Cheers: September 2015

Cheers is a monthly listing of appointments, promotions, and honors and awards received by faculty and staff. Submissions can be emailed to

Academic and Cultural Centers

Darius Graham, director of Johns Hopkins' Social Innovation Lab, was named to Baltimore Business Journal's 40 Under 40 list. The men and women on this list were chosen from among 350 nominations. The Social Innovation Lab supports promising companies and organizations that tackle local and global challenges.

Nancy Kass and Jeffrey Kahn, both professors in the Berman Institute of Bioethics, have received a grant from the Wellcome Trust to examine ethics issues in public health containment of Ebola and other infectious outbreaks in low- and middle-income countries.

Bayview Medical Center

Bethany Sacks, an assistant professor and general surgeon, has been named director for the surgical clerkship education program.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Brendan Saloner, an assistant professor in Health Policy and Management and in the department's Institute for Health and Social Policy, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics at the National Academy of Medicine.

Carey Business School

James Calvin has been promoted to professor in the practice track. A member of Carey's faculty since 1996, he teaches courses in leadership, team building, project management, and organizational conflict.

Lasse Mertins has been promoted to associate professor in the practice track. He joined the school in 2014 and teaches in the areas of managerial and financial accounting, and performance measurement.

Johns Hopkins Health System

Selwyn Ray has been appointed director of Community Relations. Although Ray's primary responsibilities will be at Bayview Medical Center, he also will have a broader role for community health outreach for the School of Medicine. Previously, Ray was executive director of and senior vice president for community engagement at the Maryland Mentoring Resource Center.

Jim Scheulen, a faculty member and chief administrator officer for the Department of Emergency Medicine, has been named chief administrative officer for emergency medicine services and capacity management for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In his new role, he will be responsible for fully integrating emergency medicine operations across the health system. Scheulen joined Johns Hopkins in 1990 as administrator for the Department of Emergency Medicine and later founded Johns Hopkins' Lifeline Transportation Program; co-developed the Hopkins Access Line, a dedicated resource that connects providers to Johns Hopkins physicians; and played an integral role in the creation of the Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response, known as CEPAR, following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Johns Hopkins International

Karen Haller, a 27-year veteran of Johns Hopkins Medicine nursing, has been named vice president for nursing and clinical affairs at Johns Hopkins International. She will work with JHI's vice president and executive medical director, John Ulatowski, a professor and the former director of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine in the School of Medicine, in developing the structure and resources needed to collaborate with health care organizations worldwide. Most recently, Haller was vice president for nursing and patient care services and chief nursing officer of Johns Hopkins Hospital.


Sara Bleich, an associate professor in Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health, and Shereef Elnahal, a fellow in Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences at the School of Medicine and a radiation oncology resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital, have been appointed to the 2015–16 class of White House fellows. The fellowship program began in 1964, under President Lyndon B. Johnson, as a way to enable outstanding men and women to learn about the workings of the federal government and participate closely in national affairs.

Patricia Phelps has been named director of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Professional Development Office, which serves graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. Previously, Phelps created and led the Science, Training, and Diversity Office at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and held a leadership post at the National Institutes of Health's Office of Intramural Training and Education.

Peabody Institute

Voice faculty artist Denyce Graves was interviewed in Master Singers: Advice from the Stage, a book by Donald George for vocalists making the transition from student to professional. Also, Graves wrote an essay for the University of Virginia Press on performing the title role of Margaret Garner in the opera by that name.

An article by Hollis Robbins, chair of the Humanities Department, is featured in a special issue of Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies devoted to Quentin Tarantino's 2012 film Django Unchained. The article, "Django Unchained: Repurposing Western Film Music," examines Tarantino's musical choices in creating the soundtrack to his controversial rescue-and-revenge film set in antebellum America. Robbins is also director of the Krieger School's Center for Africana Studies.

Faculty artist Denise Tryon, horn, has released her debut album, So-Low, on Bridge Records. Her disc features newly commissioned compositions that feature the low area of the horn's register.

School of Medicine

Peter Agre, a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, professor of biological chemistry in the School of Medicine, and director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, has received the Civilian Research and Development Foundation's George Brown Award for International Scientific Cooperation for his work advancing international collaboration in science and medicine and his active commitment to science diplomacy.

Mary Catherine Beach has been promoted to professor of medicine.

David Cooper, a professor of medicine and radiology, has received the Endocrine Society's 2015 Outstanding Scholarly Physician Award. Cooper is internationally known in the thyroid and endocrine community for his work on the treatment of Graves' disease and subclinical thyroid disease, as well as aspects of the diagnosis and management of thyroid cancer.

Andrea Cox, an associate professor of medicine, has been named director of the Medical Scientist Training/MD-PhD Program. Co-director of the program since 2013, she succeeds Robert Siliciano, a professor of medicine, molecular biology and genetics, and pharmacology and molecular sciences, who has headed the program since 1999, developing it into one of the world's most highly regarded physician-scientist training programs.

Jonathan Efron, an associate professor of surgery and chief of the Ravitch Service for gastrointestinal surgery, has been named executive vice director of the Department of Surgery. He will assist in the daily operations of the department and serve as a liaison between the Johns Hopkins Hospital and other Johns Hopkins Medicine hospitals.

Margaret Moon, an associate professor of general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, has been appointed associate vice chair for professional practice for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, where she is part of the Division of Quality and Safety. She is also a physician adviser for the Department of Pediatrics.

Timothy Phelps, an associate professor and assistant director of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, has received the Association of Medical Illustrators' 2015 Max Broedel Award of Excellence in Education. The award is named for the founding director of Johns Hopkins' Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, the nation's first such department. Phelps also won a Certificate of Merit for his work on the book Dance Science: Anatomy, Movement Analysis, Conditioning.

Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty, vice president for medicine at Johns Hopkins University, and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been elected to the 14-member board of directors of Merck, the global health care company. Rothman, a rheumatologist and molecular immunologist, will serve as a member of the company's research committee.

Yoram Unguru, an assistant professor of pediatric oncology, achieved All Star Champion status through the LifeBridge Health Champion of Care program. The honor recognizes his having been named a Champion of Care multiple times by his patients.

School of Nursing

Jeanne Alhusen, an assistant professor in the Department of Community-Public Health Nursing, received the March of Dimes Margaret Comerford Freda Saving Babies, Together Award, presented annually by the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. She received the honor for her study "Tailored Self-Management Intervention Promoting Resilience in Perinatal Depression," which is part of her wider program of research on childbearing, newborn, and women's health nursing.

Whiting School of Engineering

Laurent Younes, a professor and chair of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, and a member of the Center for Imaging Science and Institute for Computational Medicine, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Younes received this recognition for fundamental contributions to the mathematical and statistical foundations of shape and image analysis as well as for new methodology implemented in large and important medical imaging studies. An induction ceremony took place on Aug. 10 at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle.