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2021 Alumni Award Winners

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Presented by the Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association

Distinguished Medical Alumni Awards

Eli Adashi

Eli Y. Adashi, M.D., M.S., M.A. (ad eundem), C.P.E., FACOG, FRCOG (ad eundem), Med PGF ’78

The former (5th) Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences at Brown University, Dr. Adashi is an academic physician-executive. An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Adashi, mentor to over 50 postdoctoral trainees and fellows, is the author or co-author of over 450 peer-reviewed publications and 120 book chapters/reviews in the general areas of reproduction, science, law, ethics, and human rights. The editor or co-editor of 16 books, Dr. Adashi 's work has also seen press with the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Huffington Post and several other media venues. Dr. Adashi has been the recipient of continuous National Institutes of Health funding from 1985 to 2005 inclusive of a Research Career Development Award. NIH service included membership with the National Council of the National Institute of Child health and Human Development, the Reproductive Endocrinology Study Section, and the Selection Committee of the Reproductive Scientist Development Program. Mention is also made of service on degree-granting committees and of multiple ad hoc grant reviewing assignments for the National Science Foundation, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Veterans Administration, and The Welcome Trust. As a tenured Professor of Medical Science at Brown University, Dr. Adashi is a member of the Brown Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights while maintaining educational responsibilities inclusive of the directorship of the Healthcare in America course and the directorship of the Healthcare Policy Concentration (a medical school elective in Healthcare Policy).

C. Richard Conti

C. Richard Conti, M.D., MACC, HC, FCP, Med ’60, HS ’68

Dr. Conti graduated from Central Catholic High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1952. He went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Lehigh University in 1956 and from Johns Hopkins as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society in 1960.

Dr. Conti was recruited to the University of Florida in 1974 as Chief of Cardiology. He stepped down as Chief in 1998, and has remained an active member of the Division since.

During his distinguished career at the University of Florida, Dr. Conti also served his profession as a member of all education committees of the American College of Cardiology, the Cardiovascular Diseases Subspecialty Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s Cardiology Advisory Committee. He chaired the ACC’s Extramural Program Committee and Self Study Educational Committee and was Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Cardiology, the ACC’s audio journal ACCEL, and Associate Editor of CardioSource. He is also a Past President of the ACC, having served from 1989 through 1990. 
Dr. Conti’s memberships on editorial boards include the American Journal of Cardiology, the American Heart Journal, Circulation, the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the European Heart Journal, and others.

Other memberships include the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Clinical and Climatological Association, the Association of University Cardiologists, the Association of Professors of Cardiology, and the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.

Dr. Conti has been honored as a Gifted Teacher by the American College of Cardiology, Docteur Honoris Causa, at the University of Marseilles, and with a Presidential Citation by the Florida Chapter ACC. He was named International Educator of the Year by the UF Senior Faculty, Honorary Fellow at the College of Medicine of South Africa, and given the Cardiology Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award by the Italian Society of Cardiology,

Dr. Conti is the author or co-author of more than 700 articles, chapters, and abstracts. He is the editor of six books and the author of two.

Dr. Conti’s clinical interests include ischemic heart disease, chronic and acute ischemia, coronary artery spasm, and silent myocardial ischemia.

Keith Lillemoe

Keith D. Lillemoe, M.D., Med ’78, HS ’85

Dr. Keith D. Lillemoe received his MD, completed his surgical residency at Johns Hopkins, and then joined the faculty at Hopkins and rose to the rank of Professor of Surgery. He served as Associate Program Director for the Hopkins Surgical Residency, Vice-Chairman and recieved the Department of Surgery Faculty Teaching Award on five occasions. In 2003, he was appointed the Jay L. Grosfeld Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Indiana University. In 2011, Dr. Lillemoe was appointed to his current position of Chief of the Department of Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the W. Gerald Austen Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Lillemoe has served as President of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Society of Clinical Surgery, the Society of University Surgeons, the Halsted Society, and the American Surgical Association. Dr. Lillemoe was recognized as an Honorary Member of the Association of Women Surgeons, received the Joseph B. Martin Dean’s Leadership Award for the Advancement of Women Faculty from Harvard Medical School, and has been elected to the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. In 2020, he was the recipient of the Society of University Surgeons Life Time Achievement Award and named the Distinguished Alumnus from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine.

His bibliography lists over 530 journal articles and 140 book chapters. He has served as a visiting professor over 125 times and has spoken nationally and internationally on over 500 occasions. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Surgery.

Donna Magid

Donna Magid, M.D., M.Ed, FAUR, Med ’79, HS ’83, PGF ’84

When Donna Magid arrived at Johns Hopkins to start medical school she had no idea it would be a life-long commitment. The patient teaching and righteous mentorship of Henry Seidel, Levi Watkins, and Stanley Siegelman, amongst others, and the culture of both caring and of excellence, grew deep roots. When she inherited the Medical Student Radiology Elective Directorship, which she would keep for 23 years, she also inherited Dr. McKusick’s monthly historical Dome tour and climb, becoming an unofficial hospital historian. Leading endless tours to the top of the Dome let others expand their understanding of and bonds to Hopkins history and culture; and in 2018 she fulfilled Dr. McKusick’s dream of bringing the original Hospital doors down from the attic for a historical display. As an enthusiastic educator and mentor she touches the lives and careers of hundreds of medical students, from Hatch (Gross Anatomy) to Match and beyond. Recognition has included the students’ George J. Stuart Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching (2ce), the Professors’ Award for Excellent Teaching in Clinical Sciences, induction into the inaugural group of Distinguished Teaching Society of JHUSOM, and nationally, WebMD’s Medical Hero and Medscape’s first Medical Mentor of the Year awards. She deeply believes the time, energy and vigorous effort invested in the students and residents are both our future and our enduring legacy. Her only regret is not patenting her well-worn admonishment ‘Don’t touch your face!” (in her endeavors to shape Gen Y body language prior to Interview season) before COVID arrived.

