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Harry Neel, of Albert Lea, Minn., has received a lifetime achievement award from the Freeborn County Medical Society for outstanding accomplishments during his 43-year career there as a surgeon and clinician. Neel, who turned 103 on May 14, has become a local celebrity, according to Dieter Heinz, president of the medical society. The American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) designated Albert Lea part of its Blue Zone initiative to improve the longevity of individuals by changing the lifestyles of those who live in a community and Neel has been interviewed and celebrated as a key figure in the 10-month project. (Fall 2009)


John Eagan, Sr., of Birmingham, Ala., is former chief of staff of the Department of Medicine of Trinity Hospital. (July 2011)

Howard W. Jones Jr., of Portsmouth, Va., was profiled in the The New York Times in March 2010.


Fred Helmholz, of Rochester, M.N., celebrated his 100th birthday on December 27, 2011.


Joseph Hafkenschiel, Jr., of Portola Valley, Calif., has published A 21st Century Memoir. (January 2009)


Merel Harmel, of Chapel Hill, N.C., is mentioned in an article about the history of anesthesia in the Fall 2009 issue of Hopkins Medicine magazine. (October 2009)

Harry P. Porter Jr., of Cockeysville, Md., and his wife, Elaine, moved into a retirement home in 2009 and are very happy.


Barbara Young, of Baltimore, has published an article, "The Blue Mask: Uncovering the Cause of the Nightmare", in the Psychiatric Times. (March 2010)


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.

Peter Randall, of Gwynedd, Pa., professor emeritus of plastic surgery at University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has been honored with the creation of the Peter Randall Endowed Chair in Pediatric Plastic Surgery. (Winter 2009)


William Fritz, of Towson, Md., just published his first book, a murder mystery titled "Thy Will Be Done". (January 2011)

James Hansen, of San Pedro, Calif., emeritus professor of medicine at the Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, delivered the Distinguished Scientist Honor Lecture at the 2008 meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in Philadelphia last October. His topic was “What’s New in Spirometry.” He still teaches and performs research at the medical center.  (October 2008)

William F. Rienhoff III, of Worton, Md., says “Living on the Eastern Shore, doing well thus far.” (2012)


T. Scott McCay, of Jackson, Miss., is retired and enjoying life along with 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. (January 2011)


Eugene Blank, of Portland, Ore., had a new version of his book, "USMC 457703: World War II, A History, A Memory", published in April 2010. (January 2011)

Herbert Fred, of Houston, Texas, professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center, presented the Special Dean's Lecture at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His address was entitled “Medical Education on the Brink: 62 Years of Front-line Observations and Opinions.” (May 2012)


Don Carey, of Gilford, N.H., and his wife, Barbara, were not outdoors enthusiasts until they moved to New Hampshire in the early 1970s. But in the last 40 years, they’ve more than made up for lost time. Read more. (May 2011)

Alan Hofmann, of La Jolla, Calif., has had curative back surgery, climbed a mountain in Austria, taken his grandchildren up the Rhine and down the Seine, and published his 325th scientific paper. He has been elected to honorary membership in the German Society for Internal Medicine. (Winter 2010)

Alan Hofmann, of La Jolla, Calif., reports that he still is publishing articles on biliary physiology and is pleased that four of his classmates also continue producing published research, including Charles Ambrose, of Lexington, Ky. (on medical history); Lewis Braverman, of Boston, Mass., (on thyroid physiology); Peter Gouras, of Bronx, N.Y. (on retinal physiology); and Robert Youngblood, of Florence, S.C. (on abdominal surgery).


David Paton, of East Hampton, N.Y., published his memoir, "Second Sight: Views From An Eye Doctor's Odyssey". Proceeds from the book will be used in part to support a new Global Ophthalmology Fellowship at ORBIS International, Inc. Excerpts may be found at (July 2011)

In 2012, Paton was recognized by The Hill School with the 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.

Hamilton Smith, of Reisterstown, Md., is noted in this article for his work at the J. Craig Venter Institute, where he is Scientific Director of Synthetic Biology & Bioenergy Groups, helping to bring a synthetic cell to life. (November 2010)


Ethan Welch, of Webster, N.Y., has published "La Trappe Creek Chronicles: A Log of Adventures...Sailing with Friends", a lavishly illustrated history of the creation and nurturing of a sailing organization, the La Trappe Creek Historical and Ecological Society. (Fall 2009)

Gilbert Wise, of New York, N.Y., is now a part-time urologist at the Brady Urologic Health Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital. (Winter 2010)


Jeremiah Barondess, of New York, N.Y., president emeritus of the New York Academy of Medicine, joins NYU College of Nursing's Board of Advisors. (August 2009)

Mac DuBose, of Durham, NC, shared this note about philanthropy and his time at Hopkins with classmates at his 50th Reunion. (June 2009)

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.

Frank Jackson, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., founder of Jackson GI Medical and Chek-Med Systems and GI Supply, is noted in this article for creating Prebiotin, a prebiotic supplement, and inventing supplies used in gastrointestinal surgeries. (October 2010)

Raymond Lenhard, of Baltimore, became a member of the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Board of Trustees. (Fall 2009)


C. Richard Conti, of Gainesville, Fla., notes, "We had some great times at Testani's. We had some wild times at the Annual Pithotomy Club show. And we all enjoyed the Annual Turtle Derby festivities. Although I don't see most of my classmates frequently, I still feel a bond to most and remember the good times we had together during medical school and housestaff training."  Dr. Conti was also the honoree of the 2011 American Heart Association's Gainesville Heart Ball.

Walter E. Afield, MD, of Tampa, Fla., notes, "After 51 years of practice, I taught, built a new medical school and hospital system, and gave back considerably to my community. I continue to practice 60 hours a week. I love it and will retire when the Lord retires me. My only advice to current graduates and students-when you get old, don't quit! A 102 year old Baltimore woman told me what she learned from all her years was it all repeats itself and nothing is very important. True enough, but one must add, it all IS really important."

William Kerr, of Evanston, Ill., notes, "My enthusiam for medical teaching, reading, and practice continues unabated, despite disabilities owing to old poliomyelitis and significant cervical spinal stenosis. Having been happily married to Susie Dee, herself afflcted by progressive multiple sclerosis, for many years. I have been favored by marriage to Ausrine, and fatherhood to her 2 children. Contacts have been maintained at varius times over the years, especially with Bob Scott, Dan and Anne Sapir, Luke Glancy, Jim Brawner, George Callard, and Tery Taylor."

Joanne Smith, of Opelika, Ala., notes, "People ask me how it was in medicine as a woman in the old days. I tell them that, far from being abused, I think we got special treatment. And I would like to thank all my classmates for the wonderful four years that we had together at Johns Hopkins. I treasure those memories and I am so proud to have been a part of the Class of 1960."


John Cameron, of Baltimore, Alfred Blalock Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery in the School of Medicine, was the first visiting professor and leader of the California-based Sansum Clinic’s Surgical Academic Week. Sansum Clinic is the largest independent nonprofit healthcare organization between the Los Angeles Basin and the San Francisco Bay Area. On March 30, 2012, Dr. Cameron performed his 2,000th Whipple surgery.

Curtis Krock notes, I enjoy being retired from all administrative obligations but still am involved in teaching medical students and residents. I now spend three months with my wife in San Francisco each winter -- better than Illinois. I enjoy reading, modest political activism, and non-adventure travel!

Richard Green, of London, England, notes, "Twenty six years after graduating from Hopkins, I graduated from Yale Law School. My career has focused on human sexuallity. I was a pioneer in promoting sex-change surgery in the 1960s, an early advocate for removing homosexuality from the list of mental disorders in the 1970s, and helped debunk long forgotten recovered memories of childhood sex abuse by non-exisistent Satanic Cults and innocent parents. I testified as an expert in pornography trials on behalf of film makers and on behalf of lesbian mothers in child custody disputes. I was Founding President of the International Academy of Sex Research in 1975 and Founding Editor of the peer reviewed Archives of Sexual Behavior in 1971, serving as Editor for 30 years. I published 200 papers and chapters and eight books. As an attorney, I defended a homosexual scout against the Boy Scouts who refused to accept him as a scoutmaster (we lost) and in a defamation suit by the actress Elke Sommer against Zsa Zsa Gabor (we won)."

Richard T. Tschetter, of Sioux Falls, S.D., notes "I returned to SD in 1968 and founded Ophthalmology, Ltd. which now consists of nine ophthalmologists, 6 of which are fellowship-trained sub-specialists. I quit doing surgery in April 2010 and now practice medical ophthalmology 3 1/2 days a week."

Grover Hutchins, of Baltimore, professor and interim director of the Division of Cardiovascular Pathology at Hopkins, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of American Pathology in recognition of his years of distinguished service to the college’s Autopsy Committee and Forensic Pathology Committee. (Winter 2010)


John Cameron, of Baltimore, earned the Hope Funds Award for Excellence for lifetime achievement in pancreatic cancer treatment.

S. Scott Sudduth, of Newfields, N.H., retired after 40 years of OB/GYN practice. (Winter 2010)


S. Robert Lathan Jr., of Atlanta, Ga., published a book about his grandfather: Grand Old Man, Life of Samuel Boston Lathan — the last surviving Confederate veteran of Chester, S.C. “Sadly, I was only one year old when my grandfather died at age 96,” notes Lathan, who previously published The History of South Carolina, a collection of the writings of his great uncle, the Reverend Robert Lathan, which described in details the events of the Revolutionary War in South Carolina. (April 2012)

Edward R. Laws of Jamaica Plain, Mass., an expertin the treatment of neuroendocrine disorders, was named director of the Neuro Endocrine/Pituitary Program at Boston's Brigham & Women's Hospital in June 2008.  In June 2011, he received the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award – "What a thrill!", said Dr. Laws.

