Class notes


Lewis E. Braverman, Med '55 (MD), an endocrinologist in Boston, received the 2018–19 Jane F. Desforges Distinguished Teacher Award from the American College of Physicians.


Jack Alpert, A&S '60, a neurologist, was appointed a visiting professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He enjoys a work schedule that allows him to visit his five grandchildren and their families, who live near Boston and San Francisco. In November 2018, Springer published the second edition of his textbook, titled The Neurologic Diagnosis: A Practical Bedside Approach.


Fred Merkel, Med '61 (MD), who is among the first surgeons to perform human pancreas transplants, recently traveled to Munich and Vienna to discuss pancreas transplantation with medical students, residents, and faculty.


Sergio Cervetti, Peab '67, released Parallel Realms: XXI Century Works for Orchestra in March. The eighth Cervetti Navona Records album, it features the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra with Petr Vronsky conducting.


Barry Cohen, SAIS Eur '70 (Dipl), is the author of Opening the Drawer: The Hidden Identities of Polish Jews, published by Vallentine Mitchell in June 2018. The book recounts the experiences of three generations of Poles who discovered their Jewish identity. More than 50 profiles are accompanied by photos by Polish photographer Witold Krassowski.


Frederick A. Ruark, Bus '73, Ed '78 (MS), retired after careers in management training and organization development with Verizon and with Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. He is writing poetry and a sequel to his historical novel, The Saints Lost Their Way, published in 2017.


Charles G. Helmick, Med '76 (MD), HS '79, a medical epidemiologist in the Arthritis Program for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, received the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Master designation in 2018.

James B. Lewis Jr., Med '76 (MD), associate chief of staff for education at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, received the 2018–19 American College of Physicians Award for Outstanding Educator of Residents and Fellows.


Enrique Hernandez, HS '78, '81, Med '83 (PGF), professor and chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, received the Philadelphia County Medical Society's 2018 Cristol Award for valuable contributions to the society.

Leslie S. Leighton, Med '78 (MD), is a visiting lecturer at Georgia State University, where he teaches American history and the history of public health and medicine to undergraduates. In November 2017, he published an article in the American Journal of Cardiology titled "The Story of the 'Cardiac Chair' and the Resistance to Its Use in Patients With Acute Myocardial Infarction, 1950 to 1961."

Helen Tangires, A&S '78, authored her third book, Movable Markets: Food Wholesaling in the Twentieth-Century City, which was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in May.


Colin Chinn, A&S '79, SPH '82 (MHS), U.S. Navy rear admiral and joint staff surgeon at the Pentagon, was promoted to clinical professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward HeĢbert School of Medicine.


Thomas Messana, A&S '80, an attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, received the 2018 Chief Judge's Pro Bono Bankruptcy Award from the United States Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Florida. Messana P.A. was named to the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers list of Best Law Firms for 2019 and Tier 1 for regional bankruptcy law and litigation.


Michael A. Bruno, A&S '82, professor of radiology and medicine and vice chair for quality and safety at Penn State College of Medicine and Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, authored Error and Uncertainty in Diagnostic Radiology, published by Oxford University Press in March.


Colin Phoon, A&S '85, Med '92 (PGF), HS '93, '07, a pediatric cardiologist living in Scarsdale, New York, has worked for 23 years in the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at NYU Langone Health, where he juggles clinical practice, research, and teaching. He and his wife, Janet, are proud parents of Johns Hopkins graduate Julia Phoon, A&S '17. He enjoys playing lacrosse as a goalie for his Boulder Brook Masters club team.


Carolyn Meltzer, Med '87 (MD), chair of the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine, has been appointed executive associate dean of faculty academic advancement, leadership, and inclusion.


Lisa Lindsay, A&S '88, professor and chair of the History Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was awarded the 2018 Melville J. Herskovits Prize from the African Studies Association for her 2017 book, __Atlantic Bonds: A Nineteenth-Century Odyssey from America to Africa_. It tells the life story of James Churchwill Vaughan, the son of a freed slave who returned to Africa just before the American Civil War.

Steven J. O'Day, Med '88 (MD), '91 (PGF), HS '91, was promoted to executive director of the John Wayne Cancer Institute and Cancer Clinic and director of Providence Los Angeles Regional Research. He joined the institute, where he is a professor of medical oncology and director of clinical research and immuno-oncology, in 1994.


Sagar Lonial, A&S '89, chief medical officer for Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and chairman of the School of Medicine's Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, was honored with the Anne and Bernard Gray Family Chair in Cancer. The endowed position honors the life of Mrs. Gray's sister, Karen Ammons Howell, who died of breast cancer.

