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By Decade Fall 2017


John T. Eagan Sr., of Mountain Brook, Alabama, retired from internal medicine in 2015. In 2016, he received the Cardiovascular Associates Medical Education Foundation’s John Burrett M.D. Award for significantly advancing cardiovascular health care in Alabama. He keeps his own heart in shape by swimming three times a week. 


Alton Cobb, of Jackson, Mississippi, currently owns a large pine tree farm near his home. He and Mary (O’Connor) Cobb, a 1953 graduate of the Johns Hopkins nursing program, have been married for 60-plus years.

Stanley Schrier, of Stanford, California, lives on the Stanford University campus and still works full time. He teaches, mentors and maintains a practice in consultative hematology. He also has a National Institutes of Health grant to study anemia in the elderly.


Harry Beskind, of Yarmouth, Maine, travels widely, including recent trips to Israel and Morocco, and is an avid watercolorist. A one-man show of his artwork is scheduled for this fall.

J. Roland Folse, of Springfield, Illinois, retired in 2001 and now focuses his time on his 55-year-old collection of bonsai trees, woodworking, ceramics and painting.


Lance Chilton, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, retired in 2015 after spending half of his career teaching at the University of New Mexico and half of it in private pediatric practice. After retiring, he spent two months bicycling from Stockholm, Sweden, to Rome, Italy.

James Cobley, of Washington, D.C., assists in orthopaedic surgeries on a Navajo reservation in Tuba City, Arizona, and spends time each year teaching orthopaedics in Africa. His wife of 47 years, Janet Cobey (faculty, 1977), a 1969 alumna of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, is a professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health.

H. Leon Greene, of Bellingham, Washington, currently consults with patients at various Christian mission hospitals around the world—primarily in Central America—via telemedicine. After eight years on the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty, 25 years on the University of Washington faculty in cardiology and another eight years working full time at a Christian mission hospital at the edge of a jungle in Honduras, he returned to the United States and settled in Bellingham about four years ago. He soon will publish a Civil War history about a Confederate doctor who tried to unleash germ warfare on the north.

Thomas Inui, of Indianapolis, retired in 2016. He now volunteers as a facilitator for professionalism seminars, mentors young physicians and participates in research projects at Indiana University. He also is assisting a network of teaching hospitals in its effort to develop residency programs in China that are based on North American medical standards and practices.

Harvey Klein, of Potomac, Maryland, continues working at the National Institutes of Health, directing the Department of Transfusion Medicine.

Howard Rosenberg, of Los Altos Hill, California, retired in 2015 after 39 years in private practice. He plays the violin in several chamber music groups that meet weekly, and enjoys traveling, book clubs, bridge and golf.

Peter Tomasulo, of Paradise Valley, Arizona, retired in 2014 after spending most of his career in nonprofit transfusion medicine while living in Baltimore and Bethesda, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; Milwaukee; Miami; Cleveland; Boston; Phoenix; and Switzerland. 


Richard Schwartz, of Salt Lake City, has retired from neurosurgery after more than 30 years of practicing there. A spine and tumor specialist, he also was an adjunct assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Utah.


Archelle Georgiou, of Minneapolis, has published her first book, Healthcare Choices: 5 Steps to Getting The Medical Care You Want And Need. A former managed care official, she describes herself as a “recovering” health care industry executive, a passionate consumer advocate, a data lover and a storyteller. Her book offers consumers a “how to” road map for making health care decisions that balance what they need medically with what they want personally. An executive in residence and adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Georgiou also broadcasts a weekly health segment on the Twin Cities’ ABC affiliate.


Allen Sills, until recently a professor of neurological surgery, orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation, and a founder of the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center, has been named the NFL’s first chief medical officer, a full-time position based in New York City. Reid Thompson ’89, a fellow neurosurgical resident with Sills at Johns Hopkins and now chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt, said that given Sills’ combined energy, vision and absolute integrity, he is “an inspired choice” for the new NFL post.


James Potash of Baltimore, formerly professor and head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, has become the Henry Phipps Professor and Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins. Potash joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1998 and became director of the Mood Disorders Center and psychiatry emergency services before moving to Iowa in 2011. Renowned for his research on the genetic basis of mood disorders, in particular the identification of genetic determinants of susceptibility to depression and bipolar disorder, he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and collaborated on the revision of the leading textbook in the field, Manic Depressive Illness.  


Rita Rastogi Kalyani, of Baltimore, an associate professor of medicine and editor-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Guide, has been named one of the Top 100 Women in Maryland by The Daily Record, the state’s Baltimore-based legal and business newspaper. Kalyani also directs the diabetes management service of the Johns Hopkins Total Pancreatectomy Islet Auto Transplant Program.

Faculty, Fellows and House Staff

William Baumgartner (faculty, cardiac surgery, 1982–present) has announced his plan to retire in 2018. During his extraordinarily distinguished 36-year career at Johns Hopkins, Baumgartner re-established the heart transplant program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, leading it to national prominence in the surgical treatment of heart failure. He became director of the heart and heart-lung transplant program, chief of cardiac surgery, and director of the Cardiac Surgery Research Lab. He also became president of the Clinical Practice Association (CPA) and vice dean of clinical affairs in 1999. In 2011, he was named senior vice president for the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians, from which post he has worked tirelessly to integrate the operations of the CPA and Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. He also has been a national leader in his field, serving as executive director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Henry Brem (faculty, neurosurgery, 1984–present), director of the Department of Neurosurgery, neurosurgeon-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and a professor of ophthalmology, oncology and biomedical engineering, has received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring.    

Martha Zeiger (faculty, administration, 1993–2017), associate dean for postdoctoral affairs, has been named professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville. Currently president of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, Zeiger has held faculty appointments in surgery, oncology, and cellular and molecular medicine at Johns Hopkins, and served as vice chair of faculty development in the Department of Surgery. She was a strong advocate for the more than 1,200 postdoctoral fellows conducting basic science and clinical research at Johns Hopkins, establishing many educational career development and enrichment programs for them.

Constance Okeke (resident, ophthalmology, 2001–04), of Norfolk, Virginia, an internationally recognized expert on glaucoma and a pioneer in microinvasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), has published The Building Blocks of Trabectome Surgery, Volume 1: Patient Selection. In 2009, Okeke was the first in Virginia to perform Trabectome, a trademarked term for a method of minimally invasive glaucoma surgery that she since has performed more than 1,000 times. Her book provides instructions on the procedure for those who are experienced Trabectome surgeons, as well as those who perform other MIGS operations, and optometrists interested in understanding its applicability to glaucoma patients.

Susan Emmett (resident, otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, 2010–16), of Durham, North Carolina, an assistant professor of surgery and assistant research professor of global health at Duke, has become the first otolaryngologist ever named a TED Fellow. Among 21 fellows in the 2017 class selected by TED, a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas through short, powerful talks, Emmett was chosen to deliver a presentation from the TEDGlobal stage in Arusha, Tanzania, on the research she has conducted for reducing worldwide disparities in hearing health.