Date: January 4, 2013
New Executive Vice Dean
Landon King, M.D., has assumed additional duties as the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s executive vice dean. Currently, he is the David Marine Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry, director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and vice dean for research. As executive vice dean, King will assist the dean in overseeing operations and program development in the School of Medicine. King received his medical degree in 1989 from Vanderbilt University and did his internship at Hopkins in the Osler medical service. As a postdoctoral fellow and later, after joining the faculty as an assistant professor in 1997, he undertook important studies of water channels in the lung with 2003 Nobel Laureate Peter Agre. In 2005, King was selected to be the director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.
Quality Improvement Director
Richard Day has been named director of quality improvement at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. An aerospace engineer and space technology expert for more than 30 years, Day previously was space sector chief of mission assurance and deputy chief quality officer at Johns Hopkins’ Applied Physics Laboratory. Earlier, he served in the senior executive service at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Having long managed complex systems environments, he is an expert in project management, risk management, systems engineering and failure reviews.
Wesley Blakeslee, J.D., executive director of the Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer Office (JHTT), has been named Penn State University’s Outstanding Engineering Alumnus for 2013. Blakeslee joined Hopkins in 1999 as associate general counsel. Prior to his law career, he was an engineering manager at NASA.
Catherine DeAngelis, M.D., M.P.H., Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of Pediatrics and former editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association, has received a Special Recognition Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. It recognizes extraordinary achievements in academic medicine. DeAngelis was the founding director of Hopkins’ Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, as well as vice dean for academic affairs.
Sewon Kang, M.D., professor and director of the Department of Dermatology, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Association of Professors of Dermatology, the oldest national organization for education leaders in the field.
Michele Manahan, M.D., assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery, has been re-elected to a one-year term as vice speaker of the House of Delegates for The Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi). MedChi’s House of Delegates develops the association’s policies and procedures.
Edward McCarthy, M.D., professor of pathology and orthopaedic surgery, has received one of the world’s highest honors in bone pathology and radiology—an invitation to deliver the Founder’s Lecture at a meeting of the International Skeletal Society in Rome, Italy.
Atul Nakhasi, a second-year medical student, has been chosen to be the national chair of the 50,000-member Medical Student Section of the American Medical Association. In this position, Nakhasi serves as the spokesman for the AMA’s medical student members and is their representative to other segments of the AMA, as well as outside organizations.
Charles Rudin, M.D., Ph.D., professor, co-director of the Upper Aerodigestive Cancer Program, and associate director of clinical research at the Cancer Center, was honored last month at the Uniting Against Lung Cancer Foundation’s annual New York gala.
Cynthia Sears, M.D., professor of medicine and oncology, and Peter Searson, Ph.D., professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology, have received grants totaling more than $500,000 as inaugural recipients of funds from the National Cancer Institute’s “Provocative Questions” in-cancer-research project.
Stephen Sisson, M.D., professor and vice director for clinical affairs in the Department of Medicine, has been elected governor of the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Physicians, the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States.
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Stephen Milner, M.D., professor of plastic surgery and director of the Johns Hopkins Burn Center, has been honored by the James R. Jordan Foundation International for the medical care he provided to burn patients, as well as the instruction on burn treatment he gave to medical professionals in Kenya, Africa. In 2009, the foundation sought the assistance of Milner and other Hopkins Burn Center staff to aid the Kenyatta National Hospital in its care for dozens of people injured in a major explosion that left more than 100 dead. The foundation currently is building a new hospital in Kenya that will include a Stephen M. Milner Burn Centre.
All Children’s Hospital
Jenine Rabin has been appointed executive vice president of the All Children’s Hospital Foundation. Raised in the Tampa Bay area, Rabin has directed successful, national fundraising campaigns for the past nine years.
Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI)
David Abreu and Christina Hicks have been named co-directors of Global Services for Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean. Abreu spent the past year supporting the Trinidad and Tobago Health Sciences Initiative’s cardiology program and pursuing business leads in Brazil. Before joining JHI, he spent 16 years with Johnson & Johnson, providing technical support for medical devices and overseeing projects in Mexico, Latin America and the United Staes. Hicks has been with JHI since 2008 and previously served as senior associate, assistant director and operations manager in Global Services. Prior to joining JHI, she worked in international program management in a number of countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, Germany and Japan, obtaining operational experience in higher education, nonprofit programs, technology, construction and the federal government.
Three JHI affiliates, Clemenceau Medical Center in Lebanon, and two medical centers in the United Arab Emirates, Al Rahba Hospital and Tawam Hospital, have achieved Joint Commission International reaccreditation.