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New Miller-Coulson Academy Members to Be Inducted April 17

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New Miller-Coulson Academy Members to Be Inducted April 17

New Miller-Coulson Academy Members to Be Inducted April 17

Sophie Lanzkron, director of the Sickle Cell Center for Adults, is a new member of the Miller-Coulson Academy.

Date: 03/29/2017

Sophie Lanzkron always wanted to improve care for underserved populations. Seeing a chance to do that at Johns Hopkins, Lanzkron joined the faculty after doing her hematology fellowship here. She is the director of the Sickle Cell Center for Adults. Its infusion center, which opened in 2008, has measurably improved treatment and patient outcomes. Before, explains Lanzkron, a patient in crisis would go to the Emergency Department, expecting to wait a number of hours before being admitted. Few had the option of returning home after treatment there. Now, patients experiencing an acute episode can be treated aggressively at the infusion center, located in the Carnegie Building, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends.

About 85 percent of patients are able to go home after treatment there.

Her patients struggle with significant pain and other symptoms that limit their quality of life. “Yet most are quite successful; it’s an inspiration to me to see that,” she says.

Finding inspiration in treating patients and having a passion for improving their care tie Lanzkron with 10 other clinicians being inducted into the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence on Monday, April 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Excellence in Patient Care Symposium. The event will be held at The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Chevy Chase Bank Auditorium in the Sheikh Zayed Tower.

The program, which recognizes clinical excellence, began in 2006, when Sarah Miller Coulson and Frank Coulson donated $1 million to the Center for Innovative Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The first step was creating a measurable definition of clinical excellence. The  process was led by Johns Hopkins Bayview’s Scott Wright, chief of general internal medicine; Steven Kravet, president of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians; Colleen Christmas, director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview; and Chris Durso, director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. The four took nearly three years to develop a standard, taking into account professionalism, communication skills, diagnostic prowess, depth of knowledge, ability to negotiate the health care system, a passion for patient care and service as a role model to medical trainees.

The first Miller-Coulson class was inducted in 2009.

Members of this year’s class are:

Inductees will share inspirational stories about clinical excellence, which is at the core of the Johns Hopkins mission.

All are invited to attend.

The ceremony is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Innovative Medicine.