Dr. David L. Thomas, an expert on hepatitis C and a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine since 1993, has been named head of the institution's Division of Infectious Diseases. He succeeds Dr. John Bartlett, who led the department for 26 years and will remain on the infectious diseases' faculty.
Thomas, 45, has focused his research on liver infections, especially the causes of and treatments for hepatitis C, an infection that kills up to 12,000 Americans each year.
The author of more than 100 articles and book chapters, Thomas will oversee an annual research budget of more than $40 million, one of the largest at Hopkins. It covers work on AIDS, tuberculosis, avian flu and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, as well as hepatitis.
Tanya Brown has been named nurse manager of Howard County General Hospital's Intermediate Care Unit, which handles patients who are well enough to be moved from intensive care.
Brown previously worked at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, where she managed a 16-bed surgical, trauma and burn unit. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Cedarville University in Ohio and a master's degree in health care administration from the University of Maryland.
Marie Diener-West, professor of biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association in recognition of her professional contributions to statistical science.
The association is a scientific and educational society founded in 1839 to promote the application of statistical science. This year's fellows will be presented at the association's 166th annual Joint Statistical Meetings in August.
Dr. Marlana Ottinger has joined Mercy Medical Center's department of radiation oncology. A graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania who completed her residency at Georgetown University, Ottinger was most recently with Associates in Radiation Medicine, Maryland Regional Cancer Care.
Dr. Lisa Shocket has joined the Eye and Cosmetic Surgery Center at Mercy Medical Center. A Baltimore native, Shocket graduated from Brown University in Rhode Island and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and had her surgical residency at Tufts University in Massachusetts.
Andrea Chapman, a veteran of 38 years at Union Memorial Hospital, has been named the institution's Nurse of the Year.
A volunteer at Union Memorial when she was in high school, Chapman graduated from the hospital's nursing school and has worked in the emergency room there since 1968. As a member of the emergency department's patient satisfaction committee, she is credited with reviving the department's domestic violence screening system.
Patrick N. Breysse, a professor and director of the Division of Environmental Health Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has received the 2006 Meritorious Achievement Award from the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.
Breysse was honored May 14 for his "outstanding, long-term contribution to the field of occupational health and industrial hygiene" at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition in Chicago.