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By Decade Spring/Summer 2019


Lewis E. Braverman, of Boston, received the American College of Physicians (ACP) 2018 Jane F. Desforges Distinguished Teacher Award, as well as a Mastership from the ACP, a national organization of internists. Braverman, an endocriologist, held professorships in all four of Massachusetts’ medical schools and was an adviser for countless residents, research and clinical fellows.


Charles G. Helmick II, of Atlanta, has received a Mastership from the Association of Rheumatology Health Professors.

James B. Lewis Jr., of Memphis, has received the American College of Physicians 2018 Award for Outstanding Educator of Residents and Fellows. Lewis serves as associate chief of staff for education at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Memphis and is an affiliate professor of medicine at the University of Tennessee.


David B. Hellmann, of Baltimore, vice dean and director of the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, has received the school of medicine’s Institute for Educational Excellence’s Martin D. Abeloff Award for Lifetime Achievement in Medical and Biomedical Education. 


Oliver D. Schein, of Baltimore, a professor of ophthalmology in the Wilmer Eye Institute, has received the 2018 Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality and Safety from The Johns Hopkins Hospital for his commitment to optimizing patient outcomes, eliminating preventable harm, demonstrating exemplary performance on recognized clinical quality and safety measures, and improving the patient experience.


W.P. Andrew Lee, formerly director of Johns Hopkins’ Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, has been named the executive vice president for academic affairs, provost and dean of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.


Ralph H. Hruban, of Baltimore, director of the Department of Pathology, director of the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at Johns Hopkins and chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal/Liver Pathology, has been ranked as the World's Top Expert in Pancreatic Neoplasms by It is a website that “objectively ranks people and institutions by their expertise in more than 26,000 biomedical topics.”

Robert E. Kelly Jr., recently led a team at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) to receive verification as a Level I Pediatric Surgical Center from the American College of Surgeons. CHKD, located in Norfok, Virginia, is the only free-standing children’s hospital in the state. Kelly, who serves as surgeon-in-chief and vice president for surgical affairs at CHKD, is also professor of clinical surgery and pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School.


Maria Oliva-Hemker, of Baltimore, professor of pediatrics and director of Johns Hopkins’ Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, has received the 2018 Excellence in Healthcare Award from the Crohn’s & Colitis Maryland and Southern Delaware Foundation.

Corinne Sandone, director of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine’s graduate program, has been promoted to a full professorship.


Steven J. O’Day, of Los Angeles, has been named executive director of the John Wayne Cancer Institute and Cancer Clinic, as well as director of Providence Los Angeles Regional Research, affiliated with Saint John’s Health Center. He also is co-director of the Melanoma and Cutaneous Oncology Research Center, which conducts research throughout the seven-state Providence Saint Joseph Health system. O’Day is known internationally for revolutionary immuno-oncology research and advancing melanoma treatment.


Sonye K. Danoff, of Baltimore, associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, has been named to the Medical Advisory Board of the Myositis Association.


Kelly A. Gebo, of Baltimore, has been named the chief medical and scientific officer of the All of Us Research Program at the National Institutes of Health. The program’s goal is to accelerate research and improve health while serving as a national resource to inform thousands of studies on a range of health conditions. Gebo, a professor of medicine, previously headed public health studies in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is an expert in HIV health services research and clinical outcomes.

Trevor P. Myers, of Bethesda, Maryland, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He practices at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.


Marla C. Doehring, of Zionsville, Indiana, has received the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Part-Time Faculty Teaching Award from the school’s Department of Emergency Medicine.


Allison Koenig, of Atlanta, led a Flying Doctors of America medical mission to Colombia in March to provide medical and dental care to Venezuelan refugees on the border.

Pradeep Y. Ramulu, of Baltimore, has been promoted to a full professorship in ophthalmology in the Wilmer Eye Institute.

David L. Brody, of Bethesda, Maryland, has been named a professor of neurology at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and director of its Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine in the USU/NIH Military Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research Group, founded in 2008 to conduct research to improve the medical outcomes of military members with TBI. Brody also was the 2018 recipient of the American Neurological Association’s Raymond D. Adams Lectureship.


Michael Cabana, of Mill Valley, California, has been appointed to a four-year term on the US Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that works to improve the health of all Americans.


Samantha D. Maragh, of Columbia, Maryland, has received a 2019 Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the Maryland Science Center/Maryland Academy of Sciences. She leads the Genome Editing Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Faculty, Fellows and House Staff

Enrique Hernandez (HS; fellow, obstetrics and gynecological oncology, 1977–1983), of Philadelphia, professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Temple University, has received the Philadelphia County Medical Society’s Cristol Award for his contributions to the society. He also has been re-elected to a three-year term on the board of regents of the American College of Surgeons.

Norman J. Barker (faculty, pathology and art as applied to medicine, 1981–present), of Baltimore, was honored in the 2018 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition for his photo of a human teardrop, magnified five times.

Lawrence J. Appel (HS; fellow, internal medicine, 1981–89), of Baltimore, professor and director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, has been named a Distinguished Scientist by the American Heart Association.

King-Wai Yau (faculty, neuroscience, 1986–present), of Baltimore, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine for his pioneering research on the function of the retina, which has led to the molecular and cellular understanding of circadian rhythms and several forms of hereditary blindness.

Charles M. Wiener (fellow, pulmonary and critical care medicine, 1987–91; faculty, medicine, 1991–present), has been appointed to a two-year term as president of Johns Hopkins Medicine International and senior vice president, international, of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Stephen A. Barnes (fellow, surgery, 1991–92; HS, surgery, 1992–96; faculty 1991–97), of Houston, who obtained a law degree from Harvard in 2007, has opened a combined medical and legal practice specializing in health care law. He was recognized this year as a superior legal advocate by Texas Rising Stars, a statewide group overseeing guidelines for quality service provided by attorneys and physicians.

Vladimir Kefalov (fellow, neuroscience, 1995–2005), of St. Louis, has received the 2019 Bressler Prize from the Lighthouse Guild, a leading nonprofit vision and health care organization, in recognition of his outstanding vision science research. A professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at Washington University’s medical school, Kefalov is one of the world’s leaders in retinal science.

Jeanne M. Clark (fellow, medicine, 1997–2000; faculty, medicine, 2007–present), of Baltimore, professor and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, has received the American College of Physicians’ inaugural Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancing the Careers of Women in Medicine.

Jennifer H. Elisseeff (faculty, biomedical engineering, 2001–present), professor and director of the Translational Tissue Engineering Center, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine in recognition of her significant achievements in regenerative medicine therapies and contributions to regenerative immunology.

Trinity Bivalacqua (HS; fellow, surgery, urology, 2005–09; faculty, urology, 2010–present), of Baltimore, professor and director of urologic oncology and deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute, has received the American Urological Association’s Gold Cystoscope Award for innovative translational research and significant contributions to the fields of sexual dysfunction and urologic oncology.

Daniel Borsuk (fellow, plastic surgery, 2011–12), of Montreal, led a team of nine surgeons during a 30-hour operation to perform Canada’s first full facial transplant last September.