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September 2010


Date: September 3, 2010

One of the Best

The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been named one of the best places to work in health care. Both Becker’s Hospital Review and Ambulatory Surgery Center magazines said they selected Hopkins for their list of the top 100 best places to work based on its “demonstrated excellence in providing a work environment that promotes teamwork, professional development and quality patient care.”

New Trustees

Johns Hopkins Medicine has named leaders in the financial, pharmaceutical and medical fields as new members of its board of trustees. Selected for one-year terms are N. Anthony Coles, M.D., M.P.H., president/CEO of Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc., a California-based biopharmaceutical company; David C. Hodgson, M.B.A., managing director of General Atlantic LLC, an international growth equity firm; Christopher W. Kersey, M.D., M.B.A., a managing member and partner of Camden Partners, a Baltimore-based private equity and investment management fund; and Barry S. Strauch, M.D., interim chairman of the Department of Medicine at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia.

Praise for Peterson

Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has received the Maryland Hospital Association’s Distinguished Service Award. Peterson was honored as co-chairman of the Who Will Care? fundraising campaign, which raised nearly $18 million to increase the number of nursing graduates in Maryland. He also was recognized for his years of work to shape local, state and national health care policy.

Thoracic Trio

Jacques Grosset, M.D., visiting professor for tuberculosis research; Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and surgery; and Robert Wise, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the pulmonary laboratory at the Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center, were honored at the American Thoracic Society’s International Conference in New Orleans in May. Grosset, and Wise, each received the society’s 2010 Distinguished Achievement Award. Pronovost delivered the 2010 President’s Lecture.

Gubernatorial Appointments

Stephen Desiderio, M.D., Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and genetics and director of the Institute of Basic Biomedical Sciences and the immunobiology program at the Institute for Cell Engineering, and Peter Searson, Ph.D., professor of materials science and engineering in the Whiting School of Engineering and director of the Institute for Nanobiotechnology, have been appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley to the state’s Task Force to Study Nanobiotechnology.

Magnificent MICU

The medical intensive care unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital has received the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. The award recognizes the unit’s impressive improvement in every aspect of quality patient care.


Patricia Charache, M.D., professor of pathology, medicine and oncology, has received the bioMérieux Sonnenwirth Award from the American Society of Microbiology for her distinguished leadership in the field.

Steven Cohen, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has been awarded the Order of Military Medical Merit. A colonel in the U.S. Army, Cohen serves as director of pain research at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and as chief of anesthesia and operative services at the 48th Combat Support Hospital in Ft. Meade, Md.

Sara Cosgove, M.D., M.S., associate professor of medicine, and Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine, have been named to the board of directors of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

Todd Dorman, M.D., associate dean and director of Continuing Medical Education, and professor and vice chair of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has been elected president of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education. He also is president of the American Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists.

J. Stephen Dumler, M.D., professor of pathology and molecular microbiology and immunology, has received the American Society of Microbiology’s Becton-Dickinson Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology.

Ruth Faden, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics; and Steven Goodman, M.D., Ph.D., professor of oncology, have been named co-chairs of an Institute of Medicine committee that will evaluate the scientific and ethical issues involved in studies of drug safety after federal Food and Drug Administration approval.

Henry Halperin, M.D., associate professor of cardiology and biomedical engineering and director of the Peter Belfer Cardiac Mechanics Laboratory and Hopkins Hospital’s CPR team, has received a Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Heart Association.

Robert Siliciano, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, biology and genetics, has received the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award for his course in principles of immunology.

Eiki Takimoto, Ph.D., assistant professor of cardiology, has won the American Heart Association’s Early-Career Investigator Award for his studies, conducted with David Kass, M.D., professor of cardiology, on the causes of heart failure.  

Patrick Walsh, M.D., university distinguished professor of urology, has received an honorary doctorate from the medical school of the University of Athens in Greece. Walsh was director of the Brady Urological Institute for three decades and is best known for his pioneering nerve-sparing prostatectomy procedure.

Holly Wilcox, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has received the Andrej Marusic Award at the European Symposium of Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour.

Pancreas Cancer Research

The Cancer Center has received a $20 million award to establish the Skip Viragh Center for Pancreas Cancer Clinical Research and Patient Care. The center is named for Albert P. Viragh Jr., a mutual fund investment authority who was a pancreas cancer patient treated at Hopkins.


Daniel Buccino, L.C.S.W.-C, B.C.D., clinical supervisor of the Community Psychiatry Program, has been appointed to a two-year term as chairman of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners.

Jennifer Hayashi, M.D., assistant professor of geriatrics, director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Elder House Call Program, and associate director of the internal medicine residency program, has received the American Academy of Home Care Physicians’ highest honor, the Eric Baron House Call Doctor of the Year Award. 

Patrician Letke-Alexander, P.A.-C., clinical director of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Care-A-Van, has received the 2010 Jose Ruiz Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes Letke-Alexander’s work in the health care field and her positive impact on the lives of Latinos.

Satish Shanbhag, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine and oncology, has been named clinical director of hematology.

Paula Teague, D. Min, M.B.A., has been named director of the pastoral care department. Teague has managed the Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Hopkins Hospital for the past eight years.

Aliki Program Award

The Aliki Initiative Curriculum Group, led by Cynthia Rand, Ph.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Roy Ziegelstein, M.D., professor of cardiology and executive vice chair of the Department of Medicine, has received a $25,000 grant from the Picker Institute/Gold Foundation Challenge Grant Program. The award will support a patient-centered discharge curriculum, one of only 10 projects in the nation that the two charities felt was best designed to facilitate patient-centered care and the education of future physicians in it.


Victoria Navarro, M.A.S., M.S.N., R.N., senior nurse consultant for JHI, is president-elect of the Philippine Nurses Association (PNAA) for 2010-2012.
Howard County General Hospital

David Williams, president and CEO of Merkle Inc., a marketing services agency, and Kayode Ayodele Williams, M.D., M.B.A., assistant professor of anesthesiology and director of the Hopkins Pain Center at White Marsh, have been named to the hospital’s board of trustees.

Catherine Miller, M.S.N., C.C.R.N., clinical educator in the intensive care unit, has been named a regional winner of Nursing Spectrum magazine’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Nursing Spectrum also named Ellen Merrill, R.N., C.C.R.N., of the ICU, as one of five finalists in the clinical care category for an award of excellence, commending her for calmness during emergencies, innovation and patient advocacy.


The Suburban Hospital Sleep Disorders Center has become affiliated with Sleep Services of America Inc. (SSA), which is jointly owned by Johns Hopkins Medicine and Vital Signs Inc. of Totowa, N.J. The latest additions to Suburban’s sleep physician team are Carloyn Wang, D.O., and James Yan, M.D.


Mary Myers, R.N., M.S., vice president and chief operating officer, has been named to the board of directors of Hospice of the Chesapeake, a nonprofit headquartered in Severna Park, Md., that provides support to more than 3,000 in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.