The exceptional work of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty and trainees is frequently recognized with honors and awards. These range from Nobel Prizes to medical-society honors to graduate student fellowships.
Congratulations to the honorees!
Ami Shah Receives Early Career Investigator Award
Ami Shah, M.D., M.HS., an associate professor in the Division of Rheumatology, has been named a 2020 recipient of the Henry Kunkel Early Career Investigator Award by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). Shah was recognized during the November 2020 virtual ACR Convergence meeting. The award honors an early-career physician-scientist who is 12 years post-rheumatology certifying examination eligibility and who has made outstanding and promising independent contributions to basic, translational or clinical research in the field of rheumatology. Shah was recognized for her discovery of the link between cancer and scleroderma and her expertise in research related to scleroderma.
Peter Calabresi Receives 2020 Raymond D. Adams Lectureship Award
Peter Calabresi, M.D., professor of neurology, director of the Division of Neuroimmunology and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center, is the recipient of the 2020 Raymond D. Adams Lectureship Award given by the American Neurological Association (ANA). The annual award "recognizes leaders in academic neurology and neuroscience who have exemplified excellence in research, teaching, and clinical practice across the breadth of clinical neurology and neuroscience disciplines," the ANA says. Calabresi's presentation at the organization's 145th annual meeting was titled “Oligodendrocyte precursor cells present antigen and are cytotoxic targets in inflammatory demyelination.”
Rafael Tamargo Wins Best Paper of the Year Award for Observation on Human Skulls
Rafael Tamargo, M.D., the Walter E. Dandy professor of neurosurgery, has been given the Best Paper of the Year Award for 2019 by the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, a leading international journal for craniofacial surgery, maxillofacial surgery, pediatric plastic surgery and neuroplastic surgery. The paper is titled "Mammalian Skull Dimensions and the Golden Ratio." Sharing the award with Tamargo is the paper's co-writer, Jonathan Pindrick, M.D., an assistant professor of neurological surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. They investigated whether human skull shape follows the Golden Ratio and determined that it did. Chad Gordon, D.O., associate editor of the journal and director of Neuroplastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins, called the paper "outstanding" and pointed out that it was selected from a group of 770 competing manuscripts.
Santiago Alvarez Named a Leader in Health Care
The Baltimore Business Journal has named Santiago Alvarez, M.D., a leader in local health care. The BBJ's inaugural Leaders in Health Care Awards received 130 nominations, which were narrowed to 15 winners. Alvarez, who is a fellow in allergy and clinical immunology, received his award in the health care outcomes category. The BBJ described the awardees as health care providers "who are committed to improving care, educating the public or working on cutting-edge health care technology. [They] go above and beyond the call of duty, help develop the profession, and make an impact on the community." Alvarez, a Latino immigrant, says that as the Covid-19 pandemic began impacting Baltimore, "[I] stepped in and engaged with some of the programs targeting the Latino community in Baltimore.... I felt it necessary to use my position and privilege to support and serve Latino folks in a city I just started to call home."
Cory White Named NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience D-SPAN Scholar
Cory White, a Ph.D. student, has been named an NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience D-SPAN Scholar. White is working in the laboratory of Michael Wolfgang, Ph.D., a faculty member in the Biological Chemistry Department. This competitive and prestigious award provides career support for outstanding graduate students from pre- to postdoctoral positions. White's thesis work in the Wolfgang laboratory, located within the Center for Metabolism and Obesity Research, involves a combination of neuroscience and metabolic biochemistry carried out invivo. His dissertation evaluates brain lipid bioenergetics and cellular responses in the brain to metabolic cues. White is also invested in initiatives and organizations that mentor, support and advocate for underrepresented trainees in STEM, and he served as a co-organizer for the inaugural Hopkins Excellence in Diversity Symposium. He is an active organizer in Second Look Visits for Accepted Underrepresented Students at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Stefano Schena Receives Mirowski Discovery Award
Stefano Schena, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of surgery, has received the Mirowski Discovery Award from the School of Medicine. The award -- of up to $75,000 -- is given each year to fund an innovative cardiovascular research project led by a faculty member in the school. The goal of the award is to catalyze innovative ideas that are high risk and would not ordinarily be funded by the National Institutes of Health until sufficient preliminary data are gathered. Schena, who was one of 18 applicants proposing a wide range of projects, was named the 2020 recipient for his proposal titled "A New Paradigm for Monitoring Valve Performance in Transcatheter Aortic Valves via Embedded Microsensors." He will collaborate with Jon Resar, M.D., Rajat Mittal, Ph.D., and Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Ph.D., to explore how microsensors can be embedded in transcatheter aortic valves to detect valve malfunction and thrombosis.
Zhaozhu Qiu Named a 2020 Sloan Research Fellow
Zhaozhu Qiu, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the departments of physiology and neuroscience, has been selected as a 2020 Sloan Research Fellow. The fellowship was awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to 126 early-career scientists identified by their peers as emerging scientific leaders. Qiu studies the channels that allow chloride ions to move in and out of the cell and how these channels work in neurological diseases. He will receive $75,000 over two years to support his research.
John Campo Named Professor and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division
John Campo, M.D. has been named the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Professor and director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He also serves as vice president of psychiatry services at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and director of mental health for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. The appointment was effective Oct. 1, 2020. Campo came to Johns Hopkins from West Virginia University School of Medicine at the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, where he was an assistant dean for behavioral health, chief behavioral wellness officer and professor of behavioral medicine and psychiatry. Campo trained as a psychiatrist and spent more than a dozen years on the faculty at both the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Susan Michaelis Receives COVID-19 PreClinical Discovery Award
Susan Michaelis, Ph.D., a professor of cell biology, has been awarded a COVID-19 PreClinical Research Discovery Fund by Johns Hopkins University. The fund was created by the COVID-19 Research Response Program, Therapeutics Team to support COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 pre-clinical research to further understanding of the virus or lay the groundwork for translational research.
Kimmel Cancer Center Receives St. Baldrick's Grant
The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has received one of 55 grants awarded by the St. Baldrick's Foundation to fund childhood cancer research. The grants, which total $17.5 million, were given to support physician-scientists studying innovation treatment options in the field of pediatric cancer. The goal is to help the researchers get projects off the ground, moving novel treatment approaches to the next phase of testing more efficiently.
Anthony Leung Receives COVID-19 PreClinical Discovery Award
Anthony K.L. Leung, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Program, has been awarded a COVID-19 PreClinical Research Discovery Fund by Johns Hopkins University. The fund was created by the COVID-19 Research Response Program, Therapeutics Team to support COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 pre-clinical research to further understanding of the virus or lay the groundwork for translational research.
Challice Bonifant Awarded Grant for Child Cancer Research
Challice Bonifant, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of oncology, has been awarded a St. Baldrick's Scholar Grant for $220,000 from the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a large private funder of childhood cancer research grants. The grants -- 53 were given in 2020 -- support physician-scientists studying innovative treatment options in the field of pediatric cancer. Bonifant's research focuses on design and development of immune therapies as a treatment for poor-prognosis cancers, including development of engineered cellular immunotherapies for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia.
Michael Kornberg Wins Clinical Scientist Development Award
Michael D. Kornberg, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of neurology, was one of 17 physician-scientists to receive a 2020 Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The award funds physician-scientists who are at the early stages of their profession to help them transition to independent research careers. Each recipient receives $495,000 over three years. Kornberg's funded project is titled "Pharmacologic and Dietary Approaches for Targeting Metabolism in Autoimmune Disease."
Christa Habela Wins Clinical Scientist Development Award
Christa Habela, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of neurogoly, was one of 17 physician-scientists to receive a 2020 Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The award funds physician-scientists who are at the early stages of their profession to help them transition to independent research careers. Each recipient receives $495,000 over three years. Habela's funded project is titled "Using Human Neurons, in Vitro, to Investigate Novel Mechanisms of Altered Brain Excitability in Patients with Epilepsy Susceptibility due to Deletion of the 15q11.2 Locus."