Frederick Merkel

Frederick K. Merkel, M.D., FACS, Med ’61

I was born on May 27, 1936 in Athens Greece of an American mother and archeologist and my father a German Professor. We left Athens for America at the midnight with the Gestapo watching our house and on the last boat to make it out of the Mediterranean. During WW-II, we lived in East O range N.J. in Winter and Eastford Connecticut in Summer, where I began piano lessons, while  Father was working with spies in the OSS. In 1945 We moved to Cincinnati. I became proficient on the cello and attended grade school, high school and then the University of Cincinnati. At Johns Hopkins (1957-61) besides everything in our great curriculum,  I learned how to listen and speak with patients and colleagues and my life was most impacted by working with Vivian Thomas and Dr. Blalock on transplanting a liver lobe in dogs. At UCLA (1965-9), under Blalock trained W.P. Longmire, I continued my experiments and honed my skills as a surgeon. I was to become an innovative surgeon and teacher. At  Minnesota (1965-9) I was the first Surgical Fellow in their beginning transplant program. There, two mentors and I performed the first pancreas transplants done in man, in diabetic renal disease patients, presenting this at the Transplantation Societies first meeting Paris (1967 I also devised a widely used antibody to cultured lymphocytes for preventing and treating rejection. On to Denver (1969-70), with Thomas Starzl, (mentor and friend for life), I performed their first pancreas transplant and studies of antibody mediated rejection. During these years, I was the first to lecture on pancreas transplantation all over Europe. In Munich and Hannover I performed pancreas transplants in dogs in order to start their labs.  at Northwestern (1970-72) I performed their first pancreas transplant, reported the enbloc method for removed of the abdominal organs  and also a method of repairing damaged vessels in kidney transplants. and initiated Illinois kidney preservation with the Belzer machine. I was Associate Director of the ACS International Transplant Registry (1970-1972). I organized and co-chaired a committee that resulted in Medicare paying for renal transplants and chaired the committee founding the American Society of Transplant Surgeons ( President 1978-9). ASTS served as a model for societies worldwide. At the East German Government’s request (1976), I trained a young surgeon in transplant at Rush and assisted their program until 1989. I helped Greece develop organ procurement and have been fortunate to have been Lecture/Visiting Professor at most of Europe and the Middle East. I have a special relationship with the University of Vienna. Now, I teach students at Loyola’s Chicago campus who have been turned down for medical school and been out working at a job. This offers them another chance at Medical School (96% acceptance over 44 years).

Joseph Moore

Joseph O. Moore, M.D., Med ’70, HS ’75

As an undergraduate at Emory University it was exciting to receive my acceptance letter to the Johns Hopkins Medical School class of 1970. After arriving in Baltimore classes began immediately; studies were intense in the lecture halls, laboratory and especially in anatomy. Pathology began to bring together the basic sciences of real human disease. My teachers were outstanding; I was taught physical diagnosis and hands on patient exposure in the Osler tradition of “at the bedside” evaluation and care. Two of my primary instructors and mentors throughout medical school and during three years on the Osler medical house staff were Dr. Victor A. McKusick and Dr. Philip Tumulty. Many other outstanding physician teachers, too numerous to name, were invaluable. The Osler house staff years were intense and required focus and stamina. In essence these years were extremely important in molding my personal and practical care of patients.

During my Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology and following on the Medical Faculty at Duke University Medical Center I endeavored to carry the same tradition of excellence that I had received at Hopkins. Every day that I practiced medicine, the Osler tradition of patient care influenced my care of patients, most with Hematologic Malignancies. I have tried to care for each patient as an individual while always remembering my formative years at Hopkins.

As a young Fellow and as a Professor I never thought that I would remain at Duke for more than forty-five years! During this time, I received the following honors: the Leonard Tow Humanism Award, the designation of Master Clinician in Medicine, the R. Wayne Rundles Award for Research, the Wendell S. Rosse, MD Teaching Award, the William Shingleton Award for Caregiving Partnership, the Duke University School of Medicine Distinguished Faculty Award by the Duke Medical Alumni Association among others. I have remained on the Foundation Board and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research since its inception in 1993.

My wife Alice, who I met while in medical school and I have been married for 51 years. We have three daughters and five grandchildren.

Whenever I meet other physicians who have trained at Hopkins, including my classmates, there is always an unspoken but shared acknowledgement of our training as a bonding experience.

SriniVas Sadda

SriniVas R. Sadda, M.D., Med ’94, HS ’98, HS ’99

SriniVas R. Sadda, MD, is the Director of Artificial Intelligence & Imaging Research at the Doheny Eye Institute, and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) Geffen School of Medicine. He received his MD from Johns Hopkins University, where he also completed ophthalmology residency and neuro-ophthalmology and medical retina fellowships (Wilmer Eye Institute). He served as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins before being recruited to Doheny.

Dr. Sadda’s major research interests include retinal image analysis, advanced retinal imaging technologies, and clinical trial endpoint design. He has more than 600 peer-reviewed publications and 20 book chapters, and has given over 450 presentations worldwide. Dr. Sadda also serves as an Editor-in-Chief of Graefe’s and is an editorial board member of Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging, Retina, Ophthalmology Retina, Ophthalmology Science and Ophthalmology. Among Dr. Sadda’s awards and honors are a Research to Prevent Blindness Physician-Scientist Award, a Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists, an Achievement Award and a Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, John H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Award, the Macula Society Young Investigator Award, Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Achievement Award, The Macula Society Paul Henkind Lecture and Award, and American Society of Retina Specialists Young Investigator Award. He is also a Gold Fellow and Trustee (Retina) for the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He has been named to the Best Doctors of America list for several consecutive years.

Joseph Serletti

Joseph M. Serletti, M.D., Faculty

Joseph M. Serletti, MD is the Henry Royster – William Maul Measey Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery and Vice Chair for Finance in the Department of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Serletti received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University in 1978 and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Rochester in 1982.

After completing his general surgery and plastic surgery training at the University of Rochester, he completed a craniofacial fellowship at Johns Hopkins University

in 1990. He served on the faculty of the University of Rochester from 1990 through 2005 as assistant professor, associate professor and professor of Surgery. Dr. Serletti was the Chair of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Rochester from 1998 through 2005. In 2005, he was recruited to the University of Pennsylvania as the Chief of Plastic Surgery. 

Dr. Serletti is a member of Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons (past trustee), the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (past president), the American Surgical Association and the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (past president). Dr. Serletti has been a Director and then Chair of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (Chair of Board 17-18). Dr. Serletti is also a member of the Robert Ivy Pennsylvania Society of Plastic Surgeons (past president) and the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons (past president). He has been a named lecturer and visiting professor at a multitude of prestigious medical institutions, and sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, and the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. He is former associate editor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Serletti’s areas of expertise are breast reconstruction and aesthetic surgery. Dr. Serletti is a pioneer in the field of free flap autogenous breast reconstruction. In addition, Dr. Serletti is internationally recognized for his work in reconstructive microsurgery, which in addition to breast reconstruction, includes head and neck and extremity reconstruction. 

