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Judith Goldstein Chosen as Humanitarian of the Year by Lions District
Judith Goldstein, O.D., associate professor of ophthalmology and rehabilitative medicine and chief of the Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation Service at the Wilmer Eye Institute, was awarded the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award by the Lions Multiple District 22-C. The award acknowledges Goldstein’s landmark research in vision rehabilitation and her commitment to extending low vision services to a population in need. Through her program-building efforts, she helped establish the Lions Low Vision and Visual Rehabilitation Service at Wilmer as the highest volume low vision center in the United States. She also developed the Johns Hopkins Lions Fellowship Training Program, the first accredited fellowship in low vision for optometrists and ophthalmologists in the country.
Paul Fuchs Selected to Head Auditory System Study Section, Center for Scientific Review
Paul Fuchs, Ph.D., a professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, will serve as chairperson of the National Institutes of Health's Auditory System Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, for the term beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2019. Membership on a study section represents an opportunity for participants to contribute to the national biomedical research effort. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. Service on a study section also requires mature judgment and objectivity as well as the ability to work effectively in a group. The skill and leadership offered by the chairperson determine to a significant extent the effectiveness and efficiency of the review group.
Rab Razzak Wins Educational Program Award
Rab Razzak, M.B.B.S., M.D., an assistant professor of medicine and director of Outpatient Palliative Medicine, has received an Educational Program Award for the Osler Wellness Program from the School of Medicine's Institute for Excellence in Education. The award recognizes a noteworthy medical or biomedical teaching program that has been implemented for five years or less. Such a program is generally developed and supported by a team of three or more faculty educators, learners and staff, not a sole individual. Programs are judged on their impact on learners, including learner satisfaction, educational outcomes attained and scholarship and recognition.
Neurosurgery Resident Bowen Jiang Awarded Fellowship
Bowen Jiang, M.D., a neurosurgery resident, has been awarded an Integra Foundation Socioeconomic Fellowship sponsored by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS). The fellowship consists of a one-year period in which Jing will be involved in all aspects of the CSNS. The CSNS is a representative, deliberative and collaborative organization of neurosurgeons in training and practice. Its mission includes influencing and affecting the socioeconomic policy of organized neurosurgery for the benefit of neurosurgical patients and the neurosurgery profession and serving as a resource for socioeconomic knowledge and education for neurosurgical colleagues, regulatory and health care officials as well as legislative representatives.
Heather Sateia Earns Lisa J. Heiser Award
Heather Sateia, M.D., associate professor of medicine, has received the Lisa J. Heiser Award for Junior Faculty Contribution in Education by the School of Medicine's Institute for Excellence in Education. The annual award, which accepts only peer nominations, is given to one junior faculty member — on faculty for five years or less — who has made an outstanding contribution in medical/biomedical education and shown great promise for future meaningful contributions.
Leonard Feldman Wins Educational Scholarship Award
Leonard Feldman, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Medicine-Pediatrics Urban Health Residency Program, has received an Educational Scholarship Award from the School of Medicine's Institute for Excellence in Education. The award is designed primarily for a faculty member who has a notable body of educational scholarship work, which can include publications, workshops, other dissemination and contributions to other institutions.
Gordon Tomaselli named editor of Journal of Clinical Investigation
Gordon Tomaselli, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiology, was named the next editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Investigation at the American Society for Clinical Investigation/Association of American Physicians' joint meeting in Chicago in April. Tomaselli will serve a five-year term with an editorial board of peer scientists based at Johns Hopkins.
For Carol Greider, an Outstanding Investigator Award
Carol Greider, Ph.D., Daniel Nathans Professor and Director, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and professor of molecular biology and genetics, has received an Outstanding Investigator Award (OIA) from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The award was established in 2015 for principal investigators who have achieved significant research accomplishments. It provides funding of up to $600,000 in direct costs per year for seven years, allowing the awarded investigators to continue or begin projects of unusual potential in cancer research. Greider, a Nobel laureate, directs a group of scientists studying both the role of short telomeres in age-related disease and cancer as well as the regulatory mechanism that maintain telomere length.
Kofi Boahene Receives the Maureen Hannley Award for Alternative Science Research
Kofi Boahene, M.D., associate professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, was given the award by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery for his "Triological Thesis: Free Functional Transfer of the Omohyoid Muscle Tendon Unit: Flap Dissection, Biomechanical Modeling, Excursion and Potential Application in Facial Paralysis."
Jennifer Elisseeff joins TEDCO board of directors
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed Jennifer Elisseeff, Ph.D., professor of biomedical engineering, to the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) board of directors. Elisseeff is also the director of the Translational Tissue Engineering Center at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. She is the co-founder of Cartilix Inc., a startup that translated adhesive and biomaterial technologies for treating orthopedic disease and which was acquired by Biomet Inc., and Aegeris Soft Tissue, which focuses on soft tissue regeneration and wound healing.
David Levine Receives Award for Lifetime Achievement in Medical and Biomedical Education
The School of Medicine's Institute for Excellence in Education has bestowed its highest honor —- the Martin D. Abeloff Award for Lifetime Achievement in Medical and Biomedical Education —- on David Levine, M.D., M.P.H., a professor of medicine in the General Internal Medicine division, and director, Office of Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs, Department of Medicine. He studies community-based prevention of cardiovascular disease and behavioral aspects of prevention.
