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Class Notes

Date: February 1, 2014

Phillip Swanson
, of Seattle, Wash., continues as full-time faculty as the George and June Winkels Professor of Neurology at the University of Washington. His career at UW includes 28 years as the head of neurology and 42 years as residency program director. Although now focusing on clinical work, Swanson also has participated in several research projects. Among these have been epidemiological studies of Parkinson's disease, as well as collaboration with Kathleen Schwarz, a UW medical school graduate who now is director of Hopkins’ Pediatric Liver Center and medical director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program. She and Swanson have been studying three generations of one family who carry the autosomal recessive disorder, Wilson's disease, which causes too much copper to accumulate in the liver, brain, and other vital organs.


Haig Kazazian
, of Baltimore, professor of human genetics in the School of Medicine’s McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, was among the plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court case Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., et al., challenging Salt Lake City-based Myriad Genetics’ patenting of the breast-cancer-predicting genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, which Kazazian has been researching for 18 years.  On June 13, 2013, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that companies cannot patent parts of naturally occurring human genes, a decision that could profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries.


Marguerite Shepard
, of Carmel, Ind., a professor of obstetrics and gynecology, emerita, at the Indiana University School of Medicine, received the Otis R. Bowen Award for Community Service from the Indianapolis Medical Society (IMS) for her dedication to patients and improving the health of Indiana women through partnerships with programs such as Planned Parenthood.


Peter Densen
, of Iowa City, Iowa, delivered the keynote address to first-year medical students for their White Coat Ceremony at the University of Iowa School of Medicine, in which he honored Philip Tumulty ’40, a special mentor during his Hopkins training.

Brian Strom, of Philadelphia, Pa., has been named the inaugural chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), where his leadership will help to establish RBHS as a model for research and education in the biomedical and health sciences. Strom assumed this new role on December 2 and will additionally oversee Rutgers’ medical, dental, and health science schools and departments.


Mark Katlic
, of Baltimore, chief of surgery at Sinai Hospital, has been selected to receive the 2013 “Innovator of the Year” award from The Daily Record for his pioneering work as director of the Sinai Center for Geriatric Surgery, the first of its kind in the U.S to be dedicated exclusively to providing a new level of specialized surgical and pre- and postoperative care for elderly patients and to improving their treatment through research and education.


Naomi Geller Lipsky
, of Johnston, R.I., was elected president of the Society of Gilders, an international organization for the preservation and teaching of the gilding arts. A former biochemistry researcher for many years, Lipsky retired from science in 1990 and became a full-time decorative artist, best known for her quilling, an antique art in which paper strips are shaped and applied as ornaments.


Selwyn Vickers
, of Minneapolis, Minn., has been named the new senior vice president and dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.


Jay Hess
, of Indianapolis, Ind., has been appointed vice president for university clinical affairs and dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine.


Leslie Bisson
, of Williamsville, N.Y., has been named the inaugural June A. and Eugene R. Mindell, MD Professor and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Bisson also assumes the role as president for the clinical practice plan, UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. 

Karen Swartz, of Baltimore, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of clinical programs at the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center, was among 32 Johns Hopkins faculty selected to speak at Hopkins’ 19th annual “A Woman’s Journey” symposium on medical issues affecting women. Swartz’s presentation was titled “To err is human, to forgive divine,” and outlined factors that enable some people to easily forgive family members, friends, and partners, and offered reasons why others may struggle to do so.


Richard Savel
, of New York City, has been promoted to professor of clinical medicine and neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition, Savel has been recruited to be director of surgical critical care and co-director of adult critical care services at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn.


Michele Manahan
, of Baltimore, assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery, addressed the large audience of women attending Hopkins’ 19th annual “A Woman’s Journey” symposium, a gathering devoted to exploring medical issues affecting women. Manahan’s presentation was on “Body Contouring,” and discussed the risks and benefits of going under the knife for such procedures. Her talk included before-and-after illustrations of cosmetic treatments, including body sculpting, skin treatments, and nonsurgical facelifts.


Rita Kalyani
, of Elkridge, Md., assistant professor of medicine in the Johns Hopkins Division of Endocrinology, was named to the 2013 list of “Leading Women” in Maryland compiled by The Daily Record, Baltimore’s business and legal newspaper. The list is of women who are 40 years old or younger and have achieved significant career accomplishments by virtue of their professional experience, community involvement, and commitment to inspiring change. Kalyani was recognized for her research and involvement in clinical studies exploring accelerated muscle loss as a complication of diabetes in older adults. Also cited was her work with the Trinidad and Tobago Health Science Initiative, a project that works with local Trinidad and Tobago physicians to improve the quality of diabetes care.


Brian Garibaldi
, an assistant professor of medicine, moved from Baltimore to Malaysia with his family in July to serve as director of the School of Medicine’s Genes to Society curriculum being taught to first- and second-year students at the Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine (PUGDOM), in Kuala Lumpur. Founded upon Hopkins’ principles, PUGDOM is the first U.S.-style medical program in Malaysia. Once Perdana Hospital, its affiliated medical center, is completed, it will be the first private teaching hospital in the country. Garibaldi will also help to establish clinical clerkships for third-year students. The goal is to train well-rounded physicians who will become the leaders of medicine in Malaysia and around the region and the world.


Annastasiah Mhaka
, of Lutherville, Md., assistant director of business development and strategic alliances for Hopkins Medicine, has been named to the 2013 list of Maryland’s “Leading Women,” compiled by The Daily Record, Baltimore’s business and legal newspaper. In her business development and strategic alliances role, Mhaka explores opportunities for partnerships both externally and within Hopkins Medicine and is focused on developing solutions to fundamental health challenges.


Lara Devgan
, of New York City, has opened a plastic surgery private practice on the Upper East Side. Devgan specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face and body; reconstructive surgery for breast cancer, skin cancer, and facial fractures; and skin care.

Jeremy McBride, of Eau Claire, Wis., has joined the Mayo Clinic Health System as an interventional radiologist. He had recently completed a residency in diagnostic radiology and a fellowship in vascular interventional radiology with the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester, Minn. As an interventional radiologist, McBride performs minimally invasive, image-guided procedures for diagnosing and treating diseases.