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Children’s Center administrator helps patients and colleagues during COVID-19 surge

Soldiers boost operations and staff morale.

Asa Adadey recently signed up for a temporary redeployment and was assigned to work in Food and Culinary Services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

New study leads to call for more judicious use of blood transfusions in pediatric cardiac surgery patients.

For gynecologic surgeries, The Johns Hopkins Hospital began incorporating enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols in 2015. Today, the hospital uses 20 surgical pathways to care for 4,000 patients each year.

Among the highest-volume centers in the nation, Johns Hopkins offers a broad spectrum of treatments for disease of the mitral valve, including chordal repair and mitral valve translocation, which is only available at the institution.

James Black, chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, answers questions about complex aorta care at Johns Hopkins, which is among the highest-volume centers in the nation for the condition.

The Patient and Family Advisory Council is composed of volunteer patient and family advisors, hospital clinical and administrative staff members, and hospital executives focused on maintaining a culture of patient- and family-centered care.

The PFAC’s dedicated team of volunteers and professionals spent many hours during the past year bringing the patient and family voice to every aspect of hospital operations.

The PFAC is delighted to welcome Jessica Melton, M.H.A., as Suburban’s new president and chief operating officer, and as a member of the PFAC. Jessica brings a rich history of experience with PFACs and PFAs from her prior work.

In June 2021, the PFAC selected Jean Hochron as the volunteer PFA co-chair. “A passion for health care equity and access has always been in my blood,” Jean noted.

In January 2021, patient and family advisors helped to staff a phone bank providing accurate vaccination information. Over the ensuing several months, the team fielded more than 1,900 phone calls from the community.

Suburban’s Multidisciplinary Rounds Committee is working to integrate patients and their loved ones into the medical decision-making process.

The 2021 Patient- and Family-Centered Care Leadership Award was presented to the leadership of the COVID Vaccine Clinic, the leaders of the COVID Garage Testing Program and former PFAC co-chair Steve Bokat.

The PFAC worked with the Pharmacy & Therapeutics and Education Committees to develop a new patient handout about medication safety.

CUSP teams work to improve the culture of safety among front-line caregivers. Suburban patient and family advisors serve on CUSP teams in Suburban’s emergency department as well as the perioperative and intermediate care units.

Adrianna Moore is one of many staff members who signed up for reassignment to help units facing critical staffing shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Few medical centers perform this procedure and even fewer offer training. To do so, surgeons need skills in liver resection and live-donor liver implantation surgeries, says hepatobiliary surgeon Christopher Shubert.

Johns Hopkins cardiac surgeons publish studies on the use of arterial grafts during coronary bypass, as well as a new surgical approach for mitral valve regurgitation.

Lilah Morris-Wiseman aims to expand the endocrine surgery program and Comprehensive Adrenal Center. Her interests include inherited endocrine diseases and thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal surgical diseases.

With a $40M grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dorry Segev, William Werbel and colleagues aim to better understand immune response, reduction of immunosuppression and the safety of mixing vaccine types.

Backed by the powerhouse that is Johns Hopkins Medicine, Wilmer Eye Institute experts provide specialized care to those who need it most.

Prizing Research - 01/10/2022

Inspired by his Wilmer heritage, John Payne created the coveted Mitchell Prize, awarded each year to the top three research projects conducted by Wilmer residents and presented at the annual Wilmer Residents Association Meeting.

Medical imaging students volunteer time, learn about teamwork.

Initially, Jagger Payne’s parents thought their 15-month-old son had a urinary tract infection because his urine smelled off and he hadn’t eaten much for two days.

Tailored thyroid care for individuals is possible at Johns Hopkins — as its head and neck surgeons offer the full spectrum of approaches.

Johns Hopkins is one of few medical centers to offer the Maddern procedure, through which scar tissue from the condition can be permanently removed to restore breathing.

Genetic medicine at Johns Hopkins — created as a department in 2019 — has a new leader at its helm. Ambroise Wonkam, a Cameroonian genetic medicine specialist from the University of Cape Town, joined Johns Hopkins as the director Jan. 1.

The guideline says coronary revascularization should be based on clinical indication, regardless of sex, race or ethnicity. It also codifies use of the multidisciplinary heart team to facilitate care of patients with complex coronary artery disease.

Chris Emerson experienced two things he never saw coming – a heart attack, and months later, a climb up Mount Rainier.

In her new book, a Johns Hopkins psychiatrist’s own account of mental illness and recovery advises readers how to live a purposeful life.

