Who/What: June 2015

Published in Dome - June 2015

New Senior VP and COO

Robert Kasdin, J.D., has been named Johns Hopkins Medicine’s senior vice president and chief operating officer, a newly created position. In his role as COO, he will manage overall operations, including strategic direction, administration of existing programs and development of new initiatives. Currently serving as senior executive vice president of Columbia University, Kasdin oversees overall operations, finances, human resources, information technology, and development and commercialization of intellectual property. Kasdin earned his B.A. from Princeton and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He will begin his new position on July 1.

Best in Finance

Richard Grossi

Richard Grossi, chief financial officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has received the Best in Finance: CFO Award from the Baltimore Business Journal.

East Baltimore

Donald Coffey

Donald Coffey, Ph.D., distinguished professor of urology and professor of oncology, pharmacology and molecular sciences, and pathology, has received the American Association for Cancer Research Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research.

Gul Dolen

Gul Dolen, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of neuroscience, and Eili Klein, Ph.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine, were among a dozen recipients nationwide of The Hartwell Foundation’s 2014 Individual Biomedical Research Awards. Dolen studies autism, and Klein studies how influenza viruses evolve from one season to the next.

Kay Jaimeson

Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center and an authority on bipolar disorder, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Michele Manahan, M.D., assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery, has been elected to the American Association of Plastic Surgeons.

Jeffery Palmer

Jeffrey Palmer, M.D., professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and former director of the department, has received the 2015 Distinguished Academician Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists.


Alan Partin, M.D., Ph.D., professor and director of the Brady Urological Institute, has received the American Urological Association’s 2015 Distinguished Contribution Award.

Kenneth Shermock

Kenneth Shermock, Pharm.D., Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the Center for Medication Quality and Outcomes at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, recently received a Fulbright Specialist grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Jennifer Thorne

Jennifer Thorne, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the Division of Ocular Immunology at the Wilmer Eye Institute, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Cross Family Professorship in Ophthalmology. Meredith and John Cross of Washington, D.C., and their son, Joseph, of New York City, endowed the chair.


Howard County General Hospital

Kursten Jackson, M.S., has been appointed senior director of human resources. Jackson, a member of the human resources department since 2006, served as interim director for the past year.

Sibley Memorial Hospital

The Stroke Center has received its second consecutive American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures in the treatment of stroke patients.