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Dome October 2012


Date: October 5, 2012

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All Children’s New President

Jonathan Ellen, M.D., professor and formerly vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Hopkins Hospital, director of the Center for Child and Community Health Research, and director of the Department of Pediatrics and Neonataology at Hopkins Bayview, has been named president of All Children’s Hospital. 

New CPA Executive Director

John Ogunkeye, M.S.H.C.A., has been named executive director of the school of medicine’s Clinical Practice Association. He also will serve as vice president and chief administrative officer of the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians. Ogunkeye previously was chief operating officer at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, where he was also executive director and vice president of Jefferson University Physicians, a multispecialty group practice.

CIDR Contract

The Johns Hopkins Center for Inherited Disease Research has received a new five-year contract from the National Institutes of Health, providing up to $101 million in research funding for genetics scientists.

Armstrong Awardees

The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality has awarded a combined $100,000 in grants to five faculty members to pursue projects that seek to eliminate preventable harm, improve patient outcomes and enhance the value of care. The awardees are Maria Hanna, M.D., Kristine Johnson, M.D., Pedro Alejandro Mendez-Tellez, M.D., Nishi Rawat, M.D., and Jeffrey Trost, M.D.

Halsted Honored

Halsted, a public television documentary about William Stewart Halsted, Hopkins’ first surgeon-in-chief, produced by Ralph Hruban, M.D., professor of pathology and oncology, and Norman Barker, M.S., associate professor of pathology and art as applied to medicine, has received the BioCommunications Association’s Medical Education Award.


Patricia Brown, J.D., president of Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC and senior counsel for the Johns Hopkins Health System, has received a 2012 Brava! Award from Baltimore SmartCEO magazine. The award recognizes her accomplishments at JHHC and work on behalf of various nonprofit organizations.

Harry “Hal” Dietz III, M.D., professor of genetics and medicine in the McKusick-Nathans Institute for Genetic Medicine, will receive the inaugural Taubman Prize for Excellence from the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at the University of Michigan. The prize recognizes a clinician-researcher who has done the most to transform laboratory discoveries into clinical treatments for patients suffering from disease. Dietz will use the grant to further his research on aortic aneurysms and related tissue disorders.

Morton Goldberg, M.D., professor of ophthalmology and former director of the Wilmer Eye Institute, is the first recipient of the Builders of Sight Clinical Research Award from the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

Jane Hill, M.P.H., formerly administrator for the Department of Neurosciences, has been named administrator of Patient- and Family-Centered Care. Hill will also oversee the Patient Relations Department and the adult Patient and Family Advisory Council.

Elizabeth Matsui, M.D., M.H.S., associate professor of pediatrics and epidemiology, has been named top young investigator in allergy and immunology by an international body of scientists assembled by Phadia Allergy Research Forum.

Edward McFarland, M.D., vice director of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and chief of the Division of Adult Orthopaedics, has been elected president of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. 

Linda Regan, M.D., program director of residency in the Department of Emergency Medicine, has received the American College of Emergency Physicians’ highest honor, the 2012 National Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award.

Chester Schmidt, M.D., professor of psychiatry and medical director of the Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit, has received the 2012 Lifetime of Service Award from the Maryland Psychiatric Society.

Mark Shaver, M.B.A., senior director of Hopkins Medicine’s newly created Business Development and Strategic Alliances unit, has been named by The Daily Record as one of Maryland’s “Very Important Professionals” who are 40 or younger.

Matthew Trojanowski, B.A., R.R.T., has been promoted to manager of adult respiratory care services in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. He previously was coordinator for operations and education for respiratory care activities in the Sheikh Zayed Tower and The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center. 

Welch Medical Library Kudos

Informationists Claire Twose and Victoria Goode and data librarian Jennifer Darragh have received two of only eight administrative supplemental awards given nationwide by the National Library of Medicine to provide research assistance to scientists conducting studies under federal grants.

Healthnetwork Foundation Awards

Ali Bydon, M.D., associate professor and clinical director of the neurosurgical spine program at Johns Hopkins Bayview, and Susan Gearhardt, M.D., assistant professor of colorectal surgery, are two of 10 physicians nationwide to receive $10,000 service excellence research awards from the Healthnetwork Foundation.

Notable Nurses

Kelly Krout, R.N., M.S.N., clinical nurse specialist in the burn intensive care unit and surgical intensive care unit at Hopkins Bayview, has received the local region’s 2012 Nursing Excellence Award in the clinical care, inpatient category, from Nursing Spectrum magazine.   

Christine Savage, Ph.D., R.N., and Elizabeth “Betty” Jordan, D.N.Sc., M.S.N., have been named fellows in the American Academy of Nursing.


Carol Ball, R.N., M.A.S., a 47-year veteran of the nursing staff, has become the first nurse in the history of Johns Hopkins Medicine to have an inpatient unit named after her. Currently senior director of nursing and administration, Ball had served as head nurse in the emergency department and as nursing supervisor.

At the school of medicine’s Class of 2012 convocation, Kahlil Ghanem, M.D., associate professor of infectious diseases, received the W. Barry Wood, Jr. Award for excellence in teaching, and Roy Ziegelstein, M.D., professor of cardiology, executive vice director of the Department of Medicine, and associate director of internal medicine residency, received the George J. Stuart Award as outstanding clinical teacher in the school of medicine. 


Becker’s Hospital Review has named Howard County General Hospital to its list of 100 Great Community Hospitals, making it the only community hospital in Maryland so honored. 


Rhonice Burnett has become a director of strategic planning. She previously worked in the Office of Strategic Planning for Johns Hopkins Medicine for the past 15 years.

Heitham Hassoun, M.D., formerly chief of surgery and director of vascular intervention therapy at Tawam Hospital, one of JHI’s affiliates in the United Arab Emirates, has joined JHI as medical director of global services.

Christina Shipley, M.B.A., has been named JHI’s first human resources director. She brings nearly two decades of experience in recruitment and staff development.

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HISTORY CENTRAL: After being tapped to give occasional tours of The Johns Hopkins Hospital for various groups, Jim Lustek realized how scattered were the mounted narratives and photos that chronicled Johns Hopkins Medicine accomplishments. And so the idea for a commemorative history wall was born. “We have such a rich history, and people come here from all over the world to learn and for care,” says Lustek, director of brand management and production. “I thought, why not create a destination where people could learn about our founders and our many discoveries, milestones and achievements over the years?” The wall, located in the Broadway Corridor, presents a snapshot of JHM’s landmark achievements and is laid out in a timeline, using material from Neil Grauer’s recent book, Leading the Way: A History of Johns Hopkins Medicine and with help from Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. The exhibit, written by Mary Ann Ayd, senior editor for external publications, is flanked on both sides by a large photo of Quaker merchant and philanthropist Johns Hopkins, along with a synopsis of his vision: to create a hospital to provide the finest patient care, to seek knowledge to improve that care and to educate the next generation to carry out those tasks in a superior fashion.