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William Rienhoff III, of Worton, Md., says “Living on the Eastern Shore, doing well thus far.” (2012)
Herbert Fred, of Houston, Texas, professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center, presented the Special Dean's Lecture at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His address was entitled “Medical Education on the Brink: 62 Years of Front-line Observations and Opinions.” (May 2012)
David Paton, of East Hampton, N.Y., was recognized by The Hill School with the 2012 Sixth Form Leadership Award. Dr. Paton is a member of The Hill School's class of 1948. Paton, a member of the Wilmer Eye Institute faculty from 1964 to 1970 and also dean of admissions for the School of Medicine for four years, is past chairman of the American Board of Ophthalmology and former vice president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He also was director of Baylor College of Medicine’s Cullen Eye Institute; a professor of ophthalmology at Cornell; and chairman of the ophthalmology department at the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens, which was affiliated with Cornell. He also is the founder and former medical director of Project ORBIS International, the world’s only flying eye hospital.
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. (June 2013)
Three articles by William Jarrett II, of Atlanta, Ga., appeared recently in the Baylor University Medical Center Proceedings: “Raising the bar: Mary Elizabeth Garrett, M. Carey Thomas, and the Johns Hopkins Medical School”, “Yale, Skull and Bones, and the beginnings of Johns Hopkins”, and “The Pithotomy Club: R.I.P.” Also represented with articles in the same journal were Barry Cooper, Med ‘71 and D.L. Glancy, Med ’60
Robert Ruben, of Bronx, N.Y., is chair of the Section on the History of Medicine and Public Health at the New York Academy of Medicine.
John Cameron, of Baltimore, Alfred Blalock Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery in the School of Medicine, was the first visiting professor and leader of the California-based Sansum Clinic’s Surgical Academic Week. Sansum Clinic is the largest independent nonprofit healthcare organization between the Los Angeles Basin and the San Francisco Bay Area. On March 30, 2012, Dr. Cameron performed his 2,000th Whipple surgery.
William Stone, of Nashville, Tenn., authored a book of medical limericks. It is a series of one hundred and three limericks about clinical cases, which Stone has observed in the two hospitals where he works. Stone is currently Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and also Chief of Nephrology at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Nashville. Medical Limericks is available on Amazon. (June 2013)
S. Robert Lathan Jr., of Atlanta, Ga., has published a book about his grandfather: Grand Old Man, Life of Samuel Boston Lathan — the last surviving Confederate veteran of Chester, S.C. “Sadly, I was only one year old when my grandfather died at age 96,” notes Lathan, who previously published The History of South Carolina, a collection of the writings of his great uncle, the Reverend Robert Lathan, which described in details the events of the Revolutionary War in South Carolina. (April 2012)
Marguerite Shepard, of Carmel Ind., received the Otis R. Bowen Award for Community Service from the Indianapolis Medical Society (IMS). The IMS recognizes a physician member of the IMS whose dedication to the community reflects that of Otis R. Bowen, MD who served as governor of Indiana from 1973 to 1981 and as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1985 to 1989. Shepard has reached out to her community in ways reflective of the work of Dr. Otis R. Bowen. Over the years, she has used her knowledge of medicine and women’s health to improve the health of Indiana women. (August 2013)
Kenneth Quickel, of Centerville, Mass., was elected to the Community Health Center of Cape Cod's Board of Directors. Quickel is the retired president and chief executive officer of the Joslin Diabetes Center and Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. (January 2012)
Denny Zeitlin, of Kentfield, Calif., a jazz pianist and psychiatrist, celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first album, Flute Fever. A special edition of the album was released in December 2013, the session's first time on CD. At 75, Zeitlin still performs as a jazz pianist and, since 1968, has maintained his private psychiatric practice at UC San Francisco Medical Center, where he is also a professor on the clinical faculty at UCSF Medical School. (December 2013)
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. (June 2013)
Thomas J. Vander Salm, of Salem, Mass., chief of cardiac surgery at North Shore Medical Center Heart Center and clinical professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, has been named the 2012 Community Clinician of the Year by his physician peers of the Essex South District Medical Society.
