The next networking event will take place in the spring! If you’re a local alum and you’d like to participate, please e-mail us at JHMalumni@jhmi.edu. Continue to check our website for event updates!
Select on the links below to view brief biographies from the alumni who participated in the December 7 Career Networking Event.
- Alexis Carras, M.D.
- Lori Garcia, M.D.
- Iredell Iglehart, M.D.
- Peter C. Innis, M.D.
- Neal Naff, M.D.
- Stuart Selonick, M.D.
- Michele Shermak, M.D.
- Christoper Shih, M.D.
- Thomas Smyth, M.D.
- Lee Snyder, M.D.
- John Thompson, M.D.
- Barry Waldman, M.D.
After graduating from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1993, Dr. Carras went to Strong Memorial hospital/University of Rochester to begin general surgery, planning to do a fellowship in plastics. After two clinical years, he did two years in the lab where he published five articles and did a few presentations of research.
After his first child, he realized the long hours of surgery did not suit him, so he returned to Johns Hopkins for his residency in anesthesiology. Since then, he has been in a great private practice group.
Dr. Carras does additional work as a consultant expert witness in legal cases and is secretary/treasurer of the Maryland Society of Anesthesiologists – the state branch of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. His two children are 14 and 16 years old, and his wife is pursuing a Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. H also recently decided to pursue a master of liberal arts degree at Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Garcia received her bachelor’s of science degree in chemistry from the University of Maryland at College Park before pursuing her medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pa. She went on to be a member of the house staff at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media, Pa., from 1997 to 2005.
Dr. Garcia started working in private practice in 1999. She has worked in various settings as a private practitioner. Since 2008, she has been an attending physician at the St. Agnes Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department in Baltimore. Dr. Garcia is also a member of the American Board of Pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
A French literature major at Princeton, Dr. Iglehart entered Johns Hopkins Med School in the fall of 1979, and 32 years later he is still in Baltimore! Four years of Med School fed into three years of medical residency and then a two year fellowship in rheumatology — all at Johns Hopkins. All the while, Dr. Iglehart knew he wanted to serve in primary care as an internist, but rheumatology proved to be a subspecialty in which he could stay current, and give back to Johns Hopkins by continuing to mentor the fellows as an Instructor and more recently an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Part-Time.
He married his college sweetheart, who became a Johns Hopkins PICU nurse, and with the first of their two children newly born, Dr. Iglehart entered private internal medicine practice sharing an office with an established older internist, who proved to be an excellent role model with a warm bedside manner and a marvelous sense of humor. Two different people at Johns Hopkins had advised him “when you set up your office, you need to have at least three examining rooms, so you can see as many patients as you can to make ends meet.” Instead, he has one exam room, no nurse (he even draws blood and does EKG’s) and sees one patient at a time, 99 percent on time due to efficient scheduling by his sharp secretary of 22 years. Dr. Iglehart practices slow, “inefficient” medicine, spending more time with fewer patients. He returns phone calls promptly and still makes house calls (over 100 per year) and still follows his patients in the hospital (GBMC), at a time when most internists shun hospitals and use “hospitalists” to care for their patients. He relishes the intimate, hands-on, long-term care of patients that internal medicine encourages.
While demanding, an internist’s hours are flexible enough that one can find time to spend quality time with family, whether at the dinner table, sports events, school plays; serving as one’s own boss, a solo practitioner has ultimate control over his or her daily schedule.
Above all, patients truly cherish their internist as the conductor of the increasingly complicated orchestra that is the American medical system.
Peter C. Innis, is President of Greater Chesapeake Hand Specialists, as well as a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Hand Surgeon. He performed his General Surgery Internship and Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a Hand and Microvascular Fellowship at The Raymond M. Curtis National Hand Center.
Dr. Innis is the author of several book chapters about hand surgery and numerous research articles that are published in peer-reviewed journals. He is a sought after national presenter.
Dr. Innis is a member of many professional societies, including the Maryland Orthopaedic Association where he formerly served as President and Vice President, Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Society, Baltimore County Medical Society, American Association of Hand Surgery, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, New Millennium Hand Club, and Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland.
Dr. Neal Naff is a board certified neurosurgeon and has been in practice since 1998. He founded Chesapeake Neurosurgery LLC in July 2004. The practice’s philosophy is to reserve surgical treatment as a last resort after thorough consideration of all appropriate non-surgical treatments.
Dr. Naff is Chief of Neurosurgery at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and St. Joseph Medical Center and serves as Director of Clinical Neuroscience Education at Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Neurosurgery. He is the surgical director of the CyberKnife Radiosurgery Center at Sinai Hospital. In 2001, he was awarded the faculty teaching award by the resident neurosurgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital “In Recognition of Excellence in Teaching and Commitment to Resident Education” and in 2011 was awarded the Neurosurgery Chairman’s “Award of Excellence in Teaching”. Based on a surgery of Baltimore area physicians, Dr. Naff was named “Top Doctor” by Baltimore Magazine in the field of neurosurgery for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. In July 2011, Dr. Naff was listed in U.S. News Tops Doctors and singled out as “among the top 1% in the nation in his or her specialty”.
He has authored over 50 peer reviewed articles, book chapters and abstracts. Dr. Naff has active clinical and research interests in the treatment of complex spinal problems, brain and spinal tumors, brain hemorrhages, cerebral aneurysms, radiosurgery, Chiari malformations, adult hydrocephalus (NPH), spinal stimulation, spasticity and peripheral nerve disorders. He has been awarded nine federally funded and peer-reviewed research grants for his clinical and research work. He lectures locally and nationally on brain, spine and peripheral nerve disorders.