Robert Liberman, of Westlake Village, Calif., recently presented "The Social Brain: How We Can Use It In Health and Disease", the inaugural lecture in an endowed series at California Lutheran University. He also presented "Stigma and Criminalization of the Mentally Ill," and "Recovery from Madness."


David Levin, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., has received the Gold Medal of the Association of University Radiologists. (March 2008)

Gary Birnbaum, of Excelsior, Minn., has published a new book, "Multiple Sclerosis". Part of the Oxford Neurology Library, this practical pocket book covers current approaches and new developments in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of the disease, including both early and advanced stages. (Fall 2009) 

Kenneth Quickel, of Centerville, Mass., was elected to the Community Health Center of Cape Cod's Board of Directors. Quickel is the retired president and chief executive officer of the Joslin Diabetes Center and Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. (January 2012)

Robert Thompson, of Meriden, Conn., has stopped operating but still is in the office full time. He has just published a paper on aviation psychology involving mathematics, and notes: no orthopedic surgery required! (Winter 2010)


Roland Blantz, of Del Mar, Calif., head of nephrology at UCSD was given the John P. Peters Award, the highest honor granted by the American Society of Nephrology for outstanding research and leadership contributions in the field of kidney disease. (November 2010)

Myron "Mike" Weisfeldt, of Baltimore, a former AHA president and physician in chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital (December 2010)

Stanley Heller, of Chicago, Ill., writes, "Still alive, still healthy, still working full-time" (October 2010)

Barry Strauch, of Mc Lean, Va., received the 2008 Laureate Award from the Virginia Chapter of the American College of Physicians. (Spring 2009)

John Lacher, of Denver, Colo.; Clyde McAllister, of Honolulu, HI; Wei-i Li, of Seattle, Wash.; and Dan and Jan Tuerk, of Palo Alto, Calif., recently convened on the Oregon coast to study and treat Li for what they termed “Asterisk-Lazarus syndrome,” a condition which results from the misapplication of an asterisk after a name in an alumni publication, moving the person into the ranks of those who have gone on before. “Group therapy and wine-boarding yielded a salubrious result,” Lacher reports, and all attendees, particularly Li, “not being completely dead,” felt much better.  (Summer 2009)


Lewis Becker discusses platlet clotting in this article in ScienceLive. (September 2010)

William Milroy, of Corpus Christi, TX, has come out of retirement to do part-time work for the Military Entrance Processing Command, performing physicals on new recruits all over the country. (Winter 2010)

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, was been named the 2012 Community Clinician of the Year by his physician peers of the Essex South District Medical Society.


Jason Birnholz, of Highland Park, Ill., is a contributing write to the blog. He wrote the article, "The Practice of Ultrasound: Part 4 -- Female pelvic ultrasound." (March 2012)

Richard Bransford, of Kijabe, Kenya, received the 2010 Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine from the American Medical Association Foundation and, this October, will receive the the 2010 ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Award from the American College of Surgeons. Bransford spent his entire career caring for disabled children in Africa. He is the co-founder of the Bethany Kids Center at Kijabe Hospital, known throughout the continent as a referral center for disabled children. (Winter 2010)

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.

Lisa Dunkle, of Madison, Conn., is chief medical officer of Protein Sciences Corporation, where she develops purified proteins for vaccines by cell based methodology – influenza, seasonal and pandemic. (July 2011)

Richard Garner, of Anchorage, AK, still is engaged in full-time orthopedic surgery.

William Jack II, of Corpus Christi, TX, retired from cardiology. (July 2011)

Issam Shaker, of Macon, Ga., is the 2011 president of Bibb County Medical Society. (April 2011)

Richard W. Garner of Anchorage, AK, is an orthopedic surgeon at the Anchorage Fracture and Orthopedic Clinic in Alaska. (January 2011)


Jerome Rubin, of Carmel, Calif., practices hematology and oncology with his daughter, Dr. Nancy Rubin, at Monterey Bay Oncology. (Winter 2010)

Vernon Tolo, of Pasadena, Calif., was awarded the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. (Winter 2010)

Vernon Tolo, of Pasadena, Calif., is editor-in-chief of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. (July 2011)


N. Franklin Adkinson, Jr., of Baltimore, professor of medicine at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has received the 2009 Distinguished Clinician Award from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. The award recognizes his commitment to patient care and clinical investigation focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of asthma and allergic diseases. (Winter 2010)

A. Everette James, of Chapel Hill, N.C., is a doctor, author, and noted collector of American art. He is on the boards of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements and the Center for Study of the American South as well as a consultant for the Smithsonian Institution. (January 2011)

James Muller, of Auburndale, Mass., is founder and head of InfraReDx, which has built a near-infrared spectroscopy catheter to find vulnerable coronary plaques. FDA approval was obtained for the device in April 2008, and it now is being used throughout the U.S. (Spring 2009)

Eitan D. Schwarz, of Wilmette, Ill., launched the app ZillyDilly, new educational browser for children. (2012)

Leslie P. Weiner, of Los Angeles, Calif. is chair of the Peer Review Committee for the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health Stem Cell Research Program. (January 2011)


S. Robert Hurwitz, of Las Vegas, Nev., is in full time practice in radiology, professor at University of Nevada (Las Vegas) and professor of radiology at Touro University School of Medicine. His current research interests are antibody therapy of carcinoma. (July 2011).

Joseph Moore, of Hillsborough, N.C., professor of medicine in Duke's Division of Hematology-Oncology and director of the Duke Oncology Consortium, received a distinguished faculty award from the Duke Medical Alumni Association. Moore's clinical research focuses on finding new drug treatments for acute and chronic myeloid and lymphoid leukemia

Bennie I. Osburn, of Wilton, Calif., dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California–Davis, has been named to the Board of Directors for Medical Management International, in Portland, Ore.


Joseph Haraszti, of Pasadena, Calif., has  started a weekly live webcast, held 9:00-9:30 pm every Wednesday, entitled “Wednesday Evenings with Dr. Joe and Marta.” The topics cover the healthcare field with an emphasis on mental health and addiction medicine. You can also follow him on Twitter(September 2009)

Risa Mann, of Chevy Chase, Md., retired in 2004 as professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine after being on the faculty in surgical pathology and hematopathology for 27 years. She was also director of the Residency Program in Anatomic Pathology for 17 years. (July 2011)

Neil Miller, of Baltimore, professor of ophthalmology, neurology and neurosurgery, as well as head of the resident selection committee; and Harry Quigley, of Baltimore, director of glaucoma service and Hopkins Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology, report that they are having "too much fun on the faculty to leave the John." They are looking forward to seeing classmates at their 40th reunion and have issued warnings to those who may fail to show up.

Harry Quigley writes "Neil Miller and I are still having too much fun on the Faculty to leave the John. Looking forward to seeing many of you for reunion and sharing stories about continued work or how retirement is going for those who have bailed. McGee, Michigan and Roth -- you better show up!"

Susan Shurin, of Bethesda, Md., currently the deputy director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, will serve as acting director for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development beginning October 1.

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.


J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., professor and director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, has received a 2010 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance of Mental Health (NAMI). The metropolitan Baltimore chapter of NAMI nominated DePaulo for the honor. (September 2010)

J. Raymond DePaulo, of Baltimore, chair of the psychiatry department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is quoted in an ABC News article "Celebrity Suicides Highlight Antidepressant Questions".

Lisa Dunkle, of Madison, Conn., is proud to say that her daughter, Margaret Scheffler, became a board-certified pediatrician in December 2009. She is currently a fellow in Pediatric Critical Care at Texas Children's Hospital, Houston. (May 2010)

Mary Guinan, of Henderson, Nev., is featured in an alumni profile on the The University of Texas Medical Branch website.

Bruce Stechmiller, of Gainesville, Fla., retired from private practice after 30 years and now is working full time in hematology-oncology at the University of Florida. (Winter 2010)

Eileen Vining, of Baltimore, professor of neurology and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and director of the John M. Freeman Pediatric Epilepsy Center, has received the J. Kiffin Penry Excellence in Epilepsy Care Award from the American Epilepsy Society. (Spring 2009)


Jose Bardelas, of High Point, N.C., appeared on the "House Call" segment of Fox 8 WGHP to talk about the signs and symptoms of allergies. (April 2012)

David Borenstein, of Potomac, Md., was included in Who’s Who in the World. He served as president of the American College of Rheumatology from 2010-2011. He currently serves as chair of the Nominations Committee.

Teresa Hargrave, of Syracuse, N.Y., recently joined the faculty in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division at SUNY-Upstate. (Winter 2010)

Michael Lubin, of Atlanta, Ga., just returned from a sabbatical as a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo and has published the fourth edition of Medical Management of the Surgical Patient. (Spring 2009)

Ronald Luff, of Bethlehem, Pa., recently gave the John K. Frost Lecture at the Hopkins cytopathology course. (Fall 2009)

Walter Merrill, of Jackson, Miss., assumed the position of chief of staff at Vanderbilt University Hospital on April 1, 2012.

John Ricotta, of Washington, D.C., was named to the Hawfield Chair of Surgery at Washington Hospital Center, a member of MedStar Health. (Spring 2009)

Mark A. Rockoff, of Hingham, Mass., was been elected to a one-year term for 2012 as President of the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is also the vice-chairman of the department of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston and professor of anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School.


