Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins Medicine to Host Maryland Hepatitis Summit

11/21/2019

What:
In the United States, hepatitis C virus kills more people than HIV and 59 other infectious diseases combined. Maryland is one of the states hit hardest by the hepatitis C epidemic.

In pursuit of the World Health Organization’s goal of eliminating hepatitis B and C infection by 2030, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine will host the 2019 Maryland Hepatitis Summit in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the Baltimore City Health Department, the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland Hepatitis Coalition, Sisters Together and Reaching, Inc., and local patient advocates.

The Maryland Hepatitis Summit is the first step in an effort among health care, public health and community organizations as well as legislative representatives to prevent health concerns and deaths related to hepatitis infection in Maryland. The goals of the event, which will focus on both hepatitis B and C, are to share best practices and ideas and to coordinate and align approaches to care and treatment for patients — with the objective of eliminating hepatitis in Maryland.

When:
Monday, Nov. 25, 2019
Media are invited to attend from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Who:
Johns Hopkins Medicine experts on hepatitis, including:

  • Risha Irvin, M.D., M.P.H.
    Chair, Maryland Hepatitis Summit
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Mark Sulkowski, M.D.
    Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Viral Hepatitis Center
    Director, Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
    Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • David Thomas, M.D., M.P.H.
    Director, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Where:
Albert H. Owens Jr. Auditorium, in the David H. Koch Cancer Research Building
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
1550 Orleans St.
Baltimore, Maryland

Parking is available in the McElderry Street garage. See a map and directions to the hospital.

 

RSVP: 
Please respond by Friday, Nov. 22, at 3:30 p.m. to Kim Polyniak, 443-510-5807, or kpolyni1@jhmi.edu


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