Samuel P. Asper Award for Achievement in Advancing International Medical Education

Robert Lerer

Robert J. Lerer, M.D., F.A.A.P., Med ’70

I was almost born in a train. My very pregnant mother and dad, both originally from Poland, both dentists, both practicing in Paris, were returning home from Warsaw, and mom went into labor. When the train made a routine stop in Prague, they got out, found a hospital, and there I was born. Three days later, we returned to Paris.

Before I turned a year old, my parents sold their dental equipment, left Paris, traveled through a Europe that was devastated after the war, and spent six months in NYC. They could not get a permanent visa to stay. So we moved to Havana.

When I was 14, my family left Cuba, two years after the communist revolution, and we settled in the States, where I finished high school, received my bachelor’s degree at Birmingham-Southern College, graduating valedictorian. and got accepted to the best medical school in the country. I became a US citizen during my junior year at Hopkins. I am proud that I was the first Cuban refugee to graduate, class of 1970. After completing my residency at Yale, and serving in the USAF Reserves Medical Corps in Massachusetts, I moved to Cincinnati to launch my career.

My professional trajectory in the last 48 years has been varied and completely fulfilling.

I joined a large pediatric group where most of my practice involved the care and treatment of children with disabilities. My pediatric group provided primary and specialty care to all, regardless of ability to pay. Accordingly, we were the main providers of care to the poor.

I have been in the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital since 1973 and I continue to teach as Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, emeritus.

I have served my community, Butler County, Ohio as the commissioner of public health since 1975, retiring recently, but continuing to serve as medical consultant to the Board of Health on COVID-19.

For 30 years I have volunteered a month per year to teach developmental pediatrics in third world countries and to work in local clinics and programs serving the poorest of the poor, medically disadvantaged, or countries with weak systems of health delivery. I am currently a visiting professor of developmental pediatrics in 8 university hospitals in western Cuba.

The education I received at Johns Hopkins helped me to accomplish my hopes and dreams in medicine, which were to practice pediatrics in a needy area, teach medical students and residents, serve my community in public health, and volunteer my skills and knowledge in poor countries in four continents. I am grateful to my classmates and to my professors for shaping my career.

Presented by the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association 

Community Champion Award

Renee Blanding

Renee Blanding, M.D., M.P.H., HS ’92

Dr. Blanding is a native of South Carolina; she received a BS in biology and MPH from the University of South Carolina.  Dr Renee Blanding is a 1988 graduate of the University of Florida School of Medicine. Upon graduation from medical school, she completed an internship in internal medicine at LSU and started in anesthesiology at LSU/Charity Hospital in New Orleans.  After moving to Baltimore in 1991, Dr. Blanding completed her anesthesiology residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Since 1992, she has been a staff anesthesiologist at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.  Dr. Blanding has served as Medical Director of the operating room for several years and has been in her role as Vice President of Medical Affairs since July 2011.

Dr. Blanding is passionate about community engagement and volunteerism.  In 2013, she founded the Readership to Leadership, a program that promotes literacy in elementary school students.  She enjoys sponsoring reading and spelling bees in several area schools.

Lorrel Toft

Lorrel E. Brown Toft, M.D., Med ’07, HS ’10, Med PGF ’14

Lorrel E. B. Toft, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at the University of Nevada, Reno.  She completed her medical school, Internal Medicine Residency, and Cardiology Fellowship training at Johns Hopkins, where she also served as Assistant Chief of Service.  She spent 5 years at the University of Louisville where she served as Cardiology Fellowship Program Director.  Her skill as an educator was recognized with several University, regional, and national awards including the Internal Medicine Residency Faculty Teaching Award, the Dean’s Outstanding Educator Award, the Trustee’s Educator Award, the Golden Apple Teaching Award from Medical Students, and was chosen as the 2019 Medical School Commencement Speaker.  Her popular online cardiovascular critical care lecture series has over 620,000 views/downloads, and she is recognized as a national leader in cardiovascular education.  She is an expert in cardiac arrest and CPR education of the public.  She was awarded the ACC Young Investigator Award and the NYCIF 2017 Stamler Award winner for her work on CPR in high schools.  Her NIH-funded novel CPR teaching method, entitled “HEART CLASS” recently was awarded an Emmy (as in the golden statue!) from the Ohio Valley chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  She now lives and educates in Reno, NV with her husband and two sons. 

Heritage Award

Thomas Pearson

Thomas A. Pearson, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., FACP, FACPM, A&S ’73, Med ’76, BSPH ’76, ’83

Dr. Pearson completed his MD and MPH Degrees at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1976, a PhD in Epidemiology and Residency in Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins in 1979, including service as the inaugural Chief Resident.  After his Internship, Residency, and Cardiology Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he joined the Departments of Medicine and of Epidemiology, assuming Directorship of the Johns Hopkins Precursors Study and inaugurating a Preventive Cardiology Program. In 1988, he was named Director of the Mary Imogene Bassett Research Institute and Professor of Public Health at Columbia, developing a rural research program as the Jane Forbes Clark Chair in Health Research.  In 1997, he was named the Albert D. Kaiser Professor of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester, where he was the founding Director of the world’s first health promotion/disease prevention program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities.  As Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research, he co-developed and directed the Rochester Clinical and Translational Research Institute.  In 2013, he was named Executive Vice President for Research and Education for the University of Florida Health Science Center and Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine.  Dr. Pearson’s research has focused on atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, supported by 76 research grants and produced over 400 journal articles, books and book chapters.  He has been primary mentor to over 70  students and junior faculty members, a number of whom have gone on to leadership positions in academia, government, and industry. 

Linda Yau

Linda L. Yau, M.D., FACP, Med ’94, HS ’97

As a child of an academic biochemist, Linda spent her childhood years moving through eight states around the United States. She graduated summa cum laude with distinction in all subjects as a College Scholar from Cornell University. She loved her years of study at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During med school, she was privileged to spend an elective in Kenya with African Inland Mission serving at Kapsowar Hospital.

She did Internal Medicine residency on the Janeway “Firm of Giants” on the Osler Medical Service at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She joined on the part time faculty of the Internal Medicine Department of Johns Hopkins Hospital and worked at the East Baltimore Medical Center. She spent time teaching medical students and residents on both the inpatient and outpatient services, in addition to her primary duties seeing patients in the clinic.

