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2005 Milestones


  • Numerous members of the Johns Hopkins medical community provide aid to the survivors of the December 26, 2004 tsunami that destroyed life and property in 11 countries bordering the Indian Ocean. 
  • Arthur B. Modell, long-time National Football League team owner and medical philanthropist, announces that he and his wife, Pat, will give $10 million to the new Johns Hopkins Heart Institute. Modell was named chairman of the institute’s board late in 2004.
  • Steven Thompson, vice president of ambulatory services for Johns Hopkins Medicine and CEO of Johns Hopkins International, is promoted to senior vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine.  In the newly created post, Thompson will coordinate and oversee planning, integration and growth of JHM’s clinical enterprise.


  • Solomon Snyder, the first University Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry and founding director of the Department of Neuroscience, is awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest scientific honor, for his pioneering brain sciences research.
  • The Maryland Health Care Commission approves Johns Hopkins Medicine’s request for a Certificate of Need (CON) to build a new Cardiovascular/Critical Care Tower and a Children’s Hospital on the East Baltimore campus. The two buildings will form the centerpiece of the medical campus redevelopment program.
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital receives a Hospital of Choice Award as among the nation’s “most customer friendly hospitals” from the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers (AAHP).
  • The Johns Hopkins Health System, including the Hopkins Hospital and Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, agree to participate in a major new program developed by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation to help Americans aged 50 and older to find jobs and stay in the workforce.

MARCH 2005

  • The Sol Goldman Charitable Trust announces it will provide $10 million to fund a new pancreatic cancer research center at Hopkins. Pathologist Ralph Hruban will lead the effort to develop novel means of earlier diagnosis and treatment.

APRIL 2005

  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is ranked one of the top two medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
  • With gifts totaling $2 million, famed author Tom Clancy endows a new professorship in ophthalmology at the School of Medicine. The Tom Clancy Professor of Ophthalmology will be based at the Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute.  Clancy calls Hopkins “the best place to push back the frontiers of human medical knowledge.”
  • “Something the Lord Made,” an HBO film about the pioneering partnership between Hopkins heart surgeon Alfred Blalock and laboratory technician Vivien Thomas, receives the University of Georgia’s George Foster Peabody Award for broadcasting excellence in both news and entertainment.
  • Daniel B. Smith is appointed president of the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group (JHHCG), which maintains continuous, high-quality care to patients beyond the walls of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s hospitals by offering a full range of services and products for adults and children in Central Maryland.
  • Robert A. Wood, a world-renowned expert in the treatment of peanut allergy, is named director of the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. Wood, a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, plans to expand the division’s food allergy program.

MAY 2005

  • C. Michael Armstrong, retired chairman of Comcast, AT&T and Hughes Electronics, is elected chairman of the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Armstrong, who spent more than three decades with IBM, previously endowed the C. Michael Armstrong Professorship in Medicine to foster Hopkins’ leadership role in stem cell research.  He is a trustee of The Johns Hopkins University and had been chairman of the Board of Visitors of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
  • Philanthropist Virginia Weiss donates $2 million to the Johns Hopkins Heart Institute. The family waiting area of the Institute in the planned new Cardiovascular & Critical Care Tower will be named in her honor. Weiss and her husband, Abraham, previously endowed the Abraham and Virginia Weiss Professorship in Cardiology at Hopkins.
  • Surgeons at The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center perform what is believed to be the world’s first “domino,” three-way kidney transplant.  The procedure involves an altruistic, non-directed living donor who was willing to give a kidney to anyone who needed it.  Transplant specialists had searched their wait list of recipients for the best possible “matches” for kidney donors and discovered that a domino-effect could be achieved if an altruistic donor was included.
  • The Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is among recipients of a grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to develop a disaster preparedness curriculum and conduct a pilot program to train Baltimore-area religious leaders in responding to the mental health and spiritual needs of people following a disaster.
  • The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and The Johns Hopkins Hospital earn the “Gold Seal” for stroke care from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Both hospitals are among the first in Maryland to be awarded the distinct Primary Stroke Center Certification.

JUNE 2005

  • For the 13th straight year, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine ranks as top recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research dollars.
  • A collateral descendant of Johns Hopkins himself is among six new members elected to the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Janie Elizabeth (Liza) Bailey, a third great-niece of Johns Hopkins and a generous benefactor to the School of Medicine, joins newly elected chairman C.Michael Armstrong, the retired chairman of Comcast, AT&T and Hughes Electronics; realty expert Robert C. Baker; attorney Richard O. Berndt; banker Philip (Phil) M. Butterfield; technology leader Richard A. Forsythe; and public affairs advisor Edward W. Gillespie, as new board members.