Shelby Kutty named Feigenbaum Lecturer
Shelby Kutty, M.D., M.S., Ph.D., director of pediatric and congenital cardiology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and School of Medicine, was named the 21st annual Feigenbaum Lecturer of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE). His Feigenbaum lecture (given in June 2020) was titled “Beyond Artificial: Echocardiography from Elegant Images to Analytic Intelligence.” The lectureship is named in honor of the founder and first president of the ASE and is awarded to a young investigator in recognition of his or her significant contribution to research in the field of echocardiography and potential to continue at a high level of achievement. Kutty, who is a widely recognized expert in cardiovascular, is co-director of the Blalock-Taussig-Thomas Heart Center and the Helen B. Taussig Professor of the School of Medicine. His research focuses on studying treatment outcomes for children and adults with congenital heart disease using various approaches.
Mira Sachdeva Wins Clinical Scientist Development Award
Mira M. Sachdeva, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of ophthalmology, was one of 17 physician-scientists to receive a 2020 Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The award funds physician-scientists who are at the early stages of their profession to help them transition to independent research careers. Each recipient receives $495,000 over three years. Sachdeva's funded project is titled "Longitudinal Profiling of Retinal Neurovascular Abnormalities and Molecular Biomarkers in Prediabetes and Early Diabetes: Establishing Novel Paradigms for Diabetic Retinopathy."
Jonathan Dudley Receives Physician-Scientist Training Award
Jonathan C. Dudley, M.D., a postdoctoral fellow on the Ludwig Center team, has received a Physician-Scientist Training Award from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Dudley, who has been mentored by Bert Vogelstein, M.D., is developing a new approach for detecting cells with abnormal amounts of DNA, which could identify cancer sooner. He aims to apply this approach to urine and Pap smear samples to create an inexpensive and sensitive screening test for bladder, ovarian and endometrial cancers. The press release announcing the award called Dudley and the four other recipients of the 2020 award "brilliant young doctors showing bold initiative and a commitment to finding new cures for cancer." The award includes $460,000 over four years, which is intended to give the recipients the opportunity to gain research skills and experience in translational and clinical research. It also also retires up to $100,000 of medical school debt still owed by an awardee.
Justin Tcheugui Wins Clinical Scientist Development Award
Justin B. Echouffo Tcheugui, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of medicine, was one of 17 physician-scientists to receive a 2020 Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The award funds physician-scientists who are at the early stages of their profession to help them transition to independent research careers. Each recipient receives $495,000 over three years. Tcheugui's funded project is titled "Effects of Sodium-Glucose Cotransporter (SGLT)-2 Inhibition on Energy Metabolism and Function of the Failing Human Heart."
Gregg Semenza Named a Fellow of the AACR Academy
Gregg L. Semenza, M.D., Ph.D., the C. Michael Armstrong Professor of Medicine, has been elected to the Fellows of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy Class of 2020. Semenza and the other 18 newly named fellows were chosen for their "major scientific contributions that have propelled significant innovation and progress against cancer," and to help advance the mission of the AACR "to prevent and cure all cancers through research, education, communication and collaboration." Semenza was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his groundbreaking discoveries on how cells respond to low oxygen levels. The work has the potential to result in treatments for a variety of illnesses, including cancer, blinding eye diseases, diabetes and coronary artery disease.
Junaid Razzak Earns Lifetime Achievement Award
Junaid Razzak, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D., a professor of emergency medicine and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Emergency Medicine, has received the 2020 Society of Academic Emergency Medicine’s Global Emergency Medicine Academy’s Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the academy's highest honor, given to an “individual whose work serves as a beacon for future emergency physicians and who has put the needs of patients over self.” Throughout his career, Razzak has helped to advance emergency care in the United States and across the globe. His current research focuses on implementing and measuring health system innovations for enhancing access to emergency health care for vulnerable populations, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
Jessica Merrey Receives Grant to Study Impact of Prescription-Benefit Tool
Jessica Merrey, Pharm. D., a clinical pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care, has received a research grant from the Pharmacy Quality Alliance and the National Pharmaceutical Council. The goal of the grant is to address barriers patients face in accessing needed medications. Merrery and co-grantee, Jeremy Epstein, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine, will explore the impact of a real-time prescription benefit (RTPB) tool on patient access to prescriptions. The study aims to determine whether the use of an RTPB tool during the prescribing process affects the rate of changes to initial prescription, time between initial prescription and when medication was available to the patient and medication abandonment or cancellation rate.
Linda Resar Receives COVID-19 Research Fund
Linda Resar, M.D., a professor of medicine, has been awarded a COVID-19 PreClinical Research Discovery Fund by Johns Hopkins University. The fund was created by the COVID-19 Research Response Program, Therapeutics Team to support COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 pre-clinical research to further understanding of the virus or lay the groundwork for translational research.
Maxim Rosario Receives COVID-19 Research Fund
Maxim Rosario, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of pathology, has been awarded a COVID-19 PreClinical Research Discovery Fund by Johns Hopkins University. The fund was created by the COVID-19 Research Response Program, Therapeutics Team to support COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 pre-clinical research to further understanding of the virus or lay the groundwork for translational research.
Jeremy Epstein Receives Grant to Study Impact of Prescription-Benefit Tool
Jeremy Epstein, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine, has received a research grant from the Pharmacy Quality Alliance and the National Pharmaceutical Council. The goal of the grant is to address barriers patients face in accessing needed medications. Epstein and co-grantee, Jessica Merrey, Pharm. D., a clinical pharmacy specialist in ambulatory care, will explore the impact of a real-time prescription benefit (RTPB) tool on patient access to prescriptions. The study aims to determine whether the use of an RTPB tool during the prescribing process affects the rate of changes to initial prescription, time between initial prescription and when medication was available to the patient and medication abandonment or cancellation rate.
Sonye Danoff Named to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation's Medical Team
Sonye Danoff, M.D., Ph.D., co-director of Johns Hopkins Interstitial Lung Disease/Pulmonary Fibrosis Program and an associate professor of medicine, has been named a senior member of the medical team of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF). Danoff and two other highly respected pulmonologists from other institutions bring to the team a combined 40-plus years of expertise in treating individuals with interstitial lung disease. They will provide leadership on the PFF's awareness and patient education programs and support the expansion and engagement of the PFF Care Center Network, a collection of 68 medical centers nationwide that offer comprehensive care for patients with pulmonary fibrosis.
Margo Peyton Wins Scholar Award
Margo Peyton, a second-year medical student, has won a Scholar Award from the American Federation for Medical Research for her abstract titled “Leukocytosis and Hyperglycemia as Additional Indicators of Intracranial Injury in Pediatric Trauma Patients.” Her research found that blood levels of white blood cells and glucose may help physicians determine which pediatric patients with minor head trauma are at low risk for a serious head injury and can avoid potentially dangerous radiation from a CT scan. Thuy Ngo, D.O., M.Ed., and Theodore Kouo, M.D., Ph.D., in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, served as Peyton's mentors and co-authors on the project. The award was presented at the June 2020 Eastern Meeting of the American Federation for Medical Research.
Winners of the COVID-19 Launchpad Grants
The Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World has given health equity-focused COVID-19 grants to researchers, policy experts and program implementers at Johns Hopkins University. The recipients at the School of Medicine and their research proposals are: Lisa Cooper, (Tired Heroes without Capes: Supporting Frontline Healthcare Workers in the Face and Aftermath of COVID-19); Anne Burke and Carolyn Sufrin (Mitigating the Health Equity Impacts of COVID-19 on Abortion Access through Advocacy); Che Harris, (Examination of Medical Mistrust and Misinformation of COVID-19 among Low Income African-Americans with Comorbid Risk Factors); Megan Collins and Sara Johnson (The K-12 School Health Equity Project: Examining School Closures, Health Outcomes and Learning); Arik Marcell (Delivering a Telehealth-Supported Digital Toolkit to Baltimore City’s Approved Family Child Care Home Providers Caring for Children of Essential Workers); Maya Venkataramani (The Social and Economic Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic Among People Living with HIV in Kenya); Gregory Lucas and Kathleen Page (Improving Access to and Use of Harm Reduction and Healthcare Services among People Who Inject Drugs Living in Low Income Communities During the Covid-19 Pandemic); Sara Johnson, Raquel Hernandez and Rachel Thornton (Characterizing the Social, Economic, and Health Impact of COVID-19 on Vulnerable Families); Nadia Hansel and Nirupama Putcha (Air Pollution and COPD Hospitalizations in Baltimore in the Context of COVID-19); Seun Falade (The Impact of COVID-19 on People Who Use Drugs); Meredith McCormack, Michelle Eakin and Emily Brigham (The Impact of the Physical and Psychosocial Environment and COVID-19 Among Children with Asthma Living in Low Income, Urban Neighborhoods); Monica Guerrero Vázquez and Kathleen Page (RAPID-Baltimore: A Mobile Application for Rapid Access to Infectious Disease Information for Baltimore).