Jason C. Birnholz, of Highland Park, Ill., recently contributed a series of four columns on the practice of ultrasound for AuntMinnie.com, a community website for radiologists and related professionals in the medical imaging industry. (March 2012)
Richard Bransford, of Kijabe, Kenya, has received the American College of Surgeons’ 2012 Surgical Humanitarian Award in recognition of his more than three decades of service in Africa, primarily in the African Inland Church (AIC) Kijabe Hospital. Beginning in 1977 as a staff surgeon, he later became program director of pediatric rehabilitation surgery. In 1998, he founded the 30-bed, two-operating-room Bethany Crippled Children’s Centre adjacent to the hospital, where youngsters were treated for a wide range of conditions, from hydrocephalus, spina bifida, and cleft lip and palate to polio, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy. In 2004, he co-founded a 67-bed facility, BethanyKids at Kijabe Hospital, which has become known widely in Africa as a referral center for disabled children and is supported by a network of 14 outreach clinics across Kenya. Bransford also will receive a 2012 Hopkins Alumni Association Knowledge for the World Award at the Medical & Surgical Association’s next biennial meeting in June 2013.
Charles Byran, of Columbia, S.C., presented the 2012 Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professor Lecture, "Osler's Legacy: The Musings of a 1967 Graduate" on May 22 in Hurd Hall at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dan Granoff, of Oakland, Calif., recently published an article, "Portrait: Coincidences, convergences and opportunities," in the journal Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics in May 2013. It describes some of Granoff's early experiences as a medical student and pediatric resident at Hopkins that helped launch his career as a physician scientist.
Michael Merzenich, of San Francisco, Calif., professor emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco, is studying how video and computer games can affect brain plasticity, specifically in schizophrenic patients.
Richard Bensinger, of Seattle, Wash., recently finished a one-year term as president of King County Medical Society.
Eitan Schwarz, of Wilmette, Ill., launched the app ZillyDilly, new educational browser for children. (2012)
Stephen Wetherill, of Wilmington, Del., received the 2012 Laureate Award from the Delaware Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP). The award is designed to honor those who have demonstrated, by their example and conduct, an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research, and services to the community, their Chapter and the ACP.
Erik Hewlett, of Charlottesville, Va., received the Outstanding Faculty Award (OFA), the Commonwealth of Virginia’s highest honor for faculty at the state’s public and private colleges and universities. A professor of medicine, infectious diseases and international health in the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, Hewlett is one of only 12 educators selected by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to receive this award. (January 2013)
Jose Bardelas, of High Point, N.C., appeared on the "House Call" segment of Fox 8 WGHP to talk about the signs and symptoms of allergies. (April 2012)
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. (Fall 2013)
Walter Merrill, of Jackson, Miss., assumed the position of chief of staff at Vanderbilt University Hospital on April 1, 2012.
Mark A. Rockoff, of Hingham, Mass., has been elected to a one-year term for 2012 as President of the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is also the vice-chairman of the department of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston and professor of anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School.
Hugh Howard Young, of Bronx, N.Y., married Perry Manual Brass Friday, July 12, 2013 at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau in New York. Their marriage was featured in a New York Times Weddings/Celebrations article titled, "Hearts and Minds Shift Toward Marriage."
Bert Vogelstein, of Baltimore, has been awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. He was selected for his landmark work in cancer genomics and tumor suppressor genes. Dr. Vogelstein is among 11 inaugural winners who will receive $3 million each for their groundbreaking research in the life sciences. The Breakthrough Prize was established by technology entrepreneur Yuri Milner, Google founder Sergey Brin, 23andMe co founder Anne Wojcicki, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan. A foundation created to administer the prize will be chaired by Art Levinson, chairman of the Board of Apple and Chairman and former CEO of Genentech. Dr. Vogelstein is co-director of the Ludwig Center at Johns Hopkins and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. (Feb. 2013)
Lawrence Wasser, of Louisville, Ky., is director of the Newborn Nursery at the University of Louisville Hospital and on the faculty of the Louisville School of Medicine in general pediatrics. Following a 27-year career practicing primary care pediatrics, he is currently teaching medical students and residents in ambulatory pediatrics in an inner- city clinic, as well as teaching medical students, residents, and mothers all about newborn care—all work that he loves.
Brian Strom, of Philadelphia, Penn., was named the inaugural chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. (July 2013)
Shelby Wilkes, of Atlanta, Ga., was proud to announce that he was chosen as the 2012 Male Alumnus of the Year for America's historically black colleges and universities. His alma mater, Alcorn State University, also was named the HBCU of the year; however, the Alumnus of the Year does not need to be selected from the HBCU of the Year but is instead chosen from all of America's HBCUs. He was clearly pleased and flattered to have been selected.