In 1999, she joined Foxhall Internists, an internal medicine group located in Northwest Washington DC, where she currently practices. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and has been named to Washingtonian and Checkbook Magazine‘s Best Doctors lists. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the Washington Clinicopathological Society, and one of the cofounders of the Lady Docs group which runs a website: Lady Docs Corner Café.com. She has been honored to serve as the Class Representative of the JHUSOM Class of 1994 and enjoyed coordinating the 25th reunion events including the class dinner and the 25th reunion talks as well as making the slideshows for the 20th and 25th reunions. She chaired the effort to establish the Hopkins Class of 1994 scholarship which will become endowed this year, and she and her classmates are looking forward to meeting the scholarship students!

2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards

L. Michael Brunt

L. Michael Brunt, M.D., Med ’80

Michael Brunt, M.D., FACS is Professor of Surgery and Section Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is a Past-President of the SAGES and initiated and leads the SAGES Safe Cholecystectomy Task Force with the goal of reducing bile duct injuries. He chaired a multi-society sponsored consensus conference on prevention of bile duct injury during cholecystectomy and subsequent guideline on this topic.  Dr. Brunt is President of the Central Surgical Association and President-Elect of the Fellowship Council which oversees Advanced GI Surgical Fellowship training in the US and Canada.  He is on the editorial board of Annals of Surgery and has over 240 publications.  His clinical and research interests are clinical outcomes studies in laparoscopic surgery, benign foregut surgery, safety in cholecystectomy, sports hernias, and surgical education. He has received the Philip J. Wolfson Outstanding Teacher Award from the Association for Surgical Education, the Distinguished Clinician Award from Washington University, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and is annually listed in the Best Doctors in America and in the Guide to America’s Top Surgeons.  For the last 27 years, he has served as Team Surgeon for the 2019 Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues National Hockey League Club.

Jon Lorsch

Jon R. Lorsch, Ph.D., Faculty

Jon R. Lorsch, Ph.D., became the director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) in August 2013.

In this position, Lorsch oversees the Institute's $2.9 billion budget, which supports basic research that increases understanding of biological processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

NIGMS supports more than 3,000 investigators and 5,000 research grants–around 11 percent of the total number of research grants funded by NIH as a whole. Additionally, NIGMS supports around 26 percent of the NRSA trainees who receive assistance from NIH.

Lorsch came to NIGMS from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he was a professor in the Department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry. He joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1999 and became a full professor in 2009.

A leader in RNA biology, Lorsch studies the initiation of translation, a major step in controlling how genes are expressed. When this process goes awry, viral infection, neurodegenerative diseases and cancer can result. To dissect the mechanics of translation initiation, Lorsch and collaborators developed a yeast-based system and a wide variety of biochemical and biophysical methods. The work also has led to efforts to control translation initiation through chemical reagents, such as drugs. Lorsch continues this research as a tenured investigator in the NIH's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

NIGMS supported Lorsch's research from 2000-2013. He also received grants from the NIH's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and National Institute of Mental Health, as well as from other funding organizations.

Lorsch is as passionate about education as he is about research. During his tenure at Johns Hopkins, he worked to reform the curricula for graduate and medical education, spearheaded the development of the Center for Innovation in Graduate Biomedical Education, and launched a program offering summer research experiences to local high school students, many from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. In addition, he advised dozens of undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Lorsch received a B.A. in chemistry from Swarthmore College in 1990 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Harvard University in 1995, where he worked in the laboratory of Jack Szostak, Ph.D. He conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University in the laboratory of Daniel Herschlag, Ph.D.

Lorsch is the author of more than 80 peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, and other papers. He has also been the editor of six volumes of Methods in Enzymology and has been a reviewer for numerous scientific journals. He is the author on two awarded U.S. patents. His honors include six teaching awards from Johns Hopkins.

Lorsch's other activities have included membership on the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's mentoring committee, the RNA Society's board of directors and NIH review committees.

Since joining NIH, he has taken on several leadership roles, including serving on the NIH Scientific Data Council, Administrative Data Council and Extramural Activities Working Group, which he co-chairs.

Mary Lynch

Mary G. Lynch, M.D., Med ’80, A&S ’76, HS ’84

After practicing ophthalmology at the Emory Clinic, Dr. Lynch assumed the position of Chief of the Ophthalmology Section at the VA Medical Center in Decatur in July 1994, a position she held until 2010. During her tenure as section chief, the Eye Clinic volume grew by 900%, surgical case load quadrupled, the residency training program increased from 3 to 5 and a new Eye Clinic was built. 

The AtlantaVA Ophthalmology Section has become one of the busiest and most efficient in the VA Healthcare System. Several new programs have been developed that are a national model for eye care: a Low Vision Rehabilitation Service, a diabetic teleretinal screening program, contact lens services and an ophthalmic electronic health record that is integrated with the VA Healthcare System. 

Dr. Lynch served on the Field Advisory Committee for Ophthalmology at VA Headquarters in Washington for 23 years. As a part of this group, she chaired the committee that created qualification standards for ophthalmology technicians in the VA. 

Dr Lynch’s research has focused on the development of new models of eye care delivery and innovative methods of surgical intervention.

She was the recipient of the Innovator Award from the American Glaucoma Society, the Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Joseph D. Greene Community Service Award from Healthcare Georgia Foundation.

Jonathan Simons

Jonathan W. Simons, M.D., Med '85, PGF '90

Jonathan W. Simons MD is an American physician-scientist, medical oncologist, leader in prostate cancer research, and for the past 14 years the CEO and President of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The Prostate Cancer Foundation is the world’s leading foundation funding prostate cancer research. Simons was the Warren T. Longcope Prize winner in the 1985 MD Class of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Simons returned from residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital to be a 3 year post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr Bert Vogelstein, prior to joining the Hopkins faculty in urology and in oncology. Simons’s mentor as research director was the late Dr. Donald S. Coffey, Director Emeritus of the Brady Urological Institute. Simons’ laboratories in the Johns Hopkins Cancer Center and Brady Urological Institute, and then at Emory University and Georgia Tech made original contributions to understanding the molecular biology transcription factors and cytokines involved in prostate cancer metastases, to understanding the mechanisms of breaking B and T cell based immune tolerance to metastatic prostate cancer, to replication defective viral gene transfer biotechnologies for prostate cancer research, and to applications of quantum dot based nanotechnology for multiplexed cancer cell diagnostic profiling. Simons was recruited from Hopkins to Atlanta in 2000 to be the Founding Director of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and to create the state of Georgia’s first National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Center.

