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March 2012


Date: March 5, 2012

Hospital of Choice

The Johns Hopkins Hospital is the only medical center in Maryland to receive a Hospital of Choice Award from the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers (AAHCP). The AAHCP evaluates approximately 400 hospitals nationwide for the honor. Hopkins was one of 50 hospitals in 29 states and the District of Columbia to receive the award for the winter quarter.

Military and Veterans Health Institute

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has joined the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Association of Osteopathic Medicine to establish the Military and Veterans Health Institute. As part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Joining Forces” initiative, the institute has the mission of advancing care for veterans and their families in the areas of psychological health, regenerative medicine and rehabilitation.

East Baltimore

Judith Carrithers, J.D., M.P.A., has been appointed assistant dean for human research protection and director of the Human Research Protection Program in the Office of Human Subjects Research. She succeeds Barbara Starklauf, who retired in December.

Chad Gordon, D.O., assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery and clinical director of Hopkins’ craniomaxillofacial transplantation program, has received a 2012 American Association of Plastic Surgeons/Furnas Academic Scholarship Award of $90,000 over the next three years to fund his research in the emerging field of face transplantation.

Ian Hsu, a third-year medical student, is one of just 40 American recipients of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which will enable him to study for a master’s degree in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge in Great Britain. The scholarship program, begun in 2001, is funded by a $120 million gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Hsu is the fifth student from Johns Hopkins to be awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship since the program’s inception.

Benjamin Carson Sr., M.D., professor and director of pediatric neurosurgery, and Cornelia Liu Trimble, M.D., associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics, oncology and pathology, have each been named a 2012 Influential Marylander award recipient by The Daily Record, Baltimore’s legal and business newspaper.

Todd Dorman, M.D., senior associate dean for education coordination, associate dean for continuing medical education and professor and vice chair for critical care in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

David Nichols, M.D., M.B.A., vice dean for education and professor of pediatrics and anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has received the Saul Horowitz, Jr. Memorial Award from the alumni association of the Mount Sinai Medical School of Medicine in New York City, from which he graduated with honors in 1977. Nichols’ award recognizes an alumnus who has made significant contributions as a medical teacher, researcher and/or practitioner.

Joanna Pearson, M.D., a 2010 graduate of the School of Medicine and a second-year resident in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has received the 2012 Donald Justice Poetry Prize from West Chester University for her first collection of poetry, Oldest Mortal Myth. It will be published in June.

Thomas Quinn, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Center for Global Health, was chosen to deliver the Benjamin Keane Lecture at the Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York last October, and will be given the University of Notre Dame’s Distinguished Alumnus Award this May.

Notable Nurses

Jeanne Keruly, M.S., C.R.N.P., assistant professor of medicine and director of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Clinical Services program, has been named vice chair of the Greater Baltimore HIV Health Services Planning Council.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Phillip Dennis, M.D., Ph.D., has been named director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview and the director of Department of Oncology.

Anita Langford, R.N., M.S., vice president of care management services, has received this year’s William J. McCarthy Award from the Johns Hopkins Bayview Board of Trustees. The award recognizes Langford’s ability to go beyond expected standards of service, skillfully handling the operational oversight of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Care Center.

Kenneth M. Stuzin, M.B.A., C.F.A., has been appointed to Johns Hopkins Bayview’s Board of Trustees. Stuzin is a partner at Brown Advisory, where he is responsible for managing the firm’s large-cap growth portfolios.

Suburban Hospital

June Marlin Falbhas been appointed vice president of development. As vice president of the Suburban Hospital Foundation, she will spearhead fundraising initiatives for the campus enhancement project and clinical programs, as well as support ongoing efforts to establish a stronger culture for philanthropy from grateful patients.

Sibley Memorial Hospital

Edward “Ted” Miller Jr., chairman of the board of trustees and president of RCS Construction Services LLC, has been chosen from among hundreds of nominees to receive the 2012 Outstanding Director Award in the nonprofit category from the Washington Business Journal. Miller has served on the board of trustees since 1988 and became chairman in 2005.


Digna Marie Wheatley, R.N., M.H.S.A., clinical nurse case manager, a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, has had a school gymnasium named for her in St. Thomas in recognition of her leadership two decades ago in organizing a three-day, 1,200-student march to demand equal support for their educational facilities. As a result of the unprecedented march on the Islands’ legislature and government house, more than $600,000 was appropriated for the building of classrooms, the hiring of teachers, purchase of textbooks, and building of the athletic facility that was named the Digna M. Wheatley Gymnasium over the President’s Day weekend.

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