General Contact Information

  • Media Relations Phone: 410-955-6070
  • Media Relations Email: JHMedia@jhmi.edu
  • After Hours & Holidays: 410-955-6070.
    If you are a journalist working on a tight deadline or if this is an afterhours, urgent request, you can call this number and ask the operator to page the media relations representative on-call.

Journalists should always work with our team first to coordinate interviews. Each team member represents several departments or specialties of medicine and is available to respond to media inquiries or interview requests in a timely manner. If you are a journalist and unsure which specialty would be most appropriate for your request, please send an inquiry to JHMedia@jhmi.edu. Thank you.

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Public Relations, Media Relations and Corporate Communications Team

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Kim Hoppe, M.A.

Vice President, Communications
office: 410-502-9430

As the vice president of communications for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kim Hoppe, M.A. oversees strategic media interaction and integrated external institutional communications in addition to managing the public relations, media relations, and corporate communications team. She is responsible for increasing awareness for Johns Hopkins Medicine, managing and monitoring issues, implementing crisis communication management and developing a system-wide proactive media communication plan.

Prior to this position, Kim spent nine years as associate director of communications and public affairs for Johns Hopkins Children's Center, where she managed media relations, video production and special event coordination for the hospital. A journalist for nearly ten years, Kim was a senior news producer, medical news producer, and newsroom manager at the Baltimore CBS and ABC television affiliates and a coordinating producer at Maryland Public Television. Over the years, Kim has received several Tellys, a nomination for an Emmy and an award of merit from the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.

Kim earned her master of arts degree in communication from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration of study in corporate and non-profit communication. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Connecticut. She is a longstanding member of the Public Relations Society of America.

Beats Covered

  • Healthcare Policy
  • Research Integrity
  • School of Medicine
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Waun'Shae Blount

office: 410-955-3195

Waun'Shae is a media relations specialist with the Johns Hopkins public relations, media relations, and corporate communications team. In her role, she publicizes the ground-breaking research conducted at Johns Hopkins through news releases and other mediums, captures compelling patient stories and works to maintain as well foster bonds with external media.

Waun'Shae has more than 12 years of experience working in healthcare, from diabetes care research to EMS work in Baltimore and Baltimore County. Prior to joining the public relations, media relations, and corporate communications team, she served as clinical customer service coordinator within the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where she participated on a variety of committees and collaborated with patients, families and staff to enhance the patient experience and staff engagement.

Waun'Shae holds a bachelor of arts degree in writing, with an entrepreneurship minor, from Loyola University Maryland and a master's of fine arts degree in creative writing and publishing arts from the University of Baltimore. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and a member of the University of Baltimore and Loyola University Maryland's alumni associations.

Beats Covered

  • A Woman's Journey
  • Cardiology
  • Geriatrics/Aging
  • Otolaryngology
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Rheumatology
  • Rheumatology (Research)
  • Sleep
  • Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery/Organ Transplant
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Rachel Butch

office: 410-955-8665

Rachel joined the public relations, media relations, and corporate communications team as a senior communications specialist in June 2017.

In this role, she is responsible for writing about the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences (IBBS) and coordinating media coverage of the institute's research. Previously, Rachel worked with the team as an IBBS science writing intern, where she wrote press releases and stories for Fundamentals, the basic science e-newsletter. She also worked as a media relations representative before beginning her current job. Rachel graduated in May 2016 from the University of Pittsburgh, where she received a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, with a minor in chemistry, and a certificate in public and professional writing.

Beats Covered

  • Anatomy
  • Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine
  • Basic Science Research
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Cell Biology
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • History of Medicine
  • Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences
  • Institute for Cell Engineering
  • Institute of Genetic Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Ophthalmology/Wilmer Eye Institute
  • Neurosciences
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Research
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Veterinary Medicine
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Danielle Caci

Public Relations Manager, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
office: 727-767-2897

Danielle Caci is the public-relations manager at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. She leads a team of PR and social media specialists and works with local and national news organizations to share stories about pediatric patients, their families and staff at the hospital.

Before moving into public relations, Danielle was an anchor and reporter for three years at WTVA/WLOV, the NBC and Fox affiliate in Tupelo, Miss., and she also worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at WBBH/WZVN, the NBC and ABC affiliate in Ft. Myers, Fla. She covered everything from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill's effect on Southwest Florida, the 2008 presidential debate in Mississippi, devastating tornadoes and other breaking news, even picking up a few awards from the Associated Press.

