Charles Wiener named president of Johns Hopkins Medicine International

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Charles Wiener, professor of medicine and physiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who has been serving as acting president of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, or JHI, has been named to a two-year term as president of JHI and senior vice president, international, of Johns Hopkins Medicine, effective Jan. 1, 2019, following Pamela Paulk's retirement.

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In this role, Wiener will work closely with executives and clinical leaders throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine to help JHI develop international priorities and strategies that advance the organization's mission. He will oversee high-impact global health care collaborations and the provision of medical concierge services for thousands of international, out-of-state, and local patients with interpretation needs.

Prior to this appointment, he spent three years as JHI's vice president for academic affairs and vice president for Asia operations. In these roles, he led multiple global projects, including strategic planning, oversight of educational infrastructure planning, and medical training. He focused on coordinating Johns Hopkins faculty involvement in advancing the institution's growing international collaborations.

In his 27-year tenure with Johns Hopkins Medicine, he has seved as chair of the committee that created the School of Medicine's Genes to Society curriculum, and as director emeritus of the Osler Internal Medicine Training Program, the first U.S. medical residency program. He is an associate editor of the American Journal of Medicine and has authored the last four editions of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine Self-Assessment and Board Review.

Wiener received a bachelor's degree from Duke University and a medical degree from the University of Miami. He completed specialty training and his chief residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, from 1982 to 1986. The following year, he was an American Heart Association research fellow in the Hammersmith Hospital respiratory physiology unit in London. From 1987 to 1991, he was a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins. He is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine.

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