Monique Jindal Named a 40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health
Monique Jindal, an internal medicine-pediatrics physician, has been selected as one of the National Minority Quality Forum's 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health. The award recognizes all of Jindal's accomplishments in the healthcare field and her potential to continue positively impacting minority communities. Jindal's broad research interest is in understanding the impact of racism and discrimination on health equity for minority children and their caregivers. Her academic career goal is to inform both provider-level and community-level interventions to mitigate health disparities for minorities, particularly those driven by racism.
Peter Campochiaro Awarded Medal for Research in Vision
Peter A. Campochiaro, M.D., a professor of ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, has been awarded the Proctor Medal, which is given by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and honors outstanding research in the basic or clinical sciences as applied to ophthalmology. Campochiaro was recognized for his work in defining the molecular pathogenesis of ocular neovascularization; establishing therapeutics for diabetic macular edema and retinal vein occlusions, and exploring the role of oxidative damage in retinitis pigmentosa. The award is to be presented in May 2021 at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting.
Sheila West Wins Helen Keller Prize
Sheila West, Ph.D., Pharm.D., a professor of ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, is the recipient of the 2020 Helen Keller Prize for Vision Research, given by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Helen Keller laureates are selected by an international panel of biomedical researchers and physicians.
Neil Bressler Named to The Ophthalmologist's Power List 2020
Neil M. Bressler, M.D., a professor of ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, has been named to The Ophthalmologist’s Power List 2020. The annual list celebrates the achievements of the most influential figures in ophthalmology as nominated by readers of The Ophthalmologist.
Harry Quigley Named to The Ophthalmologist's Power List 2020
Harry A. Quigley, M.D., a professor of ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, has been named to The Ophthalmologist’s Power List 2020. The annual list celebrates the achievements of the most influential figures in ophthalmology as nominated by readers of The Ophthalmologist.
Maria Trent Named Chief of Inaugural Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine
Maria Trent, M.D., M.P.H., has been named chief of the inaugural Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg American Health Initiative Endowed Professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She begins in this role on July 1, 2020. Trent has been on the faculty of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine since 2001 and is an independent scientist who serves as the principal or key investigator on multiple research projects, both domestic and international, that are funded by the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies. A major focus of Trent's research and clinical interest has been on reducing adolescent and young adult sexual and reproductive health disparities.
Kofi Boahene and Lisa Ishii Edit Journal Articles on Ethnically Sensitive Rhinoplasty
Kofi Boahene, M.D., and LIsa Ishii, M.D., professors of otolaryngology–head and necks surgery and facial plastic surgeons, are the editors of "Ethnically Sensitive Rhinoplasty," an issue of the journal Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. Articles in the issue include "How You See Yourself: Cultural Considerations and Self Image for Rhinoplasty Patients of Ethnic Descent"; and "The Changing Face of Beauty; A Global Assessment of Facial Beauty."
Nikhil Panicker Receives NIH Pathway to Independence Award
Nikhil Panicker, Ph.D., a postdoctoral student in the Institute for Cell Engineering and the Department of Neurology, has been awarded a highly competitive NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Career Transition Award. This grant will facilitate his ongoing research, which explores how sustained neuroinflammation mediated by microglia (the resident immune cells of the brain) contributes to neuron death in dementia with Lewy Body and Parkinson’s disease. The K99 phase of the award will support Panicker's research at Johns Hopkins, while the R00 phase will support him upon his transition to a tenure-track position. During the K99 phase, he will work with Johns Hopkins investigators Ted and Valina Dawson and Xiaobo Mao at the Institute for Cell Engineering, Marilyn Albert at Department of Neurology and Juan Troncoso at the Department of Pathology. A total of $1 million in NIH funding will be provided to the project over five years.
Robert Siliciano Named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Robert Siliciano, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of medicine in the Department of Infectious Diseases, is among more than 276 scientists, scholars, writers, artists and other leaders who have been elected to the 2020 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The academy, which was founded in 1780, honors exceptionally accomplished individuals and engages them in advancing the public good. Siliciano studies HIV, specifically viral reservoirs that prevent the curing of the infection, and is trying to better understand how the T-cell reservoir is established and maintained.
Grad Student Emily Han-Chung Hsiue Wins Award for Cancer Research
Emily Han-Chung Hsiue, a grad student at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, won the day-long Salisbury Award Competition in November 2019 for a cancer research project that comprises a novel antibody-based method of targeting cancer driver mutations called “MANAbodies.” Hsiue and the co-winner of the award, Jacqueline Douglass, worked on the winning project in the lab of Bert Vogelstein, M.D., and Kenneth Kinzler, Ph.D. The Salisbury Award encourages and promotes innovative scientists and early-stage start-up companies to translate their discoveries into therapies that can improve the lives of cancer patients. The awardees were honored with a cash prize and were to be introduced to the National Foundation for Cancer Research's extensive cancer scientific and biopharmaceutical industry networks.
Sarah Polk Named to Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
Sarah Polk, M.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics, has been selected as one of 35 fellows for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. Clinical scholars fellows are recognized for their leadership skills and collaborate on a project to address complex health problems, allowing them to gain new perspectives and expertise. Each team receives project funding and salary support of up to $525,000 over the three-year program. Team members also participate in leadership development at no cost to themselves or their institutions. Polk, whose clinical expertise includes pediatrics and adolescent medicine with a focus on mental health and sexually transmitted infections in adolescents, was recognized for her contribution on a project involving immigrant Latina mothers and their risk for depression and unmet social needs.
Timothy McCulley Named Inaugural Earl D.R. Kidwell Jr. Professor
Timothy J. McCulley, M.D., associate professor of ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, has been named the inaugural Earl D.R. Kidwell Jr. Professor of Ophthalmology. The professorship, Wilmer’s 47th, honors Kidwell, a 1973 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine graduate. The award was presented during a dedication ceremony on Nov. 7, 2019, at the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Building by Dr. Paul Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Dr. Edward Bessman Earns Award for Clinical Excellence
Edward Bessman, M.D., M.B.A., an assistant professor of emergency medicine, has been honored with the Excellence in Service and Professionalism Award from the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians. The Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Awards for Physicians and Care Teams were launched in 2015 to honor physicians and care teams who embody the best in clinical excellence. Bessman was nominated by colleagues in the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center emergency department. Bessman has worked in the department for 28 years, including 20 years as chair of the department.
Grad Student Jacqueline Douglass Wins Award for Cancer Research
Jacqueline Douglass, a grad student at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, won the day-long Salisbury Award Competition in November 2019 for a cancer research project that comprises a novel antibody-based method of targeting cancer driver mutations called “MANAbodies.” Douglass and the co-winner of the award, Emily Han-Chung Hsiue, worked on the winning project in the lab of Bert Vogelstein, M.D., and Kenneth Kinzler, Ph.D. The Salisbury Award encourages and promotes innovative scientists and early-stage start-up companies to translate their discoveries into therapies that can improve the lives of cancer patients. The awardees were honored with a cash prize and were to be introduced to the National Foundation for Cancer Research's extensive cancer scientific and biopharmaceutical industry networks.
