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A Message From Theodore P. Abraham, M.D.,
Associate Dean for Research in the Capital Region
Howard County General Hospital is a unique regional hospital that boasts a vibrant and cutting-edge clinical research program in addition to its high-quality clinical care. Also as part of a larger Johns Hopkins system it offers new opportunities for expansion of the Johns Hopkins tripartite mission to the National Capital region. I am honored to be appointed the first Associate Dean for Research in the Capital Region.
As associate dean, my primary responsibility will be to facilitate clinical and translational research at Howard County General Hospital. I plan on creating a seamless and collaborative infrastructure that supports all avenues of research at Howard County General Hospital. Our research team will endeavor to sustain and grow the opportunities for research participation here. We seek to provide information and assistance to patients and their families wanting to know more about research. Similarly, our office will support physicians and all health providers in developing and conducting research. Specifically the Howard County General Hospital research office will provide assistance with research regulatory matters, provide space for research and coordinate research training.
I will be working closely with the Johns Hopkins research enterprise such as the Institutional Review Board, Clinical Research Network, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, and other Health System entities to both support investigators that are currently conducting research at these sites and support Hopkins investigators that may want to expand their research to Howard County General Hospital.
I believe that coordination of the abundant strengths within Johns Hopkins Medicine with streamlined research operations in the National Capital Region will bring new vigor to the overall clinical research mission of Johns Hopkins Medicine. I am excited to be part of this effort.
About Dr. Abraham
Dr. Abraham earned his medical degree from University of Bombay. He completed internal medicine residency at Wake Forest University, followed by a cardiovascular fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and an advanced fellowship in echocardiography and cardiac mechanics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was on faculty at the Mayo Clinic before coming to Johns Hopkins University in 2004 as the associate director of the Johns Hopkins Echocardiography Laboratory. He also started and currently directs the Johns Hopkins Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center of Excellence. In 2009, he was appointed vice chief of the Division of Cardiology.
The Abraham research laboratory is involved in translational and clinical research related to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and the use of novel cardiac mechanics imaging in various cardiac pathologies. Abraham currently serves on the national Board of Directors of the American Society of Echocardiography and on the editorial boards of four premier biomedical journals. He has published numerous research articles and book chapters, has mentored several postdoctoral fellows, and is the editor-in-chief of the Case-based Handbook of Echocardiography.