Dr. Selonick is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended Williams College and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He served as intern, Assistant Resident and Senior Resident on the Medical Service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital before becoming a Clinical Associate at the National Cancer Institute. He returned to Johns Hopkins as Medical Chief Resident and joined the faculty, where he holds a joint appointment in Medicine and Oncology and is still active in teaching clinical medicine to medical students and house staff. He joined Annapolis Oncology Center in 1983. Dr. Selonick is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology.
Dr. Selonick resides with his wife, Martha, in Crownsville and has three grown children. He is an avid tennis and squash player and plays classical guitar. He is also the proud father of Helen Prevas, Hopkins Med ’12.
A native of Baltimore, Dr. Michele Shermak was the first to finish a combined residency program in general and plastic surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and an active member in the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Dr. Shermak represents the American Board of Plastic Surgery, examining candidates for board certification.
Dr. Shermak has become nationally known for her work with breast and body lifting procedures and work with post-pregnancy and massive weight loss patients. She presents at national and international meetings and has authored many publications in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery, defining her as a leader in the plastic surgery world. This year marked the culmination of all of this work with the launch of Dr. Shermak's surgical atlas focusing on breast and body contouring surgery, published by McGraw Hill in New York.
After a tenure of 22 years at Johns Hopkins since beginning medical school, Dr. Shermak transitioned into private practice in Lutherville, Md. She remains on part-time faculty and maintains her academic affiliation with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to continue on with her interests in teaching and research.
A graduate of Harvard University and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Christopher Shih, M.D., brings a broad range of skills and experience to his medical practice. He values not only a rigorous academic approach to curing disease but also a caring and compassionate method of patient interaction - a disposition which has earned him top ratings by his patients.
An active member of the medical community, Dr. Shih has authored and co-authored several scientific publications and is involved with many community and charitable organizations. He lives in Ellicott City, Md., with his three daughters and his wife, who is a professional violinist on faculty at the Peabody Preparatory Institute in Baltimore. Dr. Shih is also an accomplished pianist. His musical website can be viewed at www.christophershih.com.
Following his training, Dr. Smyth returned to Baltimore in 1992 to join his father, J. Walter Smyth, M.D., in private practice.
Certified by the American Board of Urology, Dr. Smyth was one of the original proponents of the use of robotics for the surgical removal of the prostate gland for prostate cancer. He continues to have a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer and prostate diseases.
After graduating with an undergraduate degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Lee Snyder moved to Baltimore to attend the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She remained at Hopkins for a residency in ophthalmology and a fellowship in cornea and external disease at the Wilmer Eye Institute. Dr. Snyder currently practices at Crossroads Eye Physicians in Owings Mills, Md., where she enjoys providing a high level of individualized care in a patient-centered environment and mentoring medical students and residents as a part-time faculty member at Hopkins.
While a medical student and resident, Dr. Snyder held leadership roles within Med Chi, the Maryland State Medical Society, and she has remained active in organized medicine. She is the treasurer of the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and has co-chaired their annual scientific meeting for the past two years. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. When she is not caring for her own patients, she enjoys operating with her father, also an ophthalmologist, as well as spending time with her young son and her husband, a urologist in private practice.
John T. Thompson, M.D., received his bachelor's degree from The Johns Hopkins University and graduated from the Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1980. He performed his ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. He completed his surgical retina specialty training with Dr. Ron Michels at The Wilmer Institute and his medical retina training at the Retinal Vascular Center of the Wilmer Institute. He was the Assistant Chief of Service at The Wilmer Institute in 1986 and was appointed Assistant Professor and Director of the Retina Section at Yale University in 1986. He was promoted to Associate Professor at Yale in 1990. He became a partner at the Retina Institute of Maryland in 1992. He founded Retina Specialists with Dr. Sjaarda in 1996.
Dr. Thompson has published more than 100 papers and has been a co-author on over 170 abstracts. He has made numerous national and international scientific presentations. Dr. Thompson is actively involved in teaching residents at the combined Wilmer Institute/Greater Baltimore Medical Center ophthalmology residency program. He is an Assistant Professor at the Wilmer Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Maryland. He has been listed in Best Doctors in America and was recognized by Baltimore Magazine as one of "Baltimore's Top Docs". He is a member of the Retina Society, the Macula Society, the American Society of Retina Specialists, Club Jules Gonin, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Ophthalmological Society and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He is the Vice President of the American Society of Retina Specialists. He was President of the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons from 2003 – 2005 and was President of the Baltimore City Medical Society in 2008. Dr. Thompson's goal is to provide the best medical and surgical retina care in a compassionate environment where the patient is the primary focus.
Dr. Barry Waldman currently practices at OrthoMaryland in Baltimore and serves as the Director of the Center for Joint Preservation and Replacement at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopaedics. He is also a Clinical Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Waldman completed his General Surgery internship and Orthopaedic Surgery residency training at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. He completed a Surgical Arthritis Service Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
In addition to his practice and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Waldman has developed a minimally invasive hip replacement approach along with minimally invasive knee and hip replacement systems. He has published many papers on minimally invasive orthopaedic hip replacement, thromboembolic prophylaxis, knee and hip complications and orthopaedic implant design. He currently serves as the President of the Medical Staff at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.