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Dome - Who What

February 2010

Who What

By: Neil A. Grauer
Date: February 4, 2010

Employee Awards and Recognition

AAAS Fellows

David Linden, Ph.D., professor of neuroscience, and Cynthia Wolberger, Ph.D., professor of biophysics and biophysical chemistry, have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Linden was recognized for his distinguished contributions to cellular neurophysiology, in particular his fundamental advances in our knowledge of how memory works on the cellular and molecular levels. Wolberger, who also is an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, was elected for her outstanding contributions to the field of structural biology, particularly her studies of how proteins do their job in the body. Her research has led to a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind such conditions as cancer, diabetes and aging.

Center for Health Policy

Deborah Trautman, Ph.D., R.N., former interim vice president of patient care services at Howard County General Hospital and one-time director of nursing for emergency medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, has been named executive director of the new Center for Health Policy. Trautman recently completed a Robert Wood Johnson health policy fellowship by serving as senior health policy advisor to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.). The new center’s mission is to generate and disseminate the knowledge, expertise and advancements of the Johns Hopkins Medicine community and colleagues elsewhere to promote effective health policy.


Peter Burger, M.D., professor of pathology, neurological surgery and oncology, has received the American Association of Neuropathologists’ Award for Meritorious Contributions to Neuropathology. Recognized as “a leader among leaders” in his field, Burger is internationally known for his work on adult and pediatric brain tumors.

Barbara Cook, M.D., medical director of Hopkins’ TAP (The Access Partnership) program, which improves access to specialty care for uninsured East Baltimore patients; Desiree De La Torre, M.P.H., M.B.A., TAP’s project manager; Matt Emerson, M.H.A., TAP’s senior analyst; and Anne Langley, J.D., director of TAP, have won the Service Quality Award from Permanente Journal for their poster presentation on TAP at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s national forum last December. The Hopkins program bested 11 other finalists, chosen out of 400 applicants for the award.

Maureen Martin¸ director of video in Johns Hopkins Medicine’s six-person digital media group, has been named Employee of the Year in Marketing and Communications. Martin and her team produced approximately 120 videos this past year for clinical department and division Web pages, as well as YouTube. Subjects included such achievements as Hopkins’ domino kidney swap transplant surgeries and molecular biologist Carol Greider’s Nobel Prize. Dalal Haldeman, vice president for marketing and communications, praised Martin’s “positive energy, passion, talent” and willingness to “always go the extra mile” to get a story.

Michelle Petri, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and co-director of the Lupus Pregnancy Center, has received grants from the Lupus Foundation of America’s National Research Program to validate the American College of Rheumatology’s diagnostic criteria for lupus and help identify promising biomarkers that may facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Greg Osgood, M.D., a retired U.S. Air Force major, has become Hopkins’ first full-time orthopedic trauma faculty member. While in the service, he completed several combat deployments in which he provided orthopedic trauma care to military personnel. Associate editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, he was on the staff of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland before joining

Rhonda Wyskiel, R.N., B.S.N., of the Weinberg ICU, has been awarded the 2010 Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care Safety Fellowship, funded by Hopkins Hospital’s Women’s Board. Wyskiel, who has collaborated with Peter Pronovost, M.D., on patient safety initiatives and also helped develop the Weinberg medication reconciliation process that has been adopted hospital-wide, will use the fellowship to develop new procedures for increasing patient safety throughout the hospital.

DVT Recognition

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has received the 2009 DVTeamCare Hospital Award from the North American Thrombosis Forum, a Boston-based organization that advances research on and the diagnosis and prevention of potentially fatal blood clots. Hopkins was recognized for making a significant commitment to preventing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) incidents in patients.


