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Last updated: November 6, 2015


Milton Edgerton, of Charlottesville, Virginia, has received the 2015 Distinguished Fellowship Award from the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the premier academic organization in the field. The award recognizes Edgerton’s “prestigious career in plastic surgery… and leadership in the education of others in the field.” He was the first full-time chief of plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins from 1949 to 1970, before he left to launch the plastic surgery department at the University of Virginia. (Fall 2015)


William Rienhoff III, of Worton, Maryland, is living on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where he enjoys fishing and hunting. (Fall 2015)

Jack Paradise, of Belmont, Massachusetts, officially retired from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh pediatric faculty a decade ago, but he continues to participate in research planning and reporting from a distance. (Summer 2015)


Robert A. Schimek, of New Orleans, has retired from active practice but is pursuing some ongoing research projects to add to his long list of publications. (Winter 2015)


Vincent Stenger, of Bradenton, Florida, has retired from his gynecology practice but is still working part time in a pain clinic.(Fall2015)

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 C. Richard Conti, of Gainesville, Florida, undertook the task of updating The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations by Frank Netter, M.D., 2nd Ed. Vol. 8, Cardiovascular System — a project he completed in December 2013. The book is now published.  (Winter 2015)


J. Joseph Marr, of Broomfield, Colorado, published a book entitled Fall from Grace. It is a retrospective on the past 50 years of medicine in this country and the transformation of the role of the physician. (Fall 2015)

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Peter Densen, of Iowa City, Iowa, received the 2014 Distinguished Mentor Award at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine. (Winter 2015)


Martine A. Jaworksi, of Ottawa, Canada, remains actively practicing medicine and studying the economics of it as they may relate to better patient diagnosis and treatment. (Fall 2015)

Bert Vogelstein, of Baltimore, professor of oncology and pathology, director of the Ludwig Center for Cancer Genetics and Therapeutics at Johns Hopkins, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has received the 2015 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research for his two decades of oncology breakthroughs, which have formed the basis of modern cancer research. (Fall 2015)


Clydette Powell, of Washington, D.C., wrote three chapters in the new textbook Understanding Global Health (McGraw-Hill, 2014). The chapters focus on human trafficking, nutrition, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. (Winter 2015)


Douglas Jabs, of New York City, a professor of ophthalmology and medicine and chairman emeritus of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, has been inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1984, became a professor of ophthalmology and medicine in the school of medicine in 1993, and served as director of the Division of Ocular Immunology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. He was also a professor of epidemiology in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He moved to Mount Sinai in 2007. (Fall 2015)


Michael Laposata, of Brentwood, Tennessee, recently moved from Vanderbilt to the University of Texas Galveston and has assumed the chairmanship of the Department of Pathology there. (Winter 2015)

Gerald Greenfield, of San Antonio, is chief of orthopaedic surgery at Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital and an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. (Fall 2015)

Keith Lillemoe, of Boston, surgeon-in-chief in the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of surgery at Harvard University, has been inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. Lillemoe joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1985, rose to become a professor of surgery in 1996 and was honored with the department’s faculty teaching award five times. He left Johns Hopkins in 2003 to become professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. (Fall 2015)

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L. Michael Brunt, of Clayton, Missouri, has been elected president of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Brunt is professor of surgery and section chief of minimally invasive surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. (Spring/Summer 2015)

Donald L. Trump, of Buffalo, New York, retired on Dec. 31, 2014, as president and CEO of Roswell Park Cancer Institute following more than seven years at its helm. (Winter 2015)


Anne Murphy, of Towson, Maryland, was among Hopkins scientists to restore normal function in heart muscle cells of diabetic rats. The study offers a clue to a possible treatment strategy for diabetic cardiomyopathy,

Jeffrey Cohen, of Bethesda, Maryland, who researches the pathogenesis and clinical aspects of human herpes viruses at the National Institutes of Health’s Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Election to this fellowship of more than 2,400 members recognizes his record of scientific achievement and original contributions to the advancement of microbiology. (Winter 2015)


Cissy M. Tan, of Del Mar, California, currently is regional chief of plastic surgery for Kaiser Permanente Southern California, a post she has held since 2010. She also has been chief of the Department of Plastic Surgery for Kaiser Permanente San Diego for 22 years. (Winter 2015)