Dwaine Rieves, Med '89 (PGF), A&S '15 (MA), published his debut novel with Tupelo Press in January after a career as a physician. Shirtless Men Drink Free explores the impact of a parent's death on grown children.


Stephen A. Barnes, Med '92 (PGF), HS '96, a surgeon and attorney, opened a combined medical and legal practice in Houston. Barnes & Associates specializes in health care law.


Christopher A. Sylvester, SAIS Eur '93 (Dipl), authored the short story collection Night Clouds, published by Hunting Creek Press in February 2018. His books include Mouse Time!: A Disney Vacation Game and Activity Book and family guides to Washington, D.C. Sylvester owns the tour company DC Capital Kids.


Kevin Carroll, A&S '94, was named a partner in Wiggin and Dana's Litigation Department in Washington, D.C. Before joining the law firm, he served as executive director and chief counsel for the U.S. Council on Transnational Organized Crime.

Shelby A. Kinnaird, Engr '94 (MS), published her second book in March. The Diabetes Cookbook for Electric Pressure Cookers: Instant Healthy Meals for Managing Diabetes was released by Rockridge Press.


Trevor P. Myers, Med '95 (MD), was named a fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in February.


Marla C. Doehring, Med '96 (MD), assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, received the 2019 Part-Time Teaching Award from the Department of Emergency Medicine.


Michael Cabana, HS '97, SPH '99 (MPH), Med '07 (PGF), was appointed to serve on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a volunteer panel of national medical experts who work to improve the health of all Americans by making recommendations about clinical preventive services. Cabana directs the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Robert Gerchalk, Nurs '97, Bus '01 (MS), enjoyed a long career in medical and psychiatric nursing in Baltimore and in Miami, where he worked in hospitals and taught at nursing schools. In 2018, he moved to Bangkok, where he enjoys traveling and pursues work in writing, editing, and teaching online. He invites fellow alumni to reach out to him.

Thomas Lassman, A&S '97 (MA), '01 (PhD), a curator at the National Air and Space Museum, is the author of Edward Condon's Cooperative Vision: Science, Industry, and Innovation in Modern America, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in October 2018. The book follows the scientific life of a leading theoretical physicist through the Great Depression, World War II, and the early Cold War.

Katherine Prescott, A&S '97, was promoted to principal in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group of the law firm Fish & Richardson in Silicon Valley.


Allison Koenig, Med '98 (MD), '07 (PGF), HS '07, a pediatrician, led a medical mission to Colombia with Flying Doctors of America in March 2018 to provide medical and dental care to Venezuelan refugees.


David L. Brody, Med '00 (MD/ PhD), a professor of neurology and director of the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, received the 2018 Raymond D. Adams Lectureship award from the American Neurological Association.


Jonathan Ho, Bus '01 (MS), a technology analyst specializing in cybersecurity and security technology, was made a partner at William Blair, a global investment banking, investment management, and private wealth management firm.

Isabella Maldonado, A&S '01, had a busy 2018: She married Obi Egbue, had a baby boy, and was promoted to manager of Teacher Pathways at the KIPP Texas Public Schools in Houston. KIPP is short for the Knowledge Is Power Program, a nonprofit network of charter schools preparing elementary, middle, and high school students for success in college and life.

Joshua Spero, SAIS '01 (PhD), an international relations and political science professor at Fitchburg State University, authored a book, Middle Powers and Regional Influence: Critical Foreign Policy Junctures for Poland, South Korea, and Bolivia, published by Rowman & Littlefield International in November 2018.


Steve Flook, Bus '03, was promoted to chief executive officer of iHire, a recruitment technology provider based in Frederick, Maryland.

Emily E. Garrison, A&S '03, was promoted to partner at the law firm of Reed Smith. She is a member of its Insurance Recovery Group in the Chicago office.

Gregory J. Riggins, HS '03, Med '04 (PGF), a professor of neurology and oncology and director of the Johns Hopkins Brain Cancer Biology and Therapy Laboratory, received a 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award from the Penn State College of Engineering.


Hallie Jackson, A&S '06, NBC News' chief White House correspondent, MSNBC anchor, Today Show guest anchor, and a member of the Gamma Tau Chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity at Johns Hopkins University, was named one of 19 "Phi Mu History Makers" in honor of the organization's alliance with the National Women's History Museum.

Rachel L. Schreiber, A&S '06 (MA), '09 (PhD), was appointed executive dean of the New School's Parsons School of Design. She previously served as provost and senior vice president at San Francisco Art Institute.

Eleanor Small, Engr '06, was recognized as the 2019 Young Engineer of the Year of the Delaware Valley by the Engineers Club of Philadelphia. She is a principal scientist with Johnson & Johnson Consumer.

