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October 2010


Date: October 7, 2010

New Chief Heart Surgeon

Duke Cameron, M.D., professor of cardiac surgery, has been named the new cardiac surgeon in charge at Hopkins Hospital and director of the Division of Cardiac Surgery in the School of Medicine. Cameron also will be co-director of Hopkins’ Heart and Vascular Institute, director of the Dana and Albert “Cubby” Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases, director of pediatric cardiac surgery and the James T. Dresher Sr. Professor of Surgery. Internationally renowned for his work in surgically repairing the heart’s main blood vessel to prevent catastrophic ruptures, Cameron began his Hopkins career as a cardiac surgery resident in 1984. He has been interim head of the division since William Baumgartner, M.D., vice dean for clinical affairs, relinquished the post in 2009 after serving in it for 17 years.

TAP Leader Is Tops

Barbara Cook, M.D., medical director of The Access Partnership (TAP), a program that helps uninsured and underinsured patients receive specialty health care at Hopkins Hospital, has received the Baltimore City Health Department’s annual Dr. Sebastian Russo Award. Named for a late family physician known for his tireless and devoted service to patients, the award recognizes health care providers who have made significant contributions to their fields by providing dedicated and compassionate service to low-income patients. Cook, former president of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, received the award from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at a City Hall ceremony on Sept. 1.

Sleep Center Kudos

The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center has been named the best department of its kind in the country by Advance for Respiratory Care and Sleep Medicine magazine. The publication said the six-bed Hopkins program “leads the way with a host of quality improvement projects.” Under Nancy Collop, M.D., its medical director, the six-member sleep staff “has implemented quality improvement programs to facilitate inpatients’ sleep in the neurology ward and medical intensive care unit,” the magazine noted, including efforts to reduce the amount of nighttime environmental noise by minimizing pages in patients’ rooms, floor cleaning and the like.

Science + Tech Park Praised

The Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins has received the 2010 Emerging Research/Science Park Award of Excellence from the Association of University Research Parks. The Tuscon, Ariz.-based organization cited Hopkins and the New Eastside Community organization in Baltimore for fostering the park’s reestablishment of economic opportunity and security in the neighborhood surrounding Hopkins Hospital. So far, 422 permanent jobs have been created in the park and 1,943 jobs have been generated by its development.

East Baltimore

Marilyn Albert, Ph.D., professor and director of the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Neurology, is the 2010 recipient of the Alzheimer’s Association’s Zaven Kachaturian Award, which recognizes “an individual whose compelling vision, selfless dedication and extraordinary achievement has significantly advanced the field of Alzheimer science.”

William Bishai, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and co-director of the Center for Tuberculosis Research, has been named the first permanent director of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Bishai will remain on the faculty and continue his research at Hopkins even as he undertakes the post in South Africa.

Sara Cosgove, M.D., M.S., associate professor of medicine, has been named to the board of directors of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America. She will begin serving a three-year term as secretary for this international society in January. Cosgrove’s colleague Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine, also has been nominated to serve on the society’s board and will begin a two-year term in January.

Gail Daumit, M.D., associate professor of medicine; Guo-Li Ming, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of neurology and neuroscience; and Shanthini Sockanathan, Ph.D., associate professor of neuroscience, have received independent investigator grants for mental health research from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the world’s leading charity dedicated to mental health research. Daumit, Ming and Sockanathan were among 42 researchers selected from 217 applicants for the grants. The three grants total $300,000.

Morton Goldberg, M.D., professor of ophthalmology, has had an endowed professorship named for him at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. Goldberg, director of the Wilmer Eye Institute from 1989 to 2003, headed the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Illinois from 1970 to 1989. An endowed professorship was named for him at Hopkins in 1999.

Gary Lees, C.M.I., associate professor, director of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine and head of the graduate program in medical and biological illustration, has received the 2010 Brödel Award for Excellence in Education from the Association of Medical Illustrators.

Aaron Milstone, M.D., M.H.S., assistant professor in pediatric infectious diseases, has received an American Pediatric Investigator Award from the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

Trish Perl, M.D., M.Sc., associate professor of medicine and pathology and director of epidemiology and infection control at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, has received the Mentor Scholar Award from the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The group’s top accolade, it honors Perl’s dedication and excellence in mentoring infection prevention trainees. 

Notable Nurses

Maria Koszalka, R.N., Ed.D., vice president of patient care services at Johns Hopkins Bayview, has received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from Nursing Spectrum magazine. The magazine cited her as a “transformational” figure who “provides leadership through empowerment and implementation of clinical excellence.”

Ronald Langlotz, R.N., has been promoted to assistant director of nursing for radiology at Hopkins Hospital.

Clint Morris, R.N., B.S.N., has been promoted to nurse manager of radiology nursing at Hopkins Hospital. Previously, he was the nurse for the gamma knife in Radiation Oncology.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

John Burton, M.D., professor of geriatrics and director of the Johns Hopkins Geriatrics Education Center Consortium, and Jane Marks, R.N., M.S., associate director of the consortium, have received a five-year, $2,094,412 award from the federal Health Resource and Services Administration to support geriatrics education outreach to physicians, nurses and other health care professionals throughout Maryland.

Bruce Leff, M.D., associate professor of medicine and associate director of the Elder House Call Program, has received an appointment to the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. This competitive one-year fellowship is sponsored by the American Political Science Association and Congressional Fellowship Program and the Atlantic Philanthropies. It gives professionals specializing in health and aging a unique opportunity to work on public policies affecting older Americans. Leff will focus on implementing the Independence at Home Act that was part of the recently passed health care reform package.

Matthew McNabney, M.D., assistant professor of geriatric medicine and gerontology and medical director of Hopkins ElderPlus, has been elected to a three-year term on
the board of directors of the National PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) Association. McNabney has been medical director of ElderPlus since 1998.

James Miller, senior director of personnel services, has received the 2010 Outstanding Chapter Officer Award bestowed by the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration. Miller is president of the Maryland Healthcare Human Resources Administration.

Stephen Milner, M.D., professor of plastic surgery, pediatrics and dermatology and director of the Johns Hopkins Burn Center, has received an honorary doctorate of science from the University of Glamorgan in Wales. Milner was recognized for his career as a surgeon and his exceptional contributions to medicine.

Howard County General Hospital

The hospital has receive the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Award, recognizing excellence in stroke care, for the second consecutive year.

Suburban Hospital

The hospital has received a $25,000 award from the Cardinal Health Foundation’s E3 Grant Program to establish procedures to align hospital pharmacists and hospital-based physicians for further improvement of medication safety. The E3 (Effectiveness, Efficiency and Excellence) grant from the Dublin, Ohio-based health care company’s foundation will advance ongoing initiatives to have pharmacists and hospitalists work collaboratively to improve safe patient medication management.

Barbara Jacobs, B.S.N., M.S.N., has been named the senior director of nursing operations. In this newly created role she will have oversight for all inpatient units, the emergency room and nursing education. Jacobs has more than 30 years of nursing experience and has spent the past 18 years at George Washington University Hospital, where she held a number of leadership roles, including interim chief nursing officer.

Johns Hopkins Home Care Group

Mitra Gavgani, Pharm.D., director of infusion services, has been appointed by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to a four-year term on the Maryland Board of Pharmacy.

Kim Luncheon has received the Marie Louise Ansak Award from the National PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) Association for improving the lives of the frail patients cared for by Hopkins ElderPlus. Luncheon is the first pharmacist to receive the award.