For the Record: Cheers
Cheers is a monthly listing of honors and
awards received by faculty, staff and students plus recent
appointments and promotions. Contributions must be
submitted in writing and be accompanied by a phone
Bayview Medical Center
Mohamad Allaf, assistant professor, has been
appointed director of Minimally Invasive and
Laparoscopic Surgery in the Department of Urology. Allaf
joins Bayview after completing his residency
in urological surgery at the James Buchanan Brady
Urological Institute at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins in 2000.
His areas of interest include kidney,
prostate and testicular cancers and the minimally invasive
management of these cancers.
Mehran Habibi, assistant professor, has joined
the surgical oncology team. Prior to coming to
Bayview, Habibi completed his fellowship in surgical
oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University
Hospitals. He received his medical degree from Azad
University in Iran in 1996.
Thomas Reifsnyder, assistant professor and
chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery, received
the 2007 Keith D. Lillemoe Faculty Teaching Award, bestowed
annually by surgical residents for
outstanding teaching skills.
Andrew J. Satin has been appointed chair of
Obstetrics and Gynecology. He previously was
professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and
Gynecology in the Uniformed Services
University of the Health Sciences' F. Edward Hebert School
of Medicine. He also served as an
attending physician at both the National Naval Medical
Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Satin received his medical degree from the Uniformed
Services University and completed his
fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of
Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is
chair of the American College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists' Committee on Practice Bulletins and
is a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate
Medical Education Residency Review Committee
for Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Bloomberg School of Public Health
The school was named University Leader of the
Year by the Malaria Foundation International
for its expanding educational role as a leader in the fight
against malaria. The organization also
honored the school with an award for Educational Document
of the Year for University and Graduate
Students, for its Malaria Course launched in 2006 with
OpenCourseWare online lectures.
The Johns Hopkins chapter of Sigma Delta Pi,
the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society,
has been named an Honor Chapter for its outstanding
activities in 2006-2007. Each May, the 546
chapters of the society are asked to submit a report
detailing their activities from the academic year;
based on these reports, the national executive committee
chooses approximately 15 Honor Chapters
whose projects honor excellence in the study of the Spanish
language, contribute to cultural
understanding and uphold the goals of the society.
According to the organization, chapter adviser
Harry C. Sieber, professor in the Department of German and
Romance Languages and Literatures, was
instrumental in earning this national honor, which was
awarded to only 13 chapters this year.
Harlan Parker, coordinator of the Music
Education Division in the Conservatory and director of
the Peabody Wind Ensemble, has been named conductor of the
Peabody Sinfonietta for the 2007-
2008 season, following the retirement of Gene Young as
conductor of the Peabody Preparatory's
premier youth orchestra.
School of Medicine
Deborah Armstrong, associate professor in
oncology, has been awarded the Rosalind Franklin
Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research Award for her efforts
to enhance treatment options and
women's understanding of ovarian cancer. The award was
presented during the 10th Annual Ovarian
Cancer National Alliance Conference in July. The award is
named for molecular biologist Rosalind
Franklin, who was instrumental in the discovery of the
structure of DNA and who died from ovarian
cancer. The honor carries with it a legacy of scientific
excellence and tremendous contribution to the
ovarian cancer community.
Steven Chang, a 2005 School of Medicine
graduate and current resident in otolaryngology,
received the award for best basic science oral presentation
at the first Congress of the International
Academy of Oral Oncology in Amsterdam in May. The title of
his presentation was "MicroRNA
Expression Levels in Head and Neck Squamous Cell
Victor McKusick, University Professor of
Medical Genetics, has been awarded an honorary
doctorate by the world's oldest university, the University
of Bologna, Italy, which was established in
1088. Among the newest of specialties, medical genetics
emerged largely as a result of McKusick's
pioneering work on such complex genetic disorders as Marfan
syndrome, cystic fibrosis and
hemophilia. This is his 22nd honorary degree.
Gedge Rosson, assistant professor of surgery
and director of Breast Reconstruction, and
Arnold Lee Dellon, part-time professor of surgery, received
the first-place award for best clinical
paper at the Fourth Congress of the World Society of
Reconstructive Microsurgery in Athens,
Greece. The paper, presented in June, was titled
"Prevention of Ulceration/Amputation in Diabetic
Neuropathy by Microneurolysis."
Stephen Baylin, Robert Casero and Curt
Civin have been awarded funding from the Samuel
Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization
dedicated to supporting concept-driven
research leading to targeted therapies for cancer. All
recipients collaborate with other SWCRF
investigators on projects funded by the foundation. Baylin,
professor of oncology and medicine, and
Casero, professor of oncology and principal investigator,
were selected for identifying malfunctioning
epigenetic components that help establish colorectal
cancer; their work has led to an investigational
drug study to treat the disease. Civin, professor of
oncology and pediatrics, is exploring novel ways to
reprogram leukemia stem cells to eliminate the root cause
of the disease.
School of Nursing
Cheryl Dennison, assistant professor, Nursing
Systems and Outcomes, has been appointed co-
editor of the "Progress in Prevention" column in the
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.
Fannie Gaston-Johansson, professor, Acute and
Chronic Care, has been appointed by Gov. Martin
O'Malley as one of six members of the Maryland Health Care
Access and Reimbursement Task Force.
Created by legislation in 2007, the group is tasked with
examining physician and health care
reimbursement trends in the state and developing
recommendations to present to the general
assembly and the governor.
Janice Hoffman, instructor, Acute and Chronic
Care, was sworn in on Sept. 7 as a member of
the Maryland State Board of Spinal Cord Injury Research for
a term of four years.
Marie Nolan, associate professor, Acute and
Chronic Care, and director of the school's PhD
program, has been elected to the board of the International
Network for Doctoral Education in
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