Meet Our Donors: Drs. Marian and Richard Damewood

Drs. Damewood Posed PhotoDrs. Marian and Richard Damewood.

At age 19, Marian de Marinis and Richard Bryant Damewood met while waiting for their interviews for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine accelerated B.A./M.D. program. At that time, they were both sophomores in college — Marian at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and Rick at Davidson College in North Carolina. As part of the accelerated program, they both graduated with bachelor’s degrees from the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in 1975, and medical degrees from the school of medicine as members of the class of 1978, and were married the week after graduation.

Marian Damewood completed a residency in the Johns Hopkins Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology. She then joined the faculty as assistant professor and director of the Johns Hopkins in vitro fertilization program. She was later in practice at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center fertility center and directed their comprehensive midlife center. During this time, Dr. Damewood received a certificate in business of medicine from the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business. She became an associate professor in 1990 and is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Johns Hopkins Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Starting in 2000, Dr. Damewood was chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at the York Hospital WellSpan Health System for 15 years, as well as the residency program director. Dedicated to the education of future doctors, she is presently a field team lead for the Clinical Learning Environment Review Program of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Damewood served as president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, published more than 100 articles and book chapters, and received numerous honors and awards, including the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from the Women’s Council of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Richard Damewood began his surgical training in the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery and completed his general surgical residency at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. He obtained additional training in breast surgery and was an instructor in surgery at Johns Hopkins for many years, including serving as an instructor in the Johns Hopkins Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology from 1983 to 1984.

Dr. Damewood practiced general surgery at Sinai Hospital for 25 years before joining the York Hospital WellSpan Health System in 2009 as surgical residency program director, and has been chairman of the Department of Surgery from 2013 to the present. In 2016, Dr. Damewood was elected president of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery. He remains active with Johns Hopkins by participating in the mock oral general surgery board examination program for surgical residents.

The Johns Hopkins Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics is grateful to the Damewoods for their commitment to supporting the professional development of trainees and for their many years of education and service to the Johns Hopkins community.