Marschall S. Runge, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been appointed executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Michigan. Previously, he was executive dean for the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at UNC. (Fall 2015)


Ralph Hruban, of Baltimore, has been named the Baxley Professor in Pathology, director of the pathology department for the school of medicine, director of pathology for Johns Hopkins Medicine and pathologist-in-chief for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He had served as interim director of the department since February 2014. (Fall 2015)


James Hildreth, president of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, has received an honorary doctor of science degree from the University of Arkansas. Hildreth, an Arkansas native, is a pioneer in HIV and AIDS research, which he began while he was a medical student. He was dean of the College of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Davis, prior to being named last March as president of Meharry, one of the nation’s oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers. (Fall 2015)

James Hildreth, of Davis, California, has been named the president of Menharry Medical College, the nation’s largest private, independent historically black academic health sciences center. (Winter 2015)

Alan W. Partin, of Baltimore, director of the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, has been named the inaugural Jakurski Family Professor and Director of the institute. Benefactors Andre and Maria Jakurski traveled from their home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to attend his installation in January at the David H. Koch Cancer Research Building. Partin, who also received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1989, hopes to use the funding from the Jakurski Family Directorship to help foster advances in urologic care. For a decade, he has headed the Brady Urological Institute, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. (Spring/Summer 2015)

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 Barry J. Waldman, of Owings Mills, Maryland, was featured in a July 2014Baltimore Sun article in which he explained how CT scans and 3-D printing makes it possible to enhance the fitting of knee replacements. He says he has used the technology 100 times; some doctors are considering it for other prosthetic devices. (Winter 2015)


Robert Poston has been named chief of cardiovascular surgery at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey. Poston previously was a professor at the University of Arizona and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at its Health Sciences Center in Tucson. (Fall 2015)

Katherine M. Jones, of Manchaca, Texas, who earned a master’s degree in art as applied to medicine, served as the 2014 vice president of marketing for the Texas Lyceum, a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan leadership organization focused on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders.(Spring/Summer 2015)


Christopher P. Coppola, of Danville, Pennsylvania, has just published a textbook, Pediatric Surgery: Diagnosis and Treatment, a concise bedside guide for providers caring for children in need of surgical care. (Winter 2015)


Kelly Gebo, of Baltimore, has been named The Johns Hopkins University’s first vice provost for education. Currently a professor in the schools of medicine and public health, she serves as director of the Undergraduate Program in Public Health Studies in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. (Spring/Summer 2015) 


Scott M. Needle, of Naples, Florida, is chief medical officer of the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, a nonprofit organization providing primary medical and dental care to more than 36,000 children and adults in Collier County, Florida. (Spring/Summer 2015)


Julie Holmon, of Lewes, Delaware, has received the 2015 Best Hospitalist Award from the Delaware Chapter of the American College of Physicians. Holmon is director of the Hospital Medicine Program at Beebe Healthcare, a 17-site community health care system in southern Delaware. In 2014, the Beebe Medical Group named Holmon its Physician of the Year. (Fall 2015)

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M. Patricia George, of Pittsburgh, co-founded the charity Team PHenomenal Hope in 2012. The charity partnered with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Pulmonary Hypertension Association to complete the Race Across America bicycle race that honors people with pulmonary hypertension and raises awareness and funds for a cure. The two-year project, which involved patients and a four-woman cycling team, culminated with a seven-day, seven-hour race that began in Oceanside, California, and ended in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 21, 2014. (Winter 2015)


Theodore C. Pierson, of Poolesville, Maryland, has been elected to a Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows of the academy are elected annually through a highly selective peer-review process that is based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. The academy has more than 2,400 Fellows representing all subspecialties of microbiology, including basic and applied research, teaching, public health, industry and government service. (Winter 2015)

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Faculty, Fellows, House Staff

Jean Bennett (fellow, physiology, 1989; faculty, physiology, ophthalmology, 1991–92), of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, was awarded the Jewish Guild for the Blind’s 2012 Alfred W. Bressler Prize in Vision Science. She is a professor of ophthalmology and of cell and developmental biology as well as vice chair for research in ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania. (Spring/Summer 2015)

