President and First Vice-President
Julia A. Haller, MD, Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at Wills Eye Hospital, is a trailblazing retina surgeon-scientist and leader who has innovated translational advances against blindness on many fronts.
Dr. Haller was educated at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. After her Halsted internship in surgery at Johns Hopkins, residency in ophthalmology and retina fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, she served as Wilmer’s first female Chief Resident. Recruited to the Hopkins faculty thereafter, Haller directed the retina fellowship, was named to the inaugural Katharine Graham Chair in Ophthalmology, and subsequently to the inaugural Robert Bond Welch, M.D. Professorship. In 2007 she was appointed Ophthalmologist-in-Chief and William Tasman, MD Endowed Chair at Wills Eye Hospital, and Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals. She is a Consultant at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. One of the world’s most renowned retina surgeons, Dr. Haller has published over 400 scientific articles and book chapters, with research interests in retinal pharmacology, macular surgery, venous occlusive disease, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, complicated retinal detachments, health care disparities, and gender equity.
Elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2019, Dr. Haller’s honors include the Rolex Achievement Award (to a past NCAA lacrosse player), the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Honor Award, the AAO Senior Achievement Award, the Vitreous Society Senior Honor Award, the Crystal Apple Award (for mentorship) of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), the Kreissig Award from EURETINA, the President’s Award from Women in Ophthalmology (WIO), a Secretariat Award from the AAO, the Gertrude Pyron Award from the Retina Research Foundation/ASRS, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AAO, the Louis Braille Award from Associated Services for the Blind, the Heed Award from the Society of Heed Fellows, the Donald Gass Medal from the Macula Society, the Strittmatter Award from the Philadelphia Medical Society (their highest honor), the AAO EnergEYES Award, the WIO Suzanne Véronneau-Troutman Award, the Charles L. Schepens, MD, Keynote Lecture Award from the Retina Research Foundation/AAO, and election to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. She holds Chair XVI of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis. She is president of the Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation, Chairs the Board of the Society of Heed Fellows and the Council of the American Ophthalmological Society, and serves on the Boards of the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation and the AAO Foundation Board of Advisors. She is past president of the Retina Society, the American Society of Retina Specialists, and the Board of Trustees of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, as well as a founding member of Women in Retina. Her editorial board service includes RETINA, Retinal Physician, Retina Times, Ocular Surgery News, Retina Today, and Ophthalmology Times.
A Director of Bristol Myers Squibb, Eyenovia, and Opthea, a former Director of Celgene Corporation, and past Trustee of both Princeton University and the Bryn Mawr School, Dr. Haller serves as President of the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association, Vice-Chair of the Board of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and on the Board of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association. She and her husband, John D. Gottsch, M.D, the Margaret C. Mosher Professor of Ophthalmology at Hopkins, have five children: John, Natalie, Will, Alex, and Clare.
Peter D. Byeff, M.D. graduated cum laude with honors in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. He then graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1974 and this was followed by an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital. While there, he worked briefly with Dr. Sheldon Wolff and Dr. Anthony Fauci at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. He was then a visiting fellow in Hematology-Oncology at Columbia-Presbyterian. He was given the Royal Gibson Award for the outstanding first year fellow in Hematology-Oncology. He was awarded the prestigious Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Fellowship while at Columbia. He has been practicing in Connecticut since 1982 and has been the Medical Director of the Cancer Center of the Hospital of Central Connecticut for many years, which is part of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute and an affiliate of Memorial Sloan- Kettering. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He has written a number of scientific papers and presented his research at an American Association of Cancer Research meeting. He has been the Principal Investigator of numerous clinical trials in Hematology and Oncology. He has served on the American Society of Clinical Oncology Workforce Taskforce which published its findings in 2008. He is the Vice President of the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association. He has received the Johns Hopkins Heritage Award, which is the highest honor the Alumni can bestow. He and his wife have given 2 scholarships to support medical students at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He was chosen to lead a one-year campaign to raise funds for scholarships at the School of Medicine, whose goal was $12.5 million dollars, and a total of $18 million was raised.
He has a long-standing interest in the Lindbergh kidnapping case which riveted the attention of the entire United States in the early 1930’s. Charles Lindbergh was the foremost national hero of the time and the kidnapping and murder of his young son horrified the country. The apprehension and subsequent trial and execution was front page news for several years. The case led to the Lindbergh law which made kidnapping a federal crime as well as a capital offense and led to the FBI’s involvement in such cases. Dr. Byeff’s interest in the case was sparked by his relationship with Dudley D. Schoenfeld, MD a psychiatrist who was called in by the New York City Police Department to analyze the ransom notes. Dr. Schoenfeld was the first criminal profiler, and wrote a book, The Crime and the Criminal about the case and his profile of the kidnapper. Dr. Byeff’s mother, Ruth, was his personal assistant for many years and he had multiple conversations with Dr. Schoenfeld about the notorious case. Dr. Byeff has lectured about the case and has been interviewed by a well know writer who was working on a book about kidnapping.