Peter Agre, of Baltimore, director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, has been named president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. (February 2009)

James Bennett, Jr., of Charlottesville, Va., will be leading Virginia Commonwealth University's new Parkinson's initiative as chairman of the neurology department and is founding director of the VCU Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Multidisciplinary Research and Clinical Center. (August 2009)

Peter Byeff, of Southington, Conn., has recently been re-appointed as the medical director of the George Bray Cancer Center of the Hospital of Central Connecticut. (Spring 2009)

Monte Del Monte, of Ann Arbor, Mich., is involved in international medical missions worldwide with ORBIS International and other non-governmental organizations. He has served as chair of the International Affairs Committee for the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. (Spring 2009)

Peter Gallerstein, of Morristown, N.J., recently joined the full-time staff at Morristown Memorial Hospital, which soon will open a new facility, the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute. (Spring 2009)

Timothy C. Hengst, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., has advanced to the rank of full professor at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. (January 2011)

Timothy Hengst, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., illustrator of more than 60 medical and surgical texts, as well as a contributor to more than 100 scientific journals, chairs the multimedia department and teaches digital illustration and graphics at California Lutheran University. He recently displayed as artwork at the university's Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture in the Soiland Humanities Center. (April 2011)


Anthony Lehner, of Dallas, TX, retired from anesthesiology and is now working as Western Field Support Branch Chief U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command in charge of the 32 Military Entrance Processing Stations West of the Mississippi. (October 2010)

Peter Hine, of Marlborough, Conn., notes, "As of July 1, 2010, Peter and Candi will be retired and living in their home on the coast of Maine." (May 2010)

Andrew Yeager, of Tucson, Ariz., celebrated his daughter's wedding in Baltimore this past June.  The groom's father is Dr. Yeager's classmate from Hopkins, Tom Guarnieri, Med '75! (June 2009)

Shelby Wilkes, of Atlanta, Ga, was recently was elected chairman of the Audit Committee at Capital City Bank. He was re-elected to the office of Treasurer of the National Medical Association’s Ophthalmology section.  (August 2009)

In 2012, Wilkes was chosen as the 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, joined a select group of doctors elected to Mastership of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Masters are distinguished by the excellence and significance of their contributions to the ACP and the field of medicine. (April 2012)

Andrew Feinberg, of Baltimore, discusses the epigenetics of human disease in this interview. (May 2010)

Richard Kay, of Briarcliff, N.Y., writes, "Professional life remains satisfying in turbulent times. Family life is great with 3 grandchildren, all nearby. Roberta and I are disappointed that we will miss the 35th reunion in 2011 because of a family event conflict, but hope to make the 40th!"

 Ingram Roberts, of Southport, Conn., was elected to the Board of Directors of the American College of Physician Executives.

Patrick Turnes has joined the Worthington Personal Physicians Group, of Reisterstown, a part of the Mercy Medical Center network. Turnes, who is certified in internal medicine, received his degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Maryland General Hospital. Worthington Personal Physicians offers primary and specialty care services in northwestern Baltimore County and Carroll County. (September 2010)


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." (Dec. 2011)

David Hellmann, of Baltimore, is attempting to turn Hopkins’ symbolic academic triangle into a 3-D pyramid, all in the name of better patient care. (October 2009)

Charles “Chad” G. Helmick, of Atlanta, Ga., received the 2012 Award for Public Leadership in Rheumatology from the American College of Rheumatology. A physician epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Helmick was honored for his extraordinary contributions in advancing issues that affect the rheumatology community and increasing public understanding and awareness of them.

Hal Gutstein, of New York, N.Y., says “Entered third phase of my medical career as a Multiple Sclerosis specialist at NYU in NYC. Still thankful to Drs. Mckhann and Herndon for their sage advice going back to medical school; Our daughter, Peri, is engaged to be married in two months, very exciting.”

Kenneth Laws, of Nashville, Tenn., joined the five-hospital Saint Thomas Health system as a cardiothoracic surgeon and has helped to establish a new practice, Heart, Lung & Vascular Surgery, with Saint Thomas Heart, the health system’s cardiac division, at its Baptist Hospital. (March 2012)

Warren Lovinger, Jr., of Nevada, Mo., recently was installed as a Master of the American College of Physicians. (April 2011)

Wayne Shandera, of Houston, TX, received the 2011 Saint Martin de Porres Award, presented by the Southern Dominicans, on May 5. (May 2011)


Randy M. Davis was honored as a Health Care Hero by the Daily Record.

Stephen Desiderio, of Baltimore, is appointed by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley to serve on a special task force to study the benefits of nanobiotechnology. (August 2010)

Barbara Gastel, of Bryan, Texas, has won the 2010 John P. McGovern Science and Society Award. Gastel is a professor at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and is the long-standing editor of Science Editor, the journal of the Council of Science Editors. (December 2009)

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.

Douglas Munch, of Morristown, N.J., showcased photographs from around the world in a special exhibition this May at the Bernardsville Public Library. The exhibit featured images from 10 countries, including Argentina, Cuba, France, Macedonia and the United States. (May 2010)

Keith Lillemoe, of Zionsville, Ind., recently became surgeon-in-chief and head of the Department of Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. A world-renowned specialist in pancreatic and biliary surgery, Lillemore spent 27 years at Hopkins, serving as deputy director of the Department of Surgery, prior to becoming surgeon-in-chief and chairman of surgery at Indiana University Hospital in 2003. (April 2011)

Kenneth Tyler, of Denver, Colo., became chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in November 2009. (Winter 2010)

In 2012, Tyler was elected as a 2012 American Academy of Microbiology Fellow. Fellows of the Academy are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

James W. Wagner, of Atlanta, Ga., president of Emory University in Atlanta, received President Obama’s intent to reappoint him as the vice chair for the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. (Fall 2012)

Mary Yamshita, of Minneapolis, Minn., writes, After retiring from medicine hors de combat, I traveled to Hollywood, California, where I worked at a post-production sound studio and did other pick-up technical work. My first foray into the field of sound design for an original play garnered an LA drama critics' award in sound design, and the play went on the win an NAACP Image Award. I am currently married to a service-connected 100% disabled veteran and grossly underemployed at the present time. However, domesticity and grandchildren are their own rewards, n'est-ce pas? As the kids on Guam would say, "Hafa adai!" (October 2010)


Jerome Granato, of Pittsburgh, Pa., recently left Allegheny General Hospital to accept the position of senior vice president and chief medical officer for the Excela Health System in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He will be responsible for clinical services and quality improvement for the organization and will continue to practice clinical cardiology at Westmoreland Hospital. (October 2010)

Richard F. Heitmiller II was honored as a Health Care Hero by the Daily Record.

Don MacGlashan,of Baltimore, was the first passenger from British Airways flight 229 to exit customs at BWI Airport in April. The flight was the first in almost a week to arrive from London after airline disruptions due to volcanic ash. (April 2010)


Donald Buchanan, of Las Vegas, Nev., a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, was named medical director and senior physician of the state of Nevada’s Early Intervention Services clinic in Las Vegas. (May 2012)

Gary Firestein, of Del Mar, Calif., writes, "I am still on the faculty at UC San Diego as Professor of Medicine and am now Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor of Translational Medicine. I originally thought that Translational Medicine has something to do with the Spanish to English language issues in San Diego; now I am now pretty sure I am responsible for shepherding basic science discoveries to clinical applications. In the meantime, I still see patients in rheumatology clinic and do my own research in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis. So, maybe not successful as pure overhead yet." (October 2010)

Ming Jeang, of Houston, Texas, established a permanent endowment for the scholarship at his high school - Thatcher High School. Each year, the Jeang Prize is awarded to the senior with the highest composite score on the ACT, a national college entrance exam. (May 2012)

James Michel, of West Newton, Mass., writes "I am still teaching at Harvard in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Chemical and Physical Biology. I have been a member of the Senior Common Room in Lowell House since 1979 and continue to attend the Wednesday SCR lunches and other activities. I was married to my long-term partner Sherri Goldberg in August 2007. We live in West Newton and have a wonderful golden (white) lab named Figaro. My children have all finished college and all plan to go on to graduate school. David, age 26, is in Law School at Boston University. Melanie, age 23, is working as a financial analyst for American Express in Manhattan. She is planning to go on for her MBA in a couple of years. Samuel, age 21, is taking a year off before going to medical school. He is working at a medical clinic in Salem, Oregon. I continue with my interest in cooking and fine wines, listening to classical music, mainly chamber and opera, and enjoy time with my wife and dog."

Carlos T. Mock, of Three Oaks, Mich., Floricanto Press editor for its GLBT series, has published his fourth book: "Cuba Libre, 'Mentirita'", a Cuban history book filled with first-hand accounts and anecdotes. He was inducted into the Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame in October of 2007.

Norman Saba, of Tempe, Ariz., is noted in this article from The Arizona Republic. (October 2010)

Robin Sykes, of Jupiter, Fla., is still practicing plastic surgery and is looking forward to seeing old friends at the 30th reunion.


Louis Aronne, of Greenwich, Conn., is clinical professor of medicine at Weill-Cornell Medical College and has an adjunct appointment at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Program, past president of The Obesity Society and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. (July 2011)

Louis Aronne, of Greenwich, Conn., is founder and director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He has just published "The Skinny: On Losing Weight without Being Hungry-the Ultimate Guide to Weight Loss Success", a New York Times Best Sellers List selection. (Fall 2009)

Kevin Fox, of Broomall, Pa., writes, "Have been at the University of Pennsylvania in medical oncology since 1984. Currently am medical director of the Rena Rowan Breast Center. Very much looking forward to seeing some familiar faces at the reunion." (October 2010)

Alan Genicoff, of Lodi, Calif., decided after 23 years in emergency medicine to go to law school. He received his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 2007 and now practices both emergency medicine and provides consultation in health law matters, offering his services as an expert witness in emergency medicine and internal medicine. (April 2011)

Joanne Jordan notes, "I am now enjoying life as the Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology and Director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, my professional home for 24 years. My husband Robert Harrell (1980) is a rheumatologist in private practice in Durham. Our oldest daughter, Jordan Harrell, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 and is working for National Geographic Television in Washington, DC. Catherine completed her undergraduate degree (2009) and masters at Stanford University in 2010 and is now working in San Francisco at Autodesk. Robbie is a senior in high school and is deciding between 2 colleges for his plan to focus on hotel administration. Life in the "Southern part of Heaven" is good."