JULY 2005

  • For the 15th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of American hospitals places The Johns Hopkins Hospital No. 1 in the nation.  In 2005, the hospital ranked in the top four in 16 of the 17 specialty rankings, including ear, nose and throat, gynecology, kidney disease, rheumatology, urology, ophthalmology, geriatrics, neurology/neurosurgery, cancer, digestive disorders, heart/heart surgery, hormonal disorders, pediatrics, psychiatry, respiratory disorders and orthopedics.
  • For the 10th straight year, the Hopkins Hospital receives the Consumer Choice Award for the Baltimore region from the National Research Corporation.  Hopkins also ranks No. 1 among consumers in the Bethesda and Hagerstown regions.  It is one of only a few hospitals nationwide to earn top-choice status in a multi-region market.
  • David B. Hellmann, a nationally renowned rheumatologist and chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, is named the School of Medicine’s vice dean for the Hopkins Bayview Campus.  Hellmann succeeds L. Reuven Pasternak, who left Hopkins to become chief medical officer of the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, which includes the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.


  • Daniel E. Ford is named vice dean for clinical investigation at the School of Medicine.  A professor at both the School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Ford succeeds Michael Klag, who becomes dean of the Bloomberg School in September.
  • Lenox D. Baker Jr., who recently completed a three-year term as chairman of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees, is named chairman of the JHM Board of Visitors, an external committee that serves as an advisory council to the Dean/CEO.
  • The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center receives a “Bold 100” award from CIO magazine, recognizing its high level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology.
  • Hopkins announces that it will offer selected, evidence-based alternative medicine services, including acupuncture, a mind-body program and a consultation service, through the Johns Hopkins Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM).


  • In the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of the Gulf Coast on August 29, three teams of Hopkins physicians, nurses and other medical experts are dispatched to the region over a three-week period to assess medical needs and provide emergency care to hundreds of patients. The Hopkins relief effort is coordinated by the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR), which issues a call for volunteers, receives more than 500 offers of help from Hopkins Medicine personnel, and assembles a potential team of 109 to respond to the emergency.
  • Louis J. Grasmick, founder and CEO of Louis J. Grasmick Lumber Company, Inc., and his wife, Nancy, who is Maryland’s state superintendent of schools, give their second $1 million gift within two years to the Johns Hopkins Heart Institute. 


  • C. Michael Armstrong, chairman of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees, gives $20 million for construction of a new education building for the School of Medicine.
  • Wilmer Eye Institute is named best overall ophthalmology program in the country by Ophthalmology Times for the 10th straight year.
  • At the request of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) and the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Refugee and Disaster Response send a team of two physicians and a nurse to Pakistan to assess health care needs and provide clinical care following the devastating October 8 earthquake there.
  • The Institute for Computational Medicine, the first and largest research center of its kind, is launched. It will address important health problems by using powerful information management and computing technologies to produce a better understanding of the origins of human disease and devise new ways to treat illnesses.
  • Richard Chaisson, a professor of medicine, epidemiology and international health, will lead two international studies of the effectiveness of the antibiotic moxifloxacin as a new treatment for tuberculosis. The studies are being coordinated by the nonprofit Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (GATB) in collaboration with Bayer Healthcare AG, the drug’s maker.
  • The School of Medicine establishes the Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE), designed to provide clinical training to health care providers in parts of the world where resources and infrastructure are limited or lacking, using advanced telemedicine technology.
  • A new five-level, 2,300-space Orleans Street Garage opens on the East Baltimore campus, marking the first construction milestone in the multi-million-dollar campus redevelopment master plan.
  • Surgical resident Peter Attia swims the 26-mile Catalina Channel between Catalina Island and Point Vicente in Los Angeles to raise $10,000 in pledges for the Canadian-based Terry Fox Foundation, which supports cancer research.


  • The School of Medicine celebrates the milestone of having promoted more than 100 women to full professorships since the school’s founding in 1893. A symposium honors the legacy of Mary Elizabeth Garrett, the Baltimore philanthropist who raised funds to open the medical school on condition that it admit women on equal terms with men.
  • “Discovery and Hope: A Celebration of Brain Science at Johns Hopkins,” celebrates a century of brain studies at Hopkins and marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Department of Neuroscience and its leadership by Solomon H. Snyder, who retires from its directorship after this year.
  • The Department of Neurology marks its 35th anniversary with a symposium, “Looking Forward: Tomorrow’s Neurology,” held in conjunction with the neuroscience symposium.


  • The federal Department of Homeland Security awards a $15 million grant to Johns Hopkins to lead a 21-institution consortium that will investigate how the nation can best prepare for and respond to large-scale disasters or terrorist incidents.  The Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) will lead the new Center for the Study of High Consequence Event Preparedness and Response.
  • The Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute launches a national peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the work of community health partnerships.  Called Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action, the new quarterly journal is funded with a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and edited by Eric B. Bass, professor of medicine.