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Dome January/February 2014


Date: January 1, 2014

AAAS Fellows

L. Mario Amzel, Ph.D., professor and director of the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry; Philip Cole, M.D., Ph.D., professor and director of the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences; and Valina Dawson, Ph.D., professor of neurology, neuroscience and physiology, have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Amzel was recognized for contributions to the understanding of protein structure and function as they affect immunology/inflammation, infectious diseases and cancer. Cole was cited for distinguished contributions to chemical biology, particularly the development and applications of chemical approaches to understanding protein structure and functions. Dawson was honored for her work on neuronal cell death and cell survival pathways involving nitric oxide, poly (ADP-ribose) and familial mutations in Parkinson’s disease.

AAMS Distinguished Teaching Award

The Association of American Medical Colleges has presented the 2013 Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award to Roy Ziegelstein, M.D., M.A.C.P., vice dean for education at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The award recognizes faculty members who have made significant contributions to medical student education. Ziegelstein is the Sarah Miller Coulson and Frank L. Coulson, Jr., Professor of Medicine and the Mary Wallace Stanton Professor of Education. He also serves as executive vice chairman in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

ACP Awardees and Masters

Barbara Cook, M.D., has received the American College of Physicians’ Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Memorial Award. She is the medical director of The Access Partnership, a Johns Hopkins program that helps underinsured patients receive specialty health care at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Lisa Cooper, M.D., professor and director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities, has received the ACP’s James D.Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in Preventive Medicine.

David Kern, M.D., M.P.H., professor emeritus of medicine, former co-director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and director of the curriculum development programs of the Johns Hopkins Faculty Development Program for Clinician-Educators, has received a Mastership in internal medicine from the ACP. Kern has also been named president-elect of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare.

East Baltimore

Harry “Hal” Dietz, M.D., professor of genetics and medicine, as well as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, has been chosen as the inaugural recipient of the 2014 Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine. Awarded jointly by the Harrington Discovery Institute and the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), this new prize recognizes Dietz’s “bedside to bench and back” efforts that have led to fundamental new insights into the biology of Marfan syndrome, related disorders and development of therapies that are changing the standard of care for these conditions. The prize includes a $20,000 honorarium for the Harrington Prize lecture delivered at the annual joint meeting in April of the ASCI and the American Physician Scientists Association.

Jonathan Efron, M.D., associate professor of surgery and urology and director of the colorectal service, has been named interim director of the Department of Surgery. He  succeeds Julie Freischlag, M.D., who has accepted the position of dean at the University of California Davis School of Medicine.

Brenessa Lindeman, M.D., a research resident in general surgery, has received the Association of Surgical Education’s 2014 Linnea Hauge, PhD Promising Educational Scholar Award.

Max Romano, a fourth-year medical student, was one of six individuals chosen as a 2013 Pisacano Scholar for Family Medicine—and the first Johns Hopkins medical student chosen for a $50,000 Pisacano scholarship since the program began in 1993.

Kathy Smith has been named vice president of marketing and communications for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. With Johns Hopkins since 2001, Smith will also continue to serve as senior director of strategic marketing and outreach for Johns Hopkins Medicine, overseeing service line, institutional, research, education and international marketing, as well as e-strategy and web services.

Sandra Swoboda, R.N., M.S., senior research nurse and clinical care nurse in the surgical intensive care unit, has received the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 2013 Norma J. Shoemaker Award for Critical Care Nursing Excellence.

Maria Trent, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor and director of interdisciplinary education for the Johns Hopkins Leadership in Adolescent Health Training Program, has been named to Ebony magazine’s 2013 list of the nation’s 100 most influential African-Americans. Trent was recognized for her work as a researcher, clinician, teacher and advocate for adolescent health education.

Andrea Zachary, Ph.D., professor and director of the Division of Immunogenetics and Transplantation Immunology, has received the highest honor bestowed by the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenics: the Rose Payne Distinguished Scientist Award.

Johns Hopkins Bayview medical center

Kelly Clark, M.S.N., R.N.-B.C., who was instrumental in the successful transition of Johns Hopkins Bayview’s electronic medical record system to Epic, was named the medical center’s 2013 Nursing Educator of the Year by the Department of Professional Nursing Development.

Kelly Krout, R.N., M.S.N., D.N.P., has been named the patient care manager for the surgical intensive care unit, burn intensive care unit and burn/wound unit.

Neeraj Sunderrajan Naval, M.D., M.B.B.S., assistant professor of neurology, anesthesiology and critical care medicine and director of the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit, has been named the Living Legacy Foundation (LLF) of Maryland’s 2013 Physician Champion of the Year. Naval was praised for his knowledge of the process for organ, eye and tissue donations and compassionate and caring treatment of patients that proactively helps LLF obtain donations.

Howard County General Hospital

The Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care has bestowed a 2013 Delmarva Excellence Award for Quality Improvement in Hospitals to Howard County General Hospital. The award recognizes HCGH’s exceptional patient safety and quality improvement in four national inpatient clinical areas: acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, surgical care improvement projects and pneumonia.

JHM Community Division

Debbie Aird, M.T., A.S.C.P., has been named administrative director for the laboratories serving Howard County General Hospital, Suburban Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital. She previously served as the manager of the laboratory at Suburban Hospital and as microbiology supervisor at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Brian Gragnolati, senior vice president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and head of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Community Division, has been named to the Washington Business Journal’s “Power 100” list of the region’s top business leaders for the second consecutive year.

Sibley Memorial Hospital

The Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program has become the first in the country to launch a total of 28 CUSP teams in 2013, setting the one-year record for such a large-scale rollout of patient safety initiatives. CUSP, developed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, is a structured strategic framework for safety improvement to create and support a culture of patient safety that can prevent harms.

Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI)

Keith Vander Kolk, M.A., M.B.A., B.B.A., and Zeina Khouri-Stevens, R.N., Ph.D., have been nominated to be the chief executive officer and chief nursing officer, respectively, for a new joint venture agreed upon last June with Saudi Aramco, a world leader in energy. These executive nominations mark the first major milestone in the creation of a health care organization designed to strengthen the health care delivery system and establish population health strategies for Saudi Aramco’s 350,000 employees, beneficiaries and retirees.