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By Decade Fall 2018


Haig H. Kazazian Jr., of Baltimore, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. He joined the school of medicine faculty in 1969, quickly rose to full professor, and has held appointments in the departments of Pediatrics, Gynecology and Obstetrics, and Molecular Biology and Genetics. He also is an emeritus professor of genetics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.


Elliott Kieff, of Boston, recently became an emeritus professor at Harvard Medical School, having been chair of the virology program from 1991 to 2004 and having held appointments in microbiology and immunobiology. During his outstanding career as a virologist, he has been recognized as a premier researcher in the study of Epstein-Barr virus.


David S. Zee, of Baltimore, has received the Barany Gold Medal from the medical faculty of Uppsala University in Sweden. This is given every five years to “the author who during the last five-year period has published the most valuable work on the vestibular apparatus in the widest sense of this term.” In May, Zee received the school of medicine’s Martin D. Abeloff Award for Lifetime Achievement in Medical and Biomedical Education.


Dennis A. Rasbach, of St. Joseph, Michigan, has published his latest book on Civil War history, I Am Perhaps Dying: The Medical Backstory of Spinal Tuberculosis Hidden in the Civil War Diary of LeRoy Wiley Gresham, which is based on seven journals kept by Gresham (1848–65), of Macon, Georgia, as he experienced his own physical decline and witnessed the destruction of the Confederacy from his sickbed.


Cynthia F. Bearer, of Baltimore, currently is chief of the Division of Neonatology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, as well as the associate chair for research and editor-in-chief of the journal Pediatric Research. She and her son, an environmental science student at Middlebury College, just published their first paper together last spring and are already working on another co-authored paper.

Carey A. Bligard, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, writes fiction under the nom de plume of C. Allyn Pierson, creating works based on Jane Austen’s characters or taking place during Great Britain’s Regency period.

Carla M. Ford, of Sherborn, Massachusetts, an internist for three decades, now works at the Risk Management Foundation as a house reviewer for medical malpractice cases in Boston hospitals.

John P. Langlois, of Arden, North Carolina, has lived in the Asheville, North Carolina, area for 27 years and now works as a hospice physician making home visits, while his wife, Marie, works as a hospice bereavement counselor.

Cornelius J. Jansen, of Livermore, California, is an otolaryngologist who works at Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center in California. He reports that his three daughters graduated from educational institutions this year, including one from the University of California, Los Angeles’ medical school.

John M. Leonard, of Chicago, has been named CEO of Intellia Therapeutics, a biotech company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that he helped create in 2014 after completing a 22-year career at Abbott Laboratories, from which he retired in 2013.

Benson T. Massey, of Shorewood, Wisconsin, now runs the gastrointestinal motility laboratory at the Medical College of Wisconsin while his wife, Ann K. Rosenthal, also of the Class of 1983, is chief of rheumatology and vice chair for faculty development at the college. Their three children are in various stages of their medical education/training.

Vasiliki D. Stoumbos, of Portland, Oregon, practices comprehensive ophthalmology for the Oregon Eye Specialists group in her hometown, treating patients of all ages. She has extensive experience in laser and surgical procedures for cataracts, glaucoma and eyelid conditions.


Lisa A. Carey, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a distinguished professor in breast cancer research at the University of North Carolina’s medical school, chief of its division of hematology and oncology, and physician-in-chief of UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named to the advisory board of the Susan G. Komen foundation.


Matthew T. Crim, of Athens, Georgia, was honored at the University of Georgia’s 2017 Tucker Dorsey Blue Key Alumni Awards banquet for civic service. He is a cardiologist at the Piedmont Heart Institute in Athens and an assistant professor of medicine with Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership, where he helps develop health policy.

Faculty, Fellows and House Staff

Jerold Yecies (HS, pediatrics, 1966–67; 1970–71), of Stockton, California, a much-admired allergy and immunology specialist, has received the San Joaquin Medical Society’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Diane Griffin (fellow, infectious diseases, 1970–73; faculty, neurology, molecular microbiology and immunology, 1973–present), of Baltimore, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States. It was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin to promote “useful knowledge” and acts as a forum for exchanging interdisciplinary ideas while supporting research and discovery.

Justin C. McArthur (HS, medicine, 1980–83; neurology, 1983–85; faculty, neurology, 1983–present), director of the Department of Neurology, and director of the Sheikh Khalifa Stroke Institute, has been named president-elect of the American Neurological Association. He also is founding director of the Johns Hopkins NIMH Center for Novel Therapeutics for HIV-Associated Cognitive Disorders, which is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Jeffrey Rothstein (HS, neurology, 1986–89; faculty, neurology, neuroscience, 1989–present) has received the 2018 Hartmann Müller Foundation Prize for his excellence in clinical research on neurodegenerative diseases. Rothstein is director of Johns Hopkins’ Robert Packard Center for ALS Research.

Sydney Yoon (HS, fellow, internal medicine, resident, 1986–89), of Manhasset, New York, currently is director of interventional radiology at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, New York, which now is part of the Mount Sinai Health System. He also has been elected a fellow in the American College of Physicians and to the alumni council of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and the Division of the Biological Sciences for a three-year term.

Linda Smith-Resar (HS; fellow, pediatrics, 1989–92; faculty, medicine, oncology, pathology, 1992–present) has received a $100,000 grant from the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research to support her laboratory’s second year of research into relapsed childhood leukemia. Smith-Resar studies molecular mechanisms leading to cancer, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, coagulopathies and other blood diseases.

Naresh Punjabi (HS, internal medicine, 1991–94; fellow, pulmonary and critical care medicine 1996–99; faculty, medicine, and epidemiology) has won the 2018 William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The award recognizes Punjabi’s exceptional initiative and progress in academic research in the field of sleep medicine and in sleep education.

Janet Record (HS, faculty, medicine, 2006–present) has been named assistant dean for undergraduate medical education. Currently an assistant professor of medicine and director of medical student education at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Record also is associate director of curriculum and co-director of faculty development for the Johns Hopkins Aliki Initiative, a novel curriculum focused on patient-centered care.

Rachel Salas (fellow, sleep medicine, 2006–07; faculty, neurology, 2008–present), an associate professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins, has received the American Academy of Neurology’s 2018 Clerkship Directors Teaching Award. The accolade recognizes the superior educational efforts of Salas, who specializes in chronic sleep disorders.

Morgan Grams (fellow, nephrology, 2011), an associate professor of medicine, has received the American Society of Nephrology and the Council on the Kidney of the American Heart Association’s 2018 Young Investigator Award. Grams’ research focuses on preventing and/or ameliorating the complications associated with chronic kidney diseases. The award is limited to individuals 45 or younger who have an outstanding record of achievement in patient-oriented kidney research.

Michael Schubert (HS; fellow, otolaryngology, 2002–04); faculty, otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation (2004–present), has been named an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Catherine Worthingham Fellow, in recognition of his exemplary contributions to APTA and to the field of vestibular rehabilitation.

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