Virginia Collier, of Chestertown, Md., the Hugh R. Sharp Jr. Chair of the Department of Medicine at Christiana Care and associate professor of medicine at Jefferson Medical College, joins a select group of doctors elected to Mastership of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Masters are distinguished by the excellence and significance of their contributions to the ACP and the field of medicine. (April 2012)
Ingram Roberts, of Glen Mills, Pa., recently relocated to the Philadelphia region, where he practices gastroenterology.
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.
Hal Gutstein, of New York, N.Y., says “Entered third phase of my medical career as a Multiple Sclerosis specialist at NYU in NYC. Still thankful to Drs. Mckhann and Herndon for their sage advice going back to medical school; Our daughter, Peri, is engaged to be married in two months, very exciting.”
Mark Katlic, of Baltimore, was chosen as the 2013 Innovator of the Year by The Daily Record. He was recognized for his pioneering work as the director of the groundbreaking Sinai Center for Geriatric Surgery. (August 2013)
Kenneth Laws, of Nashville, Tenn., has joined the five-hospital Saint Thomas Health system as a cardiothoracic surgeon and has helped to establish a new practice, Heart, Lung & Vascular Surgery, with Saint Thomas Heart, the health system’s cardiac division, at its Baptist Hospital. (March 2012)
Lisa Schirmer, of San Diego, Calif., developed a fence-and-gate system for a new housing complex at California State University San Marcos that blends both security and aesthetics. Read article here. (December 2013)
Kenneth Tyler, of Denver, Colo., has been elected as a 2012 American Academy of Microbiology Fellow. Fellows of the Academy are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.
James W. Wagner, of Atlanta, Ga., president of Emory University in Atlanta, received President Obama’s intent to reappoint him as the vice chair for the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. (Fall 2012)
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. (June 2013)
Donald E. Buchanan, of Las Vegas, Nev., a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, was named medical director and senior physician of the state of Nevada’s Early Intervention Services clinic in Las Vegas. (May 2012)
Ming Jeang, of Houston, Texas, established a permanent endowment for the scholarship at his high school - Thatcher High School. Each year, the Jeang Prize is awarded to the senior with the highest composite score on the ACT, a national college entrance exam. (May 2012)
Scott M. Lippman, formerly of Houston, Texas., was named director of Moores Cancer Center at University of California, San Diego. He is nationally known for his molecular studies aimed at determining cancer risk and at developing methods for personalized treatment and prevention of cancer. Prior to this appointment, Lippman was chairman of thoracic/head and neck medical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He also is a member of the NIH’s Clinical Trials/Translational Research Advisory Committee, chairman of the NIH’s Chemo/Dietary Prevention Study Section, and editor-in-chief of Cancer Prevention Research. (May 2012)
Hugh Y. Rienhoff, Jr., of San Carlos, Cali., has been appointed to scientific advisory board of Knome, Inc., a life sciences company that specializes in the interpretation of human genomes. Rienhoff is managing director of Life Science Venture Partners and serves as adjunct scientist at the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. (April 2012)
Richard G. Bennett, of Baltimore, a professor of geriatric medicine and president of Johns Hopkins Bayview, has been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. AOA members are chosen based on leadership among their peers, professionalism, a firm sense of ethics, promise of future success in medicine and a commitment to service in the community. (Feb. 2013)
Neil Bressler, of Baltimore, the James P. Gills Professor of Ophthalmology and chief of the Retina Division at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Medicine, was appointed the ninth editor of JAMA Ophthalmology, the journal formerly known as the Archives of Ophthalmology. The monthly publication is internationally acknowledged as an influential peer-reviewed ophthalmology and visual science periodical. (July 2013)
Edward J. Farmlett, of Laconia, N.H., has been inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology (ACR). The induction took place at a formal convocation ceremony during the recent ACR Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership conference May 4-8, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Farmlett is a radiologist at Lakes Region Radiology PA in Laconia. He is a member of the New Hampshire Radiology Society, The Radiological Society of North America and the American Roentgen Ray Society.
