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Hopkins Medicine Magazine Fall 2013

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Date: October 1, 2013


Hugh Calkins, professor of cardiology and of medicine, has been elected president of the Heart Rhythm Society, an international organization of more than 5,800 specialists in heart rhythm disorders from 72 countries. 

Janice Clements, vice dean for faculty and professor of comparative medicine, neurology, pathology, and molecular biology and genetics, has been appointed to the Council of Councils for the National Institutes of Health.

Col. James Ficke has been named the new director of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and orthopedist-in-chief of Hopkins Hospital, effective in September. Ficke was formerly chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the San Antonio Military Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in Texas.

Julie Freischlag, professor and director of the Department of Surgery, has been elected the first female president of the Society of Vascular Surgery; and Bruce Perler, professor and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, was elected vice president of the society.

Adil Haider, associate professor of surgery, and of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, and co-director of the Center for Surgery Trials and Outcomes Research, has been named to the Society for Black Academic Surgeons.

Peter McDonnell, professor and director of the Wilmer Eye Institute, has been elected president of the boards of directors of the NAEVR/AEVR (the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research and the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research). The groups’ primary purpose is to educate Congress and the public about the value of eye and vision research.

Stephen Meltzer, professor of medicine and oncology and director of the Early Detection Biomarkers Laboratory in the Division of Gastroenterology, has won the 2013 American Cancer Society’s Clinical Research Professor Award, which will provide $80,000 annually for five years to support his research program. 

Jeremy Nathans, professor of molecular biology and genetics, has received the 2013 Arthur Kornberg/Paul Berg Award for Lifetime Achievement in Biomedical Science from the Stanford University Medical Alumni Association. Nathans has also been named a Gilman Scholar—a distinction recognizing the best of the best at Johns Hopkins University.

Jeffrey Palmer, professor and director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has been named editor-in-chief of the new, online-only journal Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports. 

Peter Pronovost, professor of surgery, and of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, and director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, has been named a Gilman Scholar, a distinction recognizing the best of the best at Johns Hopkins University.

Peter Rabins, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and co-director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, has received the American Psychiatric Association’s 2013 Jack Weinberg Memorial Award for Geriatric Psychiatry.

Geraldine Seydoux, professor of molecular biology and genetics, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Seydoux, a 2001 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award, is renowned for her research into the complex development of an embryo to adulthood, based on her studies of this process in the roundworm C. elegans.

Patricia Thomas, professor of medicine, associate dean for curriculum, and associate director of the Osler Housestaff training program, and April Fitzgerald, instructor of medicine, have been honored by the Society of General Internal Medicine. Thomas received the 2013 Career Achievement in Medical Education Award and Fitzgerald won the Association of Chiefs and Leaders in General Internal Medicine’s leadership award.

Dean F. Wong, professor of radiology, psychiatry, neuroscience, environmental health sciences, and business, has received the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2013 Paul C. Aebersold Award for his three decades of contributions to the application of basic science to nuclear medicine. 

Jonathan Zenilman, professor of medicine, and of obstetrics and gynecology and chief of the Infectious Diseases Division, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Career Award from the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association.

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