Nakul Shekhawat Receives Claes H. Dohlman Society Fellowship Award
Nakul Shekhawat, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant of ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, is a co-winner of the 2019 Claes H. Dohlman Society Fellowship Award. This international award, named after the surgical innovator and pioneer in corneal science and clinical education, is presented annually by the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School to a cornea fellow who demonstrates academic, surgical and research excellence.
Bonnielin Swenor Receives Funding From Idea Lab for Diversity Proposal
Bonnielin Swenor's proposal for developing a disability coalition was one of 11 projects selected for funding by the Idea Lab’s Ten by Twenty Challenge. Swenor, M.P.H., Ph.D., an associate professor of ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, proposed establishing the Johns Hopkins Disability Coalition, which aims to bring together stakeholders from across the university to address inequities for persons with disabilities within and outside the university. The Ten by Twenty Challenge offered up to $20,000 for ideas that support the university's vision of 10 goals to be reached by 2020. Senor's proposal fell under the university's goal to enhance diversity.
John Cameron Receives 2019 Bigelow Award
John Cameron, M.D., a professor of surgery, has been awarded the 2019 Bigelow Award from the Boston Surgical Society. Cameron has had a long and distinguished career focusing on alimentary tract diseases and specifically pancreatic cancer. He is believed to have operated on more patients with pancreatic cancer and done more Whipple resections than any other surgeon in the world. He served as chief of surgery for the Johns Hopkins Hospital for 19 years and was president of the American College of Surgeons from 2008-2009.
Sammy Zakaria Receives Grant to Research Maternal Health Complications
Sammy Zakaria, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine, Division of Cardiology, has received a portion of a $300,000 grant from AMAG Pharmaceuticals Inc. as part of the company’s ongoing support of research to reduce preterm birth and preeclampsia and associated complications. Zakaria and Johns Hopkins colleagues and co-grant recipients Anum Minha, M.D., a cardiology fellow, Allison Hays, M.D., associate professor of medicine, and Arthur Vaught, M.D., assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics, will use the funds to research novel imaging methods to understand the association of preeclampsia and cardiovascular disease. Three other groups of researchers at other institutions will also share the grant money.
Rheanna Platt Named to Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
Rheanna Platt, M.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, has been selected as one of 35 fellows for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. Clinical scholars fellows are recognized for their leadership skills and collaborate on a project to address complex health problems, allowing them to gain new perspectives and expertise. Each team receives project funding and salary support of up to $525,000 over the three-year program. Team members also participate in leadership development at no cost to themselves or their institutions. Platt, whose whose expertise includes adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, child development and behavioral health, was recognized for her contribution on a project involving immigrant Latina mothers and their risk for depression and unmet social needs.
Anum Minhas Receives Grant to Research Maternal Health Complications
Anum Minhas, M.D., a cardiology fellow, has received a portion of a $300,000 grant from AMAG Pharmaceuticals Inc. as part of the company’s ongoing support of research to reduce preterm birth and preeclampsia and associated complications. Minhas and Johns Hopkins colleagues and co-grant recipients Allison Hays, M.D., associate professor of medicine, Arthur Vaught, M.D., assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics, and Sammy Zakaria, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine, Division of Cardiology, will use the funds to research novel imaging methods to understand the association of preeclampsia and cardiovascular disease. Three other groups of researchers at other institutions will also share the grant money.
Fasika Woreta Named Physician of the Year
Fasika Woreta, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, has been named 2019 Physician of the Year, one of six honors bestowed annually by the Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Awards for Physicians and Care Teams. Woreta was nominated based on her attention to continuous improvement, commitment to evidence-based medicine and focus on continuing medical education.
Mary Armanios Elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Mary Armanios, M.D., a professor of oncology and clinical director of the Telomere Clinic at Johns Hopkins, has been elected as a 2019 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a lifetime distinction that recognizes electees' outstanding contributions to science and technology. Armanios' research focuses on dysfunction of telomeres, the protective ends of chromosomes.
Allison Hays Receives Grant to Research Maternal Health Complications
Allison Hays, M.D., associate professor of medicine, has received a portion of a $300,000 grant from AMAG Pharmaceuticals Inc. as part of the company’s ongoing support of research to reduce preterm birth and preeclampsia and associated complications. Hays and Johns Hopkins colleagues and co-grant recipients Anum Minhas, M.D., a cardiology fellow, Arthur Vaught, M.D., assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics, and Sammy Zakaria, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine, Division of Cardiology, will use the funds to research novel imaging methods to understand the association of preeclampsia and cardiovascular disease. Three other groups of researchers at other institutions will also share the grant money.
Edward Kuwera Earns a Star for Outstanding Service
Among the 2019 Johns Hopkins Hospital Service Stars — employees nominated by peers or patients for their exceptional service — is Edward Kuwera, M.D., an assistant professor of ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmologist at Wilmer Eye Institute. Kuwera was recognized for his attentiveness and patience in explaining concepts and treatment options.
Arthur Vaught Receives Grant to Research Maternal Health Complications
Arthur Vaught, M.D., assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics, has received a portion of a $300,000 grant from AMAG Pharmaceuticals Inc. as part of the company’s ongoing support of research to reduce preterm birth and preeclampsia and associated complications. Vaught and Johns Hopkins colleagues and co-grant recipients Anum Minhas, M.D., a cardiology fellow, Allison Hays, M.D., associate professor of medicine, and Sammy Zakaria, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of medicine, Division of Cardiology, will use the funds to research novel imaging methods to understand the association of preeclampsia and cardiovascular disease. Three other groups of researchers at other institutions will also share the grant money.
Jana Mattheu Earns a Star for Outstanding Service
Among the 2019 Johns Hopkins Hospital Service Stars — employees nominated by peers or patients for their exceptional service — is Jana Mattheu, an orthoptist at the Wilmer Eye Institute. Mattheu was recognized for her attentiveness and patience in explaining concepts and treatment options.
Jennifer Nickoles Awarded Carol Emmott Fellowship
Jennifer Nickoles, M.S., vice president for Operations and System Integration, Johns Hopkins Health System, and chief of staff, Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been selected to the 2020 Carol Emmott Fellowship Program. "The Fellowship expands the leadership capacity of women who are already influential in their fields, so that they may increase their ability to make an impact and ultimately contribute to improving gender equity in health leadership through their own career advancement," according to a news release by the Carol Emmott Foundation. Nickoles was nominated for the fellowship by Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Natalia Trayanova Named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors
Natalia A. Trayanova, M.S., Ph.D., has been named a 2019 fellow in the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The NAI Fellows Program highlights "academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society." Trayanova is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for Computational Medicine, and she directs the Computational Cardiology Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. Her research centers on improvement of the clinical therapies of defibrillation and atrial and ventricular ablation, and the risk stratification for arrhythmias using a personalized MRI-based simulation approach.
School of Medicine Honored for Inclusion and Diversity Efforts
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is one of the first-ever recipients of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society's Award for Excellence in Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Medical Education and Patient Care. The award honors the Johns Hopkins Bayview Internal Medicine Residency Program for its "deliberate and thoughtful approach to improving the recruitment of students underrepresented in medicine, which has resulted in the most diverse class of interns in the program's history the past two years and more than any residency program within the school."
Edward McFarland Receives Best of Lutherville-Timonium Award
Edward G. McFarland, M.D., a professor of orthopaedic surgery and the Wayne H. Lewis Professor of Orthopaedic and Shoulder Surgery, has received a 2019 Best of Lutherville-Timonium Award in the category of Doctors & Clinics. The awards are given annually to companies that have demonstrated an ability to use various marketing methods to grow their business in spite of difficult economic times. The companies chosen exemplify the best of small business, often leading through customer service and community involvement.
Divya Srikumaran Named a 2019 Top Doctor
Divya Srikumaran, M.D., an assistant professor of ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, and chief of Wilmer's location in Odenton, was named one of Baltimore magazine’s 2019 Top Doctors. This recognition is compiled by an annual peer survey of the metro area’s physicians. Srikumaran specializes in cornea and external diseases, cataracts and refractive surgery (LASIK).
