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Brody to Retire

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Board chair Pamela Flaherty and President William R. Brody with reporters and camera crews.

As he has with every entity of The Johns Hopkins University, William Brody created an enduring legacy within Hopkins Medicine throughout his dozen years as president of this large, diverse institution.

Brody, 64, announced last month that he will retire on Dec. 31, the official conclusion of the current $3.2 billion fundraising campaign—the second successful, billion-dollar-plus campaign he has overseen.

The fundraising efforts enabled Brody to launch initiatives that continue to transform the East Baltimore campus, as well as enhance Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Howard County General Hospital.

“There is no one who speaks more eloquently for the mission of higher education than Bill Brody,” said Edward Miller, dean/CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, following Brody’s announcement. “He has been a strong advocate for Johns Hopkins Medicine and I will miss his leadership.”

A former professor and director of the radiology department at Hopkins and professor of biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, Brody expanded and modernized the research and education facilities for the health professions schools on the East Baltimore campus as part of a master plan that includes the construction of two new clinical towers and a new education building at the Hospital.

Among the institutes, centers and offices established during Brody’s presidency are the Institute for NanoBioTechnology, the Center for Global Health, the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response, the Brain Science Institute, the Institute for Cell Engineering and the Malaria Research Institute.

With the creation of Johns Hopkins Medicine International in 1998, Hopkins expanded its mission of teaching, research and patient care to the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Under Brody’s direction, the Hospital and Health System, along with the university, also have worked closely to solve problems much closer to home. Brody established the Urban Health Institute to focus Hopkins’ resources on East Baltimore’s health problems and gave financial support to the New EastSide project, the urban revitalization initiative now under way north of the medical campus.


—Neil A. Grauer

 

 

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