During the pandemic, telemedicine emerged as a vital resource for patients and caregivers to maintain connections.

Tuition-free training at BTI helps Johns Hopkins lab techs become leaders

The Johns Hopkins Proton Therapy Center in Washington, D.C. recently observed two significant milestones – its two-year anniversary and the treatment of more than 500 patients.

Research funding from the National Institutes of Health, foundations and philanthropists is an investment in the future of patient care for the institution. “It’s an honor to get this kind of recognition based on our track record and potential,” says Andrew Satin, director of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Welcome to Wilmer - 12/10/2021

Spine neurosurgeons in the Department Neurosurgery use technologies co-developed by faculty members to advance patient care. Plus, a first-of-its-kind lab creates a new class of implantable and wearable medical devices to aid patients with spinal cord injuries.

Pediatric epileptologist Ahmad Marashly joins the institution as the team’s multidisciplinary experts apply new technologies and resources to provide potentially curative options for the youngest patients with epilepsy. The program is among the few of its kind in the U.S.

Johns Hopkins’ neurosurgery, neurology and psychiatry researchers — with colleagues from across disciplines — report that after 24 weeks of deep brain stimulation to a particular part of the organ, a patient’s long-experienced hallucinations and suspicious delusions entirely ceased.

Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon-scientists test a gamut of new therapeutic approaches — such as using bioengineered cancer cells to produce neoantigens that activate immune response. They simultaneously develop new tools and techniques to improve quality of life.

The institute’s clinician-scientists develop technologies and conduct research to improve outcomes for patients with stroke globally. Their efforts include integration of innovative imaging, clinical and genetic data to develop a precision medicine program geared toward stroke.

The Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Program offers comprehensive, individualized care to keep people on the move.

After a successful surgery to treat disabling vertigo, Kate Niehaus supports research to examine the anatomy of the inner ear.

Osler Medical Residency leadership is pleased to share the match list for the Osler residents who applied to fellowship programs. We are proud of their accomplishments and are thrilled that many have opted to stay at Johns Hopkins for subspecialty training.

Eager to show his gratitude for his late wife’s care, Thomas Pozefsky launched the Pozefsky Scholars Program to support Johns Hopkins medical students in the Epidemiology Research Group in Organ Transplantation lab.

Deborah Lathen tapped her personal and professional circles to help fund research by Fabian Johnston, a Johns Hopkins oncology surgeon.

Charles Fraser Jr. established the Fraser Family Resident Support Fund in honor of his and his family’s educational experience in the Halsted surgery training program.

The Johns Hopkins Multidisciplinary Rectal Cancer Clinic provides patient-centered care, using minimally invasive techniques and novel protocols.

Among the highest-volume programs in the United States, the Johns Hopkins Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) Surgery Program continues its legacy of innovation in patient care and research.

From the Director - 12/06/2021

Robert Higgins celebrates his time with Johns Hopkins and prepares for his next step.

As national blood shortages persist, Johns Hopkins anesthesiologist Steven Frank is leading efforts to conserve blood and manage the hospital’s blood supply.

The Retinal Ganglion Cell Repopulation, Stem Cell Transplantation and Optic Nerve Regeneration (RReSTORe) Consortium is recruiting investigators to join its growing initiative.

Kim Rowsome was diagnosed with appendix cancer shortly after giving birth in 2019. Sibley’s comprehensive approach and hands-on care helped her reach remission.

Michael Feinstein and his wife, Sharon, are making a financial gift in recognition of his fulfilling work with the Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Osler Connection - 11/23/2021

Mark Anderson introduces Natasha Chida, the new director of the Osler Medical Residency.

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians is expanding the services it offers to residents of Montgomery County and the National Capital Region.

An algorithm developed to map the universe was employed by researchers to map tumors and then correlate the data with treatment outcomes.

Q&A with Cindy Cai - 11/19/2021

The award of nearly $4 million is the first federally funded grant for psychedelic treatment in more than 50 years.

Three former Osler residency directors reflect on their experience.

Collaboration between Johns Hopkins and community organizations provides valuable learning experiences

Speech-language pathologist Martin Brodsky and colleagues recently published research to help providers deliver the best care for patients with swallowing disorders while limiting the spread of SARS-CoV-2. He reflects on lessons learned and challenges ahead in treating such patients.

Martin Pomper’s team developed a radioactive tracer, recently FDA-approved, that can show tiny bits of prostate cancer as small as a grain of rice.

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