The US Family Health Plan offered through Johns Hopkins is among six USFHP providers to receive the National Military Family Association’s Dr. Lowell G. Daun Award for its outstanding work providing health care to military families. The Hopkins program serves more than 30,000 members of military families in Maryland and parts of Washington, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Publications Praised

Dome has received the Association of American Medical Colleges’ top award for excellence as an internal audience periodical, and Hopkins Medicine magazine has received the award for excellence for external audience publications. Both publications were praised for their writing, design and photography. Dome is edited and largely written by Mary Ellen Miller and Judith Minkove of the editorial services division of Marketing and Communications; Maxwell Boam, head of the office’s design group, oversees its layout; Amy Goodwin is its managing editor; and Keith Weller is the photographer for both publications. Hopkins Medicine is edited by Sue DePasquale, and its associate editor, Ramsey Flynn, also received a citation for his winter 2009 feature article, “Thinking Large,” about the effort of Akhilesh Pandey, associate professor of genetics, to pin down the entire human proteome. Two other publications, Change and On Guard, received honorable mention citations in the internal audience category. Both are edited by Jamie Manfuso, designed by David Dilworth, and feature stories written by Manfuso, Linell Smith and Stephanie Shapiro.


Kelly Clark, R.N., B.S.N., received the 2009 Future of Nursing Leadership Award from the Advisory Board Company, a Washington, D.C.-based health care consulting firm. The award honors graduates of the Center for Frontline Nursing Leadership program who demonstrate a significant impact on their organization through projects completed during the two-year program.

Connie Lowery, R.N., has been named patient care manager for the Behavior Pharmacology Research Unit, where she has worked for two decades; Joanne Renjel, R.N., has been appointed patient care manager in the emergency department; and Michele Thompson, R.N., B.S.N., a 20-year veteran of Johns Hopkins Bayview, has been named patient care manager of the Med B inpatient unit.

Constantine Lyketsos, M.D., M.H.S., professor and director of the Department of Psychiatry and the Elizabeth Plank Althouse Professor of Psychiatry, has been awarded the Distinguished Physician Award of the Hellenic Medical Society of New York.

Debbie Miller, R.N., has become project administrator for the medical center’s service excellence department. Before joining Johns Hopkins Bayview, she was customer service coordinator at Anne Arundel Medical Center, which has received consistently high ratings for patient service and satisfaction.

Anne Millman has been named director of patient safety. Previously a senior project analyst in patient safety at Hopkins Hospital, Millman will be responsible for oversight of the facility-wide patient safety program, focusing on processes that reduce medical and health care errors.

Joe Spiccioli, R.N., has become the first employee of a local hospital named a Hometown Hero by the Essex-Middle River-White Marsh Chamber of Commerce. He was recognized for saving the life of a former patient to whom he made a routine follow-up call a day after the patient’s discharge. Spiccioli immediately recognized that the patient was suffering respiratory distress, instructed him to hang up and call 911, and then followed up to ensure that the patient was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Cindi Wood, R.N., has been named Educator of the Year by the Department of Professional Nursing Development for her work in preparing the Department of Psychiatry for the Joint Commission’s triennial survey.   


Professional Staff Officers

Jonathan Fish, M.D., an internist with Charter Internal Medicine in Columbia, Md., has been named president of the 800-member professional staff for 2010; pulmonologist and critical care specialist Francis Chuidian, M.D., has become vice president; and anesthesiologist Clarita Frazier, M.D., is the new secretary/treasurer.

Healthy Families Howard County, a free, voluntary program providing assistance to first-time parents and administered by the hospital since 2001, has received a $1,500 grant from the Columbia Foundation. The program, which also receives funding from the Local Children’s Board, the Freddie Mac Foundation, and the Community Services Partnerships Program, offers home visitation and referrals from Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland to ease parents’ transition through pregnancy and into the first five years of parenthood.


Brian Gragnolati, president of Suburban, has established the Office of Operations to facilitate the process of integrating with Johns Hopkins Medicine while maintaining focus on the continued success of day-to-day operations. Jacqueline Schultz, senior vice president of patient care services; Gene Corapi, senior vice president of operations; and Eugene Passamani, M.D., senior vice president of medical affairs and the new senior vice president of research, will lead the office. Its responsibilities will include planning and business development, as well as supporting service lines in meeting their volume and business growth targets.

Leo Rotello, M.D., medical director of intensive care, will assume responsibility for both the intensivist and the hospitalist services. He will work closely with internist Eric Park, M.D., medical director of the hospitalist group, to improve communication and coordination of care between the hospital-based medical staff and referring community physicians.

Matthew Poffenroth, M.D., head of Premier Physician Group, the multispecialty subsidiary of the Suburban Hospital Health System created in 2007, has been named regional medical director of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians in the National Capital Region.