December 19, 2011

Cheers — December 19, 2011


Kathleen Barnes, professor of medicine in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, has received a four-year $9.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund her ongoing studies of asthma in populations of African descent. Barnes has achieved international prominence for her work in defining the genetic basis of asthma, especially in patients of African descent.

Joseph Carrese, associate professor of medicine and chair of Bayview’s Ethics Committee, has been selected to receive the 2011 Presidential Citation Award from the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. The award recognizes his dedication and important work as a member of the ASBH’s Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs Committee, which has been working to establish national standards and a certification process for health care professionals who conduct clinical ethics consultations.

Jenn Nizer, longtime director of the child day care center, has been appointed chair of the Early Childhood Development Advisory Council of the Maryland State Department of Education. The council oversees every aspect of early childhood education in Maryland and has approximately 40 to 50 members who come from all sectors of the community, including the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, fire departments, and resource and referral centers throughout Maryland.

Antony Rosen, professor and chief of the Division of Rheumatology, has been awarded a nearly $1.2 million grant by Robert L. Sloan, president and CEO of Sibley Memorial Hospital and head of its Mackley Fund for research, to finance a research project titled “Precision Measurement in Rheumatoid Arthritis.” Rosen and his colleagues believe that making precise measurements of a patient’s disease and reaction to treatment is the key to determining which patients benefit most from different treatments.

Roy Ziegelstein, professor and vice director of the Department of Medicine, has received the highest honor bestowed by the American College of Physicians, selection as a master of the ACP. Ziegelstein’s many teaching awards from students and residents, his contributions to cardiology and internal medicine training, his renowned diagnostic skills and his superb clinical judgment all contributed to his selection as an ACP master.



Alain Labrique, assistant professor in International Health and in Epidemiology, has been named one of the Top 11 Innovators in Mobile Health by the Rockefeller Foundation and the mHealth Alliance. The award recognizes individuals who have used mobile technology in innovative ways to improve health systems and outcomes, particularly in the most remote areas of the world. Labrique was selected for developing the mCARE program with colleagues at Johns Hopkins and in Bangladesh. The program utilizes mobile phone and database technologies to improve registration and surveillance of pregnancies and to optimize early neonatal and postpartum follow-up care in an effort to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality.

Jeff Goldsmith and Russell “Taki” Shinohara are this year’s co-recipients of the Margaret Merrell Award, established in 1995 by the friends, colleagues and former students of the late faculty member. This award recognizes outstanding research by a Biostatistics doctoral student.



Theodore Abraham, associate professor of medicine and vice chief of the Division of Cardiology in the School of Medicine, has been appointed the first associate dean for research in the capital region. The additions to the Johns Hopkins Health System of Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., and Howard County General Hospital provide new opportunities for expanding and coordinating translational research historically based primarily at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview. Abraham’s primary responsibility will be to build research capacity at HCGH, Suburban and Sibley.



Carol Iversen, program director of diagnostic medical sonography, has received the 2011 Most Effective Radiologic Technologist Educator Award from, a San Francisco–based radiology website. Iversen has worked as a full-time general sonographer at The Johns Hopkins Hospital since 1993 and was named DMS program director in 2003.



John Bergbower, a central figure in Johns Hopkins’ security system since 2003, has been promoted to vice president for security. A 27-year veteran of the Baltimore City Police Department, Bergbower previously had served as senior director of Corporate Security, Parking and Transportation, as well as internal director of Security for the schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, and as director of Investigations. He succeeds Harry Koffenberger, a three-decade veteran of law enforcement, who had been head of Security since 2006.

Richard Grossi, chief financial officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine since its inception, has been named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the “110 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know.” Placement on the magazine’s list of top CFOs signifies that Grossi is among “the most respected and talented CFOs in the health care industry,” according to the magazine.



Christopher Celenza has been appointed to the Charles Homer Haskins Chair in the Department of German and Romance Languages.



Jennifer Nicole Campbell, a sophomore studying piano with Brian Ganz, won first prize in the Young Artist division for her composition, “Discovery,” in the Music Teachers National Association Composition Competition. She performed the work at the MTNA Delaware Winner’s Recital on Nov. 12 at the University of Delaware.

Mark Janello, a Music Theory faculty member, presented a paper, “Unreasonably Melodious: The Grotesque and Bach’s Inverse Augmentation Canon,” in the Music of the 18th Century session at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory. The meeting was held Oct. 27 to 30 in Minneapolis.

Patrick Merrill, a junior studying piano with Yong Hi Moon, won first place in the Young Artist division of the Maryland State Music Teachers Association Competition, held Nov. 13 in Columbia, Md. John Wilson, a Master of Music candidate studying with Marian Hahn, was chosen as an alternate.

Alexander Norris, a faculty artist, performs on the recently released CD Ron Carter’s Great Big Band with other notable jazz performers, including alto saxophonist Steve Wilson, a recent guest artist at Peabody.

Ian Rosenbaum, a Preparatory faculty member, was one of 12 auditioners selected for a three-year residency with CMS Two, a program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The residency, designed to provide opportunities to performers in the early stages of major careers, will begin in September.

