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By Decade Spring/Summer 2016


Jack Paradise, of Belmont, Massachusetts, retired from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine pediatric faculty a decade ago, but he continues to participate in research planning and reporting from his home.


J. Alex Haller Jr., of Sparks, Maryland, professor emeritus of pediatrics, surgery and emergency medicine, the founding father of pediatric surgery and creator of the nation’s first children’s trauma unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, has published a combination memoir and history of the field. Entitled Birth and Evolution of Children’s Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital (1889–1991), the lively book recounts Haller’s long and successful effort to persuade surgeons in other specialties that pediatric patients were not simply “little adults” but required special care.


Gilbert Wise, of New York City, remains senior urologist at what he calls “Brady North,” the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. In 2015, he was co-author of a New England Journal of Medicine article “Sterile Pyuria,” which reviewed the causes and described the clinical approach to evaluating this highly prevalent condition, a persistent finding of white cells in the urine in the absence of bacteria.


Frederick Merkel, of Kenilworth, Illinois, is an associate professor emeritus and past director of the transplant section at Rush University Medical Center. He also lectures at the University of Illinois at Chicago and abroad. In 2014, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati, where he received his bachelor’s degree.


Marilee C.S. Cole, of McLean, Virginia, is director of the Georgetown University Global Health Elective, an international clinical service-learning program based in the 250-bed Banso Baptist Hospital in the remote West African town of Kumbo, Cameroon. Her analysis of the program’s implementation and its impact on those from Georgetown and in Cameroon who participated in it appeared in the Herald Scholarly Open Access Journal of General Practice and Medical Diagnosis last June.

Mary Guinan, of Henderson, Nevada, founding dean of the School of Community Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has published Adventures of a Female Medical Detective: In Pursuit of Smallpox and AIDS.


I. Steven Udvarhelyi, of Malvern, Pennsylvania, has been named president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, headquartered in Metairie. Udvarhelyi, who has nearly 25 years of experience in the managed care industry, had been an executive with Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia. Prior to his career in health insurance, Udvarhelyi was on the medical school faculty at Harvard, where he earned a master’s degree in health services administration from its school of public health.


Howard Baum, of Nashville, associate professor and program leader of the Diabetes and Obesity Clinical Trials Center in the Endocrinology Division at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been elected vice president (physician-in-practice) of the Endocrine Society.


Jennifer Fairman (Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration), of Baltimore, an assistant professor in Johns Hopkins’ Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, has won the Popular Science magazine/National Science Foundation’s 2016 People’s Choice Visualization Challenge Award for her illustration of the work of Jie Xiao, an associate professor of biophysics and biophysical chemistry, and her laboratory colleagues on the arrangement of proteins, including one called FtsZ, at the site where E. coli bacterium divides. The illustration that won the award, known as a Vizzie, is entitled “The FtsZ ring: a multilayered protein network” (see inside back cover).

Dominique Foulkes, of Baltimore, has been named chair and medical director of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Foulkes previously served in the pediatric emergency department and neonatal intensive care unit at Baltimore’s Saint Agnes Hospital.


Traci Thompson ferguson, of Tampa, Florida, has been appointed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) to serve on its new, multistakeholder Disparities Standing Committee. The 22-member committee will serve as a resource for all NQF activities, including the evaluation, selection, recommended use and improvement of health care quality measurements. Ferguson is chief medical director of medical management for WellCare Health Plans Inc., a leading provider of managed care services for government-sponsored health care programs.

Carmen Peralta, of San Francisco, an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has become the co-founder and executive director of the Kidney Health Research Collaborative at UCSF and the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center. The mission of the collaborative is to advance research in early detection and prevention of kidney disease and train future scientists in the field.


Theodore Pierson (Ph.D.), of Silver Spring, Maryland, is currently chief of the viral pathogenesis section of the Laboratory of Viral Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In 2014, he was named a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.


Fabian de Kok-Mercado (Master of Arts in Medical and Biological Illustration), of Ellicott City, Maryland, an art director at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, has received the Popular Science magazine/National Science Foundation’s 2016 Experts’ Choice and People’s Choice awards in the video category for a short film entitled “Coral Bleaching: A Breakdown of Symbiosis.” Along with four colleagues, DeKok-Mercado created an animation that details how rising ocean temperatures can prompt coral reefs to eject the algae on which they depend for nourishment. The algae ejection causes a process known as coral bleaching, which leads the coral to slowly die.

Faculty, fellows and house staff

Guy McKhann (faculty, neurology, 1969–present), of Baltimore, the first director of the Department of Neurology and founding director of the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Dean’s Distinguished Mentor Award.

Peter Dorsen (fellow, medicine, 1972–74), of St. Paul, Minnesota, is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, columnist, high school coach (Eden Prairie Nordic High ski team) and competitive marathon cross-country skier. He is currently working on a book, that mirrors his athletic philosophy and is tentatively titled Men Over 60: Don’t Quit Now.

Nathan Moskowitz (HS, fellow, neurological surgery, 1985–90; active part-time faculty, neurosurgery, 1990–present), has published Kuzmino Chronicles: Memoirs of Teenage Holocaust Survival, a powerful account of his parents’ concentration camp ordeals as teenagers. They both were born in Kuzmino, a small town in what then was Czechoslovakia, and in 1944 were transported by cattle car to Auschwitz. The harrowing story of Leib and Gittle Moskowitz is recounted through their first-person recollections and supplemented with detailed historical background information and documents their son obtained from archives and other sources to put their account in context.

Harry “Hal” Dietz III (HS; fellow pediatrics 1987–89), of Baltimore, received the American Heart Association’s 2015 Research Achievement Award for his lifesaving discoveries related to the cause and treatment of aortic aneurysm, a disorder that contributes to death in up to 2 percent of the population in industrialized nations. Dietz is the Victor A. McKusick Professor of Medicine and Genetics, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and director of the William S. Smilow Center for Marfan Syndrome Research at Johns Hopkins.

Barbara Migeon (HS, pediatrics, 1956–59; fellow, genetics, 1960–62), of Baltimore, professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, has been named the 2016 recipient of the annual March of Dimes/Colonel Harland D. Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award in Genetics by the American College of Medical Genetics.

Lisa Cooper (fellow, internal medicine, 1994) has been named vice present for health care equity for Johns Hopkins Medicine. A professor of medicine, epidemiologist and minority health expert, Cooper will further develop a systemwide plan to address health care disparities in high-risk populations. She will advance strategies to collect race, ethnicity and primary language data, and create a dashboard—a computerized, clearly organized compilation of data that is easy to access and read—to report clinical performance in readmissions, chronic disease management and patient satisfaction scores by subpopulation.

Eduardo Rodriquez (HS, general; plastic surgery, 1999–2003; faculty, plastic, reconstructive and maxillofacial surgery, 2003–08), of New York City, chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, led the 100-member team that last August performed the world’s most extensive face transplant to date. The 26-hour operation gave an entirely new face to a 41-year-old former volunteer fireman who sustained third-degree burns and had lost his eyelids, ears, lips and most of his nose in a 2001 fire.

Saurabh “Rob” Aggarwal (fellow, pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, 2007), is co-founder of Novel Health Strategies, an award-winning health care consulting firm in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He has led more than 100 health care strategy projects throughout the U.S. and overseas. In 2014, he was awarded platinum and bronze medals from the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy for research abstracts.