Peter McDonnell, of Baltimore, professor and director of the Wilmer Eye Institute, was among the recipients of the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award given to Ophthalmology Times for editorial excellence. (April 2012)
Robert Siliciano, of Baltimore, Med '82,'83 (Ph.D.), and his team have discovered a possible breakthrough in the treatment of HIV. (March 2012)
Donald Small, of Baltimore, is director of the Pediatric Oncology Division of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, as well as a pilot with instrument rating certification. He notes that the discipline of flying plays into, and even enhances, his role as a pediatric specialist. “Much of the training in aviation is learning how to overcome risks by using checklists for every phase of flight. I approach patient care with this same attitude of making sure we consider the risks in anything we do and proceed in a systematic way.” In 2009, Small received the Frank A. Oski Award from the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, which honors pediatric hematologist/oncologists who have made significant research contributions to the field.
John Heller, of Atlanta, Ga., was named by Becker's Spine Review as one of the "208 Spine Surgeons & Specialists to Know." (March 2012)
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. (June 2013)
W. P. Andrew Lee, of Baltimore, professor and director of Hopkins’ Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a nationally heralded hand transplant surgeon and researcher, was recently elected as chair of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. Lee is the third Hopkins faculty member to lead the board in its 75-year history. (June 2012)
John Sotos, of Palo Alto, Calif., served as a technical adviser to the hit TV drama "House, M.D." and was recently featured the CBS article "That would make a great 'House' episode!". (May 2012)
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. (June 2013)
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. (Fall 2013)
Ralph Hruban, of Baltimore, professor of pathology and oncology in the School of Medicine and an avid chronicler of Hopkins Medicine’s history, has begun posting a series of “Osler Minutes” on the Department of Pathology’s website. The vignettes feature quotes from Sir William Osler, Hopkins’ first physician in chief and director of the Department of Medicine. Considered perhaps the greatest physician of the 19th and early 20th centuries, Osler was renowned for his exceptional medical skill, wisdom, humanity and wit. A new “Osler Minute” will be available for 13 weeks, and the entire collection will remain permanently on the department’s website.
Charles Sawyers, New York, N.Y., was elected by the members of the American Association for Cancer Research as their president-elect for 2012-2013. He will assume the research organization’s presidency in April 2013. Sawyers is chair of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. He also is a professor in the cell and developmental biology program in the Department of Medicine at Cornell’s Weill School of Medicine. He is a past president of the American Society of Clinical Investigation; served on the National Cancer Institute’s Board of Scientific Councilors; and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.
David Guyer, of New York, N.Y., has newly been appointed CEO of Ophthotech Corporation, a privately held biopharmaceutical company focusing on discovering, developing and commercializing first-in-class therapies for the treatment of major ophthalmic diseases. Guyer is also the company's Chairman of the Board. Under the new management structure, Dr. Guyer will direct the company's corporate and financial strategy. To read more about Ophthotech Corporation and Guyer's new appointment, click here. (June 2013)
Kenneth Pienta, of Ann Arbor, Mich., has been appointed associate vice president for research, health sciences at University of Michigan Medical School. Pienta, internationally recognized as a leader in prostate cancer research and translational science, is professor of internal medicine and urology, as well as director of experimental therapeutics at the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology in the School of Medicine. He previously served as associate dean for clinical and health research at the school. (Jan. 2012)
Lee Riley, of Baltimore, chief of the spine division and associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is interviewed in this Baltimore Sun article. (Feb. 2012)
Selwyn Vickers, of Minneapolis, Minn., will assume the title of senior vice president and dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine starting October 15, 2013. To read more, click here. (Aug. 2013)
James Hildreth, of Brentwood, Tenn., an immunologist and professor at Meharry Medical College, who directs its Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research, was named the new dean of the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences. Read more. Dr. Hildreth will also receive a 2012 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Knowledge for the World Award, an honor given to alumni who have brought credit to the university and their profession in the international arena through their professional achievements or humanitarian service.
Kevin B. Johnson, of Brentwood, Tenn., was named the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He also serves as chair of the department of biomedical informatics and professor of pediatrics at the university’s School of Medicine. (June 2013)
Donald Manning, of Bloomsbury. N.J., is the chief medical officer for Adynxx, Inc., a startup biopharmaceutical company in San Francisco that is focused on developing a new technology designed to prevent acute post-operative pain and its transition into chronic pain. The company is also focused on developing therapeutic programs, including long-term relief treatments for mature chronic pain syndromes. Prior to this, Manning was chief medical officer and executive vice president of Shionogi & Co., a leading Japanese pharmaceutical company. (Jan. 2012)
Carolyn Cidis Meltzer, of Decatur, Ga., is recognized for her accomplishments by the Emory University School of Medicine's Second Annual Women's History Month program. Meltzer is well known for her expertise in translational imaging methods, including leading the clinical evaluation of the world’s first PET/CT scanner. She is currently the William P. Timmie Professor and Chair of Radiology and Imaging Sciences and Associate Dean of Research at Emory University School of Medicine. (March 2012)
Brian S. Sucharetza, of Granger, Ind., retired from clinical practice last September 1, 2013. He now is an adjuvant associate clinical professor of nephrology at Indiana University South Bend.
