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Dome February 2013


Date: February 1, 2013

New Vice Presidents

Keith Hill, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service who most recently served as its assistant director, has been named vice president of corporate security. Hill will oversee security not only for the health system but for the entire university, with the exception of the Applied Physics
Laboratory. He also will oversee transportation and parking services on the East Baltimore campus.
Pamela Paulk has been promoted to a new position: senior vice president of human resources for Johns Hopkins Medicine. This new role is meant to better align staff across the Johns Hopkins Health System and school of medicine and better support cooperative efforts aimed at reaching JHM’s mission.

Great Heart Program

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been named by Becker’s Hospital Review to its list of “100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.”


Anthony Napolitano, M.D., has become chair of pediatric medicine, and Paul Colombani, M.D., is now chair of pediatric surgery. Both will serve on new leadership councils to support greater integration of the physicians and the academic and hospital management teams.


Mary Ann Ayd, a 16-year Johns Hopkins veteran, has been promoted to the new position of assistant director of editorial services. Previously, she served as senior editor for external publications and chief copy editor, as well as a writer for various Johns Hopkins Medicine publications.

Allan Belzberg, M.D., associate professor of neurosurgery and director of peripheral nerve surgery, has been elected president of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve. He also is serving as head of the Peripheral Nerve Group of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Amy Goodwin, director of internal communications, has been promoted to senior director of strategic communications and public affairs for Johns Hopkins Medicine. She will oversee identity management and graphic design, editorial services, and media relations and public affairs.

Ayse Gurses, Ph.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has received the 2012 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Award, an early career investigator accolade from the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences Foundation. Gurses, a member of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, was given the award for her research on improving patient safety in cardiac operating rooms, transitions of care/handoffs and other areas.

Brooks Jackson, M.D., M.B.A., professor and director of the Department of Pathology, has been named chairman of the federal Food and Drug Administration’s Blood Products Committee in the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

Jeremy Nathans, M.D., Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and genetics, has received the Eye & Ear Foundation of Pittsburgh’s 2012 Albert C. Muse Prize in Ophthalmology for outstanding research on how eyes perceive color.

Lawrence Pakula, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, has received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S., associate professor and administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center and the Johns Hopkins Cancer Survivorship Programs, has received the 2012 Inspiration Award from the Tigerlily Foundation, a Reston, Va.-based organization dedicated to educating, empowering, providing support and advocating on behalf of women ages 15 to 40 with breast cancer.

Marketing and Communications

Johns Hopkins Medicine’s E-strategy and Web services team and the marketing team received the Gold Award for Best Integrated Marketing Campaign at the Healthcare Internet Conference, organized by Strategic Healthcare, a communications, marketing and business development
organization, for the campaign created to announce the opening last spring of The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s new clinical towers. Johns Hopkins Medicine’s website redesign and mobile wayfinding, created by the E-strategy and Web services team, received the gold Innovators Award and the Best-in-Class Award. The Web team also received silver awards for Best Interactive Site for and Best Social Networking Sites for all primary social media platforms. A Gold Web Health Award went to JHM’s Twitter, a silver award to JHM’s Facebook, and a bronze award to The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s mobile website.

Notable Nurses

JoAnn Ioannou, D.N.P., M.S.N., M.B.A., B.S.N., has been named director of nursing for neurosciences and psychiatry. A 20-year Johns Hopkins veteran, Ioannou most recently served as assistant director of nursing for medical nursing. 

Julie Stanik-Hutt, Ph.D., A.C.N.P., Emergency Department/emergency acute care unit, is serving a second term as the Maryland state representative for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is legislative committee head of the board of directors of the Nurse Practitioners Association of Maryland.

Sarah Vanderwagen, R.N., B.S.N., has received the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association’s Spotlight Award for her exceptional pediatric surgery nursing. Vanderwagen is credited for enhancing care for pediatric burn patients arriving at The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s pediatric emergency department.


Karen Wilson, B.S., M.B.A., senior project administrator, has been named a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Jonathan Aistrop has been named director of Hopkins ElderPlus, a Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Previously, Aistrop served as executive director of Life at Home, a PACE in Sharon Hill, Pa. In his new role, Aistrop will oversee preventive, primary, acute and long-term care services so that older individuals can continue living in the community.

Jeanne Sedgwick, M.S.N., R.N., C.N.O.R., has been named the 2012 Educator of the Year by Johns Hopkins Bayview’s Department of Professional Nursing Development. She was honored for developing a standardized method for processing flexible scopes.


Five more JHCP practices—in Annapolis, Charles County, Frederick, Glen Burnie and Odenton—have received Level 3 designation, the highest commendation of recognition for patient-centered medical home care, from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. They join the previously accredited practices at Canton Crossing, Wyman Park, Hagerstown, Water’s Edge and Montgomery Grove in receiving scores of 95 or higher to achieve Level 3 status.     


Michelle Hawkins, D.N.P., M.S.N., M.B.A., R.N., C.C.M., director of care management, has been named to the Montgomery County Commission on Health. She will provide oversight and guidance on the county’s delivery of public health and human services.

Richard Safeer, M.D., medical director, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.

Inca Schultz, R.N., B.S.N., project manager for Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set and quality improvement member initiatives, has received the Maryland Association for Healthcare Quality’s 2012 Member Excellence in Healthcare Quality Award.


Patrick Byrne, M.D., associate professor and director of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has been named medical director of Tokyo Midtown Medical Center. He will provide guidance and support for clinical improvement initiatives there.

Vinhloc Nguyen, M.M.I.T, M.B.A., B.S., has been named vice president and chief financial officer. He previously served as director of treasury, financial analysis and risk management at Learning Tree International.

Dominic Seraphin, M.H.S., B.S., former head of planning and marketing for Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, has been named managing director for South Asia in JHI’s Global Services division. 

Steve Spann, M.D., M.B.A., has been named the new chief medical officer at Tawam Hospital in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, one of several JHM affiliates in the United Arab Emirates. Spann has more than 30 years of experience in health care leadership positions.

Corniche Hospital in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Tawam Hospital in Al Ain, UAE, have received accreditation as teaching hospitals from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s international division. Corniche also received ACGME-I accreditation for its pediatrics program.