10 Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Published in Hopkins Medicine - Winter 2022

Ten Johns Hopkins faculty members have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, an independent organization of leading professionals that works to address critical issues in health, medicine and related policy through its domestic and global initiatives:

Pablo Celnik, director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins Medicine and the physiatrist-in-chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is internationally recognized for his expertise and research in neurologic rehabilitation, particularly in patients with stroke and brain injury, as well as his studies in human motor learning.

Ted Dawson, director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering and professor of neurology, neuroscience and pharmacology and molecular sciences. His discoveries have informed the development of new agents to treat Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.

Darrell Gaskin, a health economist and health services researcher whose work has advanced fundamental understanding of the role of place as a driver in racial and ethnic health disparities.

Jessica Gill, a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Trauma Recovery Biomarkers, who investigates differential responses in military personnel, athletes and other patients who have experienced traumatic brain injuries and the mechanisms underlying these divergent responses.

Sherita Hill Golden, vice president and chief diversity officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine, whose work as a physician-scientist focuses on diabetes epidemiology, health services research and disparities.

Taekjip “TJ” Ha, whose laboratory focuses on visualizing how individual molecules move within proteins and DNA. Understanding these basic biological processes gives scientists a zoomed-in view of how cells maintain the genome.

Drew Pardoll, director of the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, who has studied molecular aspects of immune cell biology and immune regulation, particularly related to mechanisms by which cancer cells evade elimination by the immune system.

Sarah Szanton, dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, who is best known for co-developing the visionary CAPABLE program, which combines handyman services with nursing and occupational therapy to improve older adults’ mobility, reduce disability and decrease health care costs.

Tener Goodwin Veenema, an international expert in disaster nursing and public health emergency management, with a focus on health systems optimization and health care worker protection during disasters and large-scale biological events such as pandemics and radiation/nuclear disasters.

Cynthia Wolberger, director and professor of the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, whose laboratory studies proteins that pack DNA into a bundle within a cell and how special tags, called ubiquitins, are attached to these proteins and help turn genes on or off.