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Dome June 2012


Date: June 15, 2012

National Academy of Sciences honorees

Paul Englund, Ph.D., professor emeritus of biological chemistry; Rachel Green, Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and genetics; and Se-Jin Lee, M.D., Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and genetics, have been inducted in the National Academy of Sciences, one of the United States’ top scientific honors. They were among 84 new members named to the academy in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.  

Security chief

George Economas, director of internal security for The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been appointed as interim senior director for corporate security, parking and transportation for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Great workplace

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been ranked as one of the best places to work in the United States. The editors of Health Executive News assessed such elements as opportunities for professional development, exceptional benefits, compensation, efficient workflow and employee satisfaction and rated Hopkins among the top 25 health care center workplaces.

President’s Research Recognition Awards

Ebony Boulware, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine and associate director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemi-ology and Clinical Research, andDeirda Crews, M.D., Sc.M., assistant professor of medicine, have received the inaugural President’s Research Recognition Award. Boulware and Crews collaborated on studies of the social determinants of chronic renal disease among Baltimore’s population. The President’s Research Recognition Awards were established earlier this year by University President Ronald Daniels and the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute. 

AIDS research center

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine HIV researchers will join colleagues from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the School of Nursing and other Hopkins schools in establishing a new Center for AIDS Research, created with a five-year, $15 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Professional of the year

Howard Reel, senior director of facilities, design and construction for the Johns Hopkins Health System, has been named the Architect, Contractor and Engineer Mentoring Program’s first “Professional of the Year.”   

Emergency medicine vice chairs

Peter Hill, M.D., M.Sc., associate professor and medical director of the emergency acute care unit, which he created in 2001, has been promoted to vice chair of clinical affairs. Richard Rothman, M.D., Ph.D., professor and director of the Emergency Department’s research efforts since 2009, has been promoted to vice chair of research.

East Baltimore

Robert Adams, D.V.M., associate professor of molecular and comparative pathobiology, has been appointed associate provost for animal research and resources.

Thomas “Ty” Crowe II, M.Div. has been appointed director of the Pastoral Care Department for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has served as interim director for the past year.

Ali Elbireer, M.T., M.B.A., administrative director of the Department of Pathology’s laboratory at the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda, since 2004, has been appointed that East African nation’s first American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification adviser.

Gabriel Ghiaur, M.D., Ph.D., a fellow in hematology, has received a $50,000 grant from the American Society of Hematology for his work on the role of retinoic acid in human hematopoietic stem cell biology. 

Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., professor, senior vice president for patient safety and quality, and director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, has been named by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of 2012’s 50 most influential physician executives. This is the second time he has appeared on the list.

Laurie Saletnik, B.S.N., M.S.N., has been appointed director of nursing for perioperative services. Saletnik has more than 25 years of progressive perioperative experience at Hopkins and had been serving as acting director of perioperative services.

Gregg Semenza, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, medicine, oncology and radiation oncology, is among three recipients of the Institute of France’s Lefoulon-Delalande Foundation Scientific Grand Prize for 2012. The 600,000 Euro award, one of the largest and most prestigious in scientific medicine, recognizes Semenza’s work in purifying and isolating the protein HIF-1 (hypoxia-inducible factor-1), which switches genes on and off in cells in response to low oxygen levels. Co-recipients of the award were William Kaelin Jr., M.D., a Hopkins intern and resident from 1987 to 1988 and now a professor at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Peter Ratcliffe, F.R.S., of Oxford University, who discovered how oxygen regulates HIF-1. These landmark discoveries opened the field of oxygen biology to molecular analysis and could lead to treatments for cancer, diabetes and arterial disease.

