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Last Updated: January 28, 2013
Fred Helmholz, of Rochester, M.N., celebrated his 100th birthday on December 27, 2011.
Harry P. Porter Jr., of Cockeysville, Md., and his wife, Elaine, moved into a retirement home in 2009 and are very happy.
Josephine Mandeville, president of the Connelly Foundation, presented a certificate of recognition from Dean Edward Miller to Lewis Bluemle, Med '46, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., senior vice president of the Connelly Foundation, in June 2011.
William Rienhoff III, of Worton, Md., says “Living on the Eastern Shore, doing well thus far.”
Gene Blank, of Portland, Ore., has published USMC 457703, his memoir of combat in the Pacific during World War II.
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.”
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., says “Enjoyed Class of 1956 Reunion on June 11th, though only a couple of handfuls of us were there, and none of my female classmates. I still work three days a week in the clinical psychiatry clinic at Lincoln – enjoying my work, as always.“
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
Arthur Grollman, of Setauket, N.Y., distinguished professor of pharmacological sciences, Evelyn G. Glick Professor of Experimental Medicine, and director of the Zickler Laboratory of Chemical Biology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, has received the 2011 Environmental Mutagen Society (EMS) Award. The honor is conferred annually in recognition of outstanding research contributions in the area of environmental mutagenesis. “The impact of Dr. Grollman’s work is vast and includes landmark achievements in the area of environmental mutagenesis research” noted Mugimane Manjanatha, Ph.D., Chair of the EMS Communications Committee.
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, Dr. Cameron performed his 2,000th Whipple surgery.
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.
Edward Laws Jr., of Jamaica Plain, Mass., received the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in June 2011 – "What a thrill!", said Dr. Laws.
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.
Michael Kostelnik, of Newton, N.J., says, “I am retiring next year. I plan to keep my license, attend the tumult course, and take care of my house call patients. Lehigh wrestling and football, golf, family, and travel should fill my schedule.”
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.
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.
Stephen Marx, of Chevy Chase, Md., says "I’m going on 43 years at the NIH. A great deal has changed everywhere during that time. Along the way, I spent 20 wonderful years working with the late Gerald Aurbach. And I had a productive 15 year collaboration with Francis Collins (while he was Director of the Human Genome Project), contributing to identification and further studies of the gene for multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1, as a true NIH campus project. Collins eventually withdrew from our collaboration, when he became Director of NIH. It continues to be a privilege for me to work on the NIH campus."
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.
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.
Mary Guinan, of Henderson, Nev., is featured in an alumni profile on the The University of Texas Medical Branch website.
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.
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.
David Borenstein, of Potomac, Md., served as president of the American College of Rheumatology from 2010-2011. He currently serves as chair of the Nominations Committee.
Walter Merrill, of Jackson, Miss., assumed the position of chief of staff at Vanderbilt University Hospital on April 1.
Mark A. Rockoff, of Hingham, Mass., has been elected to a one-year term 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.
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.
Lawrence Wasser, of Louisville, Ky., now 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.
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.
Ingram Roberts, of Glen Mills, Pa., recently relocated to the Philadelphia region, where he practices gastroenterology.
Lawrence F. Borges, of Winchester, Mass., along with Jacob Buchowski, M.D. '00, and Kevin Walter, M.D. '94, was named by Becker's Spine Review as one of the "10 Surgeon Leaders of Spinal Tumor Programs."
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.”
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.
Keith Lillemoe, of Boston, Mass., was featured in Harvard Medicine's Five Questions on the future of the suture. Dr. Lillemoe became chief of the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in April 2011.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert Siliciano, of Baltimore, Med '82,'83 (Ph.D.), and his team have discovered a possible breakthrough in the treatment of HIV.
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."
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.
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!".
Joseph Marotta, of Troy, N.Y., has established Medicus in Christi, Ltd., a non-profit organization that provides medical care, equipment and training to impoverished peoples in the developing world. The organization aims to offer people in these regions the means to advance their own health initiatives autonomously. Marotta has also established an orthopedic center in Ghana, West Africa.
