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February 2012


Date: February 9, 2012

VP and General Counsel

G. Daniel Shealer Jr., J.D., has been appointed vice president and general counsel of The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has served as the health system’s deputy general counsel for the past 17 years, overseeing a 20-attorney legal department. He succeeds Joanne Pollak, J.D., who was named chief of staff in the Office of Johns Hopkins Medicine last July 1. She will continue as Johns Hopkins Medicine senior vice president and general counsel, while Shealer also will retain his position as the health system’s vice president for compliance and deputy general counsel for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Peterson Professorship

Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Health System, and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been honored by the creation of the Ronald R. Peterson Professorship. The new professorship recognizes the contributions and leadership that Peterson has provided to both Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, of which he was president from 1984 to 1999. Paul J. Scheel Jr., M.D., M.B.A., director of the Division of Nephrology at Hopkins Hospital and Hopkins Bayview, will be installed as the inaugural recipient of the Peterson professorship on Mar. 1.

Federal Appointment

Steven Thompson, M.B.A., chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, has been appointed to the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. The 33-member board, part of the Department of Commerce, provides feedback on challenges facing the industry and offers ideas on what the federal government can do to help strengthen this important sector of the economy.

East Baltimore

Scott Blackman, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, has been inducted into the Society for Pediatric Research. Blackman was honored for his research into the genetic and molecular underpinnings of diabetes, which has provided intriguing clues that hold therapeutic potential.     

Adrian Dobbs, M.D., M.H.S., professor of medicine and oncology, and vice director of the Department of Medicine for Faculty Development, has been appointed director of the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network (JHCRN). She succeeds Charles Balch, M.D., F.A.C.S., professor of surgery, oncology and dermatology, who retired.

Todd Dorman, M.D., professor and vice chair for critical care in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, has been promoted to senior associate dean for education coordination. He will remain as the associate dean of continuing medical education. An assistant dean and director of CME will be hired to join the leadership team.

David Eisele, M.D. has been named the Andelot Professor of Laryngology and Otology and director of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, effective March 1. Eisele, a faculty member in the department from 1988 to 2001, had been chairman of the University of California, San Francisco’s Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery since leaving Hopkins in 2001.

Francis Giardiello, M.D., professor of medicine, oncology and pathology, director of Hopkins’ Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Program, and Anthony Kalloo, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, have been named to the Becker’s ASC Review list of the 125 leading gastroenterologists in the United States.

Richard Johnson, M.D., professor and former director of the Department of Neurology, received the World Federation of Neurology’s 2011 Medal for Scientific Achievement at its World Congress in Marrakesh, Morroco, last Nov. 14.

Bruce Leff, M.D., professor of medicine, has been elected chair of the American College of Physicians’ Council of Subspecialty Societies. Leff, a geriatrician, also became a member of the ACP’s board of regents.

Atul Nakhasi, a first-year medical student, has received an American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award. The award recognizes strong, nonclinical leadership skills in advocacy, community service and/or education.

Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Health System, and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been named to the new, 12-member President’s Advisory Council for Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore.

Gregg Semenza, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and director of the vascular program in the Institute of Cell Engineering, has been named co-recipient of the 2012 Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award, given by the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Robert Siciliano, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, molecular biology and genetics, has received a Research in Action Award from Treatment Action Group, one of the leading AIDS research advocacy organizations.

Biomarker Discovery Center

The National Cancer Institute has chosen Hopkins’ Biomarker Discovery Center as one of the research entities to participate in a new, multimillion dollar Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium that will undertake a coordinated effort to develop a catalog of proteins created by cancer cells.

Notable Nurses

Carolyn Bailey, R.N., and Lynn Fauerbach, R.N., of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Care Center, were named the 2011 Nursing Educators of the Year at the fifth annual Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist/Educator of the Year event on December 7.

Lynn Billing, B.S.N., C.H.P.N., nurse coordinator for the Kimmel Cancer Center’s Duffy Family Pain and Palliative Care Program, has been appointed by the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to the Maryland Medical Marijuana Model Workgroup as the nurse representative.

Sharon Krumm, Ph.D., R.N., director of nursing at the Kimmel Cancer Center, has been named by the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to a one-year appointment as the representative of the Maryland Health Care Commission on the Advisory Board on Prescription Drug Monitoring.

Patricia Njoku, M.S.N., a nurse clinician III in gynecology and obstetrics, has been inducted into the Hopkins Nu Beta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing.

Cindy Walker, R.N., B.S.N., C.W.O.C.N., a wound care specialist at Johns Hopkins Bayview, was named the Mid-Atlantic Wound Ostomy and Contience Nurses Society’s Nurse of the Year for 2011.

The Weinberg Intensive Care Unit has received the 2011 Silver Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. 

All Children’s Hospital

Jackie Crain has been named senior counsel, Johns Hopkins Health System. She will oversee legal affairs, compliance, privacy and risk management departments at All Children’s Hospital, while the Johns Hopkins Health System will provide general counsel services.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Joseph Carrese, M.D., associate professor of medicine and chair of the Hopkins Bayview Ethics Committee, has received the 2011 Presidential Citation Award from the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. 

Colleen Christmas, M.D., assistant professor of medicine and director of the internal medical program; Ginette Hinds, M.D.,assistant professor and director of the Department of Dermatology; and Timothy Wang, M.D., associate professor and medical director of dermatology, were named Hometown Heroes by the Chesapeake Gateway Chamber of Commerce.

Center for Behavior and Health

Michael Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine, and director of the Behavioral Sleep Program, and Janelle Coughlin, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology and director of the Obesity Behavioral Medicine Program, have been named to head the new Johns Hopkins Center for Behavior & Health, based at Johns Hopkins Bayview.

Howard County General Hospital

Professional Staff Officers

Clarita Frazier, M.D., anesthesiologist, has been named president of the nearly 900-member professional staff for 2012; oncologist and hematologist Nicholas Koutrelakos, M.D., has become vice president; and nephrologist Mary Pieprzak, M.D., is the new secretary/treasurer.

Susan Brickley Case has been appointed director of marketing and communications, succeeding Mary Patton, who is retiring. Case has been marketing manager for the Department of Surgery since 2008 and has made significant contributions to marketing and communications for urology, radiation oncology, oncology and the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Sibley Memorial Hospital

Milena Walker, M.D., has been appointed director of Infection Control and Prevention/Occupational Health and Safety.

The Green Team, led by Robert Jewell, director of Environmental Services, received the 2011 Environmental Excellence Award from the District of Columbia Hospital Association. The award recognizes the high standards of the outstanding environmental programs and projects launched by the Green Team, which focuses on environmental sustainability as an extension of the hospital’s mission.

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