Ingrid Zimmer-Galler to Serve on Digital Health Roster of Experts
Ingrid Zimmer-Galler, M.D., an associate professor of ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, and executive clinical director of the Office of Telemedicine, has been selected by the World Health Organization (WHO) to serve on its Digital Health Roster of Experts. WHO's newly established Digital Health Department will advise the United Nations agency on and steer the development of technology initiatives in healthcare.
Richard Allen Receives Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award
Richard Allen, Ph.D., a professor of neurology, has received the Sleep Research Society's 2020 Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award. The honor recognizes novel and seminal discoveries of a basic, clinical or theoretical nature that have made a significant impact on the sleep and circadian research field. Allen is a co-founder of the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center. The achievement award was based on his 35-year body of work regarding restless legs syndrome — diagnosis, treatment and brain iron. For 30 years, his collaborator on that work has been Christopher Earley, M.B.B.Ch., Ph.D., a professor of neurology.
Michael Repka Nominated for Physician of the Year Award
Michael X. Repka, M.D., professor of ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, was nominated for the 2019 Physician of the Year Award by Johns Hopkins Medicine. The award is given to the physician who consistently achieves high standards in the practice of medicine and is looked upon as a role model by his or her peers. Repka also was named a 2019 Top Doctor by Baltimore magazine. This recognition is compiled by an annual peer survey of the Baltimore metro area's physicians.
Meghan Berkenstock Nominated for Physician of the Year Award
Meghan Berkenstock, M.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, was nominated for the 2019 Physician of the Year Award by Johns Hopkins Medicine. The award is given to the physician who consistently achieves high standards in the practice of medicine and is looked upon as a role model by his or her peers. This is Berkenstock’s second consecutive Clinical Excellence Award nomination: last year, she was nominated for the Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality and Safety.
Paul Fuchs Named Inaugural David M. Rubenstein Research Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Paul Fuchs, Ph.D., professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, has been appointed the inaugural David M. Rubenstein Research Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. This professorship comes on the heels of a $15 million gift from Rubenstein that established the David M. Rubenstein Hearing Center and provides additional research funds.
Ted Dawson Receives Award From Alzheimer's Association
Ted Dawson, M.D., Ph.D., has received a 2020 Zenith Fellows Award from the Alzheimer’s Association. The award recognizes innovative science contributing to the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Dawson received the award for his work examining whether a protein known to cause nerve cell death in people with Parkinson’s disease plays a similar role in Alzheimer’s disease. Dawson and the two other winners of the 2020 awards each will receive $450,000 over a three-year period to support their research.
Seth Blackshaw Receives Award for Vision Research
Seth Blackshaw, Ph.D., a professor of neuroscience, has received an an RPBStein Innovation Award from Research to Prevent Blindness. The award provides flexible funding of up to $300,000 over three years to scientists engaged in research with the goal of understanding the visual system and the diseases that compromise its function, with a focus on new technologies and cutting-edge research techniques. Blackshaw is one of 33 researchers who have received the award since it was established in 2014. His goal is to use insights gained from learning how individual cell types are specified to understand how these cells contribute to the regulation of behavior, and how they can be replaced in neurodegenerative disease.
Mark Anderson Elected as a Distinguished Scientist of the American Heart Association
Mark E. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., William Osler Professor of Medicine and director of the Department of Medicine, has been elected as a 2019 Distinguished Scientist of the American Heart Association. The association's distinguished scientists are a prominent group of scientists and clinicians whose work has significantly advanced the understanding of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. This award recognizes American Heart Association/American Stroke Association members for significant, original and sustained scientific contributions that have advanced the association's mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Anderson was specifically honored for research work that focuses on cellular signaling and ionic mechanisms that cause heart failure and sudden cardiac death. He is widely recognized as an international expert in defining the role of calmodulin kinase II (CaMKII) regulation in heart failure and arrhythmias.
Michele Manahan Named Head of MedChi
Michele Manahan, M.D., M.B.A., an associate professor in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the department's director of patient safety, has been named the 172nd president of MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society. MedChi is a nonprofit membership association of Maryland physicians and the largest physician organization in the state. Its mission is to serve as Maryland's foremost advocate and resource for physicians, their patients and the public health of Maryland. Manahan, a board-certified plastic surgeon, has performed aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins since 2007.
Valina Dawson Wins Debrecen Award for Molecular Medicine
Valina L. Dawson, Ph.D., a professor of neurology, neuroscience and physiology and director of the Neuroregeneration and Stem Cell Programs at the Institute for Cell Engineering, has won the 2019 Debrecen Award for Molecular Medicine. The award, given by the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Debrecen in Debrecen, Hungary, goes each year to an internationally recognized researcher who has achieved outstanding results in life sciences and whose findings can impact patient care. Dawson, who is the first woman to win the award (given since 2003), has pioneered the study of Parthanatos in ischemia reperfusion injury and neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's. Her work has led to the development of biomarkers and new therapeutics that will impact patient care.
King-Wai Yau Honored for Transformative Vision Research
King-Wai Yau, Ph.D., a professor of neuroscience and ophthalmology, is the recipient of the 2019 Beckman-Argyros Award in Vision Research for his transformative contributions, spanning more than 30 years, to vision research. Yau's pioneering research on the function of the retina has led to the molecular and cellular understanding of circadian rhythms and several forms of hereditary blindness. The Beckman-Argyros Award is awarded by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Board of Directors.
Jennifer Thorne Receives Grant for Eye Research
Jennifer Elizabeth Thorne, M.D., Ph.D., professor of ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, and chief of the Division of Ocular Immunology, was one of four winners of 2019 grants for researchers who want to conduct big data research in ophthalmology and blindness prevention. The granting organizations were Research to Prevent Blindness and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The four clinical researchers were selected based on the potential of their original research to advance the academy’s mission of improving patients’ lives through research and innovation. Thorne will investigate whether uveitis patients have worse surgical and visual outcomes compared with cataract patients without uveitis. She will then use IRIS Registry data to understand the factors that contribute to both better and worse visual outcomes in people who have uveitis, including whether or not it’s beneficial to use corticosteroids to prevent surgical complications.
Joseph Sakran Selected for Health Policy Fellows Program
Joseph Sakran, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A., F.A.C.S., director of emergency general surgery and assistant professor of surgery, has been named to the 2019-2020 class of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows by the National Academy of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Beginning in September, Sakran and five other health professionals will spend a year in Washington, D.C., working on health-related legislative and regulatory issues with members of Congress or the executive branch. The fellows were chosen in a national competition for highly accomplished health and behavioral/social science professionals who have an interest in health policy. Their experiences in Washington are expected to enrich their understanding of federal policy formation and how federal and state governments relate to the mission of their home institutions and local communities. After their Washington assignment, Sakran and the other fellows will continue to receive support to sustain their development as health policy leaders.
School of Medicine Named a Qualified Provider-Led Entity
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has been designated as a qualified provider-led entity by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The designation will allow the organization to develop diagnostic imaging appropriate use criteria. Johns Hopkins is one of 22 U.S. organizations that have been approved by CMS to develop the criteria. The initial criteria that Johns Hopkins develops will address eight clinical priority areas: chest pain, pulmonary embolism, neck pain, low back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, lung cancer and headache. The criteria will be integrated into evidence-based guidelines in Epic and will meet CMS’ new rule requiring all health care providers to use a clinical decision support tool when ordering CT, MRI and nuclear medicine scans for Medicare patients in an ambulatory and emergency medicine setting.
Winners of the Stanley L. Blumenthal, MD, Cardiovascular Research Awards
There were six winners in the Oral Competition and six winners in the Poster Competition of the Stanley L. Blumenthal, MD, Cardiovascular Research Awards. There was a six-way tie in the oral competition: Brian Lin, Ph.D. Francoise Marvel, M.D., Virginia Hahn, M.D., Marios Arvanitis, M.D., Carine E. Hamo, M.D., and Aditi Madan, Ph.D. The winners of the poster competition were Meera C. Viswanathan, M.S. (first place for basic science); Justin Lowenthal, B.S. (second place for basic science); Faisal Rahman, M.D. (first place for translational science); Eunice Yang, M.D. (second place for translational science); Olive Tang, A.B. (first place for population science); and Amir Heravi, B.S. (second place for population science). The awardees are all considered outstanding researchers in cardiovascular medicine.