2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Gary Darmstadt

Gary L. Darmstadt, M.D., Med PGF ’92

Gary L. Darmstadt, MD, MS, is Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health, and Professor of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He recently led the Steering Committee for The Lancet Series on Gender Equality, Norms and Health. Previously Dr. Darmstadt was Senior Fellow in the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), where he catalyzed gender equality programs including establishment of Grand Challenges on Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development. Prior to this role, he served as BMGF Director of Family Health, leading strategy development and implementation across nutrition, family planning and maternal, newborn and child health.

Darmstadt was formerly Associate Professor and Founding Director of the International Center for Advancing Neonatal Health in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has trained in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, in Dermatology at Stanford University, and in Pediatric Infectious Disease as a fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he was Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine.

Brian Girabaldi

Brian T. Garibaldi, M.D., Med ’04, Ed ’18

Brian Garibaldi is associate professor of medicine, physiology and health sciences informatics in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, where he attends in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU). He is medical director of The Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit (BCU), a federally funded special pathogens treatment center. The BCU was one of the first units to care for COVID-19 patients in Maryland. In addition to COVID-19 clinical care, Brian directs the COVID-19 Precision Medicine Center of Excellence, which is dedicated to understanding the pathobiology of COVID-19 and the impact of therapeutics on disease outcome.

Brian is an associate program director of the Osler Medical Residency Program, where he leads bedside clinical skills training and assessment. In 2017, he co-founded and became the first president of the Society of Bedside Medicine, an organization devoted to education, innovation and research on the role of the clinical encounter in 21st century medicine. He currently leads a multicenter team exploring the factors that impact graduate medical resident clinical skills and professional fulfillment as part of the American Medical Association’s Reimagining Residency Initiative. Brian was the inaugural recipient of the Jeremiah A. Barondess fellowship in the clinical transaction from the New York Academy of Medicine and the ACGME in 2016. He is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the American College of Physicians. He is also a member of the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence at Johns Hopkins.

William Kaelin, Jr.

William G. Kaelin, Jr., M.D., HS ’86, PGF ’87 

William Kaelin obtained undergraduate and M.D. degrees from Duke University and completed his internal medicine training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he served as assistant chief of service on the Thayer firm.  He was a clinical fellow in medical oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of David Livingston, during which time he was a McDonnell Scholar.  He has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator since 1998 and is the Sidney Farber Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.  Doctor Kaelin is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the American College of Physicians, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.  He previously served on the NCI Board of Scientific Advisors, the AACR Board of Trustees, and the IOM National Cancer Policy Board. He has received numerous awards including the MSKCC Paul Marks Prize, the AACR Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Prize, a Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award, the Canada International Gairdner International Award, the ASCI Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award, the Scientific Grand Prix of the Foundation Lefoulon-Delalande and the Institute of France, the Albert Lasker Prize, the Helis Award, and the Massry Prize.  In 2019 Dr. Kaelin received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, together with Sir Peter Ratcliffe and Greg Semenza, for his work on oxygen sensing.

Tom Koenig

Thomas Koenig, M.D., Med ’89, HS '94, PGF '94

Dr. Thomas Wayne Koenig is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He specializes in adult psychiatry. He serves as associate dean for student affairs for the School of Medicine.

Dr. Koenig received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1989.

He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Lisa Maragakis

Lisa L. Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., Med ’98, BSPH ’07, HS '01, PGF '03

Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., FSHEA, FIDSA is an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Dr. Maragakis is the Senior Director of Infection Prevention, at The Johns Hopkins Health System and the Hospital Epidemiologist for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. In these roles, she is responsible for the conceptualization, planning, implementation, and development of the Johns Hopkins Health System's infection control and prevention program. Her research interests are the epidemiology, prevention and control of healthcare-acquired infections and antimicrobial-resistant gram-negative bacilli. Dr. Maragakis serves as the Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Biocontainment Unit and as Incident Commander for the Johns Hopkins Medicine COVID-19 response.  She also serves as the IDSA Co-Chair for the 2014 and 2020 Updates of the Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections, and as the Co-Chair of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC).

J. Mario Molina

J. Mario Molina, M.D., HS '87. PGF ’87

Dr. J. Mario Molina is a healthcare entrepreneur, endocrinologist and philanthropist, best known for his tenure of over 20 years as chairman and chief executive officer of Molina Healthcare (NYSE: MOH), a Fortune 200 company he and his family founded in the 1980’s.

He is currently chairman of the board at United States of Care, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Global and Community Health at Claremont Graduate University.

He was Founding Dean of the Keck Graduate Institute School of Medicine and served as founder and president of Golden Shore Medical Group.

He has served on a variety of corporate and non-profit boards including Apollo Medical Holdings, Care3, Breath Direct, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Aquarium of the Pacific, Homeboy Industries, The Huntington Library, and the Standing Committee of the Osler Library of McGill University.

He earned his M.D. from the University of Southern California and performed his internship and residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism.

In 2016, he was named one of the 50 most influential physician executives by Modern Healthcare, and in 2015 and 2016 he was named one of the 100 most influential people in health care. He was recognized as one of the 25 most influential Latinos in America by Time magazine in 2005.

At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Molina has endowed the Myron L. Weisfeldt Professor in the Osler Medical Residency Program, the J. Mario Molina Chair in the History of Medicine, and the C. David Molina Chair in Medicine.

Susan Shurin

Susan B. Shurin, M.D., Med ’71, HS ’72

After finishing my Harriet Lane Home internship, I moved to Boston, where after I did a pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship at Boston Children’s. I moved to Case Western Reserve University/Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, where I stayed for over 28 years, 25 at RBC, mostly as Division Chief and Professor, and 3 years as VP and Secretary of the Corporation at CWRU. I joined the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at NIH in 2006, spending 6-1/2 years as Deputy Director and 3 years as Acting Director of NHLBI, with a 2-month stint as Acting Director of Child Health. In all of these positions, I became involved in larger structural and institutional issues.

My sons were born while I was in training. Jonathan was born while I was a 4th year medical student at Hopkins and Daniel when I was outpatient chief resident at BCH. Daniel died at 15, probably of long QT syndrome.

In 2014, I retired from NIH and moved to San Diego to be with Jonathan, his wife Catalina and my granddaughter Olivia, now 9-1/2, and grandson Daniel, now 6-1/2. I consult for multiple organizations, teach a little, and volunteer for the American Society of Hematology.. Until the pandemic, I traveled extensively, which I had done for NIH as well when I built a global health program at NHLBI. That will resume as soon as it becomes reasonably possible.

