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Minutes: May 8, 2013


                                                      420th   MEETING OF THE FACULTY SENATE

                                                                  3:00 pm, Wednesday, May 8, 2013

                                                 School of Medicine Administration, Board Room 103


PRESENT:  Drs. Ahn, Ahuja, Akpek, , Carroll, Crino, Fine, Gonzalez-Fernandez, Gottesman, James Herman, Ishii, Kondo, Kumar, Matunis,  Molinaro, Pluznick, Poynton, Puttgen, Shuler, Srikumaran, Taverna, Williams, Wolfgang, Zachara

Messrs:  J. Green, Mandell, Thomas, Rini

Mmes:   Smith  

ABSENT: Drs., Barone, Chanmugam, Comfort, R. Green, Joseph Herman, Keefer, Macura, Nyhan, Pavlovich, Resar, Solomon, Swartz, Tufaro, Wade

Mmes:  Altimus

Messrs:  Bilezikjian, Brennen, Hall, Huddle, Johnson

GUESTS: Drs. Colmers, Jones, Lewin, Skarupski,

Mmes: Beth Felder, Robin Hunt  Messrs:  Keith Hill, Tom Lewis


  1. Approval of the minutes

The minutes of the 419th meeting were approved as distributed.  Dr. Ishii mentioned that the Faculty Survey was at 58% response rate and that it was still open until Friday May10th.


  1. Tom Lewis, VP of Govt. Comm. Relations and Beth Felder, Director of Govt. Affairs for the Office of Government and Community Affairs were introduced  and provided a Legislative Update which included a discussion of sequestration, health care reform implementation  and other challenges to academic medicine. 

The Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA) is designed to:

  • Serve both JHU and JHM
  • Represent institutional interests with policy makers at the city, state and federal government
  • Work with the local community leaders of East Baltimore and Central Baltimore campuses (Homewood, Mt. Washington, Peabody and Harbor East)

Regarding the federal budget outlook they shared that sequestration is here to stay, at least for current FY.  This will mean a 5.5% cut to each center and institute at NIH and other agencies along with a 2% reduction to Medicare reimbursement. The outlook for next year is still uncertain.  President Obama proposes to restore sequestered amounts but not much more, and these increases are only possible in context of broader deficit reduction deal. Hopkins leadership meets regularly with members of Congress and encourages faculty to remain active in their communities, presenting sound arguments for continued funding. (see attached PPT).


  1. Jonathan Lewin, MD, Department Director of Radiology and radiological Sciences and John Colmers, Vice President for Health Care transformation were introduced and gave the update on the Johns Hopkins Medicine Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan which includes top level metrics, goals and accompanying strategies and tactics for the next five years. The plan is not to be shared yet, because it must first go to the Board for approval.  It should be final as of June 3rd, and on June 4th the work to deliver on the promise of the plan will begin.  This plan interfaces with the university plan by aligning with its goals, but it is different in that the university plan is much more focused on undergraduate education. As the plan is implemented, it will try to adapt to the ideas of “people on the ground” to insure that it is not just a formal document that doesn’t take into account the real world activity of Hopkins. Funding may follow the path of the plan. Budget lines that focus on “improvements” will follow the plan. Threats to be considered going forward include that salaries at Hopkins are not competitive, and that funding for healthcare is changing.


  • Mr. Keith Hill, Vice President of Hopkins Corporate Security was introduced and provided an overview of his division and how we can help him achieve his vision in his new role.  He spoke to the group about his initial focus targeting prevention, integration and customer service and his efforts to increase education and awareness across the Johns Hopkins Institution.  Mr. Hill briefed the group on existing layers of security currently in place on campus including plain clothes officers, security cameras and access control.  He also discussed the latest trend in electronic device thefts that have been occurring across the country and has impacted this community.  Corporate Security’s ability to integrate training, technology and resources will be the next frontier and he is positioning his department to meet the challenge. Mr. Hill feels security is everyone’s responsibility and asks that we all be more aware of our surroundings and feel empowered to say something if we should see something that is out of place.(see attached PPT). class="apple-style-span"

Announcements from the Chair:

  • The annual faculty salary study has been completed. We will ask Vice Dean Janice Clements to present it to a future meeting.
  • OB/GYN Dept. has 5 finalists for their Chair position which should be final by June.
  • Orthopedic Surgery is in final negotiations with a candidate.
  • Lisa thanked Dr. Marlene Williams for speaking to the New Faculty Orientation at Bayview on her behalf.
  • Lisa introduced Dr. Kim Skarupski as the new Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, and thanked Dr. Jones for her service as the interim assistant dean.


With there being no further business, further business this meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.


                                                                                                         Respectfully submitted,


                                                                                                         Julie Simon

                                                                                                         Recording Secretary

Future Faculty Senate meetings:

All meetings will be held in the School of Medicine Board Room (SOM 103), 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

June 19th, 2013