General Contact Information

  • Media Relations Phone: 410-955-6070
  • Media Relations Email:
  • 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.

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Public Relations, Media Relations and Corporate Communications Team

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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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Kim Polyniak, M.A.

office: 443-287-8589

Kim Polyniak, M.A., serves as a senior communications specialist with the Johns Hopkins Medicine public relations, media relations, and corporate communications team. In this role, she spends her time managing communications projects and media relations activities for the Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

Throughout her career, Polyniak has held a wide range of positions in the communications industry in Maryland. Her professional experience began at WBFF-TV Fox45 in Baltimore, where she served in different producing roles. She also held positions at Maryland Public Television, in marketing and communications at a local Baltimore hospital and as a freelance writer. Polyniak has written for various formats, including television news, print publications, the Internet and social media.

Polyniak earned an M.A. in writing from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in mass communication from Towson University.

Beats Covered

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
  • Bioterrorism
  • Burn Center (Pediatric)
  • Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Hospital Epidemiology/Infection/Infectious Diseases
  • Infectious Diseases
  • International Adoption Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins Children's Center
  • Neonatal, Perinatal Medicine
  • Pediatrics (General)
  • Pediatrics (Research)