Danielle received a bachelor's degree in radio-TV, with a specialization in broadcast journalism, from the University of Central Florida.

Beats Covered

  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
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Susan Brickley Case

office: 410-740-7639
cell: 410-292-1881
Susan Case directs the marketing, public relations and internal communications efforts for Howard County General Hospital and has been in the position since 2012. 

She previously worked for Johns Hopkins Medicine, the marketing surgical services of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, including the Brady Urological Institute, the Department of Surgery, Comprehensive Transplant Center and the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare-related marketing and nonprofit communications.

Susan earned her bachelor of science degree in journalism-advertising and a minor in English from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is a member and board member of the Maryland Society of Health Care Strategy and Market Development. She grew up in Howard County.

Beats Covered

  • Howard County General Hospital
Natalia Diaz

Natalia Diaz

office: 727-767-4476
cell: 813-853-2702

Natalia Diaz has been the senior director of marketing and communications for Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital since September 2019. In her role, Natalia directs the marketing, public relations and internal communications efforts to promote key service lines and tell engaging patient stories.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, Natalia led marketing and communications strategy for a large community hospital in Tampa Bay, Fla. She has more than 13 years of healthcare marketing experience. She holds a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of South Florida.

Beats Covered

  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
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Marin Hedin, M.P.S.

office: 410-502-9429
cell: 916-834-5058

As assistant director of the public relations, media relations, and corporate communications team, Marin Hedin, M.P.S., helps lead and direct the day-to-day strategy of the team. Through her relationships with media, she promotes stories that improve Johns Hopkins Medicine's brand reputation and loyalty. With storytelling at the forefront of Marin's work, she is dedicated to inspiring engagement through scientific innovation, medical advancements and patient care.

Before coming to Johns Hopkins Medicine, Marin led the marketing and communications strategies for top science, health and technology brands at Van Eperen & Co., a public relations firm located in the Washington, D.C., region. As account supervisor, Marin guided the direction of clients' communications efforts, mentored staff and helped build the agency's digital division.

Marin holds a master of professional studies degree in public relations and corporate communications from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree in public relations and business management marketing from California State University, Sacramento. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and Women of Color in Communications.

Beats Covered

  • A Woman's Journey
  • Gynecology/Obstetrics
  • Orthopaedics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Danny Jacobs

office: 410-955-7479 (Mondays and Fridays) 410-614-6833 (Tuesdays through Thursdays)

Danny Jacobs joined the public relations, media relations, and corporate communications team in November 2018. He primarily works with Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, the intellectual property administration center of the Johns Hopkins University.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Danny worked almost 11 years at The Daily Record in Baltimore, the last three as legal editor, and as a writer for The Gazette community newspapers in suburban Washington.

Danny received both a bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s certificate in multimedia journalism from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Beats Covered

  • Branding/Third Party Releases
  • Business of Medicine
  • Cameras on Campus
  • Pharmacy
  • Supply Chain
  • Technology Transfer/Ventures
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Helen Jones

office: 410-502-9422

Helen Jones joined the Johns Hopkins public relations, media relations, and corporate communications team in January 2013. Among her duties as a media relations specialist are aiding in the distribution and tracking of press releases, collecting and disseminating daily news about Johns Hopkins Medicine, compiling monthly reports, managing media requests and providing media services to physicians and researchers.

Helen was previously employed at the Washington Post, where she edited opinion pieces, editorials and letters to the editor and helped keep track of daily readership trends on the Web. Before that, she worked as a copy editor and assigning editor for her hometown newspaper, the Baltimore Sun.

She received a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Towson University.

Beats Covered

  • Allergy/Asthma
  • Awards and Announcements
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pulmonary
  • Women’s Board
Maura Kinney

Maura Kinney

office: 443-287-2243

Maura Kinney serves as a communication specialist on the Johns Hopkins Medicine public relations, media relations and corporate communications team. In this role, she develops written materials for various external brand channels, conducts media relations to advance awareness of Johns Hopkins’ achievements, and assists in planning and implementing media relations events.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Maura was a technical writer/editor for Ravenswood Solutions, where she translated complex engineering information into simplified language for product users. Before then, she served as a communication manager for Saab, leading the editorial process for all of the company’s North American digital communication efforts. Earlier in her career, Maura worked for Edelman and the National Cyber Security Alliance, gaining experience in strategic communication, content management, stakeholder engagement and media relations.