Henry Brem (fellow, neurosurgery and ophthalmology, 1979–80), of Owings Mills, Maryland, currently professor and director of the Department of Neurosurgery, has received a National Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence from Castle Connolly, a research and medical information company. The award recognized Brem’s commitment to improving the lives of thousands of people. (Spring/Summer 2015)

Duane A. Compton (fellow, biological chemistry, 1989–93), of Lyme, New Hampshire, professor of biochemistry and senior associate dean for research at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, began serving as its interim dean on July 15, 2014. (Winter 2015)

Lisa Cooper (fellow, general internal medicine, 1994), of Baltimore, director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities, has received the Vice Dean’s Award for the Advancement of Women from the Office of Women in Science and Medicine. Cooper’s research focuses on patient-centered strategies for improving outcomes and overcoming racial and ethnic disparities in health care. (Spring/Summer 2015)

Catherine DeAngelis (HS, pediatrics, 1970–72; faculty, pediatrics, 1972–2000), of Baltimore, now Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of pediatrics, will receive the 2015 Howland Medal of the American Pediatric Society, the highest award in pediatric medicine. (Spring/Summer 2015)

Todd Dorman (HS, anesthesiology and critical care medicine, 1990; fellow, critical care medicine, 1992), of Baltimore, currently professor and vice chair for critical care services in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and senior associate dean for education coordination, has been named president-elect of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. (Spring/Summer 2015)

Randolph M. Howes (HS; fellow, surgery, 1977–78), of Kentwood, Louisiana, appeared on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment channel’s radio show “From the Boardroom to the Bedroom: The Protocol Praxis with Suzanne Z. Pedro” on Sept. 16, 2014. He discussed his book The Fire Eaters: Molding Your Own Destiny More Easily. (Winter 2015)

William Greenough III (faculty, geriatrics, 1967–83, 1985–present), of Baltimore, has received the 2014 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award from the American Geriatric Society. (Fall 2015)

Morton Goldberg (HS, ophthalmology, 1963–67; fellow, medicine, 1969–70), of Baltimore, professor of ophthalmology and director emeritus of the Wilmer Eye Institute (1989–2003), has received the American Ophthalmological Society’s 2014 Lucian Howe Medal for distinguished service to ophthalmology. (Spring/Summer 2015)

Anita Gupta (HS, ophthalmology, 2007), of Princeton, New Jersey, is one of 16 recipients of the inaugural Learning Health System Research Awards from the Association of American Medical Colleges. She also has been appointed vice chair of Pain Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. (Fall 2015)

Michael M.E. Johns (faculty, otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, 1984–90; dean of the school of medicine, 1990–1996), of Atlanta, who led Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center from 1996–2007, then served as Emory’s fifth chancellor from 2007–2012 and as the University of Michigan’s interim executive vice president for medical affairs from June 2014 to March 2015, has received the 2015 National Physician of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award from Castle Connolly. (Spring/Summer 2015)

Chauncey T. Jones (HS, anesthesiology and critical care, 2007), and his wife, Dawna Darjean Jones, of Magnolia, Texas, started Darjean Jones Wines LLC in 2010. (Fall 2015)

Stephen Kaufman (HS, radiology, 1974; PGF-radiology, 1975; faculty, 1988), of Asheville, North Carolina, is fully retired and living on a small farm. He looks back on his days as a house staff and faculty member with fond memories. (Fall 2015)

Seth Karp (fellow, transplantation, 2001–03; faculty, surgery, 2001–04), of Nashville, Tennessee, has been named chairman of Vanderbilt University’s Department of Surgery. (Fall 2015)

Peter H. Kilmarx (HS, infectious diseases, 1990–93), of Dulles, Virginia, accepted an invitation to spend a month as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Ebola response team leader in Sierra Leone. He will be overseeing about 40 of the organization’s staff responsible for epidemiology, surveillance, contact tracing, health communications, infection control, laboratory testing and screening passengers on outgoing flights. Once his assignment in Sierra Leone is complete, he will return to Zimbabwe, where he is the organization’s country director.(Winter 2015)

Gordon Klein (fellow, pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology, 1976–78) is now a clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery and member of the scientific staff at the Shriners Burns Hospital/University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. (Fall 2015)

