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Dome March 2015


Date: February 27, 2015

New President

Pamela Paulk, M.S.W., M.B.A., has been named president of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, where she will oversee its ever-growing international enterprises. Paulk joined Johns Hopkins in 1998 and has held various executive, leadership and consulting positions. Most recently, she was senior vice president of human resources for Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Health System.

Administrative Appointments

Namandje Bumpus, Ph.D., associate  professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences, has been appointed deputy to the associate dean for graduate biomedical education. Bumpus also has received the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics’ 2015 Division for Drug Metabolism Early Career Achievement Award for her groundbreaking research on how drugs are processed in cells by enzymes.

Sherita Golden, M.D., M.H.S., professor of medicine and endocrinologist, has been appointed executive vice chair of the Department of Medicine. She will work closely with administrators and clinical leaders throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine to form and implement department policies and establish partnerships between various Johns Hopkins Medicine entities.

Craig Hendrix, M.D., professor of medicine, pharmacology and molecular sciences, and epidemiology, has been named the new director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology in the Department of Medicine. He succeeds Theresa Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., who has headed the division since 2001 and announced her plan to step down in 2013; she stayed on until a successor was chosen.

Diversity Honors

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center has received a Bridging the Gap Achievement Award from the Greater Baltimore Committee for its demonstrated commitment to diversity, exemplified by inclusive business practices that create development opportunities in its workforce for underrepresented minorities. The medical center’s commitment to the faith-based community through a variety of programs was also cited.

Marketing and Communications Recognition

Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Internet Strategy and Web Services team, the Digital Media Group team and the Marketing and Communications Department in general all received 2014 Web Health Awards from the Health Information Resource Center. The Internet Strategy and Web Services team received a silver award for its Johns Hopkins Medicine Healthy Aging website. The Digital Media Group received gold awards for its “I Am Dolphin” and “Programming Cancer Cells to Self-Destruct” online videos, and a silver award for “Pituitary Tumor: Yanir’s Story,” another online video. The Marketing and Communications Department received a silver award for the redesign of its Healthy Aging website and a bronze award for the Johns Hopkins Medicine website.


Rebecca Aslakson, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has been named to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s 2015 list of 44 Inspiring Hospice and Palliative Medicine Leaders Under 40.

William Baumgartner, M.D., professor of surgery, vice dean for clinical affairs and senior vice president of the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians, has received The Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ Distinguished Service Award. It recognizes Baumgartner’s significant contributions to the society, including serving a term as its president from 2002 to 2003, and to the specialty, when he was executive director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Julie Brahmer, M.D., associate professor of oncology, has been named director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. She will oversee a $35 million investment in the program and the opening of the new Thoracic Center of Excellence at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. 

Henry Brem, M.D., professor and director of the Department of Neurosurgery, has received a National Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence from Castle Connolly, a research and medical information company. The award recognizes Brem’s commitment to improving the lives of thousands of people.

Richard Chaisson, M.D., professor of medicine, epidemiology and international health, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Tuberculosis Research, and director of the international Consortium to Respond Effectively to the AIDS/TB Epidemic, has received the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease’s 2014 Scientific Prize in recognition of his published research papers over the preceding five years. 

Maria Cvach, D.N.P., R.N., F.A.A.N., assistant director of nursing at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, has been inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of her significant contributions both nationally and internationally to the management of medical device alarm systems.

Catherine DeAngelis, M.D., University Distinguished Service Professor Emerita and professor of pediatrics emerita, will receive the 2015 American Pediatric Society’s Howland Medal, the highest honor in American pediatrics. The award recognizes DeAngelis’ long-standing commitment to academic medicine, including her decadelong tenure as the first woman editor and first pediatrician editor of The Journal of the American Medical Association. The medal is named for John Howland, M.D., who headed Johns Hopkins pediatrics from 1912 to 1926.

Todd Dorman, M.D., professor and vice chair for critical care services in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and senior associate dean for education coordination, has been named president-elect of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Jacques Grosset, M.D., professor of medicine and an acclaimed expert in tuberculosis, has received the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease’s highest honor, the Union Medal, in recognition of his more than 50 years of contributions to the control of TB, leprosy and other related infections.

Elizabeth Nance, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in anesthesia and critical care medicine, has been named by Forbes Magazine to its 30 Under 30: Young Scientists Who Are Changing the World list. Nance developed the first nanoparticles that can penetrate deep within the brain, which could lead to new treatments for brain cancer and other brain ailments.

Bert Vogelstein, M.D., professor of oncology and pathology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, and director of the Ludwig Center at Johns Hopkins, has received the Warren Triennial Prize from Massachusetts General Hospital. The prize, which includes a cash award of $50,000, honors scientists who have made outstanding contributions to medicine.

Howard County General Hospital

Elizabeth Edsall Kromm, Ph.D., has been appointed senior director of population health and community relations. She will design and implement Howard County General Hospital’s population health management program in collaboration with other community partners and in coordination with the broader Johns Hopkins Medicine strategy. She also will serve as principal leader in community relations outreach efforts.


Felicia Hill-Briggs, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., associate professor of medicine and senior director of population health research and development for Johns Hopkins HealthCare, has been named to the board of directors of the American Diabetes Association.