Oren Gordon Receives Fellowship for Research on Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Oren Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., a fellow in the Department of Pediatrics, has received a fellowship grant from American Healthcare Professionals and Friends for Medicine in Israel (APF). The fellowships were established in 1951 to help train Israeli physicians in specialty care. The program continues today with the awarding of supplemental fellowship grants to gifted Israeli physicians to help them in the advancement of their education at prestigious medical centers in the United States and Canada. After finishing a residency program in general pediatrics at Israel’s Hadassah Medical Center, Gordon was accepted to a three-year fellowship program in pediatric infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins. His APF fellowship grant will provide research support as he deepens his expertise and experience in infectious diseases that afflict children.
Faculty Members, Postdocs Win TEDCO Awards for Stem Cell Research
Johns Hopkins faculty members won eight of the 14 “discovery” awards given by the Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO). The Hopkins awardees are Mohamed Farah, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurology; David Hackam, M.D., Ph.D., surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center; Aaron James, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pathology; Miroslaw Janowski, M.A., M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of radiology and radiological science; Chulan Kwon, M.S., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine; Xiaobo Mao, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurology; Nicholas Maragakis, M.D., director of the ALS Center for Cell Therapy and Regeneration Research; and Jamie Spangler, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical engineering. The awards, which totaled nearly $5 million, are intended to fund new and innovative research in the stem cell field. In addition, seven postdoctoral students won fellowships awards, each worth up to $65,000 per year, for up to two years. The awardees are Chengyan Chu, Dong Won “Thomas” Kim, Senquan Liu, Kathryn Moss, Rahel Schnellmann, Arens Taga and Renjun Zhu. The awards will fund their stem cell research in academia or industry in Maryland.
Rachel Salas Named Visiting Professor at Mayo Clinic
Rachel Salas, M.D., associate professor of neurology and director of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice for the School of Medicine, has been named the 2019 Burton Sandok Visiting Professor of Neurological Education by the Mayo Clinic. Each year Mayo’s Department of Neurology coordinates a rigorous search to evaluate nominations from neurology departments across the country. The award recipient is chosen for his or her accomplishments and passion in the field of neurology, medical education and research. Salas was invited to spend two days at the institution in Rochester, Minn., where she presented a sleep lecture for the first-year neurology course and discussed sleep cases in a resident and fellow didactic session. In addition, she rounded on the neurology wards and provided Grand Rounds to the Department of Neurology on precision medicine at the Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep. Salas says of the experience: "I met some amazing neurologists at Mayo and loved to learn about what they are doing from the perspective of medical education and sleep medicine, all from the perspective of neurology. It was such an honor to be selected for this opportunity."
Elizabeth Tucker Receives Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award
Elizabeth Tucker, M.D., an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has received a 2018 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award from the Hartwell Foundation, a philanthropic organization that provides funds for early-stage research projects that have not yet qualified for funding from traditional sources. Tucker was one of 12 investigators at 10 institutions who earned a 2018 award, which provides support for three years at $100,000 direct cost per year. The award-winning proposals represented innovative and cutting-edge technology in medicine and biomedical engineering research that will potentially benefit children. Tucker's proposal was titled "Host-Targeted Theranostic Dendrimer to Monitor and Treat Meningitis."
Harry Dietz Awarded Mentorship Award
Harry "Hal" C. Dietz III, M.D., the Victor A. McKusick Professor of Genetics, the director of the William S. Smilow Center for Marfan Syndrome Research and a faculty member of the McKusick Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, has been awarded the 2019 Mentorship Award by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) for his commitment to mentorship in the field of human genetics research. Dietz has mentored more than 50 students and professionals, 10 of whom have received the ASHG/Charles J. Epstein Trainee Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Research. As the recipient of the 2019 Mentorship Award, Dietz received a $10,000 prize.
Mudiaga Sowho Earns 2018 Victor McKusick Fellowship
Mudiaga Sowho, M.D., M.P.H., a sleep and genomics fellow, has been awarded a 2018 Victor McKusick Fellowship from the Marfan Foundation. Sowho, who received one of only two fellowships given, earned a $150,000, two-year research grant for his study titled “Hedodynamic Response to Upper Airway Obstruction in Marfan Syndrome.” Marfan Foundation projects seek a better understanding of and treatments for various aspects of Marfan syndrome.
Netz Arroyo Honored for Innovative Technologies
Netz Arroyo, Ph.D., an assistant professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences, has been given the Ralph E. Powe Award by Oak Ridge Associated Universities. The competitive Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards Program is for full-time assistant professors at Oak Ridge Associated Universities member institutions within two years of their initial tenure track appointment. Netz was recognized for his innovations in designing technologies to understand mechanisms of drug transport within the body via real-time monitoring of drug levels in vivo.
Wen Shen Receives Outstanding Educator Award
Wen Shen, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of gynecology and obstetrics, has been honored with the 2019 NAMS/Leon Speroff Outstanding Educator Award. The award recognizes a NAM member’s excellence in menopause-related education of clinicians or the general public. In addition to developing a menopause app for all clinicians through Apple and Google, Shen has designed a menopause curriculum for gynecology residents and has taught them how to care for menopause patients in the resident Menopause Clinic.
Robert Shochet Wins ABIM Foundation’s Trust Practice Challenge
Robert Shochet, M.D., an associate professor of medicine and director of the Colleges Advisory Program, was named a winner of the 2019 ABIM Foundation’s Trust Practice Challenge. The challenge identifies and promotes practices that foster trust in health care. The Colleges Advisory Program provides every Johns Hopkins medical student with a dedicated, long-term mentor, enhancing their personal and professional growth and career development. Shochet is scheduled to present the Colleges Advisory Program as a trust practice in a plenary meeting titled "Innovations: Practices that Build Trust" at the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine) Foundation's 2019 forum in August.
Amanda Fader's Research Hailed as Top Oncology Advance
Research led by Amanda Fader, M.D., associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Rare Gynecologic Cancers, was called one of the top oncology advances of 2018 by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Fader’s research showed that the drug trastuzumab extended the length of time to tumor progression by four to eight months for women with HER2+ advanced or recurrent uterine serous carcinoma. The study resulted in development of new clinical guidelines within the National Comprehensive Cancer Network for treating this cancer subtype. The study was one of five in 2018 that made significant steps in cancer care.
Rachel Salas Named Macy Faculty Scholar
Rachel Salas, M.D., an associate professor of neurology, has been named a Macy Faculty Scholar. In this role, she will create and implement the Interprofessional Exemplar Program: A Certificate Program to Recognize, Develop, and Nurture Faculty as Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP) role models. The program aims to foster the development of skills needed to be a successful IPCP role model, cultivate an educational environment that facilitates excitement and innovation around IPCP and professional identity, and develop an educational environment that promotes recognition and encourages the joy of medicine for IPCP teaching faculty across disciplines.
Xitiz Chamling Receives a W. Barry Wood Jr. Research Award
Xitiz Chamling, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, has received the 2019 W. Barry Wood Jr. Research Award for his work on “Using Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Oligodendrocytes for the Discovery of Remyelinating Drugs.” He received the award at the annual Young Investigator's Day, which was designed to recognize outstanding contributions by School of Medicine graduate students, postdocs and fellows. Chamling conducts his research in the lab of Donald J. Zack, M.D., Ph.D.
Alejandro Garcia Named Jay Grosfeld Scholar
Alejandro Garcia, M.D., an assistant professor of surgery and surgical director of the ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) Program, has been named a Jay Grosfeld, M.D., scholar by the American Pediatric Surgical Association Foundation. Garcia will receive $25,000 for his research titled “Improving Reperfusion Injury in Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Using a Porcine Model of ECPR.”
