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.

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 Thank you.

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Public Relations, Media Relations and Corporate Communications Team

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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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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