Global Achievement Award

Karen Schneider

Karen Schneider, R.S.M., M.D., M.P.H., Med PGF'02, BSPH '08

Karen Schneider M.D. is a pediatrician and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She teaches and focuses her practice on pediatric medicine in developing countries through a Tropical Medicine elective offered to pediatric residents and fellows. Karen is also a Sister of Mercy for 38 years.

Karen earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. She completed a pediatric residency at Yale Children’s Hospital and a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins University in 2002. She then earned a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2008.

Karen has received 6 honorary doctorates for her international medical work in the service of children. In 2018 Karen was the recipient of the Johns Hopkins Martin Luther King Award.

Karen coordinates the Pediatric Tropical Medicine elective, for which she supervises clinical experiences for residents in Haiti, Guyana, and Kenya and Nigeria; lectures on tropical medicine to pediatric residents; coordinates shipping of supplies and medicines to out-of-country clinics; and updates out-of-country physicians and health workers on medical topics. In 2010 a pediatric surgeon joined the team and more than 1800 surgeries have been provided for very poor children in remote regions. Her trips have provided disaster relief to Haiti in the flood of 2008 and earthquake 2010. In total Karen has worked in 9 countries, and provided 66 international course trips for 350+ for Hopkins pediatric residents, fellows, nurses and faculty.

Karen’s tireless efforts have gained the attention of the national media. She has been featured on CBS News, CNS (Catholic News Service) and CNN, as well as in the National Catholic Reporter. In 2010, she was named “Person of the Week” by Washington D.C. area ABC news affiliate, WJLA.

“My reason for doing these trips is twofold, to serve poor children and to open the eyes of the fortunate to the less fortunate,” she noted in a January 2014 National Catholic Reporter interview. “I long to make people a little more aware that children are suffering and that with just a little bit of money or a small intervention, their lives can be changed.”

Outstanding Recent Graduate Award

Kaitlyn Sadtler

Kaitlyn N. Sadtler, Ph.D., Med '16

Dr. Kaitlyn Sadtler is an Earl Stadtman Investigator and Chief of the Section on Immuno-Engineering at the National Institutes of Health. She began her lab at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering after a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Chemical Engineering working on the molecular mechanisms of immune activation in the foreign body response. There, she was awarded a Ruth L Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship for her work on immunology and tissue engineering. She completed her Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she showed a critical role for Th2-T cells in biomaterial-mediated muscle regeneration. Her research has been published in journals such as Science, Nature Methods, Nature Communications, and others. She was recognized as a 2018 TED Fellow and delivered a TED talk that has been viewed >2.4 million times and listed as one of the top-viewed talks of 2018. Dr. Sadtler was selected for the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 List in Science and was selected as a 2020 TEDMED Research Scholar. Since starting her laboratory at the NIH, Dr. Sadtler has lent her lab’s expertise to the fight against COVID-19, launching the NIH Serologic Survey to determine the number of undiagnosed infections of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States via remote blood sampling and antibody testing.

Carl Streed

Carl Streed, Jr., M.D. , M.P.H., F.A.C.P., Med '13, HS '16

Carl Streed. Jr. is an Assistant Professor in the Boston University School of Medicine. After attending medical school and residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins he completed fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Brigham & Women’s. Nationally, he has chaired the American Medical Association Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Issues and served on the board of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality. As the Research Lead for the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Boston Medical Center he collaborates with researchers, physicians, and staff to assess and address the health and well-being of transgender and gender diverse individuals. His research is funded by the National Heart Lung Blood Institute and American Heart Association. In addition to his Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, Carl’s efforts to improve the health and well-being of sexual and gender minority individuals and communities have earned him several awards, notably from the University of Chicago Alumni Associations, the American Medical Association Foundation, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, as well as recognition from the Obama White House.

Presented by the Johns Hopkins Women’s Medical Alumnae Association

Hall of Fame

Estelle Gauda

Estelle Gauda, M.D., Faculty

Dr. Estelle Gauda is a Professor at the University of Toronto, Head of the Division of Neonatology at SickKids at The Hospital for Sick Children, Director of the University of Toronto’s Center for Neonatal Medicine and Senior Associate Research Scientist, SickKids Research Institute since 2017. In these roles, she leads the development of programs in education, clinical care, research and outreach in neonatology for the Greater Toronto Area. Prior to that position, she was Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Gauda joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1989, developing her career as a physician-scientist. Her work focused on the neurobiology of the carotid body and on management of opioid withdrawal in neonates. She mentored and advised many in the Department of Pediatrics and was a tireless advocate for faculty, residents and students throughout the School of Medicine. Dr. Gauda was director of NIH-funded training program for students. She became the 2nd African American women to be promoted to Full Professor at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2008.

Dr. Gauda made significant contributions to faculty development within the School of Medicine, chairing Associate Professor Promotions Committee for 8 years. She and the team in the Office of Faculty Development designed and executed programs that enhanced the skills of faculty. . Dr. Gauda is an extraordinary role model for generations of physicians as a clinician, scientist, superb administrator and as an inspiration for women and men who aspire to be successful academic physicians, particularly for those from under-represented minorities and who are from underprivileged backgrounds.

Susan Macdonald

Susan M. MacDonald, M.D., HS ’84, PGF ’87

Dr. Susan MacDonald was a pioneer, always fearlessly advocating for women. Dr. MacDonald graduated from Regis College, earned her MD from the University of Massachusetts, and came to the Osler residency in 1980. She served as an Assistant Chief of Service and completed fellowships in rheumatology and clinical immunology.

Dr. MacDonald developed an early interest in the promotion of careers of women, quickly initiating a mentoring program for women fellows. In 1997, she became the Deputy Director for Faculty and Career Development (Department of Medicine), leading her to the School of Medicine Office of Faculty Development in 2001 and work developing the Professional Development Guide.

Dr. MacDonald was the first woman Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine. She received a Women in Leadership Award from Johns Hopkins University (2002), the David M. Levine Excellence in Mentoring Award (2003), and became advisor to the Office of Women in Science in 2008. She served on the Advisory Committee on Mentoring for JHU, chaired the Department of Medicine’s Task Force on Women’s Academic Careers in Medicine (1995-1997) and received the inaugural Vice Dean's Award for the Advancement of Women (2009). She was interim director of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology until retirement (2016).

