James B. Kaper has been appointed chair of the department of microbiology and immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Kaper has been on the UM faculty since 1981, most recently serving as a professor of microbiology and immunology and medicine, associate director for laboratory research and chief of the bacterial genetics section in the Center for Vaccine Development.
His research has focused on the molecular pathogenesis of e. coli infections, the development of live oral cholera vaccines and the molecular pathogenesis of Vibrio cholerae.
Dr. Mark Kelemen has been named senior vice president and chief medical informatics officer for the University of Maryland Medical System.
In this new role, Kelemen will work with physicians at the medical system's eight hospitals to speed adoption of leading-edge clinical information technology, including a systemwide electronic medical records project called Portfolio.
Kelemen most recently served as the director of clinical cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center and as an associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He will continue to see outpatients on a part-time basis.
Five physicians from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are being honored in an exhibit saluting contemporary African-American academic surgeons that opened jointly this month at the National Library of Medicine in Washington and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore. It will run through May 31. The five are:
Dr. Malcolm Brock, an associate professor of surgery specializing in thoracic cancer who is seeking new biomarkers to detect lung and esophageal cancers and predict their response to therapy.
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson Sr., director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center who is the first African-American and youngest person to hold the position. He is known for his expertise in cerebral hemispherectomy surgery, a procedure in which half the brain is removed to help control untreatable seizures.
Dr. Edward E. Cornwell III, who is professor of surgery and chief of adult trauma surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Cornwell conducted pioneering research into the care of critically ill and injured patients that changed the way many emergency room doctors treat gunshot wounds.
Dr. Claudia Thomas, who became the first African-American female orthopedic surgeon in the country in 1980. She served as an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Hopkins, trained orthopedic residents at Baltimore hospitals, practiced in St. Thomas, and set up a private practice in central Florida.
Dr. Levi Watkins, associate dean for postdoctoral programs and professor of cardiac surgery, was the first African-American to achieve these posts at Hopkins. An Alabama native who grew up during the civil rights movement, he was the first black student admitted to Vanderbilt University Medical School in Tennessee and remains an outspoken worldwide human rights activist.
Allison Barlow, a research associate in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's department of international health, has received a 2006 Martin Luther King Jr. award for community service from the Johns Hopkins University.
Working as director of behavioral health at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, Barlow's research and development work focuses on family-based approaches to child and adolescent health.
Families USA, a national consumer health care interest group, has named Vincent DeMarco as its Consumer Health Advocate of the Year.
A former assistant attorney general in Maryland and longtime handgun control advocate, DeMarco has been president of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative since 1999. He has also been active in promoting legislation that would require large businesses to provide health care for employees.