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Class Notes Fall 2021

Class Notes Fall 2021

School of Medicine


George A. Scheele III, of La Jolla, California, formulated Factor4 Weight Control in 2000 to treat overweight disorders and chronic degenerative disease, including type 2 diabetes, cholesterol disorders, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. His next goal is to formulate a product to delay aging, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.


Donald (“Skip”) L. Trump retired in January 2019 from his position as founding director of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Virginia, and professor of medicine at the University of Virginia. On retirement, Trump and his colleague Eric P. Rosenthal, a journalist, began work on a book detailing the history of the National Cancer Act signed by President Nixon in 1971, with particular attention to the way this act authorized the establishment of cancer centers, designated by the National Cancer Institute. Centers of the Cancer Universe: Fifty Years of Progress Against Cancer will be published in October 2021. The book details the progress against cancer in the past half-century, emphasizing the critical role that these NCI-designated centers have played in that progress. In addition, the book provides guidance to resources for those seeking to learn more about centers or who need cancer care.


Ernesto D. Bustamante of Lima, Peru, was recently elected member of the Parliament of Peru for the legislative period 2021–2026. As a scientist, Bustamante has made significant contributions to molecular biology, particularly in the area of mitochondrial bioenergetics, and has also held leadership positions in the corporate world, as founding managing director of AB Chimica Laboratorios SA and BelgaMedica SA. Active in public life in Peru, he has been a political analyst and opinion leader who regularly publishes articles in Peruvian newspapers and magazines. In May 2019, he received the Samuel P. Asper Award for Achievement in Advancing International Medical Education from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Craig A. Peters moved to Dallas, Texas, in 2015, where he is currently chief of pediatric urology at Children’s Health as well as professor of urology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He tries to spend as much time as possible visiting his three children and one grandchild, and enjoys having time on Cape Cod.


Suzanne J. Koven, a primary care physician, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, and the inaugural writer-in-residence at Massachusetts General Hospital, reflects on imposter syndrome, family, and identity in new essay collection entitled Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life (W.W. Norton & Co., 2021). (See p. 14 for more.)


Craig D. Blackstone, of Boston, Massachusetts, recently became the chief of the Movement Disorders Division in the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Previously, he served at the National Institutes of Health, where he was a senior investigator and Cell Biology Section chief within the Neurogenetics Branch of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Maura L. Gillison, of Houston, Texas, received the David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award and Lecture, which recognizes an oncologist who has made outstanding contributions to cancer research, diagnosis or treatment. She is a distinguished professor of medicine and a Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas scholar in cancer research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Jennifer B. Meko received her M.B.A. two years ago and recently moved from Tennessee to Maine. She has also transitioned from practicing surgical medicine to medical management and is currently the senior health plan director at Martin’s Point Health Care in Portland, Maine.


Redonda G. Miller, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital since 2016, has been named to The Daily RecordPower 30 Health Care list. In her position as hospital president, she oversees a 1,162-bed academic medical center, with more than 11,000 employees; $2.7 billion in operating revenue; and a dual mission of innovation and community care.


Andrew L. Chen, of Franconia, New Hampshire, was named chief medical officer of USA Nordic Sport, the governing body of the four Olympic teams. He has been an Olympic team physician for Vancouver (2010) and Pyeongchang (2018) Winter Games and will also be serving for the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.


Steven S. Chang, of Detroit, Michigan, was named vice chair of the Department of Otolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery at the Henry Ford Health System in June 2021. He practices medicine as an otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon in addition to working as a research scientist there.

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Harold L. Kennedy (faculty, medicine, 1979–1982), of St. Louis, Missouri, has written Aging and Health for the US Elderly: A Health Primer for Ages 60 to 90 Years (University of Missouri Press, 2021), a book that helps seniors to navigate the current health care maze and make good decisions regarding their health and medical care services. Kennedy has more than 60 years of experience as a general practitioner, internal medicine physician, cardiologist, epidemiologist and preventive medicine physician, and is a professor (adjunct) at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Mark F. Teaford (fellow, cell biology and anatomy, 1983–1984; faculty, cell biology and anatomy, 1984–2011) was awarded the American Association for Anatomy’s highest teaching award in spring of 2020, the Henry Gray Distinguished Educator Award, “much of which was based on my teaching at JHMI,” he wrote. Currently a professor at Touro University in Vallejo, California, he also recently published a book of poetry and photography, Staring at the Midnight Sky: Haiga of Mark Teaford (Red Moon Press, 2020).

Colleen Christmas (fellow, geriatric medicine, 1996–2002; faculty, geriatric medicine and gerontology, internal medicine-general, 1999–present) is the inaugural recipient of the Rosemarie Hope Reid, M.D. Endowed Professorship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. This professorship was created by Kris Jenner (1992) and his wife Susan Cummings (1990) to support the director of the Primary Care Leadership Track in the school of medicine as a way to honor the inspirational life of Rosemarie Hope Reid (1992) and her focus on primary care. A leader in primary care and geriatric medicine, nationally and internationally, Christmas has been on the faculty of the school of medicine since 1999 and served as the director of the Primary Care Leadership Track since 2014.

Michael F. Chiang (HS, ophthalmology, 1997–2000; fellow, pediatric ophthalmology, 2000–2001) has become director of the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health. A practicing ophthalmologist, Chiang was previously the Knowles Professor of Ophthalmology & Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) as well as the associate director of the OHSU Casey Eye Institute. As NEI director, he oversees an annual budget of nearly $824 million, the majority of which supports vision research through approximately 1,600 research grants and training awards made to scientists at more than 250 medical centers, universities and other institutions. Chiang’s own research focuses on telemedicine and artificial intelligence for diagnosis of retinopathy of prematurity and other ophthalmic diseases, implementation and evaluation of electronic health record systems, modeling of clinical workflow and data analytics. As a clinician, he specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus.

Maneesh Paul-Satyaseela (fellow, pediatrics, 2003–2005), of Bangalore, India, is co-inventor of Enmetazobactam, an anti-infective, which recently completed phase 3 trials and is entering various markets. He is a clinical microbiologist who is campus director at Acharya Institutes, a scientific advisor at pharma/biotech companies, and an expert with the World Health Organization’s Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership REVIVE Program.

Damani A. Piggott (fellow, infectious diseases and epidemiology, 2009–2013; faculty, infectious diseases, 2013–present) has become the inaugural director of the Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative as well as associate vice provost for graduate diversity and partnerships at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Previously, he served as assistant dean for graduate biomedical education and graduate student diversity. As the first director of the Vivien Thomas Scholars Initiative, he will oversee a new effort to address historic underrepresentation in the STEM field. Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the initiative will provide permanent funding to add a sustained cohort of approximately 100 new slots for diverse Ph.D. students in STEM programs at Johns Hopkins.

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