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April 2012


Date: April 11, 2012

U.S. News Ranked

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has returned to the number two spot on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the nation’s top medical schools, second only to Harvard. Hopkins was ranked number two for 13 years—from 1991 to 2004—when it was bumped to number three by Washington University in St. Louis. In 2005, it regained the number two ranking and kept it until 2010, when it was rated third behind Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania. In the latest rankings, Hopkins and Penn are tied for number two.

Leadership Award

Francis Burch Jr., chairman of the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine and global co-chairman of DLA Piper, a Baltimore-based, international law firm, has received Maryland’s 2012 Governor’s International Leadership Award. Burch was honored for his achievements in the worldwide legal field, as well as his many professional and civic contributions in Maryland and abroad. 

East Baltimore

Lawrence Appel, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, has received the 2012 National Award for Career Achievement and Contribution to Clinical and Translational Science, awarded jointly by the American Federation for Medical Research, the Association for Clinical Research Training, the Association for Patient Oriented Research, and the Society for Clinical and Translational Science.

John Bartlett, M.D., professor and former chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, has received the first Super Hero Award from AIDS Action Baltimore, the oldest HIV service organization in Maryland.

Frederick Brancati, M.D., M.H.S., professor of medicine and epidemiology and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, has been named Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine by the university’s board of trustees. 

Junjie Guo, Ph.D., neuroscience, and now a postdoctoral researcher in the Institute of Cell Engineering, and Christopher Shoemaker, Ph.D., molecular biology and genetics, now at Harvard, are among just 13 graduate students throughout North America to receive a 2012 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award from the Basic Science Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Pamela Lipsett, M.D., M.H.P.E., professor of surgery, has been given the 2012 Woman in Science Award from the American Medical Women’s Association. The award is bestowed on a woman physician who has made exceptional contributions to medical science, especially in women’s health. Lipsett is the immediate past president of the 15,000-member Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Surgical Infection Society.

Atul Nakhasi, a second-year medical student, has received an American Medical Association Foundation 2012 Leadership Award. Nakhasi was among 30 medical students recognized for outstanding, nonclinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service and education. Nakhasi’s accomplishments include work for Washington, D.C. organizations analyzing the potential impact of the new health care reform law, as well as co-founding an innovative social health network that was praised by former President Bill Clinton as a key idea for battling obesity and improving health nationwide.

Patrick Walsh, M.D., Distinguished Service Professor of Urology and former director of the Brady Urological Institute, has been named the 2012 recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Francis Amory Prize.

Crystal Watkins, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has been named one of 2012’s Top 100 Women in Maryland by The Daily Record, the Baltimore-based legal and business newspaper.

Levi Watkins, M.D., associate dean for postdoctoral affairs and professor of cardiac surgery, has received the inaugural Watkins-Saunders Award from the Baltimore chapter of the American Heart Association. The award, named for Watkins and the award’s co-recipient, Elijah Saunders, M.D., of the University of Maryland, honors their pioneering excellence in cardiovascular care.

Watkins also recently received a Trumpet Award for medicine, bestowed by the Atlanta, Ga.-based Trumpet Foundation. The award recognizes the achievements of Americans in various fields who have inspired success in others.

The Johns Hopkins Health System

Susan Franklin, M.S.N., has been promoted to senior director of the Johns Hopkins Health System’s Office of Accreditation and Certification. Franklin had been director of regulatory affairs for The Johns Hopkins Hospital since 2006. 

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Bruce Leff, M.D., professor and medical director of the Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE) has been named chair of the American College of Physicians’ Council of Subspecialty Societies and a member of its  board of regents.

Danielle Wharton, M.H.S.A., N.H.A., has been promoted to senior director of support operations for the medical center. Previously, Wharton was director of support services, and prior to that she was assistant administrator and director of operations in the Johns Hopkins Bayview Care Center.

Howard County General Hospital

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center and its director, Leslie Rogers, M.S.W., L.C.S.W-C, O.S.W-C, have been honored by Home Instead Senior Care Inc. for providing outstanding service to Howard County seniors. The center received a $1,000 donation from the company, and Rogers, a social worker in clinical oncology, received an award plaque.

Johns Hopkins Medicine International

Lawrence Patrick, M.H.A., has been named CEO of Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre. For more than a decade, Patrick has led Hopkins subsidiaries and affiliates in the Asia Pacific region and the Middle East. Patrick succeeds Alex Chang, M.D., the CEO and medical director for the past nine years, who will  serve as executive medical director.

Suburban Hospital

The Breast Center has been granted a full three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons, for providing  the highest level of breast care.

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