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Dome October 2014


Date: October 6, 2014

Influential Physician Awardees

Paul B. Rothman, M.D., dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and Johns Hopkins Medicine’s senior vice president for patient safety and quality, have been named to Modern Healthcare magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.

Quality and Safety Recognition

The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Sibley Memorial Hospital all have received the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement in Hospitals from the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care.

New Overseas Agreement

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has signed an agreement with Taikang Life Insurance Company Ltd., one of the top four life insurance firms in China, to provide the company’s clients with much easier access to medical care at the hospital. The agreement is part of Taikang’s plan to create a global medical treatment chain for its policyholders.   

Honors for JMAP

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Alliance for Patients (JMAP), the Washington, D.C.-based accountable care organization (ACO) affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been named to Becker Hospital Review’s 2014 list of 100 Accountable Care Organizations to Know. The list’s ACOs were selected based on the number of physicians involved and lives covered, the length of time the ACO has been in operation, whether it has multipayer arrangements, and whether it recently signed new agreements with payers. JMAP joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program last January. It is co-chaired by William Baumgartner, M.D., senior vice president for the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians, and Patricia Brown, L.L.D., senior vice president of managed care and population health for Johns Hopkins Medicine.


Roger Blumenthal, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, has been named co-chair of the Prevention Subcommittee of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. 

Steve Fernandes, laboratory manager for Ronald Schnaar, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences and of neuroscience, led an international team that won first place in the 2014 Merck Serono Innovation Cup business plan competition. Fernandes and his five colleagues won for “Changing the Way Cancer Is Treated by Cancer Cell Burst.” 

Joseph Mankowski, D.V.M., Ph.D., professor of molecular and comparative pathobiology, pathology, and neurology, will serve as acting director of the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology during current department director M. Christine Zink, D.V.M., Ph.D.’s one-year sabbatical, which begins this month. Zink will continue to oversee her ongoing research program while focusing on building residency training programs and credentialing criteria nationwide for veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation, a new specialty she has been instrumental in developing.

Bruce Perler, M.D., M.B.A., professor of vascular surgery and director of the Johns Hopkins Vascular Noninvasive Laboratory, has been named president-elect of the Society for Vascular Surgery.

, longtime senior media relations representative for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, has been named a senior communications specialist for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In her new role, Pesheva will publicize both adult and pediatric news and discoveries.

The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Office of Public Affairs has won three Telly Awards for two educational videos it produced. The winners were a pediatric video called I Have Cancer, which received two of the highest honors—the Silver Telly in both the education and the health and wellness categories. A bronze Telly in the education category was awarded for The Pancreas Cancer Couples Retreat at Johns Hopkins. Collaborating on the videos were the Cancer Center’s advisory board member and Emmy award-winning producer Laurie Singer, photojournalist Tim Bloomquist and sound technician Mike Vogel.


Krista Baker, L.C.P.C., clinical supervisor of the Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic, has been named to the national advisory board for the National Psychosis Prevention Council.

Todd Dousa, a certified emergency health care planner and emergency medical technician-paramedic with 23 years of experience in emergency management, has joined the Department of Safety as an emergency management and safety coordinator.

Nadia Hansel, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine, has been appointed associate dean for research. An internationally renowned investigator in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Hansel also serves as the assistant director for research for the Pulmonary Division and directs the Obstructive Lung Disease Research Group. In addition to leading research programs at Johns Hopkins Bayview, she will facilitate integration of research with the Johns Hopkins Hospital campus.

Bonnie Hendershot, E.C.E.D., has been named new director of the Child Development Center. Hendershot has spent the past 22 years teaching 2-year-olds at the center.

Sheree Riley, currently director of service excellence, will expand her role to oversee guest relations and complaint/grievance management in a new position as director of patient experience. 

Laurene Walker, currently director of patient relations, will assume a new role as director of patient support. She will oversee volunteer and interpretative service, as well as several patient support services associated with social work, among other duties.

Heather Wilkerson, R.N., B.S.N., C.C.R.N., nursing unit educator in the cardiac intensive care unit, has been named the 2014 Giving Excellence Meaning Award regional winner in the volunteerism and service category. Active in community outreach through her church, Wilkerson is a member of the intensive care unit’s septicemia team, which created a nurse-driven screening tool for early identification of systemic inflammatory response syndrome/sepsis criteria.


Johns Hopkins HealthCare’s Diversity and Inclusion Council has received the 2014 ERG & Council Honors Award. The award recognizes the entity’s diversity and inclusion in its workforce, workplace and marketplace.


Daniel Goldberg, an experienced website manager, has been appointed director of Web and digital strategy for both Sibley Memorial and Suburban hospitals. He will collaborate closely with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Internet Strategy and Web Services team.


Mohan Chellappa, M.D., M.B.A., president of global ventures for Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI), has become interim chief executive officer. A surgeon and one of the founding members of JHI, Chellappa succeeds its founding leader, Steven Thompson, and will fill the post until a search committee selects a permanent successor.

Lavina Bharwani, M.D., has been named medical director of Johns Hopkins Singapore. She succeeds Alex Chang, now emeritus medical director. A medical oncologist who joined Johns Hopkins Singapore in 2006, Bharwani also is assistant director of clinical education.