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By Decade Fall 2016


Lee Randol “Randy” Barker, of Baltimore, founder of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and its general internal medicine residency program, has retired after serving as a leader and exemplary educator there for almost 40 years. Along with longtime colleagues John Burton and Philip Zieve, he co-edited the best-selling textbook for outpatient care, Principles of Ambulatory Medicine. He was also a pioneering instructor in the Teaching Skills Faculty Program, which for nearly 30 years has trained hundreds of Johns Hopkins Medicine faculty members to be effective teachers.


Peter Agre, of Baltimore, professor of biological chemistry, co-winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and director of the Malaria Research Institute in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, has received the 2016 Kober Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Association of American Physicians.


James Herman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been named dean of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa School of Community Medicine. The school is expanding from a clinical two-year campus for third- and fourth-year students to a four-year campus that is a joint project between the University of Tulsa and the University of Oklahoma. 


Robert Siliciano, of Baltimore, professor of medicine, molecular biology and genetics, and pharmacology and molecular sciences, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher known worldwide for his studies of HIV, has been elected to the Association of American Physicians.


Jane Buckner, of Seattle, president of the Benaroya Research Institute, a nonprofit that studies autoimmune diseases, has received the 2016 Life Science Innovation Northwest Women in Life Science Award from Life Science Washington, a trade association that promotes the life sciences industry in the state. 


Kenneth Kinzler, of Baltimore, co-director of the Ludwig Research Center at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Members of the academy advise the U.S. government on medical and health issues.


Peter Pronovost, of Reisterstown, Maryland, director of Johns Hopkins’ Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, has been elected to the Association of American Physicians. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on patient safety, having developed a scientifically proven method for reducing the deadly infections associated with central line catheters, as well as other innovative procedures.


Shari Lawson, of Baltimore, assistant professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics and director of the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, has been appointed assistant dean for medical student affairs and director of medical student diversity. As an assistant dean, she will serve as an adviser, advocate and role model for medical students, supporting their efforts to apply for residencies and other programs or fellowships. As director of medical student diversity, she will work closely with other school of medicine leaders to enhance the recruitment and success of a diverse student body.


Namath Hussain, of Loma Linda, California, has joined the faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery in Loma Linda University School of Medicine. His research on spine surgery outcomes and new technologies to promote bony fusion has won several awards. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University with a concentration in health care finance and supply chain management. At LLU, he will focus on new minimally invasive neurosurgical techniques that lead to less blood loss, shorter operative times, fewer hospital recovery days, and decreased cost and resource utilization. 


Allison Larson, of Boston, has been promoted to assistant dean of academic affairs at Boston University School of Medicine, where she is an assistant professor of dermatology.


Vinay Parekh, director of The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Psychiatry Emergency Service, joined forces with Anne Ruble (HS, fellow, psychiatry, 2011–2013), now an assistant professor of psychiatry, to create a mobile device application called mADAP. The free app is based on the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program (ADAP) led by Karen Swartz ’91, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. The app was launched late in 2015. It contains videos and other information on identifying, diagnosing and treating adolescent depression. 

Faculty, fellows and house staff

Solomon Snyder (HS, psychiatry, 1965–68), of Baltimore, distinguished service professor of neuroscience, pharmacology and molecular sciences, and psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and founder of Johns Hopkins’ Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience, has received the Salk Institute’s Medal for Research Excellence, an award bestowed just twice before in the institute’s 55-year history. Recognized as a giant of modern neuroscience, Snyder defined the basic pharmacology of most of the brain’s neurotransmitters, their receptors and their transports. His discoveries have been translated into important therapies.

Michael Moore (HS, medicine, 1970–72; fellow, renal medicine, 1972–74), of Danville, Virginia, has received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control, a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating vascular diseases. Moore has been serving the Danville and Pittsylvania County area for 35 years. The CEO of Danville Regional Medical Center, where Moore specializes in hypertension management and preventive cardiovascular care, praised him as “an unsung hero” in Danville’s medical community. Moore is also director of the medical center’s internal medicine residency program and has served on the Wake Forest University School of Medicine faculty since 1976.

George Zinner (HS, surgery, 1971–80; faculty, 1985–88), of Miami, is founding CEO and executive medical director of the Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida. An expert in pancreatic-hepatobiliary diseases, he joined the institute from Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in Boston, where he was clinical director. He was also surgeon-in-chief for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Moseley Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and founder of Harvard’s Center for Surgery and Public Health.

Janet Serwint (fellow, pediatrics, 1986–88), of Baltimore, professor and director of Johns Hopkins’ pediatric residency program, has received the Association of Pediatric Program Directors’ 2016 Walter W. Tunnessen, Jr. MD Award for the Advancement of Pediatric Resident Education. The award is named for a renowned Johns Hopkins pediatric diagnostician and rheumatologist.

Elizabeth Jaffee (fellow, oncology, 1989–92), of Baltimore, professor of pathology and oncology, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, and an international leader in the development of immune-based therapies for pancreatic and breast cancers, has been elected to the Association of American Physicians.

Charles Cummings (faculty, otolaryngology–head and neck surgery; oncology, 1991–present), of Reisterstown, Maryland, has been named a recipient of the 2016 Walter Reed Distinguished Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by the alumni association of his medical school alma mater, the University of Virginia, and the University of Virginia Medical School Foundation. Now a distinguished service professor, Cummings served as director of Johns Hopkins’ Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery from 1991 to 2003, chief of staff for The Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1997 to 1999, interim director of orthopaedics from 2011 to 2013 and executive medical director/vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine International. He remains on the board of directors of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Pablo Celnik (HS, chief resident, physical medicine and rehabilitation, 2003), of Baltimore, has been appointed director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation after having served as interim director for 18 months. He will also be physiatrist-in-chief for The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Lawrence Cardinal Shehan Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Celnik joined the school of medicine faculty upon completion of his residency and became a full professor in 2015. His research has focused on the mechanisms underlying motor learning and motor recovery after brain injury, and on developing interventions and new strategies to enhance motor recovery after stroke.