Dr. Arnall Patz, a Johns Hopkins ophthalmologist whose discovery ended an epidemic of blindness among premature infants, has received two honors from the American Printing House for the Blind in Lou isville, Ky.
Patz, the former director of Hopkins' Wilmer Eye In stitute, received the group's Wings of Freedom and was inducted into its Hall of Fame - both for ex emplary service to the field of blindness. Established in 1858, the APH develops prod ucts and services for the blind and visually im paired.
In the 1950s, Patz discov ered that high doses of ox ygen delivered in incuba tors were destroying pre emies' retinas. He showed that doctors could pre vent this by lowering the oxygen concentration. Patz also played a key role in developing one of the first argon lasers to treat diabetic retinopathy.
Dr. Eduardo Marban, chief of cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, has won the Gill Heart Institute Award for his contribu tions to understanding the scientific basis of card iac arrhythmias.
The annual award, pres ented by the University of Kentucky's Linda and Jack Gill Heart Institute on Oct. 13, recognizes U.S. re searchers and comes with a $20,000 prize.
Rebecca Wiseman, an assist ant professor at the Uni versity of Maryland School of Nursing and di rector of the governor's Wellmobile program, has been selected for the Uni versity of Maryland, Balti more's Public Servant of the Year Award.
The Wellmobile's four mo bile health units provide primary health care for uninsured and underin sured people throughout Maryland. Under Wiseman's leadership, the number of patients seen daily at each Wellmobile van has in creased from three to more than 15 - a total of 8,000 patients per year, the university said in a state ment.
Todd Eberly, a researcher at the Center for Health Program Development and Management at the Univer sity of Maryland, Balti more County, has received the 2006 Annual Disserta tion Award from the Na tional Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
Eberly will be honored for his analysis of health care data for Medicaid clients in Maryland before and after the adoption of man aged care. He found that Maryland's managed-care program has had a positive impact on the receipt of primary preventive care by minorities.
Dr. Neal Naff has been appointed chief of the divi sion of neurosurgery at St. Joseph Medical Center. Naff, who received a med ical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his neurosurgical residen cy there, specializes in sur gery of the brain, spine and peripheral nerves.
Karen Hussey has been named director of develop ment for The Foundation of St. Joseph Medical Cen ter, where she will oversee the institution's annual, capital and planned giving campaigns.
A graduate of Georgetown University, Hussey was pre viously director of individ ual giving for Catholic Charities.