Her laboratory focused on mechanisms of histamine release and developed the first inducible transgenic mouse model in this field.

Susan was a member of a number of Allergy and Immunology societies. She served on the editorial board for the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and multiple advisory committees and review groups nationally, and internationally. As professor emerita, she continued to mentor and wrote grants for community foundations.

Portraits presented to the Johns Hopkins Medicine community

Portrait Honorees

Tina Cheng

Tina L. Cheng, M.D., M.P.H.

9th Given Foundation Professor Director, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Former Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and Former Pediatrician-in-Chief, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dr. Cheng is the B.K Rachford Professor of Pediatrics, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics for the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation, and Chief Medical Officer at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. A 1986 graduate of Brown University’s Program in Medicine, she completed her pediatrics residency and chief residency at University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital. She received a Master in Public Health degree in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine Residency from the University of California, Berkeley followed by a fellowship in Academic General Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts. She joined the faculty at George Washington University, Children’s National Medical Center in 1993. In 2002 she became Division Director of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, Chair of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (2013) and the 9th Director of Pediatrics and Pediatrician-In-Chief at Johns Hopkins University (2016-2020).

Dr. Cheng’s clinical work, teaching and research focuses on child, adolescent and family perspectives on improving health and community-integrated models to interrupt the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage. She co-led the NIH-funded DC Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities which outlined a research action agenda. She led the establishment of two clinical and research innovation centers at Johns Hopkins: Centro SOL: Johns Hopkins Center for Salud/(Health) and Opportunity for Latinos and the Rales Center on the Integration of Health and Education.

A prolific author, she has received numerous federal and foundation grants addressing child health disparities. She continues to see patients with trainees in primary care. A program director of four federal training grants, she has mentored dozens of interdisciplinary researchers and many more clinicians who have gone on to be leaders in health services innovation and community health.

As a child advocate, Dr. Cheng initiated the “7 Great Achievements in Pediatric Research” campaign and published on the “Next 7 Great Achievements.” She wrote legislation establishing the Maryland Maternal Child Health Task Force in 2019 which she co-led. Task Force recommendations resulted in maternal child health becoming one of three state population health goals influencing programming, metrics, and investment.

A Past President of the Academic Pediatric Association she has also held numerous leadership roles in the American Academy of Pediatrics, Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs, and NIH committees. Among her numerous recognitions was her election into the National Academy of Medicine.

Patricia Davidson

Patricia Davidson, Ph.D., M.Ed, R.N.

Former Dean of the School of Nursing
Vice-Chancellor University of Wollongong

Davidson, former dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, was born in Canberra, Australia. She began her career as a registered nurse in 1980. Davidson earned a B.A. in education in 1985, and a masters degree in education in 1993, both from the University of Wollongong. In 2003, she earned a Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle.

In 1997, Davidson shifted her focus to research and teaching, and was appointed a clinical associate professor at the University of Western Sydney School of Nursing in the department of family and community health. She was appointed as an adjunct associate professor in 2002 before being named director of the Sydney West Area Health Service Nursing Research Unit and being named faculty in the department of area health service in 2003. In 2005, Davidson was named adjunct professor at the University of New South Wales. She became director of the Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care and adjunct professor at Curtin University in 2007. In 2010, Davidson was appointed professor at the University of Technology and director of the Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care faculty of health. That same year, she was named adjunct professor at the University of Western Australia and in 2012, earned the rank of adjunct professor at the American University of Beirut. Davidson accepted the position as dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in 2013. In 2018, she was named Co-Secretary General of the World Health Organization, Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery Secretariat. In 2021, Davidson returned to Australia as vice-chancellor at the University of Wollongong, the first woman, first alumna, and first nurse to serve in this position.

Under Davidson’s leadership, the Johns Hopkins school of nursing transitioned to an exclusive focus on graduate-level instruction and introduced a range of new graduate programs with notable collaborations across the university. The doctor of nursing practice/masters of business, doctor of nursing practice/masters of public health, doctor of nursing/nurse anesthesiology, and doctor of nursing practice/doctor of philosophy are examples of programs meeting the contemporary needs of health care and preparing the next generation of leaders. During Davidson’s tenure, the school of nursing’s commitment to research strengthened, increasing annual scholarly publications by almost sixty percent from 2016 to 2020, and sponsored submissions by sixty-six percent from FY14 to FY20. She deepened the commitment of the school’s alumni, donors, friends, and foundations through an ambitious fundraising agenda. An outcome of this commitment was the opening of a renovated and reimagined school of nursing building in 2021.

Davidson’s research focus has been on cardiac health for women and indigenous peoples. She has authored almost 600 publications and twenty-nine book chapters. She has served as counsel general of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues, a member of Sigma Theta Tau International’s Institute for Global Healthcare Leadership Advisory Board, and a board member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. She has also served on the Board on Health Care Services for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. In 2016, Davidson earned the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers, the most prestigious research mentorship award in Australia.

Theodore DeWeese

Theodore L. DeWeese, M.D.

Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, President, Clinical Practice Association, Sidney Kimmel Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

DeWeese, founding director of the department of radiation oncology and molecular radiation sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was born in Denver, Colorado. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1986 and his M.D. with honors from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1990.

DeWeese moved to Baltimore in 1990 and after completing an internship in internal medicine, he came to Johns Hopkins, serving as a resident from 1991 to 1993 and as chief resident from 1993 to 1994 in the division of radiation oncology. From 1994 to 1995, he served as a post-doctoral laboratory research fellow in the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center and the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute in the laboratory of Dr. William Nelson.

In 1995, DeWeese joined the faculty at Hopkins as an instructor in oncology and in urology before being promoted to assistant professor in 1997 and associate professor in 2002 in both departments. He also received a joint appointment in the department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1997. DeWeese was appointed as the first director of the department of radiation oncology and molecular science at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and radiation oncologist-in-chief at The Johns Hopkins Health System in 2003. At that time, he was promoted to full professor in radiation oncology and molecular sciences, urology and in oncology. In 2014, Deweese was named the inaugural Sidney Kimmel Professor. DeWeese stepped down as director of the department in the School of Medicine and as radiation oncologist-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Health System in 2019 to become the Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

In addition to his departmental positions, he served as director of the radiation biology program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from 2000 to 2007, chair of the board of directors for Central Maryland Radiation Oncology for The Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland Medical System from 2010 to 2019 and as vice-president, Interdisciplinary Patient Care for Johns Hopkins Medicine from 2016 to 2019. In 2018, DeWeese was appointed Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs and president for the Clinical Practice Association at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 

As the inaugural chairman of the department of radiation oncology, DeWeese built the program into one of the most successful and highly ranked programs in the United States. Throughout his tenure, he oversaw substantial growth in the clinical, research and training aspects of the department including being the first department to integrate at both Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital beginning in 2011.