David Smooke, who chairs the Conservatory’s Music Theory Department, made his New York debut as a toy pianist at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music on Dec. 3, playing a piece for amplified toy piano using extended techniques, including various types of bowing. The performance was part of Phyllis Chen’s UnCaged Toy Piano Festival.

Melissa Wimbish, a Graduate Performance Diploma candidate, was one of four winners of the Denver Philharmonic’s 2011–12 Young Artist Masterclass Competition for Voice and will perform Chausson’s “Chanson perpetuelle” with the orchestra on Feb. 17.

C Street Brass, a quintet founded by Conservatory students in 2007 and mentored by faculty artist Joe Burgstaller, has been chosen as one of a select group of ensembles to be showcased at Chamber Music America’s 34th Annual Conference, to be held Jan. 12 to 15 at the Westin Times Square in New York. C Street Brass will perform a 20-minute show at the conference, at which Preparatory alumnus Aaron P. Dworkin, recently appointed to the National Council on the Arts by President Barack Obama, will be the keynote speaker.



Phyllis McDonald, associate professor in the Division of Public Safety Leadership, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that the committee’s recommendations will help the FTA develop new policies and practices, and, should the FTA be given authority to promulgate new transit safety requirements, the committee will write new rail safety regulations. McDonald teaches research and evaluation in the Police Executive Leadership Program. Her recent accomplishments include completing a national assessment of transit security training, helping to create curriculum guidelines for FTA training contractors and developing a strategic counter-terrorism training program for transit managers.



Amy Bastian has been promoted to professor of neuroscience.

Jennifer Elisseeff has been promoted to professor of ophthalmology, retroactive to July 1, 2010.

Richard T. Johnson, professor in Neurology, received the World Federation of Neurology Medal for Scientific Achievement in Neurology at the World Congress of Neurology on Nov. 14 in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Xingde Li has been promoted to professor of biomedical engineering.

Alicia Neu has been promoted to professor of pediatrics.

Nicole Parrish, assistant professor of pathology and director of Medical Mycobacteriology, has received certification as a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology. ABMM certification is the highest credential that a doctoral-level clinical microbiologist can earn.

David Pearse has been promoted to professor of medicine.

Paul J. Scheel Jr. has been named first holder of the Ronald R. Peterson Professorship in the Department of Medicine, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Lillie Shockney, University Distinguished Service Associate Professor of Breast Cancer, administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Avon Breast Center at JHH and also a guest lecturer and distinguished speaker at the School of Nursing, was selected as this year’s Amazing Nurse in a national contest to celebrate and reward nurses’ value, sponsored by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future. Shockney’s work with breast cancer patients was recognized during the 2011 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute show, held Dec. 11 in Los Angeles.

Artin A. Shoukas is to be appointed professor emeritus in the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Physiology, and Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, effective Feb. 29, 2012.

Martha Tesfalul, a member of the Class of 2013, has received an Association of American Medical Colleges Herbert W. Nickens Award, given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and health care equities for Americans. The award includes a $5,000 scholarship. As an entering medical student in 2010, Tesfalul, the daughter of Eritrean immigrants and an aspiring pediatrician whose ambition is to work in medically underserved communities, was one of only three students selected to receive a $40,000 annual Johns Hopkins Medicine Scholarship, designed to increase diversity in the School of Medicine.

Mark Young, part-time assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, has received the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine’s Hairm Ring PM&R International Memorial Award for his contributions to advancing the cause of international education and humanitarian exchange in physiatry.



Patricia Abbott, assistant professor in Health Systems and Outcomes, was invited by William E. Kennard, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, to the High-Level Workshop on Innovation in Healthcare, held Nov. 16 in Brussels. The workshop was attended by policymakers and academic and private sector representatives from both sides of the Atlantic in order to produce a set of policy recommendations on health care and remote monitoring for cure and prevention. The recommendations will be shared with relevant transatlantic policymakers to ensure rapid uptake of health technology for the benefit of patients around the world.

Barbara Badman, a student in the traditional Class of 2013, won first place for her research poster, “Investigating the Genotypic Distribution of High-Risk Human Papillomavirus Among Women in Northern Tanzania in an Effort to Determine Efficacy,” submitted as part of the Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Badman is the first non–Bloomberg School student to win first place.

Nancy Glass, associate professor in the Department of Community Public Health, received the 2011 Consortium of Universities for Global Health Early Career Award in recognition of her dedication to critical global issues and remarkable record of achievement. The distinction includes a $1,000 financial award and plaque, which was presented Nov. 13 at the annual CUGH Global Health Conference in Montreal.

Ellen Ray, instructor in the Department of Community Public Health, was selected to participate in the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing Education Consortium Institute, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and held Sept. 14 to 16 in Seattle. The program taught quality and safety content, as well as innovative techniques for teaching the content to students and other faculty. Areas covered included patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, patient safety and informatics.



Jerry Prince, the William B. Kouwenhoven Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the Medical Image Computing and Computer-Aided Intervention Society in recognition of his “significant contributions for medical imaging and analysis.” The society elects only three fellows each year.