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Summer 2010

A Message from the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine

Date: June 14, 2010

james Kelley
Keith Weller

On Nov. 12, 2009, the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and Johns Hopkins leaders gathered to celebrate the promotion of Lloyd Minor. As you know from the correspondence and media reports, Dr. Minor was named the 13th provost of The Johns Hopkins University on Sept. 1, 2009.

It was a bittersweet celebration in many ways. The relationships that many of us formed with Dr. Minor are so multifaceted that his leaving meant that we were losing not only a leader, but a mentor, a respected colleague and most importantly a good friend. But it was clear as the celebration unfolded that the most overwhelming emotion felt in the room was pride. Dr. Minor is leaving our department, but we are thrilled that he will be sharing his talents with the entire Johns Hopkins family of faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and everyone else whose lives are touched by this institution.

With Dr. Minor’s appointment to the position of provost, the duties of leading the department have moved to Dr. John Niparko. Dr. Niparko has done an inspiring job of balancing his busy clinic and operating schedule with providing leadership and vision to this department. There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that Dr. Niparko would be more than up to the task, and he has proved us all to be correct. The strength of this department that was built by decades of dedicated, intelligent and visionary leaders continues with Dr. Niparko.

It has been a joy to travel around the country with Dr. Niparko meeting our philanthropic supporters and grateful patients. He is wonderfully articulate about his vision for the short- and long-term future of our specialty at Johns Hopkins and the exciting clinical and research efforts that are ongoing. One of the points that we have been happy to highlight during our meetings with our philanthropic partners is the uninterrupted efforts of our researchers to continue their scientific endeavors. Even when there is a change in leadership, our faculty is undeterred in their efforts to continue their research tracks.

If you have not had the opportunity to meet Dr. Niparko, we hope to be able to introduce you personally in the near future. One of his true passions is interacting with people and hearing about their Johns Hopkins Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery experience. 

And the two words that we can never say enough to everyone—Thank You.

James Kelley
Director of Development
Johns Hopkins Department
of Otolaryngology–Head and
Neck Surgery

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