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June 2011


Date: June 14, 2011

NAS Honor

Harry C. “Hal” Dietz III, M.D., professor of genetics and medicine and director of the Smilow Center for Marfan Syndrome Research, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the nation’s highest medical honors. Dietz, a pediatric cardiologist and also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, is renowned for discovering the gene that causes Marfan syndrome, which leads to deadly heart abnormalities.

Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians

William Baumgartner, M.D., professor of cardiac surgery, director of the surgical research laboratory and vice dean for clinical affairs, has been named senior vice president and head of the new Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians. The office is designed to serve as the bridge between physicians employed by the Johns Hopkins Health System and faculty clinicians in the school of medicine.  Steven Kravet, M.D., M.B.A., associate professor of medicine and president of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, has been named deputy head of the office

Regional Directors

Michael Carducci, M.D., professor of oncology and director of the Kimmel Cancer Center’s prostate cancer research program, has been named regional research director of oncology for Johns Hopkins Medicine’s National Capital Region (NCR), which encompasses Suburban and Sibley Memorial hospitals. Irene Gage, M.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology and oncology, has been named regional medical director of oncology for the NCR.  

JHHS Emergency Management

Howie Gwon has been promoted to the new position of senior director of the Office of Emergency Management for the Johns Hopkins Health System. Gwon had been administrator of the Office of Emergency Management for The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the school of medicine and Howard County General Hospital since 2006. He now will establish and coordinate emergency preparedness among all health system organizations.

Best Employer

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been named by Becker’s Hospital Review/Becker’s ASC Review to the Chicago-based publications’ 2011 list of the 100 “Best Places to Work in Healthcare.” Those named to the list were praised for meeting high standards for employee satisfaction by providing good benefits and opportunities for self-improvement, and developing strong ties between staff members.

2011 Diversity Recognition Awards

The Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council recently honored faculty, staff and students whose efforts have fostered greater appreciation, advancement and celebration of diversity and inclusiveness in the Hopkins culture and environment. The 2011 award  recipients include: Richard Bennett, M.D., Johns Hopkins Bayview; Jessica Bienstock, M.D., The Johns Hopkins Hospital; Leo Dorsey, JHH; Keith Farrar, Outpatient Center; Sewon Kang, M.D., JHH; Sarah Polk, M.D., Bayview; Carl Streed, school of medicine.

East Baltimore

Daniel Ashby, M.S., director of pharmacy for The Johns Hopkins Hospital, has received the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award, the highest honor given by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Danelle Cayea, M.D., M.S., assistant professor and director of the medical student elective in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, has received an Alumni Association 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Peter Gehlbach, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of ophthalmology and biomedical engineering, has been named to the board of trustees of Blind Industries and Services of Maryland.

Robert Kurman, M.D., professor of gynecology and obstetrics, oncology and pathology and head of the Division of Gynecologic Pathology, has received a multimillion-dollar Ovarian Cancer Research Program Consortium Award from the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. Kurman’s consortium, which consists of Hopkins and 10 other research universities, institutes or centers, will focus on identifying precisely where high-grade serous carcinomas originate, which will aid in developing strategies for preventing these deadly cancers.

Jeffrey Palmer, M.D., professor and director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as a professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery and functional anatomy and evolution, has been elected secretary of the board of trustees of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the major organization for specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Thomas Quinn, M.D., M.Sc., professor of infectious diseases and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, has received the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association’s 2011 Thomas A. Parran Award, presented annually to a member for long and distinguished contributions in the field of STD research and prevention.

Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S., associate professor and administrative director of the Avon Foundation Breast Center, has been inducted into the Nu Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Notable Nurses

Ann Marie Gamble, R.N., of Hopkins Hospital’s medical intensive care unit, has received a Food and Drug Administration Certificate for Outstanding Contribution in Promotion of Safety with Medical Devices. During an endoscopy, Gamble recognized a potentially harmful malfunction in a device being used and acted promptly to avoid injury to the patient. Her official report of the problem led to a recall of the device.

Terry Goodwyn, M.Sc.N., nurse manager, and the Meyer 5 Nursing Team have received the Department of Nursing’s Linda Arenth Award for excellence in nursing service. Named for the first director of nursing in Hopkins’ Cancer Center, the award recognizes compassion and creativity in caring for patients with challenging, complex conditions.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Isha John, Pharm.D., M.B.A., has been named assistant director of pharmacy. She will help the department develop a practice model consistent with the medical center’s vision of patient-centered care and will work collaboratively with other Johns Hopkins Medicine organizations.

Howard County General Hospital

The hospital’s Spine Academy has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery by CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield. The designation is based on quality and safety measures, including patient results, treatment expertise and procedure volume.

United Way of Central Maryland has given the hospital a Spirit of Community Award for its 2010 “All Hands on Deck” campaign to encourage increases in United Way contributions by hospital staff. The campaign helped increase staff donations by 9 percent.

Suburban Hospital

Jennifer Raynor, Pharm. D., has been promoted to director of pharmacy after having served as interim director for several months. A pharmacy graduate from Rutgers, she has nearly 15 years of management experience in pharmacy.

Leslie Ford Weber, executive vice president of the Suburban Hospital Foundation since 2004 and senior vice president of government and community relations since 2008, has been named director of the new Office of Government and Community Relations for Johns Hopkins in the National Capital Region.

Johns Hopkins HealthCare

Priority Partners, the Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan (USFHP) and Johns Hopkins Employer Health Programs, JHHC’s three medical services, have received accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). USFHP received NCQA’s highest rating of Excellent, reserved for those plans which exceed requirements. Johns Hopkins Employer Health Programs and Priority Partners received ratings of Commendable. In addition, JHHC’s use of two quality performance measurement methods, the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set and the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, were found to be in the highest range of national performance standards.

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

Gene Green, M.D., M.B.A., chief medical officer for the past two years, has been promoted to vice president for medical affairs. He will work collaboratively with colleagues throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine and continue focusing on quality care, safety, compliance and credentialing.