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Helping Transgender Children and Youth

Emerge, a new clinic at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, is providing crucial information and support services to children who are transgender, and their families.

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Honoring the Legacy of Henrietta Lacks

A new interdisciplinary building on the East Baltimore campus will be named in honor of Henrietta Lacks, who was the source of the HeLa cell line that has been critical to numerous significant advances in modern medicine.

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Henrietta Lacks

Blueprint for the Future

In December, Johns Hopkins Medicine leaders rolled out Innovation 2023, a blueprint outlining Johns Hopkins Medicine’s strategic goals for the next five years.

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Make Johns Hopkins Medicine Easy

“America is at its best when we reward people based on the quality of their work, not the size of their pocketbook.

Denying students entry to a college based on their ability to pay undermines equal opportunity. It perpetuates intergenerational poverty. And it strikes at the heart of the American dream: the idea that every person, from every community, has the chance to rise based on merit.”

Michael Bloomberg, writing in a New York Times opinion essay in November, explaining the motivation behind his momentous $1.8 billion gift to The Johns Hopkins University to support undergraduate financial aid. It is the largest-ever single contribution to a U.S. college or university. The impact was immediate: “Beginning in the fall of 2019 … [W]e will replace all undergraduate student loans with scholarships, and we will reduce overall family contributions to financial aid,” noted Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels in a letter to the university community. “In addition, for the spring 2019 semester, we will offer immediate loan relief to every enrolled undergraduate student whose financial aid package includes a federal need-based loan.”

Bloomberg—philanthropist, business leader and three-term New York City mayor—is a 1964 graduate of the university’s school of engineering and a longtime benefactor to his alma mater. With this most recent gift, his combined philanthropy to Johns Hopkins now exceeds $3.35 billion.

Michael Bloomberg

A Golden Opportunity for Retirees

School of medicine faculty members now have another reason to look forward to retirement: becoming eligible to join The Academy at Johns Hopkins, a new program that invites them to continue research and teaching while offering new opportunities for institutional and community service.

Also open to retired faculty members from the schools of nursing and public health, the academy is located in the east wing of Welch Medical Library on the East Baltimore campus.

The program, which launched in October and now totals 63 members, aims to connect retired clinicians, researchers and educators with one another while encouraging ongoing scholarship. It also provides opportunities to precept, mentor and coach trainees and junior faculty members; perform archival research or history of medicine projects; offer critical review of proposals, grants and manuscripts; serve on committees and advisory panels for the individual schools; and engage in community service.

“We retirees all still possess years of experience and knowledge, and would like to stay active and continue to be productive,” says Distinguished Service Professor Bill Baumgartner, former vice dean for clinical affairs at the school of medicine and inaugural chair of the academy.

190,000 donors; 83 professorships endowed; 502,946 gifts under $1,000, totaling $42.3 million; 29 gifts of $10 million or more, totaling $684.8 million; 543,000 gifts made in total

$2.86 billion

The total amount of money raised for the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine during The Johns Hopkins University’s 8.5-year Rising to the Challenge fundraising campaign, which concluded in October, and raised $6.015 billion in support of students, faculty members, research and discovery, and clinical care across all divisions. Some other salient figures specific to Johns Hopkins Medicine:

Funds raised during the campaign supported the launch of:

  • The Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
  • The eurosurgery Pain Research Institute
  • The David M. Rubenstein Hearing Center
  • The Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute
  • The Comprehensive Neurofibromatosis Center
  • The Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute

For more on the impact of the campaign on Johns Hopkins Medicine, visit:


The number of alumni, faculty and staff members who contributed toward providing “tools of the trade” for first-year Johns Hopkins medical students (stethoscopes and white coats) and Ph.D. candidates (white coats) late last summer and fall. In all, some $29,000 was raised to support these gifts for all 118 members of the school of medicine’s Class of 2022, through an initiative sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association, which also provided funding.

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Albert Owens


The number of faculty members when the Department of Oncology was established at Johns Hopkins in 1973, just more than 45 years ago, with Albert Owens as director. His vision: “a unique hospital within a hospital, focused only on cancer,” that would bring together the best clinician scientists from around the world, who would use discoveries in the lab to rapidly improve care for patients.

To find out more about the dramatic growth and accomplishments of the Cancer Center since then, including its renaming in 2001 to honor philanthropist Sidney Kimmel, visit the center’s “milestones of discovery” website, which features a downloadable timeline of seminal Johns Hopkins “firsts” in cancer care, as well as a multi-media montage: