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Winter 2020 Class Notes

Winter 2020 Class Notes


Sanford N. Cohen, of Fort Myers, Florida, has been named Trustee of the Year by the Florida Hospital Association for his service on the board of directors of the Lee Health, a seven-hospital consortium that is the largest health care system in southwest Florida.


Joseph O. Moore, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has received the Duke Cancer Institute’s Shingleton Society 2019 Caregiver Award. Dubbed an oncology Jedi by his colleagues at Duke, Moore completed 44 years of clinical practice. He retired on June 30, two days after his 75th birthday.


Bert Vogelstein, of Baltimore, co-director of the Ludwig Center at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and the most-cited cancer researcher in the world, has been named the co-recipient of the 2019 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research. The research Vogelstein and his colleagues have conducted on cancer genetics has led to new therapies and tests for earlier detection and diagnosis of some forms of cancer. He shares the $500,000 prize with Irving Weissman of Stanford University, who is renowned for research on stem cells.


Eric M. Mazur, of Avon, Connecticut, retired in 2015 as vice president and chief medical officer of Norwalk Hospital. He now is a volunteer faculty member at the hospital and the University of Connecticut. He also hosts his own local cable TV show, Health Talk, in Fairfield County.


Marian DeMarinis Damewood, of Dover, Pennsylvania, has received the 2019 Distinguished Service Award from the Women’s Council of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). She is a past president of ASRM and was director of the in vitro fertilization program at Johns Hopkins. She currently is a field representative for the clinical learning environment review program of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Keith D. Lillemoe, of Boston, is chief of surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the W. Gerald Austen Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. In the last two years, he was elected an honorary member of the Association of Women’s Surgeons, has received the Joseph B. Martin Dean’s Award for the Advancement of Women Faculty from Harvard Medical School, was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and was inducted into the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators. His colleagues at the MGH include Johns Hopkins medical school graduates: Thor M. Sund ’84, chief of cardiac surgery; Katrina A. Armstrong ’91, chief of medicine; and Bob Carter ’92, chief of neurosurgery.


Vilma A. Joseph, of Elmont, New York, a professor of anesthesiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, served as the 2019 president of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists.

Grace C. Kung, of Los Angeles, has been promoted to clinical professor of pediatrics as the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine.


Austin Ratner, of Brooklyn, New York, has published his fourth book, a nonfiction assessment of psychoanalysis, The Psychoanalyst’s Aversion to Proof, offering new ideas for a reinvigoration of the field.

Ann M. Sheehy, of Worcester, Massachusetts, has been promoted to full professor of biology at the College of the Holy Cross.


Megan Tschudy, of Baltimore, an assistant professor of pediatrics and medical director of the Harriet Lane Clinic, has received the 2019 Child Health Services Research Award from Nemours, one of the nation’s largest pediatric subspecialty group practices. Tschudy’s research aims to increase health equity by redesigning the health system to improve community-based care.


Khoi D. Than, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has become an associate professor of neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery at Duke University.

Lorrel E. Brown Toft, of Reno, Nevada, has been named an associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. She also has joined the staff of Carson Tahoe Health as a cardiologist. The collaborative appointment will expand patient access to a high-quality cardiologist.


Allen O. Eghrari, of Baltimore, an assistant professor of ophthalmology in the Wilmer Eye Institute, has been named to the Baltimore Business Journal list of 40 Under 40 business leaders in the city.


Simon C. Mathews, of Baltimore, assistant director of Johns Hopkins’ Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, has been selected to serve a three-year term on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s advisory panel for patient engagement.


Nancy A. Abu-Bonsrah, of Baltimore, a native of Ghana who in 2017 became the first African American woman to be named a resident in Johns Hopkins’ Department of Neurosurgery, has received the 2019 Young Woman in Medicine Award from the Ghana UK-Based Achievement organization.

House Staff, Fellows and Faculty

Philip S. Bentlif (house staff; fellow, medicine, 1958–60), of Houston, retired from his practice in inflammatory bowel disease in 2008 but remains active as a medical expert for the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. In 2013, he received the Laureate Accolade recognition from the Texas chapter of the American College of Physicians.

L. Mario Amzel (fellow, biophysics, 1969; faculty, biophysics and biophysical chemistry, 1970–present), director of the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry, has received an honorary degree from the University of Buenos Aires, from which he obtained his Ph.D. in physical chemistry before immigrating to the United States. The honorary degree recognizes Amzel’s prolific research in biophysics and biophysical chemistry, his numerous research publications, and his lifelong commitment to international academic collaborations.

John T. Repke (house staff; fellow, gynecology and obstetrics, 1978–84; faculty gynecology and obstetrics, 1990–92), who was chair of the ob/gyn department at Penn State University from 2002 to 2017, has had a lectureship in maternal-fetal medicine named in his honor. At the time of his retirement as department chair, he donated $100,000 that he had raised to found the John T. Repke, MD, FACOG Lectureship in Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Wen Shen (house staff, gynecology and obstetrics, 1983–87; faculty, gynecology and obstetrics, 2005–present) has received the National Academy of Medical Sciences’ 2019 Leon Speroff Outstanding Educator Award. Shen was honored for her excellence in menopause-related education of clinicians and the general public. In addition to developing a menopause app for all clinicians through Apple and Google, Shen designed a menopause curriculum for gynecology residents and taught them how to care for patients in the Menopause Clinic.

Edward E. Wallach (faculty, gynecology and obstetrics, 1984–present), who was director of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics from 1984 to 1994, has received the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s 2019 Suheil J. Muasher, M.D., Distinguished Service Award for his achievements in advancing the practice of reproductive medicine.

Harry C. “Hal” Dietz (house staff, anesthesiology, pediatrics, 1988–89; fellow, pediatrics, 1990–92; faculty, pediatrics, medicine, genetic medicine, neurological surgery, 1992–present), director of the William S. Smilow Center for Marfan Syndrome Research, has received the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2019 Mentorship Award. He has mentored more than 50 students and professionals, 10 of whom have received the ASHG/Charles J. Epstein Trainee Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research.

Mark S. Schnitzer (house staff; fellow, neurosurgery, 1988–94) currently is central medical director of patient care optimization for SSM Health in Missouri.

Elizabeth M. Jaffee (fellow, oncology, 1989–92; faculty, ophthalmology, oncology, pathology, 1992–present), co-director of both the Cancer Immunology Program and the Gastrointestinal Cancers Program, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). NAM recognized her work clarifying the complex interactions between T cell subsets and cancer, and for translating those findings into two generations of vaccine platforms.

Tzyy-Choou “T-C” Wu (house staff; fellow, pathology, 1992–95; faculty, pathology, 1995–present) received the 2019 Harrington Scholar-Innovator Award from the Harrington Discovery Institute at University Hospitals in Cleveland. The award supports Wu’s work augmenting universal immunity therapies to combat cancer.

Albert S. Jun (house staff, ophthalmology, 2001–04; faculty, ophthalmology, 2004–present), chief of the Division of Cornea, Cataract and External Eye Diseases in the Wilmer Eye Institute, was invited to be the 12th annual Boston International Visiting Professor in cataract, cornea and external eye diseases.

Jennifer H. Elisseeff (faculty, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, chemical and biological engineering, materials science and engineering, 2001–present) has received the National Institutes of Health’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program’s Pioneer Award. As the director of the Translational Tissue Engineering Center, Elisseeff and her research team are engaged in engineering technologies to repair lost tissue. She established the field of biomaterials-directed regenerative immunology, which led to her discoveries associated with regeneration and fibrosis in biomaterial responses.

Karen A. Schneider (fellow, pediatrics, 2002; faculty, pediatrics, 2002–present), a Sister of Mercy who specializes in pediatric emergency medicine and has undertaken more than 80 medical mission trips to underserved areas in Haiti, Guyana, Kenya and Nigeria, has received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Joseph’s College of Maine in Portland.

Rachel Marie E. Salas (fellow, neurology, 2006–08; faculty, neurology, 2008–present), a sleep medicine specialist, was named a 2019 Burton Sandok Visiting Professor of Neurological Education by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Elizabeth Tucker (house staff, pediatrics; fellow, anesthesiology, 2009–15; faculty, anesthesiology and critical care medicine, 2015–present) received a 2018 Hartwell Biomedical Research Award from the Hartwell Foundation, which provides funds for early-stage research projects that have not yet qualified for funding from traditional sources.

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