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Extreme Medicine

Jerry Smilack has made it easy to find medicine’s record-breakers.

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Extreme Medicine

The Golden Touch

The Department of Medicine’s new executive vice chair is on a mission.

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The Golden Touch

Midlife (Specialty) Crisis

The road from ophthalmology to psychiatry—at age 57.

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Midlife (Specialty) Crisis

Biennial Meeting and Reunion Weekend 2015

During the 2015 Biennial Meeting and Reunion weekend, last June 4 to 7, the Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association and school of medicine welcomed more than 600 people to the East Baltimore campus. Attendees enjoyed a host of activities, including class dinners, campus tours and alumni presentations.

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Biennial Meeting and Reunion Weekend 2015

In Memoriam

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Vibrant Virologist

Internationally acclaimed for her pioneering research on cancer and the body’s immune response to HIV, Paula Pitha-Rowe (faculty, oncology, molecular biology, genetics, 1971–2013) was the first full-time scientist in the early Johns Hopkins cancer program that grew into today’s Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. She conducted groundbreaking studies of interferon, and in 1985, she became just the 13th woman to be appointed a full professor in the school of medicine’s history.
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History Maker

On Nov. 29, 1944, Merel H. Harmel ’43—just 11 months into his role as the first anesthesiology resident at Johns Hopkins—found himself on the cusp of surgical history.
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Pathology’s Heart and Soul

For generations of Johns Hopkins-trained pathologists, Risa B. Mann ’71 was the mentor who made them. Known for her diagnostic skill, engaging personal warmth, and devotion to the residents and fellows whose careers she guided, “Risa was the heart and soul of the department,” according to Ralph Hruban ’85, now the head of pathology. She not only advanced the professional development of her trainees, but was also instrumental in recruiting outstanding pathologists to Johns Hopkins
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