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Dome April 2013


Date: April 15, 2013

Gilman Scholars

Jeremy Nathans, M.D., Ph.D., and Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., of the school of medicine, have been named Gilman Scholars, a distinction recognizing the best of the best at The Johns Hopkins University. The honor was announced by Ronald Daniels, J.D., LL.M., president of the university, and Jonathan Bagger, Ph.D., interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Nathans, a professor of molecular biology and genetics, neuroscience and ophthalmology, as well as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, is the recipient of numerous national and international awards for his landmark research into how our eyes work. Pronovost is a professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, as well as professor of surgery and director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and vice president for patient safety and quality for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Diversity Dean

Chiquita Collins, Ph.D., has been named associate dean for the Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence. She has held this position in an acting capacity for a number of months. Recognized nationally for her work in combating health disparities among racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups, Collins joined Johns Hopkins Medicine in July 2012. She has been developing and implementing strategies to foster inclusion, civility and equity for all school of medicine members—faculty, residents, fellows, students and staff.

IT Kudos

Stephanie Reel, vice president for information services for Johns Hopkins Medicine, vice provost for information technology and CIO for The Johns Hopkins University, has been named one of the top 100 CIOs in the nation by Computerworld magazine at its 14th annual Premiere 100 Conference. Reel was honored for her positive impact on Hopkins through technology.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has received the 2012 Healthcare Innovator of the Year Award from Imprivata, the leader in health care IT security, for Hopkins’ development and implementation of the “Tap and Go” computer log-on system now in The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and the Sheikh Zayed Tower. This process saves thousands of hours of clinician time and is so popular that it is being expanded to all locations in anticipation of the implementation of Epic.

East Baltimore

Edward Bernacki, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine, director of the Division of Occupational Medicine, and executive director of Health Safety and Environment for The Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins Hospital, has been appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Department of Homeland Security Occupational Health and Operational Medicine Infrastructure. 

Lisa Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., professor and director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities, has received the 2013 Watkins-Saunders Award from the American Heart Association’s Baltimore chapter. The award, named in honor of Levi Watkins, M.D., a pioneering Hopkins cardiac surgeon, and Elijah Saunders, M.D., of the University of Maryland, recognizes Cooper’s acclaimed efforts to diminish health care disparities in Maryland.

Deidra Crews, M.D., Sc.M., assistant professor of medicine, has been named the recipient of the second annual Ernest Just Prize, sponsored jointly by the College of Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina. The award recognizes the innovative work of Crews, a nephrologist, in researching the overall health, longevity and quality of life of African Americans.

Jeff Geschwind, M.D., professor of radiology, surgery and oncology and director of the Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, as well as the Interventional Radiology Center at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, gave the Wilhelm Conrad Roentegen Honorary Lecture at the European Congress of Radiology last month in Vienna.

Peter McDonnell, M.D., professor and director of the Wilmer Eye Institute, has been elected president of the boards of directors of NAEVR/AEVR (the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research and the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research). AEVR is a nonprofit educational foundation, the primary purpose of which is to educate Congress and the public about the value of eye and vision research. NAEVER is a nonprofit affiliate of AEVR and comprises a coalition of 55 professional, consumer and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research.

Rev. David Matthew (Matt) Norvell, M.Div., has been named pediatric chaplain for The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center. Thanks to a generous gift from the Bunting Foundation, Norvell becomes Hopkins’ first full-time chaplain with a primary focus on pediatrics. He served as chaplain resident, as well as bereavement coordinator and palliative care support specialist, in the Children’s Center prior to his new appointment.

Jeffrey Palmer, M.D., professor and director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has been named editor-in-chief of a new journal, Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports.

Stephen Sisson, M.D., professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Medicine, has been named executive director of ambulatory services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. A member of the general internal medicine faculty since 1996, he also has served as director of the Johns Hopkins Internet Learning Center for medical education since 1998 and was named to the Philip A. Tumulty Chair in the Department of Medicine in 2011.

Patricia Thomas, M.D., professor of medicine, associate dean for curriculum and associate director of the Osler housestaff training program, will receive the 2013 Career Achievement in Medical Education Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine this month. The honor recognizes Thomas’ national leadership in medical education and profound impact on the field.

Notable Nurses

Susan Humphreys, R.N., M.S., has been promoted to nurse manager in the Weinberg Cancer Center’s patient prep and post-anesthesia care unit (PACU).

Brenda Nack, M.S.N., R.N., C.N.O.R., has been promoted to assistant director of nursing of perioperative services.

Stephanie Reed M.S.N., R.N., C.N.O.R., has been promoted to nurse manager for the Wilmer Eye Institute’s surgical center at Green Spring Station.

Marketing and Communications

Kim Hoppe, a nine-year veteran in Johns Hopkins Medicine Marketing and Communications, has been named director of media relations for Johns Hopkins Medicine. Hoppe previously was associate director of communications and public affairs for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Prior to coming to Hopkins, Hoppe was an award-winning TV journalist for nearly a decade.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Karen Horton, M.D., professor and director of the radiology residency program, has been appointed the inaugural vice chair for radiology. Horton joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1998 and has risen steadily through the ranks. Under her leadership, the Hopkins radiology residency program won the 2012 Aunt Minnie award from for Best Radiologist Training Program. Horton’s research interest is 3-D computed tomography.

Rachel DeMunda, M.S., C.H.M.M., H.E.M., has been appointed director of environmental health, safety, emergency management services and sustainability. She will be responsible for implementing the medical center’s safety and environmental health management program while also providing oversight for compliance with local, state and federal environmental health and safety requirements. DeMunda brings more than 20 years’ of experience to her new post.

Carolyn Phillips, M.H.A., has been appointed director of regulatory affairs. She will be responsible for ensuring compliance with federal, state and Joint Commission regulations, as well as for specialty program certification. Phillips has many years of experience in hospital regulatory affairs.

Suburban Hospital

Staci Lindblad has been named communication manager in the Department of Marketing and Public Affairs. Lindblad, who previously held communication positions in Oregon and Virginia, will be responsible for internal and organizational communications.

Linda Waldorf, C.P.C.S., C.P.M.S.M., director of the medical staff, has been elected treasurer of the Montgomery County-based Proyecto Salud Clinic, which seeks to improve the health services, health education and disease prevention of the county’s non-English-speaking minorities. Waldorf also was named 2013 treasurer of the National Association of Medical Staff Services. 

All Children’s Hospital

Nancy Templin, C.P.A., chief financial officer, has been named CFO of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

Jenel Wyatt, M.D., medical director for the Greater Washington Region, has received a 2013 Minority Business Leader Award from The Washington Business Journal.