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Hopkins Medicine Spring/Summer 2013

Class Notes

Date: June 7, 2013



Elspeth Monro Reagan, of Richmond Hill, N.Y., still practices three days a week in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic at Lincoln Medical Mental Health Center in the South Bronx.


Richard L. Clark, of Chapel Hill, N.C., was selected by the Society of Abdominal Radiology as the 2013 Howard M. Pollack Gold Medalist. He was honored during the inaugural meeting of the society in February in Maui, Hawaii.


Erik L. Hewlett, of Charlottesville, Va., recently received the Outstanding Faculty Award, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s highest honor for faculty at the state’s public and private colleges and universities. He is a professor of medicine, infectious diseases, and international health at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine. 


Irving Jacoby, of San Diego, Calif., led the 46-member CA-4 disaster medical assistance team to New York City last fall following Hurricane Sandy.


Bert Vogelstein, of Baltimore, was awarded an inaugural $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences in recognition of his landmark work in cancer genomics and tumor suppressor genes. Vogelstein is co-director of the cancer research Ludwig Center at Johns Hopkins and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.


Charles “Chad” G. Helmick, of Atlanta, Ga., received the 2012 Award for Public Leadership in Rheumatology from the American College of Rheumatology. A physician epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Helmick was honored for his extraordinary contributions in advancing issues that affect the rheumatology community and increasing public understanding and awareness of them. 


Marcia S. Harrison-Thornton, of Annapolis, Md., recently became a certified practitioner of Healing Touch, an energy therapy that uses gentle hand techniques to re-pattern a patient’s energy field and accelerate healing.


Leslie Mukau, of San Diego, Calif., has been elected chief of staff for El Centro Regional Medical Center. Mukau also serves as a board member of the California chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and chairs the state chapter of the Firearm Violence Task Force.

I. Steven Udvarhelyi, of Malvern, Pa., is executive vice president of health services and chief strategy officer at Independence Cross, where he recently assumed new leadership of strategy and innovation, business development, and corporate and association affairs. He maintains his existing leadership of clinical services, contracting and provider networks, and informatics.


David P. Carbone, of Franklin, Tenn., received an award last fall from Uniting Against Lung Cancer (UALC) in honor of his leadership in lung cancer research. He received the accolade at the UALC “Strolling Supper with Blues and News” gala in New York City. 


Kevin B. Johnson, of Brentwood, Tenn., has been named the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine in Nashville, where he heads the Department of Biomedical Informatics and also is a professor of pediatrics.


Brian S. Sucharetza, of Granger, Ind., retired from clinical practice last September 1. He now is an adjuvant associate clinical professor of nephrology at Indiana University South Bend.


Howard R. Epps, of Houston, Texas, has been appointed assistant chief of orthopedic surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital.


Josef Coresh, of Baltimore, has been named the inaugural recipient of the George W. Comstock Professorship in Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Katrina A. Armstrong is the first woman to lead the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She became the physician-in-chief on April 15.


Thomas F. Burke, of Havre De Grace, Md., has been appointed medical director of Quality Diagnostics Sleep Lab, located in Bel Air, Md.

Karen M. Horton, of Baltimore, has been appointed the inaugural vice chair of radiology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. 


Nestor F. Esnaola, of Philadelphia, Pa., has been appointed professor of surgery and vice chair of clinical and academic affairs for the Department of Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine. He is also section chief of surgical oncology.


David A. Schulman, of Atlanta, Ga., received the 2013 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. This honor is awarded to 10 program directors around the country each year. Schulman is an associate professor of medicine at Emory University, where he directs the training program for fellows in pulmonary and critical care medicine.


Tamara N. Elias, of Larchmont, N.Y., recently was promoted to partner at Essex Woodlands, a healthcare-only growth equity investment firm. She has been with the company’s New York office since 2007.


Megan E. (Bluhm) Foldenauer, of Ypsilanti, Mich., an Art as Applied to Medicine graduate, successfully defended her thesis last December and has received a PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.

Jeffrey A. Gusenoff, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is now an associate professor of plastic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and co-director of both the Life After Weight Loss Program and Body Changers.

Christina M. Vassileva, of Springfield, Ill., received the 2013 Sangamon County Medical Innovation Award for her studies of ischemic mitral valve surgery. Vassileva is an assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the Southern Illinois School of Medicine, where she specializes in minimally invasive valve surgery, including mitral valve repair. 


Rupa Mukherjee, of Boston, Mass., has been named a specialist in celiac disease in the division of gastroenterology at the city’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which is an affiliate of the Harvard Medical School, where Mukherjee is an instructor in medicine.

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