DeWeese’s research interests have primarily focused on the DNA damage response of cancer cells (primarily prostate cancer) to ionizing radiation, including repair, cell cycle perturbations and growth factor regulation. He is an international expert in the management of men with prostate cancer and has conducted multiple clinical trials including several “first-in-man” translation of novel therapies, including the first replication restricted adenoviral gene therapy for treatment of prostate cancer. He has published more than 200 papers and book chapters and given more than 130 invited national and international lectures. He has mentored more than 40 trainees in his lab and dozens of medical students and residents and has won a number of teaching awards from across Johns Hopkins University. He is also the recipient of numerous awards including the Doris Duke Research Scientist Award. DeWeese has served on multiple advisory boards and was appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to serve as scientific councilor and chair of the scientific council for the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan. Dr. DeWeese has admirably served on many Johns Hopkins boards and committees, and served as president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital medical staff and chair of the Johns Hopkins Hospital medical board as well as chair of the Johns Hopkins Medicine United Way campaign. He was elected president and chair of the American Society for Radiation Oncology and served as senior editor for the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics, Translational Oncology and the Journal of Clinical Oncology in addition to several others.

Colleen Koch

Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A.

Folke H. Peterson Dean’s Distinguished Professor, Dean, University of Florida College of Medicine

Koch, the first women Professor and clinical director of the department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, was born in Milwaukee. She received her B.A. from Marquette University in 1983, her M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1987, her M.S. in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2001, and her M.B.A. in Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in 2010.

After completing an internship in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in 1988, she completed a residency in anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1990, a senior residency in sub-specialization in cardiac, thoracic and vascular anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1991, and training in advanced echocardiography at the Cleveland Clinic from 1993 to 1994.

Koch was appointed instructor of anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in 1991. In 1992, she accepted an appointment as assistant staff in the department of cardiothoracic anesthesia at the Cleveland Clinic. She was promoted to staff in 1993 and professor in 2009.  Koch also held appointments in the department of outcomes research, medical operations, thoracic and cardiovascular surgery heart and vascular research, and the quality and patient safety institute. In 2008, she became vice chair of education and research in cardiothoracic anesthesia. In 2014, Koch was recruited to chair the department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins.

During Koch’s tenure as chair at Hopkins, she held a variety of additional leadership roles including chair of the medical board for Johns Hopkins Hospital, held joint appointments in the School of Nursing and in the department of emergency medicine to name but a few. She redesigned the departmental organizational structure, led 2 mission-based strategic plans along with dashboard development to improve departmental initiatives and function. She established a robust quality, safety and service departmental infrastructure and reporting system for just-in-time quality and patient safety efforts. Koch focused on advancing the research mission by expanding the research portfolio, increased the number scientific publications and research funding dollars and increased the number of faculty engaged in scholarly work. She launched innovative educational programs, increased the focus on integration and patient and family centered care and advanced faculty development with innovative faculty professional development road maps as well as Servant Leadership training. Outside of Johns Hopkins, she served on the board of directors of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, launched an anesthesia technologist school in partnership with the Community College of Baltimore County and Chaired the United Way Campaign for Johns Hopkins Medicine.  Koch held the role of interim chief medical officer for the managed care company, Johns Hopkins Health Care.  The department advanced from number three to the number one anesthesiology program in the United States according to U.S. News and World Report. She was nominated by peers for the “125 Living the Hopkins Mission Honorees from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In 2021, Koch was recruited from Hopkins to become the tenth and first female dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Koch’s research interests have focused on cardiothoracic anesthesiology and intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography; she has published over 175 articles, book chapters and abstracts on the subjects. Koch has also served in editorial roles for scientific journals, Chaired the Board of Trustees for the International Anesthesia Research Society, and directed national and international scientific meetings. She is a fellow of the American Heart Association, American Society of Anesthesiologists, and American College of Cardiology.

Alan Partin

Alan Partin, M.D., Ph.D.

The Jakurski Family Director Urologist-in-Chief Professor of Urology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Partin, a director of the department of urology and the Jakurski Family Director of the Brady Urological Institute, was born in Grenada, Mississippi. Partin was the valedictorian of his high school class and attended the University of Mississippi. While there, he was an offensive football lineman from 1979-1982 and earned two varsity letters. Partin achieved academic all-SEC honors, received the National Football Foundation UM Chapter Scholar-Athlete Award and was elected into the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame. He received his B.A. in chemistry from the University of Mississippi in 1983 graduating Summa Cum Laude and earned his Ph.D. in pharmacology and molecular science and his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1988 and 1989 respectively. 

After completing an internship in surgery and a surgical residency in 1990 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Partin completed a residency in urology in 1991. He was promoted to instructor in urology in 1994, associate professor of urology in 1995 and professor of urology in 1999. In 2004, Partin was chosen as director of the department of urology and the Brady Urological Institute. 

Partin’s research focus on prostate cancer began while a medical student in clinic seeing patients. A discussion with his clinical mentor regarding measuring the percentage of the prostate that a tumor occupied ensued and resulted in his scientific paper and was published in 1989. This research led to what became known as the Partin Tables, the diagnostic prostate cancer nomograms developed by Partin in 1993 to help prostate cancer patients get an accurate prediction of their likelihood of being cured. 

Partin has served on the advisory council of The Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, the infonet editorial board and the prostate cancer advisory board of the American Cancer Society. He has also been the panel chairman of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the research council of the American Urological Association, in addition to other positions. He is a member of the American Cancer Society, the American Medical Association, the American Urological Association, Society of Urologic Oncology and several other professional organizations.

Partin has been named one of America’s Top Doctors for cancer and Top Doctor in the Baltimore and Washington areas several times by Castle and Connolly. In addition, his research has earned him the Ambrose Monell Research Award, the David Koch Prostate Cancer Research Award, the American Urological Association Gold-Cytoscope the Merck Young Investigator Award and several other accolades. Dr. Partin has contributed to over 600 scientific articles, publications and presentations regarding urology and prostate cancer.

Past Awardees

Our alumni have the opportunity to be nominated for prestigious annual alumni awards that honor graduates, faculty, and friends of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Medicine. Meet our past awardees.

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