Philip Cole, of Baltimore, was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellow with four other Hopkins researchers. Cole is the E.K. Marshall and Thomas H. Maren Professor and director of the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at Hopkins. He is being recognized for his distinguished contributions to the field of chemical biology, particularly the development and applications of chemical approaches to understanding protein structure and functions. His laboratory studies the way in which the addition of small chemical groups affects the functioning of proteins. His work has broad implications for everything from cellular signaling to gene regulation to metabolism. AAAS fellows are elected by their peers and honored for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Cole will be awarded with a certificate and rosette pin during the AAAS Fellow Forum at the 2014 AAAS annual meeting in Chicago on Feb. 15. (November 2013)
Howard Epps, of Houston, Texas, has been appointed as academic medical director of orthopedics at Texas Children's Hospital. Additionally, he has been named associate professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. Epps began his new roles at both institutions on September 1, 2013.
J. William Harbour, of St. Louis, Miss., is the recipient of the Mike Revers Research Grant from the Melanoma Research Foundation. Dr. Harbour will use a portion of the funding to continue research on a genetic test that can accurately predict whether ocular melanoma will metastasize. (July 2012)
Jay L. Hess, of Ann Arbor, Mich., has been named the new vice president for university clinical affairs and dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine (IU). Hess is currently the Carl V. Weller Professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. He will succeed D. Craig Brater, M.D., who is retiring June 30, 2013 after 13 years as dean and 27 years at IU. (June 2013)
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. (June 2013)
Allen Kent Sills Jr., of Franklin, Tenn., was featured in the article, "92 Team Physicians for Professional Basketball." Sills is the founder and executive director of the Memphis Regional Brain Tumor Center and medical director of the Methodist Neuroscience Institute at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. He also serves as the consulting team neurosurgeon for the Memphis Grizzlies and Memphis River Kings hockey team. In March 2012, Dr. Sills was named by Becker's Spine Review as one of the "208 Spine Surgeons & Specialists to Know."
Katrina Armstrong, of Philadelphia, Pa., is the first woman to lead the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She will become physician-in-chief on April 15, 2013. Dr. Armstrong was professor of medicine and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a world-renowned investigator in the areas of medical decision-making, quality of care, and cancer prevention and outcomes. Dr. Armstrong led the Penn Center for Innovation in Personalized Breast Cancer Screening program, funded by the National Cancer Institute and dedicated to studying emerging methods of breast cancer detection.
Leslie Bisson, of Williamsville, N.Y., has been named the inaugural June A. and Eugene R. Mindell, MD Professor and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Bisson also assumes the role as President for the clinical practice plan, UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Read the press release here. (September 2013)
Peter Pronovost, of Baltimore, is the first recipient of the American Board of Medical Specialties Health Care Quality and Patient Safety Award for his national and international contributions to quality and safety. Two national magazines have also ranked Dr. Pronovost as one of their "50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare" for 2012 for the second time in two years. Read more. Dr. Pronovost also recently co-hosted a segment on Katie Couric's new talk show about shocking medical mistakes. Click here to watch the segment.
Thomas F. Burke, of Havre De Grace, Md., has been appointed medical director of Quality Diagnostics Sleep Lab, located in Bel Air, Md. (June 2013)
Karen M. Horton, of Baltimore, has been appointed the inaugural vice chair of radiology at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. (June 2013)
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. (June 2013)
David Tuveson, of London, was appointed director of research for The Lustgarten Foundation, a private foundation that focuses on pancreatic cancer research, on February 7, 2012.