 Morton Kalus, of Manassas, Va., has joined the team of cardiologists at Augusta Health. (August 2009)

Scott M. Lippman, formerly of Houston, Texas., was named director of Moores Cancer Center at University of California, San Diego. He is nationally known for his molecular studies aimed at determining cancer risk and at developing methods for personalized treatment and prevention of cancer. Prior to this appointment, Lippman was chairman of thoracic/head and neck medical oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He also is a member of the NIH’s Clinical Trials/Translational Research Advisory Committee, chairman of the NIH’s Chemo/Dietary Prevention Study Section, and editor-in-chief of Cancer Prevention Research. (May 2012)

Hugh Y. Rienhoff, Jr., of San Carlos, Cali., was been appointed to scientific advisory board of Knome, Inc., a life sciences company that specializes in the interpretation of human genomes. Rienhoff is managing director of Life Science Venture Partners and serves as adjunct scientist at the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. (April 2012)


Peter McDonnell, of Batimore, is mentioned in the article, "The Wilmer Way", published in Johns Hopkins Medicine's Dome publication.  He is the director of the Wilmer Eye Institute. (October 2009)

In 2012, McDonnell was among the recipients of the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award given to Ophthalmology Times for editorial excellence.

Harry Sax, of Los Angeles, Calif., accepted a position as vice chair of the Department of Surgery and senior physician liaison with Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. (November 2010)

Robert Siliciano, of Baltimore, Med '82,'83 (Ph.D.), and his team have discovered a possible breakthrough in the treatment of HIV. (March 2012)

Donald Small, of Baltimore, is director of the Pediatric Oncology Division of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, as well as a pilot with instrument rating certification. He notes that the discipline of flying planes 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.

Chi Van Dang, Med ‘82, professor of medicine, cell biology, oncology and pathology, The Johns Hopkins Family Professor, and vice dean for research, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences whose current membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. (April 2011)

Samuel Yang, of Helena, Mont., is thrilled that his daughter just got accepted into the MSPH program of the International Health Department at Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (March 2011)


Carey Bligard of Fort Dodge, IA, a physician and author, has published her debut novel, "Mr. Darcy's Little Sister" (Sourcebooks, 2010), written under her pen name, C. Allyn Pierson. (January 2011)

Chris Forsmark, of Gainesville, Fla., chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Florida, has taken over as chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Gastroenterology Board. (July 2008)

John Heller, of Atlanta, Ga., was named by Becker's Spine Review as one of the "208 Spine Surgeons & Specialists to Know." (March 2012)

Steven Holland, of Bethesda, Md., has received the 2009 Abbott Laboratories Award in Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology from the American Society for Microbiology. Chief of the Laboratory of Clinical Infectious Diseases and the Infectious Diseases Program of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Holland was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the diagnosis and understanding of infectious diseases, physiological host defenses, and inherited immune disorders. (Spring 2009)

W. P. Andrew Lee, a hand surgeon heralded for his successful hand transplants and breakthrough research on overcoming rejection in composite tissue grafting, has been named the chair of the newly formed Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Lee led the surgical team that performed the nation’s first double-hand transplant in May 2009 and the first above-elbow transplant earlier this year; he created a means of using minimal anti-rejection drugs for these procedures known now as the Pittsburgh Protocol. Dr. Lee succeeds Paul N. Manson, M.D., who headed the division – formerly part of the Hopkins Department of Surgery – since 1990.

In 2012, Lee was 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.

James Robusto, of Urbanna, Va., recently received an MBA from the College of William & Mary. (Spring 2009)

Mark Schlissel, of Moraga, Calif., former dean of biological sciences in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California–Berkeley, was named the 11th provost of Brown University. (July 2011) 

John Sotos, of Palo Alto, Calif., served as a technical adviser to the hit TV drama "House, M.D." and was recently featured the CBS article "That would make a great 'House' episode!". (May 2012)


Ann Conjura, of Huntington, W.Va., has been promoted to chief medical director of Hospice of Huntington. She teaches pain management and other palliative skills to third- year medical students at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. (Spring 2009)

Gerald Gacioch, of Fairport, N.Y., plans to complete medical missions in Haiti and Belize, and to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro this year. (Spring 2009)

Hyam Levitsky, of Owings Mills, Md., former professor of oncology, medicine and urology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is head of Cancer Immunology Experimental Medicine at Roche, a pharmaceutical research and early development organization. In his new role, Levitsky is responsible for guiding research and early development programs focused on the immunotherapy of cancer, overseeing experimental medicine studies and projects in collaboration with internal or external partners. He will continue to hold an academic appointment at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he will maintain his ongoing research program.

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. (2011)

LaRoy Penix, of Sugar Hill, Ga., has joined the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Neurology.  He will also serve as the stroke program director for the 557-bed Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Before joining the group, Dr. Penix was director of the neurology clinic at Southern Crescent Physicians Group in Riverdale.   (August 2009)

David Tunkel, of Reisterstown, Md., associate professor and director of pediatric otolaryngology at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has received the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. The award recognizes outstanding volunteer contributions to the academy and its foundation. (Winter 2010)

Robert Wasserman, of Merion Station, Pa., recently joined Roche as the vice president, head of Clinical Research and Exploratory Development in Oncology. (Spring 2009)


Todd Cohen, of Port Washington, N.Y., associate professor of medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, is also director of electrophysiology, director of the Pacemaker-Arrhythmia Center, and director of Advanced EP Technology and Innovations at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. He has published "A Patient's Guide to Heart Rhythm Problems" (The Johns Hopkins University Press). It is an easy-to-read book that provides detailed information to help people with arrhythmias obtain accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. (April 2011)

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".

Christine Harter, of Scottsdale, Ariz., notes, "Christine Harter started a solo internal medicine private practice in Phoenix, Arizona in 2008 that has been growing over the past two years. The practice is approximately 50% general internal medicine, and 50% headache medicine. She was certified in 2006 as a headache specialist by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties, at that time one of only three physicians in Arizona to be so certified. She has been married for 30 years to Bob Harter, and their daughter Claire is graduating from Hillsdale College in 2011. Their son Andrew attends Sewanee -- the University of the South." (April 2011)

Se-Jin Lee, of Baltimore, professor of molecular biology and genetics at the School of Medicine, is one of five Hopkins researchers who have been elected Fellows of the American Association of the Advancement of Science. Lee was chosen for his discovery of the protein hormone myostatin, a master regulator of skeletal muscle mass and homeostasis. (April 2011)

Richard Pomerantz, recently returned to Baltimore as chairman of the Department of Medicine at St. Agnes Hospital, after 20 years on the cardiology faculty at the University of Rochester Medical Center. (April 2011)

David Raiford, of Brentwood, Tenn., is serving as associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs and senior associate dean for Faculty Affairs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. (Winter 2010)

Steven Rosen, of Dix Hills, N.Y., recently became director of the Cushing Neuroscience Institute at South Side Hospital. (April 2011)

Marc Safran, of Fayetteville, N.Y., notes, "Marc Safran is an ophthalmologist in Liverpool, NY just north of Syracuse. Despite 200 inches of snow this year, he hasn't had to ski into work (quite yet). He just built a new office which has incorporated his visual love of photography into the decor and ambience of the facility." (April 2011)

Charles Sawyers, of New York, N.Y., is one of three recipients to receive the 2009 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for the development of molecularly-targeted treatments for chronic myeloid leukemia, converting a fatal cancer into a manageable chronic condition. (September 2009)

Jonathan Talamo, of Newton, Mass., notes, "Am now entering my 3rd decade practicing ophthalmology in/around Boston. After several years in academia, I have been in small group private practice since the late '90's specializing in refractive, corneal and cataract surgery (i.e. front of the eye...). I remain on the volunteer faculty at Harvard as an Associate Clinical Professor of Opthalmology and enjoy teaching. Consulting for the medical device industry (special interest in lasers) keeps me busy traveling and doing research with new technology. If someone had told me 25 years ago that this was how it was all going to work out (i.e. not full time academics) I probably wouldn't have believed them, but I do still enjoy getting up and going to work in the morning..." (April 2011)

Richard Van Breemen, of Elmhurst, Ill., has received the Harvey W. Wiley Award, the top accolade from the international Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC International). He also has been recognized for his work in natural products and dietary supplements. (April 2011)

Hank Wuh, of Honolulu, HI, founder and CEO of Cellular Bioengineering Inc., was involved with a partnership to produce "The Tempest", which was nominated for an Oscar this year for best costume design. (April 2011)


Jonathan Javitch, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology in the Center for Molecular Recognition and in Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, director of the Lieber Center for Schizophrenia Research at the Columbia University Medical Center, and chief of the Division of Molecular Therapeutics at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, has been named the first Lieber Professor of Experimental Therapeutics (in Psychiatry). Dr. Javitch's work focuses on understanding molecular and cellular processes that underlie behavior, with an emphasis on existing or novel targets for therapeutic intervention in psychiatric disorders.

Suzanne Koven, of Concord, Mass., launched her new monthly column in The Boston Globe, "In Practice," highlighting the shared stories at the heart of medicine. The column will appear the last Monday of the month in the G section of the newspaper and also online along with a weekly blog by the same name at (March 2011)

Scott Nyberg of Rochester, Minn., transplant surgeon and professor of surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, has received the Ridgewater College Foundation’s Distinguished Service and Distinguished Alumni Awards. (August 2009)

Elissa Palmer, of Las Vegas, Nev., notes, "Elissa J Palmer, MD, of Las Vegas, Nevada, currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Family & Community Medicine and Interim Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, was selected as a Bishop Fellow for 2011-2012 and was honored with the national Society of Family Medicine Advocacy award. She completed her term as President of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, started the third Urgent Care Fellowship in the nation, and continues to pursue development of family medicine residency programs in rural Nevada. She recently celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary with her husband, Richard. Their daughter, Cara, a Presidential Scholar at the University of Southern California, is enjoying her freshman year as are mom and dad since they visit for Trojan football and basketball games." (April 2011)

Kenneth Pienta, of Ann Arbor, Mich., was been appointed associate vice president for research, health sciences at University of Michigan Medical School. Pienta, internationally recognized as a leader in prostate cancer research and translational science, is professor of internal medicine and urology, as well as director of experimental therapeutics at the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology in the School of Medicine. He previously served as associate dean for clinical and health research at the school. (Jan. 2012)

Lee Riley, of Baltimore, treats Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts. (May 2010), of Rochester, Minn., transplant surgeon and professor of surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, has received the Ridgewater College Foundation’s Distinguished Service and Distinguished Alumni Awards. (August 2009)

In Feb. 2012, Riley was interviewed in this Baltimore Sun article.

