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Dome May 2014


Date: May 1, 2014

All Children’s Hospital Chief Operating Officer

Roberta Alessi, M.H.S.A., who previously served as vice president of operations at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., has been named chief operating officer for All Children’s Hospital. Among her responsibilities in her new role at All Children’s are overseeing nursing, rehabilitation service, diagnostic departments, home care and outpatient care centers in eight counties.

A Great Hospital

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been named by Becker’s Hospital Review to its list of “100 Great Hospitals in America.” The list was compiled through research into hospital ranking sources and the receipt of nominations. According to the magazine, the listed hospitals are “the most prominent, forward-thinking and focused health care facilities in the nation,” noted for providing best-in-class patient care and being “stalwarts in their communities.”

Translational Research Grants

Alan Cheng, M.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Arrhythmia Device Service; Jordan Green, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical engineering; and Aleksander Popel, Ph.D., professor of biomedical engineering, were among eight recipients to share $1.5 million in grants awarded by the BioMaryland Center, part of Maryland’s Department of Business and Economic Development. Each recipient received $200,000 that will help develop new, commercial uses for his technology and research findings. Also receiving grants were startup companies directly related to Johns Hopkins’ enterprise development program. Clear Guide Medical, marketers of an ultrasound guide for needle-based procedures, has exclusive licenses for technologies developed by Emad Boctor, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical imaging physics, and colleagues from the Whiting School of Engineering. Vasoptic Medical Inc. sells innovative optimal imaging technologies developed by Nitish Thakor, Ph.D., professor of biomedical engineering, and other Johns Hopkins colleagues.

Top Maryland Women

Jacquelyn Campbell, Ph.D., R.N., professor and head of the Department of Community-Public Health in the school of nursing; Stephanie Davis, director of development in the Division of Pediatric Oncology in the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center; and Cynda Rushton, Ph.D., D.N.Sc., R.N., director of the Harriet Lane Compassionate Care program in the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, have been named to The Daily Record’s 2014 list of “Maryland’s Top 100 Women.”

Institute for Excellence in Education Awards

David Hellmann, M.D., professor of medicine, \and vice dean of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, director of its Department of Medicine and head of the Johns Hopkins Center for Innovative Medicine, has received the Martin D. Abeloff Award for Lifetime Achievement in Medical and Biomedical Education. It is the highest honor bestowed by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education. Satish Shanbhag, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., assistant professor of hematology, received the institute’s Lisa J. Heiser Award for Junior Faculty Contribution in Education. Additional teaching awards went to Danelle Cayea, M.D., assistant professor of geriatric medicine; Michael Choi, M.D., associate professor of nephrology; and Michael Crocetti, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics. Awards for educational innovation went to Toby Cornish, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pathology, and Ralph Hruban, M.D., professor of pathology. Noel Rose, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology, was honored for outstanding mentoring; and Janet Serwint, M.D., professor of pediatrics, received an award for her educational scholarship. 

East Baltimore

Theodore Bayless, M.D., professor of medicine and director emeritus of the Meyerhoff Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, has received the Henry D. Janowitz Lifetime Achievement Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. A faculty member for 50 years, Bayless has treated more than 4,000 patients with the disease.

Richard Chaisson, M.D., professor of medicine, epidemiology and international health, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Tuberculosis Research and principal investigator for the Center for AIDS Research, has received a U.S. Agency for International Development award for global leadership in the battle against HIV-related tuberculosis.

Ayse Gurses, Ph.D., associate professor in the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, has received a Forward Under 40 Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Gurses, a specialist in industrial and systems engineering, was recognized for her research on eliminating preventable medical errors.

Redonda Miller, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, has been named to the 2014 list of the nation’s top “100 Hospital and Health System CMOs to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review in recognition of her commitment to continuously improving patient safety and quality care.

Michael Randall, Ph.D., has been named director of the Office of Assessment and Evaluation for the school of medicine. Formerly director of assessment design and development at Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah, he earned his doctorate in instructional design from The Ohio State University in 2006.

Renay Tyler, D.N.P., R.N., senior director of nursing-ambulatory services, has been appointed to a two-year term as chair of the Nursing Section of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. The group fosters discussion of ways to provide optimal patient nutrition across a wide variety of health care settings.

Marketing and Communications

Keith Langrehr, director of institutional marketing for Johns Hopkins Medicine, has received a Chief Marketer Executive Management Award from Baltimore SmartCEO magazine. Langrehr’s primary responsibilities include the marketing of Johns Hopkins Medicine and its affiliates, as well as overseeing marketing efforts for several institutional programs, including clinical trials recruitment and the Executive and Preventive Health program.

The Maryland Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development gave 2014 Alfred Knight Marketing Excellence Awards to the media teams at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for the redesign and site migration of its website and at Howard County General Hospital for its 40th anniversary campaign.

Johns Hopkins Bayview

Anita Everett, M.D., assistant professor and section director of community and general psychiatry, has been elected a trustee-at-large for the American Psychiatric Association.

Polly Howard, M.S., has been appointed director of case management, responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the care management activities and policies of the medical center. Previously, she was manager and director of care management programs at Johns Hopkins HealthCare.

Matthew Johnson, Ph.D., associate professor in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, has received a 2014 Early Career Impact Award from the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences. The award recognizes his contributions in studies of decision-making in addiction.

Kenneth Silverman, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Center for Learning and Health, has won an Advocates for Action Award from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. The award cites his work with the Therapeutic Workplace, an employment-based substance abuse recovery program.

All Children’s Hospital

Dipti Amin, M.D., has been named chief medical informatics officer. Previously, she worked on developing and implementing the hospital’s electronic medical record and implementing the MyHealth patient portal.

Jay Kuhns, vice president for human resources, has been named one of the top 50 human resources personnel on Twitter by, a firm that creates recruitment software for fast-growing companies.

Johns Hopkins Medicine International

Jim Miller, J.D., formerly senior director of human resources at Johns Hopkins Bayview, has been named chief human resources officer of Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare, the new joint venture between JMI and Saudi Aramco, a world leader in energy.