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October 2011


Date: October 14, 2011

Excellence in Equality

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been named No. 1 in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2011 Healthcare Equality Index for its commitment to quality health care that also includes the lesbian/gay/bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The Healthcare Equality Index is an annual survey that assesses LGBT-friendly policies and procedures, as well as other nondiscriminatory policies, at hospitals nationwide.

Biomedical Bounty

The Department of Biomedical Engineering has received a $5 million translational research award from the Miami, Fla.-based Wallace H. Coulter Foundation to support development of innovative engineering projects with clinical applications.

Andrew Feinberg, M.D., M.P.H., professor and chief of the Division of Molecular Medicine and head of the Center for Epigenetics, has been awarded an NIH Pioneer Award for his work in spearheading the use of genome-wide technology for epigenetics research. The award provides $2.5 million in research funding over the next five years.  

Gyanu Lamichhane, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine, has received a Director’s New Innovator Award from the NIH in recognition of research that has revealed a weakness in the tuberculosis bacterium that makes it more susceptible to antibiotics. The award comes with a $1.5 million grant in research funding for the next five years.

East Baltimore

Joanne Pollak, J.D., vice president and general counsel for The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine, has received a Leadership in Law award from The Daily Record, Baltimore’s legal and business newspaper. Since 2000, the paper has honored attorneys and judges whose dedication to their occupation and communities deserves special recognition.

John Bartlett, M.D., professor of medicine and former chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, has received the American Society of Microbiology’s 2011 Cubist Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy Award.

Meghan Davlin, Pharm.D., M.B.A., has been named director of the Division of Ambulatory and Care Transitions in the Department of Pharmacy.

Linda Dillon Jones, Ph.D., former director of Hopkins’ Center for Training and Education in the Office of Human Services, has been named interim assistant dean for faculty development. For the past three years, Jones has been a senior learning and development consultant for the Talent Management and Organization Development office.

W. P. Andrew Lee, M.D., professor and director of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and a nationally acclaimed hand transplant researcher and surgeon, has been elected president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

M. Susan Leffell, Ph.D., professor of medicine and director of the Immunogenetics Laboratory, has received the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics’ 2011 Distinguished Scientist Award.

Christoph Lehmann, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and health information sciences and director of medical informatics for the Child Informatics Center of the American Academy of Pediatrics, has been elected to a three-year term as vice president of services for the International Medical Informatics Association.

Elizabeth Mazhari, director of ventures for the school of medicine, has been appointed by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley to the new, nine-member Maryland Venture Fund Authority.

Notable Nurses

Kathleen Becker, D.N.P., C.R.N.P., assistant professor of community-public health, has been named a 2011 Hepatitis Hero by the Maryland Hepatitis Coalition.

Terry Bennett, R.N., B.S.N., C.H.C.R., director of nurse recruitment, has received the Distinguished Member of the Year Award from the National Association for Health Care Recruitment.

Janet Hiller, R.N., M.S.N., C.C.T.C., clinical nurse specialist in the Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program and director of the Kidney Paired Donation Program of the Comprehensive Transplant Center, received two “Best Abstract Submission” awards at the International Transplant Nurses Society’s September nursing education conference in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Melinda Sawyer M.S.N., R.N., a senior research coordinator in the Quality and Safety Research Group and the patient safety officer for the Department of Medicine in Hopkins Hospital, has been chosen president-elect of the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

All Children's Hospital

Cindy Rose, associate vice president of marketing and community relations, was named 2011 Businesswoman of the Year in the nonprofit category by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Kelli Barbato, community relations coordinator, has received the Excellence  in Recruiting Award from the American Red Cross’ LifeBoard of the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region for her dedicated leadership of Hopkins Bayview’s blood drives for the past two years.

Nicole Namour, M.D., clinical associate and instructor in pediatrics and adolescent medicine, is expanding her role to assistant medical director of the children’s medical practice clinic.

Sarah Polk, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and adolescent medicine, has been named medical director of the children’s medical practice clinic.

Thomas Reifsnyder, M.D., assistant professor and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery, has received two 2011 Keith D. Lillemoe Faculty Teaching Awards, one each from the senior and junior Halsted surgical residents.

Kimberley Steel, M.D., assistant professor of surgery, has earned a Surgery Clerkship Award for Outstanding Faculty Teacher.

Catherine Venturina has been named Pharmacy Technician of the Year by the Maryland Society of Health System Pharmacists.

Suburban Hospital

Rev. Barbara McKenzie, M.A., an ordained deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, has been appointed director of pastoral care. She previously served as spiritual coordinator at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C., and as staff chaplain at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. 

Linda Waldorf, B.S., C.P.M.S.M., C.P.C.S., director of the medical staff services department, has been elected secretary of the 2012 board of directors for the National Association of Medical Staff Services. 

Sibley Memorial Hospital

Guillermo (Bill) Ford, M.H.A.; B.S.; M.L.S. (ASCP), has been promoted to director of laboratory services. Previously the lab’s assistant director, he is a 25-year veteran of laboratory work and services.

Lydia Mason has been named director of admissions. Before joining Sibley, Mason had been director of admissions and registration at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Arlene Snyder, M.A., C.F.R.E., has been named the new president of Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation. For the past five years, she has been senior vice president of development for Washington Hospital Center

Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI)

Jane Shivnan, M.Sc.N., R.N., A.O.C.N., executive director of the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing, has been named executive director of clinical quality and nursing for JHI. She will retain her role as executive director of the Institute of Nursing. 

Lindsay Roylance Rothstein, marketing manager, has been named assistant director of marketing and communications, assuming responsibility for developing integrated marketing, communications and Internet strategies to support the management objectives of JHI.