Dan Szelingowski, A&S '06, recently earned a Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Zach Pfister, A&S '07 (MAG/ MBA), was promoted to policy director at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. He is a member of the law firm's Government Relations Department located in Washington, D.C.


Samantha D. Maragh, A&S '08 (MS), Med '14 (PhD), received a 2019 Outstanding Young Scientist award from the Maryland Academy of Sciences and the Maryland Science Center. She leads the National Institute of Standards and Technology Genome Editing Consortium.

Sabrina Must, A&S '08, released her newest book on Valentine's Day. It's titled A Terrible Dater and explores dating in the 21st century.


Brian Davies, A&S '09 (MLA), a program manager with the Air Force, was a 2017 and 2018 Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Acquisition Management Award winner. In 2017, he received the Outstanding Program Manager Trainee Award. In 2018, his Battle Airborne Communications Node program became a program of record for giving combatant commanders and forces in theater better situational awareness.


John A. Prendergass, A&S '10, is the associate director of the Health & Digital Health Investment Group at Ben Franklin Technology Partners, a venture capital firm in Philadelphia. He was previously a health care intelligence analyst.


Nora Ali, A&S '11, was named to the Next Generation Committee of Family Promise, a national organization that addresses family homelessness and serves more than 90,000 family members each year. Ali is an attorney and youth mentor in Denver and vice chair of Family Promise of Greater Denver's board of directors.

Saliq Khan, Bus '11 (MS), '13 (MBA), was promoted to senior vice president at Imperial Capital, an investment banking firm.

Kristina Madarang Stahl, A&S '11, '17 (MS), a biologist and wildlife rehabilitator, is a visiting conservation biologist at Bear Sanctuary Prishtina in Kosovo.

Pete Yaksick, Ed '11 (Cert/ MSEd), a developmental psychologist and assistant professor of criminal justice and psychology at Mercyhurst University, published a cognitive science article as a member of a research team based at Columbia University. "How Does Discourse Among Like-Minded Individuals Affect Their Thinking About a Complex Issue?" appeared in the journal Thinking & Reasoning in December 2018.


Daniel E. Borsuk, Med '12 (PGF), a Montreal plastic surgeon, led a team that performed Canada's first facial transplant in September 2018.

Lincoln Phillips, A&S '12 (MA), SAIS '13 (Cert), authored his first novel, Stop the Americans, published by Patriot Books in August 2018. The international thriller is based on an American spy scandal of the 1980s.


Ronnie Greene, A&S '13 (MA), is the author of two nonfiction books: Night Fire: Big Oil, Poison Air, and Margie Richard's Fight to Save Her Town (Amistad, 2009) and Shots on the Bridge: Police Violence and Cover-Up in the Wake of Katrina (Beacon Press, 2015).

Alexander Schiffhauer, Engr '13, product manager for computational photography at Google, recently launched Night Sight on the company's Pixel phones and works with his team to update features, such as Portrait Mode and HDR+.


Anne Cronin, SAIS '14 (MA), and Kevin Cronin, SAIS '14 (MA), moved to Europe in November 2018. Anne joined the U.S. Foreign Service in July 2018 and is serving in the U.S. Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands. Kevin is serving in the U.S. Army at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, headquarters of NATO's Allied Command Operations in Casteau, Belgium.

Kerry Holahan, Peab '14 (MM), and Susan Zhang, Peab '18 (GPD), performed the song cycle She Who Continues, composed by Natalie Draper, Peab '17 (DMA), at the inaugural Boulanger Initiative WoCo Fest (short for women composers) in Washington, D.C., on March 8, International Women's Day.

Gina Kosmidou-Bradley, SAIS Eur '14 (Dipl), SAIS '15 (MA), and Walker Bradley, SAIS '16 (MA), joyfully announce their marriage. The couple held two ceremonies: the first in Colorado, where Walker is from, and the second in Greece, where Gina is from. They met at Johns Hopkins in 2014.

Stephanie Sharp, Ed '14 (MS), a program analyst for the Overdeck Family Foundation, was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Education 2019 list for her work in early childhood research and support.


Kelly Harper, Ed '15 (MS), was selected as one of four finalists for the 2019 National Teacher of the Year award, run by the Council for Chief State School Officers to identify exceptional teachers around the U.S. Harper is a third-grade teacher at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Washington, D.C.

Haichong Zhang, Engr '15 (MSE), '17 (PhD), joined Worcester Polytechnic Institute as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering with an appointment in Robotics Engineering. He was previously a postdoctoral researcher in the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics at the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.

Keep your classmates informed with a submission to alumni notes. Submit your information via email to: (Due to production deadlines, your information may not appear for an issue or two. By submitting a class note, you agree that Johns Hopkins can publish your note in the print and online edition.)