Deidra Crews Inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha
Deidra Crews, a nephrologist and epidemiologist, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the School of Medicine and associate vice chair for Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Medicine, was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society at the School of Medicine's Institute for Excellence in Education conference in March. Election to Alpha Omega Alpha is an honor signifying a physician's lasting commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism and service.
Ronald L. Sherman Appointed as Full-Time Faculty
Ronald L. Sherman, D.P.M., has joined Johns Hopkins Medicine as a full-time faculty member in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy. A diabetic podiatric surgeon, Sherman focuses on managing the podiatric needs of diabetic patients in the Department of Medicine’s diabetes center and in the Heart & Vascular Institute’s Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot and Wound Center at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. Sherman received his doctor of podiatric medicine degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1982 and earned his master’s degree in business administration with honors, specializing in health care management, from the University of Baltimore in 2000. He is board-certified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and board-certified in wound care by the Council for Medical Education and Testing.
Ho Lam Tang Wins Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award
Ho Lam Tang, Ph.D., who was recently appointed an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the School of Medicine (effective August), is one of 12 winners of the Hartwell Foundation’s 2016 Individual Biomedical Research Award competition. The awards, which fund early-stage, innovative and cutting-edge biomedical research to benefit children, provide research support for three years at $100,000 per year. Tang received his award for his work in "Inhibiting Anastasis in Cancer: Overcoming Reversal in the Cell Death Process to Prevent Recurrence." Tang is currently a research associate, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Samuel M. Alaish Wins Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards
Samuel M. Alaish, M.D., associate professor of pediatric surgery, Department of Surgery, surgical director of the Center for Intestinal Rehabilitation and Cure Using Science at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and director of Fellowship, Pediatric Surgery, is one of the 12 winners of the Hartwell Foundation’s 2016 Individual Biomedical Research Award competition. The awards, which fund early-stage, innovative and cutting-edge biomedical research to benefit children, provide research support for three years at $100,000 per year. Alaish received his award for his work in “Partitioned Stent to Overcome Infections and Feeding Intolerance in Short Bowel Syndrome.”
Jill A. Fahrner Wins Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award
Jill A. Fahrner, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics within the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, is one of 12 winners of the Hartwell Foundation’s 2016 Individual Biomedical Research Award competition. The awards, which fund early-stage, innovative and cutting-edge biomedical research to benefit children, provide research support for three years at $100,000 per year. Fahrner received her award for her work in “Altering Epigenetics to Treat Growth Abnormalities.”
Jonathan A. Forsberg to Receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor
Jonathan A. Forsberg, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of surgery at John Hopkins University and a professor in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences-Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Department of Surgery, has been selected to receive the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Forsberg, who is also a Navy captain, was among 100 individuals chosen from throughout business, government, medicine, art and education, as well as honorees from all branches of the military, whose accomplishments in their fields and service to the nation are “a cause for celebration,” according to the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), which sponsors the Medal of Honor.
Elizabeth M. Jaffee to Head Cancer Association
Elizabeth M. Jaffee, M.D., deputy director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and leader of the Stand Up to Cancer-Lustgarten Foundation Dream Team, has been named president-elect of the American Association for Cancer Research. Jaffee, a professor of oncology at the School of Medicine, is an international leader in the development of immune-based therapies for pancreatic and breast cancers.
Alan Cohen’s Newest Textbook Wins First Place Award
Pediatric Neurosurgery: Tricks of the Trade (Thieme, 2016) has won first prize in the Prose Awards given by the Association of American Publishers. The award honors professional and scholarly excellence in the category of textbook in clinical medicine. The book previously won first prize in the British Medical Association Book Awards in the category of specialty books. Alan Cohen, M.D., is director of the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, professor of neurosurgery, and the Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D., and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N., Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Reza Sedighi Manesh Receives Jeremiah A. Barondess Fellowship
Reza Manesh, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, has received the 2017–19 Jeremiah A. Barondess Fellowship in Clinical Transaction, given by the New York Academy of Medicine, in collaboration with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Manesh received the award on March 10 at the 2017 ACGME Annual Educational Conference in Orlando, Florida. The two-year, $50,000 fellowship will support his study of the use of the Human Diagnosis Project as a scalable and objective measure of clinical reasoning.
Jennifer Lawton Named New Cardiac Surgery Chief
Jennifer Lawton, M.D., has been named the new head of the Johns Hopkins Division of Cardiac Surgery, becoming the first woman to hold the job. Lawton, who specializes in adult cardiac surgery, previously was associate chief of the division. She also is director of the Cardiac Surgery Research Laboratory and director of the cardiothoracic fellowship training program.
Daniel O’Connor Wins Presidential Early Career Award
Daniel O’Connor, Ph.D., assistant professor of neuroscience at the School of Medicine, is among 102 winners of Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. O’Connor’s research focuses on neural circuits for sensory perception. His lab is working to reveal the neural circuit foundations of touch perception, and to provide a framework to understand how circuit dysfunction causes mental and behavioral aspects of neuropsychiatric illness.