Who/What: November/December 2017

Published in Dome - November/December 2017

CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine Reappointed

Paul B. Rothman has been appointed to a second term as CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine and dean of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine. He began a new six-year term this summer. Rothman joined Johns Hopkins University in 2012 as the second CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine and the 14th dean of the School of Medicine.

National Academy of Medicine Honors

Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Jeffrey P. Kahn, a professor and director for the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics have been elected members of the National Academy of Medicine. Membership in the academy, considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service.

First Chief Real Estate Officer

Mitchell Bonanno, M.S.C.E., M.S.R.E., has been chosen by senior leadership from The Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Health System to become Johns Hopkins’ first chief real estate officer. Bonanno has more than 25 years of real estate development and construction operations experience. He will manage the university’s and health system’s real estate portfolios and prepare to meet their long-term real estate needs.

Johns Hopkins University Alumni Heritage Award Honorees

A photo shows Deborah Baker.

A photo shows Richard Bennett.

A photo shows Gregg Semenza.

Three Johns Hopkins Medicine employees have received the university’s 2017 Alumni Heritage Award. Established in 1973, the award honors those who have contributed outstanding service over an extended period to the progress of The Johns Hopkins University or the activities of the alumni association. The honorees include Deborah Baker, D.N.P., C.R.N.P., senior vice president for nursing for the Johns Hopkins Health System and vice president of nursing and patient care services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital; Richard Bennett, M.D., president of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center; and Gregg Semenza, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Institute for Cell Engineering’s vascular program, professor of pediatrics and a 2016 recipient of the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, for insights into how cells sense oxygen.

40 Under 40

David Narrow, M.S.B.E., a participant in the school of medicine and Krieger School of Arts & Sciences’ jointly operated Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design, has been named by the Baltimore Business Journal as one of its 40 Under 40 innovative entrepreneurs for 2017. Narrow, 27, the founder of Sonavex, collaborated with Devin O’Brien-Coon, M.D., M.S.S.E., assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery, to invent a solution for problems associated with postoperative blood clots. Also honored was Sashank Reddy, M.D., Ph.D., 39, a resident in plastic surgery. Reddy co-founded and is CEO of LifeSprout, a company that is developing a nanofiber-hydrogel composite material to restore soft tissue lost to cancer treatments, trauma or aging. In addition, David West, 23, a computational pathology innovator and biomedical engineering graduate, was cited for being the founder and CEO of Proscia, a cloud-based, digital pathology platform.

EAST BALTIMOREA photo shows Paul Auwaerter.

Paul Auwaerter, M.D., M.B.A., professor of medicine and clinical director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, has become president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America for a one-year term.

A photo shows Eric Bass.

Eric Bass, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine, has been named chief executive officer of the Society of General Internal Medicine. He will serve in this part-time position while continuing his clinical practice and serving as vice chair for faculty development and promotions in the Department of Medicine.

A photo shows Andrew Feinberg.

Andrew Feinberg, M.D., M.P.H., professor and director of the Center for Epigenetics, has received the Association for Molecular Pathology’s 2017 Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics. The honor recognizes Feinberg’s seminal scientific discoveries and contributions to the field of epigenetics.

A photo shows Karen Horton.

Karen Horton, M.D., professor of radiology, has been named director of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Science. Since February 2016, she has served as interim director of the department as well as chair of the board of Johns Hopkins Imaging. A 19-year Johns Hopkins veteran, Horton’s areas of expertise include body computerized tomography (CT) imaging, 3-D post-processing of CT data and virtual colonoscopy. She recently oversaw the creation of a Johns Hopkins Community Radiology Division to provide services at Sibley and Suburban hospitals.

A photo shows Mahadevappa Mahesh.

Mahadevappa Mahesh, M.S., Ph.D., professor of radiology and cardiology, and chief physicist of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, was elected president of the Maryland Radiological Society. Mahesh is the second medical physicist in the nation to become president of a local chapter of the American College of Radiology.

Rachel Salas, M.D., associate professor of neurology, has been named director for interprofessional education and interprofessional collaborative practice for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She succeeds Laura Hanyok, M.D., now assistant dean for graduate medical education. Salas has served in various medical education roles, including director of the neurology clerkship and medical educator for nurse practitioners. In her new role, she will spearhead efforts to advance interprofessional education and partnerships with professional schools and clinical sites.

A photo shows Gordon Tomaselli.

Gordon Tomaselli, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiology, was recently named the next editor-in-chief of The Journal of Clinical Investigation. He will serve a five-year term with an editorial board of peer scientists based at Johns Hopkins.

A photo shows Robert Wood.

Robert Wood, M.D., professor and director of pediatric allergy and immunology and an expert on food allergy and childhood asthma, has been named president-elect of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

A photo shows Bin Wu.

Bin Wu, Ph.D., assistant professor of biophysics and biophysical chemistry, has received a 2017 Pew Charitable Trusts early-career scholar grant in the biomedical sciences. He will receive four years of flexible funding to pursue foundational research. His lab will investigate the role localized protein synthesis plays in the growth and connection of neurons–work that ultimately could lead to new interventions for conditions such as autism and Alzheimer’s disease.


Kamal Dhanjani, P.A.-C., anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has been elected president of the Baltimore chapter of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dhanjani joined the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine in 2006 and currently serves as the physician assistant manager and co-director of the physician assistant residency program in critical care medicine.


Eric Dobkin, M.D., has been appointed vice president of medical affairs. With more than 20 years of experience in hospital quality and safety, he previously served as chief quality officer and vice president of quality/patient safety for the four-hospital Crozer-Keystone Health System in Pennsylvania.

head shot of Jacky Schultz

Jacky Schultz, R.N., M.S.N., C.N.A.A., president of the hospital, was recently named one of Washingtonian magazine’s Most Powerful Women of 2017 in the health and medicine category. Named president of Suburban Hospital in 2016, she has served in many leadership roles since joining the staff in 2005.


A photo shows Marissa McKeever,

Marissa McKeever, J.D., director of government and community affairs, has been named by the Politico website as a 2017 Living Classrooms Rising Star. She will become an ambassador for the Living Classrooms Foundation, which works to strengthen communities and inspire young people to reach their potential through hands-on education and job training.


A photo shows Jennifer Dunkes.

Jennifer Dunkes has been promoted to project analyst. During the past five years, she has worked with JHI human resources to develop and implement the new employee orientation program, help manage the launch of JHI’s intranet, and develop the initial design for the first employee engagement and diversity committee.