Alumni News No. 013 | January 2013| View this email in your browser.
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Make your New Year's Resolution to attend the 2013 Reunion Weekend and Biennial Meeting!

Every other year, thousands of alumni are invited to converge to the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus to rekindle friendships, reminisce, reflect and celebrate. The upcoming Reunion Weekend honors the graduating classes that end in 2, 3, 7 and 8, so whether you're a member of the Grand Classes (classes of 1961 and earlier), celebrating a 25th Reunion (classes of 1987 and 1988) or returning for your five-year reunion from the classes of 2007 and 2008, the weekend promises something for everyone.

In the coming weeks, you will begin to receive regular communication from us by both email and regular mail regarding your specific Reunion events. In the meantime, if you would like to see information about the hotel and preliminary schedule of events, please visit:


Funding Opportunities for SOM

There's a certain satisfaction in knowing that you can truly make a difference in the future of an institution that has made such a meaningful difference in your own life. A gift to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine reinforces your connection to your alma mater and supports its lasting commitment to education, collaborative research and patient care.

Listed below are some of the School of Medicine's top financial priorities related to research, including many of the collaborative efforts mentioned in the article about Landon King, M.D., the School’s new Executive Vice Dean and Vice Dean for Research. We also welcome the opportunity to talk with you further about your philanthropic support of any other areas that may be of special importance to you.

School of Medicine Annual Fund (unrestricted)
Johns Hopkins Simulation Center
Fund for Medical Discovery
Institute for Cell Engineering
McKusick-Nathans Institute for Genetic Medicine
Richard Starr Ross Fund for Physician Scientists
The Solomon H. Snyder Fund for M.D.-Ph.D. Education and Research Training

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Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association (JHM&SA)

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With the start of the new year, the Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association began its 2013 fundraising campaign. Thank you to everyone who has previously contributed. Your donation helps theStethoscope JHM&SA provide assistance to hundreds of scholars who benefit from programs like stethoscopes for all first-year medical students, funding for the Medical Student Senate and Graduate Student Association projects, and prizes for Young Investigator's Day. Learn more about the Association by visiting the JHM&SA website.

We hope to have your support in 2013!

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For more information about our team members, visit the Contact Us page to Meet the Staff.

School of Medicine

Landon King, M.D., named executive vice dean for the School of Medicine

Landon KingIn December, Dean/CEO Paul Rothman, M.D., announced that Landon S. King, M.D., has assumed additional duties as the School of Medicine's executive vice dean. Dr. King is currently the David Marine Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry, director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and vice dean for research.

Since becoming vice dean for research in September 2011, he has worked closely with leaders throughout the university to advance numerous aspects of basic and translational research at the School of Medicine. Among them is a collaborative effort to assess core resources and research infrastructure, while he is also overseeing research administration, policy coordination, and the identification and coordination of technology transfer opportunities.

As executive vice dean, he will assist Dean Rothman in overseeing operations and program development in the School of Medicine.

Dr. King received his medical degree in 1989 from Vanderbilt University and first came to Hopkins that year as an intern on 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, he was selected to be the Director of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

He was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2006 for work on aquaporin water channels. His work currently focuses on mechanisms regulating repair of lung injury.

Landon's wife, Kimberly Peairs, M.D., is a graduate of the School of Medicine, class of 1992.

Alumni Update

Catching up with Frank Mitchell, Med '55, the "godfather" of trauma services

Frank Mitchell, 82, is considered a pioneer in emergency medical services. Three years ago, the elite Level 1 trauma center at the University of Missouri was named after him - the Frank L. Mitchell Jr. MD Trauma Center.

His career began with the University of Missouri Hospital back in 1959 as a resident. In those days, before ambulances and trained paramedics, funeral home hearses doubled as transport for those who suffered heart attacks or were injured in falls or car crashes.

Excelsior Springs, Missouri native, Dr. Mitchell, earned his bachelor's degree and a two-year medical degree at MU before completing a four-year medical degree at Hopkins. While a resident at Vanderbilt University, he was drafted into the Army to serve as a trauma surgeon in Germany. By then, the Army was using medical evacuation helicopters.

With his new-found experience in emergency care, he enlisted the help of the MU College of Engineering, and together they rigged a vehicle into suitable transportation for patients. Next came the addition of trained medical staff and a radio communication system.

Establishment of a fleet of three Staff for Life helicopters is also part of his decades-long career at University Hospital.

In 1979, the American College of Surgeons started to focus on trauma, the leading cause of death for people younger than 45 then and now. Mitchell wrote the earliest guidelines for trauma center verification programs and later served as chairman of a verification committee.

Dr. Mitchell and his wife have three sons, one of whom is a physician, and nine grandchildren, including a grandson also working in trauma care, continuing a long family business.

Mitchell's father was a physician, and his grandfather was a doctor in rural Pennsylvania.

Mitchell's decades-long career changed emergency care in Columbia, but he's pragmatic about his work.

"You make a lot of friends. You make a lot of people happy. You do what's best for the patient, and if you do that, all will come out OK."

Student News

Third-year student, Atul Nakhasi, named national chair of the student section of the AMA

Atul NakhasiAtul Nakhasi was recently selected the new national chair of the student section of the American Medical Association, comprised of about 47,000 medical students. He is also one of the founders of the first student section of the AMA on the School of Medicine campus.

In his new role, he will be meeting with state legislators and members of Congress and lobbying actively in Washington, D.C., as a representative for the issues that affect medical students. Pressing concerns that he plans to address once in office include the rise of medical student debt, the stagnant number of residency positions, threats from impending funding cuts to Medicare and the lack of student activism in the AMA.

"Atul's leadership skills are built on a history of bringing people together," says Kevin Contrera, president of the AMA Medical Student Section at Johns Hopkins. "I expect Atul will work to unify the voices of our 47,000 members, so that our impact is one of value and purpose."

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