Elizabeth Engle, of Chestnut Hill, Mass., was featured for her research with a group of rare eye disorders in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Bulletin (February 2011), in the article "Eyes Wide Open".
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.
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.
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.
Corinne Sandone, of Baltimore, an associate professor in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, was one of the judges for the 2011 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. The challenge, which turns scientific exploration into art, was presented by Science magazine and the National Science Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
Kathleen Neuzil, of Seattle, Wash., is a senior advisor for immunizations at PATH, an international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation. At PATH, she leads clinical trials activities for the Rotavirus Vaccine Program and provides technical assistance on vaccines against influenza and human papillomavirus. As a member of several professional organizations, including the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, she has contributed to the development of policies and practices that usher new vaccines into clinical implementation. Neuzil is also an associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, helping students to develop tools to move the public health agenda forward and increase health equity in the world.
Allan Gelber, of Baltimore, associate professor of medicine, division of rheumatology, at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, was quoted in the Fox News article, "More Older Americans Have Knee Pain, Replacement".
Marc Gillinov, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, staff cardiac surgeon in the Department of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, has published Heart 411: The Only Heart Guide You Will Ever Need (Three Rivers Press, Random House), a book designed to debunk cardiovascular myths while providing strategies to achieve heart health. Gillinov holds the Judith Dion Pyle Chair in Heart Valve Research and also serves as surgical director of the Center for Atrial Fibrillation at Cleveland Clinic. In November, Gillinov was featured the Plain Dealer's "Tales from the Heart" series.
Leigh Ann Curl, of Owings Mill, Md., was featured in the November 2011 Johns Hopkins Magazine article "Roving the Sidelines".
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.
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.
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.
Lisa Carey, of Chapel Hill, N.C. , Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of the UNC Breast Center and Associate Director for Clinical Research at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has been appointed The Richardson and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research. In June 2010, Dr. Carey was named an associate director for UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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. 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.
Knute Buehler, of Bend, Ore., announced his candidacy for Oregon Secretary of State.
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.
Michele Shermak, of Baltimore, was mentioned to the UPI article "Breast reduction: Higher risk older women."
Christina Johns, of Annapolis, Md., is featured on Discovery Fit and Health's blog "Girl MD." Johns is a pediatric emergency medicine specialist with extensive experience as an on-air medical contributor for CNN, Good Morning America and more.
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.
Kevin Walter, of Pittsford, N.Y., along with Jacob Buchowski, M.D. '00, and Lawrence F. Borges, M.D. '77, was named by Becker's Spine Review as one of the "10 Surgeon Leaders of Spinal Tumor Programs."
Briggs E. Cook, Jr., of Davidson, N.C., has founded and is the director of the Skin Center of North Carolina and recently welcomed twins (boy/girl) on October 30, 2011 -Eli and Sophie Kate.
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."
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.
John Strouse, of Baltimore, was quoted in the U.S. News & World Report article, "Melanoma May Be More Aggressive in Kids."
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.
Julianna Jung, of Baltimore, was a 2011 recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Awards. In the last six years, Dr. Jung and her cycling team, Team Atomic, have raised $100,000 for the Ride for the Feast. She's raised $15,000 of that total herself. Dr. Jung has remained active in the organization, serving the past four years as the event’s medical director. When she chaired the bike ride in 2009, it attracted more than 150 riders and collected more than a quarter million dollars.
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.
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.
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.
Jacob Buchowski, of St. Louis, Mo., along with Kevin Walter, M.D. '94, and Lawrence F. Borges, M.D. '77, was named by Becker's Spine Review as one of the "10 Surgeon Leaders of Spinal Tumor Programs."
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.
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. (February 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.
Mark Eid, of Fredericksburg, Md., is starting a new medical practice called Virginia Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center in Fredericksburg.
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. (February 2012)
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)
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)
Nelson Arnstein (fellow, radiation oncology, 1980-81) finished the 1981 Baltimore Marathon and 2011 Baltimore Marathon: Still running strong after 30 years!
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)