Maura holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Boston University.

Beats Covered

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
  • Hematology
  • Infectious Diseases
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Marisol Martinez, M.A.

office: 410-464-6458
cell: 443-774-8207

As a senior communications specialist for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Marisol focuses on bilingual (Spanish and English) media relations in Latin America and the Caribbean and international media relations and communications outreach, raising brand awareness and positioning the Johns Hopkins Health System as a destination for complex diagnosis and treatment, and a trusted resource for health information.

A seasoned writer, editor and strategic communications professional, Marisol has more than 15 years of experience creating and executing marketing and communications campaigns. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins Medicine International, she served as senior copywriter at Adworks Corp., a marketing and communications firm in Puerto Rico with various clients in the health care industry.

She holds a master’s degree in communications with a concentration in media writing and a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of the Sacred Heart in Puerto Rico. Marisol also earned a certificate in translation (Spanish-English/English-Spanish) from La Salle University in Philadelphia and has won several Aster Awards.

Beats Covered

  • Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
  • Caribbean Media
  • China Media
  • Gynecology/Obstetrics
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine International
  • Latin American Media
  • Middle East
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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Michel Morris

office: 410-502-9485

As a communications specialist for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Michel promotes community partnerships and covers several clinical beats.

A former journalist, Michel has written for the Baltimore Sun Media Group and American Farm Publications. Before joining Johns Hopkins, Michel was the Casey Cares Foundation's communications coordinator. She developed relationships with media personnel, community partners and agencies to promote the charity's services and events while also writing website, social media, blog and newsletter content.

She is a graduate of Salisbury University with a degree in communication arts.

Beats Covered

  • Community Health
  • Community Engagement
  • Diversity Initiatives
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins Community Physicians
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery
  • Photo/Photo Permissions
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Laura Motel

office: 410-955-1503
cell: 202-329-5359

Laura Motel is a communications specialist with the Johns Hopkins Medicine public relations, media relations, and corporate communications team. In her role, she is responsible for providing strategic communications support to The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Nursing.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins Medicine in June 2016, Motel worked as a communications specialist for the Maryland State Department of Education, focusing on communicating the state's education initiatives to internal and external audiences. She also served as a media specialist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she produced TV and video segments and provided media outreach.

Motel earned an M.A. in journalism and public affairs from American University and a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College.

Beats Covered

  • Nursing
Michael Newman

Michael E. Newman

office: 410-502-9463
cell: 240-602-5365

A seasoned science and medical communicator with expertise in public affairs, journalism and broadcast media, Michael joined the Johns Hopkins Medicine public relations, media relations, and corporate communications team as senior media relations representative in March 2019. In this role, he communicates and promotes the research, clinical advances, service lines and related initiatives for a diverse group of the institute's divisions.

Michael came to Hopkins after 27 years at the federal government's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, he served from 1991 to 2007 as director of media relations and then for the next 11 years as senior communications officer.

Prior to NIST, Michael worked as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle, a medical TV writer/producer for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, a features reporter at an NPR affiliate, an ABC-TV news producer, an audiovisual production manager and media officer for a Fortune 500 oil and gas company, and a press officer/science writer for the National Cancer Institute. He also penned the popular "Answer Line" question-and-answer column for the Journal newspapers in the Greater Washington, D.C., area from 1990 until 2006.

Michael holds bachelor’s degrees in microbiology from Clemson University and communications from the University of Houston, and he completed one year toward a Ph.D. in virology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a member of the D.C. Science Writers Association and the National Association of Science Writers (for which he is co-chair of the Public Information Officers Committee), and he serves on the board of directors for the Baltimore-Washington Clemson Alumni Club.

Beats Covered

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics (Research)
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery/Organ Transplant

Amy Shaw

office: 301-896-2598

Amy Shaw is director of strategic communications and public relations for Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. In this role, she leads external and internal communications, crisis communications, and other priority initiatives. She also develops and implements multi-channel public relations strategies to promote key service lines and build organizational and executive thought leadership. She oversees the social media strategy for the National Capital Region.