Kelly Gebo, of Baltimore, Md., was inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). Gebo was among five Hopkins physicians inducted at the ASCI’s annual meeting on April 26, 2013 in Chicago. Founded in 1908, ASCI is an honor society for physician-researchers. Gebo is an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health and Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. She is co-principal investigator of the HIV Research Network (HIVRN), a consortium of 18 high-volume HIV medical care clinics across the United States caring for more than 16,000 patients with HIV disease. Using data from HIVRN, she researches health disparities, access to care, health care utilization, errors in medicine and costs of care. She also performs clinical outcomes research in HIV-infected adolescents and the elderly. Gebo is also director of the undergraduate major in public health studies at Johns Hopkins, the largest major in the school of arts and sciences. She mentors numerous students on HIV research projects and teaches undergraduate and medical students how to do research through an honors seminar in public health and the clinical research track in the scholarly concentrations course in the school of medicine.
Navinder Sethi, of Fredericksburg, Va., was named by Becker's Spine Review as one of the "208 Spine Surgeons & Specialists to Know." (March 2012)
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. (June 2013)
Jeffrey G. Wiese, of New Orleans, La., has been elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians, the nation’s largest medical specialty organization. Wiese has been a Fellow of the college since 2002. A professor of medicine and associate dean of graduate medical education at Tulane University, Wiese’s areas of professional interest include healthcare reform, medical education, and hospital finance and management. (2012)
Dorry L. Segev, of Baltimore, a current Hopkins researcher and associate professor of surgery, argues for reversing ban on transplanting infected organs and making them available to HIV-infected patients. If Congress reversed its ban on allowing people with HIV to be organ donors after their death, roughly 500 HIV-positive patients with kidney or liver failure each year could get transplants within months, rather than the years they currently wait on the list. Not only would HIV-positive transplant candidates get organs sooner if such transplants were legalized, Segev says, but by transplanting those patients and moving them off the waiting list, the time to transplant would be shorter for non-HIV-infected patients. Read the full press release here. (November 2013)
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. (June 2013)
David Sabatini, of Cambridge, Mass., was featured in The Scientist as a "March 2012: Scientist to Watch."
Andrea Cox, of Baltimore, Md., was inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). Cox was among five Hopkins physicians inducted at the ASCI’s annual meeting on April 26, 2013 in Chicago. Founded in 1908, ASCI is an honor society for physician-researchers. Cox is an expert in treating people infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). She is an associate professor and the co-director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Cox's research focuses on the host immune response to infection with HCV and HIV. The overall goal of Cox’s research team is to determine how inflammation caused by HCV and HIV causes severe disease and to develop vaccines against HCV by finding out how HCV evades the body's immune response.
Austin Ratner, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was featured in a New York Times Fashion & Style article on May 15, 2013, "Another Ratner, Another Brooklyn." A version of this article also appeared in print on May 16, on page E7 of the New York edition.
Peter Crompton, of Ashton, Md., is one of 20 National Institutes of Health scientists to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, one of the nation's highest honor for scientists at the beginning of their professional careers. Dr. Crompton received the award for studies on the mechanisms of naturally acquired immunity to malaria and will be honored by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony. Dr. Crompton is a tenure-track investigator and chief of the Malaria Infection Biology and Immunity Unit in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Division of Intramural Research, Laboratory of Immunogenetics. (July 2012)
Peter Reese, of Boston, Mass, is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers, and will be honored by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony. (July 2012)
Jennifer Arnold, of Houston, Texas, one of the stars of the popular television program “The Little Couple,” was the keynote speaker at the School of Medicine commencement ceremony at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Arnold, medical director of the Pediatric Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital, has overcome numerous obstacles to become a physician. She also is assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. (June 2012)
Vincent Marconi, of Atlanta, Ga., was featured in the CNN article, "Where everyone wants to work with HIV". Marconi works in South Africa on HIV/AIDS and is associate medical director of a HIV Clinic in Atlanta. (Nov. 2012)
Andrew Doan, of Temecula, Calif., has published Hooked on Games, which provides insight into the minds of hardcore gamers, helping us understand how and why gamers are lured to and trapped within the digital world of video games and the Internet. (Aug. 2012)
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. (May 2013)
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. (June 2013)
Kevin B. Jones, of Salt Lake City, Utah, authored What Doctors Cannot Tell You: Clarity, Confidence and Uncertainty in Medicine, which was published in June 2012. His book is available on Amazon.com. Jones is an orthopaedic surgeon and scientist at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Primary Children's Medical Center at the University of Utah. He performs surgeries to remove bone and muscle cancers and rebuild limbs in both children and adults. His laboratory research, supported by the National Cancer Institute, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and other foundations, focuses on the biology and genetics of sarcomas. From his first job performing phlebotomy and bed-pan changes at a local hospital, Kevin learned that medicine is not always good, clean, inside work. He finds the dishonesty that can so easily crop up in and around medicine to be much less pleasant than those bed pans. Unconvinced that bigger and better systems can fix the problems in medicine, Kevin believes that educated and empowered patients working with honest physicians can.