Ariella Mirowski Rosengard, of Chestnut Hill, Mass., notes, "I am really looking forward to seeing everyone again!" (April 2011)

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.

Nicholas Suite, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., notes, "Portfolio diversification may be the buzz-phrase for the investment banking crowd, but for those of us still caring for patients, "Payer mix optimization" may be our best bet for survival. To live well in today's economy, many of us must step outside of our "doctor box" and do non-patient care endeavors. In any event, I and my family are happy, satisfied, and productive.....but I do look back fondly on the unabashed freedom to pursue pure scholarship that I once enjoyed at Johns Hopkins, when I was unfettered by the chains of potential economic angst." (April 2011)


Keith Ablow, of Newbury, Mass., is highlighted in an article in the Boston Globe. (September 2009)

Jacqueline Junkins-Hopkins, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., has joined the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Department of Dermatology as director of dermatopathology. (Spring 2009)

Donald Manning, of Bloomsbury. N.J., is the chief medical officer for Adynxx, Inc., a startup biopharmaceutical company in San Francisco that is focused on developing a new technology designed to prevent acute post-operative pain and its transition into chronic pain. The company is also focused on developing therapeutic programs, including long-term relief treatments for mature chronic pain syndromes. Prior to this, Manning was chief medical officer and executive vice president of Shionogi & Co., a leading Japanese pharmaceutical company. (Jan. 2012)

Francis McMahon, of Bethesda, Md., was named chief of the Human Genetics Branch of the NIMH Intramural Research Program at the NIH, but still finds time for Alice (6) and Henry (13), and his wife, Ann. (February 2011)

Carolyn Cidis Meltzer, of Decatur, Ga., is recognized for her accomplishments by the Emory University School of Medicine's Second Annual Women's History Month program. Meltzer is well known for her expertise in translational imaging methods, including leading the clinical evaluation of the world’s first PET/CT scanner. She is currently the William P. Timmie Professor and Chair of Radiology and Imaging Sciences and Associate Dean of Research at Emory University School of Medicine. (March 2012)

William Nelson, of Towson, Md., was recently appointed director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. (June 2009)

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.

Eric Janis, of Clayton, N.C., has been named to the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council. (May 2010)

Steven Linn, of Vineland, N.J., has accepted a position as chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs at Cottage Health System, based in Santa Barbara. (December 2009)

Paul Mueller, of Rochester, Minn., has been appointed chair of the Mayo Clinic’s Division of General Internal Medicine. (Winter 2010)


Leigh Ann Curl, of Owings Mill, Md., was featured in the November 2011 Johns Hopkins Magazine article "Roving the Sidelines".

Richard Hairston, of Largo, Fla., has become a fellow in the American College of Surgeons. (Spring 2009)

J. William Harbour, of St. Louis, Miss., is the recipient of the Mike Revers Research Grant from the Melanoma Research Foundation. Dr. Harbour will use a portion of the funding to continue research on a genetic test that can accurately predict whether ocular melanoma will metastasize. (July 2012)

Lincoln Pao, of New Rochelle, N.Y., was named head of the radiation oncology section of the New York State Radiological Society last year. He formerly headed the society’s New York City office. He has served as a delegate and councilor for the American Radiological Society for the past few years, and previously was the American Cancer Society’s regional vice president for medical affairs. (Spring 2009)


Tomasz Beer, of Portland, Ore., notes "I am traveling across the warm (southern) part of the country with my 12 and 14 year old daughters and my wife Angie, as part of my sabbatical. 5000 miles in, we have made it from Oregon to Florida. In my real life, I serve as deputy director of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and a prostate cancer doc. I will be taking a break from that and writing a book for the rest of 2011. Feel very lucky to get a chance to do this." (April 2011)

Lisa Carey, of Chapel Hill, N.C., associate professor of medicine and medical director of the University of North Carolina Breast Center, delivered the December commencement address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Carey gave the address in academic robes that have been passed down to her through several generations of Johns Hopkins women physicians, from Carol Johns to Nancy Davidson. (Winter 2010) In August 2011, she was 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.

Sharon Crane, of Potomac, Md., recently joined Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C., one of the nation's top intellectual property law firms, specializing in litigation, counseling, licensing, trademarks, copyright, and unfair competition. The firm's clients include leading companies from around the world. (Fall 2009)

Matthew Ewend, of Chapel Hill, N.C., was named founding chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of North Carolina. Ewend had been chief of the Division of Neurosurgery in the Department of Surgery since 2005. (Winter 2010)

J. Michael Ruppert, of Morgantown, W. Va., has been named the first Jo and Ben Statler Eminent Scholar and Chair in Breast Cancer Research at West Virginia University’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. (Spring 2009)

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."


Matthew Bowling, of Flint, Mich., was made a fellow of the American College of Surgeons on October 3. He is currently a staff trauma surgeon at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. (October 2010)

William Bowling, of Flint, Mich., was made a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons this past fall. He is currently a staff trauma surgeon at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. (April 2011)

Knute Buehler, of Bend, Ore., announced his candidacy for Oregon Secretary of State. (Nov. 2011)

I-Chow Jow Hsu, of San Francisco, Calif., was inducted as a fellow in the American College of Radiology during a convocation ceremony at the annual conference held in May in Washington, D.C. (January 2011)

Edward Junkins is presently the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Utah School of Medicine. After completing his fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and obtaining his Masters of Public Health at Utah he joined the faculty. In addition to his administrative duties in the Dean's Office, Dr. Junkins is a co-investigator on grants from the NIH and AHRQ due to his expertise in cultural competence and professional communication.

Markham Luke, of Gaithersburg, Md., is now chief medical officer and clinical deputy director for the Office of Device Evaluation, part of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. (Fall 2008)

Thomas Lundquist recently joined BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee as vice president of performance measurement & improvement. The family moved in August to Chattanooga, Tenn., along with their newest addition, Anya Sophia, born March 2009!  (September 2009)

Nathan Rudin, of Madison, Wis., writes "I continue to direct the Pain and Headache Clinics for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am now Vice President of the UW Hospital Medical Staff Board and will become President of the Midwest Pain Society in October. I was recently named Madison Magazine's "Top Doc" in Pain Management for 2010. All is well with the Rudin family; my wife Felice (PhD 1992) is in her second year of law school, and the 3 children are happy, busy, and back to school! I look forward to connecting further with my classmates." (October 2010)

Peter Pronovost, of Baltimore, professor and director of the Division of Adult Critical Care Medicine, the Quality and Safety Research Group, and medical director of the Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care, has received a $1.4 million, one-year grant from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to begin a three-year study on central-line-associated bloodstream infection incidents, surgical-site infections, and ventilator associated pneumonia in cardiac operating rooms and cardiac surgicalintensive care units. (December 2010)

In 2012, Pronovost was 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. Dr. Pronovost also recently co-hosted a segment on Katie Couric's new talk show about shocking medical mistakes.

Joe Schwartz, of Baltimore, notes "I'm currently Chair of Psychiatry at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, MD. I'm happily married to Shauna Reinblatt, a child psychiatrist on the faculty at Hopkins. My oldest son is a freshman at Hopkins studying physics. My youngest son is studying potty training. My other two daughter and middle son are between potty training and college (both are in high school)." (October 2010)

Alan Stein is the Director of Epilepsy, Neurophysiology, and Neurohospitalists Program at The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. He is also the President of the Hawaii Neurological Society. (October 2010)

Karen Swartz, of Baltimore, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Moods Disorders Consultation Clinic, has received the 2010 Outstanding Merit Award from the Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, which recognized the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program that she leads. (September 2010)

Kristy Weber, of Baltimore, professor of orthopaedic surgery and oncology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Sarcoma Center answers questions on bone and soft tissue tumors in several videos. (October 2009)


Lawrence Kim, of Littleton, Colo., was elected secretary of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Kim is a managing partner of South Denver Gastroenterology, P.C. and was also elected to the governing board of the American Gastroenterological Association. (July 2011)

Hyung Kim, of Saint Louis, Mo., was elected chief executive officer of Southern Illinois University HealthCare, the medical practice group of their School of Medicine. (April 2011)

Redonda Miller, of Baltimore, has been appointed vice president for medical affairs for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. (June 2009)

Michele Shermak, of Baltimore, was mentioned to the UPI article "Breast reduction: Higher risk older women." (Nov. 2011)


J. Quentin Clemens, of Dexter, Mich., is director of the Division of Neurourology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan and was recently named chair of the American Urological Association Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee. (Fall 2009)

Paul Brettschneider, of Lewisberry, Pa., is now medical director of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, a joint venture of Pinnacle Health and Penn State University. He also directs the psychiatry clerkship for the PSU College of Medicine. (Winter 2010)

Rebecca Gelber, of Incline Village, Nev., wrote this article, "Health & Wellness: Comparing old and new drugs", for the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza online. (October 2010)

W. P. Andrew Lee, of Baltimore, a hand surgeon heralded for his successful hand transplants and breakthrough research on overcoming rejection in composite tissue grafting, has been named the chair of the newly formed Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. (April 2011)

Nolan Thompson, Jr., of Woodland Hills, Calif., was recently selected to be the chief of psychiatry for Kaiser Permanente in the Panorama City Service Area, which covers the eastern San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. (Fall 2009)


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.

