Ellen J. MacKenzie, who officially became the 11th dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health today, said in a message to the Bloomberg School community that she is "ready to lead and to engage ... as we work toward positive, meaningful solutions.
"I look forward to working closely with faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends of the school in staying true to our mission and meeting the evolving challenges of public health both locally and globally," added MacKenzie, whose message included a brief video introduction.
MacKenzie is an expert on improving trauma care systems and policy, a nationally renowned researcher, and a respected academic leader. She replaces Michael J. Klag, who had been dean since 2005.
After earning graduate degrees from the Bloomberg School, MacKenzie joined the school's Health Policy and Management faculty in 1980, with a joint appointment in the Department of Biostatistics. A Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, she holds faculty appointments in the School of Medicine's departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
MacKenzie founded and leads the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium, a collaboration of more than 50 U.S. trauma centers and military treatment facilities. A former director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, she has shaped the field of trauma services and outcomes research, leading to improved quality of life for trauma survivors.