Andrew M. Cameron was born at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and raised in Baltimore. He attended Harvard College and the Johns Hopkins Medical School before completing his surgical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and UCLA. He returned to Hopkins in 2006 and now serves as Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Transplantation, and interim Chair for the Department of Surgery. Besides his clinical interests in alcoholic liver disease, Dr. Cameron has an NIH funded basic science laboratory studying stem cells and the liver as well as efforts to increase organ donor registration using social media.
Rich participated in the “2-5” program at Hopkins, earning a B.A. in 1980 and an M.D. in 1983. While at Hopkins, Rich worked in pediatric surgical research with Drs. Alex Haller and David Dudgeon. Following graduation, Rich completed a surgical residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a pediatric cardiac surgery fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Rich worked in academic cardiothoracic surgery for more than twenty years, serving on the faculty at the University of Iowa, Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas Tech, Southern Illinois University and Duke, where he obtained an MBA. Following his surgical career, Rich served as a Chief Medical Officer for several health systems in Virginia and Alabama and now works as Medical Director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. Rich and his wife Rebecca are parents to three grown children and have three grandchildren. One of Rich’s most cherished possessions is an African violet which was raised from a clipping of the Blalock-Thomas violets in the Hopkins Cardiac Surgery Lab.
Arthur M. Feldman MD, PhD is a physician-scientist who graduated from Gettysburg College. After graduation he entered the graduate program at the University of Maryland: receiving a PhD in Physiology in 1974. After a three-year post-doc with Dr. Saul Brusilow at Hopkins, he received an MD degree at the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport and was elected to AOA. Feldman then returned to Hopkins for his internal medicine and cardiovascular disease training, joining the medicine faculty in 1986 with a joint appointment in Physiology. He subsequently was the Harry S. Tack Professor and Chief of Cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh followed by service as the Magee Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Jefferson Medical College. From 2011 to 2016 he served as the Executive Dean of the Temple University School of Medicine. He then returned to the laboratory to focus on Renovacor Inc, a biotechnology company he founded to develop gene replacement therapy for mono-genic heart failure. He has been elected to numerous academic societies including the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Clinical and Climatological Association and the John Hopkins University Society of Scholars. A former President of the Heart Failure Society of America and the Association of the Professors of Cardiology, Feldman was the 2014 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Heart Failure Society of America and the 2019 Distinguished Scientist Award from the American College of Cardiology. A clinician as well as a scientist, he has led or co-led numerous clinical investigations – three of which have resulted in FDA approval.
Kelly Harris was born and raised in Connecticut and studied religion at Washington and Lee University in Virginia. From there, she started medical school at Johns Hopkins and chose to remain in Baltimore as a urology resident at the Brady Urologic Institute. She is currently in her chief year and will be continuing her surgical education in pediatric urology at the University of Colorado. She hopes to become a leader in the field of transitional urology, helping to optimize the transition of pediatric patients with congenital anomalies into adult urologic care. In her time outside of the hospital, she enjoys doing crossword puzzles, reading non-fiction books, playing pickle ball and spending time near the water or the mountains. She loves all that Johns Hopkins Medicine has done for her and is incredibly grateful for this opportunity to give back.
Dr. Denise Howard grew up in Mississippi. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Mississippi and then attended Johns Hopkins receiving a MD, MPH in 1993. She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh's Magee Women's Hospital in 1997 and then a fellowship in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Howard remained on faculty there until 2001 when she relocated to the Atlanta area where she was in private practice until 2010. She and her family moved to the Middle East where she worked in various leadership positions in Abu Dhabi and Doha before returning to the U.S. at the end of 2019.
She is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a Certified Physician Executive. She is also a member of the American Urogynecologic Society, Society of Gynecologic Surgeons, and the American Association for Physician Leadership.
Currently, she is the Chief of Gynecology for Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania where she also has a faculty appointment at the medical school and serves as core faculty for the residency program. Dr. Howard is committed to quality health care for women. She believes improving health literacy and incorporating technology into healthcare delivery is the way to equitable health. To this end she authored, The Essence of You: Your Guide To Gynecologic Health and focuses her quality work on streamlining preventative care.
Dr. Dawn LaPorte is a Professor and Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her clinical interests are surgery of the hand and wrist. She has served as orthopaedic Residency Program Director at Johns Hopkins for over 10 years and has served on the governing committee of the Council of Orthopedic Residency Directors (CORD) and as Vice Chair for the ACGME Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Review Committee. She is a member of the American Society of Surgery for the Hand (ASSH) Council and has also served as co-chair of the Resident Educator Workshop at the ASSH Annual Meeting since 2007 and as chair of the ASSH Resident Education Committee and the ASSH Resident Review Course. She is the Review Section editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery American. She is also the Immediate Past President of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society and is a founder of Women in Orthopaedics Worldwide (WOW).
