Cheers: December 2015

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

Bayview Medical Center

Rafael Llinas, an associate professor of neurology in the School of Medicine who was instrumental in establishing Bayview's Stroke Center, has been named director of the Department of Neurology at Bayview. Llinas co-edited the book Stroke, published by the American College of Physicians, and is recognized nationally for teaching excellence.

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Chris Beyrer, a professor of epidemiology who founded the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights, will be installed as the first Desmond M. Tutu Professor in Public Health and Human Rights. Read more about Beyrer's named professorship.

David Bishai, a professor in Population, Family and Reproductive Health, with joint appointments in Health, Behavior and Society and International Health, has been elected president of the International Health Economics Association.

Colleen Barry has been promoted to professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

William "Bill" Brieger, a professor in International Health, a senior malaria expert with Jhpiego, and author of the popular blog Malaria Matters, received the Gordon-Wyon Award for Community-Oriented Public Health, Epidemiology and Practice during the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, held in October in Chicago. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in community-oriented public health epidemiology and practice.

Philip Leaf, director of the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, was selected by the Baltimore City chapter of the NAACP as one of this year's Thurgood Marshall Legacy Award recipients. The award recognizes people who encompass the community while standing out in their chosen field. Leaf is a professor in the Department of Mental Health, with joint appointments in Health Policy and Management and Population, Family, and Reproductive Health.

Alfred Sommer, University Distinguished Service Professor and dean emeritus, has received the Stephen Smith Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Public Health from the New York Academy of Medicine. Recipients of the medal, which recognizes lifetime achievement in public health, "have led or significantly contributed to work that effected a significant change in public health policy or practice to improve population health, including work on the broad determinants of health."

Johns Hopkins Medicine International

Charles Wiener, a 24-year Johns Hopkins Medicine veteran and leader, has taken on a new role as medical director and vice president of academic affairs for JHMI. He is working with John Ulatowski, JHMI's vice president and executive medical director, to provide leadership for multiple global projects, including strategic planning, oversight of educational infrastructure planning, and medical training. He also will be responsible for connecting Johns Hopkins faculty members with international opportunities, providing workforce development and training programs. Wiener retains his appointments as professor of medicine and physiology in the School of Medicine and as director of undergraduate studies for the Krieger School's medicine, science, and humanities major.

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Marc Greenberg, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, received a 2016 Arthur C. Cope Late Career Scholars Award from the American Chemical Society for his outstanding achievements in the field of organic chemistry.

Thomas Kempa, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, is one of eight scholars to receive a 2015 Camille and Henry Dreyfuss Foundation Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry award. The award seeks to further the development of scientific leadership in the field of environmental chemistry by providing a principal investigator with $120,000 over two years to appoint a postdoctoral fellow.

Naomi Levin has been promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, effective July 1, 2016.

Peabody Institute

Sestina, a composition by faculty member Judah Adashi that was recently premiered at Carnegie Hall as part of the American Composers Orchestra's SONiC Festival, is among a group of pieces chosen by audience vote for broadcast on Q2 Music.

Edwin Huet, a recording arts and computer music master's student studying with Geoffrey Wright, won the third award in the Luigi Russolo International Sound Art Competition in Barcelona for his work Meridian. As part of the prize, the piece will appear on a compilation CD from the competition. Four prizes were awarded among the 65 compositions from 22 countries that were presented. Huet was the only winner from the United States.

Musicology faculty member Joshua Walden's new book, The Cambridge Companion to Jewish Music, was recently published by Cambridge University Press. The text combines approaches to classical, religious, folk, and popular music in a diverse range of historical, political, and cultural contexts, and offers a variety of perspectives from leading authors in the United States, Europe, and Israel.

School of Medicine

Jessica Bienstock, a professor of gynecology and obstetrics, has been named associate dean for graduate medical education. A member of the Johns Hopkins faculty since 1993, Bienstock has been director of the residency program in Gynecology and Obstetrics for 15 years, as well as vice chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee since 2004. A leader in medical education, she has received national awards for her skills as an outstanding teacher.

Duke Cameron, a professor and chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery, has been inducted into the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Chartered in 1800 by King George III of England, the 20,000-member organization advances surgical standards and improves patient care by developing policies and projects to promote those goals. Cameron also has been elected president of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, beginning in 2017. The 1,300-member AATS, founded in 1917, is an international organization of the world's foremost cardiothoracic surgeons from 41 countries.

Hal Dietz, the Victor A. McKusick Professor of Medicine and Genetics, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and durector of the William S. Smilow Center for Marfan Syndrome Research, has received the 2015 Research Achievement Award from the American Heart Association "for livesaving discoveries related to the cause and treatment of aortic aneurysm, a disorder that contributes to death in up to 2 percent of individuals in the industrialized world."

Alan Partin, a professor and director of the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, has been elected to the University of Mississippi's Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Partin was a 1983 summa cum laude graduate of Ole Miss, where he was an Academic All-American as a player on its football team. He went on to receive his PhD in pharmacology and molecular systems in 1988 and his medical degree in 1989, both from Johns Hopkins.

Timothy Pawlik, a professor and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology, has been named an honorary member of the Brazilian Society of Surgical Oncology.

Paul Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is included in Becker's Hospital Review's 2015 list of 130 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know. This is the third consecutive year that Rothman has appeared on the list, which recognizes those who lead the largest, most successful, and prominent nonprofit health care organizations in the country.

University Administration

Andrew B. Frank, special adviser to President Ronald J. Daniels on economic development, was recently sworn in as a member of the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners. The appointment was made jointly by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.

Whiting School of Engineering

Sharon Gerecht, the Kent Gordon Croft Investment Management Faculty Scholar and a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Hai-Quan Mao, a professor of materials science and engineering, have been appointed associate directors of the Institute for NanoBioTechnology, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Read more about Gerecht's and Mao's appointments.

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