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Class Notes

Date: October 1, 2013

John Collins Harvey, of Potomac, Md., professor emeritus of medicine at Georgetown University and an internationally renowned medical ethicist, has received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Georgetown for his distinguished service as a physician and contributions to medical ethics. An expert on muscular disease, rehabilitation, gerontology, and geriatrics, Harvey has been on the Georgetown faculty for 40 years and currently is a senior research scholar at its Center for Clinical Bioethics. 


Leroy Hood, of Seattle, a pillar of the biotechnology field whose work on development of the DNA gene sequencer and synthesizer, and the protein synthesizer and sequencer, paved the way for the successful mapping of the human genome, has been awarded the National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest scientific honor, by President Barack Obama. The award was announced in 2011, but the White House ceremony for its presentation took place last February.


Dan Granoff
, of Oakland, Calif., chair and director of the Center for Immunobiology and Vaccine Development at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, published “Portrait: Coincidences, Convergences and Opportunities” in the May 2013 issue of Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics. In the article Granoff describes some of his experiences as a medical student and pediatric resident at Hopkins, including his mentoring by David Bodian, whose pioneering research into poliomyelitis viruses was instrumental in development of the Salk polio vaccine.


Marc C. Hochberg, of Baltimore, has received the 2012 Distinguished Clinical Investigator Award from the American College of Rheumatology, the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Osteoarthritis Research Society International, and the 2013 Arthur Modell President’s Award from the Arthritis Foundation.

Hochberg is a professor of medicine and epidemiology and preventive medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and head of rheumatology and clinical immunology in its Department of Medicine.


Stephen J. McPhee
, of San Francisco, professor emeritus of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, has had an endowed chair named in his honor by the Division of Internal Medicine in which he has been a pivotal leader for three decades.


Edward J. Farmlett
, of Laconia, N.H., has been inducted as a fellow in the American College of Radiology.  Farmlett works for Lakes Region Radiology PA in Laconia and is a member of the New Hampshire Radiology Society, the Radiological Society of North America, and the American Roentgen Ray Society.

Roger J. Pomerantz, of Chalfont, Pa., has been elected a 2013 Academy fellow in the American Academy for Microbiology in recognition of his significant contributions to the field. Pomerantz was one of the first to elucidate the molecular mechanism of HIV persistence.


Steven M. Holland
, of Bethesda, Md., has been elected as a 2013 Academy fellow in the American Academy for Microbiology for his research on underlying host defense defects that predispose individuals to severe infections such as mycobacteria and fungi.


David R. Guyer
, of New York City, has been appointed CEO of Ophthotech Corporation, a clinical-stage biotechnology company. He will work on accelerating the clinical development of Fovista, a therapy for wet and dry age-related macular degeneration.

Kuldev Singh, of Los Altos Hills, Calif., is a professor of ophthalmology at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is currently serving a two-year term as president of the American Glaucoma Society.


Maryland Pao
, of Bethesda, Md., is the clinical director and acting deputy scientific director of the Intramural Research Program, which is the internal research division of the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health. She is also the chief of the Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service in the NIH’s Hatfield Clinical Research Center in Bethesda.


Tamara L. Doering
, of St. Louis, Mo., has been elected as a 2013 Academy fellow in the American Academy for Microbiology for her research into the fundamental biology and host interactions of the pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans, which causes serious opportunistic infections in immuno-compromised individuals worldwide.

Surachai Supattapone of Hanover, N.H., has been elected a 2013 Academy fellow in the American Academy for Microbiology for his research into the biochemical basis of mammalian prion infectivity. His work has demonstrated that cofactor molecules are essential for maintaining the infectivity—and determining the strain properties—of mammalian prions in vitro.


Jay L. Hess, of Ann Arbor, Mich., was named vice president for university clinical affairs at Indiana University and dean of the university’s School of Medicine. He currently is chair of the Department of Pathology and professor of internal medicine at the medical school.


John R. Leahy
, of Austin, Texas, a radiologist with the Austin Radiological Association, has been appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to a six-year term on the Texas Board of Licensure for Professional Medical Physicists.


Kelly A. Gebo, of Baltimore, an associate professor of medicine in the School of Medicine, was inducted last April into the American Society for Clinical Investigation, an honor society for physician-researchers. She was recognized for her research in health care disparities, access to care, health care utilization, and errors in medicine.


Andrea L. Cox
, of Baltimore, was inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation last April for her work in treating people infected with the hepatitis C virus. Cox is an associate professor of medicine and oncology and a co-director of the Medical Scientist Training Program in the Hopkins School of Medicine. 

Austin G. Ratner, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was profiled last May in a New York Times article that featured his new novel, In the Land of the Living, and other literary works. He has received several awards for his writing, including the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for his first novel, The Jump Artist.


Kevin B. Jones
, of Salt Lake City, an orthopedic surgeon and scientist at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Primary Children's Medical Center at the University of Utah, has published What Doctors Cannot Tell You: Clarity, Confidence and Uncertainty in Medicine.


Melissa S. Camp, of Baltimore, returned to the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery after fellowship training in breast surgical oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She is part of a highly specialized team at the Hopkins Breast Center that ensures compassionate patient care and personalized surgical treatment.

Douglas E. Ramsey, of Wausau, Wis., a musculoskeletal radiologist, was recently named chairman of the Radiology Department at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, where he also serves as director of CT imaging.