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Hopkins Medicine Winter 2013

Faculty, Fellows, House Staff

Date: February 1, 2013


Peter Dorsen (fellow, medicine, 1972–74), of Minneapolis, Minn., has published Crazy Doctor: Mixing Drugs and Mental Illness, a memoir that recounts his painful but successful struggle with bipolar disorder and simultaneous drug abuse through self-medication. He now is an addiction counselor, motivational speaker, and writer.

Jack Kushner (faculty, neurosurgery, 1973–81), of Annapolis, Md., has been invited by the American Biographical Institute and the International Biographical Centre to represent the United States at the World Forum Federation’s June 2013 gathering in Cambridge, Mass., on cultural and education awareness.

Richard Heuser (house staff, fellow, faculty, cardiology, 1976–82), of Phoenix, Ariz., has edited his fifth textbook, Mitral Valve Disease, Diagnosis, Treatment and Future Therapy. As with his previous books, he will donate all royalties to the Hopkins Hospital. Now chief of cardiology at St. Luke’s Medical Center and professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Heuser was the first to describe a catheter treatment for mitral valve leakage in the mid-1980s—before the catheter procedure now routinely used for mitral valve leaks. He also was the first to employ and describe the use of balloon angioplasty in cardiogenic shock. The hydrophilic or “water loving” wire that he co-developed is used in 20 percent of angioplasty procedures worldwide, and the covered stent he co-invented is used in every cath lab that performs angioplasty and stenting.

David Nichols (faculty, anesthesiology and critical care medicine; pediatrics, 1984–2012), of Chapel Hill, N.C., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s first vice dean for education, has become president and CEO of the American Board of Pediatrics.

James Vornov (HS, neurology, 1985–88; faculty, neurology and neuroscience, 1988–98) has rejoined the Hopkins neurology faculty as an adjunct assistant professor and has become senior vice president for clinical development and regulatory affairs for Cerecor, Inc., a Baltimore-based biopharmaceutical company founded by Hopkins faculty. Vornov, internationally known as a clinician-scientist and expert in drug development, will lead Cerecor’s clinical development strategy and program execution.

Lloyd Minor (faculty, otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, 1993–2009; university provost, 2009–2012) is the new dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he will lead more than 1,500 faculty and 1,000 medical students. 

Janine Austin Clayton (fellow, ophthalmology, 1993–94), has been appointed director of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), as well as associate director for NIH Research on Women’s Health. She had been acting director of ORWH since August 2011 and deputy director for three years. Prior to joining ORWH, Clayton was deputy clinical director of the NIH’s National Eye Institute.

Allison Fernandez (fellow and faculty, pediatric anesthesiology 2009–12) has joined the faculty at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. in the Division of Pediatric Anesthesia. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Society of Pediatric Anesthesia, and the Congenital Cardiac Anesthesiology Society.

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