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The Cutting Edge - A Fond Farewell

Cutting Edge Summer 2014

A Fond Farewell

Date: July 18, 2014

Julie Freischlag, Former Director of Surgery
Julie Freischlag, Former Director of Surgery

As many of you now know, I recently left Johns Hopkins to start a new position as dean and vice chancellor of human health sciences at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Jonathan Efron, the Mark M. Ravitch Endowed Professor in Surgery, is serving as interim chair.

After 11 years of leading the Department of Surgery, I’d like to share many of our highlights. Our clinical volumes have increased markedly, from 24,629 cases in fiscal year 2003 to 32,139 cases in fiscal year 2014 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Mike Zenilman, professor of surgery, was hired as vice chair of the National Capital Region, as we have surgeons in our department based at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland; Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington; and Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, Maryland. At All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, Paul Colombani, professor of surgery, heads the Department of Pediatric Surgery and is hiring faculty and starting a pediatric surgery fellowship there.

That’s not all. We have been one of the top 15 surgical department recipients of National Institutes of Health funding in the past four years—a notable accomplishment in these tough financial times. We now have two training grants in surgical oncology and gastrointestinal surgery. We’ve expanded our vascular surgery fellowship and added new fellowships for surgical oncology, endocrine surgery and minimally invasive surgery. Additionally, we started a Center for Surgical Trials and Outcomes Research to provide investigators with resources to achieve their research goals … and it is flourishing! I’m also extremely proud of the department’s increased diversity in research funding and topics, in people we hire as faculty, residents and staff, and in clinical programs.

I’ll miss Hopkins very, very, very much. But as Alexander Pope said, “The only time you run out of chances is when you stop taking them.”

From Julie Freischlag
Former Director of Surgery

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