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Deidra Crews Inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha
Deidra Crews, a nephrologist and epidemiologist, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the Johns Hopkins University 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 Johns Hopkins 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., an 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 Johns Hopkins 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 at the Johns Hopkins University School 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 Johns Hopkins University 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.