Dr. Charles P. "Pat" Wilkinson, chairman of the department of ophthalmology at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, has become president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Wilkinson, who lives in Ruxton, is an ophthalmologist who specializes in the treatment of retinal diseases and disorders. His research interests include retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
"I look forward to continuing the academy's mission" of making sure the public can obtain the best possible eye care, he said, and of advancing the experiences of ophthalmologists, who are doctors providing comprehensive eye care.
"With the ever-increasing needs of the large baby boomer generation, there will be an even greater importance placed on the quality of eye care in the United States in the next 20 years." he said.
Wilkinson is a professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has served as a member and subsequent chairman of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Ophthalmic Devices Panel.
The academy, with more than 27,000 members, is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. Wilkinson was on its board of trustees from 1998 to 2001 and chaired its Preferred Practice Patterns Retina panel from 1992 to 2001. An academy fellow, he received the organization's Achievement, Senior Achievement and Life Achievement Honor awards.
Lee McCabe, Ph.D., director of the Office of Behavioral Health Care at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been elected president of the Academic Behavioral Health Consortium, an incorporated national network of faculty representing academic departments.
McCabe is an associate professor of psychiatry at the Hopkins School of Medicine, with a joint appointment at the Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He previously served as vice president of the consortium and chaired its Clinical Best Practices Committee.
The organization recently formed a partnership with Mental Health America, which was formerly known as the National Mental Health Association. The alliance is designed to increase collaboration between scientists and mental health advocates and better integrate research, care and policy decision-making.
Dr. Adrian J. Goldszmidt has been named chief of the newly created department of neurology at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Previously, neurology was a division within the department of medicine. Goldszmidt served as head of the division of neurology and head of the Stroke Center at Sinai.
The department will be a key factor in the newly established LifeBridge Health Brain & Spine Institute, a consortium of specialists from Sinai Hospital and Northwest Hospital Center in neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation and other subspecialties.
"In the nearly 10 years Dr. Goldszmidt has been with Sinai Hospital, he has been instrumental in the continued development of the hospital's neuroscience capabilities," said Neil Meltzer, Sinai's president, calling Goldszmidt's work, particularly within the area of stroke treatment and research, "a valuable asset."
Victoria "Tori" Bayless has been named chief operating officer of Anne Arundel Health System. She will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the system, which is the parent company of Anne Arundel Medical Center.
The system's president, Martin L. Doordan, pointed to Bayless' "extensive experience" in areas such as health care operations, physician recruitment and practice management, managed care and strategic planning.
Bayless said she will focus on further improving quality, patient satisfaction and efficiency. "Working in partnership with our medical staff is a key area of focus and is critical to our success in this growing community," she said.
Previously, Bayless was vice president of clinical and support service. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Tufts Alumni Admissions Program.
Dr. Adnan A. Hyder, a road traffic injury expert, is scheduled to receive a 2006 Institute of Road Traffic Education & Prince Michael International Road Safety award today for his contributions. The award will be presented at the Road Safety Education for Developing Countries international conference in New Delhi, India.
Hyder is an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's department of international health and center for injury research and policy. He was an editor of the joint WHO and World Bank, World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention and is vice chair of the Road Traffic Injuries Research Network.
His work has examined the impact of road traffic injuries, evaluated potential interventions to reduce their burden in Asia and Africa and explored equity and vulnerability in the distribution of the injuries.