Prior to joining Suburban Hospital, Amy led integrated strategic communications for nonprofit health care and scientific organizations, most recently the National Quality Forum and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. She has a master's degree in strategic public relations from The George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in English and French from Bucknell University. She also earned a graduate certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from Georgetown University.

Beats Covered

  • Suburban Hospital
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital
Sharon Sopp

Sharon Sopp

Assistant Director of Public Relations and Internal Communications
office: 410-740-7646
Sharon has been communicating about the services, programs and initiatives of Howard County General Hospital since 2001. In her current role as assistant director of public relations and internal communications, she works with leaders throughout the organization, counseling on communication goals, strategies and techniques for a variety of internal and external campaigns. She works with media to facilitate coverage of the hospital's services and programs and responds to media requests for experts and/or information.

As the hospital's public information officer, Sharon works closely with the Emergency Management director to provide communications and support during crises and special operations. Sharon has received training at the FEMA Center for Emergency Preparedness.
Before joining Howard County General Hospital, Sharon worked for a Baltimore-area hospital as media coordinator. Before that, she served as a producer at WBFF-TV Fox45 in Baltimore and a producer/reporter for Howard County government television and a national news bureau in Washington, D.C.

She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, with a degree in broadcast journalism.

Beats Covered

  • Howard County General Hospital
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Ayanna Tucker

office: 443-287-8577

Ayanna Tucker is a communications specialist covering basic science research for the Johns Hopkins Medicine public relations, media relations, and corporate communications team.

Prior to joining the basic sciences communications team, Ayanna was the summer 2018 communications intern at the American Public Health Association, where she produced social media content, assisted with the Get Ready emergency preparedness campaign and wrote news and blog articles for The Nation's Health and Public Health Newswire, respectively. In spring 2019, she completed her master's internship at the Center for Program Integrity at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, where she assisted with digital projects and writing promotional materials.

Ayanna received a B.S. degree in nutritional sciences from Howard University in May 2017 and a M.P.H. degree from the University of Maryland in May 2019.

Beats Covered

  • Anatomy
  • Basic Science Research
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Cell Biology
  • Evolution
  • History of Medicine
  • Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences
  • Institute for Cell Engineering
  • Institute of Genetic Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neurosciences
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Research
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Veterinary Medicine
Liz Vandendriessche

Liz Vandendriessche

Assistant Director of Media Relations, Public Relations and Corporate Communications
office: 410-502-9424

As assistant director of public relations, media relations, and corporate communications for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Liz Vandendriessche leads proactive and reactive media and brand strategies, issue and crisis communications as well as high-priority corporate communication campaigns.

Before her role at Johns Hopkins, Liz served as a leader in brand reputation management and systemwide communications at Sentara Healthcare, Virginia's largest not-for-profit healthcare system. In that role, she drove comprehensive and integrated initiatives for all internal, external, executive and crisis communications across the system. Before that, Liz spent nearly 10 years leading strategic communications and marketing efforts for Fortune 500 technology, government and healthcare clients as well as federal government agencies at a leading marketing and communications agency in Alexandra, Va.

Liz holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications, with a concentration in business administration, from the George Washington University and is finalizing a master of business administration degree from Regent University. She is a member of the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Association.

Beats Covered

  • Government Affairs
  • Health Care Policy
  • Rheumatology
  • Urology
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Vanessa Wasta, M.B.A.

office: 410-955-8236
cell: 410-858-6986

Vanessa Wasta has spent more than 20 years in science and medical communications. She manages communications for basic science research at Johns Hopkins Medicine, spanning three institutes and more than 250 faculty.

Her team oversees media relations, digital publications and social media channels relating to basic science research. She holds a bachelor of science degree in biology and a master's degree in business administration. Previously, she managed media relations and web projects at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, covering laboratory and clinical research news, as well as social media. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and an emeritus member and former chair of the Public Affairs and Marketing Network of the nation's top cancer centers.

Beats Covered

  • Allergy/Asthma
  • Anatomy
  • Basic Science Research
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophysics
  • Cell Biology
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • History of Medicine
  • Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences
  • Institute for Cell Engineering
  • Institute of Genetic Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neurosciences
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Pulmonary
  • Research
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Veterinary Medicine