public health and now holds appointments in BSPH’s departments of Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management. On the other, he’s the SOM vice dean for clinical investigation, responsible for oversight of research involving human volunteers. A former director of general internal medicine and interim chief of medicine, Klag was among the first doctors to document and explain the rising problem of kidney disease. “I feel enormously privileged to lead an institution so critically important to the world’s health,” Klag said of the venerable Bloomberg School. He succeeds Dean Alfred Sommer Sept. 1.

Armstrong’s Top 3

When his election as JHM’s next chairman was announced May 2, Mike Armstrong said three things topped his to-do list. Chief among them: raising money for the $1.2 billion campus redevelopment effort. “The chairman of JHM ought to be out helping to raise money and [build] the infrastructure this faculty and student body deserve,” said the former Comcast chairman. Other priorities are patient safety and stem cell research. Armstrong, already a board member, is a fund-raising force who himself endowed a professorship related to stem cell research. “I love this institution, all that it does and all it has accomplished.” Armstrong’s election is effective July 1.

Cornwell Gets Rude

Surgeon Eddie Cornwell is playing a role in Maryland’s response to the wildly controversial “Stop Snitching,” an amateur DVD made by drug dealers on the streets of Baltimore. As part of the response, the carnage—gunshot and stab wounds—Cornwell confronts as chief of adult trauma is featured in TV public service announcements. “It’s time to show the graphic reality,” said Cornwell. “It’s time to be a little bit rude.”





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