Top Stories of 2018

When we look back on 2018 at Johns Hopkins, what is most memorable? Here are a few of the most read and talked about Johns Hopkins stories from last year.

First-Ever Penis and Scrotum Transplant Makes History

Surgeons at The Johns Hopkins Hospital performed the world’s first total penis and scrotum transplant. The patient had suffered a devastating injury several years ago from an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan.

New Outpatient Cancer Building Opens on the East Baltimore Campus

The Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Building opened its doors to patients May 14 after more than five years of planning. The center, which represents the future of cancer medicine at Johns Hopkins, provides care in a space with panoramic skyline views of Baltimore.

School of Medicine Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary

Last year the school marked its 125th anniversary with the theme Where Tradition Meets Innovation. The mile­stone year was celebrated with a series of special events, beginning with the dedication of a boardroom in honor of Mary Elizabeth Garrett, and a scientific symposium and pop-up exhibit during Reunion and Alumni Weekend on June 1 and 2.

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital and Children’s Hospital Results

U.S. News & World Report ranked The Johns Hopkins Hospital #3 in the nation and #1 in Maryland on its 2018–19 Best Hospitals list. Johns Hopkins Children’s Center was ranked #8 in the nation on the Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll.

New Security App for the East Baltimore Campus

When traveling about the East Baltimore campus, Johns Hopkins employees can take advantage of a new mobile app to connect with tools and resources that strengthen their security and well-being. The LiveSafe app provides real-time, two-way communication 24/7 between security and members of the Johns Hop­kins community. Download the free app at­ing_transportation/security/livesafe.html.

Hope, Healing and a 122-Year Legacy

A portrait of William Wallace Spence, who funded the more than 10-foot-tall statue of Jesus Christ in The Johns Hop­kins Hospital’s administration building, was placed just steps away from the iconic relic. Local artist Thomas Corner painted it in 1906 in recognition of Spen­ce’s philanthropy for the Baltimore com­munity. After Corner’s death, the portrait remained in the family until Barbara Bennett, a great-great-granddaughter, offered it to the hospital in 2013.

Research Building to be Named for Henrietta Lacks

A new research building on Johns Hop­kins’ East Baltimore campus was named in honor of Henrietta Lacks, who was the source of the HeLa cell line that has been critical to numerous advances in medicine, such as development of the polio vaccine.

Top Stories of 2017

Here are a few of the most talked about Johns Hopkins stories from last year.

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