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Claire Snyder Promoted to Professor of Medicine
A celebration was held in the Welch Library on June 22 to mark the promotion of Claire Snyder, M.H.S., Ph.D., to professor of medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine. Snyder was recruited to Johns Hopkins in 2005. Since that time she has become an international leader in the quality of cancer care, including quality of life for cancer patients and coordination of care between primary care providers and cancer specialists.
Kevin Monk Ties for Third Place in Grad Student Poster Session
Kevin Monk, of the neuroscience program, tied for third place for posters presented by graduate students in their third year or greater at the Graduate Student Association Poster Session during GSA Week.
Bin Wu Named 2017 Pew scholar
Bin Wu, M. Phil., Ph.D., an assistant professor of biophysics and biophysical chemistry, is among 22 early-career researchers named by the Pew Charitable Trusts as 2017 Pew scholars in the biomedical sciences. Each scholar will receive four years of flexible funding to pursue foundational research. Wu says his lab will investigate the role that localized protein synthesis plays in the growth and connection of neurons — work that ultimately could lead to new interventions for conditions such as autism and Alzheimer’s disease, which are associated with a dysregulation of localized protein production.
Travis Babola Wins First Place Award in Grad Student Poster Session
Travis Babola, a neuroscience student, earned first place for posters presented by graduate students in their third year or greater at the Graduate Student Association Poster Session during GSA Week.
Ted DeWeese Named President-Elect of the American Society for Radiation Oncology
Theodore L. DeWeese, M.D., a vice president for Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Sidney Kimmel Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, has been named president-elect of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), a prestigious organization with more than 10,000 members who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. DeWeese treats men with prostate cancer and is a funded laboratory researcher. He also leads therapeutic and non-therapeutic clinical trials for men with prostate cancer. He is an advisory board member of several prominent cancer centers and the current chair of the ASTRO Science Council.
Suraj Kannan Takes Second Place in Grad Student Poster Presentation
Suraj Kannan, a biomedical engineering student, received second place for posters presented by first- and second-year graduate students at the Graduate Student Association Poster Session during GSA Week.
Andrew Feinberg Recognized with Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics
The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), a global, nonprofit organization serving molecular diagnostic professionals, has honored Andrew P. Feinberg, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Center for Epigenetics and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Whiting School of Engineering and Bloomberg School of Public Health, with its 2017 Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics for his seminal scientific discoveries and countless contributions to the field of epigenetics. The award will be presented Nov. 16 at AMP's annual meeting in Salt Lake City. Following the award presentation, Feinberg will deliver a lecture on the epigenetic basis of common human disease.
Michelle Levine Takes Second Place Award in Grad Student Poster Session
Michelle Levine, of the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Program, won second place for posters presented by graduate students in their third year or greater at the Graduate Student Association Poster Session during GSA Week.
Hao Zhang Receives $25,000 Funding Grant
Hao Zhang, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) to receive a 2017 AAPM Research Seed Funding Grant for his proposal titled “Ultra-Low-Dose Lung Nodule CT Surveillance Using Prior-Image-Based Reconstruction.” As the recipient of this award, he will receive a grant of $25,000 from the AAPM Education & Research Fund. The goal of the funding is to develop investigator-initiated concepts that could lead to successful longer-term project funding from the National Institutes of Health or equivalent funding sources.
Joelle Dorskind Named Program Representative of the Year
Joelle Dorskind, a member of the Cellular and Molecular Medicine Program, has been named Program Representative of the Year by the Graduate Student Association for her dedication to the GSA and the Cellular and Molecular Medicine program.
Joseph Sakran, a Rising Star
Joseph V. Sakran, M.D., director of Emergency General Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, has been named by Becker's Hospital Review as one of 60 Rising Stars in Healthcare 2017. All honorees are under the age of 40 and, according to Becker's, "have gone above and beyond to achieve greatness in the healthcare field at a young age."
Adler Archer Given Citizen of the Year Award
Adler Archer, a Ph.D. candidate in health sciences informatics, has been named the Graduate Student Association Executive Board’s choice for Citizen of the Year for his pioneering work in developing a Diversity Council at the School of Medicine.
Chin Siang Ong Takes First Place in Grad Student Poster Presentation
Chin Siang Ong, a member of the Cellular and Molecular Medicine Program, received first place for posters presented by first- and second-year graduate students at the Graduate Student Association Poster Session during GSA Week.
Carol Greider Receives Alma Dea Morani, M.D., Award
Nobel laureate Carol Greider, Ph.D., Daniel Nathans Professor and director, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, has received a 2017 Alma Dea Morani, M.D., Renaissance Woman Award from the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine (FHWIM). Greider, who won her Nobel Prize in 2009 for a groundbreaking discovery on what makes cells age, received the Morani award for making a significant mark on history and pivotally advancing the future, according to the FHWIM.
Elliot Haut Named to JAMA Surgery's Editorial Board
Elliott Haut, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of surgery, was appointed to the editorial board of JAMA Surgery, effective July 1.
Daniel Pham Receives Community Service of the Year Award
Daniel Pham, a Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience, has received the Community Service of the Year Award from the Graduate Student Association for his work on Project Bridge and Brain Fest.
Alex Mims Pike Named Student Group Leader of the Year
Alex Mims Pike, a member of the Cellular and Molecular Medicine Program, has been named Student Group Leader of the Year by the Graduate Student Association for her work in LIFE (Leadership Initiative for the Environment).
Daniel Hanley Receives Distinguished Investigator Award
Daniel Hanley Jr., M.D., professor of neurology, has received the 2018 ACCM Distinguished Investigator Award on behalf of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. This award is the organization’s highest recognition and is given to an individual whose scientific and educational contributions to the art and science of critical care demonstrates career commitment and excellence. Hanley investigates stroke and brain injury treatment.
David Levine Receives Award for Sponsoring Women Faculty and Fellows
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, has received the Third Annual Sponsorship Award from the Department of Medicine's Task Force on Women’s Academic Careers in Medicine. The award honors Levine's commitment to supporting and advancing women faculty and fellows by acting as a sponsor. A sponsor, according to the task force, is a person in a leadership position who actively supports the career advancement of a more junior faculty member or trainee in whom they see career and leadership potential.
Robert Wood Leads Research Group Getting $42 Million from NIH
The National Institutes of Health plans to award $42.7 million over seven years to the Consortium of Food Allergy Research (CoFAR), led by Robert Wood, M.D., a professor of pediatrics and an internationally recognized expert on food allergy and childhood asthma. The award will allow CoFar to continue evaluating new approaches to treat food allergy. The first year of funding has already been made.
Daniel Chan Named Principal Investigator for Proteome Center
Daniel W. Chan, Ph.D., professor of pathology, oncology, radiology and urology and director of the Center for Biomarker Discovery and Translation, has been named contact principal investigator of the recently launched Proteome Characterization Center at Johns Hopkins. The center is sponsored by the Office of Cancer Clinical Proteomics Research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The goal of the center is to improve the understanding of cancer by evaluating the protein and genetic data within patients' tumor samples. The center is part of the NCI’s Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium.
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 Johns 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.