Jack Kushner (instructor, neurosurgery, 1973–79), of Annapolis, Maryland, lectured last June at Charles University in Prague on “Ethics of Personalized Medicine,” and last September on “Democracy and Global Health Care Delivery Systems” at the University of Cambridge in England. While there, he received a Certificate of Achievement from the university. In October, he also lectured at the University of Hanoi on “Democracy and Global Health Care Delivery Systems.” (Winter 2015)

Robert Mayer (fellow, rehabilitative medicine, 2001), of Baltimore, was named 2014 Distinguished Clinician by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. (Fall 2015)

Claude Migeon (fellow, pediatrics, 1950–52; faculty, pediatrics, 1971–98), of Baltimore, has published a book, Remembering Dr. Lawson Wilkins: a Pioneer of Pediatric Endocrinology. (Fall 2015)

Santa Ono (faculty, medicine, 1992–96), of Cincinnati, has been inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. He is president of the University of Cincinnati, where he also serves as a professor of pediatrics and a professor of biology. (Fall 2015)

Carole Parent (fellow, biological chemistry, 1992–96; faculty, biological chemistry, 1996–2000) of Bethesda, Maryland, now deputy chief of the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology at the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research, has been inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. She is an international expert in directed cell migration, having identified novel mechanisms used by cells to communicate with each other as they move in a concerted fashion toward a chemical attractant. (Fall 2015)

Harold L. Paz (fellow, respiratory medicine, 1988), of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, was named executive vice president and chief medical officer of Aetna. (Winter 2015)

Godfrey Pearlson (HS, fellow, psychiatry; faculty, psychiatry, 1979), of New Haven, Connecticut, has been inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. Founder of Johns Hopkins’ Division of Psychiatric Neuroimaging, he now is a professor of psychiatry and neurobiology at Yale and founding director of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital. (Fall 2015)

Genaro Ramirez-Correa (post-graduate fellow, 2007), of Baltimore, Maryland, lead a team of Hopkins scientists to restore normal function in heart muscle cells of diabetic rats.The study offers a clue to a possible treatment strategy for diabetic cardiomyopathy, (Winter 2015)

Albert Shackman (HS, radiology, 1953; fellow, radiology, 1954; faculty, radiology), of Towson, Maryland, is enjoying life at the Edenwald Retirement Community, where he manages, plays clarinet and sings for the Goldenaires Big Band. (Fall 2015)

Elise Stanley (fellow, neurology, 1977–80; faculty, neurology, 1980–84), of Toronto, has been inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. She currently heads the Cellular and Molecular Division of the Toronto Western Research Institute (TWRI), where she has been since 1999. She holds two endowed chairs at TWRI and supervises TWRI’s Wright Cellular Imaging Facility, where she works primarily within the field of information transfer in the nervous system. (Fall 2015)

Rolf-Detlef Treede (visiting scientist, neurosurgery, 1988–90), of Mannheim, Germany, now professor of neurophysiology at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg and managing director of the Center for Biomedicine and Medical Technology Mannheim, has been inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. President of the International Association for the Study of Pain, his research has included studies of all aspects of pain, from the mechanisms of its transmission to assessment of its impact. (Fall 2015)

Judith Wasserheit (faculty, infectious diseases, 1986–89), of Seattle, now professor and chair of the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, has been inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. Also a professor of medicine and an adjunct professor of epidemiology, Wasserheit developed the concept of epidemiological synergy between HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases, which has had a major influence on HIV prevention policy and programs around the world. (Fall 2015) Leslie Weiner (HS, medicine, neurosurgery, 1962–65; fellow, medicine, 1967–69; faculty, neurosurgery, 1969–75), of Los Angeles, is currently working on stem cell research and has two papers in submission. (Fall 2015)

Peter Wiernik (HS, medicine, 1970–71; faculty, medicine), of Chappaqua, New York, is serving a one-year term as chair of the Eastern Region of the American Federation for Medical Research. (Fall 2015)

Christopher G. Williams (house staff, plastic surgery, 2007), of Centennial, Colorado, is a board-certified plastic surgeon and co-owner of Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery in Lone Tree, Colorado. He employs microsurgical breast reconstruction to help women affected by breast cancer. (Spring/Summer 2015)


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