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Dan Drachman, Film Star

Dan Drachman may be a Hopkins neurologist, but he also played a key role in an Oscar-nominated, short documentary film. Two Hands: The Leon Fleisher Story chronicles the pianist’s decades-long battle against a mysterious ailment that made it impossible for him to use the fourth and fifth fingers of his right hand. In 1990, Drachman, also a musician (he plays clarinet), diagnosed a neurological disorder called focal dystonia and successfully treated Fleisher with Botox, then a path-breaking therapy.

Drachman was not the documentary’s only Hopkins connection. The film’s line producer, in charge of all the production’s day-to-day operations, was Dasha Snyder, daughter of Sol Snyder, formerly director of the Department of Neuroscience.

The 17-minute-long film was directed by Nathaniel Kahn, whose work includes My Architect, an Oscar-nominated, full-length documentary about his father, the architect Louis I. Kahn.

Hello, Charles County

This spring, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians will open a practice in Southern Maryland’s rapidly growing Charles County. Located on Route 301, between Waldorf and La Plata, it will be Community Physicians’ 16th practice. JHCP Charles County will provide primary care to area residents, including military retirees and family members of active duty military through the US Family Health Plan. Office medical director Craig Jeschke, who has practiced in Calvert County for a number of years, will be joined by Tanika Day, a graduate of Duke’s family practice residency program. JHCP Charles County expects to add two additional physicians and treat about 15,000 patients each year.

In Memoriam

Ranice Crosby, former director of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, died on Feb. 18. She was 91. The first woman to head a department at the School of Medicine, she served as director for 40 years until stepping down in 1983. She continued to teach in the department for 22 years.

 

 

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