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Last Updated: December 23, 2013


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

Phillip Swanson, of Seattle, Wash., continues as full-time faculty as the George and June Winkels Professor of Neurology at the University of Washington. His career at UW includes 28 years as the head of neurology and 42 years as residency program director. Swanson's activities now are mainly clinical but he has participated in several research endeavors, including epidemiological studies of Parkinson's Disease as well as collaboration with Kathleen Schwarz, M.D., from JHH Pediatric Gastroenterology, studying three generations of one family that carry the autosomal recessive disorder, Wilson's Disease, which causes too much copper to accumulate in the liver, brain and other vital organs. (December 2013)


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.

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Sanford N. Cohen, of Fort Myers, Fla., has been elected as the 2014 Board of Directors Chair for Lee Memorial Health System, the largest public health system in the state of Florida. Cohen is former Chair of the Pediatrics Department at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Chief of Pediatrics for the Children's Hospital of Michigan. He also served as associate dean and the university's provost before retiring as a professor. Cohen served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and has an extensive history of community involvement in pediatric health care issues and research organizations. (February 2014)


Haig Kazazian, of Baltimore, professor of human genetics at the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was among one of the first plaintiffs in the high-profile Supreme Court case versus Myriad Genetics for the patenting of the breast-cancer-predicting genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, which Kazazian has been researching for 18 years. His group received a cease and desist letter from Myriad in 1999. However, on June 13, 2013, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that companies cannot patent parts of naturally-occurring human genes, a decision with the potential to profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries. (December 2013)

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)


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)


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)


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.


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.

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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)


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)

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.


Peter Densen, of Iowa City, Iowa, delivered the keynote address to first year medical students for their White Coat Ceremony at the University of Iowa School of Medicine, in which he honored Philip Tumulty, Med '40, a special mentor during his Hopkins training. (December 2013)

Brian Strom, of Philadelphia, Penn., was named the inaugural chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. (July 2013)


Ingram Roberts, of Glen Mills, Pa., recently relocated to the Philadelphia region, where he practices gastroenterology.


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)


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)


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)

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Naomi Gellar Lipsky, of Johnston, R.I., was elected president of the Society of Gilders, an international organization for the preservation and teaching of the gilding arts, and a valuable resource for technical help for gilders, restorers, conservators, craftsmen, and all those interested in the gilding arts. Lipsky, a former biochemistry researcher for many years, retired from science in 1990 and became a full-time decorative artist, best known for her quilling, an antique art in which paper strips are shaped and applied as ornaments. (December 2013)


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.


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)

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)

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)


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.

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)

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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)

John Pescetti, of Piedmont, Calif., was recently featured in an Oakland Magazine article. He volunteers with Project New Start, a tattoo removal program offered through La Clinica health clinic, by removing tattoos for youths trying to change their lives. "It really is a kind of pure sense of helping somebody," Pescetti says about his volunteer work. "The patient is just somebody who needs some help, and we have the knowledge and skills to help them. It's close to unconditional love in a way." (January 2014)


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)

Karen Swartz, of Baltimore, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of clinical programs at the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center, is among 32 Johns Hopkins faculty selected to present at the 19th annual "A Woman's Journey" symposium on November 16, 2013. Swartz's presentation, "To err is human, to forgive divine," will outline factors that enable some people to easily forgive family members, friends and partners, and offer reasons why others may struggle to do so. (December 2013)


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)

Calvin B. Johnson, of Bala Cynwyd, Pa., has been appointed the new chief medical officer of Corizon, a provider of correctional health care solutions. (January 2014)


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)


Richard Savel, of New York City, was promoted to professor of clinical medicine and neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  In addition, Savel was recruited to be director of surgical critical care and co-director of adult critical care services at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. (Winter 2014)

Phillip B. "Jay" Storm, of Philadelphia, Pa., has been appointed chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), effective January 1, 2014. Storm has served as an attending surgeon at CHOP since 2004. He is also an associate professor of neurosurgery in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Storm is nationally recognized for his research and surgical treatment of complex brain and spine tumors. (January 2014)


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.

Richard Savel, of New York City, has been promoted to professor of clinical medicine and neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition, Savel has been recruited to be director of surgical critical care and co-director of adult critical care services at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. (December 2013)

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)


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)


Andrew Cameron, of Baltimore, surgical director of liver transplantation at the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center, teamed up with current Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg to create a way to allow Facebook users to share their organ donor status and easily find links to make their status official on state department of motor vehicle websites, which resulted in a 21-fold increase in registered donors in a single day. (May 2013)

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.

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Michele Manahan, of Baltimore, assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery, is among 32 Johns Hopkins faculty selected to present at the 19th annual "A Woman's Journey" symposium on November 16, 2013. Manahan's presentation, "Body Contouring," will discuss risks and benefits about "going under the knife," and provide before-and-after illustrations of cosmetic treatments, including body sculpting, skin treatments and nonsurgical facelifts.


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 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.


Rita Kalyani, of Elkridge, Md., assistant professor of medicine in the Johns Hopkins Division of Endocrinology, is also a recipient of The Daily Record's 2013 "Leading Women" award for her research and involvement in clinical studies exploring accelerated muscle loss as a complication of diabetes in older adults. And additionally for her work with the Trinidad and Tobago Health Science Initiative, a project that works with local Trinidad and Tobago physicians to improve the quality of diabetes care. (December 2013)


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)

Brian Garibaldi, with his family, moved to Malaysia in July to serve as director of a course (part of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Genes to Society curriculum) for first and second year medical students at the Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine, and additionally to help establish clinical clerkships for third-year students. The Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine is the first U.S.-style medical program in Malaysia, and the Perdana Hospital will be the first private teaching hospital in the country. (December 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)


Annastasiah Mhaka, of Lutherville, Md., is a recipient of The Daily Record's 2013 "Leading Women" award, which identifies women age 40 or younger for tremendous career accomplishments based on their professional experience, community involvement and commitment to inspiring change. In her role as assistant director of business development and strategic alliances for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Mhaka explores opportunities for partnerships both externally and within JHM, and is focused on developing solutions to some of the most fundamental health challenges that face our world today. (December 2013)


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


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)

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Faculty, Fellows, House Staff

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)

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