Media Relations Staff
Journalists should always work with the media relations team first to coordinate interviews. Each media relations specialist represents several departments or specialties of medicine and is available to respond to media inquiries or interview requests in a timely manner. If you are a journalist and unsure which specialty would be most appropriate for your request, please send an inquiry to JHMedia@jhmi.edu. Thank you.
- Media Relations Phone: 410-955-6681
- Media Relations Email: JHMedia@jhmi.edu
- After Hours & Holidays: 410-955-6070. Request that they page the on-call public affairs person.
Director, Media Relations and Public Affairs
cell : 410-935-4762
As the director of media relations and public affairs for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kim Hoppe, M.A. oversees strategic media interaction and integrated external institutional communications in addition to managing the media relations and public affairs team. She is responsible for increasing awareness for Johns Hopkins Medicine research, education, and patient care and developing a system-wide proactive media communication plan and implementing crisis communication management.
Prior to this position, Kim spent nine years as associate director of communications and public affairs for Johns Hopkins Children's Center, where she was managing the media relations, video production and special event coordination for the hospital. A journalist for nearly ten years, Kim was a senior news producer, medical news producer, and newsroom manager at the Baltimore CBS and ABC television affiliates and a coordinating producer at Maryland Public Television. Over the years, Kim has received several Tellys, a nomination for an Emmy and an award of merit from the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.
Kim earned her master of arts degree in communication from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration of study in corporate and non-profit communication. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Connecticut. She is a longstanding member of the Public Relations Society of America.
- Conflict of Interest
- Corporate Communications
- Crisis Communications
- Government Relations
- Health Care Policy
- Issues Management
- Legal Issues/Legal Liaison
- Managed Care
- Research Integrity
- Third Party Releases/Branding
Audrey M. Huang, M.A., Ph.D.
Director, Marketing and Communications for Research and Education
Audrey M. Huang, M.A., Ph.D.,is a science writer and molecular geneticist by training. She joined the media relations staff at Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2006.
Huang was a science writer and communications officer at the Genetics and Public Policy Center, part of the Berman Bioethics Institute at Hopkins, located in Washington, DC. As a freelance editor and writer, Huang has written for the National Institutes of Health, the Carnegie Institution of Washington, and the Ontario Genomics Institute. She holds a master’s degree in science writing from Johns Hopkins University where she currently teaches a graduate course in writing.
She has extensive research experience in developmental biology, molecular and cell biology and genetics, having studied the molecular mechanisms involved in muscle cell development at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and mammalian embryonic development at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. Huang studied chromosome structure in fruitflies and yeast during her postdoctoral training at the Carnegie Institution of Washington Department of Embryology. She holds a Ph.D. in genetics and a B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley.
- Animal Care and Use
- School of Medicine
- Allergy/Clinical Immunology/Asthma
- Anesthesiology/Critical Care
- Medicine/Pain Medicine
- Cardiology/Cardiac Surgery
- General Internal Medicine
- Neurology/ Neurosurgery
- Ophthalmology/Wilmer Eye Institute
- Orthopedic Surgery/Sports Medicine
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Plastic Surgery
- Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
- Spine Center
- Women’s Health
- Women’s Board
office: 410-637-6296 or 410-502-9406
Lisa Broadhead joined the Johns Hopkins Medicine Marketing and Communications team in May 2014 as a senior communications specialist. In her role, Broadhead writes for internal publications and manages media relations for patient safety and technology topics.
Broadhead first came to Johns Hopkins as a communications associate with the technology transfer office. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, she advised government agencies and startup companies on media relations, marketing and communication strategies.
An alumnus of Boston College, Broadhead obtained her bachelors in communications and psychology in 2005. She is pursuing her master’s degree in public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
- Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
- Business of Medicine
- Partnerships and Affiliations
- Tech Transfer/New Business Ventures
Alex Bowers works with Marketing and Communications and Nursing Administration on internal communications strategy, media relations and content creation to increase the reputation and practice of nursing at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Alex was previously the director of marketing and communications and the creative director for Take Shape for Life, a division of Medifast, where he wrote and managed corporate communications, developed brand and marketing strategies, coordinated print, video and digital materials and much more.
Prior to Take Shape for Life, Alex was the marketing and special projects manager at Hanley Wood Business Media where he oversaw the development of marketing materials and events for six magazine brands, including Architect and Architectural Lighting. Alex also served as the photography director for Stoeger Publishing and as a photography editor for U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of James Madison University, with a degree in fine arts.
Mark Guidera, an award-winning journalist as an editor and reporter, joined Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Marketing & Communications as a communications manager in June 2009.
Guidera, who worked as a senior editor and reporter at The Baltimore Sun and as a senior at The Tampa Tribune, has more than dozen journalism awards.
The honors include an Associated Press Mark Twain Award for Feature Reporting for a magazine story on burn victims and their recovery; a Maryland-D.C. Press Association Award for Public Service for stories which documented elder abuse in nursing homes; and the Florida Press Association Award for Investigative Reporting for his staff’s stories documenting mortgage fraud schemes. While at The Sun, Guidera covered a wide range of beats, including crime, courts, state and local government, and the healthcare and medical industries. He also served as a regional editor. At The Tampa Tribune, Guidera served as one of four senior editors responsible for overseeing and coordinating the newsroom staff’s daily and ongoing coverage for print news, television news, and online reporting.
At JHM, his responsibilities include providing media relations for the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response, which oversees crisis and disaster planning for the entire Johns Hopkins institutions, the Center for Medicine and Law and a number of other JHM-based centers.
He is a graduate of the University of Maryland.
- Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR)
- Emergency Medicine
- Hospital Epidemiology/Infectious Diseases
Helen Jones joined the Johns Hopkins Medicine Marketing and Communications team in January 2013. She is responsible for managing the distribution and tracking of all press releases, collecting and disseminating daily headlines and helping the team manage incoming media requests and all JHM media-related events.
Helen was previously employed at the Washington Post, where she edited opinion pieces, editorials and letters to the editor and helped keep track of daily readership trends on the Web. Before that, she worked as a copy editor and assigning editor for her hometown newspaper, the Baltimore Sun.
She received a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Towson University.
Cathy Kolf, Ph.D.
As a senior communications specialist for the media relations team, Cathy Kolf, Ph.D., is responsible for writing about basic science research and the activities of the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences.
She comes to us from the National Academy of Sciences where she most recently was a communications associate in the Policy and Global Affairs Division and previously worked in media relations at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences through the Mirzayan Science Policy Fellowship. Previous to that, she spent some time on the Hill and in the classroom as an adjunct professor.
She earned her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins doing research in the Cartilage Biology and Orthopedics Branch of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. She also holds a B.S. in biology and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.
Vanessa C. McMains, Ph.D.
Vanessa C. McMains, Ph.D. joined the media relations staff in June 2010 as a media relations representative and communications coordinator, and has since transitioned to a communications specialist position. Her background is in science writing and research.
Previously, she performed freelance writing and editing for the National Institutes of Health and The American Physiological Society. She was selected as an American Association for the Advancement in Science (AAAS) mass media fellow, which placed her at the Chicago Tribune reporting on science and medicine.
Vanessa's roots are in scientific research with specialties in cell and developmental biology. She studied a protein found in amoebas that is also linked to Alzheimer's disease when mutated in people. Also, she studied the fungus that caused the North American chestnut blight. She holds a Ph.D. in biology from a joint program between the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins University. She also holds a B.S. in biological sciences from the University of Maryland at College Park.
As a senior science communications and media relations specialist, Ekaterina is responsible for managing and implementing science communication and related media activities within the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center to promote the cornerstones of the institution’s tri-partite mission: research, teaching and patient care. Ekaterina works with news media to help them identify scientific news, trends and developments within the institution and highlight the work of the pediatrics faculty. She also oversees content and production for the Children’s Center’s annual Radiothon. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Ekaterina worked at the University of Missouri-Columbia as a research assistant and a health writer for a federal project designed to improve media coverage of arthritis and rheumatologic diseases. Prior to that, Ekaterina worked as a medical and general-assignment reporter for newspapers in St. Louis. Ekaterina has a master’s degree in Journalism with focus on Health Communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University. She is a 2003 recipient of the Missouri Press Association Award for News Reporting.
Leah Ramsay joined the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics in November 2011 as a science writer to manage communications and news media relations. She comes to Johns Hopkins from Washington, DC, where she worked in multimedia and nonprofit communications for more than a decade.
Most recently, Ramsay handled media and public relations for the advocacy organization DC Vote. Previously she worked on the other side of the media aisle, in documentary production for National Geographic, the Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Networks, and as a writer online for DC Style and Metromix.com.
A graduate of the Catholic University of America with a degree in Media Studies, Ramsay also worked with prominent independent filmmakers in Washington, helping to produce Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg with Aviva Kempner and interning with Charles Guggenheim on his final film, Berga: Soldiers of Another War. This independent film production experience included fundraising, skills she will use at the Berman Institute.
In addition, Ramsay will work with faculty members to share their research news internally and externally, as well as contribute to social media and Web-based communications.
Kimberly Simmons serves as the Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications for Johns Hopkins Medicine International. She joined the organization with more than a decade of experience in health care marketing and communications including having managed crisis communications and media relations for Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc. a nationwide healthcare staffing organization.
Prior to her time at Maxim, Kimberly was the media relations manager for Retirement Living TV, a cable network focused on the 50+ population. She started her career at MedStar Health, working in multiple roles including supporting media partnerships as the senior communication specialist for MedStar Health, Franklin Square Hospital Center.
Kimberly received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Senior Communications Specialist Patrick Smith joined the media relations team in March of 2013 after six years as communications director at the People’s Community Health Centers in Baltimore, a historic nonprofit clinic specializing in health care for the underserved.
Smith has spent 20-plus years as a writer and communications professional in the Baltimore-Washington region. A senior writer and communications director at United Way of Central Maryland and the Baltimore/D.C. American Red Cross, Smith also has served as a press aide and speechwriter to several elected officials.
A consultant to such clients as the National Governors Association, Porter Novelli, the U.S. Telecom Association and the National Association of Community Health Centers, Smith began his career as a newspaper reporter at the Dundalk Eagle. He holds a B.S. in English from Towson University.
- Complementary/Integrative Medicine
- Diversity Initiatives
- Community Health and Relations
- Labor Relations
Vanessa Wasta joined the Public Affairs Office for the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in September 1998. She holds a bachelor of science in biology and a master of business administration with a concentration in marketing. Previously, she worked in the Marketing and Public Relations Office for the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center.
As a communications manager, Shawna Williams oversees coverage of the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, the Institute for Cell Engineering, and the Institute of Genetic Medicine. She joined the media relations staff in November 2012.
Previously, Williams worked as a communications officer at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, at Johns Hopkins' Genetics & Public Policy Center, and at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research. She also served for a year as an instructor and journal editor at West China Hospital and West China School of Medicine, and later as a freelance science writer and medical editor.
Williams earned a B.A. in biochemistry from Colorado College and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.