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Annual Meeting and Reunion Weekend 2017

Clair A. Francomeno, M.D.

During the 2017 Annual Meeting and Reunion weekend, June 8 to 11, The Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine welcomed more than 400 people to the East Baltimore campus to “return” to Hopkins, “relive” the memories and “relearn” the experience. This year’s celebration of all alumni especially recognized those whose graduation years ended 1, 2, 6 and 7.

  1. Clair A. Francomeno, M.D. ’80, immediate past president of the Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association, was excited to welcome alumni and friends back to campus. (She is succeeded by John T. Thompson, M.D. ’80.)

    Award and Portrait Presentation Awards recognized the outstanding achievements of our distinguished alumni and faculty, and portraits honored influential members of the Johns Hopkins Medicine family.
  2. Elizabeth A. Small, M.D. ’77, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. She completed her residency in the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology, where she serves in an advisory role and consistently supports the Residents Fund. During her 32 years of practice, she has been in solo, partnership and group specialty settings in Illinois and Louisiana. She has endowed a scholarship from which 19 awards have been made to date.
  3. Paul Sekyere-Nyantakyi, M.D. ’97, received the Global Achievement Award. He established Quest Healthcare, a private health care company in Ghana that provides medical diagnostic/preventive medicine services to private and public clinics and hospitals. Quest Healthcare partnered with Lancet Laboratories, South Africa, to form MDS-Lancet Laboratories Ghana Limited, the leading private medical laboratory service in Ghana.
  4. Among the 10 portraits unveiled was that of Ruth R. Faden, Ph.D., M.P.H., founder of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, who transformed an interest group of faculty members dispersed across The Johns Hopkins University into one of the most preeminent bioethics programs in the world.
  5. On Friday, medical students and Ph.D. candidates presented their research at the Student Poster Walk. To Judith Gieske, M.D. ’65’s delight, Joshua Yang, a first-year medical student, presented “A Non-Invasive Urinary Common Rejection Module (uCRM) Gene Expression Score Enables Accurate Discrimination of Acute Rejection in Kidney Transplant Patients.”
  6. Alumni traveled “Back to School in 60 Minutes,” a new session this year that gave them a glimpse of what it’s like to be a medical student today.
  7. Celebrating their 25th reunion, members of the Class of 1991 gathered at Wenz Café—dedicated in memory of Drs. James and Lidia Wenz, who died in a tragic car accident in 2004. James, 40, was a 1991 school of medicine graduate and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Lidia, 44, completed her psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins before joining the child psychiatry faculty. They are survived by two children.
  8. The Classes of 1966 and 1967 return to celebrate their remarkable 50-year milestone, beginning their weekend festivities with this honorary dinner, hosted by Dean Paul B. Rothman, M.D. From the Class of 1967: Blanche Alter, M.D., M.P.H.; Jacqueline Lord, M.D.; Emily Czapek, M.D.; and Donna Mildvan, M.D.
  9. Class of 1991’s Jane Oski, M.D., M.P.H., and Class of 1992’s Stephen Villano, M.D., hosted the 25th Alumni Presentations, welcoming alumni and friends to relive as members of their classes presented inspiring research.
  10. Celebrating their 40th reunion, the Class of 1976’s Ingram Roberts, M.D., and Robert Lindenberg, M.D., relive their graduation day with the help of their class photo at the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives Pop-Up Museum.
  11. New this year, the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives Pop-Up Museum proved to be a great opportunity to explore Johns Hopkins history! The museum featured select graduation videos, medical devices, Turtle Derby memorabilia and yearbooks.
Elizabeth A. Small, M.D. with Ron Peterson
Paul Sekyere-Nyantakyi, M.D. with Ron Peterson
 Ruth R. Faden, Ph.D. with Ron Peterson and her new portrait
Judith Gieske, M.D. and Joshua Yang
members of the Class of 1991
Dean Paul B. Rothman, M.D. From the Class of 1967: Blanche Alter, M.D., M.P.H.; Jacqueline Lord, M.D.; Emily Czapek, M.D.; and Donna Mildvan, M.D.
Jane Oski, M.D., M.P.H., and Stephen Villano, M.D.
Ingram Roberts, M.D. and Robert Lindenberg, M.D.
Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives Pop-Up Museum sign

Next year marks a transition to an annual reunion and celebration of the school of medicine’s 125th anniversary! Save the date: June 1–2, 2018—with special honor to alumni whose graduation years end in 3 or 8!