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May 2010

Who What

Date: May 7, 2010

International Acclaim

Gregg Semenza, M.D., Ph.D., director of the vascular program at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering and a member of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, is one of seven recipients of the 2010 Canada Gairdner Awards. This award is among the world’s most prestigious medical research awards and Canada’s only international science prize. Semenza, a preeminent researcher on the molecular mechanisms of oxygen regulation, won the award for identifying how cells in the body monitor and respond to changes in oxygen levels. The awards, each of which comes with a $100,000 cash prize, will be presented in October.  

ICE Appointment

Ted Dawson, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed scientific director of the Institute for Cell Engineering. He will expand the research program at ICE and establish much-needed services to the Hopkins stem cell research community. The Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Professor in Neurodegenerative Diseases and a leading expert in Parkinson’s disease and neurodegenerative disorders, Dawson will continue to co-direct the neuroregeneration section of ICE.

Geriatrics’ New Director

Samuel (Chris) Durso, M.D., has been named director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Gerontology, where he served as interim director for the past 18 months. Durso’s research interests include “train the trainer” education to prepare faculty to teach geriatric medicine and how to prioritize health care for older adults with multiple comorbidities.

Imaging Center Grant

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center will receive nearly $7.5 million from the National Center for Research Resources, a division of the National Institutes of Health, to create a new translational molecular imaging center. The Core Facility Renovation, Repair and Improvement grant  will cover renovating 4,156 gross square feet in the G building and designing an imaging suite and a lab capable of developing special chemical reagents that can be used for PET/CT or PET/MRI scans.

Better Minority Access

The Cancer Center is one of five institutions to share a $3.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund research focused on minority recruitment and retention in cancer clinical trials. Jean Ford, M.D., is Hopkins’ regional lead investigator; Julie Brahmer, M.D., and Darcy Phelan, M.H.S., Ph.D., are also co-investigators.

Health Care Heroes

Eight from the Johns Hopkins community were named 2010 “Health Care Heroes” by The Daily Record, Maryland’s legal newspaper. Cited for “Advancements in Health Care” were Alessandro Olivi, M.D., director of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center; Howard County General Hospital’s Provider Order Management Team; and Laurie Zabin, Ph.D., a school of public health professor and founding director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. Named a “Physician Hero” was Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, M.D., an associate professor of neurosurgery and oncology. Honored as “Health Care Professional Heroes” were Leslie Piet, R.N., a Johns Hopkins HealthCare advance practice case manager, and Kokila Agarwal, M.D., of Jhpiego’s Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program. Named a “Nurse Hero” was Ron Noecker, R.N., of Hopkins Hospital’s radiation oncology department. Recognized as a “Volunteer Hero” was Ann Mech, a Howard County General Hospital volunteer.

Marketing Honors

Marketing and Communications teams across Johns Hopkins earned awards of merit and excellence at the 2010 Maryland Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development Alfred Knight Awards, held last month. The winners were: Best in ShowJohns Hopkins Liver Tumor Center (team leader, Susan Brickley); Awards of ExcellenceConsumer Newsletter: Johns Hopkins Bayview Health and Wellness News (Johns Hopkins Bayview Communications and Public Affairs); Physician/Referral Marketing: Johns Hopkins Pediatric Otolaryngology Physician Referral Campaign (team leader, Sharon Applestein); Integrated Marketing Campaign Less than $75K: Johns Hopkins Liver Tumor Center (team leader, Susan Brickley); Video Production up to $25K: Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery Videos (team leaders, Sharon Applestein and Maureen Martin); Awards of Merit Ad Campaign $75K-150K: Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute Good Reasons Advertising Campaign (team leader, Jenni Freas); and Johns Hopkins Children’s Center’s Big Words, Little Patients Gastroenterology TV and Radio Advertising Campaign (team leaders, Kim Hoppe and Kim Martin).


Deidra Crews, M.D., a senior postodoctoral fellow in nephrology, has been selected as a 2010-2014 Harold Amos scholar, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program recognizes researchers with developing careers in academic medicine who also serve as role models for students and faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Nancy Gillium, R.N., M.S.N., has been named nurse manager of the adult emergency department. Gillium previously served as the ED’s assistant nurse manager for three years. She currently is acting unit nurse leader for the Maryland Disaster Medical Assistance Team.


Linda Waldorf has joined Suburban Hospital as director of the Medical Staff Services Department, which handles credentialing for medical professionals. For the last 11 years, she served in a similar capacity at Duke Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is active on the National Association of Medical Staff Services national board and will continue to work with that organization on credentialing issues.


Cynthia Boyd, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of geriatric medicine, has received the American Geriatrics Society’s Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award. The honor recognizes achievement in clinical research addressing health care problems of older adults by an investigator who is actively involved in direct patient care.

Akil Merchant, M.D., a hematologist and oncologist, has been named interim clinical director of hematology. A graduate of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Merchant completed a residency in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals, followed by a fellowship in medical oncology at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. Merchant’s research has been published in the PLoS Biology, Cell Stem Cell and Blood. He has received research awards from the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research.