Benjamin Lee, of New Orleans, La., has been promoted to professor of urology and director of robotics, laparoscopy and endourology at the Tulane University School of Medicine. He also recently was awarded the Arthur D. Smith Endourology Lectureship, known as the “Arthur Award,” at the 26th World Congress of Endurological Society, held in Shanghai, China. The award recognized Lee’s expertise in state-of-the-art techniques for minimally invasive surgery. (November 2008)

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." (Dec. 2011) 

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.


Read an interview with Mike Catarina, of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, on skin and the senses. (January 2010)

Paul Chan, of Kansas City, Mo., completed the Heart of America CROP Hunger Walk, a solo 50-mile Grand Canyon trek, from rim to rim and back again, in less than 24 hours raising more than $31,000 to fight hunger and poverty at home and abroad. (Decenber 2010)

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.

Andrea Mathias, of Snow Hill, Md., was named to the position of deputy health officer of the Worcester County Health Department. (August 2009)

Navinder Sethi, of Fredericksburg, Va., was named by Becker's Spine Review as one of the "208 Spine Surgeons & Specialists to Know." (March 2012)

Armando Soto, of Windermere, Fla., is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery; a fellow of The American College of Surgeons; and (removed extra space)a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the clinical faculty of The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. (Winter 2010)

Jeffrey G. Wiese, of New Orleans, La., has been elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians, the nation’s largest medical specialty organization. Wiese has been a Fellow of the college since 2002. A professor of medicine and associate dean of graduate medical education at Tulane University, Wiese’s areas of professional interest include healthcare reform, medical education, and hospital finance and management. (2012)


Dorry Segev, of Baltimore, is noted in the The New York Times article, "A New Push to Let H.I.V. Patients Accept Organs That Are Infected". (April 2011)

In 2009, Segev received a Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The $400,000 award funded a study of the role that frailty plays in clinical decision-making for patients over the age of 65 who are undergoing dialysis and considering kidney transplantation. (Spring 2009)

John Strouse, of Baltimore, finished his Ph.D. in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in August 2009.

In 2011, Strouse was quoted in the U.S. News & World Report article, "Melanoma May Be More Aggressive in Kids." (Oct. 2011)


Keith Flahery, of Cambridge, Mass., is noted a three-part series in the The New York Times that chronicles the first human trial of an experimental cancer drug, exploring the challenges that face the doctors and patients who test it. (2010)

Paul Law was honored as a Health Care Hero by the Daily Record.

David Sabatini, of Cambridge, Mass., was featured in The Scientist as a "March 2012: Scientist to Watch."


Susan Mani, of Bedford, N.Y., has won the prestigious Dr. Melville G. Magida Award for 2009. The Magida Award is presented annually by the Fairfield County Medical Association and The Rosenthal Family Foundation. The award recognizes a young who has shown a notable capacity for patient treatment and care and a special sensitivity to patient-physician relationships. (September 2009)

Simon Tsiouris and his wife, Fatima, have welcomed a new baby boy, Zachary Oliver! (March 2011)


Peter Crompton, of Ashton, Md., is one of 20 National Institutes of Health scientists to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, one of the nation's highest honor for scientists at the beginning of their professional careers. Dr. Crompton received the award for studies on the mechanisms of naturally acquired immunity to malaria and will be honored by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony. Dr. Crompton is a tenure-track investigator and chief of the Malaria Infection Biology and Immunity Unit in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Division of Intramural Research, Laboratory of Immunogenetics. (July 2012)

David-Alexandre Gros, of San Francisco, Calif., formerly a vice president in Healthcare Investment Banking for Merrill Lynch, has become a principal in Centerview Partners Healthcare Investment Banking Practice. (Fall 2009)

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.

Vaia Lambert and her husband, Drew Lambert, Med '98, of Charlottesville, Va., had a baby boy!  Luke Thaddeus Lambert was born August 9 at 9:21 a.m., 6 lbs 11 oz.  (August 2009)

David Della Lana, of Yreka, Calif., has been elected to a three-year term as chief of staff at Fairchild Medical Center. (Winter 2010)

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 was honored by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony. (July 2012)


Mohamad Allaf, of Baltimore, had a big surprise at his recent wedding  his fiance commissioned Duff Goldman of "Ace of Cakes" to make a grooms cake shaped like the da Vinci surgical system robot, with which Allaf works regularly. (January 2011)

Jennifer Arnold, of Houston, TX, is starring in a television show called "The Little Couple". (October 2010)

In 2012, Arnold was the keynote speaker at the School of Medicine commencement ceremony at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Arnold, medical director of the Pediatric Simulation Center at Texas Children’s Hospital, has overcome numerous obstacles to become a physician. She also is assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. (June 2012)

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." (Dec. 2011)

Kanupriva Kumar, of Baltimore, married Ramesh Kasarabada on April 24. (January 2011)

Kiely Law was honored as a Health Care Hero by the Daily Record.

Vincent Marconi, of Atlanta, Ga., was featured in the CNN article, "Where everyone wants to work with HIV". Marconi works in South Africa on HIV/AIDS and is associate medical director of a HIV Clinic in Atlanta. (Nov. 2012)


Andrew Doan, of Temecula, Calif., has published Hooked on Games, which provides insight into the minds of hardcore gamers, helping us understand how and why gamers are lured to and trapped within the digital world of video games and the Internet. (Aug. 2012)

Chad Wilson, of Boston, Mass., a Massachusetts General Hospital surgeon, recently returned from Kijabe, Kenya, where he spent a year as an MGH fellow in refuge medicine. He performed surgeries on some of the country's most impoverished residents, as well as Somali refugees, in the small town's 200-bed hospital. He undertook everything from general surgery to neurosurgery, thoracic surgery, urology, obstetrics and plastic surgery, as well as embarked on medical missions to refugee camps in northeastern Kenya. Dr. Wilson also worked with refugees from several camps housing persons displaced by Kenya's politically related violence in 2008 and taught surgery to Kenyan medical students, interns and residents. (Fall 2009)


Steven Chang, of Baltimore, a resident in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, has received the 2009 Best Resident Basic Science Paper Award from the American Head and Neck Society.  A 2005 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Chang received the award for his study “Chronic Cigarette Smoke Extract Induces Apoptotic Dysfunction and Mitochondrial Mutations in Minimally Transformed Oral Keratinocytes”. (June 2009)

F. Ancrum (Anc) Clarkson, Jr., of Silver Spring, Md., recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, where he served as battalion surgeon for the Second Battalion, 22nd Infantry, a part of the 10th Mountain Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service and promoted to the rank of major. (Spring 2009)

Matthew Nielsen, of Durham, N.C., after completing residency and A.C.S. at the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins, has joined the urology faculty at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he is working with the Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Oncology group at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. (Spring 2009)

Todd Varness welcomed a baby boy, Quinn Conley Varness, on December 8! (December 2010)

Christina Vassileva is an avid boxer. (September 2010)

Christina Vassileva, of Springfield, Ill., has joined the faculty at the Southern Illinois School of Medicine as an assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery. She specializes in minimally invasive valve surgery, including mitral valve repair.  (August 2009)


Gregory Roehrig, of Spring Lake, N.J., has joined the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey.  Roehrig specializes in sports medicine and joint replacement and has a background in trauma. (December 2009)

Akhilesh Sista, of New York, N.Y., is assistant professor of interventional radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College and assistant attending radiologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Campus. (Feb. 2012)

Crystal Watkins, of Baltimore, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has been named one of 2012’s "Top 100 Women in Maryland" by The Daily Record, the Baltimore-based legal and business newspaper. (April 2012)

Joshua Zeichner, of New York, N.Y., was recently appointed as the director of cosmetic and clinical dermatology in the Faculty Practice at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.


Christy Boling married Aslan Turer on September 12, 2009. They have moved to Dallas, TX, to practice at UT Southwestern. (September 2009)

Donna Bilu Martin, of Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., had a baby girl!  Welcome, Olivia Hannah!  (January 2010)

Rachel Thornton, assistant professor in the division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, was named one of 13 White House Fellows. (September 2010)


Andrea Speedie, of Baltimore, joined Chase Brexton Health Services.


Lisa Canon, of Boston, Mass., completed her pediatric chief resident year and relocated to Massachusetts to accept a faculty position at Children's Hospital Boston.

Kerry Dierberg, of St. Louis, Mo, was awarded the 2009-2010 Massachusetts General Hospital Thomas S. Durant Fellowship in Refugee Medicine.  As a fellow, she will travel to Liberia in September for a year to work as the Medical Director of Tiyatien Health and serve as a doctor at a local hospital. (August 2009)

Mark Eid, of Fredericksburg, Md., is starting a new medical practice called Virginia Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center in Fredericksburg. (Dec. 2011)

Jessica Ghaferi, of Ann Arbor, Mich.,completed a residency in dermatology and began a fellowship in dermatopathology at the University of Michigan. (August 2010)

David Grelotti, of Cambridge, Mass., is a fellow at Partners In Health and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a recipient of the Dr. Mario Pagenel Fellowship in Global Mental Health Delivery, which provides PIH an opportunity to more formally integrate psychiatric and community-based mental health services at project sites. Grelotti is in Haiti working with PIH's sister organization, Zanmi Lasante. (Feb. 2012)

Rebekah Gundry, of Essex, Md., has been awarded a Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The grant provides $952,000 for her stem cell research, which she hopes will eventually help change the way heart disease is treated in the United States. (August 2009)

Justin Lappen, of Shaker Heights, OH, just finished his Ob/Gyn residency and joined the academic faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as assistant professor.