Rebecca Same Earns a Jonathan Freeman Scholarship
Rebecca Same, M.D., a fellow in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (pictured right), has received a Jonathan Freeman Scholarship from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). The scholarship was established by SHEA to promote the training of outstanding infectious-disease fellows who demonstrate interest in healthcare epidemiology. It was established in memory of Jonathan Freeman, M.D., M.P.H., a Johns Hopkins teacher and researcher in the field of healthcare epidemiology who dedicated himself to improving the delivery of healthcare through the prevention of nosocomial infections.
Sister Karen Schneider Receives Honorary Doctorate From St. Joseph's College
Sister Karen Schneider, R.S.M., MD., M.P.H., a pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics, received an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the May 2019 commencement exercises of Saint Joseph’s College's in Portland, Maine. Sister Karen has been recognized for her international medical work in the service of children. She coordinates the Pediatric Tropical Medicine elective, for which she supervises clinical experiences for residents in several countries, lectures on tropical medicine to pediatric residents and updates out-of-country physicians and health workers on medical topics. She has completed more than 80 medical mission trips. Saint Joseph’s College President James Dlugos said, “Through her missionary work in Haiti, Guyana, Nigeria and Kenya, Sr. Karen Schneider has provided medical care to countless people in need of assistance and, equally importantly, has touched both young and not-so-young with her healing presence.... [W]e’re proud to welcome her to the Saint Joseph’s College family with this honorary degree.”
Megan Tschudy Receives AcademyHealth Child Health Services Research Award
Megan M. Tschudy, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of pediatrics and assistant medical director of the Harriet Lane Clinic, has received an AcademyHealth Nemours Child Health Services Research Award from AcademyHealth. The national award recognizes an early-career investigator in the field of child health services, particularly someone doing research on quality improvement of pediatric health services. Tschudy's research interests include community integrated health care redesign, improving the quality of the family-centered medical home, home visitation and implementing and evaluating innovative medical education curricula.
Sophie Cai Earns Fellowship to Support Postgraduate Studies in Ophthalmology
Sophie Cai, an opthalmology resident, Wilmer Eye Institute, has received the HEED Fellowship from the HEED Ophthalmic Foundation to support her vitreoretinal fellowship at Duke University. Established by Thomas Heed in 1945, the foundation provides funding to assist young men and women in pursuing postgraduate studies in ophthalmology. Drs. Peter McDonnell, Neil Bressler and Peter Gehlbach nominated Cai for the award.
Amanda Crum Promoted to Assistant Professor
Amanda Crum, O.D., M.S., has been promoted to the rank of assistant professor of ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, by the Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins Medical Faculty. The case report that allowed the recommendation for promotion was "Bitot's spots following bariatric surgery: An ocular manifestation of a systemic disease." For this report, Crum credits Divya Srikumaran, Elliott Myrowitz and Ashley Behrens for their support. Her area of research is in keratoconus and contact lens prescribing patterns.
James Harris Wins William I. Gardner Award
James C. Harris, M.D., director of the Developmental Neuropsychiatry Clinic at The Johns Hopkins University and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and pediatrics, has been given the 2019 William I. Gardner Award by the Center for START Services, Institute on Disability. The award recognizes “a national leader who has made significant contributions in the effort to improve the lives of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and behavioral health.” Harris' specialty is psychiatry for children with neurodevlopmental disabilities aand acquired brain injury. Harris is a past director of the Johns Hopkins Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His nationally recognized, award-winning textbook Developmental Neuropsychiatry and his Intellectual Disability textbooks are standard works for child psychiatrists.
Colleen Christmas Receives Outstanding Mid-Career Clinician Educator Award
Colleen Christmas, M.D., has received the 2019 Outstanding Mid-Career Clinician Educator of the Year Award from the American Geriatrics Society. Christmas is an assistant professor of medicine, the director of the Primary Care Leadership Track at the School of Medicine and the associate program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She practices geriatric medicine primary care and consultative geriatric medicine. Christmas says of the award: "I’m delighted to be honored for something that brings me so much joy and inspiration to do already. It also feels pretty great to know that the work that many of us do as educators is so highly valued by our national organizations. I’m honored and humbled to receive the award this year, and I so much appreciate those who nominated and selected me.”
Nancy Schoenborn Receives Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award
Nancy L. Schoenborn, M.D., an assistant professor of medicine and an assistant professor of oncology at Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received the 2019 Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award from the American Geriatrics Society. Schoenborn's clinical/research expertise is in geriatric medicine and cancer screenings in older adults that incorporate patient preferences and life expectancy. Schoenborn says, "I am honored by this recognition and want to thank my mentors and collaborators for making this possible.”
Henry Brem Honored for Mentoring Work
Henry Brem, M.D., director of the Department of Neurosurgery and a professor of neurosurgery, has been awarded the 2019 Medical Student Teaching Award by the Society of Neurological Surgeons for his "dedication to teaching and mentoring medical students" and for all he is doing "to shape the next generation of neurosurgeons."
James Ficke Named a Board Member of Orthopaedic Surgeons' Organization
James R. Ficke, M.D., director of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Robert A. Robinson Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, became a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ (AAOS) Board of Directors at the organization’s 2019 annual meeting. Ficke also is a committed volunteer with AAOS. He is currently a mentor for the Academy’s Leadership Fellows Program.
Community Physicians' Education and Training Department Earns Top Award
Johns Hopkins Community Physicians’ Education and Training Department has been named one of the 2019 Top 125 Training organizations by Training magazine. The department was No. 52 out of 125 awardees. The award recognizes high-quality organizational training by linking education and training to achievement of strategic objectives and other targets; by evaluating the human resources impact of high-quality training (less turnover, engagement, development); and benchmarking against peers.
Kristen Nelson: A Health Care Hero
Kristen Nelson, M.D., co-director of the Johns Hopkins Office for Pediatric Education and an assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, has been named a 2019 Health Care Hero by the Maryland Daily Record newspaper. Nelson received the Physician of the Year Award, which honors a physician whose job performance is considered exemplary by patients and peers.
Bram Lambrus Wins Graduate Student Award
Bram Lambrus, a molecular biologist and Ph.D. candidate in the laboratory of Andrew Holland, Ph.D., is one of 13 winners of the prestigious Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, which has been given by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for the past 20 years. Lambrus won for his discovery of a quality-control pathway that acts as a timer to measure the duration of cell division.
Panagis Galiatsatos: A Health Care Hero
Panagis Galiatsatos, M.D., M.H.S., an instructor of medicine with expertise in pulmonary and critical care medicine, has been named a 2019 Health Care Hero by the Maryland Daily Record newspaper. Galiatsatos received the Community Outreach/Education Award, which honors individuals and organizations that have helped the community they serve by providing support and education.
John Wilckens Inducted into the Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence
The Johns Hopkins Center for Innovative Medicine has inducted John Wilckens, M.D., a sports medicine division chief and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, into the 2019 class of the Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence. The academy recognizes Johns Hopkins physicians who provide exceptional patient care and demonstrate mastery in communication, interpersonal skills, professionalism and humanism. Wilckens was inducted during the Excellence in Patient Care Symposium in April 2019.
Jackie Bhattarai Earns Credentialing Scholarship
Jackie Bhattarai, a fellow in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has received a 2019 Early Career Psychologist Credentialing Scholarship from the National Register of Health Service Psychologists Awards Committee. The scholarships help early-career psychologists, postdoctoral trainees and doctoral students by covering the cost of their becoming credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
Richard Huganir Wins Neuroscience Prize
Neurobiologist Richard Huganir, Ph.D., has won the 2019 Edward Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience for his research on changes in synapses — the spaces between neurons — that affect learning and memory. The Scolnick Prize is awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's McGovern Institute for Brain Research. Huganir is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and Psychological and Brain Sciences and the director of the Department of Neuroscience.
Joshua Yang Wins First Place in Healthcare Case Competition
Joshua Y. Yang, an M.D.-Ph.D. student, was part of a Johns Hopkins team that won first place in the 2019 Yale Healthcare Case Competition, an annual student-organized event that brings together interdisciplinary teams of students across multiple professional schools and programs to solve the most challenging problems in healthcare and biotechnology today. This time around, the teams were charged with "providing an implementation strategy for a novel healthcare genomic diagnostic assay for cancer patients in a private hospital system." This included addressing healthcare, ethical, financial, medical informatics and operations issues. In addition to Yang (pictured, center), the Johns Hopkins team, which won a $5,000 prize, included a student from the Carey Business School and the School of Public Health.