Marketing & Communications Kudos

Marketing and Communications’ offices at Johns Hopkins Bayview, Johns Hopkins HealthCare, Suburban HospitalandJohns Hopkins Medicine all have received 2012 Aster Awards for excellence in health care communications and marketing by Marketing Healthcare Today magazine. This year’s Hopkins winners include a gold award for Johns Hopkins Bayview Health & Wellness News; gold awards for the TeleWatch Monitoring System introductory packet pocket folder and the Step Up and Get Your Check-Up logo produced by Johns Hopkins HealthCare; a silver award for New Directions, the external newsletter published by Johns Hopkins Suburban Hospital; and a silver award for Johns Hopkins Medicine: The Promise of Medicine, the academic medical center advertising campaign for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In addition, six videos produced by the office received one silver, the highest honor, and five bronze Telly Awards, the top accolade for local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions and Web commercials.

Blumenthal Awards

The annual Stanley L. Blumenthal M.D. Cardiology Research Awards for postdoctoral fellows have been bestowed. First place for oral presentations went to Jonathan Kirk, Ph.D.; second place went to Seth Martin, M.D.; and a third-place award was given to both Dong Lee, Ph.D., and Deetankar DeMazumder, M.D., Ph.D.; all fellows in cardiology. First place for poster presentations went to Mariana Lazo, M.D., Ph.D., an epidemiologist in the Bloomberg School; second place went to Birju Patel, M.P.H., a medical student in cardiology; and third place went to Irfan Khurram, M.D., a fellow in cardiology. First place in basic science research went to Alice Ho, Ph.D., a graduate student in biomedical engineering; and a tie for second place went to Viola Kooij, Ph.D., and Guangshuo Zhu, M.D., both in cardiology.  The awards were established in 2004 by Blumenthal’s widow, Anita; his son Roger Blumenthal, M.D., professor of medicine and head of the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease; and his daughter-in-law, Wendy Post, M.D., associate professor of medicine, in memory of Blumenthal, who trained in pediatrics here. 


Alicia Arbaje, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine and associate director of transitional care research, has received a two-year, $100,000 grant from the National Patient Safety Foundation to pursue her proposed research into patient safety risks for older adults during transition from hospital discharge to a home health care service.

Richard G. Bennett, M.D., professor of geriatric medicine and president of Johns Hopkins Bayview, and Andreas Barth, M.D., Ph.D., an internal medicine resident, have been elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Clifton “Bing” Bingham III, M.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center, has received a two-year, $500,000 grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. A rheumatologist, Bingham is developing an interactive questionnaire that will help incorporate the personal perspectives of individual rheumatoid arthritis patients into their clinical care.

Hope Marsh, previously director of employee benefits at Hopkins Bayview, has been promoted to director of benefits and wellness for the Johns Hopkins Health System.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Health and Wellness News, has received the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Silver Circle of Excellence Award in the external newsletter category. Health and Wellness News also has received a second-place Award of Merit in the annual Alfred Knight Awards competition sponsored by the Maryland Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development.


The Creative Services Team added two more awards for the Scrub A Dub Dub hand hygiene video: a Gold Hermes Creative Award for educational videos and the Grand Prize from the Association of Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology.

Louise Bearns, R.N., C.P.H.R.M., has joined All Children’s as director of risk management.


Victor Broccolino, president and CEO, has received two significant awards for his community activities. Howard County Community College has given Broccolino its highest honor, the Senator James Clark Jr. Medal, for his longtime service to the college and the community. FIRN Inc., the Columbia, Md.-based nonprofit honored Broccolino with the Pat Hatch Award for his leadership in ensuring that the hospital will help meet the needs of the county’s increasingly diverse population.

Howard County General has been chosen by Courtemanche & Associates, a health care services consulting company, as a 2012 Best Practice Partner in recognition of the hospital’s unique strategies for implementing a culture that supports patient safety.


Sibley Memorial Hospitalreceived an “A” score from the The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The top score was calculated using 26 measures of publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. Sibley was the only hospital in the District of Columbia to receive this score


Diane L. Colgan, M.D., was elected chair of the Suburban Hospital medical staff for a two-year term beginning July 1. Colgan has a plastic surgery practice in Potomac, Md., and has been a member of Suburban’s medical staff since 1978. She is the first woman to chair the medical staff.