Nivee Amin, of New York, N.Y., will be returning to Johns Hopkins in July 2010 for a cardiology fellowship. (August 2009)


Courtney Silverthorn, of Leesburg, Va., an intellectual property specialist, is deputy regional coordinator of the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s mid-Atlantic region. (June 2012)


Medical students Philip Song and Maria Garcia (LOA) have been selected for the 2009–2010 cohort in the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars program.  Garcia will work in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, at Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences. Song will train in Beijing, China, at the Cancer Institute and Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.  The Fogarty International Center, the international component of the National Institutes of Health, chose nearly 100 top graduate students and postdoctoral trainees to train in global health research in low- and middle-income countries. The students will be paired with foreign counterparts in order to conduct clinical research abroad under the tutelage of NIH-funded universities or other research institutions working on infectious or chronic diseases, such as AIDS, malaria, and diseases of the heart, lung and blood. (August 2009)

Joanna Pearson, of Baltimore, a second-year resident in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, received the 2012 Donald Justice Poetry Prize from West Chester University for her first collection of poetry, Oldest Mortal Myth. It was published in June 2012.


Medical Student, Jane Andrews, of Cincinnarti, OH, published an Op-Ed piece titled "Drug Competition in Peril" the Baltimore Sun newspaper. (August 2009)


Max Romano, of Baltimore, is noted in this Wall Street Journal article, "Medical Records Don't Improve Outpatient Care Quality: Study". (April 2011)

Faculty, Fellows, House Staff

 Domenic Coletta, Jr. (HS, emergency medicine, 1983-85), of Marmora, N.J., was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame; he has been a ringside physician since 1988. (November 2010)

Gregg Semenza (fellow, pediatrics, 1986-90; faculty, pediatrics and genetic medicine, 1990-present), of Baltimore, the C. Michael Armstrong Professor of Pediatrics, director of the vascular program at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering and a member of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, is one of seven recipients of the 2010 Canada Gairdner Awards. Canada's only international science prizes, they are among the world's most prestigious medical research awards. (May 2010)

Jeremy M. Berg (fellow, biophysics, 1985-86; faculty, biophysics, 1990-2007), Lutherville, Md., director of the NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) announced that he will step down at the end of June 2011 to become the next associate senior vice chancellor for science strategy and planning in the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He will also be a faculty member in the department of computational and systems biology at the school of medicine. Berg has served as director of NIGMS since November 2003. (December 2010)

Frank Leo (faculty, radiology, 1974-89), of Ormond Beach, Fla., says to all, "We are still well and very busy. Have a very busy social life. We are in our mid "80s" and will be celebrating our 62nd year of marriage. We must be doing something right. Best wishes to all at Hopkins." (May 2010)

Stuart Fine (fellow, ophthalmology, 1972-73; faculty, ophthalmology, 1973-91), of Carbondale, Colo., retired as professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and director of the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Fine still serves as professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of Colorado. This month, he will receive the University of Maryland School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association Honor Award and Gold Key for "outstanding contributions to medicine and distinguished service to mankind."

Bennie I. Osburn, (fellow, ophthalmology, 1970), of Wilton, Calif., who is the dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California–Davis, has been named to the board of directors for Medical Management International, in Portland, Oregon. (May 2009)

Theodore Malinin (HS, pathology, 1960-61), of Miami, Fla., has published Cancer Merchants, a history of the National Cancer Institute’s now-discontinued Viruses and Cancer Program, founded in 1958 but long marred by scandal, infighting, and flawed leadership. Malinin, a former researcher at the National Cancer Institute, has been a professor and researcher at the University of Miami for the past 38 years. (Spring 2009)

John Hsu (HS, orthopedic surgery, 1964-71), of Downey, Calif., and Charles Classen, Jr., (HS, orthopedic surgery, 1968-71), of Kingston, N.C., met at the fall leadership meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Dallas, Texas. Hsu was there representing the Board of Specialty Society and Classen is a member of the organization’s board of councilors. Also a fellow (aladin has from 1964-71) (Spring 2009)

Amin Barakat (HS, pediatrics, 1969-70), of Vienna, Va., and Russell Chesney (HS, pediatrics, 1968-70), of Memphis, Tenn., have published Pediatric Nephrology for Primary Care, a 511-page book that is part of an explanatory series on pediatric specialties being produced by the American Academy of Pediatrics for the benefit of primary care physicians, residents, and medical students. Barakat is clinical professor of pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and Chesney is professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. (Spring 2009)

Owen Surman (HS, medicine, 1968-69), of Newton, Mass., has published The Wrong Side of an Illness: A Doctor’s Love Story. The book received honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest’s 16th International Self-Published Book Awards, Life Stories Section.  (Spring 2009)

John Ruckdeschel (HS, medicine, 1971-72), of Grosse Pointe, Mich., has been named director and chief executive officer of the Nevada Cancer Institute. (Spring 2009)

Hiroshi Nishida (fellow, pediatric neonatology, 1972-74), of Tokyo, Japan, has retired from Tokyo Women’s Medical University, where he was chairman of the Maternal and Perinatal Center. His 23 years of work helped to make the Japanese neonatal mortality rate, and subsequently the infant mortality rate, the lowest in the world. (Spring 2009)

Brian Conway (HS, ophthalmology, 1972-77; faculty, ophthalmology, 1977-78) of Charlottesville, Va., has stepped down as chairman of ophthalmology at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine after 30 years; he is still practicing. (Spring 2009)

Noah Lightman (HS, fellow and faculty, radiology, 1973-77), of Baltimore, has been named chairman of the Department of Radiology at Sinai Hospital and LifeBridge Health. (Spring 2009)

Alan Romanoski (HS, psychiatry, 1977-80; faculty, psychiatry, 1984-07) of Baltimore, now has a part-time private practice in general psychiatry at Green Spring Station. (Spring 2009)

Niall Mac Allister (faculty, anesthesiology, 1981-90), of Newcastle, Ireland, recently published The Tides of Men, a gripping account of the deception of global power from a broad perspective. (March 2009)

Timothy Hickman (HS, fellow, obstetrics & gynecology, 1990-97), of Houston, Texas, has been named director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. (Spring 2009)

Francisco Sabado, Jr. (HS, fellow, otolaryngology, 1968-71), of Martinsburg, W.Va., has been named assistant professor in otolaryngology at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. (Fall 2009)

Kathryn Gann (fellow, medicine, 1985-87), of North Providence, R.I., is the new senior medical science liaison at Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Fall 2009)

Terence Flotte (HS, fellow, faculty, pediatrics, 1986-96) now is dean, provost, and executive deputy chancellor at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. "I cannot tell you how much I value the time I spent at Hopkins or how much of a difference it has made in the opportunities that I have had." he writes. (Fall 2009)

Paul Fisher (HS, pediatrics and neurology, 1989-95; faculty, neurology, 1995-97), already professor of pediatric neuro-oncology at Stanford University, has been promoted to professor of neurology, pediatrics, neurosurgery, and human biology, and has been appointed chief of the division of child neurology in the Stanford School of Medicine. (Fall 2009)

Michelle Hudspeth, of Charleston, S.C., (resident, pediatrics, 1999-2002; fellow, pediatric oncology, 2003-06; faculty, pediatric oncology, 2006-07) is featured in an article from the The Spartanburg Herald-Journal.  Hudspeth heads the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program at the Medical University of South Carolina. (December 2009)

Leon Eisenberg (HS, faculty, child psychiatry, 1950-67), of Cambridge, Mass., has received the first Juan José López Ibor Award from the World Psychiatric Association. Now a professor of social medicine emeritus at Harvard, Eisenberg was recognized for his significant scientific contributions to a better understanding of psychiatric diseases while enhancing the human dignity of patients and their families. The award was presented at the World Psychiatric Congress in Prague last September. (August 2008)

James Talbert (HS, fellow and faculty, surgery and pediatric surgery, 1956-67), of Gainesville, Fla., has retired as professor emeritus from the University of Florida. He recently received the University’s Lifetime Achievement Award “in recognition of an extraordinary academic career.” (Winter 2010)

John Balint (fellow, medicine, 1959-60), of Delmar, N.Y., received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree for his 46 years of active service on the faculty at Albany Medical College. Balint is the founder of the Albany Medical College’s Center for Medical Ethics, Education and Research, and recently was honored with the establishment of the John A. Balint, MD, Chair of Medical Ethics, created with donations from friends and patients. (Winter 2010)

Ellen Kingsbury (HS, anesthesiology, 1967), of Lancaster, Va., has been appointed medical director of Northern Neck Free Health Clinic. (Winter 2010)

A. Everette James, Jr. (fellow, radiology and nuclear medicine, 1969-71; faculty, radiology and medicine, 1969-74), of Chapel Hill, N.C., and his wife, Dr. Nancy Farmer, restored the 1910 primitive-style Baptist church in his hometown of Robersonville, N.C., and transformed it into the award-winning St. James Place Museum of folk art. Filled with impressive displays of original furnishings, antique duck decoys, quilts, and other folk pieces from James’ vast personal collection, the museum has won the Carraway Award of Preservation and been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. James also has written the comprehensive "Collecting American Paintings: Identification & Values".  (Winter 2010)

Kenneth Kai (HS, dentistry-oral surgery, 1970), of San Jose, Calif., just completed the 2008-2009 presidency of the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists, the largest constituent of the American Association of Orthodontists.  (Winter 2010)

Stanford Goldman (faculty, radiology and urology, 1972 – 1993), of Houston, TX professor of diagnostic and interventional imaging and urology at University of Texas-Houston Medical School, adjunct professor of radiology and urology at Baylor College of Medicine, and clinical professor of radiology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, received the Honorary Membership in the Royal Belgium Radiological Society.  He also has received the Texas Radiological Society's Gold Medal for Outstanding Service to Radiology and Radiologists in Texas. (Winter 2010)

Jack Kushner (faculty, neurosurgery, 1973-81), of Annapolis, Md., has published "Coping Successfully with Changing Tides and Winds: A Neurosurgeon’s Compass", an autobiography recounting his quarter-century career as a neurosurgeon and subsequent work as a financial advisor.  (Winter 2010)

Aldo Paz-Guevara (fellow, endocrinology, 1973-75; faculty, endocrinology, 1975-2007), of Lutherville, Md., retired from the practice of endocrinology in 2009. (Winter 2010)