2019 Award for Excellence in Mentoring Goes to Megan Collins
Megan Collins, M.D., an professor of ophthalmology, is the recipient of the 2019 Award for Excellence in Mentoring sponsored by the Scholarly Concentrations Program. The award recognizes the faculty mentor who best embodies the goals of the Scholarly Concentrations Program in fostering the spirit of independent scholarship among Johns Hopkins medical students.
Peter McDonnell named to ARCS Foundation Hall of Fame
Peter J. McDonnell, M.D., director of the Wilmer Eye Institute and a professor of ophthalmology, has been named to the ARCS Foundation Hall of Fame for making advances in ophthalmology that have improved sight for countless patients worldwide. McDonnell is an international leader in corneal transplantation, laser refractive surgery and the treatment of dry eye. ARCS Foundation is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization started and run entirely by women who boost American leadership and aid advancement in science and technology. McDonnell was sponsored as an ARCS Scholar in 1981 and 1982, when he was a medical student at Johns Hopkins.
Lillian Tsai Earns Grant to Support Research in Cardiothoracic Surgery
Lillian L. Tsai, M.D., an assistant resident in the Department of Surgery, has been awarded a $60,000 Southern Thoracic Surgical Association Resident Research Award from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation, the charitable arm of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The project that earned Tsai the award is titled "An Implantable Microdevice for Personalized Chemotherapy to Prevent Recurrence in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer."
Debraj Mukherjee Honored for Work as a Resident
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has given the David C. Leach Award to Debraj Mukherjee, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of neurosurgery. The award recognizes residents and fellows who have fostered innovation and improvement in their residency programs, advanced humanism in medicine and increased efficiency and emphasis on educational outcomes. It was given to Mukherjee for work done during his residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Sharon Solomon Honored by Maryland Legislators
Sharon Denise Solomon, M.D., a professor of ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, was honored in February 2019 on the floors of both the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates at the Statehouse in Annapolis with citations from the governor and the General Assembly, recognizing that she is the first African-American to be promoted to full professor in the history of the Wilmer Eye Institute. Solomon's clinical expertise includes medical and surgical treatment of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, epiretinal membranes, macular holes, and retinal tears and detachment.
Warren Grayson Inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering's College of Fellows
Warren Grayson, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical engineering, has been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). The honor is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. Grayson was nominated, reviewed and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for “outstanding contributions to musculoskeletal tissue engineering, enhancement of diversity, and educating the public and policymakers on regenerative medicine strategies,” according to an AIMBE press release. He was inducted into the college, along with 156 others, during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in March 2019.
Susumu Tao Receives Young Author Award
Susumu Tao, M.D., Ph.D., Division of Cardiology, was one of nine young researchers who received 2019 Young Author Achievement Awards from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in recognition of outstanding research published in one of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology’s sister journals. Tao's work, titled “Ablation Lesion Characterization in Scarred Substrate Assessed Using Cardiac Magnetic Resonance,” was published in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology. Tao was recognized during the ACC’s 68th Annual Scientific Session, held in March 2019 in New Orleans.
Cynthia Wolberger Elected to Two Prestigious Academies
Cynthia Wolberger, Ph.D., a professor of biophysics and biophysical chemistry, is among more than 200 scientists, scholars, writers, artists and other leaders who have been elected to the 2019 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also is among 125 scientists who have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. A structural biologist, Wolberger studies proteins that pack DNA into a bundle within a cell, and she studies how special tags, called ubiquitin, are attached to these proteins and help to turn genes on or off. She develops 3D models to study, in fine detail, the cellular machinery that controls DNA packaging.
Sherita Golden Named University of Virginia Distinguished Alumna
Sherita Golden, M.D., M.H.S., has been named the 2019 Distinguished Alumna of the University of Virginia by the UVA Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center for her "professional expertise in the field of diabetes, her dedication to her community and her inspirational leadership." Golden is the Hugh P. McCormick Family Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism and executive vice chair of the Department of Medicine. Her research interests include diabetes and depression; diabetes epidemiology; diabetes and cardiovascular disease; and inpatient diabetes healthcare delivery.
Jonathan Callan Wins Fellowship to Study at Auschwitz
Jonathan Callan, a fourth-year medical student, was one of 14 medical students chosen for the 2019 Medical Program of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). The program offers the students the opportunity to participate in a two-week summer program in Germany and Poland, studying the conduct of physicians in Nazi-occupied Europe as a way to reflect on medical ethics today. The program underscores the reality that moral codes governing doctors can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. Callan plans to train in emergency medicine and work in underserved, urban communities. He says he is “looking forward to participating in the FASPE medical program because I know it will give me the tools and network to be a better supporter of ethical practice, both on the wards and in the communities I wish to serve.”
Kenneth Kinzler Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Kenneth Kinzler, Ph.D., a professor of oncology, co-director of the Ludwig Center and associate director for basic research at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, is among more than 200 scientists, scholars, writers, artists and other leaders who have been elected to the 2019 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Kinzler was recognized for his role in uncovering the genetic alterations linked to the initiation of colon cancer; the development of novel approaches for the molecular analysis of cancer; and, more recently, for his role in deciphering the genetic blueprints of many types of cancer.
Sujatha Kannan Inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering's College of Fellows
Sujatha Kannan, M.B.B.S, M.D., professor of anesthesiology/critical care/pediatric critical care, has been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). The honor is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. Kannan was nominated, reviewed and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for “elucidating the role of glia in neurodevelopmental disorders and contributions bridging clinical, preclinical [and] nanotechnology/translational efforts for pediatric brain disorders,” according to an AIMBE press release. She was inducted into the college, along with 156 others, during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in March 2019.
Emmanouil Tampakakis Wins Presidential Career Development Award
Emmanouil Tampakakis, M.D., instructor of medicine, was one of three winners of the 2019 Presidential Career Development Award given by the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Tampakakis' awarding-winning project is titled “Engineering a Power Switch to Study the Contribution of Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes on Heart Regeneration.” The purpose of the award is to encourage junior faculty in the early phases of their careers in the field of cardiology and to recognize and provide financial support for research efforts made by the winners. Each receives one year of research support.
Kavita Sharma Receives Young Author Award
Kavita Sharma, M.D., assistant professor of medicine and director of Johns Hopkins Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction Program, was one of nine young researchers who received 2019 Young Author Achievement Awards from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in recognition of outstanding research published in one of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology’s sister journals. Sharma's work, titled “Randomized Evaluation of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction Patients with Acute Heart Failure and Dopamine (ROPA-DOP) Trial," was published in JACC: Heart Failure. Sharma was recognized the during the ACC’s 68th Annual Scientific Session, held in March 2019 in New Orleans.
Rachel Green Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Rachel Green, Ph.D., a professor of molecular biology and genetics and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is among more than 200 scientists, scholars, writers, artists and other leaders who have been elected in 2019 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Green focuses on a protein-building machine called the ribosome. These molecular machines connect organic building blocks, much like toy Legos, to construct proteins that are essential to the inner workings of a cell. Her laboratory uses genetic and biochemical tools to explore the function of ribosomes in bacteria, yeast and mammals.
Sewon Kang Served as Chief Editor for Fitzpatrick's Dermatology, 9th Edition
Sewon Kang, M.D., director of the Department of Dermatology and dermatologist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, served as editor-in-chief of Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology, 9th Edition, and 15 of the department's faculty members contributed at least one major chapter or more to the two volumes. Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology is the authoritative textbook globally on dermatology.
Rebecca Gottesman Receives Mentoring Award
Rebecca Gottesman, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology in the Cerebrovascular Division, is the recipient of the 2019 Stroke Research Mentoring Award from the American Stroke Association. The award recognizes outstanding achievements in mentoring future generations of stroke researchers. Gottesman primarily conducts research as part of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. Her research, funded primarily by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), focuses on the vascular contribution to cognitive impairment and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.