Christina M. Vassileva, of Springfield, Ill., to receive the 2013 Sangamon County Medical Innovation Award for her studies of ischemic mitral valve surgery. Springfield Mayor J. Michael Houston will present the award and issue a proclamation at the event. Dr. Vassileva is one of 11 professionals recognized for this award, which includes physicians, surgeons and researchers working in Sangamon County, Ill. on a variety of projects to improve the health care of the community. To read a press release about this event, click here.
Akhilesh Sista, of New York, N.Y., is assistant professor of interventional radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College and assistant attending radiologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Campus. (Feb. 2012)
Crystal Watkins, of Baltimore, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has been named one of 2012’s Top 100 Women in Maryland by The Daily Record, the Baltimore-based legal and business newspaper. (April 2012)
Melissa Camp, of Baltimore, Md., returned to the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery after fellowship training in breast surgical oncology in Boston. She is part of a highly specialized team at the Johns Hopkins Breast Center with an emphasis on compassionate patient care and personalized surgical treatment for breast cancer patients. Dr. Camp's research focuses on breast cancer prevention, evaluating outcomes for patients with breast cancer, and pursuing advances in breast cancer treatments. A member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology, Dr. Camp has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has presented her work at national meetings. (June 2013)
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. (June 2013)
David Grelotti, of Cambridge, Mass., is a Fellow at Partners In Health and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a recipient of the Dr. Mario Pagenel Fellowship in Global Mental Health Delivery, which provides PIH an opportunity to more formally integrate psychiatric and community-based mental health services at project sites. Grelotti is in Haiti working with PIH's sister organization, Zanmi Lasante. (Feb. 2012)
Jeremy McBride, of Eau Claire, Wis., an interventional radiologist, recently joined Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. (August 2013)
Lara Devgan, of New York, N.Y., has opened a private plastic surgery practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Lara specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face and body; reconstructive surgery for breast cancer, skin cancer, and facial fractures; and skin care, including botox and fillers. Visit her website at www.LaraDevganMD.com.
Courtney Silverthorn, of Leesburg, Va., an intellectual property specialist, is deputy regional coordinator of the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s mid-Atlantic region. (June 2012)
Joanna Pearson, of Baltimore, a second-year resident in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has received the 2012 Donald Justice Poetry Prize from West Chester University for her first collection of poetry, Oldest Mortal Myth. It will be published in June. (April 2012)
Hannah Carter, of Baltimore, received the highly prestigious NIH Early Independence Award and recently began her transition to a junior faculty position at UC San Diego. Presently she is acquiring a research team and computational resources to delve into her project: network approaches to identify cancer drivers from high-dimensional tumor data. Carter uses computer modeling and technology to study genetic mutations in cancer to identify molecular signatures that could lead to novel ways to use cancer therapies. The Early Independence Award provides an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Carter is one of 15 receiving the 2013 NIH award, and the first recipient from UC San Diego. Click here to read more. (November 2013)
Debraj “Raj” Mukherjee (HS, surgery, 2008-2010), of Los Angeles, has received an Excellence in Medicine Award from the American Medical Association Foundation. He is now a neurosurgery resident at Cedar Sinai Medical Center. (June 2013)
Quan Dong Nguyen (fellow, ocular immunology, 1998-99; faculty, ophthalmology, 2001-2013), of Omaha, Neb., has been named professor and chairman of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, as well as director of the university’s new Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute, which opened this spring. (June 2013)
John K. Niparko (faculty, otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, 1991-2012), of Los Angeles, has been named professor and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. (June 2013)
Frederick L. Brancati (faculty, medicine; epidemiology, 1989-present) of Baltimore, was named a Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine by the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees. Brancati, an internationally recognized expert on epidemiology and prevention of type 2 diabetes and related conditions, has been director of the Division of Internal Medicine since 2004. (At press time, the magazine learned of the passing of Dr. Brancati. He died on May 14, after a long battle with ALS. Hopkins Medicine will include more information about his wide-ranging contributions to Johns Hopkins in the fall issue.) (June 2013)
