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GIM Housestaff Research Awards 2018

On behalf of the faculty, fellows, and staff of the Johns Hopkins University Division of General Internal Medicine, I'm delighted to announce the thirteenth annual national competition for Housestaff GIM Research Awards. Our goals in establishing the Awards are to 1) stimulate interest in academic GIM and 2) recognize outstanding house officers who have the potential to become leaders in GIM-related research. 

2018 Winners

Barker-Kern Award:   

Blair Golden, MD
MD, University of North Carolina
Residency, Northwestern University
Becker Award:

Robin Ortiz, MD
MD, Loyola University Chicago
Residency, Johns Hopkins
Dunbar Award:

Jacob Quinton, MD, MPH
MD, Louisiana State University
Residency, Yale New Haven Hospital
Ford Award:

Colette Dejong, MD
MD, University of San Francisco
Residency, University of San Francisco
Levine Award:

Andi Shahu, MD, MHS
MD, Yale
Residency, Johns Hopkins
Moore Award:

Lea Selitsky, MD, MPH
MD, Wayne State University
Residency, Johns Hopkins

We offer six Awards, each named for an internationally regarded mentor and researcher at Johns Hopkins with a faculty appointment in the Division of General Internal Medicine.

The Barker-Kern Award recognizes achievement in medical education. L. Randol Barker, MD, ScM, MACP is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and former Co-Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Dr. Barker's core interests are in how learning occurs in clinical medicine, and in the professionalism of the educator-learner relationship. In 2001, he was awarded SGIM’s Award for Career Achievement in Medical Education. David E. Kern, MD, MPH, MACP is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and former Co-Director/Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He has been a leader in general internal medicine residency training, faculty and curriculum development, and communication skills training. He has received numerous awards, including awards for his mentorship, role as a division leader, and the 2003 SGIM Award for Career Achievement in Medical Education.

The Diane Becker Award recognizes research achievement in clinical epidemiology and prevention. Dr. Becker is a Professor Emerita of Medicine and Health Policy and Management, and Founding Director of the Center for Health Promotion in the Division of General Internal Medicine.  She is the Founding Director of the Johns Hopkins Sibling and Family Heart Study and Director of the GeneSTAR Research Program. She was the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Johns Hopkins University and the 2004 Katherine A. Lembright Research Award from the American Heart Association. Dr. Becker is renowned for her research on the epidemiology and genetic underpinnings of premature heart disease and related conditions.

The Linda Dunbar Award recognizes achievement in population health and health system transformation. Dr. Dunbar is Vice President of Care Management for Johns Hopkins HealthCare, and directs the divisions of Population Health Management, Behavioral Health, and Research and Development. Since 1997, Dr. Dunbar has led Johns Hopkins to create, deliver and evaluate innovative population health management strategies in the areas of single and multiple chronic diseases, behavioral conditions and substance abuse disease. Dr. Dunbar holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the JHU School of Nursing and Bloomberg School of Public Health, and frequently teaches and lectures on such topics as managed care, population health strategies, health policy and reform, risk adjustment, and research and evaluation.

The Daniel Ford Award recognizes research achievement in health services and outcomes research. Dr. Ford is Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Policy & Management; former Director of the Johns Hopkins Preventive Medicine Residency and the University Health Service; and currently Vice Dean for Clinical Research; Principal Investigator of the NIH grant which supports the Clinical Research Units at Johns Hopkins; and Principal Investigator on the institution’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). He is renowned for his research on the treatment of depression in primary care. 

The David Levine Award recognizes research achievement in behavioral medicine and health disparities. Dr. Levine is Professor of Medicine and Health Behavior & Society; He is the Director of the Office of Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programs in the Department of Medicine; and former Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine. He directs a multi-disciplinary NIH-funded training program (T32) which has been continuously funded for over 30 years and has been called “perhaps the best of its kind in the history of the NHLBI.”  In recognition of his unsurpassed reputation as a research mentor, The Department of Medicine at Hopkins has institutionalized his legacy with annual “Levine Awards” for outstanding faculty mentors. Dr. Levine is renowned for his research on health behaviors related to disparities in cardiovascular risk and disease.

The Richard Moore Award recognizes research achievement in HIV-related research. Dr. Moore is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology who has conducted HIV-associated epidemiologic and clinical outcomes research publishing extensively on HIV/AIDS natural history, treatment and outcomes. He is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Program for HIV Outcomes Research. He is also the principal investigator of the Johns Hopkins HIV Clinical Cohort, begun in 1989, the North American AIDS Cohort Collaboration on Research and Design, a multisite HIV cohort that combines 21 single-site and multi-site cohorts representing over 100 HIV care and research sites across the U.S. and Canada, and of the HIV Research Network , a consortium of 18 HIV care sites through-out the U.S. and funded by AHRQ and HRSA to conduct research in health resources utilization.

Each award carries a cash prize and an invitation to travel to Baltimore to attend a celebratory dinner and to present the winning abstract to the faculty of Hopkins GIM on Friday, December 7, 2018. If you are a house officer who has conducted research in any of these GIM-related areas and you are on track for a career in academic general internal medicine, we invite you to compete. Please review additional details below. And while you’re visiting us on the web, we welcome you to check out our NIH-funded GIM Fellowship Program which over the past three decades has prepared over 125 general internists for exciting careers in academic medicine.

Best regards,

Jeanne M. Clark, MD, MPH, FACP
‘Frederick L. Brancati, MD’ Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of General Internal Medicine

Honor Roll of Past Award Winners