Andrew Hendricks (HS and fellow, dermatology, 1975-78), of Lumberton, N.C., has been knighted by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. (Winter 2010)

Gordon Klein (fellow, pediatrics, 1976-78) of Lexington, Ky., is professor of pediatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and director of Nutrition Support at the Kentucky Pediatric Research Institute’s Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Last year, he was invited to lecture on bone metabolism in India, Oxford, China, and at Harvard. (Winter 2010)

Enrique Hernandez (HS, obstetrics & gynecology, 1977-81; fellow, gynecological oncology, 1981-83), 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)

Daniel McDougal (fellow, rheumatology, 1977-79; faculty, neurophysiology, 2007), of Williamsport, Md., has been named the 2009 Person of the Year by the Hagerstown, Md., Herald-Mail newspaper. The honor recognizes his dedication to improving medical care in the community. He was diagnosed with ALS last year and established an endowment fund for the area’s Antietam Health Services, of which he had been medical director, raising nearly $100,000 in just months. (January 2010)

Dana Frank (HS and fellow, medicine, 1978-83; faculty, medicine 2002-03), of Baltimore, has changed careers after 28 years in private practice and 20 years as president of Park Medical Associates. She is now chief of medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital. (Winter 2010)

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)

Ann Price (HS, medicine, 1979), of Nashville, Tenn., now is serving as associate dean of alumni affairs at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. (Winter 2010)

Anne Bailowitz (HS and pediatrics, 1980-82), of Baltimore, is acting chief medical officer of the Baltimore City Health Department. Her recent activities included extensive focus on H1N1 influenza vaccination campaigns from the CDC priority groups and general Baltimore population, providing tens of thousands of vaccinations for both the H1N1 and seasonal influenzas. (Winter 2010)

Lisa Warsinger Martin (HS, medicine, 1980-83), of Potomac, Md., is on the full-time faculty of George Washington University’s cardiology division.  (Winter 2010)

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)

Jay Perman (faculty, pediatrics, 1984-96), of Lexington, Ky., has been named president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He will assume the office on July 1. Most recently, Perman has been dean and vice president for clinical affairs at the University of Kentucky medical school. Previously, he spent five years as head of pediatrics for the University of Maryland Medical System. (Winter 2010)

Mary Parker (fellow, gerontology, 1985-86; fellow, health policy and management, 1989-90), of Alexandria, Va., chaired several international symposia last July on issues related to technology and aging. One was the International Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics symposium in Paris; the other was the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing symposium in London. (Winter 2010)

Michael Hilton (HS, psychiatry, 1986-89; faculty, psychiatry, 1989-90), of Atlanta, Ga., is president of the Medical Association of Atlanta. (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)

Kevin Kelly (fellow, surgery, 1988-89), of Franklin, Tenn., served the 2008-09 term as president of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery. (Winter 2010)

Eric Bass (fellow, internal medicine, 1989), Division of General Internal Medicine professor, of Baltimore, was 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)

Mark Edelman (fellow, interventional radiology, 1992-92), of Highland Park, Ill., heads a new outpatient center, the Vein Clinics of America (part of IntegraMed Interventional, Inc.), in Deerfield, Illinois. (February 2012)

Kathryn Gladys Garder (faculty, radiology, 1991-92), of New Albany, Ohio, was 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)

Eric Aldrich (HS, neurology, 1992-95) of Columbia, Md., was named vice president of medical affairs at Howard County General Hospital. He also is associate professor of neurology and physical medicine rehabilitation in the School of Medicine and deputy director of quality, safety and clinical operations in the Department of Neurology at the Hopkins Hospital. (Winter 2010)

Stuart Varon (faculty, psychiatry, 1994-96), of Baltimore, was accepted as a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. (February 2012)

Jamil Jacobs-El (HS and fellow, orthopedic 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)

Adam Levine (fellow, reproductive endocrinology, 1996-98), of Clearwater Beach, Fla., was named the Consumers’ Research Council’s outstanding Florida obstetrician, gynecologist, and reproductive endocrinologist for 2009-2010, as he was in 2004-05. He also graduated from the Stetson University College of Law. (Winter 2010)

Serdar Ural (fellow, obstetrics & gynecology, 1997-2000), is associate professor and chief of the division of maternal fetal medicine at Penn State University in Hershey, where he launched an MFM fellowship training program and established an American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine-certified fetal imaging suite. (Winter 2010)

Vijay Srinivasan (HS and Fellow, pediatrics, 1999-2001), of Drexel Hill, Pa., and his wife, Carolyn, have a baby boy, Sanjay Ethan Srinivasan, born October 10, 2009. Everyone is doing great!

Amer Karam (HS, obstetrics and gynecology, 2001-04), of Los Angeles, Calif., joined the faculty at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as assistant professor within the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. (Winter 2010)

Karin Hotchkiss (fellow, otolaryngology, 2004-05), of Tampa, Fla., opened a solo practice in the Tampa Children’s ENT clinic. She was named a 2009 Top Doctor by Tampa Bay Metro magazine, and also appears on the 2009 list of “Florida Super Doctors,” compiled through an extensive survey of the state’s physicians.  (Winter 2010)

Jill Hackell, of New City, N.Y., writes, "After 22 years in clinical research in the pharmaceutical industry, developing new vaccines for children, I have "retired" and am now studying to be a rabbi. I am currently also serving as rabbi for a small congregation in Pennsylvania." (October 2010)

Roger Brumback (HS, pediatrics, 1971-73), of Omaha, Neb., is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine (JEBCAM;, formerly known as Complementary Health Practice Review(July 2011)

Amy Chappell (HS, pediatrics, 1977-79; fellow, neurology, 1979-80), of Indianapolis, Ind., is the senior medical director at Eli Lilly and Co., where she has worked for 23 years. She also practices child neurology one half day a week at Riley Hospital for Children. (July 2011)

Kriang Tungsanga (fellow, medicine, 1983-84), of Bangkok, Thailand, is director of medicine at the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital of Chulalongkorn University and president-elect of the Royal College of Physicians of Thailand. (July 2011)

Meredith Safford (fellow, radiation oncology, 2001-04), of Baltimore, returned to Johns Hopkins as a full-time coordinator for the Center for Biotechnology for Advanced Academic Programs. (July 2011)

John Hsu (HS, fellow, orthopaedic surgery, 1964-71), of Downey, Calif., is the 2010 recipient of the Weinstein-Goldenson Medical Science Award from the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation. Hsu, emeritus clinical professor of orthopaedics at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine, was honored for outstanding medical research that has enhanced the lives of people with cerebral palsy and neuromuscular disorders, as well as their families. (April 2011)

Peter Dorsen (fellow, medicine, 1972-74), of St. Paul, Minn., currently is a medical columnist for Peasant Remedies, an online alternative magazine, and a lecturer in Western medicine at the Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Roseville, Minn. (April 2011)

Gordon Klein (fellow, pediatrics, 1976-78), of Dickinson, Texas, was elected a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association. He is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Scott and White Healthcare, a clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and on the medical staff at Shriners Burns Hospital, also in Galveston. (April 2011)

James Coplan (fellow, pediatrics, 1977-79), of Bryn Mawr, Pa., an expert on early child development, published "Making Sense of Autistic Spectrum Disorders" (Random House, 2010). (April 2011)

Daniel Pauly (HS, internal medicine, 1990-93; fellow, cardiology, 1993-97), of Newberry, Fla., was elected president of the Alachua County Medical Society. The organization was founded in 1880, and Pauly, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine, is its 80th president. (April 2011)

Linda Guydon (fellow, allergy and immunology, 1992-94), of Duluth, Ga., was chosen by her peers as one of Atlanta's Top Docs in allergy/immunology. (April 2011)

Stuart Varon (faculty, psychiatry, 1994 - present), of Baltimore, was named a Top Doctor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by Baltimore Magazine in 2010, based on votes by his peers. He has a private practice in Lutherville, Md. (April 2011)

Ivan Mikolaenko (fellow, neurology, 2002-04), of Long Beach, N.Y., joined Neurological Surgery, P.C., adding his expertise of neurocritical care to one of the largely and most highly specialized private practices in the greater New York area. (April 2011)

David Goldenberg (fellow, otolaryngology, 2002-05), of Hershey, Pa., and Bradley Goldstein (HS and fellow, surgery, 1999-2005; faculty, otolaryngology, 2005-07), of Bar Harbor, ME, published "Handbook of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery", a comprehensive source of information and a conveniently portable clinical reference (Thieme Medical Publishers, 2011).

A. Everette James, Jr. (fellow, radiology and nuclear medicine, 1968-769; faculty, radiology and medicine, 1971-75), of Chapel Hill, N.C., was elected to the board of the North Carolina Decoy Collectors Society. A longtime collector, writer and exhibitor, he was among the first to apply sophisticated radiological techniques to the evaluation of antique decoys. James is on the boards of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements and the Center for Study of the American South as well as a consultant for the Smithsonian Institution. Kevin Kelly (fellow, plastic surgery, 1988-89) of Franklin, Tenn., was the president of the American Society of Maxio-Facial Surgeons for 2008-2009. (January 2011)

Judith Britz (fellow, infectious diseases, 1980-83) of Laurel, Md., a veteran scientist, academician and entrepreneur, was named executive director of the Maryland Biotechnology Center. In her new role, Britz will lead Maryland's bioscience efforts, reaching out to the state's 400-plus bio and life sciences companies to help them grow and create new jobs. (January 2011)

Roland Pattillo (fellow, surgery, 1967) of Newnan, Ga., received the 2010 St. Louis University Merit Award. He is also completing his third book, to be published next year, "From Within: Democratization N60's in South Africa, Tajikistan and Argentina". (January 2011)

Nelson Arnstein (fellow, radiation oncology, 1980-81) finished the 1981 Baltimore Marathon and 2011 Baltimore Marathon: Still running strong after 30 years!

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