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2012 Naples Exclusive Briefing - Speaker Profiles

Dr. Kimberly PeairsKimberly Peairs, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Oncology
Medical Director, General Internal Medicine at Green Spring Station

An active member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and American College of Physicians, Dr. Kimberly Peairs’ academic interests include women’s health, medical education and delivery of care to breast cancer survivors. She serves as a firm faculty leader for the Johns Hopkins Osler Medical Residency and is a co-director of the Johns Hopkins Internal Medicine Board Review course. She has been named one of the “Best Doctors in America” by Best Doctors.

Dr. Peairs received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and went on to complete her internship and residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Peairs was selected to be an assistant chief of service (chief resident) on the Olser Medical Service and joined the faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine shortly thereafter, where she is now medical director of general internal medicine at Green Spring Station. She is board-certified in internal medicine.


Dr. Ziya GokaslanZiya L. Gokaslan, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Donlin M. Long Professor of Neurosurgery
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Oncology
Vice Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Neurosurgical Spine Program

Dr. Ziya Gokaslan performs whole spectrum standard  spinal/reconstructive procedures, but he also has developed at least five novel surgeries and has refined a half-dozen others  He has devised methods for removal of multiple vertebral segments along with the tumor in one piece with negative tumor margins and developed techniques for reconstruction of the spinal column and preservation of the spinal cord function in patients with spinal/sacral and spinal cord tumors that are otherwise deemed inoperable.  Dr. Gokaslan is the Co-Chair of AO International and AO North America knowledge Forum on Spinal Oncology.

Dr. Gokaslan’s clinical practice focuses on the radical surgical treatment of both primary and metastatic spinal tumors, sacral neoplasms and spinal cord tumors.  He developed many novel approaches for resection of pancoast tumors, spinal neoplasms as well as sacral tumors, including total sacrectomy and complex spinal and pelvic reconstruction.

Author of more than 250 peer reviewed papers, he has presented more than 200 national and international lectures since 1996.  He was voted one of the “Best Doctors in America” since 2005 and garnered Baltimore magazine’s Top Doctors recognition since 2007.  He is also the recipient of “Patients Choice Award”, “Most Compassionate Doctor Award” and is on the “List of Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors”. He serves on the editorial boards of top academic journals, including the Journal of Spinal European Spine Journal, Nature Reviews in Neurology, the Journal of Surgical Oncology, and World Neurosurgery.  He is a member of numerous prestigious societies, notably the Society of Neurological Surgeons, the Cervical Spine Research Society, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the North American Spine Society as well as Scoliosis Research Society.

In 2002, Dr. Gokaslan was recruited to The Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Neurosurgery.  Later that year, he was awarded the Donlin M. Long Professorship at Johns Hopkins. He is the Past President of AANS/CNS Section on the Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerve and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Section.

Dr. Karen SwartzKaren Swartz, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director of Clinical Programs,
Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center

An associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Karen Swartz specializes in mood disorders with a focus on women’s health. She directs the clinical programs of the Mood Disorders Center at Johns Hopkins, and along with Dr. Jennifer Payne, she founded the Women’s Mood Disorders Center at Johns Hopkins. She also directs the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program, a school-based program to educate high school students, faculty and parents about teenage depression.

Dr. Swartz received her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She also completed her residency at Johns Hopkins along with a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.