Dr. John H. Morrison is currently UC Davis Distinguished Professor, Director of the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC), Professor of Neurology in the School of Medicine, and Professor in the Center for Neuroscience at UC Davis. Dr. Morrison Bachelor’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University and Ph.D. from the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, and completed postdoctoral studies in the laboratory of Dr. Floyd E. Bloom at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He then served as a faculty member at The Scripps Research Institute until he joined the faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 1989 where he went on to be Chair of the Fishberg Department of Neuroscience and serve as Dean of Basic Sciences and the Graduate School of Biomedical before moving to UC Davis in 2015.
Dr. Morrison’s research program focuses primarily on the neurobiology of aging and neurodegenerative disorders, particularly as they relate to cellular and synaptic organization of cerebral cortex. His laboratory is particularly interested in age-related alterations in structural and molecular attributes of the synapse that compromise synaptic health, lead to cognitive decline, and potentially leave the brain vulnerable to Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Dr. Morrison has published over 300 articles on cortical organization, AD, the neurobiology of cognitive aging, and the interactive effects of estrogen, stress, and aging on cortical circuitry and function, and is currently developing nonhuman primate models of AD. He has served on numerous editorial boards, advisory boards, NIH committees, and foundation boards. Dr. Morrison has served on Council for the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), as Editor-in-Chief of SfN’s public-facing website, BrainFacts.org, and is currently serving as Secretary of SfN. Dr. Morrison was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2016.
Giannina Lissa Garcés-Ambrossi Muncey, M.D. is a double board-certified anesthesiologist and intensive care physician who founded the first ICU and first NeuroICU in her hometown of Jupiter, Florida. She lives in Florida with her young son and husband, and is currently a Writing Scholar at Harvard University.
After learning English as a second language in childhood, she graduated college Phi Beta Kappa at 18 years old with an M.Litt. in Shakespearean Literature, then received her M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine after winning the Cushing Neurosurgery Research Award; she is now on the Medical & Surgical Association of Hopkins Med. She trained in neurosurgery, anesthesia, and critical care at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, winning the Accomplished Teaching Award in Surgery; she was the first critical care fellow to be nominated for the Compassionate Care Award. Dr. Muncey is a former journalist whose articles have appeared in The Nation, the country’s oldest news magazine.
Dr. Diane Orlinsky is a board-certified dermatologist and an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
She received her undergraduate degree from Columbia College, Cum Laude, and her medical degree with honors from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed residency training in both internal medicine and dermatology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Orlinsky is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and is a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She has served as the Alpha Omega Alpha Councilor for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Vice-Chair for the Maryland chapter of the Dermatology Foundation. Currently, she is the President of the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Alumni Association, and a member of the Columbia College Women’s Board.
Dr. Shermak is an internationally recognized expert in breast and body contouring, publishing scientific articles, chapters and a definitive textbook, with a focus on patient safety and individualizing and optimizing surgical outcomes. Dr. Shermak went to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and from there completed a combined General and Plastic Surgery training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She then completed a fellowship in Breast and Body Contouring in Nashville with Drs. Maxwell and Fisher. She joined the Johns Hopkins faculty immediately after that, and served as Chief of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Division of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Shermak remained on faculty at Johns Hopkins for 11 years until transitioning to private practice in 2010.
Dr. Shermak has served as an active member within the ASPS, ASAPS, AAPS and ABPS. She most recently served as a visiting professor for PSF, teaching plastic surgery trainees and faculty around the country plastic surgery techniques and safety.
Dr. Winrow is the founder of Black Girls Dive Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on supporting science identities amongst girls who are historically underrepresented STEM. Dr. Winrow is a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine-trained Pediatric Neuropsychologist who has served as a clinical practitioner, and a Professor, administrator and trustee in higher education for over a decade in roles as Dean, Provost, and Senior Executive Vice President, and a trustee on the Board of Trustee of two HBCUs. She has also served as a member of the Fulbright Scholars Review Board and the Board of Examiners for Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards. Nevada is the alumna of several institutions that include Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Howard University, and Lincoln University and completed fellowships in Neuroradiology, Psychoneuroimmunology, Cognitive Neuroscience and Neurochemistry. She is an affiliate member of many professional organizations that include Maryland Civil Air Patrol (CAP) where she serves as a CAP aerospace educator and an associate member of the Women's Diving Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Underwater Sciences. She currently serves as the National Chairwoman of the Youth programs for the National Association of Black Scuba Divers.