Brian E. Mondell (faculty, neurology, 1985-2007), of Baltimore, is the medical director of the Glass Health Programs (a subsidiary of Medmark Services, Inc.) for Baltimore and Harford counties. (June 2013)
Julio Lautersztain (HS, pathology, 1980-82), of Tampa, Fla., and his colleagues at Florida Cancer Specialists have just opened a state-of-the-art, integrated cancer center in the city. (June 2013)
John T. Repke (HS, obstetrics and gynecology, 1978-82; fellow, obstetrics, 1982-84; and faculty, obstetrics and gynecology/pediatrics, 1984-92), of Palmyra, Pa., has been appointed to the editorial board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the official journal of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He has been chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center since 2002. (June 2013)
William J. Butler (HS, obstetrics and gynecology, 1978-82), of Macon, Ga., has been elected chairman of the Georgia Composite Medical Board, which is responsible for the licensing and discipline of 36,000 physicians and other medical professionals throughout the state. Butler, who has served on the board for six years, is professor and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mercer University School of Medicine/Medical Center of Central Georgia. (June 2013)
Enrique Hernandez (HS, fellow, and faculty, obstetrics and gynecology, 1977-83), of Narberth, Pa., has been elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons and also elected the second vice president of the American Cancer Society. (June 2013)
Jack Kushner (faculty, neurosurgery, 1973-81), of Annapolis, has been appointed an Honorary Director General of the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, United Kingdom. (June 2013)
Eric Bass (fellow, internal medicine, 1989), Division of General Internal Medicine professor, of Baltimore, has been chosen to lead Society of General Internal Medicine. A practicing internist, Bass has joint appointments at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the School of Nursing. (May 2012)
Kathryn Gladys Garder (faculty, radiology, 1991-92), of New Albany, Ohio, has been inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology (ACR). The induction took place at a formal convocation ceremony during the 89th ACR Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership conference April 21-25, 2012, in Washington, DC. (April 2012)
Enrique Hernandez (HS and fellow, obstetrics & gynecology, 1977-83) of Narberth, Pa., was re-elected for a four-year term on the Board of Trustees at Pennsylvania Medical Society and re-elected for a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society. Hernandez is the Abraham Roth professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Temple University School of Medicine. He also serves as section chief of gynecologic oncology and professor of pathology. (February 2012)
William Mobley (HS, neurology, 1979-82; faculty, neurology, 1984-85), of La Jolla, Calif., chair of neurosciences and executive director of the Down Syndrome Center for Research and Treatment at University of California San Diego, received the International Sisley-Jérôme Lejeune Prize in Paris this past winter. The award is given to a researcher whose work has contributed to the advance of therapeutic research on genetic intellectual disabilities. Mobley’s research on the neurobiology of Down syndrome has brought new insights into the condition, including possible treatments to improve learning and memory. (February 2012)
Harold Paz (fellow, respiratory medicine, 1986-88), of Princeton, N.J., chief executive officer at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, senior vice president for health affairs at Penn State university and dean of Penn State College of Medicine, was named to a leadership position on the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Paz will serve one year as chair-elect of the council followed by one year as its chair. The appointment includes a concurrent two-year term on the AAMC’s 17-member board of directors. (February 2012)
Theodore Parran, Jr. (HS, fellow, medicine, 1982-85; faculty, medicine, 1985-90), of Shaker Heights, Ohio, was named the inaugural Isabel & Carter Wang Professor and Chair in Medical Education at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. (February 2012)
Michael Hilton (HS, psychiatry, 1986-89; faculty, psychiatry, 1989-90), of Atlanta, Ga., is president of the Medical Association of Atlanta. (February 2012)
Mark Edelman (fellow, interventional radiology), of Highland Park, Ill., will be heading a new outpatient center, the Vein Clinics of America (part of IntegraMed Interventional, Inc.), in Deerfield, Illinois. (February 2012)
Stuart Varon (faculty, psychiatry, 1994-96), of Baltimore, has been accepted as a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. (February 2012)
Jamil Jacobs-El (HS and fellow, orthopaedic surgery, 1995-2000), of Aurora, Ill., has an orthopaedic surgery private practice outside of Chicago, as well as a part-time teaching position at Jacob Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y. (February 2012)