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March 2011


Date: March 4, 2011

New Veep

John Colmers, former Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene and one-time executive director of Maryland’s Health Services Cost Review Commission, has been named the new Johns Hopkins Medicine vice president for health care transformation and strategic planning.

Community Division Chief

Brian Gragnolati, president/CEO of Suburban Hospital, has been named senior vice president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and head of its newly created Community Division. He will lead the system-wide clinical integration of the health system’s three community hospitals—Suburban, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Howard County General Hospital—to build a smoothly coordinated network of services for patients and physicians.

ACP Awards

Robert Ferguson, M.D., associate professor of geriatric medicine and gerontology, and Mary Newman, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, have received two of the top awards for distinguished service from the American College of Physicians’ Maryland chapter. Ferguson received the Theodore E. Woodward Award for Medical Education and Research. Newman received the Samuel P. Asper Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine.

East Baltimore

Norman Barker, M.S., associate professor of pathology and art as applied to medicine, has been chosen by the BioCommunications Association, an international organization of photographers, designers, illustrators and videographers who work in the life sciences, to represent the group on the board of the Journal of BioCommunications.

Frederick Brancati, M.D., M.H.S., professor and director of the Division of General Internal Medicine, has won the 2011 Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology from the American Diabetes Association.

E. Gene Deune, M.D., associate professor of orthopedic surgery; co-director of the Hand Surgery Division at Hopkins Hospital and director of the hand surgery microsurgery section, has been elected secretary of the American Society of Reconstructive Mircrosurgery for 2011–2012.

Joshua Epstein, Ph.D., professor of emergency medicine, has been appointed to a 16-month term on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Identifying and Prioritizing New Preventive Vaccines for Development.

Andrew Ewald, Ph.D., assistant professor of cell biology and oncology, will receive the American Association of Anatomists Morphological Sciences Award for advancing the understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of the development of epithelia tissues.

Richard Huganir, Ph.D., professor and director of the Department of Neuroscience, and co-director of the Brain Science Institute (BSi), will head a new Synapses, Circuits and Disorders program for the institute, funded with BSi grants totaling $5 million over the next two years.

David Kass, M.D., professor of cardiology, medicine and biomedical engineering; Thien Nguyen, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of neurology; Shanthini Sockanathan, Ph.D., associate professor of neuroscience, and Jiou Wang, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, have received grants totaling $1,356,618 from the Muscular Dystrophy Association to study three different neuromuscular diseases.

Stephen Meltzer, M.D., professor of gastroenterology and an internationally renowned leader in the molecular pathobiology of gastrointestinal malignancy and premalignancy, has been elected to the Association of American Physicians.

Nathan Neufeld, D.O., a resident in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, is one of three residents nationwide to be named an American College of Medical Quality 2011 Quality Scholar. The honor recognizes his work on improving the accuracy of discharge summaries.

Ambulatory Services

Carin Bouharoun, M.H.S.A., has been named director of physician services for Johns Hopkins Medicine Ambulatory Services. She previously was corporate director of strategy and business development at Suburban Hospital. Bouharoun will focus on creating an annual strategic plan for enhancing physician/provider alignment and engagement across the ambulatory enterprises of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Lisa de Grouchy, R.N., M.S., has become director of regulatory compliance for Johns Hopkins’ off-campus ambulatory sites. She will provide guidance and support on regulations governing ambulatory services and serve as the primary contact for regulatory oversight at these sites.

Notable Nurses

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has received the Outstanding Nursing Quality Award from the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators. The award’s recipients exceed their peers in nursing quality improvement.

Rose Mary Gall, R.N., B.S.N.,  kidney/pancreas transplant coordinator, has been elected president of the International Transplant National Society, Chesapeake Chapter.

Dina Krenzischek, Ph.D., R. N., nurse manager for the adult same day prep and post anesthesia care units since 1982, has been inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Leah Yoder, M.S.N., R.N., has been named assistant director for nursing education, responsible for nursing staff education programs for the Department of Nursing at Hopkins Hospital. She will continue directing the new graduate internship program and educational technology.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Eric Howell, M.D., chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine and deputy director of hospital operations for the Department of Medicine, has received the Outstanding Hospitalist Achievement Award from the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Physicians.

Cynthia Rand, Ph.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and deputy director for patient-centered care, has received the Vice Dean’s Award for the Advancement of Women Faculty.

The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Diversity Council has been named one of the top 25 diversity councils in the nation by the Association of Diversity Councils. The 2011 Diversity Council Honors Award was in recognition of the Bayview council’s Disabilities Awareness Expo, Partners in Leadership mentorship program, and the “Managing Diversity and Building an Inclusive Workplace” educational program for medical center managers.

Francis X. Knott, former chairman of the Hopkins Bayview board of trustees, has received the William J. McCarthy Distinguished Service Award. Knott, a founding member of the board, has served continuously since 1984 and held a wide variety of leadership positions on it. The McCarthy Award, named for another former board chairman, recognizes extraordinary work on behalf of the medical center.

Howard County General Hospital

Marc Applestein, M.D., M.B.A., a urologist who has been on the staff since 1988 and served as its president in 2009, has been named chair of the Department
of Surgery. 

Margot Watson, M.D., head of the hospital’s Surgical Services Committee, has been named chair of the Ob/Gyn department.

Nicole Pilevsky, M.D., has been named assistant chair of Ob/Gyn. She also serves on the department’s Clinical Review Committee.

The Medical Pavilion, opened in September 2009, has received a Pioneering Sustainability in a Medical Facility Award from the Maryland Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. The five-level, 167,000-square-foot building also has been awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver Certification for its environmentally friendly design, construction and operation..

The immunization team has received a 2011 Maryland Immunization Excellence Award from the Maryland Partnership for Prevention. The award honors outstanding work in promoting and delivering vaccinations to people of all ages.

Suburban Hospital

Jacqueline Schultz, R.N., M.S.N., C.N.A.A., has been named chief operations officer. Following Suburban’s integration with Johns Hopkins Medicine, Schultz was named senior vice president of clinical operations and chief nursing officer. She also serves as secretary and a member of the board of the Maryland Organization of Nurse Executives.

Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI)

Saraf Saleh has been named director for Middle East/North Africa, Global Services. A 15-year JHI veteran, Saleh most recently served as assistant director of global services for the Middle East/North African Division.